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Jun 22, 2018

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

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

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

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Jun 19, 2018

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

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

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Jun 15, 2018

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

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

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Jun 13, 2018

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

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

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Jun 8, 2018

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

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

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Jun 4, 2018

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

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

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Jun 2, 2018

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

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

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May 31, 2018

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

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

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May 30, 2018

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

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

Seat     Player  Country            Chip Count       Big Blinds

1          Justin Bonomo            USA                 3,965,000        159

2          Christoph Vogelsang   Germany         445,000           18

3          Mikita Badziakouski    Belarus            4,205,000        168

4          Daniel Negreanu         Canada            4,000,000        160

5          Nick Petrangelo          USA                 600,000           24

6          Jason Koon                  USA                 1,185,000        47

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

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May 29, 2018

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

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

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

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May 27, 2018

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

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

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May 24, 2018

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

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

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May 22, 2018

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

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

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May 17, 2018

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

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

This week on the show:

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

If you’re new to PokerGO, please subscribe right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action every single year. INSIDERS is now available on PokerGO, a show that followed Daniel Negreanu, Seth Davies and Brandon Adams on their quest for success in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl. Antonius makes an appearance on this show, coaching Adams and talking him through important concepts of the game. 

Want to reach out to the podcast? E-mail us on podcast@pokercentral.com.

 

May 16, 2018

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

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

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

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May 14, 2018

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

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

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

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May 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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May 7, 2018

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

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

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

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Music on the podcast is provided by our good friends Leroy Townes.

May 3, 2018

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

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

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May 2, 2018

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

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

Want to watch Maria Ho in action? On-demand episodes of her appearance on Poker After Dark are now available on PokerGO, as well as her upcoming appearances on Poker After Dark, and as a sideline reporter during the Super High Roller Bowl. Looking to learn more about Maria Ho? Subscribe now to PokerGO now and watch the Pokerography feature on her life and career. 

Apr 27, 2018

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

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

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Apr 25, 2018

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

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

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

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Apr 25, 2018

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

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

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Apr 19, 2018

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

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

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Apr 18, 2018

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

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

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

If you have questions or recommendations for the podcast, please e-mail us on podcast@pokercentral.com. If you're new to PokerGO, please subscribe right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action and an extensive on-demand library. 

Apr 17, 2018

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast:

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

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Apr 11, 2018

This week on the Poker Central Podcast: 

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

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Apr 6, 2018

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

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

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Apr 3, 2018

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

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

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Mar 29, 2018

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

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

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Mar 27, 2018

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

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

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Mar 23, 2018

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

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

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Mar 21, 2018

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

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

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Mar 16, 2018

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

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

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Mar 14, 2018

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

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

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Mar 9, 2018

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

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

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Mar 6, 2018

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

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

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Mar 2, 2018

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

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

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Feb 26, 2018

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

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

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

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Feb 20, 2018

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

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

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Feb 15, 2018

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

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

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Feb 7, 2018

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

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

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Feb 3, 2018

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

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

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Jan 31, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 24, 2018

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

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

The U.S. Poker Open is live exclusively on PokerGO, starting on Friday February 2nd at 4pm ET. Find the full U.S. Poker Open schedule here. Sign up for PokerGO now using the promo code REMKO for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Jan 5, 2018

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

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

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Jan 4, 2018

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

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

Watch "Femme Fatale" on Poker After Dark on Wednesday and Thursday, and subscribe to this podcast to not miss a minute of the action in 2018!