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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. 

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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.

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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.

Use the promo code "se the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual PokerGO subscription. 

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.

To join the conversation, please use #PokerCentralPod on social media, and subscribe to the podcast using your favorite podcasting app.

 

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.