One of the biggest poker shows is getting a new host.
High stakes poker greeted longtime commentator Gabe Kaplan last week, who announced his retirement after nine seasons on the show.
PokerGO, the streaming service that relaunched the show in 2020, has announced that fan-favorite high roller announcer Nick Schulman will take over, joining AJ Benza in the broadcast booth to call the action.
The 38-year-old Schulman has been a fixture of the poker world since winning the WPT Poker World Finals at age 21 for more than $2.1 million. Over the next few years, she added three World Series of Poker bracelets and has amassed more than $15.3 million in tournament earnings while remaining a feared contender in some of the biggest cash games around.
As it turns out, Schulman is also quite skilled in front of the camera and has been one of PokerGO’s most featured commentators on numerous broadcasts since 2015.
“Nick represents the modern era of poker as one of the most knowledgeable and dignified minds in the game, and we are thrilled to welcome him to High Stakes Poker,” said Mori Eskandani, President of PokerGO. “When Nick started working with PokerGO, it quickly became apparent that he had a bright future on this side of the ladder. Nick’s fresh and insightful perspective has added immense value to PokerGO over the years and we believe he is the perfect person to carry on the legacy of poker’s most iconic cash game show.”
Schulman, who has previously appeared on the show as a player, revealed that Kaplan himself had endorsed him as a successor.
“To join the show that started it all and replace the best one that ever did is a huge honor,” Schulman said.
For me it’s not High Stakes Poker without Gabe, but I want you to know that I have his blessing. The Don himself. He will never be as good looking as Gabe and AJ, Farha and young Daniel dressed like he runs a strip club in Romania. pic.twitter.com/C6bAf7jrQb
— Nick Schulman (@NickSchulman) February 1, 2023
The 77-year-old Kaplan has been playing poker for nearly fifty years and first attended the WSOP in 1978. The Welcome back Kotter star won the Poker Superbowl in 1980 and made several major final tables, but is best known in the poker world for commenting on events such as National Heads-Up Poker Championshipthe Intercontinental Poker Championshipand, of course, the cash game series High stakes poker.
Kaplan was with the show during its inception on Game Show Network during seasons 1-6. He was temporarily replaced by the late Norm Macdonald but returned for seasons 8 and 9 when the show was restarted on PokerGO. Season 10 premiered on January 24 and was Kaplan’s last show.
Schulman’s first episode aired on Jan. 31, which you can watch exclusively on Poker GO. You can watch Kaplan’s entire latest episode below.