High Stakes Poker was unique among televised poker series because it did not take place in a tournament setting. Instead, the program showed a high stakes ring game. The minimum buy-in to the game is US$100,000 , but players have bought in for as much as $1,000,000, such as Daniel Negreanu in Season 1 and Brad Booth in Season 3. In Season 2, Gus Hansen won $575,700 with four fives, beating Daniel Negreanu's full house. For part of the fourth season, the minimum buy in was $500,000. The first episode with the minimum $500,000 buy-in was broadcast on November 5, 2007. The minimum cash buy in for the fifth season increased to $200,000 the largest buy-in for an entire run of a television series. Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey bought in for $500,000 in season six. Unlike tournament poker, the chips involved represent real money. Season seven
debuted on its new GSN Saturday night time slot. Norm Macdonald replaced Gabe Kaplan as the host and Kara Scott conducted interviews from the poker room floor.