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Oct 11, 2018

Oh boy! Things are about to get real interesting with Nick Schulman! Boxing, UFC, wrecking a gas station pump, becoming a father, New York sports, heckling Jermaine O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, and much more on this edition of the Poker Central Podcast! 

  • 1:15 – Nick Schulman is becoming a father! Is he ready? Nick drops the name of his daughter to be and speculates on how his life will change.
  • 4:40 – Nick features on “Power Play” night on Poker After Dark and recaps the action, but he admits to not feeling too sharp about his game.
  • 8:14 – What’s harder? Stay at the top skill wise or finding the right games to play in?
  • 10:30 – Late night sessions with Nick Schulman, gambling all night in the pool halls and the poker tables.
  • 12:40 – Dropping out of high school at 14-years old: How much money did Nick Schulman manage to build up as a pool hustler before the age of 18?
  • 15:22 – Driving off from a gas station with the nozzle still in his car and Nick’s weed habits.
  • 20:10 – Drugs in poker.
  • 24:05 – Where does Nick Schulman’s passion for boxing and the UFC come from?
  • 28:30 – Schulman’s connection with the Golovkin camp.
  • 32:50 – Comparing Conor McGregor to Floyd Mayweather, and how some players are real badass while others pretend.
  • 39:30 – What’s next for the UFC that we should be looking forward to?
  • 43:45 – Nick’s thoughts on the Antonio Esfandiari vs Kevin Hart boxing match, and his personal take on prop betting.
  • 46:30 – R.I.P. New York City sports. (And a Brent Hanks Buffalo sports story)
  • 49:00 – The Badgering Bantering and Very Vocally Aggressive Sports Fan: Nick Schulman clashes with Jermaine O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
  • 1:00:50 – Playing poker with shady characters, trash talking and some uncomfortable moments.

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Oct 4, 2018

She’s back! Having worked for almost every outlet in poker during the pre-Black Friday era, Amanda Leatherman was a staple in poker videos and on TV. Leatherman now hosts Friday Night Poker on Stadium’s Facebook Watch page, together with Brent Hanks and Jeff Platt, and she joins the podcast to talk about her crazy life! 

  • 01:15 – Amanda Leatherman had a wild night prior to jumping on the Poker Central Podcast, as her inner party girl was unlocked by jumping back into the poker world.
  • 4:14 – Why and how did Amanda Leatherman jump back into poker, and what was she up to since leaving The Big Game?
  • 6:30 – How Black Friday messed with Amanda Leatherman’s career and what the gravy train was like in the years before that!
  • 8:58 – Amanda Leatherman tells the story of getting her first job in poker with PokerWire and the PokerRoad era with Joe Sebok, Scott Huff, and Joe Stapleton.
  • 11:22 – Remembering PokerRoad Radio, traveling the tournament circuit and living in Barry Greenstein’s house.
  • 14:30 – Does Amanda Leatherman have a Phil Ivey story? Remko certainly does! And an update on Phil Ivey’s continuing legal trouble with the Borgata.
  • 21:16 – What were Amanda’s favorite jobs in poker, her biggest vices and Remko tells a story of a very drunk Amanda at the PCA.
  • 24:40 – The Daniel Negreanu – Amanda Leatherman connection. Wait? What? There’s a ring!
  • 26:56 – What was it like hosting Friday Night Poker after a few years being away from the spotlights?
  • 28:40 – Prop betting! Danielle Andersen and Lily Killeto square off in a bench press prop bet, and Amanda tells a story on Joe Stapleton’s crazy spray-tan bet.
  • 31:45 – Brent Hanks works out, you have to hear it to believe it.
  • 34:59 – Amanda’s lifestyle advice! (And how she got a bleeding ulcer from partying and drinking too much)
  • 37:00 – Making fun of Brent Hanks’ lack of travel experience.
  • 40:11 – Getting into this week’s Friday Night Poker lineup and a preview of the exciting Poker After Dark action. Don’t miss this segment if you want to know who’s on the upcoming nights of live action. 

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Sep 28, 2018

Friday Night Poker host Jeff Platt joins the show to talk about his career as a broadcaster for the San Antonio Spurs and transitioning into poker. Brent Hanks is there as always to talk about the Friday Night Poker action, Poker After Dark, the future of Short Deck and whether or not re-entry tournaments should continue to exist!

  • 1:45 – NBA talk with Friday Night Poker host Jeff Platt, who previously covered the San Antonio Spurs on TV, and the story of his Greg Popovich interview.
  • 7:50 – Jeff Platt talks about the difference between covering the NBA and the high stakes poker scene.
  • 14:10 – Friday Night Poker! Looking back on the crazy hand between Matt Berkey and Mike Matusow from Week 1, and looking ahead at Week 2 with Bryn Kenney.
  • 20:55 – The fan interaction on Facebook Watch and how it makes watching poker more exciting with regards to Friday Night Poker.
  • 24:00 – “Big Three” week on Poker After Dark featuring Ryan Tosoc and Isaac Haxton! Brent, Jeff, Remko look back on the action.
  • 31:30 – Why is that the biggest names in the game such as Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are still the biggest names in the game? Will anyone ever overtake them as the biggest names?
  • 34:00 – What’s the future of Short Deck, will it grow? Will we see it at the World Series of Poker?
  • 39:00 – Real Talk: Are re-entries good or bad for the tournament poker economy?
  • 45:49 – Remko’s car is about to get towed. Yes, this is not a joke, and Brent and Jeff take over to talk about the variety of guests on Real Talk and Matt Berkey’s crazy career.
  • 54:26 – Remko rejoins the show and tells the story of his car almost being towed!

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Sep 19, 2018

This week on an action-packed edition of the Poker Central Podcast: Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by Ali Imsirovic and David Peters, they settle up for their Poker Masters fantasy prop bets, talk about the latest WOC Power Rankings, teasing Short Deck on Poker After Dark, Friday Night Poker on Facebook Watch, Real Talk on PokerGO and the drama between Cate Hall and Chad Power! 

  • 2:20 – Celebrating Ali Imsirovic’s Poker Masters win and Brent Hanks’ hype for a young American bursting onto the high roller scene, followed by a conversation with Ali.
  • 9:00 – Recapping the $100,000 Poker Masters Main Event won by David Peters. Are we giving Peters enough credit and respect for his crazy list of accomplishments?
  • 10:00 – David Peters joins the podcast to talk about his $100k Poker Masters win and missing out on the Purple Jacket by just 10 points.
  • 14:00 – Brent Hanks praises David Peters and explains how special his level of play and thinking is, and how different it is from other top pros.
  • 21:00 – The WOC Rankings! The Poker Central Podcast Power Rankings: Watchability – Overall Skill – Controversy.
  • 24:12 – Recapping the Poker Masters fantasy league battle between Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema, did #TeamRemko or #TeamBrent win?
  • 27:12 – Teasing the upcoming Poker After Dark action featuring Pot Limit Omaha, No Limit Hold’em and Short Deck!
  • 32:34 – Announcing Friday Night Poker on Facebook Watch, hosted by Jeff Platt, Brent Hanks, and Amanda Leatherman live from the PokerGO Studio every week!
  • 37:44 – “Real Talk” premieres on PokerGO today! Remko Rinkema hosts PokerGO’s newest original content in which the biggest topics of the day are discussed with the best players in the world.
  • 41:50 – DRAMA: Cate Hall vs Chad Power. Where do Remko and Brent side?
  • 48:50 – Did William Kassouf pocket some chips from the roulette table?

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Sep 17, 2018

The 2018 Poker Masters was dominated by Ali Imsirovic who took down back-to-back events to double his career tournament earnings to $2.4 million. 

  • 2:15 – Ali Imsirovic talks about what it was like winning the Purple Jacket after the elimination of Brandon Adams from the $100,000 Main Event.
  • 3:17 – Expectations coming into the series and thoughts on his edge versus the fields at the Poker Masters.
  • 5:05 – How did Ali Imsirovic get his start in poker, and how he used $60 he got from his father to fix his guitar to start his poker career.
  • 7:55 – How did Ali Imsirovic reach the top in poker and which players and tools did he learn the most from?
  • 12:12 – Ali Imsirovic gives advice on how young players in the USA can reach the top these days without an abundance of online poker to their disposal.
  • 17:05 – The work ethic needed for Ali to reach the top and stay there, and how important are leaderboards and Player of the Year lists for the young pro?
  • 21:00 – Telling his family about choosing poker and the road they traveled from Bosnia to the USA after the war uprooted their lives in the mid-90s.
  • 30:00 – Setting goals, confidence and continuing to perform at the highest level.
  • 34:10 – Which players has Ali been the most impressed with on the high roller scene?
  • 35:15 – How important is winning the Purple Jacket to Ali, and how excited is he to have a chance to play in the 2019 Super High Roller Bowl?
  • 39:27 – Ending things with some basketball talk, is Ali Imsirovic the Damian Lillard of poker?

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Sep 15, 2018

On this show: A recap of Ali Imsirovic's back-to-back Poker Masters win, his lead in the Purple Jacket standings and an interview with Seth Davies about his series and the crazy year he's been going through.

  • 3:47 – Recapping Event #6 of the 2018 Poker Masters as Ali Imsirovic went back-to-back to grab the Purple Jacket lead heading into the $100,000 Main Event.
  • 7:20 – Is Ali Imsirovic America’s next biggest poker star?
  • 8:48 – Ali Imsirovic joins the podcast to talk about his $799,000 score in Event #6 of the Poker Masters and his hopes of winning the Purple Jacket.
  • 12:45 – Seth Davies talks about his year, appearing on PokerGO’s INSIDERS series and becoming a bigger name in the game.
  • 18:48 – Taking a look at the $100,000 Poker Masters Main Event, the expectations for the final table and the best-case scenario for the ultimate Purple Jacket sweat.
  • 24:00 – Brent Hanks picks his two favorite Poker Masters final tables that you have to watch: The battles between Maurice Hawkins and Isaac Haxton and Ali Imsirovic versus Koray Aldemir.

Watch the Poker Masters action on PokerGO with commentary provided by Ali Nejad and Jeremy Ausmus daily through Sunday, September 16. Stay tuned to PokerCentral and PokerGO on Twitter for the latest information on the events, feature interviews, stories, and videos.

 

Sep 12, 2018

The Podcast returns with recaps of the latest two events and features interviews with Andrew Robl, Gabe Patgorski, Daniel Negreanu, Ali Nejad, Isaac Haxton, and Ali Imsirovic. 

  • 1:48 – Recapping Event #4, the $10,000 Short Deck event at the 2018 Poker Masters as Isaac Haxton defeated Maurice Hawkins heads up.
  • 6:25 – The interview with Short Deck champion Isaac Haxton.
  • 12:00 – Andrew Robl speaks about the excitement of Short Deck Poker, his experience in the game and the growth he foresees for this fast-paced game,
  • 15:50 – Daniel Negreanu breaks into the podcast and talks about his 2018 Poker Masters experience so far.
  • 18:55 – Gabe Patgorski hops on the show to talk about his experiences with Short Deck Poker and his gripes with live poker players in Las Vegas.
  • 24:55 – Before the start of play at the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em final table, we spoke to Ben Yu about his regular appearances at the highest stakes.
  • 37:55 – Ali Imsirovic wins the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Poker Masters event for the biggest and proudest result of his career.
  • 42:25 – A look at the updated standings of the Poker Masters Purple Jacket leaderboard!

Watch the Poker Masters action on PokerGO with commentary provided by Ali Nejad and Jeremy Ausmus daily through Sunday, September 16. Stay tuned to PokerCentral and PokerGO on Twitter for the latest information on the events, feature interviews, stories, and videos.

Sep 11, 2018

The Poker Masters is in full swing and Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by no less than five players on this podcast!  

  • 1:30 – Recapping the first two events of the Poker Masters as David Peters and Brandon Adams took down the $10,000 NLHE and $25,000 NLHE.
  • 8:12 – Remko and Brent talk Short Deck, and are joined by Gabe Patgorski on the podcast to talk with one of the regulars in the highest stakes Macau games.
  • 17:03 – 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe joins the show to talk about learning the Short Deck Poker rules overnight before playing in his first ever tournament.
  • 22:45 – Jason Koon joins the podcast to talk about his love for Short Deck Poker and what makes this game so exciting.
  • 28:50 – Brandon Adams joins the show to talk about his hot start to the Poker Masters and his thoughts on Short Deck Poker as a format for both tournaments and cash games.
  • 36:55 – Remko and Brent recap the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event won by Keith Lehr and jump into the current standings of the Poker Masters Purple Jacket race.
  • 43:20 – Keith Lehr joins the show to talk about his Poker Masters Pot Limit Omaha win.

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Sep 5, 2018

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by the one and only Bryn Kenney to talk Poker Masters, big swings, losing millions and his lack of Poker After Dark appearances! 

  • 2:09 – Looking back at the 2017 Poker Masters and the insanity that was Steffen Sontheimer, and after Stephen Chidwick during the U.S. Poker Open, will we see another one of those dominant showings at the 2018 Poker Masters?
  • 6:08 – The new and improved scoring system that will see the Purple Jacket awarded on Sunday night at the end of the Poker Masters.
  • 9:55 – Brent and Remko draft their team of Poker Masters players and wager the buy-in of the Poker Central fantasy football league and a lot of shame and honor!
  • 14:22 – Speculating on the impact the Poker Masters will have on the 2018 Player of the Year race, as nearly the entire Top 10 is expected to make an appearance.
  • 16:55 – The interview with Bryn Kenney, who starts out talking about being down $1.8 million for the year and remaining his focus and confidence.
  • 22:10 – Bryn’s excitement and anticipation for the Poker Masters and his thought on the schedule.
  • 25:00 – Bryn’s harsh thoughts on PokerStars and the way the WCOOP took a turn for the worse.
  • 27:20 – Bryn’s GGPoker ambassadorship and what’s wrong with the Poker After Dark lineups according to Bryn, and how excited he is to be on the show!
  • 33:26 – Is “Who’s in Debt to Bryn Kenney Week” coming to Poker After Dark?
  • 37:10 – What does the rest of 2018 look like for Bryn Kenney?
  • 40:35 – Remko recaps EPT Barcelona.
  • 42:35 – Brent and Remko talk fantasy football and the Poker Central auction draft!

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Aug 30, 2018

 

On an episode filled to the brim with shenanigans, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema once again attempt to entertain and educate you on all that’s going on in the world of poker! This week they are joined by Jeremy Ausmus, Ali Nejad and Randall Emmett from the PokerGO Studio. 

  • 2:52 – The EPT Barcelona action so far! Mikita Badziakouski keeps crushing and wins the €100k, Benjamin Pollak takes down the €50k and Michael Soyza wins another tournament to continue his crazy 2018.
  • 10:54 – Recapping “Under the Gun” Week on Poker After Dark! What does Brent have to say about Randall Emmett being featured a lot, and the “lack” of serious poker according to the Twitter trolls, and the epic Phil Hellmuth hand versus Jean-Robert Bellande.
  • 15:48 – Jeremy Ausmus joins the podcast as Brent Hanks talks to him about his recent big score in Florida, Norm Macdonald playing on Poker After Dark, and his thoughts and takes on the growing problem of semi-private cash games in the high limit Las Vegas scene.
  • 32:50 – Randall Emmett joins the show to talk to Brent Hanks about his recurring Poker After Dark appearances and love for the game.
  • 39:10 – Brent Hanks and Ali Nejad dive into a crazy conversation about “Under the Gun” week being the most exciting Poker After Dark lineup in the history of televised poker, Nejad’s love for watermelon juice, Brent’s worries about pollution and the well-being of turtles and Ali Nejad’s hate for paper straws.
  • 54:00 – Previewing the Poker Masters, Nick Schulman on the commentary, Brent’s three top picks to watch, and whether or not Steffen Sontheimer will wear his Purple Jacket!?

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Aug 24, 2018

 

This week on the Poker Central Podcast, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by Molly Bloom! Remko finally gets around to telling his Post Malone story, Brent dives deep into John Cynn’s insane plays and Randall Emmett’s antics, and we try to figure out whether Phil Ivey is the latest player to start a bankroll challenge!

  • 3:30 – Today on the podcast: Molly Bloom, recapping the Masters of the Main on Poker After Dark, looking forward to the Poker Masters, and the start of EPT Barcelona.
  • 5:22 – Finally! Remko tells the story of partying with Post Malone.
  • 22:35 – Blackouts are now lifted for the Big One for One Drop and WSOP Main Event final table, Remko explains and Brent still doesn’t understand how it works!
  • 25:10 – Brent Hanks recaps the Masters of the Main on Poker After Dark featuring John Cynn shoving the first 12 hands, how much of Randall Emmett’s antics can we really handle, what’s the deal with ‘The Bullpen’, and is ‘running it twice’ getting out of hand?
  • 36:20 – Previewing the Poker Masters: Running through the PokerGO streaming schedule, the short deck event, the $100k Main Event, and Brent Hanks picks three players that he believes are going to perform well.
  • 42:27 – Bankroll Challenges! Doug Polk turns $100 into $10k, Charlie Carrel is trying to run $50 up to $10k, and is Phil Ivey going to try to win $10.1 million?
  • 48:08 – The Phil Ivey Bankroll Challenge! (Or is he just still in trouble because of that Borgata lawsuit?)
  • 51:40 – EPT Barcelona is now underway! Does Brent Hanks even know where Spain is located?
  • 54:11 – Molly’s Game! Brent and Remko run through their favorite poker movies, share their thoughts on Molly’s Game, introduce the story of Molly Bloom, and Bloom’s appearance at Unibet Open Bucharest where she was invited to take part in the #QueenRules Ladies Event that promotes challenging gender bias and gender inequality.
  • 59:20 – The start of the interview with Molly Bloom.
  • 1:00:20 – Does Molly play poker herself? Does she have ambition as a player?
  • 1:03:11 – Reflecting back on running some of the biggest games in the world for 10 years, what she’s learned from that, and whether she’d do it again looking back at it?
  • 1:06:52 – Being a part of the QueenRules event at Unibet Open Bucharest and Molly’s involvement and dedication to fighting gender biases.
  • 1:09:40 – Did women play in Molly’s high stakes games, and what has the response been from women watching and learning more about her story?
  • 1:12:10 – The value of money, disconnecting from that value and relearning what the value of money is after losing it all.

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Aug 17, 2018

This week on the show, we cover the latest poker news including the recent DDoS attacks that targeted sites such as PokerStars and partypoker, we recap the big-time action down in Florida at the brand new Seminole Hardrock events space, and we look back on the Poker After Dark action from the PokerGO Studio as well as looking forward at what’s to come next week. 

Oh, and Justin Bonomo is on the show. It’s another great one, enjoy!

  • 1:25 – Today on the show.
  • 2:02 – Online poker sites getting DDoS’d, what’s going on? Brent tries to understand the whole thing.
  • 5:45 – Recapping the Seminole Hard Rock Series. Brent Hanks gives his takes on the “Big 4” format of showing four final tables simultaneously.
  • 8:30 – Brandon Eisen wins the Championship $5k by beating Jeremy Ausmus heads up. Why can’t Jeremy Ausmus close out events? Brent and Remko speculate on Ausmus’ lack of first places!
  • 11:50 – The crazy year of Alex Foxen! Now third on the 2018 POY race, Foxen records his fifth outright win of 2018, take note Ausmus!
  • 15:10 – An angry Brent Hanks rants about Justin Bonomo not being No. 1 on the overall GPI standings and 2018 Player of the Year race.
  • 17:38 – Jake Schindler wins the $25k High Roller in Florida that drew 123 entries for $800k. What does this mean for the upcoming Poker Masters? Brent speculates on the field sizes.
  • 22:40 – The life and times of Elio Fox: Five wins since the beginning of June, collecting millions in the process! Take note Ausmus!
  • 26:10 – The interview with Justin Bonomo, the current No.1 on poker’s all-time money list and the winner of the three biggest high roller events of the year.
  • 36:30 – Burning Man with Bonomo! Justin tells a bunch of crazy stories and talks about the inner workings of this crazy desert festival-esque experience!
  • 55:45 – What does the rest of the year look like for Justin Bonomo? Does he have any goals left to chase after?
  • 58:32 – Brent reaches a state of meditation after learning more about Burning Man, is he giving up his normal life to live in the desert?
  • 1:00:42 – Looking back on the Rise and Grind Poker After Dark sessions highlighted by Farah Galfond, John Cynn, and Michael Mizrachi.
  • 1:04:41 – Previewing next week on PokerGO: Masters of the Main on Poker After Dark featuring Scott Blumstein, John Cynn, Scott Vener, Kelly Minkin, Tony Miles, and Randall Emmett.

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Aug 9, 2018

Business and dog owner, father, husband, World Series of Poker Player of the Year race leader and two-time bracelet winner, yes, Shaun Deeb is on this week's edition of the podcast!

Also on this show: Poker After Dark lineup teases that include all your favorite WSOP Main Event stars, a look back at Michael Mizrachi’s third $50k Poker Players Championship win, and the induction of John Hennigan and Mori Eskandani into the Poker Hall of Fame. 

  • 1:35 – Looking back on Mori Eskdani and John Hennigan being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Were they the right two players that got inducted in 2018?
  • 5:25 – How does Michael Mizrachi’s third $50,000 Poker Players Championship title rank among the biggest accomplishments in the history of poker?
  • 10:20 – Shaun Deeb joins the podcast to talk about his hot summer, grabbing the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race and winning two bracelets in the process.
  • 13:45 – Where does Shaun Deeb’s drive to put in massive volume in live tournament comes from, and how it took until his second bracelet win this summer to get into the green for the duration of his live tournament career.
  • 16:56 – Shaun Deeb’s thoughts on the best players that manager to balance between cash games and tournaments.
  • 18:35 – How to stays focused and keep pushing small edges during all the years in which Shaun wasn’t getting the big wins in live events?
  • 22:50 – Businessman Shaun Deeb, investing in real estate and opening a Firehouse Subs location on the East Coast.
  • 26:30 – Coaching Tony Miles during the final table of the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
  • 32:30 – Brent Hanks’ new segment: Hellmuth Heat!
  • 36:20 – Shaun Deeb hijacks the show and tells the story of an old t-shirt that his wife wears to this day saying “Shaun F*cking Deeb”!
  • 40:15 – Looking back on “Solve for Hollywood” week on Poker After Dark, and looking ahead at some juicy lineups featuring John Cynn and Tony Miles!

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Aug 8, 2018

He’s funny, he’s hairy, and knows a lot about poker! He’s Joe Stapleton, and this week’s on the Heads Up with Remko Podcast. The Poker Central Podcast Network is sponsored by Keeps.com. Check out Keeps.com/PokerGO for more information on this subscription-based anti-hair loss medication.

  • 2:50 – The start of the interview with Joe Stapleton.
  • 4:10 – Looking at Joe’s work at the 2018 World Series of Poker, being on the sidelines during a plethora of events, and how he can no longer party all night and work all day.
  • 6:33 – Joe Stapleton looks back on his first World Series of Poker in 2005 with Scott Huff at CardPlayer.
  • 8:00 – That time Joe Stapleton eating Phil Hellmuth’s leftovers, and gambling his way through a summer on little sleep.
  • 12:00 – The lack of fun in reporting, and pivoting to producing and hosting videos.
  • 14:30 – The start of podcasts in poker, Scott Huff, Mike Matusow, PokerWire and the start of PokerRoad and PokerRoad Radio.
  • 17:30 – Stories from Joe’s time at PokerRoad, and whether or not it could’ve been more successful.
  • 20:45 – Remko tells the story of interviewing Phil Ivey after he won his 10th career bracelet.
  • 25:40 – Joe Stapleton’s Phil Ivey story, parting in Monte Carlo, Daniel Negreanu getting slapped in the face and wheeling him to his room after a drunk night out before the Super High Roller event.
  • 33:45 – The many jobs Stapes has had and is doing in poker.
  • 37:54 – How Joe Stapleton got his start on the European Poker Tour, hosting and commentating on the biggest tournament series outside of North America.
  • 43:30 – Joe Stapleton’s role as funny guy and poker expert and getting into legal trouble in the UK!
  • 49:40 – How Stapleton creates his jokes and gets his material, and what works and doesn’t work on TV.
  • 55:20 – How to deal with criticism, and what to do about the trolls and haters?
  • 57:50 – How much room is there to be funny during a serious poker event when the money is big and the pressure is on, and what are some of Stapleton’s worst moments on TV?
  • 1:03:05 – Joe Stapleton’s stand-up comedy aspirations and performing all over the world? 

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Aug 2, 2018

The 2018 WSOP Main Event champion joins the Poker Central Podcast to talk about how his life changed after winning the biggest tournament of the year! 

  • 0:40 – Brent Hanks’ rodent problem and recovering from the WSOP.
  • 1:58 – The return of Poker After Dark with Matt Berkey and Garrett Adelstein.
  • 4:57 – Hand Histories is now available on PokerGO, Remko and Brent share their thoughts on the six hands that were featured with Daniel Negreanu, Joseph Cheong, Matt Affleck, Jeremy Ausmus, Brian Rast, and Bryan Piccioli.
  • 7:50 – Recapping the 2018 WSOP Main Event: Joe Cada’s insane run, our love for Kelly Minkin, John Cynn’s run, Michael Dyer's cereal and the emotions of Tony Miles.
  • 14:00 – The interview with 2018 WSOP Main Event champion John Cynn.
  • 17:00 – What’s it like to be the winner of the biggest poker tournament in the world and the fame that comes along with it, John Cynn describes.
  • 20:19 – John Cynn looks back on finishing 11th in 2016, and why that experience didn’t come with any regrets or pain.
  • 27:05 – Setting the record straight on how John’s last name is pronounced, and how his win is viewed by his Korea friends and family.
  • 30:55 – John Cynn on making his debut on Poker After Dark on PokerGO, and potentially playing in the Poker Masters.
  • 36:24 – Did John Cynn party at all after winning the WSOP Main Event? He tells the story.
  • 40:25 – The comradery with Tony Miles, the frustrations during the heads up and the coldness John experienced with Tony in the heat of the moment with all the money on the line.
  • 47:05 – Brent and Remko speculate on Tony Miles vs John Cynn.
  • 50:30 – Brent Hanks talks about his new role during Poker After Dark broadcasts. 

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Jul 25, 2018

During the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, Chief Digital Officer JR McCabe sat down with Remko Rinkema to talk about everything you ever wanted to know about PokerGO, the live streaming, the ESPN deal, Super High Roller Bowl and how the PokerGO Studio was created.

  • 3:03 – The start of the interview with JR McCabe, his World Series of Poker excitement, doing a job he loves, seeing it all come together in Las Vegas, seeing the growth potential of the game and what goes into it on the production side.
  • 5:55 – Seeing the World Series of Poker through the eye of JR McCabe, someone who comes from the finance and marketing world, and whether or not the increased numbers in the WSOP Main Event over the last two years can be attributed to PokerGO and ESPN live coverage.
  • 9:08 – The birth of the idea of PokerGO, and the goals and vision behind the platform.
  • 14:38 – Looking back on the five months leading up to the launch of PokerGO prior to the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl and World Series of Poker.
  • 17:00 – How PokerGO got a seat at the table to bring in the World Series of Poker.
  • 19:00 – The end of the November Nine era, broadcasting the WSOP Main Event live on ESPN and PokerGO in the summer, and bringing in mainstream sponsors to poker.
  • 25:30 – Creating the WSOP Main Event product for ESPN in combination with live broadcasts in the summer and the NBC Sports hours of Poker Masters, U.S. Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 30:25 – Creating new events such as the Poker Masters and U.S. Poker Open.
  • 33:25 – Jr McCabe speaks on interacting with the top players in poker, dealing with criticism from fans and players and helping to bring an understanding of PokerGO looking to expand the game of poker and the number of hours that are being streamed live and shown on TV.
  • 40:10 – The idea and realization of the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino.
  • 47:25 – How the PokerGO Studio will be utilized aside from the marquee poker events and the creation of original content.
  • 52:06 – JR McCabe’s favorite pieces of original programming on PokerGO and looking ahead at what’s to come.
  • 55:45 – The New York connection, JR McCabe speaks on his sports fandom, adopting the Las Vegas Golden Knights and diving back into the beginnings of his professional career.
  • 1:01:40 – Lessons JR McCabe has learned from years of working in the content business that he can transfer to the world of poker.
  • 1:04:16 – Moving from a big global brand to the poker industry to build something brand new.
  • 1:06:15 – Live sports and poker on TV in the era in which TV subscribership is going down.
  • 1:08:00 – Speaking on panels, talking to non-poker people about the game, sponsorships, commercial opportunities and the subscription model.
  • 1:11:45 – How important are marquee poker players for the success of live streams and poker on TV?

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Jul 15, 2018

On the final podcast of the 2018 WSOP Main Event a winner is crowned in the biggest tournament of the year. John Cynn took home the $8.8 million first prize and will go down in history as the winner of the longest heads-up in Main Event history.

  • Opening the show are Remko Rinkema and Lance Bradley, previewing the action and diving into the narratives of the Final 3, but not before briefly looking back on the previous night in which 2009 Main Event champ Joe Cada was eliminated.
  • 14:42 – An interview with the most colorful character from the 2017 WSOP Main Event, John Hesp.
  • 22:19 – Michael Dyer speaks after getting eliminated in third place for $3,750,000.
  • 26: 02 – After a grueling 10-hour heads-up match, Tony Miles speaks about winning $5 million and the sour taste of missing out on the title.
  • 31:09 – The champ speaks! John Cynn talks about the emotions of winning the WSOP Main Event and collecting $8.8 million.

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Jul 14, 2018

On this short podcast, a recap of Day 9 of the WSOP Main Event and interviews with Aram Zobian, Nic Manion, Tony Miles and John Cynn. 

  • 1:22 – Interview with 6th-place finisher Aram Zobian.
  • 10:35 – Interview with 4th-place finisher Nic Manion.
  • 14:00 – Interview with Main Event chip leader Tony Miles at the end of the night.
  • 17:40 – Interview with John Cynn, second in chips heading into the final night of play.

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Jul 13, 2018

On this podcast, interviews with the final six players and the departed, Antoine Labat, Artem Metalidi and Alex Lynskey. 

  • 1:05 – An interview with Aram Zobian before the start of play.
  • 5:40 – The interview with Antoine Labat after busting out in ninth place for $1,000,000.
  • 12:50 – Artem Metaldi speaks to the media after busting in eighth place for $1,250,000.
  • 15:25 – Alex Lynskey speaks to the media after getting eliminated in seventh place for $1,500,000.
  • 18:29 – 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada talks about his prospects heading into the second day of final table play.
  • 20:50 – Nic Manion talks about his first day at the final table, losing chips but remaining confident.
  • 22:35 – Tony Miles talks about enjoying the final table action and living in the moment.
  • 26:10 – John Cynn analyzes his chances to win and talks about the first day at the final table.
  • 29:33 – Chip leader Michael Dyer shares his thoughts on the first day at the final table and getting down to six players.
  • 30:31 – Looking ahead at the action that’s still to come on Friday and Saturday night.

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Jul 12, 2018

The final table is set! The final nine players are guaranteed $1,000,000 and on this podcast, you will hear everything you need to know in order to get ready for the action on ESPN and PokerGO. 

  • Diving right in with a recap of the action at the start of Day 7, we go through all eliminations up to the point where Eric Froehlich busted out holding queens versus the kings of Alex Lynskey.
  • 3:47 – The elimination of Erich Froehlich and an interview with Alex Lynskey after grabbing the chip lead because of that hand.
  • 9:50 – PocketFives Editor-in-Chief Lance Bradley shares his thoughts on the insanity of Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event and what storylines to look for.
  • 17:01 – With 12 players remaining, we spoke to Artem Metalidi from Ukraine who was full of confidence on his position in the tournament.
  • 27:01 – After reaching the Final 9, we spoke to chip leader Nicholas Manion who won one of the most epic hands in Main Event history with aces versus the kings of both Antoine Labat and Yuegi Zhu.
  • 30:32 – Second in chips, but dominant all day, Michael Dyer talks about his position at the table and the thoughts of winning the Main Event.
  • 33:23 – The emotional story of Tony Miles, currently third in chips after overcoming a battle with addiction.
  • 37:47 – An interview with John Cynn, 11th-place finisher in 2016 and now in strong contention for a multi-million dollar score in the 2018 Main Event.
  • 42:04 – Despite a short stack, Artem Metalidi thinks he’s only one double up away from being the favorite to win this whole thing.
  • 43:58 – Previewing the rest of the final table and giving you all the insights on how to watch and follow three days of WSOP Main Event coverage on ESPN and PokerGO.

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Jul 11, 2018

On this podcast, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema recap the action, as well as interviews with Joe Cada, Kelly Minkin, Brian Yoon, Martijn Gerrits and Sylvain Loosli.

  • The show starts with some good old analysis from Brent Hanks on some of the most exciting hands of Day 6 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
  • 27:10 – Joe Cada goes for his second WSOP Main Event title, and here’s what he had to say about those prospects.
  • 36:39 – The start of the recap of Day 6: Big stacks, eliminations and much more.
  • 38:05 – An interview with Kelly Minkin after being eliminated from the tournament in 50th
  • 42:06 – Brian Yoon made Day 6 of the WSOP Main Event for the third time, but fell short once again. Here’s what he had to say.
  • 48:50 – Dutchman Martijn Gerrits takes a great stack into Day 7 and he looked ahead at what’s still to come.
  • 52:40 – Frenchman Sylvain Loosli looks to improve on his fourth-place finish in the 2013 WSOP Main Event, taking a little shy of the average to Day 7.

Don’t miss a minute of Day 7 coverage of the WSOP Main Event on Wednesday starting at 3:30pm ET on PokerGO until midnight ET, followed by the grand finale on ESPN2 at midnight until the final table is set!

 

Jul 10, 2018

On the 100th episode of the podcast, we have extended interviews with Joe Stapleton, Brent Hanks and Main Event conders Kelly Minkin, Cliff Josephy, Shannon Shorr, Frederik Jensen and Bary Lybaert. 

  • To start off the show, Joe Stapleton joins the fun to talk about his role on the ESPN broadcast, good and bad jokes, trolls and tinder tips.
  • 37:21 – Brent Hanks joins the show to talk about his 2018 WSOP Main Event and much more.
  • 57:01 – When she had the chip lead early on Day 5, we spoke to Kelly Minkin about the gravity of the moment.
  • 1:00:00 – Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema talk about how big it would be if a woman were to make the final table, and other big storylines.
  • 1:04:59 – Cliff Josephy, still in contention at this point, talks about how great the experience was in 2016 when he finished third and how much fun he’s having this year.
  • 1:10:15 – An interview with chip leader Bart Lybaert on the final break of Day 5.
  • 1:14:31 – Recapping the day that ended with a power outage, setting up the players for an extremely long Day 6.
  • 1:15:53 – An interview with Shannon Shorr at the end of the night.
  • 1:19:20 – Recapping the Day 5 action with a look at all the big stacks in contention and an interview with Danish pro Frederik Jensen.
  • 1:24:00 – Expectations and predictions for Day 6 of the Main Event.

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Jul 9, 2018

On today’s show, interviews with Brian Altman about his great run and busting Phil Ivey in a hand many considered a blow-up, Scott Vener about finding the game of poker and the meaning of his deep run, James Obst about getting his mind and body right in the biggest spot of the year, Chino Rheem about getting another chance at winning and Antonio Esfandiari about making friends and having fun.

  • Starting the show with a rundown of notable eliminations and big action from Day 4 of the Main Event.
  • 2:46 – Brian Altman bagged up one of the biggest stacks on Day 4, in part due to knocking out Phil Ivey on the feature table. Altman tells the story of the hand and the excitement of this event.
  • 8:47 – More eliminations on Day 4, followed by an interview featuring Scott Vener, making a deep run in the Main Event for the first time.
  • 15:33 – His volatile style has him jumping all over the leaderboard, but when Chino Rheem has chips it’s always fun to watch. Rheem talks briefly about why he tends to perform very well in the Main Event.
  • 19:00 – Talking to James Obst, as the Aussie pro reflects back on his 13th-place run in the 2016 Main Event and how he’s feeling about his chances this year.
  • 25:20 – Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari had a day filled with swings and talked about his style of play and the various opponents he’s facing so far.
  • 27:11 – The big stacks and big storylines to end Day 4, and what to look forward to on Day 5!

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Jul 8, 2018

 

Featured today on your daily WSOP Main Event podcast, Jeff Gross, Lacey Jones, Benjamin Pollak, Jake Cody, Scott Vener, Kelly Minkin and the exciting sounds of the money bubble!

  • Starting the show with poker player and content creator extraordinaire Jeff Gross to talk about his summer in Las Vegas.
  • 1:15 – Jeff Gross talks about playing post-lim tournaments after a disappointing elimination in the Main Event.
  • 3:00 – Differing styles: Jeff Gross talks about grinding and playing it cool versus swinging for the fences and all the content he’s creating this summer.
  • 7:45 – How and why did Jeff Gross start vlogging, streaming on Twitch and creating content?
  • 9:27 – Jeff Gross’ favorite vlogs and looking at his results in 2018.
  • 12:23 – Stake Kings: Jeff Gross shares his thoughts on the buying and selling of action at mark-up.
  • 16:32 – What will Jeff Gross be up to when the WSOP wraps up?
  • 19:36 – 100,000 subscribers on YouTube or a $100,000 score to end the summer? What will Jeff Gross pick?
  • 22:10 – The interview with Lacey Jones on Day 3 of the Main Event as she looked for her first cash in this event.
  • 26:38 – An interview with the third-place finisher in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, Benjamin Pollak, who’s going strong again on Day 3 in 2018.
  • 32:12 – Triple Crown winner Jake Cody joins the show about his dreams of making the WSOP Main Event final table.
  • 35:23 – The sounds of the 2018 WSOP Main Event money bubble.
  • 36:51 – An interview with Liv Boeree on the money bubble.
  • 38:00 – The final hand to burst the bubble, the official call by tournament director Jack Effel.
  • 40:10 – Music producer and poker player Scott Vener locks up his first WSOP Main Event cash and shares his story.
  • 41:34 – Kelly Minkin – 29th-place finisher in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, bags up a big stack on Day 4 and shares her goal of winning the tournament.
  • 43:03 – Recapping the action of the day and a look at the big stacks and big names remaining in the tournament. 

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Jul 7, 2018

Day 2C of the WSOP Main Event saw a total of 1,655 players advance to the third day of play, leaving 2,786 total players in contention for the first prize of $8.8 million. On the podcast today, we spoke to poker commentary David Tuchman, and two players who advanced to Day 3: poker superstar Patrik Antonius and three-time Olympic medalist Fatima Moreira de Melo.

  • 0:00 – The start of the show featuring Twitch and PokerGO commentator David Tuchman who busted on Day 2AB of the Main Event. Tuchman talks about his Main Event experience, doing commentary all summer on a variety of final tables, learning from doing commentary and the growing excitement of the Twitch audience for non-hold’em games.
  • 24:31 – Fatima Moreira de Melo joins the show on the third break of the day to talk about her competitive edge and the excitement of playing poker at a high level after competing at the Olympics.
  • 37:57 – At the end of Day 2C, Patrik Antonius talks about his day, returning to the WSOP Main Event for the first time in six years, feeling bad about having missed the biggest event of the year so many times due to making cash games his top priority and his overall excitement for this tournament.
  • 45:37 – Recapping Day 2C: Chip leaders, eliminations and exciting things to look forward to on Day 3. (PHIL IVEY!)

Please rate, review and subscribe to this podcast network through your favorite podcasting apps, and reach us on podcast@pokercentral.com. Tune in to EPSN2 on Saturday for Day 3 coverage from 6-9:30pm ET, followed by coverage of the night portion of this event on PokerGO starting at 9:30pm ET. Subscribe right now to PokerGO and never miss another big event as well as an extensive on-demand library of content.

 

Jul 7, 2018

On this very special episode of Heads Up with Remko, Norm MacDonald joins the show to talk about his struggle with gambling and his love for poker.

  • 3:15 - The start of the interview with Norm MacDonald, setting the scene for a conversation that dives deep into gambling, poker, and golf.
  • 4:52 - The relationship between Norm MacDonald and Las Vegas, and his time playing 20 tables of online poker at the same time.
  • 6:00 - Getting into poker as a kid in New York City and playing in the Mayfair club with the characters that were the inspiration for Rounders.
  • 8:25 - To Norm's surprise No Limit Hold'em became the most popular poker game, and how poorly poker is usually portrayed in Hollywood movies. 
  • 10:40 - The first time Norm MacDonald went to Las Vegas, and how he lost a few thousand dollars before he was even checked-in to the hotel.
  • 11:45 - How Norm won more than $100,000 playing craps at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. 
  • 14:35 - Norm opens up about going broke three different times due to gambling.
  • 15:55 - How gambling is only fun when it hurts and why Norm played so much online poker and was he actually a good player?
  • 18:50 - How to combine a busy lifestyle in entertainment with gambling, and how he got really deep into sports betting. 
  • 20:52 - The rush of adrenaline that comes with going on stage, and how it compares to gambling.
  • 23:30 - What can go wrong when going on stage, and the vices of Norm's colleagues in the entertainment business.
  • 25:50 - The motivation behind Norm's creative process, and the lack of evolution in stand-up comedy.
  • 28:20 - The challenges in stand-up comedy, and how to get a laugh.
  • 30:58 - Doing commentary on High Stakes Poker, and how there's little room for comedy in poker commentary.
  • 33:05 - Following Scott Blumstein's 2017 WSOP Main Event run through social media, and why Norm prefers playing Single Table Satellites over the bigger events.
  • 36:05 - What makes poker so exciting?
  • 37:36 - Playing in the Super High Roller Celebrity Poker Shootout with Hank Azaria, James Alexander, Kevin Pollak and Brad Garrett.
  • 39:15 - Playing small stakes poker with friends, and high stakes home games in Hollywood. 
  • 43:05 - The fun and joy of playing live poker and having interesting conversations.
  • 44:45 - Retiring jokes, upcoming shows, and the Main Event.

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Jul 6, 2018

Day 2AB of the 2018 WSOP Main Event was an epic one, but this podcast might even be more exciting as we have a plethora of guests and storylines on the show!

Remko is joined by Barstool Smitty, Barstool Nate, co-host Brent Hanks, Hollywood stars Ray Romano and Kevin Pollak as well as Michael Mizrachi and his brothers Eric and Donny. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

  • 0:30 - Barstool Smitty joins the show to talk about his Day 2 action, and the excitement of being amidst a journey that might lead to a massive payday!
  • 12:10 – Barstool Nate and Brent Hanks join the show to talk about their Day 1 WSOP Main Event action, the biggest life bad beats, their rooting interests and plenty more shenanigans.
  • 45:00 – Randal Emmett talks about his marching band on Day 1 and buying 1,500 ice cream bars on Day 2 for all the players in the Amazon room.
  • 47:50 – Hollywood star Kevin Pollak was eliminated on Day 2, he joins the show to explain where it all went wrong.
  • 51:30 – Hollywood star Ray Romano talks us through his Day 2 action, his dreams of making the money and the excitement of playing in the WSOP Main Event.
  • 57:45 – Playing at the main feature table on Day 2, Michael Mizrachi dominated the action. We spoke to him and his two brothers Eric and Donny about his volatile style and the chances of all three brothers of making a deep run.
  • 1:04:20 – Recapping the Day 2AB action: Chip leaders, big names and bustouts.

If you’re new to the show, please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast by searching for it on your phone’s podcast app. To stay up to date with all the latest from the 2018 WSOP Main Event, subscribe to PokerGO right now.

Jul 5, 2018

 

The 2018 WSOP Main Event turned out to be the second largest in its 49-year history, creating a prize pool north of $474 million as 7,874 players entered the event. Among those, defending champion Scott Blumstein and Barstool Nate, who both joined us on the podcast today. Also checking in is Sarah Herring, who talks about her Main Event memories and shares some party tips for Las Vegas.

  • 2:27 – The interview with Barstool Nate, looking back on his 2017 run, the drama, and why things aren’t going his way just yet in the 2018 Main Event.
  • 11:18 – Sarah Herring joins the podcast to talk about her WSOP Main Event memories, drinking tips for Las Vegas and how she’s gotten kicked out of casinos back in the day.
  • 26:33 – Reigning WSOP Main Event champion Scott Blumstein joins the show to talk about his elimination on Day 1A, and how different things are this year compared to last year.
  • 34:41 – Chip leaders, big eliminations, the prize pool, payouts and much more on this segment as we get you caught up with all the action from Day 1C. 

Tune in for more coverage of the WSOP Main Event on PokerGO and ESPN every single day until a winner is crowned on July 15th. Subscribe right now to PokerGO and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action every single day, as well as an extensive on-demand library that includes every WSOP Main Event broadcast from 2011 through 2017.

Jul 4, 2018

PocketFives Editor-in-Chief Lance Bradley joins the Poker Central Podcast on Day 1B of the WSOP Main Event to recap both Day 1A and 1B. Also on this show: Interviews with PokerGO sweepstakes winner Seth Weintraub, Ali Nejad, Jack Effel and Kenny Hallaert.

  • 0:35 – Going back in time with Lance Bradley, who wore the same shirt for a year straight, winning a prop bet versus Antonio Esfandiari.
  • 4:47 – Looking back on Day 1A with Lance Bradley: Chip leaders, early eliminations and big storylines from the first day of the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
  • 13:30 – The story of how NBA star Dwight Howard bought an enormous mansion in Lance Bradley’s neighborhood, and whether it’s important for the Main Event to have big names to make the final days.
  • 18:50 – The amazing stories, people and players in the WSOP Main Event.
  • 24:45 – An interview with PokerGO Sweepstakes winner Seth Weintraub, playing his first ever WSOP Main Event.
  • 30:00 – Lance and Remko talk about playing at the World Series of Poker. Will they ever make it into this event?
  • 35:00 – Strong numbers for Day 1B and high hopes for day 1C, is this year going to be bigger than 2017?
  • 42:00 – Kenny Hallaert busted the 2018 WSOP Main Event early on Day 1A, where did it go wrong? We spoke to the Belgian pro who made the November Nine in 2016.
  • 56:00 – There are bracelet events ongoing during the WSOP Main Event? How do we feel about that?
  • 58:00 – Lance Bradley’s first visit to the WSOP Main Event in 2005, the sponsorship craze, and the start of the November Nine.
  • 1:10:00 – The big man behind the World Series of Poker, Jack Effel, speaks about his excitement for Day 1B and 1C.
  • 1:17:10 – A conversation with Ali Nejad, one of the lead commentators for the ESPN and PokerGO WSOP Main Event coverage.
  • 1:25:45 – Lance Bradley talks about the book he released earlier this summer titled ‘The Pursuit of Poker Success’.

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Jul 2, 2018

 

Today on the show, Remko is joined by one of the biggest names in esports, Alan 'Hotted89' Widmann. The world-class World of Warcraft player has made quite the name for himself on Twitch and YouTube, but he's also venturing deeper and deeper into the game of poker.  

  • 2:40 – The start of the interview with Alan Widmann, how he almost cashed the WSOP Main Event on his first try in 2017, and how much time he’s putting into his poker game.
  • 5:40 – The learning curve of poker, watching it as a kid and getting a chance to play through a Unibet sponsorship.
  • 8:56 – The fast-paced action of esports versus the slow burn of live poker, and comparing practicing for poker versus esports.
  • 13:20 – How did Alan become a famous esports player and streamer?
  • 20:00 – Can you make a living playing video games? How hard is it? And stories of Alan doing private coaching for World of Warcraft.
  • 25:20 – Why do people watch live streams? Is the purely because of the high level of skill the streamer has, or can it also just be for pure entertainment?
  • 28:08 – Which game should you play to become a famous streamer, and where is the most money at?
  • 34:08 – Alan’s goals as a poker player, or will always primarily be an esports player?
  • 37:08 – Born in Venezuela, Alan talks about his childhood and how unsafe it is in one of the poorest countries in South America.
  • 46:24 – Alan’s current lifestyle: Streaming, practicing, poker and much more.
  • 50:15 – Is there too much competition on Twitch to ever become a big-time streamer if you’re starting from 0 right now? Alan shares advice for beginning streamers.
  • 56:05 – Alan shares his thoughts on the future of esports, his future and his goals for 2018.

Watch the 2018 WSOP Main Event right now on PokerGO, as Alan Widmann along with thousands of other players will look to capture that first prize of more than $8 million!

Jun 30, 2018

Frank Op de Woerd and Poker Central's own Remko Rinkema traveled the international poker circuit together for many years, and today they dive into the memory bank for some good stories before previewing the 2018 WSOP Main Event. 

  • 0:55 - PokerNews' Head of Content Frank Op de Woerd looks back on the 2018 WSOP up until this point.
  • 02:51 - Frank sets the story straight on a wild night of partying in 2009, a story previously told by Remko on a previous episode.
  • 04:09 - Frank's favorite memories of Las Vegas and looking back on his early years at the World Series of Poker starting in 2008.
  • 07:43 - Frank tells a story of losing his phone, and finding it the next day at the food court in The Palms, as well as losing his phone, wallet, and passport right before having to fly back to the Netherlands. 
  • 11:39 - Frank's first WSOP in 2008, and the memories of visiting Vegas as a massive poker fan. 
  • 15:30 - Las Vegas tips from Frank. 
  • 20:00 - Live reporting, the tricks of the trade and why certain mistakes are hard to avoid. 
  • 22:50 - The first years of reporting on the WSOP, and how things have changed over time. 
  • 27:33 - Main Event memories.
  • 30:35 - Looking back on the November Nine era and the change to live action in the summer until a winner is crowned. 
  • 35:40 - Storylines such as John Hesp in the Main Event, do true poker fans prefer this over high-level play?
  • 37:50 - Heroes and villains in the WSOP Main Event. 
  • 40:25 - Frank's predictions for the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
  • 44:25 - The future prospects for the WSOP with casinos in Las Vegas offering more and more big events in the summer.
  • 46:20 - Frank's thoughts on the future of the game of poker.

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Jun 28, 2018

Jared Tendler is one of poker’s most prolific mental coaches. Over the course of the last decade, Tendler has written The Mental Game of Poker 1 and 2, and coached more than 500 poker players, day traders, golfers and esports players.

Today on this podcast, Tendler gives us new insights into the mental game of esports and provides you with the ultimate mental game primer for the WSOP Main Event. 

  • 2:20 – Jared Tendler diving into Esports, providing mental coaching to Team Nazgul.
  • 4:40 – Team Nazgul won The International, collecting nearly $12 million for the team.
  • 08:03 – The financials of winning in Esports, and the room for growth in mental coaching for Esports players.
  • 12:05 – Comparing Esports to poker from a mental game perspective, and how team construction and coaching apply to Esports.
  • 17:00 – Esports live events, prize pools, comparing it to the WSOP Main Event, and looking at the future of Esports.
  • 23:02 – Pivoting to the World Series of Poker Main Event: How do the changes of the Main Event format affect the mental game, mental coaching and approach?
  • 28:45 – Why is it so common for Main Event chip leaders to blow up on Day 7, as the final table is in sight? Jared provides a mental game analysis, and how to notice that you’re approaching a blow-up?
  • 33:26 – What are trigger warnings that can lead to a blow up in big poker tournaments, and how to stay calm throughout? Jared shares crucial tips to maintain focus during the event.
  • 37:36 – Jared Tendler’s Top 3 tips for mental focus and strength during a big tournament.
  • 41:04 – How to deal with a player that’s belligerent, aggressive and trying to throw you off your game during a big event such as the Main Event?
  • 43:40 – How to practice getting better at focusing at the table for extended periods of time? How to put your phone down, lock in and think about what matters at your table.
  • 48:22 – Starting your day strong in the WSOP Main Event: What’s the best approach?
  • 53:22 – Jared Tendler gives you the tools to refocus and get over the hump after taking a bad beat, losing half your stack or playing a hand poorly, and why you shouldn’t get discouraged or frustrated when this happens.
  • 57:26 – Dinner break! How to approach this in the Main Event, when you have a lot of important hours left to play upon returning. Jared shares some quick tips on staying focused and not relaxing too much.
  • 1:01:09 – Goal setting in the WSOP Main Event.
  • 1:04:55 – How to deal with fatigue in the later stages of the day or the tournament?
  • 1:07:30 – Jared Tendler’s tips for final table preparation.
  • 1:13:15 – How does poker’s evolution towards GTO play affect the importance of mental coaching?
  • 1:15:12 – The finishing touches: What to focus on in the days leading up to a big event.
  • 1:17:00 – Jared Tendler’s new course about focus, and other things he’s working on.

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Jun 27, 2018

Eric ‘Basebaldy’ Baldwin is one of the most consistent and dedicated poker pros out there, and last week he won his second career gold bracelet. Baldwin joins the show to talk about his family life, the passing of his father, the ups and downs of being a pro, and why the average skill level in live poker is heavily overstated.

  • 2:18 – What sticks out to Eric Baldwin about winning his second career WSOP bracelet, and Brent Hanks missing his best friend’s wedding.
  • 5:50 – Reliving Baldwin’s bracelet win, how it compares to other wins and how it fits into his career as a professional?
  • 9:25 – Baldwin wanted to square up a $10,000 fantasy sports debt, and somehow turned it into a six-figure win? How did he pull that off?
  • 11:48 – The California Story: Brent Hanks and Eric Baldwin road-tripping their way into a big score and lots of drinks.
  • 14:50 – Degen stories from Brent Hanks and Eric Baldwin.
  • 21:55 – Is Remko going to party with Post Malone?
  • 27:50 – High stakes fantasy sports!
  • 34:45 – Eric Baldwin’s professional approach, risk-averse style and how that’s changing.
  • 44:45 – The family life, and how he combines it with professional poker.
  • 48:56 – The lowest point of Baldwin’s career, how to grow past it and how the memory of his father lives on, and how he came up in the game and how he parents supported him throughout of it.
  • 57:00 – Is the growth of the average skill in poker overstated, and how much value is there still in being a live-poker grinder?
  • 1:04:50 – The style of play that makes Eric Baldwin into a top player that has consistently won for many years.
  • 1:09:15 – Paying attention at the table, picking up on little things, and how every player sees every situation differently, making poker the most fascinating games in the world.
  • 1:13:45 – Using and absorbing the information gathered in live events, and how even the best online players struggle to adjust to the live game.

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Jun 22, 2018

Felipe Ramos is one of the most exciting players and personalities in the game today, traveling the international circuit and taking his friends and followers along for the ride through his popular Instagram page.

During the 2018 WSOP, we caught up with the Brazilian pro for an in-depth conversation that took us from his childhood in Sao Paulo, working in finance and discovering poker to traveling the world, playing high stakes and plenty of insights into Brazilian culture, music, food and much more, capped off by some guitar play and singing from Ramos himself. 

  • 01:01 – Felipe Ramos and his love for Las Vegas, visiting for the first time in 2008, and his life as a financial advisor.
  • 5:22 – The social media lifestyle, supporting Brazilian players at the WSOP, and interacting with his fans every single day.
  • 19:43 – The early days of Felipe Ramos, finding inspiration and learning from his father how to live life, and convincing his father that this was a good career choice.
  • 33:20 – Discovering the game of poker, and transitioning from working an office job to being a poker professional.
  • 48:50 – Breaking out into the higher stakes, traveling to Europe for his first EPT after securing a sponsorship with a Brazilian poker website.
  • 58:05 – Cashing in his first EPT ever, the “luck” of not winning a lot of money early on in his career, progressing as a player and seeing the popularity of poker grow in Brazil.
  • 1:21:58 – The evolution of poker in Brazil, learning mixed games, becoming a famous player in his home country, and connecting with celebrities such as Neymar and Ronaldo.
  • 1:45:19 – Soccer talk with Felipe, the Brazil national team, relationships with the players and looking back on the big wins and losses and how it affected the country.
  • 2:00:40 – Looking into the future of Felipe’s poker career and beyond, travel tips, tips for visiting Brazil, Brazilian food, music culture and closing out with some guitar and singing from Felipe himself.

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Jun 19, 2018

Poker Hall of Fame member and winner of 10 WSOP bracelets, Doyle Brunson, recently announced his retirement from poker. On this podcast, you can listen to his peers and friends discussing whether this is the last we’ve seen of Texas Dolly, and how he should be remembered. 

  • Starting with an introduction, this podcast is fully focused on Doyle Brunson’s last ever event at the World Series of Poker.
  • 2:55 – Painting the picture of Doyle’s final two days inside the Amazon Room, competing for his eleventh WSOP bracelet, and an introduction to the players interviewed for this show.
  • 6:09 – The interview with Doyle Brunson that sparked a flurry of articles on his retirement. Read the Poker Central article right here.
  • 12:21 – Phil Ivey speaks on the iconic status of Doyle Brunson in the game of poker.
  • 14:05 – Poker agent Brian Ballsbaugh speaks on a standing lunch he has with Doyle and Jack Binion, as well as talking on the phone with his wife Louise.
  • 16:03 – Head of the production at PokerGO, and a poker legend in his own right, Mori Eskandani, speaks on meeting Doyle for the very first time in Lake Tahoe, and the gravity of the moment as Doyle was on his way to make the final table in the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw event.
  • 19:36 – Paul Volpe and Dario Sammartino, two young and very successful players, spoke on the unique experience of playing against Doyle in his last ever WSOP event.
  • 22:28 – At the end of Day 2 of the tournament, Brian Rast spoke on playing against Doyle in Bobby’s Room, and the sad reality of Doyle also departing from the high stakes cash games at the end of the summer.
  • 26:36 – Another conversation with Doyle about playing on the final day of the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw tournament, and the responses he’s gotten since announcing his retirement.
  • 29:37 – Phil Galfond talks about playing against Doyle Brunson in high stakes mixed games, and how good he must’ve been in his heyday.
  • 31:44 – Brian Rast wins the final tournament at the WSOP Doyle Brunson entered, and he speaks on the importance of this moment, Doyle’s legacy and the respect he has for his game and his person.
  • 37:06 – Long-time friend and rival, Eli Elezra, talks about playing with Doyle in the biggest cash games in the world, playing Chinese poker against him, and whether or not he believes that he will actually retire.
  • 43:04 – Poker Hall of Fame member Mike Sexton talks about betting big with Doyle on the golf course, his legendary status, and not believing that this is the last we’ve seen of the Godfather of Poker.

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Jun 15, 2018

One of Barstool Sport’s finest degenerates is joining the show, as Remko Rinkema and Brent Hanks get the best stories out of Smitty. The podcast is also excited to announce a new sponsor, Keeps.com! Check them out on Keeps.com/PokerGO.

  • 3:48 - Smitty’s debut in the Las Vegas mixed game scene, winning all the money, and a recap of the rest of his night featuring Scott Blumstein.
  • 07:55 – The unsuccessful World Series of Poker event played by Smitty on this short Las Vegas Smitty trip.
  • 9:48 – Brent Hanks: Joe McKeehen is a young Phil Hellmuth.
  • 10:14 – The Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl win; Smitty explains where the Philly attitude and chip on their shoulder comes from.
  • 12:48 – Why does Smitty hate New York City, including some seedy stories.
  • 13:08 – Diving into the Barstool brand, why Brent’s a big fan, why it’s been so successful, and looking back on the 2017 WSOP Main Event drama with El Prez and Nate.
  • 22:08 – Smitty’s best Las Vegas story, winning $70,000 in an online poker tournament and taking a big trip with his friends.
  • 25:56 – Remko dives into the archives and tells his most painful Las Vegas story from 2009.
  • 35:18 – Does Brent Hanks have a good Las Vegas story?
  • 37:18 – Smitty gives us his perfect night out in Philadelphia, and a variety of sports betting advice.
  • 40:05 – The boxing match between Smitty and the 20 Dollar Chef, and how he was supposed to fight Barstool Nate while on his knees.
  • 44:05 – Poker players owing money: Should they be outed more often to prevent future problems?
  • 47:30 – The Gambling Olympics. What is it? What’s going on?
  • 52:08 – How Smitty was once was turned down to become a video editor for porn.
  • 53:35 – Smitty’s most viral story on Barstool, which oddly enough was the story of his poker career and a massive upswing.
  • 58:05 – How Brent Hanks turned down being backed by Erick Lindgren.

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Jun 13, 2018

Remko and Brent link up for some podcast magic from the Amazon Room, jumping on some fancy new equipment to deliver you all the latest from the 2018 World Series of Poker.  

  • 1:30 – Brent Hanks reviews his play over the last few weeks: Two cashes but down about $10,000 to this point!
  • 4:22 – An extensive update of the GO Barstool GO $25k fantasy team, and some cheating from Brent Hanks who’s rooting for Jon Turner for his own personal benefit in the $500 ODB Fantasy League.
  • 12:05 – Getting ready for the Milly Maker final table featuring Joe McKeehen, Justin Liberto, Barny Boatman and Sam Razavi.
  • 16:10 – The legend, Doyle Brunson, played his last event at the World Series of Poker. We look back on the day, and share some memories of Doyle.
  • 20:40 – Is Brian Rast on his way to the Poker Hall of Fame after winning his fourth WSOP bracelet?
  • 24:05 – A Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey story from Brent, and the excitement of being in the middle of the action at the World Series of Poker.
  • 37:45 – Money talks. Memories of Black Friday and selling Full Tilt Poker funds to stay in the game.
  • 42:00 – The $10k HORSE on PokerGO has a stacked field and many more players than last year. Brent and Remko analyze the field and praise the play of Brian Rast.
  • 46:30 – Barstool talk: Smitty is in town, where is Nate? Brent hangs out with PFT and shows him around town.

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Jun 8, 2018

After a four-day hiatus at the World Series of Poker, the Poker Central Podcast is back! Remko jumps deep into all the latest winners at the Rio, and delivers interviews with Eli Elezra, Scott Seiver, Nick Petrangelo and Daniel Negreanu to get you caught up on all the latest from the biggest poker spectacle of the year. 

  • 1:40 – On the show today!
  • 2:22 – Recapping the latest events, starting with Paul Volpe winning the $10,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better Hi-Lo event.
  • 5:36 – Catching up with Eli Elezra, who missed the 2017 World Series of Poker, is eager to get a win this year and has dropped down in stakes a bit with regards to the cash games.
  • 13:35 – Recapping the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice, the Colossus.
  • 20:14 – An interview with Scott Seiver, who only expected to play a select few events at the 2018 World Series of Poker.
  • 23:10 – Johannes Becker wins his first bracelet in the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw event.
  • 24:45 – Nick Petrangelo wins the $100,000 High Roller WSOP event.
  • 25:47 – An interview with Nick Petrangelo on the biggest win of his live tournament career.
  • 32:48 – Providing context to Petrangelo’s great results, and looking at the Player of the Year standings lead by Elio Fox.
  • 35:22 – What to watch on PokerGO and Twitch! The $10k Heads Up and much more for your entertainment.
  • 38:26 – An extended interview with Daniel Negreanu from his trailer at the Rio. Negreanu talks about Phil Ivey at the WSOP and Phil Hellmuth’s statement of winning 24 bracelets during his career.
  • 47:58 – What’s next on Poker Central? Brent Hanks? Will he make his big return?

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Jun 4, 2018

Today on the show: Get caught up with all the latest from the World Series of Poker! We cover all the latest winners, get you caught up on what’s streaming today on Twitch and PokerGO, and we break down the entire $25,000 fantasy league.

  • 1:00 – Elio Fox! He’s already going for his second bracelet of 2018 at the final table of the $100,000 High Roller. Watch it live on PokerGO, here’s your final table preview that includes Nick Petrangelo, Bryn Kenney, Andreas Eiler, Aymon Hata and Stephen Chidwick.
  • 7:55 – The $10,000 Omaha Eight or Better Split event comes to Twitch today and PokerGO tomorrow. Phil Hellmuth is at the feature table, and here’s an overview of the top chip counts and everything else you need to know about this event.
  • 10:32 – Winner winner, chicken dinner! A rundown of the other winners at the World Series of Poker.
  • 14:35 – Day 2 action! Phil Ivey advanced in the Colossus, what’s going on the GIANT and PLO GIANT, as well as the Mixed Triple Draw that’s down to 12 players of which six are bracelet winners.
  • 19:10 – The full $25,000 Fantasy League breakdown! Reviewing every player on Team GO Barstool GO as well as the highest value players in this year’s draft.
  • 36:15 – Banter and fantasy analysis with Brent Hanks and Barstool Nate about our $25k Fantasy team.
  • 42:50 – In case you missed it: Wrapping things up with some final notes!

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Jun 2, 2018

The $100,000 High Roller at the World Series of Poker is underway and we spoke to Jason Mercier and Adrian Mateos! Mercier returns to poker after nearly a year off while Mateos looks to continue crushing things after his 2017 POY campaign.

  • 01:10 – The action of the day at the 2018 World Series of Poker! Joe McKeehen and Joe Cada square off on PokerGO to win the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em shootout for their third bracelet, while Mike Leah is in contention for the win on Twitch in the $1,500 Omaha Eight-or-Better event.
  • 5:38 – Short news from the Rio: The first flight of The GIANT, the $25k Fantasy league, and what you might’ve missed on Poker Central, the Cards for Kicks charity event.
  • 9:33 – Starting today: The Colossus, the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw.
  • 10:45 – Day 1 recap of the $100,000 High Roller event at the World Series of Poker.
  • 12:45 – An interview with Adrian Mateos: Was he a good value pick in the $25k Fantasy league? What’s his schedule like? How does he prepare and stay sharp during this intense stretch of high stakes action?
  • 16:12 – An interview with Jason Mercier: Is he still as sharp as last year after having not played much poker in the last 12 months?
  • 18:25 – An update on Jason Mercier’s last year, and the lack of poker’s he’s played during that stretch.
  • 20:57 – What is Jason Mercier looking forward to the most, and dabbling in a $2k/$4k game to shake off the rust.
  • 23:40 – What and when to watch on PokerGO and Twitch?

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May 31, 2018

That’s a wrap! The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl concluded last night with an epic final table that saw no less than four players hold the chip lead at various stages of the night. On this show, Justin Koon, Justin Bonomo, and Daniel Negreanu tell their story of the day, and we rundown all the important action of the most prestigious tournament of the year.

  • 1:10 – Running down the early eliminations from the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl final table.
  • 3:40 – Justin Bonomo coolers Jason Koon, followed by his elimination in third place. Jason Koon joins the show for an interview to look back on his final table play.
  • 6:45 – An interview with Daniel Negreanu before the start of the heads-up battle with Justin Bonomo.
  • 8:44 – An interview with Daniel Negreanu about finishing second in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 13:58 – The interview with the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl champion Justin Bonomo.
  • 15:20 – Justin Bonomo on the meaning of winning of more $15 million in just six months.
  • 16:00 – Justin Bonomo calls winning the Super High Roller Bowl a “career-defining” win.
  • 17:15 – Justin Bonomo talks about the support of his family, and his mom flying in to watch him play at the final table.
  • 19:55 – Wrapping up the Super High Roller Bowl and getting hyped up for the World Series of Poker. The first live stream on PokerGO kicks off on Saturday June 2nd with the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout.

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May 30, 2018

The Poker Central Podcast is the number one place to follow all the thrilling poker action from the around the globe! The Super High Roller Bowl final table is set, and on this podcast, we preview the players at the final table and play an interview with Justin Bonomo. 

The final table is let by Belorussian pro Mikitia ‘Fish2013’ Badziakouski who looks to continue his hot start of the year after winning nearly $3 million in 2018 so far. The final table seating order and chip counts are as follows.

Seat     Player  Country            Chip Count       Big Blinds

1          Justin Bonomo            USA                 3,965,000        159

2          Christoph Vogelsang   Germany         445,000           18

3          Mikita Badziakouski    Belarus            4,205,000        168

4          Daniel Negreanu         Canada            4,000,000        160

5          Nick Petrangelo          USA                 600,000           24

6          Jason Koon                  USA                 1,185,000        47

In the interview with Bonomo on this short preview podcast, he talks about the big hand versus Fedor Holz that put him in the chip lead, the support of his family, and his impressive run over the last six months that grossed him nearly $10 million.

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May 29, 2018

The Poker Central Podcast will keep you up to date with all the latest from the Super High Roller Bowl and World Series of Poker this summer! On this episode, we look at Day 2 of the Super High Roller Bowl and speak to Daniel Negreanu about his Las Vegas Golden Knights.

 Phil Hellmuth also joins the show and he talks about the disappointment of busting this event on Day 1 and his aspirations to win a total of 24 bracelets at the World Series of Poker when it’s all said and done.

  • 2:41 – Talking with Daniel Negreanu about the Las Vegas Golden Knights and his run in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 4:55 – Putting the Las Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup Final run into perspective with regards to Daniel Negreanu’s sports fandom.
  • 6:13 – Daniel Negreanu on his underdog position in the Super High Roller Bowl, and comparing it to the Las Vegas Golden Knight’s underdog run to the Stanley Cup Final.
  • 6:44 – The Day 3 chip counts of the Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 10:31 – The things Phill Hellmuth said after busting the Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 11:59 – Looking forward to the World Series of Poker with Phil Hellmuth.
  • 13:52 – Why the WSOP bracelets still matter the most to Phil Hellmuth.
  • 15:25 – The ultimate goal: Phill Hellmuth wants 24 total WSOP bracelets when it’s all said and done.
  • 17:59 – How to follow and watch Day 3 of the Super High Roller Bowl as we are getting closer and closer to the final table!

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May 27, 2018

The Poker Central Podcast comes at you from Las Vegas as the Super High Roller Bowl is about to kick off, the World Series of Poker is just around the corner and the World Poker Tour is amidst a week of high stakes festivities!  

  • 2:35 – Super High Roller Bowl Day 1 kicks off today! Remko talks about the PokerGO Studio, and all the times and numbers you need to know before the action gets underway.
  • 4:36 – Analyzing the Super High Roller Bowl table draw featuring an epic clash between Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk and Fedor Holz along with Phil Helmuth squaring off against Steffen Sontheimer.
  • 9:04 – An interview with Mori Eskandani on the PokerGO Studio dream becoming reality for the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 12:58 – Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald joins the show to talk about the Poker Shares odds on the Super High Roller Bowl, with special attention for late entrants Phil Ivey and Steffen Sontheimer. Do they move the lines?
  • 17:08 – Mike McDonald talks about how Steffen Sontheimer and Phil Ivey moves the lines, and why Sontheimer has a far bigger impact than Ivey.
  • 20:03 – Some historic perspective on the value of Phil Ivey in high stakes tournaments provided by Mike McDonald.
  • 22:30 – A thought experiment: What would Steffen Sontheimer be worth in a 2007 Super High Roller tournament?
  • 23:58 – Comparing the value of Sontheimer and Ivey in the WSOP Main Event.
  • 27:31 – The epic week of World Poker Tour action featuring the Bobby Baldwin Classic, the Tournament of Champions and much more!
  • 28:45 – An interview with Matt Savage about the new eSports Arena, and a look ahead at the upcoming World Poker Tour season.
  • 35:29 – An interview with Donnie Peters about the eSports Arena and a recap of the exciting week of WPT action in Las Vegas.
  • 46:53 – An interview with WPT CEO Adam Pliska about the climate and the state of poker, and why it’s possible in 2018 for the eSports Arena at the Luxor and the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino.

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May 24, 2018

Brandon Adams is back on the Heads Up with Remko podcast! After first appearing on the show during the inaugural Poker Masters, Adams returns to talk about the personal advancements he’s made since, studying and applying game theory to poker, learning from Patrik Antonius, the history of game theory concepts and his appearance on the new PokerGO Original series INSIDERS, in which he’s followed during his preparation for his first participation in the Super High Roller Bowl.

  • 1:53 – How poker taken up a larger role in Brandon’s life over the last couple of months since winning at the Poker Masters and preparing for the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl, and how he views the current state of the live tournament game.
  • 5:35 – When and how did Brandon Adams decide to play in the Super High Roller Bowl? Will he sell action?
  • 10:12 – INSIDERS on PokerGO featuring Brandon Adams is now available for your viewing pleasures. Brandon talks about the excitement of being part of the show. the involvement of Patrik Antonius and what he can learn from him?
  • 15:30 – Talking strategy with his good friend Patrik Antonius.
  • 20:12 – Teaching game theory at Harvard, and why wasn’t Brandon Adams the one to first apply game theory at the highest level of poker?
  • 25:52 – Does it take a Harvard level brain to become good at poker these days? How will the future of skill in poker evolve?
  • 30:51 – Does the top level of skilled players increasing at the highest level affect the players at the bottom of this pyramid to become motivated to be good at poker?
  • 33:01 – Is poker becoming a worse and worse choice as a hobby?
  • 35:50 – How does Brandon Adams view his own skill in poker 10 years ago, 5 years ago and versus the current opposition?
  • 38:18 – Enjoying the process of getting better at poker, why he’ll never play another hand of online poker, and what motivates him to be at the top?
  • 41:25 – The mental aspect of poker, and why the preparation for the Super High Roller Bowl is far different than for other events.
  • 42:59 – Who should you fear in the game of poker?
  • 45:37 – Live tells: Do they still matter and what does Brandon Adams look for?
  • 51:55 – Brandon visualizes the final 24 hours before the Super High Roller Bowl kicks off, and the excitement of the newly opened PokerGO Studio.

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May 22, 2018

This week on Poker Central Podcast, Brent Hanks, Will O’Connor and Remko Rinkema dive into all the hottest news in the world of poker. The PokerGO Studio was officially opened with “Open House Week” on Poker After Dark, The Triton Super High Roller Series brought out all the big guns to Montenegro, and the High Roller of the Year competition was announced. 

  • 1:30 – The Flop: Analyzing the biggest topics in all of poker.
  • 3:01 – Open House on Poker After Dark kicks off the action from the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino. What was the action like? Highlights? Low lights?
  • 5:30 – The second night of Open House action, featuring a big verbal clash between Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari!
  • 14:49 – Recapping the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro, which included the biggest pot in the history of televised cash games between Jason Koon and Kane Kalas and Tom Dwan on the commentary.
  • 23:20 – High Stakes Short Deck poker! What’s the future of this game, and will we see a lot of it in the future?
  • 27:30 – The High Roller of the Year announcement. How does it work? Running the numbers for the past 12 months, who would’ve won if this was started last year?
  • 34:44: - The Turn: The biggest results and updated statistics! Richard Yong wins a side event in Montenegro, Jason Koon jumps up the all-time money list and Stephen Chidwick remains on top of the POY standings.
  • 36:40 – Recapping the SCOOP and POWERfest results during the biggest month of the year for online tournament play.
  • 40:06 – New on PokerGO this week: Multiple episodes of the new PokerGO Original: INSIDERS, and the 2012 and 2011 WSOP Main Event.
  • 41:29 – Live events on PokerGO: The World Poker Tour Bobby Baldwin Final Table, the WPT Tournament of Champions Final Table and four days of Super High Roller Bowl coverage starting on Sunday May 27th.
  • 43:58 – The River: Brent Hanks and Will O’Connor dive into the letdown that was Barstool Nate, the PokerGO Studio opening and the spectacular Las Vegas Golden Knights!

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May 17, 2018

This is the second and final part of Heads Up with Remko featuring Patrik Antonius. On the first part, Antonius talked about how he discovered the game and quickly became one of the best in the world.

From 2000 through 2006, Antonius arguably played the most hands of poker of anyone on the planet and became a legend among poker fans with appearances on High Stakes Poker, Poker After Dark and many other TV shows.

This week on the show:

  • 2:31 – The clash with Sammy Farha on High Stakes Poker, and other memories of the most famous televised cash game of all time.
  • 6:30 – Comparing Poker After Dark to High Stakes Poker, and why Patrik always did very well in televised games.
  • 9:16 – The younger pros joining the biggest games at the heyday of poker: Tom Dwan, Phil Galfond and Viktor Blom.
  • 11:45 – The peak of online poker, did Patrik think it was going to last and how does he look back on that era?
  • 16:39 – What were Patrik’s swings like in live and online poker?
  • 19:20 – What makes Patrik the proudest, when looking back on his career as a poker pro to date?
  • 21:50 – What are the most important factors and characteristics needed to be an elite poker player?
  • 25:01 – The best players Patrik has ever played against, and why he’s fine admitting having been outplayed many times.
  • 27:40 – The positive things in poker what drew Patrik back into the game, and what made him want to be more involved in the game after a few very quiet years.
  • 34:47 – Patrik’s ideal televised game to expose the game to a main stream audience.
  • 37:45 – Is the game of poker entertaining enough on its own to make it grow, or are there other things needed to pull in a new audience?
  • 41:00 – What will 2018 look like for Patrik?

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May 16, 2018

PokerGO is releasing the classic WSOP Main Event episodes from 2016 through 2011, and we’ve arrived at 2012 for this special edition of the podcast featuring Jeremy Ausmus. As the fifth-place finisher in 2012 Ausmus collected $2.1 million and became a household name in the game.

Ausmus is a regular in big buy-in events and the highest regular running cash games in Las Vegas, and recently he’s provided live commentary of the US Poker Open and ARIA High Roller Series events on PokerGO. Here’s an overview of the topics discussed with Jeremy on this podcast.

  • 2:45 – Starting the interview with Jeremy Ausmus, family life, the fun of being a poker pro and the freedom it allows.
  • 6:04 – The motivation behind wanting to be a poker pro, the freedom, the money and what Jeremy’s life looks like.
  • 10:06 – Coffee! Jeremy gives his best coffee drinking advice, and relives some memories of being stuck eating bread in Monte Carlo.
  • 14:03 – The start of Jeremy’s poker career, moving to Las Vegas with just a few thousand to his name, making his way up the ranks and the steady everyday grind.
  • 18:44 – Looking back on when Jeremy was at the peak of his powers compared to his opposition, becoming an online cash cap game specialist on Full Tilt, being the biggest winner in the Bellagio $10/$20 and hitting a peak in his confidence around his November Nine run.
  • 23:08 – What is it like to be a live cash game grinder at the high stakes? Being the biggest winner, what goes into starting bigger games, and where does the huge drop-off come from comparing Bobby’s Room with the rest of high stakes in Las Vegas.
  • 28:15 – Playing in Bobby’s Room with Michael Phelps and Jennifer Tilly, and a private game with Dan Bilzerian.
  • 34:04 – Explaining to his kids, ages 5 and 7, that their father is a poker player, and what that conversation will be like in the future.
  • 37:23 – How does Ausmus remember the 2012 Main Event where he finished in fifth place, wanting to watch the footage with his kids in the future, and reliving the big moments from Day 5 and 6 of the tournament.
  • 43:06 – The awareness of the gravity of the moment as it’s happening: Going deep in the Main Event, and the support of friends and family during the tournament.
  • 48:17 – Andras Koroknai and Rob Salaburu, their personalities in the tournament and Jeremy’s favorite moment from the tournament.
  • 52:30 – Coming into the final table, Jeremy’s expectations, his comfort level and seeing Steve Gee and Andras Koroknai blow up.
  • 56:11 – Reliving and analyzing Jeremy’s bust out hand, and how he would’ve done things differently with his current knowledge and understanding of the game.
  • 1:01:15 – Cashing for $2.1 million in the Main Event, is Jeremy happy with his result in the tournament and does he have any regrets?
  • 1:04:20 – Jeremy’s bracelet win at the 2012 WSOP Europe, and how does he view this accomplishment versus other scores that were not wins?
  • 1:08:14 – What’s a stronger memory, the Andras Koroknai blow-up or busting the Main Event himself, and what it was like being on TV and having friends and family outside the game watching him perform.
  • 1:11:01 – Doing PokerGO commentary for the US Poker Open and the ARIA High Roller Series events.
  • 1:13:38 – Comparing the November Nine era versus the current PokerGO and ESPN partnership that brings the event live from start to finish, and why Jeremy would’ve preferred to have played his final table right away.
  • 1:16:44 – Does removing the break allow for more mistakes and crazy plays because of the fatigue level of the players?
  • 1:18:40 – Jeremy’s summer schedule for 2018, his tournament aspirations and why the $10k 6-max is the one he looks forward to the most.

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May 14, 2018

Brent Hanks, Will O'Connor and Remko Rinkema tackle the latest big news in poker including Gordon Vayo's PokerStars lawsuit, INSIDERS on PokerGO and the opening of the PokerGO Studio this week. 

The guest on the show today is Matt Berkey. The guys visit Berkey at this residence and talk about the status of his bankroll, why he's not playing the Super High Roller Bowl and whether or not he can prepare a nice serving of scrambled eggs. 

  • 1:30 – The Flop! Brent Hanks, Will O’Connor and Remko Rinkema reconnect before diving into the big topics of the week.
  • 4:05 – INSIDERS is now available on PokerGO. This PokerGO Original series follows Daniel Negreanu, Brandon Adams and Seth Davies on their quest for success in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 6:15 – What is the show like? What can viewers expect? Will O’Connor dives into it and compares it to Hard Knocks and All Access.
  • 8:50 – Is there franchise potential for INSIDERS, and running this show for the coming years and for more than just the Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 10:06 – What does Will prefer on this show? Old school legends, defending champions or rookies?
  • 12:44 – The PokerGO Studio is set to open with two nights of Poker After Dark action featuring Daniel Negrenau, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari and Maria Ho. Brent Hanks dives into the lineup and how it came together.
  • 16:58 – How the PokerGO Studio will draw all the big names to Las Vegas!
  • 22:45 – Gordon Vayo sues PokerStars over refusing to him out the $692k he won in the 2017 SCOOP.
  • 27:15 – How common is it for players to attempt to play on PokerStars from the USA, Brent Hanks shares some insights.
  • 34:50 – The Turn! Remko Rinkema dives into all the big results of the week, starting with Phil Ivey winning a 6-max Short Deck event in Montenegro.
  • 37:25 – The partypoker LIVE Montreal Millions wrap up.
  • 40:00 – An update of the GPI Player of the Year standings as Stephen Chidwick remains at the top, followed by an overview of all the online poker action, most notably the SCOOP and PowerFest results.
  • 44:00 – What to watch on PokerGO right now, a preview of the Heads Up with Remko podcast featuring Patrik Antonius and Reliving the 2012 WSOP Main Event with Jeremy Ausmus.
  • 48:20 – The River! Brent and Will traveled to Matt Berkey’s residence for a face-to-face interview with some revealing stories, and looks forward at appearing on Poker After Dark this week.
  • 54:15 – Is Matt Berkey broke? Why is he not playing the Super High Roller Bowl, and what went into the preparation when he did play in the last two years?
  • 1:03:40 – Matt Berkey prepared his famous scrambled eggs, and Brent and Will give it a shot!
  • 1:08:00 – For a shot of Siracha hot sauce, Brent, Will and Matt Berkey gamble it up to close out the show!

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May 11, 2018

This week on the Heads Up with Remko Podcast we are joined by Patrik Antonius, winner of more than $11 million in live tournaments but above all else one of the best cash game players in the history of the game. 

On this show Antonius opens up about getting his start in the game, playing in Bobby's Room for the first time, a PLO pot worth $2.4 million and much more.

This is the first part of two, stay tuned for more Antonius talk next week. 

  • 3:30 – The start of the interview with Patrik Antonius, a rundown of the topics we’ll be discussing, what the famous Fin has been up to, and why he’s been so active on social media recently?
  • 08:16 – Doing more media appearances, constant Instagram posts and what changed from being a very private person early on in his career, and whether or not his tough table image has influenced the way people look at him.
  • 11:32 – The early years of Patrik Antonius: Discovering the game of poker, the military, high-level tennis, finding online poker and playing more poker hands than any player in the world from 2000 until 2006.
  • 20:14 – Memories of playing online poker in the early days, getting better at the game, winning the Sunday Million, and building up a bankroll using a hyper-aggressive style.
  • 23:58 – Adjusting to the new playing style of current-day top pros that focus on GTO, and which strengths in Patrik’s game keep him at the top.
  • 26:33 – Traveling for poker tournaments, winning an EPT, becoming famous and playing huge stakes online.
  • 29:03 – Why tournament results don’t matter at all when you have million-dollar swings in the cash games, and some high stakes cash game stories.
  • 34:28 – Playing in Las Vegas, Bobby’s Room, the peak of high stakes action in 2009, and selling action to Phil Ivey for $4k/$8k mixed.
  • 37:24 – The other legends of the game, and what was it like to play against Phil Ivey at the peak of his powers.
  • 42:25 – Prop betting in poker, why it’s bad for the game if the mainstream audience sees this type of gambling, and winning a crazy tennis bet versus Brandon Adams.
  • 51:23 – High Stakes Poker, an introduction into Part 2 of this podcast.

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May 7, 2018

Welcome to the new and improved Poker Central Podcast! Dressed up in a different format, we present to you the flop, the turn, and the river. 

Each week Brent Hanks, Will O'Connor and Remko Rinkema break down the most important topics in poker, go over the biggest winners and bring a guest on the show to talk about their life and career.

  • 0:00 - Remko introduces the new podcast format.
  • 2:22 - The Flop: Starting with a breakdown of the action in the high stakes live-streamed cash game in Montreal put on by partypoker featuring Leon Tsoukernik and Aussie Matt Kirk. Are Kirk and Tsoukernik best friends again? Is the lawsuit still ongoing? The guys try to figure it out as pots worth hundreds of thousands of dollars exchanged hands.
  • 8:20 - Breaking down Phil Galfond's latest blog about his start-up poker client "Run it Once." Galfond told the world that his poker website will not allow for HUDs to be used, all play will be anonymous and we dive into what their "dynamic avatars" will do for the game. 
  • 15:09 - Maria Ho and Lupe Soto are inducted into the "Women in Poker Hall of Fame." We discuss Maria Ho's career and whether she'll be in line to make it into the other Hall of Fame as well, and Brent Hanks shares some breaking news on the upcoming Poker After Dark lineups.
  • 20:15 - The Turn: Remko breaks down the latest results from EPT Monte Carlo, Justin Bonomo's amazing run, and you get to listen to previews from podcasts we recorded with both Maria Ho and Jorryt van Hoof.
  • 32:11 - The River: Brent Hanks and Will O'Connor are joined by Tom Marchese to talk about a variety of topics. 
  • 35:35: - Brent Hanks offers a formal apologie to the entire country of Germany, followed by a deep dive into swapping, selling action and the potential of collusion and cheating in high roller tournaments. 
  • 58:20 - A game of word association with Tom Marchese!
  • 1:11:15 - A taste test, comparing Chik-Fil-A and Wendy's, after Allen Kessler took shots at Wendy's on Twitter. 

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May 3, 2018

Dutch poker pro Jorryt van Hoof joins the podcast to talk about the run he made in the 2014 WSOP Main Event. Van Hoof relives some of the most important hands of his run, and focuses, on one hand, he calls "the worst hand he played in 15 years of being a poker pro."

  • 2:30 - The start of the interview: What has Jorryt been up to lately, and what does his life look like right now?
  • 5:09 - Going to the 2014 WSOP with the intention of just having a vacation, did that influence his state of mind when playing the Main Event, and how did going deep in the Main Event compare to his usual high stakes cash game grind?
  • 7:36 - Getting back into grinding after an extended break, and why cash games will always be his favorite. 
  • 9:36 - Looking back on the peak of his online poker career, his routine, how he became so successful and how he rates his own game versus the best players.
  • 16:12 - The 2014 WSOP Main Event. Looking back on it now, can he be satisfied with his third-place finish?
  • 19:57 - The start of the event, big moments from the early days and how he almost missed the tournament altogether! 
  • 22:25 - Why the WSOP Main Event is unlike any other tournament, and how Jorryt experienced the lights, cameras and buzz surrounding the event.
  • 24:15 - The massive coin flip between Jorryt van Hoof and Dan Smith with 20 players remaining in the Main Event: The strategy considerations that went into it, and the emotions during and after the hand.
  • 35:02 - Busting Andrei Zaichenko after flopping a straight versus his aces, how Jorryt kept track of everything else that was going on in the tournament with only two tables remaining and busting Eddy Sabat with the nut flush versus his jack-high flush.
  • 39:26 - Being the Main Event chip leader with 15 players remaining, dominating the bubble and using aggression to exploit the November Nine bubble.
  • 43:45 - What would've happened if the final table was played out in the summer as opposed to in November?
  • 46:33 - Working on his mental game with Jared Tendler, and improving his short-stacked tournament game. 
  • 49:19 - Jorryt's video game rating as a poker player.
  • 53:13 - The start of the WSOP Main Event final table.
  • 55:56 - Mark Newhouse gets eliminated in 9th place, bluffing off all his chips to William Tonking. 
  • 58:40 - The big bluff versus Andoni Larrabe, turning two pair into a bluff. 
  • 1:02:12 - The rush that started with the elimination of Dan Sindelar with ace-three of hearts versus pocket jacks followed by busting Andoni Larrabe.
  • 1:05:27 - Did Jorryt ever think he was going to win the WSOP Main Event?
  • 1:07:09 - Doubling up Felix Stephensen with pocket jacks versus ace-eight: The first crack in Van Hoof's armor.
  • 1:12:12 - Jorryt van Hoof's biggest regret, a painful memory of a hand that didn't even make it onto the broadcast. 
  • 1:20:02 - The final day: Martin Jacobson, Felix Stephensen and Jorryt van Hoof are guaranteed to take home at least $3.8 million and play for the $10 million first prize.
  • 1:26:20 - Doubling up Felix Stephensen with middle pair versus his second pair, turning the tables leading to Jorryt's elimination. 
  • 1:29:29 - Reliving Jorryt's elimination in third place, what happens in the moments after leaving the set, and how people still recognize him on the streets as the famous poker player that he is.
  • 1:35:53 - Did winning $3.8 million change Jorryt's life?

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May 2, 2018

This week on Heads Up with Remko we talk to Maria Ho about her broadcasting career, staying at the top of her game and her induction into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. 

  • 2:40 - Maria Ho talks about doing commentary for EPT Monte Carlo, playing some side events and missing out on playing some big events due to her broadcasting role.
  • 6:16 - Maria's broadcasting game, how did she get good at it and what goes into interviewing and providing poker commentary.
  • 10:07 - The pressure of doing commentary on a big buy-in event, differing commentary styles and whether or not there's room for banter.
  • 12:45 - GTO. Triggered! How does Maria Ho approach studying and getting better at poker?
  • 16:45 - Is there a difference between the enjoyment of playing and studying poker when comparing the GTO-era with when Maria started playing poker?
  • 20:40 - How does the viewing experience change for a fan as poker becomes more and more GTO at the highest level?
  • 24:26 - What's Maria Ho's preferred game and format, and what does she feel is her video game poker rating?
  • 28:00 - What kind of goals and success do Maria chase, and when can we see her celebrate a WSOP bracelet or WPT title win?
  • 32:20 - Do Maria's poker results reflect her volume, study, and luck proportionally, and what was her worst bad beat or most painful tournament memory?
  • 41:26 - Maria's experiences on televised tournaments and cash games, most notably playing in a high stakes cash game session on Poker After Dark where she felt a serious adrenaline rush.
  • 49:40 - Maria on her induction into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. 
  • 55:45 - What are small improvements the poker community can focus on in order for the game to be more inviting for women?
  • 1:00:40 - Would a woman winning the WSOP Main Event make a big difference for poker's popularity among women?
  • 1:04:25 - Main Event Whisperer Maria Ho talks about his summer plans: Sideline reporting at the Super High Roller Bowl, playing on Poker After Dark in the PokerGO Studio, playing a full WSOP schedule and heading to Seattle for the Mobile Masters. 

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Apr 27, 2018

Twitch streamer, poker pro, vlogger, and #UltimateSweat winner Jaime Staples joins the podcast to talk about his crazy 2017, and the prop bet that will make his 2018 potentially ever crazier. 

  • 2:30 - Start of the interview with Jaime Staples, and why celebrating winning the #UltimateSweat for $150,000 didn't last all too long!
  • 3:55 - How did the #UltimateSweat come together: Betting $3,000 at 50:1 to win $150,000 for getting to within 1lbs of their body weight with Bill Perkins.
  • 6:15 - Talking through the first bet, how to approach it and what the plan was.
  • 8:28 - Completing the first year, losing a lot of weight and Jaime learned from this experience. 
  • 11:06 - The content aspect on YouTube, Twitch and Twitter during the Ultimate Sweat, and the weigh-in during Run it Up! Reno. 
  • 14:40 - The response from friends and family, during and after winning the prop bet that brought in $150,000 for Jaime and his brother Matt. 
  • 17:50 - The interest from Good Morning America, Barstool Sports and other mainstream media in the prop bet.
  • 19:55 - The communication with Bill Perkins, and how the second year of the #UltimateSweat came together, getting below 10% body fat.
  • 24:11 - What will 2018 look like for Jaime and Matt, and how will they achieve getting below 10% body fat?
  • 26:10 - Why prop betting is important to achieve big goals like this, and why it is totally fine to find motivation externally.
  • 29:10 - Is Jaime Staples still a poker player first?
  • 33:12 - The response from the Twitch community to his #UltimateSweat challenge, and how Jaime Staples got his start on Twitch. 
  • 38:20 - What are the most important factors for success on Twitch?
  • 44:30 - Setting goals as a poker player, studying and getting better as a pro. 
  • 48:00 - Vlogging and content plans during Year 2 of the Ultimate Sweat.
  • 50:11 - Jaime shares advice on how he improved his health, and what he recommends other people that want to get healthier. 
  • 53:25 - Aside from another year focussed on health, what are Jaime's other goals for 2018?

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Apr 25, 2018

As part of a series of special podcast episodes, we look back on the World Series of Poker Main Events from 2016 through 2011. The ESPN broadcasts of these years are being released on PokerGO, and you can watch 2016 and 2015 right now, with the earlier years to following in the coming weeks.

This week, we look back on 2015 with Daniel Negreanu in a special podcast that goes in-depth into some of the hands he played, the big moments and memories of that adrenaline-filled deep run. 

  • 2:38 - The start of the interview with Daniel Negreanu.
  • 4:45 - The fan support during his deep run in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, and the gravity of the moment. 
  • 6:30 - What was the bigger WSOP Main Event moment? Phil Ivey in 2003, Phil Ivey in 2009 or Daniel Negreanu in 2015?
  • 10:01 - Comparing the November Nine era, with its three-month final table build up, versus the live-streamed era with PokerGO and ESPN coverage of the WSOP Main Event.
  • 12:40 - The other time Daniel finished 11th in the WSOP Main Event, back in 2001. 
  • 15:01 - The hand that ended his tournament in the 2001 WSOP Main Event, the regret that came along with it, and tossing $60,000 into a garbage can.
  • 18:23 - The experience of being on the feature table during the 2015 WSOP Main Event for three consecutive days, and whether it was an advantage or disadvantage. 
  • 21:50 - The research and preparation before Day 7 of the 2015 WSOP Main Event, Daniel's playing style, GTO, hybrid and exploitative approaches.
  • 26:04 - Calling the clock on Upeshka da Silva in a massive hand against Fedor Holz at the feature table. 
  • 28:14 - Running through the action of the tournament after it got down to the final 18 players: Joe McKeehen, Justin Schwartz, Federico Butteroni and other thoughts on big hands that were played.
  • 37:47 - The crucial hand of Day 7: Justin Schwartz vs Joe McKeehen, set over set. 
  • 41:20 - Doubling up through McKeehen with 12 players left in the tournament, the emotions and adrenaline and hope of keeping the run alive.
  • 44:05 - The elimination in 11th place, the hand, all that came along with it, the fall to the ground, and dealing with the disappointment. 
  • 51:04 - The 2015 Main Event champion, Joe McKeehen, and the difference between his on-tv persona during the Main Event versus his social media presence and interviews. Does poker need heroes and villains? 
  • 54:40 - Does winning the WSOP Main Event come with a role as poker ambassador?
  • 58:25 - Is there an ideal winner of the WSOP Main Event for the growth of poker?
  • 1:01:43 - Daniel schedule for the 2018 World Series of Poker, his goals, intentions and content plans. 

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Apr 25, 2018

Will O'Connor, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema get you up to speed on the latest news in the world of poker including online poker being banned in China, interstate online poker being offered on WSOP.com, Muskan Sethi signing with PokerStars and both Steffen Sontheimer and Dominik Nitsche not making it into the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.

  • 1:03 - This week on the show.
  • 1:55 - The 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event episodes are being released on PokerGO this week. The guys discuss the big moments from this year's show that features a heavy dose of Daniel Negreanu, Joe McKeehen and Justin Schwartz.
  • 8:11 - The 2017 Poker Masters is now available on PokerGO. We look back on the highlights of the shows, what to watch for,  whether the Poker Masters of US Poker Open is more rewatchable, and a look ahead at the 2018 Poker Masters.
  • 11:57 - The ARIA Resort & Casino selections for the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl. Is Steffen Sontheimer the biggest snub? Who else should've been in?
  • 27:46 - The state of online poker in the USA, huds and hand histories not being allowed on interstate poker, and a look at the summer offering of WSOP.com.
  • 38:15 - Black Friday hits China as online poker is being banned. What kind of impact will this have on the poker economy?
  • 46:15 - Muskan Sethi signs with PokerStars as an ambassador for India. How will poker develop in India? What kind of potential are we looking forward to?
  • 50:15 - Recapping the World Poker Tour Amsterdam and World Poker Tour SHR Poker Showdown events that took place last week. 

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Apr 19, 2018

Nick Schulman is one of the most celebrated commentators in the game, winning an American Poker Award for broadcaster of the year, but ultimately he's still a top professional. A regular in Bobby's Room and a winner of two World Series of Poker bracelets, Schulman has a lot of stories and he tells them on this podcast.

  • 2:36 - Nick Schulman joins the show and talks about all the recent media attention he's been getting, and how it has changed his life a bit.
  • 6:05 - Getting into doing commentary: How did Nick Schulman get the job and become so good at it?
  • 11:15 - The importance of having something in life outside of poker, finding balance and being detached from the world.
  • 14:03 - Bobby's Room, is Nick Schulman a lifer?
  • 20:02 - Nick realized that his No Limit Hold'em game wasn't up to the highest standards anymore, through playing and doing commentary, and how he got back to the top.
  • 28:56 - Poker on TV: What's its status? Is it boring? What's its future? Does GTO negatively impact the future of poker?
  • 42:50 - Selling the dream of becoming a poker pro versus enjoying high-level poker as entertainment, and what it takes to be a top level player these days.
  • 58:27 - Nick Schulman quantifies his own skill if it were to be a video game.
  • 1:04:14 - Mixed games. What's its future? Does it have a place in televised poker? And some stories from Bobby's Room.
  • 1:11:40 - Nick shares his excitement for the PokerGO Studio and its endless potential. 
  • 1:17:38 - Nick's 2018 World Series of Poker, or perhaps we will only see him in Bobby's Room?

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Apr 18, 2018

On this special edition podcast, we talk to the sixth-place finisher in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, Kenny Hallaert. For the next six weeks, we will talk to one person from the WSOP Main Event going back to 2011, as all that coverage will be available for you to enjoy on PokerGO.

Hallaert takes us through the entire tournament and highlights the key moments that brought him to the November Nine. During the three-month break leading up to the final table, Hallaert received coaching from the likes of Fedor Holz and Steffen Sontheimer, as well as mental coaching from Jared Tendler. Despite having the best possible preparation, things didn't go Hallaert's way at the final table.

Looking back on his big run now, Hallaert remembers fondly the feeling of making the big run, and he shows a lot of appreciation for the process and preparation that lead him to become a far better player with plenty of results to show for in the years after this big result. 

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Apr 17, 2018

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast:

  • 3:00 - Brent Hanks brings us up to speed on his life as a father, and the joy of fishing, followed by a sports rant and shenanigans that actually belongs at the end of the show. 
  • 7:35 - The start of the real poker talk on this week's podcast.
  • 9:05 - PokerGO releases the World Series of Poker Main Event episodes from 2016 through 2011 in the coming weeks, and the guys share their excitement about being able to relive these episodes. WARNING: William Kassouf talk in this segment.
  • 16:25 - Will takes shots at poker players retiring, Brent grabs some green tea and we all agree that Harisson Gimbel didn't really have to announce his "retirement."
  • 19:23 - Remko's explanation on why he actually doesn't hate ambassadors of poker websites.
  • 26:18 - Do we think that PokerStars is taking note and paying attention to what partypoker is doing?
  • 36:15 - Celebrating the excitement of the partypoker LIVE Barcelona, going through all the results, Stephen Chidwick's insane continued results, Pascal LeFrancois' epic Main Event win and Jake Schindler's European breakout.
  • 47:58 - Erik Seidel and John Juanda lose big in a ticket reselling scam! Brent brings us the inside scoop. 
  • 56:25 - Running through the latest releases on PokerGO, and why you can't miss some of that stuff, followed by the Poker Central WSOP Main Event sweepstakes.

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Apr 11, 2018

This week on the Poker Central Podcast: 

  • 1:20 – Poker Central announced a PokerGO WSOP Main Event sweepstakes! Win your way into the $10,000 tournament, and all you have to do is click this link and sign up for a chance to win.
  • 4:30 – All the details of the announcement of the PokerGO Studio, to be opened in May with Poker After Dark followed by the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 13:29 – The interview with the VP of Content at Poker Central, Sam Simmons, on the PokerGO Studio announcement.
  • 32:35 – Super High Roller Bowl China is now on PokerGO! Here’s all you need to know about these broadcasts that are available with commentary by Ali Nejad and Jeremy Ausmus, featuring players such as Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Fedor Holz and Bryn Kenney.
  • 37:25 – The Return of Patrik Antonius, focusing on his public profile on Instagram, playing all the big events and cashing for more than $4 million in the last couple of months.
  • 44:15 – The Heartland Poker Tour at the Westgate Casino in Las Vegas “discounted buy-in” controversy.
  • 55:40 – Running through the payouts of the highly successful partypoker LIVE Barcelona Grand Final, and how Andreas Eiler is all of a sudden among the most successful German pros. Is he drinking the blood of Steffen Sontheimer? Is Fedor Holz controlling his body? The speculations run rampant.

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Apr 6, 2018

Mori Eskandani is the driving force behind poker on TV, and the producer of shows such as High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark and he joins the podcast to talk about the launch of the PokerGO studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino. Mori dives into the importance of the studio, the shows that will be created, and he takes us on an epic journey through poker's history on TV.

  • 1:52 – The start of the interview with Mori Eskandani, and the announcement of the PokerGO studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino.
  • 4:48 – The PokerGO studio coming together, with the backing of Cary Katz and Bobby Baldwin.
  • 7:40 – The possibilities and potential the PokerGO studio brings along with it.
  • 9:44 – What goes into producing a poker broadcast such as World Series of Poker Main Event?
  • 15:02 – Mori’s team, and what happens behind the scenes at big poker events.
  • 18:24 – Comparing the World Series of Poker Main Event with the Super High Roller Bowl from a production point of view.
  • 21:28 – How high stakes televised cash games come together: The players, the stakes and the politics that go into it.
  • 21:40 – Mori’s passion for the game of poker, and why the game is still so intriguing after decades of playing and working in it and with it.
  • 29:45 – The story behind High Stakes Poker and how Johnny Chan losing a pot worth $700,000 turned into the show being created.
  • 42:42 – The future of high stakes cash games on TV, and reflecting on introducing new-age players to High Stakes Poker such as Tom Dwan and Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies.
  • 52:08 – The PokerGO coverage of the World Series of Poker, and why mixed games will be an integral part of the high stakes cash game action from the PokerGO studio.
  • 56:40 – Why the iconic Bobby’s Room game will be played in the PokerGO studio featuring all the big names.
  • 1:00:20 – The reception of the PokerGO studio by the high stakes players that Mori has spoken to.
  • 1:04:45 – The story of Henri Orenstein, and how he created the first ever poker table equipped with hole-card cameras for the sum of $600,000.
  • 1:11:33 – The legend of Chip Reese, and why he didn’t appear on the first season of High Stakes Poker.
  • 1:15:28 – Mori Eskandani’s life as a poker player, his results and his dream to one day win a World Series of Poker bracelet.
  • 1:17:25 – Who will carry the torch for the game of poker like Doyle Brunson once did, and many others after him?
  • 1:20:38 – How the size of the stakes in live televised cash games increase the stress for the production team, the biggest stakes Mori has ever seen, and how he left Sammy Farha’s buy-in for the cash game in a casino hallway.
  • 1:25:20 – A crazy story from Mori, playing a crazy hand of $1,500/$3,000 Seven Card Stud versus Larry Flint.
  • 1:27:27 – Sitting down for the first time playing $30/$60 at the Golden Nugget in the 80s, and seeing Chip Reese sit down at this table.
  • 1:29:18 – Mori’s excitement for all that’s to come in 2018.

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Apr 3, 2018

Brent Hanks, Will O'Connor, and Remko Rinkema go through new content releases on PokerGO before being joined by the most consistent man in poker: Ari Engel. Recently Engel added another $315,000 score to his impressive poker resume, and he talks about his continued success and efforts to reach the top.

  • 2:35 - On the podcast this week: running through the topics. 
  • 3:30 - The release of the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl Cash Game featuring Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Doyle Brunson, Bobby Baldwin, Sam Trickett and many more stars of the game. Does it live up to the hype? Can these broadcasts compete with High Stakes Poker?
  • 10:15 - Analyzing the success of Ari Engel, his work ethic, discipline and never-ending grind. 
  • 16:45 - The interview with Ari Engel.
  • 21:25 - Ari Engel compares himself to Bryn Kenney. How do they differ? How far is Ari removed from playing in the Super High Rollers?
  • 26:28 - In line with others on the podcast, Ari Engel gives himself a video-game style rating and dives into how he studies the game.
  • 29:40 - A hot start in 2018 puts Ari Engel in 5th on the Player of the Year standings. Is he going to chase this crown? Why does he believe that he has no chance to win?
  • 34:45 - Ari Engel chases the all-time record for most total tournament results, but why?
  • 37:30 - What does Ari's schedule in 2018 look like?
  • 44:11 - Brent gives his thoughts on the ante big blind tournament changes, and why is it inevitable that this will be the norm worldwide?
  • 51:30 - Why are we still talking about Annie Duke? We did, however, talk about Annie Duke on this podcast. Be warned.
  • 59:30 - Run it Up Reno! Everyone's favorite low-limit poker series with the emphasis on having fun gets discussed, but why aren't there more series like this on the calendar?
  • 1:06:30 - Short news, including EPT Sochi, 2017 Super High Roller Bowl on PokerGO, PokerStars New Jersey announcing its SCOOP schedule with two Platinum Passes up for grabs. The guys close out with a reference to an article written by Lance Bradley on Garry Gates, who was on site during the tragic shooting in Las Vegas. Click this link to read the entire piece.

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Mar 29, 2018

Kristen Bicknell is one of the best tournament players in the world, and her recent success has put her name on the map for every poker fan. With two World Series of Poker bracelets and four consecutive years of reaching Supernova Elite under her belt, there's a lot to uncover on this week's Heads Up with Remko podcast. 

  • 2:30 - Start of the interview, from Kristen's Toronto apartment, and talking about her recent move and the crazy rollercoaster the last two years have been for her.
  • 6:30 - Going from grinding online poker, playing 24 tables, hitting Supernova Elite year after year, to transitioning to becoming a live tournament pro. 
  • 10:44 - Did online poker feel like a job versus the more free-flowing lifestyle of being a live tournament player, and getting into the nitty-gritty of Kristen's online grind, the numbers and stats.
  • 16:25 - Looking back on what her life was like while being a full-time online pro, chasing Supernova Elite for almost four years, and educating her friends and family on her poker life.
  • 20:44 - Discovering the game of poker, underground homegames in Ottawa at age 17, almost getting robbed while playing, and getting kicked out of a casino because of her fake ID.
  • 27:20 - Transitioning to online poker after discovering the game, going to Turning Stone at age 18 and playing with Tony Gregg and Greg Merson.
  • 33:30 - The Supernova Elite chase, becoming one of only two women to ever reach this epic status in online poker, and getting a lot more recognition for winning her WSOP bracelet as opposed to her Supernova Elite grind.  
  • 38:06 - Comparing the satisfaction of winning the WSOP bracelet versus becoming Supernova Elite.
  • 43:55 - Winning her second World Series of Poker bracelet, capping off a tough time in her life with lots of challenges. 
  • 48:00 - Being viewed and treated differently after winning her second WSOP bracelet, and valuing the Ladies Event bracelet much differently than her other achievements in poker. 
  • 54:01 - Ladies Events: Yes? No? Kristen shares her thoughts.
  • 59:55 - How should poker be marketed to pull more women into the game?
  • 1:03:05 - Chasing Vanessa Selbst on the all-time money list, and moving up the ranks as a tournament player.
  • 1:08:05 - Discussing her recent success in Macau, and being in contention for the 2018 Player of the Year honors.
  • 1:11:05 - Kristen's partypoker ambassadorship, her role, goals and representing a big brand. 
  • 1:14:10 - The 2018 schedule for Kristen and when will this year be successful in her eyes?

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Mar 27, 2018

Brent Hanks, Will O'Connor, and Remko Rinkema break down the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl lottery, Super High Roller Bowl China, "Whine and Cheese" on Poker After Dark and they break down the Staples weight loss bet before Matt Staples, Jaime Staples, and their personal trainer Mike Vacanti. 

  • 2:10 - The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl lottery: Analyzing the players that were picked, the name new names and speculating on who will get picked by ARIA to complete the field of 48. 
  • 9:55 - Going through the new names: John Andress, Nikita Bodyakovskiy, Kahle Burns, Arne Ruge, Andreas Eiler and Markus Durnegger. 
  • 13:35 - Why the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl field won't get expanded beyond its 48-player cap.
  • 21:14 - Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, and Patrik Antonius, will we see them in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl?
  • 24:01 - Looking back on the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl China, won by Justin Bonomo.
  • 32:40 - The payouts of the Super High Roller Bowl China event and its implications for poker's all-time money list as Bonomo jumps up to sixth place and Bryn Kenney is now in tenth.
  • 41:50 - Looking back on "Whine and Cheese" with Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. The latter was a bit quiet and tight, and Will breaks it down!
  • 49:55 - Breaking down the weight-loss bet between Jaime and Matt Staples versus Bill Perkins.
  • 1:00:00 - The interview with Matt Staples, Jaime Staples and their personal trainer Mike Vacanti in which they break down the entire bet and the process they went through in the last 365 days. 

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Mar 23, 2018

Jake Cody became the youngest ever to win the Triple Crown back in 2011, and also the fastest ever to do it. This record has not been broken since, but Cody's life has gone through a lot of changes since then. Today on the podcast, Cody tells his life story that includes some big wins, epic moments and hilarious nights out.

  • 2:05 - What has Jake Cody been up to lately, getting back into Vlogging and playing a lot of poker.
  • 3:05 - The biggest roulette spin of the year: Putting nearly $60,000 on black after winning a tournament at the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham. Jake tells the whole story.
  • 7:11 - Explaining his big roulette spin to people outside the world of poker, while also having to explain them that he is a professional poker player. 
  • 10:00 - Going back through Jake's career, starting with discovering the game of poker at a very early age and making his way up the ranks. 
  • 14:12 - Growing up with a single parent, the road the traveled to convince his mother that poker was the right thing for him as a profession, and calling her right after wining EPT Deauville.
  • 18:31 - Reliving EPT Deauville, the life-changing money and the months that followed with winning WPT London. 
  • 21:55 - Completing the Triple Crown at age 22 by winning the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship at the World Series of Poker, and the chaos at the final table with one of the rowdiest rails in poker history. 
  • 28:02 - The ups and downs of the career of a poker player, why it's not always as easy as it looks, and how hard work, variance and talent need to come together for success.
  • 33:55 - Being young and rich, how to handle it, and why Jake Cody is one of the most fierce party animals on the UK poker scene. 
  • 38:45 - The story how Jake got robbed while skinny dipping in Barcelona, getting everything stolen including his phone, wallet and passport, and having to walk back to his hotel naked and without a way or proving who he was.
  • 43:45 - Going from having a ton of results early in his career to a lack of massive scores in recent years, how to handle that and focusing on cash games. 
  • 46:50 - Loving the game of poker, remaining to be a fan of the game, adjusting his game to the new age of the game and starting to vlog.
  • 50:43 - Is the dream of becoming a poker professional still alive like it was back in the day?
  • 52:50 - Jake's new approach to playing poker, getting into the GTO solvers, but not wanting to compete in the High Rollers and Super High Rollers. 
  • 54:55 - The dream of making the WSOP Main Event and why Jake is one of the biggest poker fanboys. 

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Mar 21, 2018

This week on the Poker Central Podcast: Lots of Poker After Dark talk, the Super High Roller Bowl lottery preview, Gabe Kaplan's legendary status, and an interview with Bryn Kenney.

  • 1:16 - Checking in on Brent Hanks' health, the Super High Roller Bowl in China, how the event came together.
  • 6:22 - The unaired exclusive Poker After Dark episodes being released on PokerGO featuring Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey. 
  • 9:15 - Moving Violations on Poker After Dark featuring Don Cheadle, Jennifer Tilly, Antonio Esfandiari and arguably one of the most entertaining hands of all time!
  • 21:10 - "Whine and Cheese" Week on Poker After Dark featuring Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu. Do we need Hellmuth on every show, at all times?
  • 27:50 - Celebrities on PokerGO: The epic status of Gabe Kaplan and his career in the game of poker. 
  • 30:30 - The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl Lottery, speculation, hot takes and a big name who's not going to particiapate. 
  • 37:05 - Which poker player would we most like to see on Survivor, as Ilari 'Ziigmund' Sahamies is taking part in the Finnish version of the show. 
  • 41:04 - Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell crush it in Macau, becoming poker's hottest couple in the game!
  • 42:00 - March Madness update, a 16 seed upsetting the No. 1 seed and a secret love for Purdue! 
  • 46:30 - The interview with Bryn Kenney about signing with GGPoker, playing the Super High Roller Bowl in China, the state of the online game and much more. 

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Mar 16, 2018

Toby Lewis has been a mainstay on the international poker circuit ever since winning EPT Vilamoura back in 2010. Playing online as 108ofclubs, Lewis was ranked 1st on the PocketFives leaderboard and won the 2013 honors of "Online Player of the Year."

  • 2:19 - Looking at 2018 so far, winning the Aussie Millions Main Event, finishing second in the WPT LAPC Main Event, and how working on his game recently has given him a big boost.
  • 4:50 - Diving into the solvers, GTO strategies and realizing that his game had fallen behind over the last few years. 
  • 10:05 - Reflecting on his success at just 28-years old, the group of top pro friends, including Chris Moorman, Sam Grafton, Craig McCorkell, that pushes him towards the top and how his mindset has changed over the years. 
  • 12:59 - The awareness - or lack thereof - of having a chance to become the first ever player to win back-to-back $10k Main Events for seven-figure, and looking at accomplishments in poker outside of winning money. 
  • 17:55 - What's the life of a poker pro really like, outside of the results we can track through the HendonMob?
  • 19:56 - Partying, drinking, and other crazy stories from Toby's years on the international poker circuit.
  • 24:25 - Jake Cody's ultimate degen spin of roulette, Dan Bilzerian's lifestyle and the public perception of the game of poker. 
  • 27:05 - Getting into the game of poker, pulling all-nighters at age 18 at the local casino and moving up the ranks.
  • 30:35 - Playing his first EPT in 2009, gaining confidence through early success and reliving his EPT Vilamoura victory in 2010 for half a million euros. 
  • 37:15 - Is €500,000 a lot of money, or can you blow through that easily?
  • 39:42 - Looking through Toby's online poker career, his big wins, his grind ethic and winning 2013 online player of the year. 
  • 45:15 - Toby's thoughts on the state of online poker. 
  • 47:42 - Reliving the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event and LAPC final table. 
  • 52:24 - The 2018 Player of the Year race, other motivations and plans for this year after a hot start, and why Toby's not playing in the High Roller and Super High Roller events.

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Mar 14, 2018

In a slow week of poker news, the boys go hard on the hot takes about Gus Hansen, celebrities in poker, the current Player of the Year standings, Joey Ingram's prop bets, Choice Center, why we should care again about Tiger Woods and March Madness.

  • 2:08 - The Return of Gus Hansen on Poker After Dark! Did Gus still have it? Was this the best PLO game on PokerGO? Is Matt Kirk the new Gus Hansen?
  • 10:25 - The story of how Gus Hansen ended up on Poker After Dark, and what it will take to have the entire Bobby's Room game live on PokerGO?
  • 13:03 - Previewing this week's Poker After Dark action: Jennifer Tilly, Don Cheadle and Antonio Esfandiari headline "Moving Violations." How did the lineup come together? What are the favorite celebrity poker players of the guys on the show? 
  • 24:04 - Diving into the current standings of the 2018 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. Why will Daniel Negreanu not chase the win and why Stephen Chidwick, Adrian Mateos and Ari Engel are the favorites to win once again.
  • 34:40 - Hot takes on Joey Ingram's prop betting, as Daniel Negreanu and Bill Perkins offered him a $50k freeroll to enroll and complete the Choice Center course. 
  • 43:44 - The fold of the year! Ian Steinman folds a set of kings on the river versus Joe McKeehen who rivers broadway with five players left in the World Poker Tour Thunder Valley Main Event. 
  • 50:25 - Why Tiger Woods is inferior when compared to Phil Hellmuth. #PHNICELIFE #POSITIVITY
  • 58:28 - And to wrap things up: March Madness hot takes featuring Brent Hanks and Will O'Connor, and Remko's regular dose of hate on college sports.

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Mar 9, 2018

This week on Heads Up with Remko it's all about U.S. Poker Open Championship winner Stephen Chidwick!

  • 3:51 - The start of the interview and Stephen gets us caught up with his travel schedule and his decade of traveling the world for poker.
  • 5:20 - Live poker vs online poker and wanting to become the No. 1 on the overall GPI standings.
  • 7:35 - Stephen compares himself to other players in the top of the GPI standings and why he feels closest to David Peters from a playing style perspective.
  • 8:58 - GTO vs exploitative and how Stephen approaches studying the game of poker and using solvers. 
  • 12:20 - Stephen's advice for mid-stakes grinders who want to improve and whether GTO and using solvers is useful at that level.
  • 14:34 - The economics of Super High Roller tournaments: Are there too many events? Will we reach the cap of what the economy can handle?
  • 16:20 - Chidwick's recent massive run of big tournament results, winning the U.S. Poker Open Championship, how did he do it? 
  • 20:30 - Comparing the US Poker Open to going deep in a big Main Event that lasts for multiple days.
  • 23:45 - Dealing with being unlucky, having players tell him that he's a great player without a massive breakout result, selling pieces in high stakes tournaments, and the biggest heartbreak in his career.
  • 30:55 - Going back in time with Stephen, talking about coming up through the ranks in online poker, winning more than 100 seats for the World Series of Poker Main Event at age 18 and learning from Jon 'Apestyles' Van Fleet.
  • 38:37 - Transitioning from being an online pro to an established live poker player, and how he overcome social anxiety to thrive in the game. 
  • 42:22 - The history of poker, the all-time money list, and comparing himself to other big players that are near him in the big rankings. 
  • 45:33 - Mixed games: Getting into them, getting good at them, and the meaning of the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship. 
  • 48:49 - The Super High Roller Bowl and Big One for One Drop, are we going to see Stephen in there, and looking at his World Series of Poker schedule and goals for 2018.

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Mar 6, 2018

This week on the Poker Central Podcast: Gus Hansen returns to Poker After Dark, Dennis Blieden wins the LAPC Main Event, The Super High Roller Club on PokerGO and speculation on the Super High Roller Bowl lottery.

  • 0:30 - Gus Hansen returns! The Great Dane is joining the likes of Ben Lamb, Brian Rast and Matt Kirk on "Racks of Lamb" this week on Poker After Dark.
  • 4:55 - Dennis Blieden wins the Los Angeles Poker Classic for $1,000,000 after beating Toby Lewis heads up. What's the story behind this final table? Will O'Connor gets us caught up.
  • 9:03 - Brent Hanks shares the "Coors Light" Anthony Zinno story, and whether we want him to become the first ever player to win a fourth World Poker Tour title.
  • 12:50 - Why were the LAPC Main Event numbers down? Was it the structure? Did the lack of Bay 101 hurt them?
  • 16:50 - The Super High Roller Club: Why should you watch? What can you expect? What is the best episode? And most importantly: What about the episodes featuring your three hosts be about?
  • 27:30 - Super High Roller Bowl registration is now open: Who's in? Who's out? What do the guys think about the lottery system, and will the likes of Adrian Mateos and Stephen Chidwick finally get in?
  • 40:55 - A full breakdown of "Racks of Lamb" on Poker After Dark: A $100/$200/$400 Pot Limit Omaha cash game featuring Matt Kirk, Ben Lamb, Brian Rast and Gus Hansen.
  • 45:55 - Did "Talk the Talk" live up to its expectations, as a bunch of tough talkers gathered on Poker After Dark?
  • 56:00 - Recapping the ARIA High Roller events won by Jake Schindler and David Peters. 

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Mar 2, 2018

Brent Hanks is a regular voice on the Poker Central Podcast, but he's never had a chance to tell the full story of his poker career! This week on Heads Up with Remko that changes for good, as Hanks dives deep into his World Series of Poker bracelet win, the effects that Black Friday had on his life and career, and how someone puts together a lineup for Poker After Dark. 

  • 1:45 - Brent tries to explain what his job at Poker Central actually is, and why he's always on his phone.
  • 2:45 - The famous people in Brent's phone, and why their names are Dan, Michael and Phil.
  • 4:20 - Putting the lineups together for Poker After Dark and what goes into it.
  • 10:18 - Are the biggest stakes on PokerGO too big? How big should the stakes of the big games be, and what kind of appetite is there globally to play nosebleed games?
  • 12:40 - Brent's own high stakes action, blowing through $80,000, what it would take to get Dan Bilzerian onto Poker After Dark, and how to fix a lineup when a player backs out?
  • 17:10 - The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl, Brent's expectations and how he's going to be doing more PokerGO commentary in the months to come.
  • 21:30 - Brent's poker career, being among the best online tournament players in the world, and a side backing deal with Jason Mercier. 
  • 27:55 - Shifting from being an online player to being forced to play live poker after Black Friday, and going through many big changes in life. 
  • 34:30 - Brent Hanks' WSOP bracelet win, going through ups and downs as a poker player, and the family life in Las Vegas.
  • 42:40 - Being a part of PokerGO from Day 1, and what the expectations are for the summer, the WSOP, Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters and US Poker Open.
  • 48:00 - The story behind Brent's Sunday Million win, some shenanigans, and why Brent has never left the North-American continent.  
  • 53:55 - Goals for 2018, as a player, father, broadcaster and player, and some juicy stories on who will potentially end up playing on Poker After Dark in 2018.
  • 56:40 - Phil Ivey, Viktor Blom, Patrik Antonius, Ilari 'Ziigmund' Sahamies and Tom Dwan in the same Poker After Dark game, can Brent make it happen?

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Feb 26, 2018

The Poker Central Podcast is crew is high off the fumes of their American Poker Awards win, and filled with adrenaline and excitement they'll take you through every single category of the awards. 

Also on the show: The Super High Roller Bowl registration opens on Thursday, March 1st, The Super High Roller Club is now on PokerGO and the WPT LAPC Main Event final table will be live on PokerGO on Thursday at 7:30pm ET.

  • 0:00 - Lots of gloating over winning the Podcast of the Year at the American Poker Awards!
  • 6:22 - The Super High Roller Bowl registration is announced, the Super High Roller Club debuts on PokerGO and the WPT LAPC final table comes to PokerGO live on Thursday.
  • 13:16 - Analyzing the American Poker Awards, the winners, the losers and bringing all the hot takes!
  • 15:15 - Was "Tom Dwan's Return to Poker After Dark" snubbed for "Moment of the Year" or was Ema Zajmovic's win a bigger deal?
  • 17:50 - The Super High Roller Bowl vs the partypoker Millions Montreal event.
  • 26:24 - The poker journalist of the year, and laughing at a Joe McKeehen Tweet.
  • 30:15 - Why Brent Hanks is not Nick Schulman, and why Dead Money was a deserving winner for "Content of the Year."
  • 43:10 - Poker Vlogger of the Year, and discussing Doug Polk's most recent video. 
  • 55:00 - Industry Person of the Year: Matt Savage, and Will O'Connor's love for the WPT.
  • 1:00:30 - Cary Katz, Poker's Biggest Influencer.
  • 1:06:00 - Recapping the remaining awards.

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Feb 20, 2018

Brent Hanks is joined by Remko Rinkema in the Las Vegas office, as the two preview all American Poker Awards, which are to be awarded this Thursday in Los Angeles. Also on this show: The insanity that is Viktor Blom, and the crazy Poker After Dark action for last week, and a look at this week's lineup.

  • 3:00 - The American Poker Awards! Starting with the Breakout Player of the Year, and the Papazian vs Papazyan confusion. 
  • 7:00 - The Tournament Performance of the Year: Should the WSOP Main Event be excluded from this award?
  • 10:40 - The Moment of the Year, and why Tom Dwan on Poker After Dark is the only eligible one!
  • 16:30 - The smaller tournament series in America, and which one is our favorite.
  • 18:19 - Poker journalist of the year!
  • 22:18 - Broadcaster of the Year, and how Brent Hanks will claim the title this year!
  • 25:55 - Poker media content of the year, and why picking between the emotions of the stories in this categories is near impossible. 
  • 29:10 - Video blogger of the year: What's a vlog? 
  • 31:10 - Poker Streamer of the Year: The Jason Somerville of the Year Award.
  • 33:35 - Industry Person of the Year: The need for new names and faces to get recognition. 
  • 37:01 - Poker's Biggest Influencer: A call for Cary Katz to get his due. 
  • 39:40 - The biggest award of the year! Poker Podcast of the Year: Why and how are we nominated, and do we have any chance to win?
  • 46:45 - Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom is a legend, and he proved it again by winning a million bucks in the partypoker Millions at King's Casino. And, how will Brent Hanks get him onto Poker After Dark?
  • 57:11 - Poker After Dark: Dead Money and Talk The Talk. Looking back on the week that was, and the week that's coming up. Matt Berkey lost a bunch, Garrett Adelstein did G-Man things, and how the upcoming lineup might need extra security at the table!

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Feb 15, 2018

The three stooges are back together, and this week they'll focus on the U.S. Poker Open, and the riveting "scandals" that kept 'Poker Twitter' busy over the last week: Tipping Gate ft Phil Hellmuth and Chop Gate ft Mike Leah. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show. 

  • 5:22 - Comparing Steffen Sontheimer's Poker Masters run versus Stephen Chidwick's U.S. Poker Open dominance. 
  • 8:24 - Analyzing the Pot Limit Omaha and Mixed Game tournaments at the U.S. Poker Open.
  • 11:40 - Was the turnout of the $50,000 Main Event a disappointment?  
  • 17:55 - Looking at the final U.S. Poker Open standings, Keith Tilston's Main Event win and 'The Moment of the Series'.
  • 25:38 - The U.S. Poker Open fantasy draft final standings!
  • 30:50 - This week on Poker After Dark! The action is centered around Matt Berkey on "Dead Money" week.
  • 38:15 - Tipping Gate ft Phil Hellmuth and Mike Leah Chop Gate!! (This section might contain epic rants.) 

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Feb 7, 2018

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are coming at you from the exclusive Ivey Room at the ARIA Resort, covering all the latest news from the inaugural U.S. Poker Open, they look back on the Aussie Millions, and look ahead at the Super High Roller Bowl in China and upcoming Poker After Dark shows.

  • 2:30 - Today on the show!
  • 3:20 - Brent Hanks wins all the money! (Or at least a good chunk)
  • 5:01 - Recapping the first three events of the U.S. Poker Open, won by Justin Bonomo, Mike Gorodinsky, and Stephen Chidwick. 
  • 21:00 - The $25,000 Mixed Game Championship during the U.S. Poker Open: Names, numbers, hot takes and speculation on Ilya Trincher's jail time, brought up by Nick Schulman!
  • 27:30 - Las Vegas Super High Roller Bowl gossip and side events added in China.
  • 32:30 - The U.S Poker Open Championship standings and Fantasy standings!
  • 35:50 - Wrapping up the Aussie Millions! Toby Lewis wins the record-breaking event that had 800 unique players in the Main Event. And what about those High Roller struggles?
  • 41:20 - Previewing the L.A.P.C. which will be live on PokerGO on March 1st! 
  • 43:35 - Poker After Dark returns on February 15th and 16th! Brent Hanks shares insights and give some slight hints towards the lineups. 
  • 45:21 - Brent Hanks bets the Patriots and loses his house, car, and self-respect. Remko ate all the snacks. 

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Feb 3, 2018

This week on the Heads Up with Remko podcast it's Spanish young gun Adrian Mateos who tells the story of his life in the game of poker. 

  • 2:21 - The 2017 Player of the Year honors, setting it as a goal and being able to complete it.
  • 3:55 - Adrian proudest victory, the WSOP Europe Main Event which allowed him to live and play what he wanted. 
  • 6:12 - Finding the game at age 16, and quickly becoming one of the best players in Spain.
  • 8:54 - The difference between studying and learning the game in Spain versus being a part of the global English-speaking community. 
  • 11:50 - Carlos Mortensen, his popularity, chasing him on the Spanish all-time money list and becoming Number 1.
  • 14:55 - Why and how $5 million in cashes doesn't corresponds directly with the profit Adrian takes home.
  • 18:15 - The life-changing aspects of winning a million euros in 2013 at age 18, jumping in the deep end with high roller events and growing as a player.
  • 21:05 - The perception is his success by friends, family and the media in Spain.
  • 23:15 - The first time in Las Vegas, playing the Main Event a few days after his birthday, thinking back to watching the biggest event in the world before he was able to participate and winning bracelets.
  • 29:00 - What's next for Adrian Mateos?
  • 31:50 - The Big One for One Drop in 2018, will we see Adrian participate?
  • 33:50 - The video game rating of Adrian Mateos, in line with a tradition that Bryn Kenney started on the podcast. 
  • 37:20 - Going up against 'The Germans', a strong collection of players that shares information and helps each other reach new heights, versus what the Spanish high roller players are up to these days.
  • 40:32 - GTO vs exploitative, the future of poker in Spain and being called "The Conquistador". 
  • 44:59 - 2018, The Bahamas, Miami, US Poker Open and not getting into non-hold'em games just yet.
  • 48:38 - Quick questions! Partying after a big win, renting a big villa in Ibiza, and his drink of choice. 

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Jan 31, 2018

The US Poker Open is set to start on Thursday, with live action on PokerGO commencing on Friday afternoon. This week the podcast previews the action, and much more!

  • 4:30 – NBC Sports and Poker Central expand and extend broadcasting partnership, as the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters and US Poker Open will now be broadcasted through 2020 on this marquee US sports channel. What does this mean for the exposure poker gets, and what does it say about the appetite in the USA for the game?
  • 11:15 – Comparing poker broadcasts from the era during which the game first got mainstream attention versus the current-day offerings of live and on-demand poker action.
  • 17:00 – Previewing the US Poker Open! What numbers will the events get? Who’s doing commentary? What about the mixed games?
  • 21:34 – Daniel Negreanu offered a must-win $50,000 bet to all takers for the US Poker Open, but he upped the ante for Phil Hellmuth, offering him up to $250,000 of money to be bet on himself for the win. Which bets will go down? Find out in this segment.
  • 25:33 – The US Poker Open fantasy draft! Brent, Will and Remko pick their five-player teams from players they think are likely to put in a big grind in Las Vegas. Join in on the fun by letting us know which players you think are going to crush! Send your team to podcast@pokercentral.com.
  • 34:14 – Finally! Recapping the PokerStars Carribean Adventure during which Cary Katz, Bryn Kenney, Adrian Mateos (Are you even a real person?), Maria Lampropoulos, Steve O’Dwyer, Jason Koon and Chris Kruk made headlines in the big events.
  • 58:08 – The Aussie Millions hosts its biggest Main Event ever, and what does that tell us about the WSOP Main Event?
  • 1:02:10 – More on the “value of team pros” for online poker sites, PokerStars letting go of ElkY and partypoker signing Philipp Gruissem.
  • 1:08:50 – It’s all nonsense from here on out!

Join the guys in their fantasy draft - with an autographed hat by all US Poker Open champions for the winner, by selecting your five-player team. Pick one player from each of the rounds the guys drafted in, and send your team to podcast@pokercentral.com before 3pm PT/6pm ET or midnight CET on Thursday.

Pick one player from each of the following five rounds of the draft.

Round 1: Bryn Kenney, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Negreanu
Round 2: Phil Hellmuth, Brian Rast, Nick Schulman
Round 3: Justin Bonomo, Adrian Mateos, Isaac Haxton
Round 4: David Peters, Jason Koon, Tom Marchese
Round 5: Rainer Kempe, Benjamin Pollak, Cary Katz

Jan 24, 2018

We're back! Remko returns from his safari in South Africa only to find out that Brent and Will are still bickering about their failing NFL teams. This week on the show, Brent goes off the deep end with some conspiracy theories while Will proposes poker's ultimate celebrity death match!

  • 2:20 - This week on the Poker Central Podcast.
  • 3:20 - The Announcement of Super High Roller Bowl China, hot takes on the field, the prize pool and the excitement surrounding this new event. More event details here.
  • 17:35 - The US Poken Open is right around the corner, the guys share their excitement, make early predictions and compare the series to the Poker Masters.
  • 20:15 - Brent Hanks' Happy Hour featuring Steve Zolotow, Stu Ungar conspiracies, Phil Hellmuth's new book, the downfall of Bitcoin and NFL bickering.
  • 30:55 - How will the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship at the US Poker Open do? Will it get more than 36 players?
  • 38:32 - Why do major online poker sites still sign Team Pros, what's their value and what's the future of the ambassadorship in poker?
  • 50:30 - Poker's Ultimate Celebrity Death Match!

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Jan 5, 2018

Heads Up with Remko starts the new year with the first guest from the last year! Daniel Negreanu joins the show to talk about 2017, his goals, his challenges and a new list of things he has his mind set on for 2018.

  • 3:03 - Daniel's New Years festivities and some Las Vegas Golden Knights talk.
  • 5:25 - Why be open about your numbers, tournament ROI, buy-ins and both profit and losses?
  • 9:10 - Reflecting on his game, his best years and the crazy year that was 2004 when he won everything.
  • 12:58 - How to pick the events he wants to play for 2018, and when did he reach the point of not having to grind the entire circuit anymore? (And how that failed!)
  • 15:53 - Comparing himself to today's young gun, how good are they really, the motivation to improve and his first big result at Bellagio after implementing more GTO into his game.
  • 20:40 - Implementing GTO into his playing style, and how he improved. 
  • 26:24 - Looking back on 2017's goals, and which achievements define his legacy in the game?
  • 33:28 - Daniel Negreanu's book of physical tells, and looking at staying on top of the all-time money list.
  • 37:40 - Chasing Phil Hellmuth on the WSOP all-time cashes list, and how important profiting is on a year-to-year basis.
  • 46:15 - The US Poker Open, and whether some of the Hold'em specialists might dabble in the non-Hold'em formats.
  • 52:40 - Studying poker in 2018, and the drive to constantly get better and evolve even after decades of play.
  • 57:40 - PHIL IVEY UPDATE.
  • 59:30 - The Bahamas, Kevin Hart, Usain Bolt, and PokerStars spending big to attract new players. 

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Jan 4, 2018

On this episode of Poker After Dark we take an in-depth look at the career of newly retired poker pro Vanessa Selbst, the most recent Poker After Dark "Holidays with Hellmuth" shows and this week's "Femme Fatale" action. 

  • 8:35 - "Femme Fatale" on Poker After Dark featuring Kristen Bicknell, Sofia Lövgren, JJ Liu, Kathy Liebert, Kitty Kuo, Tracy Nguyen and Melanie Weisner. 
  • 21:18 - Looking back on "Holidays with Hellmuth," with hot takes on whether Hellmuth was playing up the Hellmuth role enough on these shows.
  • 24:30 - The retirement of one of the best players in the history of the game: First ballot Hall of Famer Vanessa Selbst.
  • 36:00 - Women in the Poker Hall of Fame

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Dec 28, 2017

"Pass the sugar!" became known all over the world when Joe Hachem willed his way to the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event crown. The Aussie won the biggest Main Event to date and became an instant celebrity in his home country and throughout the world of poker. 

Today, on Heads Up with Remko, Hachem tells his life story, what's he's currently working on and how he looks back on some of the pivotal moments of his Main Event run. 

Among the things keeping Hachem busy, as mentioned on the podcast, are a couple of very successful restaurants in the Melbourne area. Please check out Mama Manoush, Lorca and Kaikey's Lane

Timestamps:

  • 4:50 - The start of the interview with Joe Hachem, his current daily routines, family life and running restaurants.
  • 11:57 - Raising kids as the WSOP Main Event champion, being in casinos almost 24/7.
  • 16:38 - Joe's life before winning the Main Event, arriving in Australia as an immigrant and building up his career.
  • 21:20 - Turning a $30,000 bankroll into a WSOP Main Event title and millions of dollars on his first trip to Las Vegas.
  • 29:13 - Pass the sugar!! And the story of the Australia flag at the Main Event final table.
  • 35:02 - How Joe's life changed forever with the turn of a card, newfound fame, and lifestyle. 
  • 43:08 - Joe's competitive spirit and motivations throughout his poker career.
  • 48:35 - Reflecting and looking at Joe's own poker game, and talking about the current day pros.
  • 55:50 - Joe's love for poker, the rush of going deep in a big event, and playing mixed games and PLO.
  • 59:40 - The ambassadorship that the honor of Main Event champions brings with it, and the state of the game.
  • 1:06:15 - Joe's current poker play, and the lack of action in Australia. 

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Dec 20, 2017

The Poker Central Podcast looks back in 2017 and throws out some contrasting takes on what they think was the most interesting story of the year. Guess what, the guys don't agree on what's being referenced to as "The John Hesp Experience!"

  • 2:47 - The best storylines in poker of 2017!
  • 9:17 - John Hesp controversy!
  • 13:25 - This week on PokerGO: Holidays with Hellmuth
  • 26:25 - Brent Hanks shares literally nothing of note on the US Poker Open! Or does he?
  • 28:10 - Brent Hanks emergency!
  • 29:30 - Jason Wheeler's verbal aggression during the PokerStars Championship in Prague.
  • 36:36 - Discussing the big PokerStars announcement, and how big will this $25,000 event with 300 seats added really be in 2019? 
  • 51:41 - Remko and Will share their fantasy football agony and retire for good. (Until next season)
  • 57:33 - A Poker Central fantasy poker league? Holiday shout outs and lots of love for the fans!

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Dec 15, 2017

This week on the Heads Up with Remko podcast: Top tournament player Nick Petrangelo.

Nick finished in the top 10 of the Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings for the third straight year in 2017, finishing 4th, 8th and 8th again. We spoke with Nick about everything that goes on in the high stakes world, as well as uncovering his road to success.

  • 3:30 - The start of the conversation with Nick Petrangelo, who talks about being on a little break after Macau and WSOP-E, his poker calendar and financial pressure per event.
  • 10:20 - Swapping and selling action in high roller events and how money gets moved around in poker.
  • 18:00 - The frequency of super high stakes events and their impact on the poker economy.
  • 26:15 - The Big One for One Drop in 2018, to which Nick has already made his deposit, and Leon Tsoukernik's reputation.
  • 37:24 - Looking back on the first ever Big One for One Drop in 2012 and the status of Nick's career during that time.
  • 41:20 - The rise to the top and the 2015 breakout year.
  • 46:15 - How Black Friday helped launch Nick's career in high stakes poker.
  • 49:50 - Being known as the best tournament player in the world.
  • 55:15 - A fun hypothetical: How long does it take to lose your profit margin in high roller events if you stop working on your game?
  • 1:04:10 - Consistency over the last three years and longevity in poker.

 

Dec 13, 2017

After two quiet weeks, the Poker Central Podcast is back in action with some attention paid to the following storylines:

  • 3:33 - 2018 World Series of Poker schedule announcement and lots of hot takes and deep dives into what's on tap for the upcoming summer.
  • 23:25 - Looking back on "Leave it to Seiver", "Moon Magic," and the ongoing "Games of our Lives," Poker After Dark shows of recent weeks! 
  • 31:00 - World Poker Tour Five Diamond recap, Bellagio registration problems and the crazy winner story!
  • 37:40 - New on PokerGO: Stories from the Felt: A unique behind the scenes look into some of your favorite and most interesting storylines in the game.
  • 44:01 - Quick news items including: The PokerStars Championship in Prague, Brent's anger towards Ray Bitar and Will's epic Fantasy Football victory over Matt Berkey. 

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Nov 30, 2017

This week on the show Sam Trickett joins Remko to talk about the massive ups and downs of his poker career.

Trickett gained worldwide fame when he finished runner-up in the 2012 Big One for One Drop for $10,000,000, and for the first time he tells the entire story of how this changed his life, and how the deal he had in place to play the tournament changed just days before it started.

After a few years away from the game, Trickett is now back in action and eager to crush the high stakes once again.

  • 3:16 - Start of the interview with Sam, what he's up to right now and how his love for the game got rejuvenated.
  • 9:06 - Returning to the game after a long break, how it affected his game and confidence.
  • 11:17 - The best and worst day of his life during 2014 Big One for One Drop.
  • 14:57 - Did Sam think he had left the game behind for good in 2014?
  • 16:54 - Sam's youth, passion for soccer and missing out on a pro career with Sheffield United.
  • 20:08 - Life decisions, or indecisions and how he became a gas fitter.
  • 23:06 - Discovering the game of poker, pub games and the craving for material things.
  • 25:40 - The first big win, thousands felt like millions, spending big and hitting rock bottom by losing it all.
  • 31:43 - Rebounding from losing it all, moving to Cape Town to teach poker and finding a staking deal for the 2010 World Series of Poker.
  • 37:50 - Turning a small staking deal into playing the $250k and $100k at the Aussie Millions just months later and taking over the poker world.
  • 45:26 - Nosebleed cash games in Australia and Macau, and getting into the biggest cash games with Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey.
  • 50:33 - The 2012 Big One for One Drop.
  • 57:22 - Winning $10 Million dollars, the deal, the profit and how it all changed last minute.
  • 1:00:18 - The life-changing impact the Big One for One Drop had on Sam's life. (And a story on The Hangover-esque scenes the night after the final table.)
  • 1:08:48 - Partying with Phil Ivey.
  • 1:15:30 - Buying a house for his sister, gifting himself a Ferrari and wasting money on a diamond-encrusted watch.
Nov 21, 2017

On this episode, the U.S. Poker Open announcement gets dissected, takes from Brian Rast and Daniel Negreanu are shared on the format, Brent Hanks talks about taking over as lead commentator for Ali Nejad on Poker After Dark, and Will O'Connor dives down the rabbit hole that is the feud between a group of poker players and acclaimed rapper Talib Kweli. 

 

Nov 17, 2017

This week on Heads Up with Remko, Germany's hottest player Steffen Sontheimer tells the story of his crazy year and the path that lead to his success.

  • 3:04 - Start of the interview
  • 5:40 - How does Steffen's family follow along and view his life in poker?
  • 8:05 - How does the general public in Germany feel about poker, and do they know their fellow countrymen are crushing the game?
  • 14:00 - Career longevity and the life of a live pro.
  • 16:20 - Transitioning from online to live pro
  • 19:04 - Bankroll management, losing big and selling pieces for high roller tournaments
  • 25:30 - The best value high roller events of 2017, deciding on your ROI and markup and the impact of Bitcoin on the high roller scene
  • 36:25 - How many players worldwide would be +ev in the Super High Roller Bowl?
  • 41:05 - Steffen's views on Negreanu, Juanda, and Seidel
  • 47:00 - The Purple Jacket, the Poker Masters and the 2018 Big One for One Drop
  • 55:45 - The first generation of German poker superstars: Reinkemeier, Quoss and Gruissem.
  • 1:01:50 - The atmosphere in high roller events, and the problem with excessive tanking
  • 1:09:30 - Live tells in the game, and adjusting to being a live pro
  • 1:14:25 - Steffen weighs in on the Dominik Nitsche vs Bryn Kenney discussion on GTO vs exploitative play
  • 1:20:27 - Are recreational players getting scared to play big buy-in events because the pros are getting too good?
  • 1:23:30 - It's easier to become a top pro now than it was a few years ago.

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Nov 14, 2017

Poker Central Podcast Episode 60 is here! Brent Hanks, Will O'Connor and Remko Rinkema are back to talk about the hottest trending topics in the world of poker, with a big serving of shenanigans on the side.

On little sleep, Brent gets carried away in all sorts of directions, while Will celebrates life as he's joined the crypto bandwagon after a life-altering result at The Venetian.

Here's the rundown of this week's topics:

  • 1:12 - The second take of the intro.
  • 5:00 - This week on the Poker Central Podcast.
  • 5:58 - Will O'Connor's 2017 POY chase, and his massive upswing.
  • 9:10 - The start of the actual podcast! Leon Tsoukernik vs Aussie Matt.
  • 20:45 - Brent and Remko talk about getting kicked out of Las Vegas casinos. (But they didn't sue)
  • 26:08 - Maria Ho final table run in the WSOP-E Main Event, its unknown winner and will the WSOP Main Event ever be a re-entry?
  • 40:00 - Sammy Farha!! Is he back? Is he coming to Poker After Dark? 
  • 44:08 - Getting nostalgic, watching throwback Poker After Dark shows with Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius and Ilari 'ziigmund' Sahamies.
  • 46:10 - Deep Issues hits PokerGO with Fedor Holz, Liv Boeree, Mori 
  • 47:40 - WPT Montreal - live on PokerGO this Thursday - predictions and much love for David Peters, Justin Liberto and Curt Kohlberg.
  • 52:44 - Next week's Poker After Dark rumors! 

If you want to interact with the show, drop us a line on podcast@pokercentral.com or find us on Twitter. Try out PokerGO for free for seven days right now and watch the WPT Montreal final table, as well as the upcoming Poker After Dark live shows on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 of November. 

Nov 7, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast: 

  • Brent Hanks is absent for a very good reason: This past Friday his wife Liz gave birth to their second son!
  • Will O'Connor takes on daddy duties, giving him many insights on his own personal life. 
  • The Big One for One Drop returns to Las Vegas with a $1,000,000 buy-in.
  • Dominik Nitsche wins the High Roller for One Drop, adding a staggering $4 million to his bankroll.
  • Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson wins the World Series of Poker Player of the Year race.
  • Niall Farrell became the latest entrant into poker's Triple Crown club, and the guys discuss whether it's time some new rules of entry to this club.

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Nov 2, 2017

On this episode of Heads Up with Remko: Everything you want to know about Chris Moneymaker. 

  • 2:12 - New cultures, new adventures and continuing to meet fans all over the world.
  • 5:25 - Poker player or poker ambassador?
  • 6:55 - The status of Chris' poker game.
  • 10:16 - Rewatching the 2003 WSOP Main Event
  • 12:43 - The perception of poker before playing in the 2003 Main Event.
  • 15:00 - The days before the 2003 Main Event started.
  • 17:00 - The pitfalls of sports betting and problem gambling.
  • 25:12 - Going back to work in the restaurant business after winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event, and talking on the phone with Isai Scheinberg.
  • 28:29 - Asking for 5% of PokerStars back when it had 12 employees
  • 31:45 - The most difficult choice Chris ever made and being broke again in 2004.
  • 35:31 - The lack of results in poker tournaments after winning the WSOP Main Event.
  • 40:15 - Playing in celebrity poker games with Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, and winning the biggest pot of his life off Ben Affleck.
  • 45:23 - A drunk heads-up battle versus Binions casino owner Nick Behnen in 2004, and how nine dealers got fired in one night.
  • 50:50 - Black Friday and the unclear future of online poker in the USA.
  • 53:20 - The state of the game and the changes at PokerStars.
  • 1:00:30 - Getting online poker back in the USA.
  • 1:09:15 - The meaning of the WSOP Main Event now. 

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Oct 31, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast:

  • Brent Hanks wins big in the ARIA High Roller Series on PokerGO
  • Scott Seiver and Tom Marchese actually win the ARIA High Roller Series events
  • All things poker in Macau: John Juanda is the best ever
  • Adrian Mateos has arrived as a poker superstar. Who is Carlos Mortensen anyway?
  • WSOP Europe hands out bracelets like candy, but is it the exciting sweet candy or those sour ones you don't want?
  • Will O'Connor is moving to Pennsylvania for online poker, or is he?
  • Crockfords Casino pulls off the biggest freeroll of all time, beating Phil Ivey in court over $10.1 million he won playing Baccarat with rules the casino allowed.
  • Is this the end of Phil Ivey as a poker player? 
Oct 26, 2017

On this very special edition of Heads Up with Remko you'll get to learn all about the life and career of former UFC fighter Martin Kampmann. Kampmann has played poker since before the poker boom, and walks us through both his career in the UFC and his passion for the game of poker. 

  • 5:15 – Interview start with Martin Kampmann
  • 6:45 – The life of a retired UFC fighter
  • 9:45 – Concussions leading to UFC retirement
  • 13:13 – Sparring with Forrest Griffin, Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort.
  • 15:59 – Not maximizing his potential and training habits
  • 18:39 – MMA workout tips: Quality over quantity
  • 24:45 – UFC 2017 Preview: The return of GSP and Dillashaw vs Garbrandt
  • 30:45 – McGregor vs Mayweather
  • 34:40 – Martin’s favorite fights
  • 42:20 – How to get rich in the UFC. Or not?
  • 45:35 – Starting a career post-UFC
  • 47:48 – Discovering the game of poker and winning Run it Up Reno
  • 52:42 – The adrenaline of poker and playing the WSOP Main Event

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Oct 24, 2017

Here's a rundown of the topics on this week's podcast:

  • 3:10 - Did "Perks of the Trade" live up to the hype? Brent Hanks shares his thoughts. 
  • 8:50 - Will O'Connor dives into his Poker After Dark Power Rankings, and his love for newcomer Aaron Zang.
  • 14:33 - The ARIA High Rollers are coming to PokerGO this weekend, the guys get you caught up with all you need to know!
  • 19:24 - The poker action is popping off in Macau, and we find out that Brent Hanks is barely able to leave the USA, but that he also never would.
  • 21:15 - Macau food vs Las Vegas food
  • 23:20 - How special is Bryn Kenney's 2017? He adds another $400k in Macau.
  • 26:50 - Is Dietrich Fast the new favorite German of Brent Hanks, and why did he borrow cigarettes from Steve O'Dwyer?
  • 35:30 - What's your poker Dream Table? The guys give their thoughts, and are looking for yours!
  • 44:22 - Charlie Carrel joined the Heads Up with Remko Podcast last week and opened up about experimenting with drugs. This week Brent Hanks thinks that Adderall is the same thing as Speed.
  • 52:12 - Daniel Negreanu calls out Phil Hellmuth for ducking out of a game that features the two big guns versus four German pros. According to Brent, Hellmuth is letting America down!

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Oct 20, 2017

This week on Heads Up with Remko, one of the UK's finest professionals of the last three years joins the show in what turned out to be quite the eye-opening conversation.

Charlie Carrel has nearly $6 million in live tournament earnings and his online results include a Sunday Million and SCOOP Main Event win. The latter which he took down for $1.2 million at a Starbucks in Mexico after a serious internet outage at this apartment. And yes, he tells this story in full on the podcast.

Additionally, Carrel talks about what makes him successful at the game, and he opens up about his unconventional style and how GTO isn't the only road to success. Carrel sides with Bryn Kenney on what he thinks will bring him the most success, in a discussion that was started two weeks ago on the podcast with Kenney. 

The colorful character of Carrel shines through in the conversation, as the young Brit opens up about unconventional topics including experimenting with different kinds of drugs, and the perception of success and money outside the poker world. 

Oct 17, 2017

On this week's episode of the Poker Central Podcast featuring Daniel Negreanu and Joey Ingram:

  • 3:00 Looking back at the debut of the hybrid format on Poker After Dark during "High Stakes Hybrid" week. 
  • 12:28 An in-depth look at the "Perks of the Trade" lineup, this week on Poker After Dark. 
  • 27:28 Do we lean towards Dominik Nitsche' GTO approach, or is there more merit to Bryn Kenney's experience and confidence? The guys give their takes on it.
  • 32:32 Joey Ingram joins the show to discuss his prop bet in which he has one year to learn Mandarin, risking $7,500 to win $45,000.
  • 43:11 Daniel Negreanu joins the show to talk about the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the impact the team has had in the city after the tragic events from earlier this month, the promise of the team and its roster, and some early Stanley Cup talk. 

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Oct 12, 2017

For the better part of a decade, 27-year old Germany's Dominik Nitsche has been among the world's best tournament players. 

Let that sink in.

Just barely 18 years old back in 2009, Nitsche won a huge Latin American Poker Tour event followed by his first World Series of Poker bracelet and World Poker Tour title at age 21.

On this week's Head Up with Remko Podcast, Nitsche talks in-depth about his rise to the top, and his dedication to stay there.

With $7 million in live tournament earnings Nitsche is near the top of Germany's all-time money list, and he explains how studying the game, learning how to use solvers and using a GTO approach has helped him to stay ahead of the curve. 

If you want to get caught up with what the Germans are up to these days, and how they perceive the rest of the high roller scene, well then you can't miss this podcast. Lastly, find out why Nitsche thinks that everyone in the high roller events across the world will play "like robots" as early as 2019. 

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Oct 9, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast the guys ask themselves three big questions:

  • Was Pot Limit Omaha on Poker After Dark a success?
  • What's up with this new "Hybrid" format that's on Poker After Dark this week?
  • Is Bryn Kenney the best poker player in the world?

So, while you mull over your own answers to those questions, let us remind you of the following:

If you want to get in touch with the podcast, please do so by e-mailing us on podcast@pokercentral.com for all your burning questions, hot takes, and other remarks. If you see this text and haven't subscribed to the podcast, please do so by searching for "poker central" in your podcasting feed.

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Oct 5, 2017

There's no doubt about 2017 being the year of Bryn Kenney. The New York native leads in nearly every statistical category and is making a run at becoming the all-time money earner without a cash larger than $2,000,000, which has not been done before in the modern history of the game. 

On this podcast Kenney opens up about making some bad decisions that lead him to being broke in late 2016, and the spectacular way in which he managed to turn things around. 

Starting in November of 2016, Kenney went on a run of a lifetime of which the end doesn't seem to be in sight just yet. In the last 12 months Kenney has cashed for $8.7 million, $7.3 of which was recorded in this calendar year.

Kenney also leads the 2017 POY standings, and overall GPI standings, and with still nearly three months of poker left to be played it looks as though he has both of those places locked up. 

If you enjoy this podcast, please consider rating, reviewing and subscribing to the show. You can do so by searching for "Poker Central" on your favorite podcasting app. 

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Sep 28, 2017

Brandon Adams has been in poker for a very long time, but this is his first podcast appearance in which he tells his life story.

Adams recently resurfaced for the observing poker fan, winning a High Roller event in Florida, followed by Event #4 of the Poker Masters in Las Vegas. Adams, however, was never gone from the poker scene as he never missed a summer in Las Vegas. 

With cash games being the primary focus of the Harvard graduate and teacher, Adams spent the majority of his years playing out of the spotlights making the stories of big games in Las Vegas that much more compelling. 

On this podcast, Adams opens up about the biggest games he played with the likes of Bobby Baldwin, Kenny Tran, Brian Townsend, a heads-up challenge versus Sammy Farha, underground games at Harvard, prop betting with Patrik Antonius, Daily Fantasy Sports, and the countless other things that keep his mind busy. 

Rewatch all Poker Masters final tables right now on PokerGO, and use the promo code REMKO for $10 off your annual subscription. Send your questions and remarks for the podcast to podcast@pokercentral.com.

Sep 26, 2017

The Poker Masters concluded last week with Steffen Sontheimer as the start of the show, winning two events and making no less than four official final tables. 

(3:50) - Poker Masters

Interviews on this show will be played featuring Brandon Adams (28:20), winner of Event #4, and Sontheimer (41:36) himself after he won the $100k Championship event, claiming the Purple Jacket and a total of $2.7 million.

Brent, Will and Remko then review the Poker Masters as a whole and discuss the following big topics. Make sure to chime in by giving us your thoughts using #PokerCentralPod on Twitter or e-mail us on podcast@pokercentral.com.

  • What was the moment of the week?
  • How was the Poker Masters received by the players?
  • What can be changed and improved for next year?
  • Is Steffen Sontheimer on the 'Fedor Holz level' of poker stardom?
  • Is German domination in the high rollers good for poker?
  • Where are the young American pros?

(59:00) Poker After Dark

And then, of course, there is this week's exciting Poker After Dark lineup! Tom Dwan joins the likes of Phil Galfond, Brandon Adams, Ben Lamb, Brian Rast and Isaac Haxton to battle it out for three straight nights.

The guys share hot takes on the upcoming action, who the best player of the bunch might be, and whether we can expect some juicy table talk.

The name of the game is Pot Limit Omaha, and with a $100,000 minimum buy-in and $300/$600 binds this show will be a feast for poker fans. Don't miss any of the action, as it kicks off at 5:00pm PT/8:00 pm ET on Tuesday, September 26.

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Sep 16, 2017

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast, we recap the action from the Event #2 final table, won by Steffen Sontheimer.

Sontheimer is now the overall Purple Jacket leader, edging out Nick Schulman who took down the first event. Sontheimer beat Fedor Holz heads up, as the Germans were once again very well represented at the final table.

On this show, you can listen to interviews with Sontheimer, Holz and both Koray Aldemir and Bryn Kenney who are in a neck and neck race for the 2017 Player of the Year title. 

Subscribe now to PokerGO using the promo code REMKO to get $10 off your annual subscription, and don't miss a single minute of the Poker Masters action. 

Sep 15, 2017

Coming at you from the 2017 Poker Masters, this Poker Central Podcast is jam-packed with interviews! 

Remko flies solo and recaps the first event of this epic high roller tournament series, and he spoke to none other than Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Phil Hellmuth, Rainer Kempe, Adrian Mateos and Nick Schulman. 

The latter took down the first event of the Poker Masters, defeating a field of 51 entries to take home $918,000 and a big headstart in the chase for the Purple Jacket™. Schulman spoke about the highs and lows of his career, alluding to having lost $20 million in one day once, and how this win felt special due to all the work he's put in to get to the top. 

Negreanu opens up about the beauty of a high roller series such as this one, and all the prop betting that's involved. Hellmuth does what Hellmuth does, and talks about being the greatest, while Fedor Holz can barely contain himself with excitement for this stretch of events. 

Follow all the Poker Masters coverage live on PokerGO, as final tables kick off daily at 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET. The full broadcast schedule can be found here. Sign up now for PokerGO and get $10 off the annual subscription using the promo code REMKO.

Sep 6, 2017

Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates is the featured name on this week's Poker After Dark shows, which are live and exclusively available on PokerGO.

The shows start at 5pm PT/8pm ET, but don't worry if you can't make it! Within 24 hours of the show finishing, full replays and recaps will be available on PokerGO. Sign up for PokerGO using the promo code 'remko' for $10 off the annual subscription. 

With Cates on the show we discuss the poker apps that players are playing on, largely based out of China, the high stakes climate in Macau, some 6+ Hold'em talk, and of course a small update on the Durrrr Challenge. All of that a much more on this week's Heads Up with Remko!

Aug 31, 2017

This week on Heads Up with Remko: Joey Ingram, podcaster extraordinaire, poker pro and now the host of Major Wager on PokerGO.

Major Wager is the latest PokerGO exclusive to launch on September 5th. The show is a reality prop betting show featuring Samantha Abernathy, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast and Jeff Gross. Sign up now for PokerGO, and take off $10 from the annual subscription by using the promo code "remko".

In this podcast, we get into Ingram's experience filming Major Wager in Las Vegas, and what went on during the shooting of the show! Ingram also gets into his own personal prop betting, which has brought him to write a book - available on Amazon - and is now teaching him how to swim. 

We also touch upon the return of Tom Dwan on Poker After Dark, the legend that is 'Durrrrr' and whether his aura will ever wear off if he's staying in the public eye. 

Last but not least, we discuss the high stakes poker landscape, online poker in the United States, and his own future. 

Aug 29, 2017

Another three exciting episodes of Poker After Dark are in the books, Phil Hellmuth is the 'King of the Hill' and Barcelona made a lot of players a lot of money! All of this and much more on this week's episode of Poker After Dark.

The following introduction included Poker After Dark spoilers. Watch all shows without spoilers by signing up now. Use the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Poker After Dark - Voices Carry

In the first winner-take-all Sit and Go of the return of Poker After Dark it was clear that Mike Matusow had to be a part of it. Matusow was a feature in the early years of the show as one of the most talkative and confrontational players, but he met his match on PokerGO battling with William Kassouf.

Kassouf talked everyone's ear off, that of Jean-Robert Bellande in particular. Matt Berkey, however, wasn't phased as he owned the night by taking home $150,000. Rewatch this entire episode by clicking the link

On the second night of play, one of the toughest lineup in the show's history was assembled as more than $75 million in career live tournament earnings collided. Ben Lamb came out on top, defeating Nick Schulman, Jason Koon, Brian Rast, Scott Seiver, and Matt Berkey. Rewatch the entire show here.

The third and final night of $25k SNG action was one for the ages with plenty of tequila shots being taken, banter being had and top notch all-in clashes. Hollywood producer Randall Emmett drove the action, while poker's power couple Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov got tangled up, all while Jason Koon, Greg Mueller and Eric Worre looked for ways to chip up. Rewatch that entire show right here

Phil Hellmuth - King of the Hill

On Poker Night in America, Phil Hellmuth went to town versus Daniel Cates in this four player $50,000 winner-take-all heads-up battle. Cates quickly busted Frank Kassela, while Hellmuth took care of heads-up specialist Doug Polk before meeting in the final. The boys on the show have some hot takes on Hellmuth's play, but even more so a fold made by Jungleman. 

PokerStars Championship Barcelona

And then there was a ton of action in Barcelona! We review all the big winner including Ronny Kaiser, Sebastian Sorensson, Stephen Chidwick, Sander van Wesemael and Pedro Caiat. Oh, and both Bryn Kenney and Benjamin Pollak are now even richer. 

To cap off the show, Brent Hanks gives some fantasy football hot takes, and we go over the Mayweather vs McGregor fight that played out last Saturday. 

Aug 24, 2017

On this week's episode of Heads Up with Remko, Jean-Robert Bellande joins the show to talk about everything high stakes. 

Last week, Bellande appeared on the return of Poker After Dark alongside Tom Dwan, Andrew Robl, Lauren Roberts, Bill Klein, Aussie Matt, Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari. We spoke with Bellande about his play on the shows, the stakes, and the crazy straddles. 

Bellande also opened up about some of the highest stakes he's ever seen, and the biggest pot he's ever played. Oh, and that big pot turned out to be for his entire net worth with aces versus kings with $3.2 million in the middle. 

Get caught up with the Poker After Dark action so far on PokerGO, as all the shows are available in the archive, or tune in live on Thursday, August 24th to watch Jason Koon give it another shot versus Igor Kurganov, Liv Boeree, Greg Mueller, Hollywood producer Randall Emmett and Eric Worre.

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Aug 22, 2017

Poker After Dark is back on PokerGO, and Brent, Will, and Remko are back for the 50th episode of the Poker Central Podcast! First off, a big thank you to all listeners for sticking with us! Secondly, let's get into this week's action.

On this podcast, the lineups of this week's Poker After Dark action are being discussed. The following players will participate in the action this week, which are all $25,000 winner-take-all Sit & Gos.

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Mike Matusow Jason Koon Igor Kurganov
William Kassouf Scott Seiver Liv Boeree
Jean-Robert Bellande Brian Rast David Williams
David Williams Matt Berkey Bruce Buffer
Matt Berkey Nick Schulman Jason Koon
Nick Schulman Ben Lamb Randall Emmett

The guys also briefly look back on the insanity that took place last week, with the Aussie Matt vs Tom Dwan night of cash games capping off three days of blistering poker action.

Last but not least, we touch upon all the tournament that played out in Florida, with winning roles for podcast favorites Nick Schulman and Mike Leah. 

Tune into the Poker After Dark action on PokerGO at 5pm PT/8pm ET on all three nights, and use the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Aug 16, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast it's time for all the Poker After Dark and Tom Dwan talk that you can handle! 

Poker After Dark had its glorious return on Monday night with a $200/$400 cash game that quickly got out of hand. Tom Dwan, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Bill Klein, Lauren Roberts and Jean-Robert Bellande all bought in for way more than the $100,000 minimum, culminating in the hand of the night between Esfandiari and Dwan. Dwan's aces held up in a $700,000 pot between him and Esfandiari, leaving fans and players gasping for air. 

On the second night of play, it was once again Dwan who dealt out the biggest blow. This time it was JRB who took the beating, running set over set into Dwan for a pot of $565,000. 

All in all, plenty of action to discuss on the podcast, and you can watch all the action and more exclusively on PokerGO.

All Poker After Dark episodes are available as archived episodes within 24 hours of the end of the broadcast, and you can use the promo code "remko" for $10 the annual subscription. Poker After Dark is live at 5pm PST/8pm ET on Wednesday August 17th, and then against on Tuesday August 22nd.

Aug 11, 2017

During the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event we spoke to one of poker's well-known poker coaches Jared Tendler, and he sat down with us to talk about the mental game of poker. 

Tendler started out as a mental coach for professional golfers, moving to poker after learning about the game and its intricacies through meeting Dusty Schmidt, an avid golfer and even more successful poker player.

Over the years Tendler has coached many poker players, most notably Jorryt van Hoof during this 2014 WSOP Main Event run that culminated in a third place finish. With Tendler we dive back into that experience, and how writing books about his experience have helped him become a better coach. 

Aug 9, 2017

Welcome to the glorious return of Will OC on the Poker Central Podcast, and together with Brent Hanks and your host Remko Rinkema, this week's show gets out of hand rather quickly. 

Among the more serious topics being discussed, with plenty of hot takes to go around, you can expect to hear about the following:

  • What's up with the Poker is Fun Tour?
  • Nipun Java continues blistering hot 2017 in Florida
  • Doug Polk's PokerStars deal
  • Sam Grafton's winning ways
  • Kenny Hallaert is the new Fedor Holz
  • Aussie Millions releases 2018 schedule

And we dive into some new PokerGO programming announcements and storylines that you might have not heard before!

  • Chris Moneymaker Pokerography released
  • Deep Issues interview series with Kevin Hart, Daniel Negreanu, Jackie Cruz and Antonio Esfandiari released
  • Phil Laak's used to be a repo man?
  • Poker After Dark Live gossip and lineup thoughts

If you're new to the podcast, please rate, review and subscribe to support the show! If you're new to PokerGO, please click this link to sign up. Use promo code 'remko' for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Aug 3, 2017

Scott Blumstein became a millionaire and household poker name overnight when he took down the 2017 WSOP Main Event for $8,150,000, and today he's on Heads Up with Remko to talk all about his life-changing win. 

Blumstein talked about all the big hands at the final table that brought him fame and fortune, going over the big bluff versus Dan Ott, the massive pot against John Hesp and the easily forgotten big call he made against Jack Sinclair on the final table bubble. 

The youngster from New Jersey also touched upon how life changing this money and poker fame might be, but that in the end of the day he'll maintain to be a "professional liver". 

If you've missed any of Blumstein's big hands, go to PokerGO right now and relive every day of the Main Event up until the final table. The Main Event final table replays on PokerGO are available for customers in non-ESPN affiliated regions only. Blackouts apply. Subscribe to PokerGO using the promo code 'remko' for $10 off the annual subscription. Follow Scott on Twitter by clicking this link.

Aug 1, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast: Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth discuss the return of Poker After Dark on PokerGO.

Negreanu and Hellmuth - two of the most colorful characters to appear on Poker After Dark - dive back into their memory bank about the old shows, but also look forward at what's to come. Poker After Dark returns on Monday, August 14, live on PokerGO.

Also on the show, Brent Hanks discusses the return of Brent Hanks on the Poker Central Podcast. After more than two months, Hanks makes his first appearance to talk about his excitement for Poker After Dark, his own World Series of Poker success and lack there of and sweating his good friend Bryan Piccioli in the Main Event. 

Piccioli's story is one that goes far beyond poker, as a tragic accident left his dead a quadriplegic last summer. The Buffalo News wrote a big feature story about his father and how he watched his son play, and you can read that piece right here

If you have not yet subscribed to PokerGO, you can do so by clicking the link and using the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual subscription.  

Jul 27, 2017

Welcome to the return of Heads Up with Remko, this week featuring one of the most successful poker pros of the last 10 years: Jonathan Little. 

Jonathan Little is featured on PokerGO with his very own Pokerography, in which the story of the man with two WPT titles is told from baby beauty pageants through Magic the Gathering to becoming one of the biggest winners in live tournaments.

Playing the game is not the only way Little makes his living, as he's also a renowned poker author and coach. On this podcast, you can hear all about the process of creating his books and the road to his personal success in both poker and family life. 

Subscribe now to PokerGO and receive $10 off the annual subscription by using the promo code 'remko' to get more than 100 days of live poker every year. Watch Pokerographies on the best players in the world, the Super High Roller Bowl and classic Poker After Dark episodes in anticipation of the new season starting on August 14.

Jul 25, 2017

The 2017 World Series of Poker is a wrap! Scott Blumstein is the Main Event champion and he'll add $8,150,000 to his poker resume, on top of an amazing shiny bracelet and life-long fame in the game of poker. 

On this podcast we run through the entire final table from start to finish, from Ben Lamb to the deuce on the river that took away Dan Ott's chances of making an epic comeback. 

The podcast will now return to its weekly slot, with releases early in the week. If you haven't yet subscribed, please do so by search "poker central" on your favorite podcasting app. 'Heads Up with Remko' will return this week as well, with plenty of exciting guests lined up.

Jul 20, 2017

After a two-day hiatus to sleep, recover and get amped up for the WSOP Main Event final table, the Poker Central Podcast is back with a big preview show!

Aside from the WSOP Main Event, we are also hyped up about the Poker Masters, Poker After Dark and global streaming on PokerGO of said Main Event in non-ESPN regions. 

To read along while listening, here is the final table line up in seat order:

Player Country Chip Count Blinds
John Hesp United Kingdom 85,700,000 107
Scott Blumstein United States 97,250,000 122
Antoine Saout France 21,750,000 27
Benjamin Pollak France 35,175,000 44
Jack Sinclair United Kingdom 20,200,000 25
Damian Salas Argentina 22,175,000 28
Ben Lamb United States 18,050,000 23
Bryan Piccioli United States 33,800,000 42
Dan Ott United States 26,475,000 33

Read how you can watch the Main Event final table here, and use the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual PokerGO subscription.

Jul 17, 2017

 

The WSOP Main Event is down to its final 27 players, and here is what the final three tables look like. Listen to the podcast for a full recap of the action, and a preview of tomorrow's action. 

The live action starts at 12:30 PM PST/3:30 PM ET/9:30 PM CET on PokerGO.

Player - Country - Chip Count

John Hesp - United Kingdom - 20,880,000

Robin Hegele - Germany - 11,150,000

Scott Stewart - United States - 6,230,000

Damian Salas - Argentina - 7,800,000

Michael Ruane - United States - 9,340,000

Jack Sinclair - United Kingdom - 27,535,000

Bryan Piccioli - United States - 14,500,000

Jonas Mackoff - Canada - 12,050,000

Randy Pisane - United States - 18,370,000

 -  -

Richard Dubini - Argentina - 14,975,000

Antoine Saout - France - 9,945,000

Valentin Messina - France - 28,590,000

Pedro Oliveira - Portugal - 22,540,000

Florian Lohnert - Germany - 5,360,000

Alexandre Reard - France - 8,580,000

David Guay - Canada - 7,400,000

Richard Gryko - United Kingdom - 13,760,000

Scott Blumstein - United States - 18,125,000

 -  -

Michael Sklenicka - Czech Republic - 2,230,000

Jake Bazeley - United States - 3,915,000

Christian Pham - United States - 31,440,000

Michael Krasienko - United States - 11,430,000

Benjamin Pollak - France - 8,870,000

Daniel Ott - United States - 7,815,000

Marcel Luske - Netherlands - 2,990,000

Karen Sarkisyan - Russia - 8,105,000

Ben Lamb - United States - 25,685,000

Jul 16, 2017

The World Series of Poker Main Event is down to just 85 players, and we spoke to no less than seven players still in the event. 

Charlie Carrel headlined the PokerGO stream, and we spoke to him about the joy of going deep in the Main Event. Unfortunately, shortly after recording the podcast, Carrel was eliminated in 88th place cashing for $72,514. Just two more players hit the rail before the night ended, and the following players that joined us on the podcast bagged up chips.

Scott Blumstein 6,845,000
Bryan Piccioli 5,400,000
Dario Sammartino - 2,858,000
Marcel Luske 2,290,000
Martin Finger 890,000

Blumstein, playing in this first WSOP Main Event, had a tough day with Ben Lamb on his left for most of it, but in the end, he bagged up a top stack. Piccioli started the 2016 Main Event on Day 5 with the chip lead, and this year he flew under the radar a bit more and managed to bag up a big stack after Day 5. With 85 players remaining he's only one spot removed from improving on last year's finish.

Sammartino battled all day with Kenny Hallaert, and both players managed to make it through the day. Luske had a day filled with swing, ultimately securing himself the third best Main Event finish after finishing 14th in 2003 and 10th in the 2004 Main Event. 

Last but not least, EPT champ Martin Finger bagged up a very short stack but he's still not out of it heading into Day 6.

Tomorrow the action will play down to just 27 players, and a lot of that action will be live on PokerGO. The action starts on ESPN at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET and switches over to PokerGO at 3:00pm PT/6:00pm ET/midnight CET. 

Jul 15, 2017

On this action-packed show, no less than nine guests join us, as we take you through Day 4 of the World Series of Poker Main Event. 

The day started with 1,084 players, and in the end, just 297 put chips in the bag for Day 5. Sofia Lovgren, Danielle 'dmoongirl' Andersen, Felipe Ramos, and Vivian Saliba all joined us on the podcast, but unfortunately, they did not manage to make it into Day 5.

The players that kept their runs going include Mickey Craft, Ben Lamb, Michael Ruane, Marcel Lukse and Jake Balsiger and they all talked about their tournament so far on the podcast. 

The podcast returns tomorrow night, as the tournament gets down to double digits, and the final table starts getting to within arms reach. The PokerGO coverage of the final table continues at 1:00 pm PST/4:00pm ET/10:00pm CET.

Jul 14, 2017

Daniel Negreanu was one of the last players to get knocked out on Day 2c, and we spoke to him for a lengthy wrap-up of his summer. Negreanu talks about what he called "his strongest summer ever" and the close calls in big bracelet events. 

Joe Hachem played on the PokerGO feature table, and he talked about returning to Las Vegas and the memories of winning the Main Event back in 2005. Hachem also has praise for the new streaming and ESPN broadcasting of the Main Event, and he's in strong support of playing out the event in July. 

Other guests on the show include Chino Rheem, Jason Koon and Kenny Hallaert.

Tune in for more PokerGO live streaming of the Main Event at 11:30 pm PST/2:30 pm ET/8:30 pm CET. The PokerGO pre-show on the Poker Central Facebook page starts at 10:30am PST, with all the latest on the Main Event.

Jul 13, 2017

Day 2c of the World Series of Poker has concluded, and Barstool Nate is among the players returning for Day 3. Nate bagged up 255,300 chips, putting him in a great position to make the money in his first ever Main Event appearance.

The same can't be said for his buddy, Smitty. In the last level of the day, Smitty got knocked out after an entire day of hanging around 90,000 chips. 

Both Joseph Cheong and Cliff Josephy know what it feels like to finish third in the WSOP Main Event, and they were matched up on the secondary feature table today. Both gentlemen made it through to Day 3 and we spoke to them in the early goings of the event. 

John Smith finished second in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship in back-to-back years, and currently, he's chasing his first Main Event cash. Smith's full of confidence, and we spoke to him as well.

The action continues on PokerGO on Thursday at 11:30am PST/2:30pm ET/8:30pm CET.

Jul 12, 2017

On the 39th episode of the Poker Central Podcast, it's time to talk poker with 3-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour. 

On Day 2a/b of the Main Event, 2,219 players returned to the tables and only 1,023 managed to make it through to Day 3. The biggest stacks belong to Mickey Craft (608,100) and Lawrence Bayley (618,000).

Seymour bagged up 102,000, while defending champion Qui Nguyen was knocked out. We also spoke to Nguyen on the show, about his return to the place where his epic run started last year. 

Economics PHD student Andrew Barber joins the show to talk about the economics of the Main Event and the lower markups for action being lower than they have been in previous years.  

Last but certainly not least, Army vet Tim Burt joins the show to talk about his quest for a fourth straight WSOP Main Event cash, and his history of playing online poker while being on active duty in Iraq.

 

Jul 11, 2017

The World Series of Poker Main Event had its third and final starting day today, attracting a staggering field of 4,262 players, totaling this year's tournament at 7,221! The tournament drew a very exciting crowd, featuring top pros, recreational players and two guys that go by the name of Nate and Smitty, bloggers for Barstool Sports.

For this podcast, we spoke to Nate and Smitty on their final break, before they bagged up 228,500 and 90,000 respectively. 

Also on this podcast, a full recap of the exciting Day 1c action that played ou on PokerGO. Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier headlined the feature table and played numerous interesting hands. We spoke to Mercier about his day, and later in the show, we spoke to his wife Natasha, who bagged up one of the biggest Day 1c stacks.

Mike 'Timex' McDonald also joined the show, only to, unfortunately, bust out in the last level of play. We also spoke to one Esther Taylor-Brady, who's coming off her best summer yet. Last but not least, 10-time WSOP bracelet winner and two-time Main Event champion Johnny Chan talked about his highly successful Day 1 action.

Watch the Day 2a/b action live on PokerGO on July 11 starting at 11:00 am PT, 2:00 pm ET and 8:00 pm CET. Use the code "remko" for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Jul 10, 2017

Seattle's very own Matt Affleck joins Heads Up with Remko to talk about his life, career and the hand that brought him poker fame. In the 2010 WSOP Main Event, Affleck was eliminated by the eventual winner Johnathan Duhamel when his aces got cracked with 15 players remaining in the tournament, and that hand will forever live on in poker history. 

The story of Affleck, however, goes far beyond that one hand. A longtime online player, live tournament pro, respected poker coach and both WSOP and WPT finalist, there's a lot to discuss. 

Affleck dives into the mental aspect of the game, as he's being coached by Jared Tendler, and how he's constantly working on his game to eventually get that massive win he's been close to so many times.

Today, on July 10th, Matt Affleck plays the WSOP Main Event Day 1c, and you can follow him on Twitter. Watch all the Main Event Day 1c action live on PokerGO, and all days leading up to the 2017 Main Event final table. Use the promo code "remko" for $10 off your annual PokerGO subscription.

Jul 10, 2017

The World Series of Poker Main Event saw its second starting day draw a massive field of 2,164 players of which about 400 were knocked out. The Poker Central Podcast has all the juicy details of this day that was headlined by a clash between Vanessa Selbst and Gaelle Baumann on the feature table.

Selbst was eliminated just 80 minutes into the day when she ran aces full into the quads of Baumann, creating a history hand that will be replayed into eternity. We interviewed Selbst for the podcast and also play the audio of her elimination on the show. 

The two other feature tables were headlined by Jamie Gold on the one side, and Bryan Devonshire and Martin Staszko on the other. We spoke to Gold about the end of the November Nine era, and what's needed to make poker more fun to watch. Devonshire also spoke to us, as he made his return to tournaments after a year in doing what he does best, rafting the wild rivers in Colorado. 

Lastly, we spoke to Bryn Kenney who lost a shocking 65lbs in the last four months, winning him a massive prop bet! 

Day 1c of the Main Event goes live on PokerGO at 11:00am PST/2:00 pm ET, 8:00pm CET.

Jul 9, 2017

It's finally here! The 2017 WSOP Main Event kicked off today, and Poker Central was front and center for all the action. On this podcast you can listen to the following topics:

Former champions Qui Nguyen, Martin Jacobson and Jerry Yang all played and the former two advanced, keeping their hopes alive for another magical run. 3-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour sat at the feature table for most of the day and bagged up 114,000 chips. 

On this show, you can listen to interviews with Doug Polk, Alex Foxen, Jonathan Little, Jen Shahade and Maria Ho. The latter plays the Main Event on Day 1c, but she was involved with the ESPN/PokerGO broadcast of the Main Event. Sam Grafton bagged up one of the biggest stacks of the field, and we also spoke to him. 

A total of 795 players entered Day 1a, 30 more than last year, and 576 made it into Day 1b. The Poker Central Podcast will be there daily to recap all the action and keep you up to speed with all the latest from Las Vegas! 

The WSOP Main Event is live streamed on PokerGO and broadcast on ESPN for the first time in history. Tune in daily for all the poker action from Las Vegas, with Day 1b coverage starting on ESPN at 10:30am PST and PokerGO at 3pm PST. Sign up with the code "remko" for $10 off the annual PokerGO subscription. 

Jul 6, 2017

The 35th episode of the Poker Central Podcast is centered around the big announcement of the return of Poker After Dark! PokerGO brings back one of the most popular poker shows of the past decade, as its final episode was aired in 2011. The guys speculate on potential lineups and call out to the fans to make their suggestion using the #PokerCentralPod hashtag. 

With the Main Event of the WSOP just two days away, all content, times, locations and other ways to consume the biggest event in all of poker are being discussed, as PokerGO and ESPN will bring the most live coverage ever of the biggest poker tournament of the year. 

After almost a week-long podcasting break, we also recap all prior events and play interviews with Daniel Negreanu during the $50k, and Andres Korn, winner of the $5k that was streamed on PokerGO. 

Here are the other winners that are discussed on today's show, with a lot of international flair!

Event Winner Payout
 #65: $1,000 NLHE Turbo Shai Zurr $223,241
 #64: $1,500 NLHE/PLO Mix Sebastian Langrock $268,555
 #63: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Rulah Divine $262,501
 #61: $3,333 Online High Roller Thomas Cannuli $322,815
 #60: $888 Crazy Eights Alexandru Papazian $888,888
 #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix Jens Lakemeier $112,232
 #58: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Artur Rudziankov $395,918
 #57: $2,500 O8/Stud8 Mix Smith Sirisakorn $215,902
 #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Andres Korn $618,285
 #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Tom Koral $96,907
 #54: $10,000 PLO Championship Tommy Le $938,732
Jun 30, 2017

With Remko back in Las Vegas things get crazy right off the bat on the Poker Central Podcast! Joined by three recent bracelet winners - Max Silver, David Bach and Brian Yoon - the guys talk through the latest events at the WSOP, and are joined by Joey Ingram to talk PLO, and what he's been up to this summer. 

Jun 28, 2017

On the 33rd episode of the Poker Central Podcast, we have no less than four guests! Ray Henson, who briefly held the WSOP Player of the Year lead talks about whether or not he's deserving of the crown if he were to win it, while Ryan Hughes talks about coming into the summer thinking he was one of the favorites to win this year's POY race. 

Anthony Zinno joins the show to talk about his transition to becoming a more all-around player, and his love for Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better. Last but not least, we have Ian O'Hara on the show, who's lost no less than 65lbs this year alone, and is on track to change his lifestyle for good. 

On top of that, we discuss Chris Vitch's victory in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Eight or Better, the tournament in which Phil Hellmuth finished in ninth place. Hellmuth does however still hold many WSOP related records, and we dig through the HendonMob to find some. 

Next on PokerGO: Watch the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em come to its conclusion on Thursday, an event where three-time Super Bowl Champion Richard Seymour's still in the hunt. Sign up using the promo code "remko" and take $10 off the annual subscription. 

Jun 27, 2017

Chris Moorman is the biggest winner in the history of online poker tournaments, and it's not close. With over $14 million in online cashes, Moorman has nearly 40% more earnings than the next four closest players, all of which have also been around for a long time. 

The story of Moorman is one of highs and lows, as those cashes aren't what they're all propped up to be. After arguably one of his best years ever in 2011, he found himself near broke after the 2012 World Series of Poker. The reason? Staking more than 30 players in live and online tournaments, decimating his bankroll in just a few months time. 

On this podcast Moorman opens up about his staking operation, the mismanagement of his money and his ultimate climb back up to the top, culminating in winning the World Poker Tour LAPC event for more than a million dollars, and the $3,000 6-Max at the World Series of Poker in June of 2017.

To learn more about Moorman, watch the Pokerography on PokerGO that features his life story. 

Heads Up with Remko is a weekly podcast in which your host Remko Rinkema interviews the biggest names in the game. For questions and suggestions, contact the podcast on podcast@pokercentral.com.

Jun 26, 2017

After a weekend filled with action at the World Series of Poker, we are here to recap said action with another episode of the Poker Central Podcast. In other news, Will returned from a convention in New Jersey where he dove deep into Korean culture and reports back from his side of the world. 

The events discussed on this show include the following winner stories:

  • Event #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha: Loren Klein ($231,483)
  • Event #42: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship: Dmitry Yurasov ($775,923)
  • Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout: Ben Maya ($257,764)
  • Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.: Matthew Schreiber ($256,226)
  • Event #45: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo: Chris Brammer ($527,555)
  • Event #46: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better: Nathan Gamble ($223,339)

On top of all of this, Remko quizzes Will on this knowledge of Russian pros, Remko learns important factoids about New Jersey and a lot of Phil Hellmuth stories are shared. All in all, it's another classic episode of the Poker Central Podcast. 

 

Jun 23, 2017

After a short hiatus, we recap no less than seven events from the 2017 World Series of Poker, beginning with the epic $5k 6-Max that streamed on PokerGO. The $10k 6-Max that's streaming on PokerGO today is also being previewed, with Kristen Bicknell chasing her third bracelet and Charlie Carrel in strong contention for his first.

Jun 21, 2017

The World Series of Poker is an unstoppable force in the summer, and after a few days without podcast action, the boys have no less than 8 bracelet winners to discuss. The biggest of them all: Chris Moorman. 

On this show, the guys also talk about Will's adventure in a charity poker tournament, the ambassadorship of Qui Nguyen, and lots of interesting winner stories.

The WSOP Player of the Year system gets touched upon again, as David Bach now has two bracelets this summer, while not even being ranked in the Top 20 of the current race.

Last but not least we talk about what's being streamed on PokerGO, as there is plenty of exciting action to look forward to this week!

Jun 16, 2017

On this first ever solo show, Remko Rinkema gets you caught up on all the latest from the World Series of Poker. 

Australian poker phenom James Obst wins his first bracelet, and Remko goes over how this one was a long time coming for the man known as AndyMcLeod online. On top of that Tyler Groth captures the gold in the $1k PLO, putting his name on the map.

The $3,000 6-max No Limit Hold'em tournament will be played out on PokerGO tonight, and Remko previews the action with some stories about Brits drinking beers from their shoes in past years, and whether or not we will see this crazy tradition return on the big stage tonight. 

Last but not least there's also a Phil Ivey sighting at Bellagio, and an update of the GPI Player of the Year standings!

Jun 16, 2017

It's not every day that more than a million dollars are being handed out at the World Series of Poker, but yesterday was one of those days! Pablo Mariz from Canada took down the Milly Maker for $1.2 million, and we have a very emotional interview with him on the podcast today.

Another man that joins the show goes by the name of Maurice Hawkins, and while he's not yet won, he's well on his way in THE MARATHON! Hawkins best on himself to win a bracelet this summer, and makes some strong claims about his skills and future success at the WSOP.

One winner was crowned at the WSOP today, and that was Shane Buchwald who took down the $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $177,985. Other events that are ongoing such as the $10k Razz and $3k 6-max also get discussed, as the latter will be streamed on PokerGO on Friday. 

If you want to rewatch Mariz's epic Milly Maker run, you can now do so by going to PokerGO and relive his final table. PokerGO brings you all the WSOP live streaming action from the RIO this summer.

Jun 14, 2017

The man formerly known as Angry John wins his third bracelet, and becomes a very happy John Monnette! Our own Will O'Connor talks to Monnette after winning his bracelet, and he had a lot of interesting things to say. 

We discuss Monnette's bracelet win in-depth, as Will was on the scene for the whole thing, and we go over whether or not this game is just too boring to watch from the sidelines despite it being one of the most exciting ones to play.  

The Milly Maker plays down to a winner today with $1.2 million up top, and we preview the day in which Ralph Perry can capture the ultimate redemption after becoming the bad end of a poker clip that still lives on in the minds of poker fans all over the world.*

Aside from this, we finally have love for THE MARATHON, the $1,500 Limit Hold'em and the $10k Razz as all three events shape up to have very interesting final tables and/or winners. Oh wait, it's already been decided that Adrian Mateos will win this one to become the youngest player ever with four bracelets, and one of the very few to have done it in this era in such a short span of time.  

* Redemption never came, as Perry - despite a chip leader with 14 left - got knocked out in 12th place, but we still had fun daydreaming about a heroic victory for the man who was once sent on his bike by Tony G holding king-jack.

Jun 13, 2017

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast there's only one winner to be discussed, but there's plenty more storylines coming from Las Vegas worth covering!

Today's guest on the show is none other than Scott Vener, a long-time poker player with a World Series of Poker final table under his belt, but he's mostly known for his work as a music supervisor on big shows such as Entourage and Ballers. Will spoke to Vener while making a deep run in the Milly Maker, an event he's still playing in as of right now.

As mentioned before there was one bracelet to be handed out, and it was Ron 'Grumpy' Ware who took down the $1,500 8-Game mix event. On top of that, we talk about the stalling in tournaments on money bubbles or to get up those pay jumps, and the state of mixed games and whether real growth is possible. 

Watch all World Series of Poker live streams on PokerGO this summer. PokerGO is the go-to spot for all poker action with more than 100 days of live streaming this year, and spectacular documentaries such as Dead Money about Matt Berkey and Pokerography featuring the likes of Liv Boeree, Jason Koon and Byron Kaverman.

 
Jun 12, 2017

Afer a weekend filled with winners at the World Series of Poker, Remko and Will look back on everything that went down at the Rio. Adrian Mateos made history, becoming the youngest player ever to win three WSOP bracelets, David Singer won his second bracelet while John Racener finally got his first. 

Here's an overview of the events discussed on the podcast and their winners:

Event #14: $1500 HORSE: David Singer
Event #15: $10k Heads Up: Adrian Mateos
Event #16: $1500 NLHE 6-Max: Anthony Marquez
Event #17: $10k Dealer’s Choice: John Racener
Event #18: $565 PLO: Tyler Smith

The guys also get into some of the "gimmick events" at the WSOP and discuss whether or not they should be on the schedule going forward, or what tweaks are needed to make them more interesting. Please share with us your takes on these events using #PokerCentralPod on Twitter, or e-mail us on podcast@pokercentral.com.

Gimmick or No Gimmick?

  • $1,500 Millionaire Maker
  • $365 The GIANT
  • $2,620 THE MARATHON
  • Super Turbo Bounty $1,000 ($300 bounty/20 minute levels)
  • $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo and Limit Omaha Hi/Lo mixed event
  • $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event (NLHE/PLO/2-7NL/NL 5 Card Draw/BIG O/ PLO HI/LO/ 2-7 PL Triple Draw)
  • Crazy Eights (8 handed $888 buy-in)

Last but not least, Will picks a "German of the Week" and both guys have hot takes on pets being brought into the Rio. 

Watch all World Series of Poker live streams on PokerGO this summer. PokerGO is the go-to spot for all poker action with more than 100 days of live streaming this year, and spectacular documentaries such as Dead Money about Matt Berkey and Pokerography featuring the likes of Liv Boeree, Jason Koon and Byron Kaverman. 

Jun 9, 2017

The $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em Championship is down the just four players, and we have interviews with all of them on today's show. The semifinals of this event are as follows:

Ryan Riess vs John Smith
Adrian Mateos vs Charlie Carrel

The final day of this event starts at 3:30 PM PST / 6:30 PM ET on PokerGO with both semifinal matches being shown followed by the final showdown.

Also on this podcast: Poker in India is booming, and will grow even stronger after Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant won the first bracelet for the second biggest country in the world. We spoke to Aditya Agarwal about the progress poker has made in India and his personal accomplishments as he's also off to a strong start this summer.

Last but not least we talk about Frank Kassela's first non-Stud bracelet win in the $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw after beating Bernard Lee heads up, and we look ahead at this weekend's action on PokerGO. 

The Poker Central Podcast comes to you five times a week during the World Series of Poker to make sure you don’t miss any bit of news, gossip or information from the biggest tournament series of the year. Watch all the WSOP live streams on PokerGO this summer, with the $10,000 Heads Up Championship live on Friday followed by the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 6-max on Saturday.

Subscribe now to the Poker Central Podcast Network to get all our episodes straight to your mobile devices, and make sure to get in touch with us using #PokerCentralPod on Twitter, or e-mail us on podcast@pokercentral.com.

 

 

Jun 8, 2017

He was so close! Last night, Daniel Negreanu faced Abe Mosseri in the heads-up stage of the $10,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better Split Championship, but in the end, the cards did not fall in his favor. 

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast, you can listen to interviews with Daniel Negreanu, Abe Mosseri - who collected his second ever WSOP bracelet - and the winner of $1,000,000 in the Colossus, Thomas 'The Butcher' Pomponio. 

Additionally, all 11 events we had not discussed are being reviewed including bracelet wins for Jesse Martin, Ben Zamani, Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree.

The Poker Central Podcast comes to you five times a week during the World Series of Poker to make sure you don’t miss any bit of news, gossip or information from the biggest tournament series of the year.

Subscribe now to the Poker Central Podcast Network to get all our episodes straight to your mobile devices, and make sure to get in touch with us using #PokerCentralPod on Twitter, or e-mail us on podcast@pokercentral.com.

 
Jun 7, 2017

The biggest buy-in event at the World Series of Poker was won by none other than Doug Polk, a heads-up cash game specialist. On this episode of the podcast, you can listen to interviews with Polk, runner-up Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier and fourth-place finisher Haralabos Voulgaris.

Your hosts Remko Rinkema and Will O’Connor go through all the excitement of the final table, which included a rowdy rail, lots of fascinating hands and a champion who now has won three WSOP gold bracelets in no-limit hold’em.

The Poker Central Podcast comes to you five times a week during the World Series of Poker to make sure you don’t miss any bit of news, gossip or information from the biggest tournament series of the year. Subscribe now to the Poker Central Podcast Network to get all our episodes straight to your mobile devices, and make sure to get in touch with us using #PokerCentralPod on Twitter, or e-mail us on podcast@pokercentral.com.

 

 

Jun 5, 2017

The final table of the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop is set!

French poker legend Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier leads the way, and on this podcast, you can listen to interviews with Grospellier, Doug Polk and Dario Sammartino as we preview all of tomorrow's action on PokerGO.

Here are the chip counts going into the final table that starts at 2:30 p.m. PST/5:30 pm ET/11:30pm CET.

Bertrand Grospellier 16,825,000 
Martin Jacobson 8,890,000
Dario Sammartino 7,975,000 
Chris Moore 7,600,000 
Andrew Robl 6,670,000 
Doug Polk 6,090,000 
Rainer Kempe 5,760,000 
Michael Kamran 3,470,000 
Haralabos Voulgaris 2,865,000 
 
Grospellier talks about his return to the big stage, as he's making his first appearance at a big international final table in four years. Polk rides a lot of confidence into the final table while Sammartino's having a blast competing against some of the best in the world over these past couples of days.
 
With $3.6 million up top, it's promising to be a very exciting day of poker on Monday. Watch all the action live on PokerGO, and use the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual subscription. 
 
Get in touch with the podcast using #PokerCentralPod on Twitter, or e-mail to podcast@pokercentral.com
Jun 4, 2017

This week Christoph Vogelsang was crowned the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl champion, taking home a cool $6,000,000 for the first-ever tournament victory, and he joined us for the Poker Central Podcast. 

While Vogelsang is arguably the happiest man in Las Vegas right now, we also went through the other players that made the final table. From Jake Schindler's dramatic heads-up loss, Stefan Schillhabel's highly profitable laddering through Leon Tsoukernik's biggest score we talked through Pratyush Buddiga's deflating loss with aces and how Justin Bonomo's two-day dominance ended in seventh place. 

All in all, there were endless storylines in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl, and then we haven't even touched on the participation of Kevin Hart. Hart dominated the coverage on Day 1 and 2 and there was plenty to be said about the Hollywood superstars playing against some of the best in the world.

Last but not least, we touch upon the PokerGO streaming schedule of the World Series of Poker.

PokerGO is streaming the WSOP for the very first time, and if you want to sign up for an annual account, use the promo code "remko" for $10 off.

May 25, 2017

Matt Berkey made headlines in the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl, finishing fifth for $1.1 million. 

During last year's big run, Berkey was followed by a camera crew that also filmed during his preparation for the biggest tournament of his life. That documentary is now available on PokerGO, and on this podcast, Berkey shares exciting behind-the-scenes stories.

Berkey's road to the top in poker has not been a common one, and on this podcast, he also talks in-depth about his childhood, the path to the Super High Roller Bowl and the massive swings he's gone through over the last couple of years. 

Wondering how much of himself Berkey has in the biggest event of this year? The number will definitely surprise you!

May 23, 2017

It is here, PokerGO is live! This Monday Poker Central launched PokerGO, the ultimate poker live streaming, and entertainment service, and this episode of the Poker Central Podcast dives deep into all of this excitement. 

This Monday, Poker Central launched PokerGO, the ultimate poker live streaming, and entertainment service, and this episode of the Poker Central Podcast dives deep into all of this excitement. 

PokerGO offers live streaming of the Super High Roller Bowl, followed by the most exciting World Series of Poker final tables, capped off by the first ever WSOP Main Event live stream in the month of July. All of that and much more can now be found on PokerGO.com.

Brent, Will, and Remko run you through all the specifics with regards to PokerGO before previewing the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl. Who will be the first player to get knocked out? Who will make the final table? The guys have all the hot takes to get you ready for this year's biggest poker tournament in the world. 

May 19, 2017

Phil Hellmuth is the all-time leader in World Series of Poker bracelets won with 14, and he's not looking to slow down on his quest to remain at the top.

On this podcast, Hellmuth opens up about things close to his heart such as; his family, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and his girlfriend Nicole Curran, his achievements in poker, the Super High Roller Bowl, Fedor Holz, Kevin Hart and more.

As we are accustomed to from Hellmuth, he doesn't back down from throwing his opinion out there, and he doesn't mince words towards people that disrespect him. Hellmuth also does some self-reflection with regards to the rants that he sometimes produces at the table.

All in all, this is a must-listen podcast with one of poker's most colorful characters.

May 16, 2017

Poker legend and Poker Central ambassador Daniel Negreanu joins the Poker Central Podcast to talk about Kevin Hart playing the Super High Roller Bowl, and the deal between the World Series of Poker, Poker Central, and ESPN.

The Negreanu segment starts at the 37:23 mark of the show.

The shows starts with Remko, Brent and Will talking about the aforementioned topics, as they go deep into the gravity of Kevin Hart playing in the Super High Roller Bowl and potentially exciting table draws. The end of the November Nine era also gets discussed, and how the live streaming and ESPN broadcasts of the WSOP Main Event will impact the exposure poker gets through the summer. 

May 11, 2017

Poker superstar Fedor Holz joins Heads Up with Remko to talk about his past life as a high-stakes poker grinder, and his current life as CEO of Primed Mind, the business he's focusing all his time and energy on. 

Holz amassed a staggering $22.1 million in live tournament earnings - the majority of which in just 24 months starting in March 2015 - and after winning the High Roller for One Drop last summer he retired from the grind. The Vienna resident still plays the occasional big tournament - and will participate in the Super High Roller Bowl - but he's no longer traveling the international poker circuit full time.

Holz candidly shares his thoughts on staking, selling action, the rise of the level of play in super high roller tournaments, and much more.

Primed Mind is Holz's new focus, as he's close to launching the mindset app and course with the help of Elliot Roe. "Listen, Learn, Grow" is their mantra, and Holz elaborates how this can benefit not only poker players and professional athletes but everyone who's willing to try it.

May 9, 2017

German pros captured headlines across the poker world by winning lots of big events at the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo, as Ole Schemion, Philipp Gruissem, Julian Steur, Andreas Klatt and Stefan Schillhabel collected big pay days. 

On this podcast, we talk about the Germans dominating all around the world, and the fact that their all-time money list is a collection of young studs. 

Other big events ongoing this week were the Borgata Spring Championship, and the partypoker Live Montreal festival. Mike McDonald won a tournament for the first time in years, and we dive into the future of the three events mentioned.

In the shenanigans segment of today, we talk about John Daly winning again for the first time in a long time, and Brent has some thoughts to share on the Kentucky Derby. 

May 5, 2017

Jeff Gross is one of the most high-energy, fast-paced guys in poker, and just by listening to him you'll get motivated to chase after your goals and dreams. Gross build his successes, reputation and following through his play at the tables, his presence on social media and Twitch.

Gross had one of the biggest results to date live on Twitch, winning $143,000 last December. While visiting his in-laws in Brazil, Gross pulled off this overnight success, and he candidly tells the story of that victory on this show.

Also on this podcast: Gross dives into his love for the game, its people, and its future. While Black Friday was a big fork in the road for many online players back in 2011, Gross drew positive energy from this significant shift in his life, as it forced him to travel, play live cash and tournament that ultimately lead to him improving on all those fronts. 

Lastly, Gross talks about friendship and surrounding yourself with positive people. All in all plenty of inspiration on this week's Heads Up with Remko show. 

Find out more about Jeff Gross by visiting his website.

May 2, 2017

On the 16th episode of the Poker Central Podcast, your hosts discuss the signing of Kevin Hart by PokerStars and send out another big round of praises for crushers Bryn Kenney and Adrian Mateos.

The PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo produced lots of exciting storylines, and with no shortage of big names producing results on the felt there's much to get through. Erik Seidel inches closer to Daniel Negreanu on the all-time money list, Ole Schemion rips off two six-figure scores in 5 days, and Daniel Dvoress finishes second and third in the two biggest tournaments on the French Riviera this week. 

Aside from the Monte Carlo action:

  • Dzmitry Urbvanovich signs with partypoker
  • Hot and cold takes are shared on the selling and buying action of players in poker tournaments after Mike McDonald's revealing appearance on Heads Up with Remko
  • The Vancouver Canucks appoint poker enthusiast Travis Green as their new head coach
  • Matt Savage's Social Experiment event gets a review

If you want to get in touch with the show, drop us a line on podcast@pokercentral.com

Apr 27, 2017

Mike McDonald burst onto the scene when he was just 18-years old, winning the EPT Dortmund stop for $1.3 million and flash forward nine years and he's amassed more than 10 times that amount in live tournaments alone. Nowadays McDonald does not grind the circuit like he once did, as a startup business called Poker Shares takes up most of his time. 

McDonald dives deep into the inner workings of his business and also shares candid stories about the selling and buying of action he's partaking in over the years. The man is known as "Timex" elaborates on an especially startling story in which he cashed for nearly $2,000,000 only to profit a mere $12,000 on the entire event. 

Aside from all of that McDonald gives his thoughts on who's worth the most in the WSOP Main Event from the following six superstars: Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Phil Hellmuth, Fedor Holz, Dan Colman and Dan Smith. Lastly, former Lamborghini owner also speaks some strong words about Tom 'Durrrr' Dwan, the defunct Epic Poker League, and Ultimate Bet. 

Apr 26, 2017

On the 15th episode of the Poker Central Podcast, all women with massive scores in 2017 are being discussed. And we even forgot to mention Xuan Liu, winning the $2k at Fallsview for $232,000.

Maria Lampropulos won the massive partypoker Million at Dusk Till Dawn for £1,000,000 and with that, she jumps up the rankings on plenty of leaderboards. Lampropulos now has the eighth biggest cash by a woman ever, sits in fifth on the Argentinian all-time money list and is now 16th on the women all-time money list. Interestingly enough, Lampropulos' boyfriend is Ivan Luca who's cashed for more than $4 million since bursting onto the scene in 2015.

On top of all of this, the guys run through the latest ARIA High Roller results, jumps made by Bryn Kenney and Brian Rast on the all-time money list, the dumpster fire that was Poker Night in America and the upcoming PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo. (Fashion advice included by your hosts, Remko and Will)

Apr 21, 2017

Isaac 'Ike' Haxton is commonly referred to as one of the best poker players in the world, having been at the top for almost a decade. Haxton boasts $13 million in live tournament earnings on top of all the millions he managed to rake in through both online and live cash games. 

Today on the show, Haxton shares his thoughts on a plethora of topics that all have to do with the high stakes poker scene. Poker in Macau, the traveling life of a Super High Roller player, the adrenaline rush of the game, swapping and selling pieces for the biggest events, the demise of online poker, and travels stories are all discussed on the 12th episode of Heads Up with Remko.

To read the article in Maxim Magazine that was discussed on the show, click here.  

Apr 19, 2017

The $25,000 Mixed Game High Roller took place on both Monday and Tuesday of this week, and on this show, we recap all the action. If the walls could talk, Bobby's Room would have the best poker stories in the world, and we dive deep into the ones we know or have heard of. 

Other big questions such as: Will mixed games ever grow in popularity? What needs to be done to grow mixed games? And many others are being answered by your hosts. 

Will O'Connor also tells a great Andrew Robl story, Remko gets into his first trip to Bobby's Room in 2009, and Brent Hanks can't get enough of Richard Simmons! All in all, it's another classic episode of the Poker Central Podcast.

Apr 15, 2017

Brian Rast's one of the most successful players of the last decade, with more than $20 million in live tournaments earnings, but cash games are his mainstay. Rast plays the highest cash games in the world, competes against the best, and doesn't back down for any stakes. 

Today on the podcast, Rast tells us all the ins and outs of the Las Vegas high stakes cash game scene, goes through the Bobby's Room lineups, and shares details on how he's managed to improve his game even more over these last few months. 

Apr 11, 2017

On the 13th episode of the Poker Central Podcast, the guys are joined by staff writer Paul Oresteen to talk about the World Poker Tour finale in Florida, and Nikolay Yakovenko to talk about the University of Alberta's poker AI. 

The big topics on today's show also include Jason Mercier, Ryan Riess and Daniel Weinman coming up with massive wins. Sergio Garcia's Masters win's being discussed, there's room for some awful travel stories in light of Dan Smith being denied entry onto a plane in Macau, and much new from Asia's gambling capital as the PokerStars Championship Macau wrapped up.

Apr 7, 2017

Ben Sulsky's one of the most successful high-stakes online cash game players, and he shared the story of his life in poker. 

On this podcast, Sulsky tells the story of his rise through the ranks of poker and battling at the high stakes versus anyone willing to face him. Over the years the action on the highest stakes has dried up significantly, and Sulsky dives into the current state of high-stakes online poker. 

During the heyday of online poker, Sulsky also took shots at the now infamous Rail Heaven, and he recalls one specific hand where Phil Galfond crushed both his bankroll and his spirit. 

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Apr 5, 2017

The crew is back at it, this time discussing the epic results of Steve O'Dwyer and Fedor Holz in Macau, Dietrich Fast and Adrian Mateos chopping up a big one in Florida and much more. 

The World Poker Tour festivities in Florida get a close inspection from the guys, as Wil shares some hot takes on the Tournament of Champions format, shows love for the WPT 500, and a very special guest makes an appearance on the show. 

Other topics discussed on the podcast include the NBC Sports deal Poker Central agreed upon, the Jaime Staples weight loss bet and the place of Zynga poker in the poker universe. 

Mar 31, 2017

Jason Mercier's one of the most successful poker players in the world, having no less than five World Series of Poker bracelets, and EPT title and countless online wins. With $17 million in live tournament earnings, Mercier ranks 13th on the all-time money list, 7th on the EPT all-time money list and 1st on the WSOP Omaha all-time money list. 

Mercier burst onto the scene with a massive win in the EPT Season 3 San Remo stop, when he took home $1.4 million after crushing his opponents at one of the fastest final tables in poker history. While that tournament meant financial independence, arguably the worst night of his life followed that life-changing win. Mercier was stabbed in the back with a broken bottle after a bar fight, one inch removed from it being a fatal injury. On this podcast he tells the entire story.

Mercier's story, however, didn't start with live poker, as he was among the first Supernovas on PokerStars in 2006, and the 16th ever to become Supernova Elite in 2007.

On this podcast, Mercier talks about the battle for the acceptance of his lifestyle with his family, and making big choices with big consequences. 

Mar 29, 2017

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On the 11th episode of the Poker Central Podcast, we tackle a big question: Is Bryn Kenny a real person?

Obviously, he's not, since Kenney's already raked in almost $3 million in live tournament earnings in 2017 alone. Kenney's cashed in 13 tournaments, of which six were Top 3 finishes.

This week's show also includes an interview with staff writer Paul Oresteen, who wrote a brilliant two-part feature interview with poker's most respected producer Mori Eskandani.

We also go over the latest results in ARIA High Rollers, discuss the status of satellites in live poker tournaments, and much, much more including the to-be-released Mercier baby.

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Mar 23, 2017

Dan Colman's one of the most successful tournament poker players of the last three years, winning the Big One for One Drop in 2014 for $15 million after beating Daniel Negreanu heads up. In total Colman has almost $28 million in earnings, putting him third on the all-time money list behind only the aforementioned Negreanu, and Erik Seidel. 

Colman started his poker career gambling for small money, but through a serious dose of natural talent, hard work and dedication, he managed to become one of the most feared heads-up no limit holde'm players in the world. 

After crushing online for well over a year, Colman turned his attention to live poker, bursting onto the scene by winning the Monte Carlo Super High Roller in 2014 for roughly $2.1 million. Just two months later Colman won the second ever million-dollar buy-in tournament, putting his name on the map for good.

On this podcast Colman tells his entire life story, the decisions he made in not talking to the media after his big win, and how he stance his changed since. 

Mar 21, 2017

After months of waiting, the grudge match between Cate Hall and Mike Dentale was finally there. This past Sunday, Poker Night in America played host to the heads-up battle that saw Hall beat Dentale 2-0 in a best-of-three. 

Hall collected $30,000 for her efforts, and we spoke to Matt Glantz about the lead up to this battle happening, the money that was at stake and how he looks back on the overall production and social media response. 

Aside from the battle, Tom Dawn notches up his first HendonMob result in more than three years, Ben Tollerene' scores big in Panama, and we analyze Tom Marchese's thought on whether there are too many high roller events.

Lastly, the boys get into a fair bit of banter towards the end, with a very special guest crashing the party. 

The music on today's show's provided by Leroy Townes. Their song Hurricane Express is featured in both the intro and the outro. For more on them, check out their website at www.leroytownesband.com.  

Mar 17, 2017

This week on Heads Up with Remko, Tom Marchese joins the show to talk about all things high stakes! Marchese's currently ranked 15th on poker's all-time money list for tournaments, but his poker story goes far beyond that. 

Marchese talks about the ARIA high stakes tournament, the Super High Roller Bowl, playing on the famous Rail Heaven online tables and much more. 

Mar 15, 2017

On the ninth episode of the Poker Central Podcast, Remko Rinkema and Will O'Connor are joined by both most recent World Poker Tour millionaires.

Daniel Strelitz took down the LAPC for a cool million while Sam Panzica collected $1.3 million for winning the Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event. Both players talked about the experience of winning the biggest tournament of their careers and notching up their first ever seven-figure score. 

Aside from the poker news, Remko and Will dive into some banter about the Cate Hall vs. Mike Dentale heads-up match, and some March Madness action!

Mar 9, 2017

Bill Perkins is among the most successful hedge fund managers in the United States, focussing on venture capital and energy markets, while at the same time being a very passionate poker player, Twitch streamer, karaoke singer and father of two. 

On this week's episode of Heads Up with Remko, Perkins opens up about his personal life, taking us on a journey from growing up in Jersey City to living a jet-setting life in the Caribbean. 

The road to success wasn't a clear-cut one for Perkins, who started at the bottom as "the assistant to the assistant of the assistant," working his way up to owning his investment firm. Back in 1997, Perkins founded Small Ventures USA, and he later joined Centaurus Energy in 2002. 

Currently, Perkins managed the Houston-based energy hedge fund Skylar Capital, while at the same time traveling to player poker and explore the world. 

Mar 7, 2017

On the eighth episode of the Poker Central Podcast, your host Remko Rinkema's joined by his best friends Will O'Connor and Brent Hanks for another weekly dose of shenanigans. 

The gentlemen dive deep into this past weekend's ARIA High Roller tournaments, at which Will spoke to superstar players Dan Colman, Jason Koon, and Ankush Mandavia. Colman notched up two big victories in this young year, and he shares his excitement about recent results and participation in the Super High Roller Bowl. 

Koon and Mandavia are also looking forward to participating in the Super High Roller Bowl, and they also share their thoughts on their focus, preparation, and excitement. 

Lastly, Brent goes off the deep end on a tangent like no other, PokerStars Championship events in both Panama and Sochi are being discussed. 

Mar 2, 2017

Bryn Kenney has $14.2 million in live tournament earnings alone, after getting his start in poker grinding numerous years online. Kenney's a self-made man, taking pride in having had most of his own action throughout his career, and recovering from losing millions more than once.

On this podcast - for the first time ever - Kenney opens up about his volatile career filled with massive swings. From $40,000 to $3.5 million to having to borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars to get back in the game? Kenney has done it, and built his own roll up to comfortably play Super High Roller on a consistent basis. 

Kenney will be participating in the Super High Roller Bowl in May, and every big buy-in event until then. Here's his story.

Feb 28, 2017

On the seventh episode of the Poker Central Podcast, your host Remko Rinkema is joined by both Brent Hanks and Will O'Connor to talk about the American Poker Awards, the World Poker Tour's California Swing and much more. 

The first guest on the show today is World Series of Poker bracelet winner and the current No. 8 on Canada's all-time money list, Mike Leah who won recently completed his third victory in the WPT Fallsview $1k event. Leah now has three victories in this event over a four-year span.

Darren Elias joins the show towards the end to discuss his record-tying third World Poker Tour victory at Fallsview that puts him in elite company with Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Anthony Zinno and Chino Rheem. 

Feb 24, 2017

Igor Kurganov is one of the most successful live tournament players of the last five years, and with more than $12 million in tournament earnings he ranks 1st on the Russian all-time money list. Spending the majority of his life in Germany, the now London resident would be placed second on the same list in his second home country.

On this podcast Kurganov opens up for the very first time about "The Germans" on the Super High Roller scene, backing, staking and swapping, and the different approaches to becoming successful in poker. 

Aside from poker, Kurganov dives deep into philosophy, and shares highly interesting takes with us on how he views the world. 

Feb 22, 2017

On this week's episode of the Poker Central Podcast your host Remko Rinkema is joined by Will O'Connor to discuss the announcement of the 20 players chosen by ARIA to participate in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl. The guys go in-depth on every single player chosen, followed by their American Poker Award winner predictions. 

Feb 16, 2017

On the fifth episode of the Poker Central Podcast, Remko Rinkema and Brent Hanks are joined by none other than Igor Kurganov and Jeff Gross. Kurganov discusses his recent joining of Team PokerStars Pro, the latest of REG Charity and his 2017 schedule, while Gross dives into his recent success on Twitch, and how to stay on top of the game. 

Aside from the two guests, the ARIA Super High Roller Bowl expansion's being discussed, with 56 players now entering the $300,000 tournament. The Super High Roller Bowl now has a first-place prize of $6,000,000, and ARIA's expected to announce the player names next week.

Feb 9, 2017

He's one of online poker's most successful players, predominantly as a heads-up cash game specialist, and today he joins Remko on the podcast. Doug Polk has amassed millions of dollars in online earnings, on top of winnings two World Series of Poker bracelets and starting his own poker training website. 

On this episode Doug dives into the current high stakes online poker climate, his business ventures, and the road he traveled to make it to become king of the hill in his favorite poker format. 

Feb 7, 2017

For the first time in Poker Central Podcast history, we have a three-way situation! Remko and Brent are joined by Will OC in studio to discuss the Super High Roller Bowl registration, ARIA High Rollers and the absence of Phil Ivey from the tournament circuit. Oh, and there's also room for some Super Bowl talk. 

Interviews on the show can be heard with poker super stars Bryn Kenney, Tom Marchese, Matt Berkey, and Scott Seiver, all of which are playing in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl at the ARIA from May 27-31. 

Feb 2, 2017

Dan Smith's one of the most successful tournament players in the world with more than $15 million in live tournament earnings. This past December, Smith hosted a charity drive in which he matched donations up to $175,000. The drive turned out to be a huge success, and some of Daily Fantasy Sports most successful players - Martin and Tom Crowley - donated over a million dollars to his causes.

On this week's show Smith goes in-depth on why he choose certain charities, he discussed wagering North of six-figures on a single weekend of DFS action, and we get into the inner-workings of the high-stakes tournament world. 

Jan 31, 2017

Doug Polk joins the podcast to give his takes on the Brain vs. AI battle, he puts Fedor Holz's epic run into perspective and explains how the Dan Bilzerian video he put out got picked up by mainstream media. 

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Jan 26, 2017

On the first ever episode of Heads Up with Remko it's none other than Daniel Negreanu who takes a seat.

Negreanu talks about celebrity poker players in the Bahamas including Kevin Hart, Aaron Paul and Richard Seymour, high stakes private cash games, playing in Bobby's Room, his legacy, and a big feud with Mike Matusow over a big loan. 

Jan 23, 2017

Every Monday, Remko Rinkema and Brent Hanks bring you all the latest from the world of poker. 

This week the crew discusses the following headlines:

  • Aussie Millions
  • Fedor Holz at it again
  • Doug Polk vs. Dan Bilzerian
  • Will the Durrrr Challenge ever happen?
  • Daniel Negreanu's home game for charity
  • Vanessa Rousso releases song
  • MGM National Harbor opens poker room
  • Jason Somerville back on Twitch
  • Eric Danis discusses changes to the GPI formula

This show contains an interview with Jason Somerville on his 2017 outlook and an in-depth conversation with GPI's Head of Poker Content Eric Danis. 

Get in touch with the show using #PokerCentralPod or e-mail us on podcast@pokercentral.com

Jan 19, 2017

On the first ever Poker Central Podcast, Remko Rinkema and Brent Hanks discuss the announcement of the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl and all the poker action from the PokerStars Championship Bahamas.

Included in this show are Interviews with Main Event winner Christian Harder and High Roller winner Luc Greenwood. Hanks' crazy stories with Uncle Ron betting the NFL playoff match-ups, and some crazy talk about Bryn Kenney's epic love-love relationship with the Caribbean. 

Please get in touch with us via podcast@pokercentral.com, #PokerCentralPod or through @PokerCentral, @RemkoMedia and @Bhanks11 on Twitter. 

The Poker Central Podcast will be released every Monday going forward.