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Jul 15, 2018

On the final podcast of the 2018 WSOP Main Event a winner is crowned in the biggest tournament of the year. John Cynn took home the $8.8 million first prize and will go down in history as the winner of the longest heads-up in Main Event history.

  • Opening the show are Remko Rinkema and Lance Bradley, previewing the action and diving into the narratives of the Final 3, but not before briefly looking back on the previous night in which 2009 Main Event champ Joe Cada was eliminated.
  • 14:42 – An interview with the most colorful character from the 2017 WSOP Main Event, John Hesp.
  • 22:19 – Michael Dyer speaks after getting eliminated in third place for $3,750,000.
  • 26: 02 – After a grueling 10-hour heads-up match, Tony Miles speaks about winning $5 million and the sour taste of missing out on the title.
  • 31:09 – The champ speaks! John Cynn talks about the emotions of winning the WSOP Main Event and collecting $8.8 million.

Subscribe to PokerGO to enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action every single year, including an extensive on-demand library that features all WSOP Main Event broadcasts from 2011 through 2017.

Jul 14, 2018

On this short podcast, a recap of Day 9 of the WSOP Main Event and interviews with Aram Zobian, Nic Manion, Tony Miles and John Cynn. 

  • 1:22 – Interview with 6th-place finisher Aram Zobian.
  • 10:35 – Interview with 4th-place finisher Nic Manion.
  • 14:00 – Interview with Main Event chip leader Tony Miles at the end of the night.
  • 17:40 – Interview with John Cynn, second in chips heading into the final night of play.

Tune in for live action at 9:00 pm ET on ESPN for the conclusion of the 2018 WSOP Main Event! Watch it all unfold on PokerGO if you are located in a non-ESPN or non-ESPN affiliated region. Subscribe right now.

Jul 12, 2018

The final table is set! The final nine players are guaranteed $1,000,000 and on this podcast, you will hear everything you need to know in order to get ready for the action on ESPN and PokerGO. 

  • Diving right in with a recap of the action at the start of Day 7, we go through all eliminations up to the point where Eric Froehlich busted out holding queens versus the kings of Alex Lynskey.
  • 3:47 – The elimination of Erich Froehlich and an interview with Alex Lynskey after grabbing the chip lead because of that hand.
  • 9:50 – PocketFives Editor-in-Chief Lance Bradley shares his thoughts on the insanity of Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event and what storylines to look for.
  • 17:01 – With 12 players remaining, we spoke to Artem Metalidi from Ukraine who was full of confidence on his position in the tournament.
  • 27:01 – After reaching the Final 9, we spoke to chip leader Nicholas Manion who won one of the most epic hands in Main Event history with aces versus the kings of both Antoine Labat and Yuegi Zhu.
  • 30:32 – Second in chips, but dominant all day, Michael Dyer talks about his position at the table and the thoughts of winning the Main Event.
  • 33:23 – The emotional story of Tony Miles, currently third in chips after overcoming a battle with addiction.
  • 37:47 – An interview with John Cynn, 11th-place finisher in 2016 and now in strong contention for a multi-million dollar score in the 2018 Main Event.
  • 42:04 – Despite a short stack, Artem Metalidi thinks he’s only one double up away from being the favorite to win this whole thing.
  • 43:58 – Previewing the rest of the final table and giving you all the insights on how to watch and follow three days of WSOP Main Event coverage on ESPN and PokerGO.

Enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action on PokerGO every single year, so subscribe right now. Watch the WSOP Main Event final table live on ESPN starting at 9:00 pm ET on Thursday, July 12th, and in non-ESPN and non-ESPN affiliated regions the action will be available on PokerGO.

Jul 11, 2018

On this podcast, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema recap the action, as well as interviews with Joe Cada, Kelly Minkin, Brian Yoon, Martijn Gerrits and Sylvain Loosli.

  • The show starts with some good old analysis from Brent Hanks on some of the most exciting hands of Day 6 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
  • 27:10 – Joe Cada goes for his second WSOP Main Event title, and here’s what he had to say about those prospects.
  • 36:39 – The start of the recap of Day 6: Big stacks, eliminations and much more.
  • 38:05 – An interview with Kelly Minkin after being eliminated from the tournament in 50th
  • 42:06 – Brian Yoon made Day 6 of the WSOP Main Event for the third time, but fell short once again. Here’s what he had to say.
  • 48:50 – Dutchman Martijn Gerrits takes a great stack into Day 7 and he looked ahead at what’s still to come.
  • 52:40 – Frenchman Sylvain Loosli looks to improve on his fourth-place finish in the 2013 WSOP Main Event, taking a little shy of the average to Day 7.

Don’t miss a minute of Day 7 coverage of the WSOP Main Event on Wednesday starting at 3:30pm ET on PokerGO until midnight ET, followed by the grand finale on ESPN2 at midnight until the final table is set!

 

Jul 10, 2018

On the 100th episode of the podcast, we have extended interviews with Joe Stapleton, Brent Hanks and Main Event conders Kelly Minkin, Cliff Josephy, Shannon Shorr, Frederik Jensen and Bary Lybaert. 

  • To start off the show, Joe Stapleton joins the fun to talk about his role on the ESPN broadcast, good and bad jokes, trolls and tinder tips.
  • 37:21 – Brent Hanks joins the show to talk about his 2018 WSOP Main Event and much more.
  • 57:01 – When she had the chip lead early on Day 5, we spoke to Kelly Minkin about the gravity of the moment.
  • 1:00:00 – Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema talk about how big it would be if a woman were to make the final table, and other big storylines.
  • 1:04:59 – Cliff Josephy, still in contention at this point, talks about how great the experience was in 2016 when he finished third and how much fun he’s having this year.
  • 1:10:15 – An interview with chip leader Bart Lybaert on the final break of Day 5.
  • 1:14:31 – Recapping the day that ended with a power outage, setting up the players for an extremely long Day 6.
  • 1:15:53 – An interview with Shannon Shorr at the end of the night.
  • 1:19:20 – Recapping the Day 5 action with a look at all the big stacks in contention and an interview with Danish pro Frederik Jensen.
  • 1:24:00 – Expectations and predictions for Day 6 of the Main Event.

Subscribe to the podcast network to hear more from your favorite players, and subscribe to PokerGO right now to watch the Main Event unfold in the coming days.

Jul 9, 2018

On today’s show, interviews with Brian Altman about his great run and busting Phil Ivey in a hand many considered a blow-up, Scott Vener about finding the game of poker and the meaning of his deep run, James Obst about getting his mind and body right in the biggest spot of the year, Chino Rheem about getting another chance at winning and Antonio Esfandiari about making friends and having fun.

  • Starting the show with a rundown of notable eliminations and big action from Day 4 of the Main Event.
  • 2:46 – Brian Altman bagged up one of the biggest stacks on Day 4, in part due to knocking out Phil Ivey on the feature table. Altman tells the story of the hand and the excitement of this event.
  • 8:47 – More eliminations on Day 4, followed by an interview featuring Scott Vener, making a deep run in the Main Event for the first time.
  • 15:33 – His volatile style has him jumping all over the leaderboard, but when Chino Rheem has chips it’s always fun to watch. Rheem talks briefly about why he tends to perform very well in the Main Event.
  • 19:00 – Talking to James Obst, as the Aussie pro reflects back on his 13th-place run in the 2016 Main Event and how he’s feeling about his chances this year.
  • 25:20 – Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari had a day filled with swings and talked about his style of play and the various opponents he’s facing so far.
  • 27:11 – The big stacks and big storylines to end Day 4, and what to look forward to on Day 5!

Please rate, review and subscribe to this podcast network through your favorite podcasting apps, and reach us on podcast@pokercentral.com. Subscribe right now to PokerGO and never miss another big event as well as an extensive on-demand library of content.

Jul 4, 2018

PocketFives Editor-in-Chief Lance Bradley joins the Poker Central Podcast on Day 1B of the WSOP Main Event to recap both Day 1A and 1B. Also on this show: Interviews with PokerGO sweepstakes winner Seth Weintraub, Ali Nejad, Jack Effel and Kenny Hallaert.

  • 0:35 – Going back in time with Lance Bradley, who wore the same shirt for a year straight, winning a prop bet versus Antonio Esfandiari.
  • 4:47 – Looking back on Day 1A with Lance Bradley: Chip leaders, early eliminations and big storylines from the first day of the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
  • 13:30 – The story of how NBA star Dwight Howard bought an enormous mansion in Lance Bradley’s neighborhood, and whether it’s important for the Main Event to have big names to make the final days.
  • 18:50 – The amazing stories, people and players in the WSOP Main Event.
  • 24:45 – An interview with PokerGO Sweepstakes winner Seth Weintraub, playing his first ever WSOP Main Event.
  • 30:00 – Lance and Remko talk about playing at the World Series of Poker. Will they ever make it into this event?
  • 35:00 – Strong numbers for Day 1B and high hopes for day 1C, is this year going to be bigger than 2017?
  • 42:00 – Kenny Hallaert busted the 2018 WSOP Main Event early on Day 1A, where did it go wrong? We spoke to the Belgian pro who made the November Nine in 2016.
  • 56:00 – There are bracelet events ongoing during the WSOP Main Event? How do we feel about that?
  • 58:00 – Lance Bradley’s first visit to the WSOP Main Event in 2005, the sponsorship craze, and the start of the November Nine.
  • 1:10:00 – The big man behind the World Series of Poker, Jack Effel, speaks about his excitement for Day 1B and 1C.
  • 1:17:10 – A conversation with Ali Nejad, one of the lead commentators for the ESPN and PokerGO WSOP Main Event coverage.
  • 1:25:45 – Lance Bradley talks about the book he released earlier this summer titled ‘The Pursuit of Poker Success’.

To stay up to date with all the latest from the 2018 WSOP Main Event, subscribe to PokerGO right now.

Jun 30, 2018

Frank Op de Woerd and Poker Central's own Remko Rinkema traveled the international poker circuit together for many years, and today they dive into the memory bank for some good stories before previewing the 2018 WSOP Main Event. 

  • 0:55 - PokerNews' Head of Content Frank Op de Woerd looks back on the 2018 WSOP up until this point.
  • 02:51 - Frank sets the story straight on a wild night of partying in 2009, a story previously told by Remko on a previous episode.
  • 04:09 - Frank's favorite memories of Las Vegas and looking back on his early years at the World Series of Poker starting in 2008.
  • 07:43 - Frank tells a story of losing his phone, and finding it the next day at the food court in The Palms, as well as losing his phone, wallet, and passport right before having to fly back to the Netherlands. 
  • 11:39 - Frank's first WSOP in 2008, and the memories of visiting Vegas as a massive poker fan. 
  • 15:30 - Las Vegas tips from Frank. 
  • 20:00 - Live reporting, the tricks of the trade and why certain mistakes are hard to avoid. 
  • 22:50 - The first years of reporting on the WSOP, and how things have changed over time. 
  • 27:33 - Main Event memories.
  • 30:35 - Looking back on the November Nine era and the change to live action in the summer until a winner is crowned. 
  • 35:40 - Storylines such as John Hesp in the Main Event, do true poker fans prefer this over high-level play?
  • 37:50 - Heroes and villains in the WSOP Main Event. 
  • 40:25 - Frank's predictions for the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
  • 44:25 - The future prospects for the WSOP with casinos in Las Vegas offering more and more big events in the summer.
  • 46:20 - Frank's thoughts on the future of the game of poker.

Enjoy the WSOP Main Event on PokerGO starting on Monday, July 2nd by subscribing right now. PokerGO provides over 100 days of live poker action every year, on top of an on-demand library that includes every single WSOP broadcast from 2011 through 2017.

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.

Want to watch more of Doyle Brunson in action? Subscribe right now to PokerGO and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action, as well as more than 50 hours of Brunson playing in some of the highest stakes games.

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?

New to PokerGO? Subscribe right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action every single year. Relive the $100,000 WSOP High Roller as well as the $10,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better and don’t miss the upcoming live action. Get in touch with the podcast on podcast@pokercentral.com.

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?

New to PokerGO? Subscribe right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action every single year. Additionally, watch all your favorite World Series of Poker event final tables live on PokerGO as well, starting today with the $3k shootout and followed by the final table of the $100,000 High Roller on Monday.

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.

Relive the entire Super High Roller Bowl on PokerGO right now. New to PokerGO? Subscribe right now and enjoy over 100 days of live poker action as well as an extensive on-demand library that includes a variety of original and throwback content.

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.

Don't miss a minute of the action as the final table gets underway at 4 pm ET on Wednesday. New to PokerGO? Subscribe right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action every year, on top of an extensive on-demand library of content that includes replays of all live action.

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 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 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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