Full Tilt and PokerStars in High Stakes dispute
The new series of High Stakes Poker may not feature any Full Tilt pros.
A rumour currently circulating online is claiming that players such as Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan may not participate in the popular show, which is due to start filming on Wednesday, because of a dispute between Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.
Poker pro Barry Greenstein has since moved to refute the reports, but did confirm that there has been discord between the two surrounding PokerStars’ sponsorship of High Stakes Poker. “Full Tilt has two major concerns,” he said. “First is they don't like their players playing when PokerStars is the sponsor of the show Secondly, they were unhappy that PokerStars bought the HSP archives. In the early seasons of HSP, the players didn't wear logos, so FTP is concerned that viewers will be able to go to pokerstars.tv and see the FTP players without logos and be confused by their affiliation.”
High Stakes Poker first aired back in 2006 and has featured some of the biggest pots in televised cash game poker.