High Stakes Poker Gaining Popularity
February 19, 2013
It seems as if the world of poker is finally getting the spotlight as more and more people give it their attention. One proof of this is the TV show of GSN, High Stakes Poker. Now at its season 6, the show’s ratings were said to be rising rather dramatically.
In the Limelight
With six episodes of the season released on TV, ratings have been rising rather dramatically for different age groups. The ratings from adults from age 18 to 49 have gone up an impressive 27%, just over these six seasons. Men from ages 25 to 54 are actually the key targets of the show and ratings from the are up by 25%. The fact that they have gone up was a huge cause for celebration for GSN, especially since many advertisers target so this is a big breakthrough. David Schiff, GSN’s VP, said, “We’re very gratified to see this season of High Stakes Poker performing so well among these important demographic groups and we can attribute it to an especially strong player lineup this season. We have some of the biggest names in poker this season, including more international players, and the viewers are clearly responding to the outstanding game play.”
Sure enough, the action in High Stakes Poker has been particularly fast-paced this season. Some of the highlights included Phil Hellmuth’s faster-than-the-speed-of-light exit and that certain episode wherein the pros dropped like flies in the face of their opponents’ prowess on the felt. Right now, the usual pros are dominating the season. Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, and Tom “durrrr” Dwan are raking up the dough. But this is to be expected considering that they’re such sharks at the felt and are primarily cash players. Some newcomers have tried to brazen the whole thing out, but their bravado only cost them.
How far it’s come
Another factor that may have played a role in the rise in ratings is the shift in the quality of gameplay from Season 1 to Season 6. Negreanu made a comment on how the level of play for High Stakes Poker has ‘reached new heights’. Apparently, the players are steadily improving. But not only that, their playing styles and the game’s commentary are also helping the viewers by giving them an insight on how to play. It’s a vastly informative show, made even more interesting by the fact that only the best of the best are battling it out. Of course, the snark at the tables probably helps a lot in boosting the ratings too.
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