Despite It's Popularity, Televised Poker Continues To Struggle
June 10, 2021
After months of speculation and internet rumors, it would seem that the stories are true. World Poker Tour Enterprises, Inc. has announced they are once again in need of a home for the World Poker Tour.

The World Poker Tour for years could be found on the Travel Channel, but fairly recently moved to the Game Show Network (GSN) where it is currently that networks highest rated show (along with "High Stakes Poker" which is also extremely popular).

Despite the ratings, GSN seems to have decided against continuing their relationship with professional poker and let their contract expire on Saturday without any commitment to future programing. As a result, WPTE has been forced to begin talks with several new networks in an attempt to find Poker's most well known Tour a new home.

It is still not quite clear what this will mean to "High Stakes Poker." This beloved cash game series has also not yet been renewed, and given that it was created on GSN, it is less likely to end up somewhere else if GSN decides against renewing it. So despite its popularity, poker players may have to say goodbye to the witty banter of A.J. Benza and Gabe Kaplan.

It is hard to believe that a network most known for reruns of "Press your Luck" and "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" would turn it's back on their highest rated programming, yet that seems to be the way things are going. Apparently, the new Game Show Network's CEO David Goldhill has proverbially decided to risk it all, for what ever's behind door number two.

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