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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.

New to PokerGO? Subscribe right now and enjoy over 100 days of live poker action every year, as well as an extensive on-demand library of content. Brandon Adams is featured in both INSIDERS and the Super High Roller Club, as well as Poker After Dark broadcasts from both the early days of the show and the recent live action.

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!

New to PokerGO? Subscribe right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action every year, as well as an extensive on-demand library. E-mail us at podcast@pokercentral.com.

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.

If you’re new to PokerGO, please subscribe right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action on top of an extensive on-demand library. New on PokerGO right now: INSIDERS, following Daniel Negreanu, Seth Davies and Brandon Adams on their quest for success in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.

Get in touch with the podcast on podcast@pokercentral.com.

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!

If you’re new to PokerGO, sign up right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action every year as well as an extensive on-demand library of content. This library includes the documentary series Dead Money, which follows Matt Berkey during the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl.

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.

New to PokerGO? Subscribe right now and never miss another live broadcast such as Poker After Dark, Super High Roller Bowl, and World Series of Poker. Want to watch more Patrik Antonius? Subscribe to the podcast channel and receive the second episode on your mobile device next week.

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. 

Looking for live and on-demand poker action? Make sure to subscribe right now to PokerGO and never miss another big event. The entire 2014 WSOP Main Event is now available on PokerGO, as well as a variety of high stakes cash game action including the Super High Roller Cash Game and all Poker After Dark seasons.

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?

If you're new to PokerGO, subscribe right now and watch the entire 2014 WSOP Main Event unfold. Take $10 off the annual subscription by using the promo code REMKO and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action every year on top of an extensive on-demand library of cash games, tournaments and original content.

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. 

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