During last week’s season finale, Kaplan’s HSP sidekick A.J. Benza, a man who doesn’t know crap about poker, was once again upset with Kaplan’s constant ribbing of him, complaining on air to Kaplan, “You can’t be nice? We’re this close to being over for the season.”
Kaplan replied, or maybe he retorted, we’re not sure, “Let me say what I feel honestly, … I don’t think you know anything about poker. I don’t think you belong on this show.”
TVWeek.com reports however that “the hostility is somewhat disingenuous,” quoting GSN prez Rich Cronin as saying, “Gabe brings his successful professional poker-playing experience and background as a comedian to ‘High Stakes Poker.’ Along with his co-host, A.J. Benza, they mirror the good-natured ribbing that occurs between the players on the telecasts.”
“High Stakes Poker” will return for its fourth season this year, with filming getting underway this May at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas.