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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?

Please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast, and if you're new to PokerGO and all it has to offer, please use the promo code REMKO to get $10 off the annual subscription and subscribe now.

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. 

If you're new to PokerGO, please sign up now and enjoy $10 off your annual subscription by using the promo code REMKO. Rewatch the entire Super High Roller Bowl lottery, as well as the "Whine and Cheese" Poker After Dark shows with Hellmuth and Negreanu right now. 

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. 

New to PokerGO? Subscribe right now and use the promo code REMKO to get $10 off the annual subscription. Tune in live for the Super High Roller Bowl lottery at 4:00 pm ET on March 21st and the "Whine and Cheese" week live cash game with Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. 

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.

If you're new to PokerGO, sign up now using the promo code REMKO for $10 off your annual subscription. Rewatch the US Poker Open right now on PokerGO. 

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?

Don't miss any of the action on PokerGO, as we provide more than 100 days of live poker action every year. Poker After Dark returns next week with a $100/$200/$400 Pot Limit Omaha cash game headlined by Ben Lamb and Matt Kirk. Use the promo code REMKO for $10 off the annual PokerGO subscription. 

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