The Game Show Network has decided to cancel its coverage of the popular poker show "High Stakes Poker" starting next month.
The decision is due to declining ratings. High Stakes Poker debuted in 2006 and instantly became popular among U.S. poker enthusiasts. The show was hosted by Gabe Kaplan of "Welcome Back Kotter" fame and featured many poker professionals including: Jennifer Harman, Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Guy Laliberte and Doyle Brunson.
The professionals in High Stakes Poker wagered their own money in the tournaments, which viewers found to be entertaining, as ratings would later reflect. However, earlier this year Kaplan was replaced by Norm MacDonald, a choice that did not seem to pay off. Other events such as Black Friday are reported to be reasons for the viewer decline as Full Tilt and PokerStars professionals stopped appearing on the show.