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Poker Central Podcast

The Poker Central Podcast, hosted by Remko Rinkema and Brent Hanks, includes the hottest storylines in the game of poker as well as the latest gossip, drama, excitement, winners, and losers. Every week, a high-profile guest from the world of poker joins the hosts to talk about some of the craziest and funniest stories of their career while also giving their input on everything trending across the poker world. This show is also available as a video on PokerGO.
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Jul 7, 2019

Live from the 2019 World Series of Poker, Phil Hui joins the podcast crew to talk about his epic $50,000 Poker Players Championship win and choosing pro poker over pro golf. 

  • 00:45 – Is the $50,000 Poker Players Championship the hardest tournament of the year and why are Jason Mercier and Phil Ivey so hard to play against?
  • 3:34 – Phil Hui’s experience in the $50k, practicing, studying and learning from his girlfriend Loni Harwood.
  • 5:22 – The golf story! How close did Phil Hui get to making the PGA Tour?
  • 7:33 – The story behind the decision to choose poker over golf.
  • 9:23 – Phil Hui’s ascension up the poker ranks.
  • 11:50 – The disaster summer of 2018: Phil and Loni both had big losing summers.
  • 14:00 – Learning from his girlfriend, No Limit Hold’em crusher Loni Harwood.
  • 17:00 – Allen Bari shout out! (and how Phil Hui got better at mixed games)
  • 19:40 – The legend of Jungleman and other mixed pros.
  • 26:15 – A WSOP Player of the Year update and Phil Hui’s motivation to take down that leader board.
  • 29:30 – The life of Loni and Phil.
  • 31:30 – The best five poker players Phil Hui has ever faced.
  • 35:25 – Too Many Questions ft. Phil Hui.

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Jun 28, 2019

With Brent Hanks having caught the “Rio flu,” it’s up to Remko Rinkema to get you caught up on all that’s good at the 2019 World Series of Poker! While there’s no guest on the show, Remko has interviews for you featuring recent bracelet winner John Hennigan and Stephen Chidwick as well as an update from Daniel Negreanu and Kevin Roster who’s only got weeks to live and makes the absolute most out of it by living his poker dreams.

  • 1:23 – This week on the Poker Central Podcast.
  • 5:00 – Stephen Chidwick wins his first WSOP bracelet in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. Listen to the interview with him here.
  • 13:35 – The $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship saw John Hennigan defeat Daniel Negreanu heads up, Remko recaps the action and speaks to both players at the completion of the tournament in this segment.
  • 24:45 – Running through all the WSOP winners, big name results and much more.
  • 30:30 – A conversation with Kevin Roster who’s battling sarcoma and has only weeks to live and decided to cross as many bucket list items off his list as possible.
  • 37:30 – Bojang wins his first bracelet, Ausmus falls short of a second bracelet in $10k PLO, Team Poker Central doing work in $25k Fantasy, and Ben Underwood’s unbelievable results in big field No Limit Hold’em tournaments.
  • 44:55 – A brief $50,000 Poker Players Championship recap and a funny interview with Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates to close out the show.

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Jun 21, 2019

Prahlad Friedman joins the show to talk about an array of topics that include the full story of his legendary online poker run, getting cheated out of millions of dollars, going broke and rebuilding, as well as his family life and rap career.

NEW: Watch this podcast weekly as a video show on PokerGO. Check the “originals” tab on the site to dig into the three most recent episodes with Phil Hellmuth, Shannon Shorr, and Prahlad Friedman. 

  • 2:30 – Brent Hanks challenges Prahlad Friedman to a free throw shooting competition, followed by the stories of NBA dreams, college steeplechase, and relentless workouts.
  • 6:55 – Family life: Prahlad on raising his daughter vegan and how Brent Hanks’ kids could not be raised any different as he just got a meat smoker for Father’s day!
  • 9:22 – Prahlad Friedman discovers poker through his father, playing underage in California casinos, and quickly making his way up the ranks in online poker.
  • 13:40 – Is Prahlad Friedman the most talented poker player of all time, and what made him into the legend that he became online?
  • 17:30 – What is Prahlad Friedman’s best game. why is No Limit 2-7 Single Draw so much fun to watch and play, and how did he call down Darren Elias with a pair in this game?
  • 24:15 – Legendary online poker stories, being the ‘King of the Hill’ and ultimately getting cheated out of more than $3,000,000 and losing his entire bankroll.
  • 28:20 – How did Prahlad Friedman rebuild his poker career after getting cheated, signing with Ultimate Bet, getting refunded, and losing more money.
  • 35:40 – Did Prahlad Friedman ever consider leaving the game of poker behind, his career as a rapper, and the future of his music career under the name Pragress.
  • 40:15 – Prahlad Friedman the poker rapper and his history at the 2006 Main Event.
  • 46:00 – That high life.
  • 49:00 – Los Angeles home games, GTO play, live reads, and much more.
  • 57:00 – Bracelet winners at the 2019 World Series of Poker.
  • 1:02:00 – Tilt, smashing mice, and a very heated confrontation at the poker table that almost resulted in an altercation.
  • 1:08:21 – The 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year rankings.
  • 1:11:00 – The five best players Prahlad Friedman has ever played against.
  • 1:17:30 – Too Many Questions with Prahlad Friedman!
  • 1:26:00 – Looking ahead at what’s to come with Prahlad this summer.

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Jun 14, 2019

The second edition of the Poker Central Podcast on PokerGO features Shannon Shorr. Listen to the episode now or check our video version out on PokerGO. 

  • 1:15 – The lack of big wins on Shannon Shorr’s resume and the why and how of how that happened and why things are different now.
  • 5:00 – Finishing second in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em bracelet event versus Daniel Strelitz, was that a good result or a tough loss?
  • 7:30 – Shannon Shorr’s amazing 2019 to date, cashing for more than a million dollars already.
  • 10:00 – In 2011 Shannon Shorr cashed 2 events while he entered 41 total tournaments, what was that like and how did he handle the success early in his career prior to that?
  • 14:40 – Studying the game, improving the mental side and what beginning players need to focus on?
  • 17:48 – Are High Roller players truly the best in the world, and what makes them so good?
  • 20:00 – Who’s the best player in the world according to Shannon Shorr?
  • 23:00 – Shannon Shorr’s take on the ‘gimmicks’ at the World Series of Poker and how does he handle the busy summer schedule?
  • 28:35 – Does it matter to Shannon Shorr which event he will ultimately win and how sharp are his player of the year skills?
  • 30:00 – Shannon Shorr’s travel stories: Drugs, hiking Kilimanjaro, and a lot more!
  • 35:00 - Mushrooms!! The what, how, why, and when of Shannon’s experiences.
  • 37:40 – Recapping the 2019 World Series of Poker to date, getting you caught up on all the winners including Eli Elezra!
  • 42:30 – Recapping the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw featuring Prahlad Friedman and Jean-Robert Bellande.
  • 47:00 – A World Series of Poker Player of the Year update and Brent Hanks runs us through the Poker Central Power Rankings and the $25k Fantasy League.
  • 1:00:00 – Does Shannon Shorr even pay attention to the Player of the Year and $25k Fantasy League updates?
  • 1:022:34 – The best five players Shannon Shorr has ever played against.
  • 1:05:55 – 555 Questions for Shannon Shorr.

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Jun 12, 2019

For the very first time, the Poker Central Podcast has made its debut on video on PokerGO! Check out this full show with video on PokerGO right now or listen through your favorite podcasting app. The podcast isn’t going anywhere but from now on you can enjoy this show as a video broadcast as well.

  • 01:00 – Phil Hellmuth sings Swedish House Mafia, recaps Daniel Negreanu’s wedding, and a Steve Aoki appearance.
  • 4:50 – What year is it??? Phil Hellmuth makes the final table of the WSOP Online bracelet event after years of not playing online and relives the action for us.
  • 10:50 – The impressive stats Phil Hellmuth has racked up at the World Series of Poker but how does he do it?
  • 15:00 – Ben Heath wins the $50,000 High Roller WSOP event, Phil Hellmuth shares his thoughts on his win and overcoming anxiety.
  • 18:36 – Barstool Nate goes deep in the Big 50 and Brent Hanks recaps the action while Hellmuth shares his excitement for the 28,000 players that participated in this event.
  • 22:20 – The Sam Soverel incident with Phil Hellmuth’s takes on the situation.
  • 27:10 – Randall Emmett runs deep in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em and Phil Hellmuth talks about recreational players doing well in the big field WSOP events.
  • 33:35 – Recapping the World Poker Tour action at the Hyper X Esports Arena in Las Vegas.
  • 36:30 – An update on the $25k Fantasy League, where Team Poker Central Podcast is in the hunt for the big money!
  • 41:25 – The Poker Central Power Rankings featuring a Phil Hellmuth take on every single player.
  • 54:00 – Phil Hellmuth on signing autographs and taking pictures with fans at the World Series of Poker.
  • 1:00:30 – 555 Questions for Phil Hellmuth.
  • 1:06:40 – The Great Mayonnaise Debate Rages On!
  • 1:09:00 – The five best poker players Phil Hellmuth has ever faced.

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Jun 3, 2019

The 2019 World Series of Poker is in full swing and Barstool Nate is in town to give the Big 50 a chance. Nate bagged up chips after his Day 1 flight and he joins us on the podcast to talk about his adventures in Las Vegas so far while the boys also run through the Power Rankings and the $25k Fantasy League. 

  • 00:30 – Poker addict Barstool Nate joins the show and tells us all about his second bullet in the Big 50, gathering a pile of chips heading into Day 2 of the biggest live tournament in the history of poker.
  • 03:55 – Brent Hanks’ terrible dinner experience in Las Vegas, paying full price plus tip for no food at all.
  • 06:00 – Food tips from Brent and Nate: In N Out, Chic-Fil-A, or McDonald's after busting out a tournament?
  • 08:30 – Barstool Nate’s Las Vegas adventure to date: Gambling, day drinking, a bit of sun, and a bag of chips.
  • 13:10 – Poker fan Nate gushes over the insanity at the Rio: Long lines, massive events, and a ton of positive energy!
  • 19:10 – Daniel Negreanu: Power Rankings, takes, vlogs, results, selling action, Brent, Nate, and Remko run through all that he’s involved in.
  • 23:30 – The rest of the Power Rankings and a World Poker Tour overview, highlighted by James Carroll, Maria Ho, Ali Imsirovic, Phil Hellmuth, Brian Green, Bryn Kenney, Jungleman, Craig Varnell, and Igor Kurganov.
  • 31:00 – Food talk ft. Brent’s hot dogs and Remko’s love and passion for mayonnaise.
  • 34:30 - $25k Fantasy League! Brent and Remko are hyped up over Dan Zack’s hot start, Jon Turner’s Day 3, and some extra motivation for Chidwick and Mizrachi!
  • 39:00 – Random WSOP nonsense, musings, and projections for the rest of the summer.
  • 44:00 – Don’t miss this! The $50k No Limit Hold’em final table as well as the Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions on PokerGO. 

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May 31, 2019

 

  • 0:15 – Remko and Brent can barely contain their excitement for the start of the 2019 World Series of Poker.
  • 02:00 – What’s on the show today? Recapping the first action at the 2019 WSOP, recapping the $25k Fantasy Draft and much more.
  • 4:40 – Brian Green wins the first bracelet of the 2019 WSOP after beating Ali Imsirovic heads up, and Brent Hanks has a funny story about the champ.
  • 07:00 – An interview with runner-up Ali Imsirovic.
  • 10:00 – Daniel Negreanu’s sixth place, missing out on him in the draft, and all that’s going on with him this summer.
  • 12:30 - The $25k Fantasy Draft, Brent and Remko recap their picks and show a lot of confidence!
  • 25:06 – All that is going happening on PokerGO! Don’t miss all the WPT action as well a the WSOP schedule.

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Apr 19, 2019

With Brent Hanks on vacation, Remko Rinkema flies solo for a podcast with reduced banter but increased guests as both Maria Ho and Ali Imsirovic join the show. Ho is fresh off making the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown final table while we spoke to Ali Imsirovic at the ARIA High Roller event at the PokerGO Studio about his summer plans and much more. 

  • 01:50 – Short poker news items including the legal online poker in Philadelphia!
  • 03:50 – Maria Ho headlines the final table of the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown!
  • 06:10 – Start of the interview with Maria Ho.
  • 08:45 – What kind of expectations does Maria Ho have going into this final table second in chips?
  • 09:52 – What would winning a World Poker Tour event mean to Maria Ho?
  • 11:05 – How does Maria strike a balance between broadcasting and playing?
  • 12:48 – What has Maria learned from prior deep runs in big events at the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour?
  • 16:15 – What will Maria Ho’s preparation look like for this final table at the end of May?
  • 19:45 – Sharing her accomplishments with her family and having them in attendance during the final table in May.
  • 23:45 – Exciting things on Poker Central and PokerGO!
  • 24:50 – Catching up with Ali Imsirovic about his summer plans, his motivation for the Poker Central High Roller of the Year leaderboard, and some fun random shenanigans!
  • 34:47 – Remko runs through the Week 15 Poker Central Power Rankings!
  • 39:40 – Closing things out with The Effing Five!
    1. Ben Lamb, Jonathan Depa, John Cynn gambling marathon in Uruguay!
    2. Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    3. The All-Time Money List Shuffle
    4. Maria Ho’s exciting 2019 campaign to date!
    5. GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s son.

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Mar 29, 2019

For the first time in quite some time we have two guests on the Poker Central Podcast! During Femme Fatale II Week on Poker After Dark, Farah Galfond and Denise Pratt were kind enough to join us to some great conversation!

Brent and Remko also dive into big wins by Marty Mathis, Sandeep Pulusani, and Ben Palmer as well as an updated Power Ranking and two new moments in the Effing Five.

  • 04:02 - Femme Fatale week recap: Kym Lim surges, Kitty Kuo vs. Denise Pratt confrontation?
  • 10:13 - Guest: Denise Pratt talks about the video that made her famous, her talkative ways and how she’ll never back down from anyone!
  • 34:52 - Guest: Farah Galfond talks about her rise through the ranks, motherhood as a poker pro and learning from her husband Phil.
  • 54:48 - Previewing the Global Poker Awards on PokerGO, hosted by Ali Nejad & Drea Renee on April 5th at 8:00 pm ET.
  • 59:09 - Breakout win! Marty Mathis wins $873k in Rio De Janeiro, Matas Cimbolas continues impressive year with third place after getting second at L.A. Poker Classic.
  • 1:02:00 - WPT Venetian – Ben Palmer gets the bigget win of his career for $431,000 after beating Tony Gargano heads up.
  • 1:04:34 - Bay 101 Shooting Star – While no longer a WPT this event had a stacked final table with Sandeep Pulusani getting the win for $354k, Ryan Tosoc, Dan Shak, Loni Harwood, and John Andress fall just short of the win.
  • 1:07:39 - Power Rankings: The women dominate during Femme Fatale II Week, Farah Galfond becomes the first woman at the top while nine new names enter the Top 10 this week including the degen of the hour, Ben Lamb.
  • 1:16:07 - The Effing Five gets two new moments added!
    1. The All-Time Money List Shuffle
    2. Ben Lamb, Jonathan Depa, John Cynn gambling marathon in Uruguay!
    3. Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    4. Marty Mathis – breakout win after a decade in the game for $873k in Rio de Janeiro
    5. GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s sons

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Mar 22, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema get you caught up with all the latest gossip, news and excitement that’s going on in the world of poker. On this episode, they recap the Super High Roller Cash Game, preview Poker After Dark Femme Fatale II, look at the Global Poker Awards nominees and go through the Week 11 Power Rankings and an updated version of the Effing Five! 

  • 00:25 – Brent Hanks kicks things off with a rant about how much he loves March Madness.
  • 02:38 – Recapping two nights of Super High Roller Cash Game action highlighted by the volatile play of Oscar Ng, Matt Berkey, Daniel Negreanu and Justin Young.
  • 07:20 – Daniel Negreanu’s winning session as well as speculation on whether he’ll play a full schedule during the World Series of Poker.
  • 12:23 – Previewing the action and lineup as Femme Fatale returns to Poker After Dark next week featuring Maria Ho, Farah Galfond, Marle Cordeiro, Kitty Kuo, Denise Pratt and many more!
  • 16:20 – What if Phil Ivey hated casinos and only played poker? Brent and Remko speculate on how Ivey’s legacy would’ve changed if he had always focused on playing poker over his gambling exploits.
  • 21:02 – Running through the Global Poker Awards that will be live on PokerGO at April 5th from the PokerGO Studio, and this very podcast is nominated!
  • 38:35 – The Week 11 Poker Central Power Rankings are topped by Matt Berkey, Daniel Negreanu and Oscar Ng!
  • 47:30 – The Effing Five! Here’s the updated list of favorite 2019 poker moments as picked by Brent and Remko.
    1. The All-Time Money List Shuffle
    2. Matt Berkey books back-to-back-to-back televised cash game wins.
    3. Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    4. The Oscar Ng experience, putting on a show with creative play on the Super High Roller Cash Game.
    5. GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s sons 

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Mar 5, 2019

Sit back, relax, and enjoy this lengthy conversation with U.S. Poker Open champion and the current No. 5 on poker’s all-time money list, David Peters. After the interview, Brent and Remko dive into the Power Rankings as well as the Effing Five.

  • 1:00 – We are joined by David Peters on the Poker Central Podcast! Did he do any celebrating after taking the U.S. Poker Open down? Disco David, Dizzle, and some good party stories!
  • 5:25 – David Peters in college and seeing the world because of poker prior to the age of 21.
  • 9:30 – Work ethic, dedication and all the other things that are in the mix and related to the success of David Peters.
  • 13:30 – What was the turning point for David Peters, going from an average pro to a highly successful high roller?
  • 16:55 – Studying: How does David Peters do it? Why does he not join study groups, how is it possible that he does it all on his own?
  • 27:00 – The variety in opponents while playing on the high roller circuit and what makes that challenge so exciting?
  • 28:15 – Being backed, getting deep into makeup, and then getting out of it in 2013 and never looking back.
  • 36:40 – Winning big while having a small piece of your own action, swapping pieces, the ethics of it all and whether or not it has an effect on the play at the tables?
  • 40:00 – Trying to explain how the Poker Central Power Rankings work to David Peters, and Brent Hanks making the case for Dan Bilzerian.
  • 49:35 – David Peters: His style of play, his quiet demeanor and what the reason behind it all is?
  • 59:00 – Brent and Remko recap the conversation with David Peters and dive straight into the Poker Central Power Rankings with David Peters leading the way!
  • 1:05:35 – The Effing Five, Brent and Remko shake things up!

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Feb 22, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema get you all caught up with all that went down at the U.S. Poker Open inside the PokerGO Studio. The guys recap all the events, speak to all the winner and give you an updated list of Power Rankings as well as some moves on the Effing Five. 

  • 2:55 – Recapping Event #3 of the U.S. Poker Open – Lauren Roberts wins the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em.
  • 6:21 – The interview with Lauren Roberts after she took down the first tournament of her career and became the first female winner of the High Roller of the Year event.
  • 11:30 – Recapping Event #4 of the U.S. Poker Open – Sean Winter wins the $10,000 Short Deck event on his fourth final table of the series.
  • 13:40 – The interview with Sean Winter after his win in the Short Deck event.
  • 17:25 – Recapping Event #5 of the U.S. Poker Open – Ali Imsirovic wins the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em.
  • 20:40 – The interview with Ali Imsirovic after taking down the $25k at the U.S. Poker Open.
  • 22:57 – Recapping Event #6 of the U.S. Poker Open – Stephen Chidwick wins the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha.
  • 25:41 – The interview with Stephen Chidwick after winning the $25k PLO.
  • 29:39 – Recapping Event #6 of the U.S. Poker Open – Bryn Kenney wins the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em.
  • 32:00 – Recapping Event #7 of the U.S. Poker Open – Nick Schulman wins the $25,000 Mixed Game event.
  • 36:11 – The interview with Nick Schulman after winning the Mixed Game Championship, his first outright mixed game win and his first win as a father.
  • 41:00 – Going over the U.S. Poker Open Championship standings with Stephen Chidwick in the lead and both Sean Winter and Nick Schulman in strong contention.
  • 45:27 – The Effing Five! Brent and Remko spice things up and make some changes on the list.
  • 48:59 – The Week 7 Poker Central Power Rankings featuring Maria Ho who’s not happy she is not in the Top 10! Dan Bilzerian stays in the Top 10, and we have our first unanimous Top 2.

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Feb 17, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema sit down to get you caught up on all the latest of the U.S. Poker Open as Stephen Chidwick is once again putting on a show. Sean Winter is also in strong contention along with Jordan Cristos, winner of the PLO tournament.

The guys also revisit the Effing Five and things get heated while reviewing the highly controversial Week 6 Power Rankings that features a very odd name! 

  • 2:25 – Recapping Event #1 - $10,000 No Limit Hold’em- of the 2019 U.S. Poker Open – won by Stephen Chidwick.
  • 6:45 – The interview with Event #1 winner Stephen Chidwick.
  • 12:22 – Recapping Event #2 - $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha won by Jordan Cristos.
  • 15:50 – The interview with Event #2 winner Jordan Cristos.
  • 21:35 – Salivating over the Event #3 final table lineup that features Stephen Chidwick and Sean Winter who went heads up in Event #1.
  • 27:00 – Short Deck! Today Event #4 gets underway, what can we expect?
  • 28:10 – The Effing Five! What are Remko and Brent up to this week? Will they make some big moves?
  • 31:50 – The Week 6 Poker Central Power Rankings! Stephen Chidwick takes the No.1 spot.
  • 34:00 – Dan Bilzerian! How did he make his way into the top of the Power Rankings?
  • 37:00 – The rest of the rankings! Teddy Monroe! Lazaro Hernandez! 

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Jan 25, 2019

This week on the Poker Central Podcast, Brent and Remko debut their own Poker Rankings lead by non-other than the man of the year so far, Chino Rheem! Also on the show, Brent tells a crazy Gavin Smith story, we look back on Poker After Dark’s The Escalator, look ahead at the upcoming WPT action on PokerGO and the latest changes to The Effing Five.

  • 1:10 – This week on the show!
  • 2:58 – Brent Hanks tells a crazy Gavin Smith story about getting a slice of pizza slapped onto his head.
  • 8:15 – Looking back on $25,000 The Escalator on Poker After Dark with Matt Berkey, Sean Winter, Chris Hunichen, Justin Young, Anthony Alberto, and Ralph Wong.
  • 16:19 – The Aussie Millions is underway, here’s all you need to know!
  • 19:20 – The Department of Justice is messing with online gaming again, is it time to panic?
  • 22:55 – The Effing Five! Brent and Remko submit their changes to the list.
  • 28:29 – Social Media is on fire lately! Brent gets us caught up on all the drama.
  • 31:35 – The outstanding loans Brent Hanks will never see repaid, who’s fault is it?
  • 34:50 – The first ever Poker Central Power Rankings!
  • 43:55 – What to look forward to next week!

The January 25 Effing Five: 

  1. Chino Rheem – Fifth million dollar score by winning the PCA
  2. Good Boy Joe Ingram hustles his way into a Platinum Pass worth $30k for the ultimate poker fan Jeremy Hilsercop.
  3. Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas wins the PSPC for $5.1 million
  4. The best fold of the year? Thi Nguyen folds AQ vs the AA of Athanasios Polychronopoulos on a board that showed AQQ.
  5. Josh Arieh’s GoFundMe raised more than $72K for Gavin Smith’s boys

The Week 3 Poker Central Power Rankings Top 10:

1          Chino Rheem
2          Daniel Negreanu
3          Stephen Chidwick
4          Phil Hellmuth
5          Kitty Kuo
6          Matt Berkey
7          Justin Bonomo
8          Doyle Brunson
9          Rainer Kempe
10        Alex Foxen

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Jan 17, 2019

Brent and Remko think back of the epic poker career and life of Gavin Smith, they talk through Steve Albini’s Stories from the Felt episode that made it into Rolling Stone, and recap all things from the Bahamas.

  • Starting the show with the sad news of the unexpected passing of Gavin Smith. Intro clip courtesy of Poker Road's The Poker Mind with Amanda Leatherman. Full clip here.
  • 01:26 – Brent Hanks shares Gavin Smith stories.
  • 05:12 – Going through the accomplishments of Gavin Smith and his character
  • 07:49 – Stories from the Felt Season 2: Now on PokerGO highlighted by Steve Albini’s episode that was featured on Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and VICE.
  • 11:00 – Remko’s excitement for The Mirage episode of Stories from the Felt.
  • 14:50 – Norm & Lon on Stories from the Felt, Bonologic and much more!
  • 20:15 – Recapping the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship that was won by Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas.
  • 22:45 – Brent Hanks eating his words on there being “no fucking chance” a Platinum Pass winner to make the final table.
  • 25:30 – Other notables that made deep runs including Farrid Jattin, Talal Shakerchi, Kristen Bicknell and Dan O’Brien.
  • 30:40 – Brent gushes over Chino Rheem’s PCA Main Event win.
  • 32:49 – Remko takes issue with Brent comparing Chino Rheem to Stu Ungar. It gets heated!
  • 39:30 – The PCA Main Event recap: Daniel Strelitz finishes second.
  • 42:00 – The legend: Scott Wellenbach, who will give the entire $670,240 cash from the PCA Main Event to charity.
  • 43:50 – Sam Greenwood wins the PCA Super High Roller for $1.7 million by beating Henrik Hecklen heads up.
  • 46:00 – Recapping the other high roller events at the PCA with plenty of dollars for Justin Bonomo, Stephen Chidwick, Michael Dyer, Timothy Adams, David Peters and Sean Winter.
  • 50:25 – The F*cking Five! Brent goes over the current Top 5.
  • 51:45 – The nominations for The F*cking Five list!
  • 56:25 – Brent Hanks selects a new moment for the F*cking Five followed by Remko’s selection.
  • 59:40 – What to look forward to? The USPO, Poker After Dark, and how to join the show with your suggestions for the F*cking Five!

The January 17 F*cking Five:

  1. The best fold of the year? Thi Nguyen folds AQ vs the AA of Athanasios Polychronopoulos on a board that showed AQQ.
  2. Good Boy Joe Ingram hustles his way into a Platinum Pass worth $30k for the ultimate poker fan Jeremy Hilsercop.
  3. Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas wins the PCPC for $5.1 million
  4. Chino Rheem – Fifth million dollar score by winning the PCA
  5. PokerStars giving away 300 Platinum passes and adding $1 million to first place. 

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Jan 9, 2019

Brent and Remko dive into the debut of Dolly’s Game with special guest Doyle Brunson! The guys also run through the headlines of the $25,000 PokerStars No Limit Hold’em Players Championship in the Bahamas and a new segment makes its debut: The F*cking Five, an ongoing weekly ranking of the best poker moments from 2019.

  • 2:00 – Today's topics on the podcast.
  • 3:25 – Dolly’s Game made its debut on PokerGO with a $400/$800 2-7 No Limit Single Draw game, Brent Hanks shares all the juiciest details and behind the scenes info.
  • 5:30 – The interview with Doyle Brunson about Dolly’s Game, the stakes he wants to play, the games, and the players he wants to invite into the PokerGO Studio.
  • 17:59 – Recapping the Dolly’s Game action and looking forward at the mixed games that will be featured in the future.
  • 21:40 – The PokerStars No Limit Hold’em Players Championship!
  • 24:00 – The unfortunate elimination of our very own Sam Simmons just short of the money.
  • 26:00 – Recapping the action so far as the biggest $25,000 tournament in history is deep into the money.
  • 28:00 – Brent Hanks shares a hilarious story about smoking weed in the Bahamas.
  • 31:07 – The Platinum Pass winners, how did they do??
  • 34:30 – The biggest fold of the year! Thi Nguyen folds the third nuts versus the absolute nuts of Athanasios Polychronopoulos!
  • 37:50 – PokerStars and the UFC have made a deal, how does Brent feel about this?
  • 42:15 – Drama Alert! Mike McDonald vs Farid Jattin.
  • 45:35 – NEW ON THE SHOW: The F*cking Five! Brent and Remko keep a running tally on the Top 5 poker moments from 2019, replacing two moments on the list every single week.

The F*cking Five – January 9th Edition

  1. The best fold of the year? Thi Nguyen folds AQ vs the AA of Athanasios Polychronopoulos on a board that showed AQQ.
  2. Good Boy Joe Ingram hustles his way into a Platinum Pass worth $30k for the ultimate poker fan Jeremy Hilsercop.
  3. Daniel Negreanu and Amanda Leatherman’s romance rekindled leading to their engagement on December 31st.
  4. Justin Bonomo’s 2018 – and taking No. 1 all-time
  5. PokerStars giving away 300 Platinum passes and adding $1 million to first place.

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Jan 4, 2019

The Poker Central Podcast is back! Get the full story of Daniel Negreanu's proposal to Amanda Leatherman as Brent Hanks was on the scene. Also, Brent receives the Dolly's Game lineup, which will be shared towards the end of the show.

  • 2:00 – Brent Hanks story time: An epic Golden Knights game, drunk poker playing, and getting home at 8am in the morning.
  • 10:25 – Brent Hanks story time part 2: Daniel Negreanu proposes to Amanda Leatherman, and Brent has front row seats.
  • 20:13 – Recapping Super High Roller Bowl V and the domination of Isaac Haxton.
  • 27:20 – Previewing the PCA and the craziness surrounding the Platinum Pass bonanza: Joe Ingram plays it smart!
  • 46:06 – 2019 hot takes and predictions!
  • 53:50 – Breaking news! Brent Hanks comes in hot with the lineup for next week’s game first session of Dolly’s Game.

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Dec 21, 2018

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast, we take you through the entire day of action from the PokerGO Studio. First, Brent and Remko make their predictions for the final table before bringing Ali Imsirovic, Igor Kurganov and champion Isaac Haxton on the show.

  • 2:00 – Previewing the SHRB V final table along with some spicy hot takes provided by Brent Hanks.
  • 3:59 – ARIA tournament director Paul Campbell jumps on the podcast to give his predictions.
  • 5:50 – The chances of Stephen Chidwick, who’s set to become a father in 2019, as well as a rundown of the other contenders: Alex Foxen, Igor Kurganov, Talal Shakerchi, Adrian Mateos, and Ali Imsirovic.
  • 21:14 – An interview with Ali Imsirovic after finishing in seventh place.
  • 24:50 – The introduction of the conversation with Igor Kurganov, as he went very deep into a hand he played versus Alex Foxen.
  • 28:10 – The interview with Igor Kurganov about his Super High Roller Bowl V experience.
  • 51:58 – The interview with Super High Roller Bowl V winner Isaac Haxton.
  • 57:29 – Recapping the action and looking forward at what’s to come in 2019.

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Dec 18, 2018

There’s not much to be said other than Phil Galfond is on the podcast! Buckle in, because this is a great show in which we tough on Run it Once Poker, his training site, his own career, his thoughts on high stakes online poker and whether or not he can still beat the biggest games.

  • 01:10 – Remko recaps the Day 1 action of Super High Roller Bowl V, going over the bustouts and big stacks heading into Day 2.
  • 03:32 – The start of the interview with Phil Galfond.
  • 4:20 – How does Phil Galfond balance all the things he has going on in his life right now? Does he miss playing, and can he still keep up?
  • 7:43 – Can Phil Galfond still measure himself against the best in the world if he put his mind to it, and is GTO play making poker not only harder to beat but also less interesting to watch?
  • 13:03 – What does Phil Galfond think that needs to happen in order for online poker to flourish again and for Run it Once Poker to be a success?
  • 17:45 – Can Run It Once Poker save high stakes online cash games?
  • 22:00 – Phil Galfond shares his thoughts on the influence of training videos on the online poker landscape.
  • 26:32 – Phil Galfond’s rise through the ranks and how different things were back when he started playing, and who had the most influence on his game?
  • 29:20 – Tom Dwan: The most creative player Phil has ever played against and talked to.
  • 32:55 – What was the X-factor that turned Phil Galfond into one of the best players in the world?
  • 36:02 – When did Phil Galfond reach his peak versus the rest of the field and what it was like playing the biggest stakes in live games?
  • 39:40 – Was live poker intimidating at the same big stakes he was playing online?
  • 42:30 – Phil Galfond’s first WSOP bracelet win: Was it a big deal to one of the best online cash game players?
  • 44:30 – How did Phil’s family deal with their son choosing poker as a profession, and what was it like to have money at an early age?
  • 47:30 – Phil Galfond on Mixed Games.
  • 53:55 – The landscape of live mixed games, the big bet mix, Bobby’s Room and why it has lots of room to grow.
  • 1:01:30 – Poker is gaining popularity again lately, what’s Phil Galfond’s take on it and how will he reach a large audience?
  • 1:06:30 – Phil Galfond’s outlook on 2019.

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Dec 15, 2018

The time has come! Remko managed to get a fourth mic installed to have both Amanda Leatherman and Daniel Negreanu to join the podcast along with Brent Hanks for some R-rated conversations. Oh, and there might be a little Super High Roller Bowl preview in there somewhere as well.

  • 1:30 – Has Amanda moved in officially into Daniel Negreanu’s place and what’s the status of their relationship?
  • 3:35 – How did Daniel and Amanda reconnect after years of being apart?
  • 5:15 – What was the role Brent Hanks played in this romance, and how he got him to dress in tights and do acrobatics for PokerGO’s Major Wager.
  • 8:35 – Amanda Leatherman’s journey back to Las Vegas and her influence on Daniel.
  • 11:30 – Adopting Eddy Sabat, vegan jokes and will we still see Daniel still play as much poker now that he’s in love? (Fun fact: He didn’t study for the Super High Roller Bowl)
  • 16:03 – Amanda’s take on how the top tier of poker has changed after she interviewed all the top pros for many years back in the day?
  • 18:30 – The Negreanu family is about to get started? Have they settled on a name yet?
  • 20:00 – Jeff Platt: Professional singer and hangover specialist.
  • 22:30 – Toronto Raptors, hockey sports betting talk and Daniel’s biggest bet.
  • 27:04 – Californication, Hank Moody, gold diggers, the return of Jeff Platt and karaoke preferences.
  • 30:55 – Super High Roller Bowl V preview and losing the No. 1 spot on poker’s all-time money list.
  • 35:25 – Daniel Negreanu’s outlook for 2019.

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Dec 13, 2018

Poker Hall of Fame Member Mori Eskandani joins the show to talk about two exciting nights of Super High Roller Cash Game action that featured Garrett Adelstein, Gus Hansen, Doyle Brunson, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Andrew Robl and many more! 

  • 2:30 – Mori Eskandani talks about the biggest limit game ever live streamed from the PokerGO Studio.
  • 5:30 – Mori Eskandani shares insights on the legendary Lyle Berman, who’s been mixing it up at the highest stakes for nearly four decades.
  • 9:30 – The networking and managing of personalities that’s involved with putting together high stakes lineups inside the PokerGO Studio.
  • 11:30 – Looking back on the first night of Super High Roller Cash Game action as Brent Hanks shares his highlights of this $200/$400 game.
  • 13:15 – An interview with Ryan Tosoc who crushed the game by tripling his buy-in in just a few hours.
  • 18:40 – The legend of Matt Berkey, who can’t seem to book a win on a televised cash game as he went from winning nearly $200,000 to losing $30,000 in the final hour of the night.
  • 22:13 – An interview with Garrett Adelstein on his excitement to play in big televised games and his humble approach to being a regular in the high stakes world.
  • 30:22 – Brent Hanks’ feud with Ali Nejad!
  • 32:30 – Tis the season! Remko brought a gift for Brent.
  • 34:21 – Previewing the upcoming Super High Roller Bowl that starts on Monday.
  • 38:35 – Daniel Negreanu and Amanda Leatherman are having sex (according to Brent Hanks)
  • 41:28 – Friday Night Poker Preview: Poker Central executive assistant Delphine Szwarc “wins” her way into the lineup at the PokerGO Studio at the One Step Closer - All-In for CP Event while Remko is invited to be on the Preview show.

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Nov 21, 2018

On this episode of the podcast, Brent and Remko give their comedic yet relevant takes on who should be pardoned out of all the turkeys we saw during the 2018 poker calendar. Got some to add? Reach out to us on podcast@pokercentral.com . 

  • 00:30 – Brent Hanks gets Remko caught up on all there is to know about this American tradition.
  • 02:00 – This week on the show, Brent and Remko will pick their ‘Turkey of the Year’ with the ultimate goal of pardoning one and giving some thanks!
  • 04:40 - Turkey nomination No.1: Gordon Vayo
  • 07:00 - Turkey nomination No.2 – William Kassouf
  • 07:43 - Turkey nomination No.3 & 4: Justin Bonomo and Nikita Badziakouski
  • 09:50 - Turkey nomination No.5 Chad Holloway
  • 11:15 - Turkey nomination No.6 Phil Ivey
  • 12:30 - Turkey nomination No.7 PokerNews
  • 14:00 - Turkey nomination No.8 Jason Mercier
  • 16:00 - Turkey nomination No. 9 Randall Emmett
  • 16:35 - Turkey nomination No.10 Germany
  • 18:13 - Turkey nomination No.11 Cryptocurrency
  • 19:00 - Turkey nomination No.12 – Remko’s assorted nominations including Jake Cody, the Big One for One Drop, Armenian Mike, Heartland Poker Tour, and the all-time money list.
  • 23:10 - Turkey nomination No.13 – Phil Hellmuth!
  • 27:30 – Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema give thanks on this Thanksgiving special!

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Oct 19, 2018

This Friday, on the fifth week of action, Barstool Smitty joins an exciting Friday Night Poker lineup with Jennifer Tilly, Uncle Ron, Sam Simmons, Jordan Young, and The Manz. Smitty was kind enough to join us for the entire podcast, so let’s dive right into the action! 

  • 0:30 – Diving right into it with Philadelphia’s favorite Barstool blogger Smitty!
  • 2:55 – Philadelphia sports talk with Smitty and Brent, once again, brings up his beloved Buffalo Bills.
  • 11:20 – Barstool Smitty makes his Friday Night Poker debut on Stadium’s Facebook Watch page, we talk lineup, buy-in, and the expected crazy action!
  • 15:30 – Uncle Ron vs Barstool Smitty, what to expect? Watermelons? Costumes? Rubbing of the upper thigh? And some Smitty bankroll talk.
  • 19:55 – The adrenaline of poker, and whether or not Smitty still feels those competitive juices flowing!
  • 22:05 – Smitty gives the full story on the Barstool fued with Michael Rappaport!
  • 28:30 – NATE TALK. (And the potential of a Nate vs Smitty heads-up grudge match.)
  • 32:15 – Get hyped for “Godfather” week on Poker After Dark featuring Doyle Brunson, Gus Hansen and Jungleman!
  • 39:16 – Beyond the Rail is now available on PokerGO! Learn more about this exclusive behind the scenes show that takes you through the 2018 World Series of Poker.

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Oct 11, 2018

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

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

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Oct 4, 2018

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

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

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