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Apr 18, 2018

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

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

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

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

Apr 17, 2018

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast:

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

If you're new to PokerGO, subscribe right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action on top of an extensive on-demand library that now also includes the 2016 WSOP Main Event, and every Poker After Dark episode ever released. 

Apr 6, 2018

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

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

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Apr 3, 2018

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

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

Are you new to PokerGO? Subscribe right now and use the promo code REMKO for $10 off the annual subscription. Watch the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl Cash Game in full, but also the cut down episodes of the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl with commentary provided by Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman.

Mar 29, 2018

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

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

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

Mar 27, 2018

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

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

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

Mar 21, 2018

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

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

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

Mar 16, 2018

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

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

Want more of Toby Lewis and live poker action? Sign up for PokerGO right now and relive the epic final table of the World Poker Tour LAPC Main Event. Take $10 off the annual subscription by using the promo code REMKO. 

Mar 14, 2018

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

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

If you're new to PokerGO, please subscribe right now and take $10 off using the promo code REMKO. Tune in for live poker action on Wednesday and Thursday night as "Moving Violations" with Don Cheadle and Jennifer Tilly brings a $20k buy-in game to PokerGO. Cards for that game will be in the air at 6pm ET. 

Mar 9, 2018

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

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

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

Mar 6, 2018

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

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

Looking for more poker action? Sign up to PokerGO right now and never miss another live Poker After Dark show. 

Mar 2, 2018

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

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

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

Feb 26, 2018

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

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

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

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Feb 15, 2018

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

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

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Feb 7, 2018

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

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

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Feb 3, 2018

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

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

Tune into PokerGO for a chance to watch Adrian Mateos play during the U.S. Poker Open. The series runs through February 11th, with a daily live-stream with the exception of Super Bowl Sunday. Sign up now for PokerGO and use the promo code REMKO for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Jan 24, 2018

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

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

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Jan 5, 2018

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

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

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Jan 4, 2018

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

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

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

Dec 28, 2017

"Pass the sugar!" became known all over the world when Joe Hachem willed his way to the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event crown. The Aussie won the biggest Main Event to date and became an instant celebrity in his home country and throughout the world of poker. 

Today, on Heads Up with Remko, Hachem tells his life story, what's he's currently working on and how he looks back on some of the pivotal moments of his Main Event run. 

Among the things keeping Hachem busy, as mentioned on the podcast, are a couple of very successful restaurants in the Melbourne area. Please check out Mama Manoush, Lorca and Kaikey's Lane

Timestamps:

  • 4:50 - The start of the interview with Joe Hachem, his current daily routines, family life and running restaurants.
  • 11:57 - Raising kids as the WSOP Main Event champion, being in casinos almost 24/7.
  • 16:38 - Joe's life before winning the Main Event, arriving in Australia as an immigrant and building up his career.
  • 21:20 - Turning a $30,000 bankroll into a WSOP Main Event title and millions of dollars on his first trip to Las Vegas.
  • 29:13 - Pass the sugar!! And the story of the Australia flag at the Main Event final table.
  • 35:02 - How Joe's life changed forever with the turn of a card, newfound fame, and lifestyle. 
  • 43:08 - Joe's competitive spirit and motivations throughout his poker career.
  • 48:35 - Reflecting and looking at Joe's own poker game, and talking about the current day pros.
  • 55:50 - Joe's love for poker, the rush of going deep in a big event, and playing mixed games and PLO.
  • 59:40 - The ambassadorship that the honor of Main Event champions brings with it, and the state of the game.
  • 1:06:15 - Joe's current poker play, and the lack of action in Australia. 

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Dec 20, 2017

The Poker Central Podcast looks back in 2017 and throws out some contrasting takes on what they think was the most interesting story of the year. Guess what, the guys don't agree on what's being referenced to as "The John Hesp Experience!"

  • 2:47 - The best storylines in poker of 2017!
  • 9:17 - John Hesp controversy!
  • 13:25 - This week on PokerGO: Holidays with Hellmuth
  • 26:25 - Brent Hanks shares literally nothing of note on the US Poker Open! Or does he?
  • 28:10 - Brent Hanks emergency!
  • 29:30 - Jason Wheeler's verbal aggression during the PokerStars Championship in Prague.
  • 36:36 - Discussing the big PokerStars announcement, and how big will this $25,000 event with 300 seats added really be in 2019? 
  • 51:41 - Remko and Will share their fantasy football agony and retire for good. (Until next season)
  • 57:33 - A Poker Central fantasy poker league? Holiday shout outs and lots of love for the fans!

Reach out to the show by e-mailing us on podcast@pokercentral.com, and sign up now for PokerGO annually, save $20 and get a free PokerGO hoodie! Use the promo code MERRY20 to use this offer that is valid until December 25th.

Dec 15, 2017

This week on the Heads Up with Remko podcast: Top tournament player Nick Petrangelo.

Nick finished in the top 10 of the Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings for the third straight year in 2017, finishing 4th, 8th and 8th again. We spoke with Nick about everything that goes on in the high stakes world, as well as uncovering his road to success.

  • 3:30 - The start of the conversation with Nick Petrangelo, who talks about being on a little break after Macau and WSOP-E, his poker calendar and financial pressure per event.
  • 10:20 - Swapping and selling action in high roller events and how money gets moved around in poker.
  • 18:00 - The frequency of super high stakes events and their impact on the poker economy.
  • 26:15 - The Big One for One Drop in 2018, to which Nick has already made his deposit, and Leon Tsoukernik's reputation.
  • 37:24 - Looking back on the first ever Big One for One Drop in 2012 and the status of Nick's career during that time.
  • 41:20 - The rise to the top and the 2015 breakout year.
  • 46:15 - How Black Friday helped launch Nick's career in high stakes poker.
  • 49:50 - Being known as the best tournament player in the world.
  • 55:15 - A fun hypothetical: How long does it take to lose your profit margin in high roller events if you stop working on your game?
  • 1:04:10 - Consistency over the last three years and longevity in poker.

 

Dec 13, 2017

After two quiet weeks, the Poker Central Podcast is back in action with some attention paid to the following storylines:

  • 3:33 - 2018 World Series of Poker schedule announcement and lots of hot takes and deep dives into what's on tap for the upcoming summer.
  • 23:25 - Looking back on "Leave it to Seiver", "Moon Magic," and the ongoing "Games of our Lives," Poker After Dark shows of recent weeks! 
  • 31:00 - World Poker Tour Five Diamond recap, Bellagio registration problems and the crazy winner story!
  • 37:40 - New on PokerGO: Stories from the Felt: A unique behind the scenes look into some of your favorite and most interesting storylines in the game.
  • 44:01 - Quick news items including: The PokerStars Championship in Prague, Brent's anger towards Ray Bitar and Will's epic Fantasy Football victory over Matt Berkey. 

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Nov 30, 2017

This week on the show Sam Trickett joins Remko to talk about the massive ups and downs of his poker career.

Trickett gained worldwide fame when he finished runner-up in the 2012 Big One for One Drop for $10,000,000, and for the first time he tells the entire story of how this changed his life, and how the deal he had in place to play the tournament changed just days before it started.

After a few years away from the game, Trickett is now back in action and eager to crush the high stakes once again.

  • 3:16 - Start of the interview with Sam, what he's up to right now and how his love for the game got rejuvenated.
  • 9:06 - Returning to the game after a long break, how it affected his game and confidence.
  • 11:17 - The best and worst day of his life during 2014 Big One for One Drop.
  • 14:57 - Did Sam think he had left the game behind for good in 2014?
  • 16:54 - Sam's youth, passion for soccer and missing out on a pro career with Sheffield United.
  • 20:08 - Life decisions, or indecisions and how he became a gas fitter.
  • 23:06 - Discovering the game of poker, pub games and the craving for material things.
  • 25:40 - The first big win, thousands felt like millions, spending big and hitting rock bottom by losing it all.
  • 31:43 - Rebounding from losing it all, moving to Cape Town to teach poker and finding a staking deal for the 2010 World Series of Poker.
  • 37:50 - Turning a small staking deal into playing the $250k and $100k at the Aussie Millions just months later and taking over the poker world.
  • 45:26 - Nosebleed cash games in Australia and Macau, and getting into the biggest cash games with Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey.
  • 50:33 - The 2012 Big One for One Drop.
  • 57:22 - Winning $10 Million dollars, the deal, the profit and how it all changed last minute.
  • 1:00:18 - The life-changing impact the Big One for One Drop had on Sam's life. (And a story on The Hangover-esque scenes the night after the final table.)
  • 1:08:48 - Partying with Phil Ivey.
  • 1:15:30 - Buying a house for his sister, gifting himself a Ferrari and wasting money on a diamond-encrusted watch.
Nov 21, 2017

On this episode, the U.S. Poker Open announcement gets dissected, takes from Brian Rast and Daniel Negreanu are shared on the format, Brent Hanks talks about taking over as lead commentator for Ali Nejad on Poker After Dark, and Will O'Connor dives down the rabbit hole that is the feud between a group of poker players and acclaimed rapper Talib Kweli. 

 

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