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Nov 14, 2017

Poker Central Podcast Episode 60 is here! Brent Hanks, Will O'Connor and Remko Rinkema are back to talk about the hottest trending topics in the world of poker, with a big serving of shenanigans on the side.

On little sleep, Brent gets carried away in all sorts of directions, while Will celebrates life as he's joined the crypto bandwagon after a life-altering result at The Venetian.

Here's the rundown of this week's topics:

  • 1:12 - The second take of the intro.
  • 5:00 - This week on the Poker Central Podcast.
  • 5:58 - Will O'Connor's 2017 POY chase, and his massive upswing.
  • 9:10 - The start of the actual podcast! Leon Tsoukernik vs Aussie Matt.
  • 20:45 - Brent and Remko talk about getting kicked out of Las Vegas casinos. (But they didn't sue)
  • 26:08 - Maria Ho final table run in the WSOP-E Main Event, its unknown winner and will the WSOP Main Event ever be a re-entry?
  • 40:00 - Sammy Farha!! Is he back? Is he coming to Poker After Dark? 
  • 44:08 - Getting nostalgic, watching throwback Poker After Dark shows with Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius and Ilari 'ziigmund' Sahamies.
  • 46:10 - Deep Issues hits PokerGO with Fedor Holz, Liv Boeree, Mori 
  • 47:40 - WPT Montreal - live on PokerGO this Thursday - predictions and much love for David Peters, Justin Liberto and Curt Kohlberg.
  • 52:44 - Next week's Poker After Dark rumors! 

If you want to interact with the show, drop us a line on podcast@pokercentral.com or find us on Twitter. Try out PokerGO for free for seven days right now and watch the WPT Montreal final table, as well as the upcoming Poker After Dark live shows on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 of November. 

Nov 7, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast: 

  • Brent Hanks is absent for a very good reason: This past Friday his wife Liz gave birth to their second son!
  • Will O'Connor takes on daddy duties, giving him many insights on his own personal life. 
  • The Big One for One Drop returns to Las Vegas with a $1,000,000 buy-in.
  • Dominik Nitsche wins the High Roller for One Drop, adding a staggering $4 million to his bankroll.
  • Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson wins the World Series of Poker Player of the Year race.
  • Niall Farrell became the latest entrant into poker's Triple Crown club, and the guys discuss whether it's time some new rules of entry to this club.

Lastly, if you haven't signed up for PokerGO just yet, please use this opportunity to get a seven-day free trial. All you have to do is click this link and sign up.  

Nov 2, 2017

On this episode of Heads Up with Remko: Everything you want to know about Chris Moneymaker. 

  • 2:12 - New cultures, new adventures and continuing to meet fans all over the world.
  • 5:25 - Poker player or poker ambassador?
  • 6:55 - The status of Chris' poker game.
  • 10:16 - Rewatching the 2003 WSOP Main Event
  • 12:43 - The perception of poker before playing in the 2003 Main Event.
  • 15:00 - The days before the 2003 Main Event started.
  • 17:00 - The pitfalls of sports betting and problem gambling.
  • 25:12 - Going back to work in the restaurant business after winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event, and talking on the phone with Isai Scheinberg.
  • 28:29 - Asking for 5% of PokerStars back when it had 12 employees
  • 31:45 - The most difficult choice Chris ever made and being broke again in 2004.
  • 35:31 - The lack of results in poker tournaments after winning the WSOP Main Event.
  • 40:15 - Playing in celebrity poker games with Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, and winning the biggest pot of his life off Ben Affleck.
  • 45:23 - A drunk heads-up battle versus Binions casino owner Nick Behnen in 2004, and how nine dealers got fired in one night.
  • 50:50 - Black Friday and the unclear future of online poker in the USA.
  • 53:20 - The state of the game and the changes at PokerStars.
  • 1:00:30 - Getting online poker back in the USA.
  • 1:09:15 - The meaning of the WSOP Main Event now. 

If you're new to PokerGO, and haven't watched the Pokerography with Chris Moneymaker, please subscribe using the promo code REMKO for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Oct 31, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast:

  • Brent Hanks wins big in the ARIA High Roller Series on PokerGO
  • Scott Seiver and Tom Marchese actually win the ARIA High Roller Series events
  • All things poker in Macau: John Juanda is the best ever
  • Adrian Mateos has arrived as a poker superstar. Who is Carlos Mortensen anyway?
  • WSOP Europe hands out bracelets like candy, but is it the exciting sweet candy or those sour ones you don't want?
  • Will O'Connor is moving to Pennsylvania for online poker, or is he?
  • Crockfords Casino pulls off the biggest freeroll of all time, beating Phil Ivey in court over $10.1 million he won playing Baccarat with rules the casino allowed.
  • Is this the end of Phil Ivey as a poker player? 
Oct 24, 2017

Here's a rundown of the topics on this week's podcast:

  • 3:10 - Did "Perks of the Trade" live up to the hype? Brent Hanks shares his thoughts. 
  • 8:50 - Will O'Connor dives into his Poker After Dark Power Rankings, and his love for newcomer Aaron Zang.
  • 14:33 - The ARIA High Rollers are coming to PokerGO this weekend, the guys get you caught up with all you need to know!
  • 19:24 - The poker action is popping off in Macau, and we find out that Brent Hanks is barely able to leave the USA, but that he also never would.
  • 21:15 - Macau food vs Las Vegas food
  • 23:20 - How special is Bryn Kenney's 2017? He adds another $400k in Macau.
  • 26:50 - Is Dietrich Fast the new favorite German of Brent Hanks, and why did he borrow cigarettes from Steve O'Dwyer?
  • 35:30 - What's your poker Dream Table? The guys give their thoughts, and are looking for yours!
  • 44:22 - Charlie Carrel joined the Heads Up with Remko Podcast last week and opened up about experimenting with drugs. This week Brent Hanks thinks that Adderall is the same thing as Speed.
  • 52:12 - Daniel Negreanu calls out Phil Hellmuth for ducking out of a game that features the two big guns versus four German pros. According to Brent, Hellmuth is letting America down!

For more action, please head on over to PokerGO.com and subscribe right now

Oct 20, 2017

This week on Heads Up with Remko, one of the UK's finest professionals of the last three years joins the show in what turned out to be quite the eye-opening conversation.

Charlie Carrel has nearly $6 million in live tournament earnings and his online results include a Sunday Million and SCOOP Main Event win. The latter which he took down for $1.2 million at a Starbucks in Mexico after a serious internet outage at this apartment. And yes, he tells this story in full on the podcast.

Additionally, Carrel talks about what makes him successful at the game, and he opens up about his unconventional style and how GTO isn't the only road to success. Carrel sides with Bryn Kenney on what he thinks will bring him the most success, in a discussion that was started two weeks ago on the podcast with Kenney. 

The colorful character of Carrel shines through in the conversation, as the young Brit opens up about unconventional topics including experimenting with different kinds of drugs, and the perception of success and money outside the poker world. 

Oct 12, 2017

For the better part of a decade, 27-year old Germany's Dominik Nitsche has been among the world's best tournament players. 

Let that sink in.

Just barely 18 years old back in 2009, Nitsche won a huge Latin American Poker Tour event followed by his first World Series of Poker bracelet and World Poker Tour title at age 21.

On this week's Head Up with Remko Podcast, Nitsche talks in-depth about his rise to the top, and his dedication to stay there.

With $7 million in live tournament earnings Nitsche is near the top of Germany's all-time money list, and he explains how studying the game, learning how to use solvers and using a GTO approach has helped him to stay ahead of the curve. 

If you want to get caught up with what the Germans are up to these days, and how they perceive the rest of the high roller scene, well then you can't miss this podcast. Lastly, find out why Nitsche thinks that everyone in the high roller events across the world will play "like robots" as early as 2019. 

If you enjoy the podcast, please rate, review and subscribe to the show. If you want to sign up to PokerGO, please do so using the promo code REMKO to save $10 on your annual subscription. 

Oct 9, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast the guys ask themselves three big questions:

  • Was Pot Limit Omaha on Poker After Dark a success?
  • What's up with this new "Hybrid" format that's on Poker After Dark this week?
  • Is Bryn Kenney the best poker player in the world?

So, while you mull over your own answers to those questions, let us remind you of the following:

If you want to get in touch with the podcast, please do so by e-mailing us on podcast@pokercentral.com for all your burning questions, hot takes, and other remarks. If you see this text and haven't subscribed to the podcast, please do so by searching for "poker central" in your podcasting feed.

Lastly, to stay in touch with all the PokerGO content, please sign up and use the promo code REMKO for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Oct 5, 2017

There's no doubt about 2017 being the year of Bryn Kenney. The New York native leads in nearly every statistical category and is making a run at becoming the all-time money earner without a cash larger than $2,000,000, which has not been done before in the modern history of the game. 

On this podcast Kenney opens up about making some bad decisions that lead him to being broke in late 2016, and the spectacular way in which he managed to turn things around. 

Starting in November of 2016, Kenney went on a run of a lifetime of which the end doesn't seem to be in sight just yet. In the last 12 months Kenney has cashed for $8.7 million, $7.3 of which was recorded in this calendar year.

Kenney also leads the 2017 POY standings, and overall GPI standings, and with still nearly three months of poker left to be played it looks as though he has both of those places locked up. 

If you enjoy this podcast, please consider rating, reviewing and subscribing to the show. You can do so by searching for "Poker Central" on your favorite podcasting app. 

Subscribe now to PokerGO and use the promo code REMKO to get $10 off your annual subscription.

Sep 28, 2017

Brandon Adams has been in poker for a very long time, but this is his first podcast appearance in which he tells his life story.

Adams recently resurfaced for the observing poker fan, winning a High Roller event in Florida, followed by Event #4 of the Poker Masters in Las Vegas. Adams, however, was never gone from the poker scene as he never missed a summer in Las Vegas. 

With cash games being the primary focus of the Harvard graduate and teacher, Adams spent the majority of his years playing out of the spotlights making the stories of big games in Las Vegas that much more compelling. 

On this podcast, Adams opens up about the biggest games he played with the likes of Bobby Baldwin, Kenny Tran, Brian Townsend, a heads-up challenge versus Sammy Farha, underground games at Harvard, prop betting with Patrik Antonius, Daily Fantasy Sports, and the countless other things that keep his mind busy. 

Rewatch all Poker Masters final tables right now on PokerGO, and use the promo code REMKO for $10 off your annual subscription. Send your questions and remarks for the podcast to podcast@pokercentral.com.

Sep 26, 2017

The Poker Masters concluded last week with Steffen Sontheimer as the start of the show, winning two events and making no less than four official final tables. 

(3:50) - Poker Masters

Interviews on this show will be played featuring Brandon Adams (28:20), winner of Event #4, and Sontheimer (41:36) himself after he won the $100k Championship event, claiming the Purple Jacket and a total of $2.7 million.

Brent, Will and Remko then review the Poker Masters as a whole and discuss the following big topics. Make sure to chime in by giving us your thoughts using #PokerCentralPod on Twitter or e-mail us on podcast@pokercentral.com.

  • What was the moment of the week?
  • How was the Poker Masters received by the players?
  • What can be changed and improved for next year?
  • Is Steffen Sontheimer on the 'Fedor Holz level' of poker stardom?
  • Is German domination in the high rollers good for poker?
  • Where are the young American pros?

(59:00) Poker After Dark

And then, of course, there is this week's exciting Poker After Dark lineup! Tom Dwan joins the likes of Phil Galfond, Brandon Adams, Ben Lamb, Brian Rast and Isaac Haxton to battle it out for three straight nights.

The guys share hot takes on the upcoming action, who the best player of the bunch might be, and whether we can expect some juicy table talk.

The name of the game is Pot Limit Omaha, and with a $100,000 minimum buy-in and $300/$600 binds this show will be a feast for poker fans. Don't miss any of the action, as it kicks off at 5:00pm PT/8:00 pm ET on Tuesday, September 26.

If you haven't subscribed to PokerGO as of right now, you can do so by clicking this link. Use the promo code REMKO for $10 off your annual subscription. 

Sep 16, 2017

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast, we recap the action from the Event #2 final table, won by Steffen Sontheimer.

Sontheimer is now the overall Purple Jacket leader, edging out Nick Schulman who took down the first event. Sontheimer beat Fedor Holz heads up, as the Germans were once again very well represented at the final table.

On this show, you can listen to interviews with Sontheimer, Holz and both Koray Aldemir and Bryn Kenney who are in a neck and neck race for the 2017 Player of the Year title. 

Subscribe now to PokerGO using the promo code REMKO to get $10 off your annual subscription, and don't miss a single minute of the Poker Masters action. 

Sep 6, 2017

Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates is the featured name on this week's Poker After Dark shows, which are live and exclusively available on PokerGO.

The shows start at 5pm PT/8pm ET, but don't worry if you can't make it! Within 24 hours of the show finishing, full replays and recaps will be available on PokerGO. Sign up for PokerGO using the promo code 'remko' for $10 off the annual subscription. 

With Cates on the show we discuss the poker apps that players are playing on, largely based out of China, the high stakes climate in Macau, some 6+ Hold'em talk, and of course a small update on the Durrrr Challenge. All of that a much more on this week's Heads Up with Remko!

Aug 31, 2017

This week on Heads Up with Remko: Joey Ingram, podcaster extraordinaire, poker pro and now the host of Major Wager on PokerGO.

Major Wager is the latest PokerGO exclusive to launch on September 5th. The show is a reality prop betting show featuring Samantha Abernathy, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast and Jeff Gross. Sign up now for PokerGO, and take off $10 from the annual subscription by using the promo code "remko".

In this podcast, we get into Ingram's experience filming Major Wager in Las Vegas, and what went on during the shooting of the show! Ingram also gets into his own personal prop betting, which has brought him to write a book - available on Amazon - and is now teaching him how to swim. 

We also touch upon the return of Tom Dwan on Poker After Dark, the legend that is 'Durrrrr' and whether his aura will ever wear off if he's staying in the public eye. 

Last but not least, we discuss the high stakes poker landscape, online poker in the United States, and his own future. 

Aug 29, 2017

Another three exciting episodes of Poker After Dark are in the books, Phil Hellmuth is the 'King of the Hill' and Barcelona made a lot of players a lot of money! All of this and much more on this week's episode of Poker After Dark.

The following introduction included Poker After Dark spoilers. Watch all shows without spoilers by signing up now. Use the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Poker After Dark - Voices Carry

In the first winner-take-all Sit and Go of the return of Poker After Dark it was clear that Mike Matusow had to be a part of it. Matusow was a feature in the early years of the show as one of the most talkative and confrontational players, but he met his match on PokerGO battling with William Kassouf.

Kassouf talked everyone's ear off, that of Jean-Robert Bellande in particular. Matt Berkey, however, wasn't phased as he owned the night by taking home $150,000. Rewatch this entire episode by clicking the link

On the second night of play, one of the toughest lineup in the show's history was assembled as more than $75 million in career live tournament earnings collided. Ben Lamb came out on top, defeating Nick Schulman, Jason Koon, Brian Rast, Scott Seiver, and Matt Berkey. Rewatch the entire show here.

The third and final night of $25k SNG action was one for the ages with plenty of tequila shots being taken, banter being had and top notch all-in clashes. Hollywood producer Randall Emmett drove the action, while poker's power couple Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov got tangled up, all while Jason Koon, Greg Mueller and Eric Worre looked for ways to chip up. Rewatch that entire show right here

Phil Hellmuth - King of the Hill

On Poker Night in America, Phil Hellmuth went to town versus Daniel Cates in this four player $50,000 winner-take-all heads-up battle. Cates quickly busted Frank Kassela, while Hellmuth took care of heads-up specialist Doug Polk before meeting in the final. The boys on the show have some hot takes on Hellmuth's play, but even more so a fold made by Jungleman. 

PokerStars Championship Barcelona

And then there was a ton of action in Barcelona! We review all the big winner including Ronny Kaiser, Sebastian Sorensson, Stephen Chidwick, Sander van Wesemael and Pedro Caiat. Oh, and both Bryn Kenney and Benjamin Pollak are now even richer. 

To cap off the show, Brent Hanks gives some fantasy football hot takes, and we go over the Mayweather vs McGregor fight that played out last Saturday. 

Aug 24, 2017

On this week's episode of Heads Up with Remko, Jean-Robert Bellande joins the show to talk about everything high stakes. 

Last week, Bellande appeared on the return of Poker After Dark alongside Tom Dwan, Andrew Robl, Lauren Roberts, Bill Klein, Aussie Matt, Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari. We spoke with Bellande about his play on the shows, the stakes, and the crazy straddles. 

Bellande also opened up about some of the highest stakes he's ever seen, and the biggest pot he's ever played. Oh, and that big pot turned out to be for his entire net worth with aces versus kings with $3.2 million in the middle. 

Get caught up with the Poker After Dark action so far on PokerGO, as all the shows are available in the archive, or tune in live on Thursday, August 24th to watch Jason Koon give it another shot versus Igor Kurganov, Liv Boeree, Greg Mueller, Hollywood producer Randall Emmett and Eric Worre.

Use the promo code "se the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual PokerGO subscription. 

Aug 22, 2017

Poker After Dark is back on PokerGO, and Brent, Will, and Remko are back for the 50th episode of the Poker Central Podcast! First off, a big thank you to all listeners for sticking with us! Secondly, let's get into this week's action.

On this podcast, the lineups of this week's Poker After Dark action are being discussed. The following players will participate in the action this week, which are all $25,000 winner-take-all Sit & Gos.

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Mike Matusow Jason Koon Igor Kurganov
William Kassouf Scott Seiver Liv Boeree
Jean-Robert Bellande Brian Rast David Williams
David Williams Matt Berkey Bruce Buffer
Matt Berkey Nick Schulman Jason Koon
Nick Schulman Ben Lamb Randall Emmett

The guys also briefly look back on the insanity that took place last week, with the Aussie Matt vs Tom Dwan night of cash games capping off three days of blistering poker action.

Last but not least, we touch upon all the tournament that played out in Florida, with winning roles for podcast favorites Nick Schulman and Mike Leah. 

Tune into the Poker After Dark action on PokerGO at 5pm PT/8pm ET on all three nights, and use the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Aug 16, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast it's time for all the Poker After Dark and Tom Dwan talk that you can handle! 

Poker After Dark had its glorious return on Monday night with a $200/$400 cash game that quickly got out of hand. Tom Dwan, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Bill Klein, Lauren Roberts and Jean-Robert Bellande all bought in for way more than the $100,000 minimum, culminating in the hand of the night between Esfandiari and Dwan. Dwan's aces held up in a $700,000 pot between him and Esfandiari, leaving fans and players gasping for air. 

On the second night of play, it was once again Dwan who dealt out the biggest blow. This time it was JRB who took the beating, running set over set into Dwan for a pot of $565,000. 

All in all, plenty of action to discuss on the podcast, and you can watch all the action and more exclusively on PokerGO.

All Poker After Dark episodes are available as archived episodes within 24 hours of the end of the broadcast, and you can use the promo code "remko" for $10 the annual subscription. Poker After Dark is live at 5pm PST/8pm ET on Wednesday August 17th, and then against on Tuesday August 22nd.

Aug 11, 2017

During the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event we spoke to one of poker's well-known poker coaches Jared Tendler, and he sat down with us to talk about the mental game of poker. 

Tendler started out as a mental coach for professional golfers, moving to poker after learning about the game and its intricacies through meeting Dusty Schmidt, an avid golfer and even more successful poker player.

Over the years Tendler has coached many poker players, most notably Jorryt van Hoof during this 2014 WSOP Main Event run that culminated in a third place finish. With Tendler we dive back into that experience, and how writing books about his experience have helped him become a better coach. 

Aug 9, 2017

Welcome to the glorious return of Will OC on the Poker Central Podcast, and together with Brent Hanks and your host Remko Rinkema, this week's show gets out of hand rather quickly. 

Among the more serious topics being discussed, with plenty of hot takes to go around, you can expect to hear about the following:

  • What's up with the Poker is Fun Tour?
  • Nipun Java continues blistering hot 2017 in Florida
  • Doug Polk's PokerStars deal
  • Sam Grafton's winning ways
  • Kenny Hallaert is the new Fedor Holz
  • Aussie Millions releases 2018 schedule

And we dive into some new PokerGO programming announcements and storylines that you might have not heard before!

  • Chris Moneymaker Pokerography released
  • Deep Issues interview series with Kevin Hart, Daniel Negreanu, Jackie Cruz and Antonio Esfandiari released
  • Phil Laak's used to be a repo man?
  • Poker After Dark Live gossip and lineup thoughts

If you're new to the podcast, please rate, review and subscribe to support the show! If you're new to PokerGO, please click this link to sign up. Use promo code 'remko' for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Aug 1, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast: Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth discuss the return of Poker After Dark on PokerGO.

Negreanu and Hellmuth - two of the most colorful characters to appear on Poker After Dark - dive back into their memory bank about the old shows, but also look forward at what's to come. Poker After Dark returns on Monday, August 14, live on PokerGO.

Also on the show, Brent Hanks discusses the return of Brent Hanks on the Poker Central Podcast. After more than two months, Hanks makes his first appearance to talk about his excitement for Poker After Dark, his own World Series of Poker success and lack there of and sweating his good friend Bryan Piccioli in the Main Event. 

Piccioli's story is one that goes far beyond poker, as a tragic accident left his dead a quadriplegic last summer. The Buffalo News wrote a big feature story about his father and how he watched his son play, and you can read that piece right here

If you have not yet subscribed to PokerGO, you can do so by clicking the link and using the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual subscription.  

Jul 27, 2017

Welcome to the return of Heads Up with Remko, this week featuring one of the most successful poker pros of the last 10 years: Jonathan Little. 

Jonathan Little is featured on PokerGO with his very own Pokerography, in which the story of the man with two WPT titles is told from baby beauty pageants through Magic the Gathering to becoming one of the biggest winners in live tournaments.

Playing the game is not the only way Little makes his living, as he's also a renowned poker author and coach. On this podcast, you can hear all about the process of creating his books and the road to his personal success in both poker and family life. 

Subscribe now to PokerGO and receive $10 off the annual subscription by using the promo code 'remko' to get more than 100 days of live poker every year. Watch Pokerographies on the best players in the world, the Super High Roller Bowl and classic Poker After Dark episodes in anticipation of the new season starting on August 14.

Jul 25, 2017

The 2017 World Series of Poker is a wrap! Scott Blumstein is the Main Event champion and he'll add $8,150,000 to his poker resume, on top of an amazing shiny bracelet and life-long fame in the game of poker. 

On this podcast we run through the entire final table from start to finish, from Ben Lamb to the deuce on the river that took away Dan Ott's chances of making an epic comeback. 

The podcast will now return to its weekly slot, with releases early in the week. If you haven't yet subscribed, please do so by search "poker central" on your favorite podcasting app. 'Heads Up with Remko' will return this week as well, with plenty of exciting guests lined up.

Jul 20, 2017

After a two-day hiatus to sleep, recover and get amped up for the WSOP Main Event final table, the Poker Central Podcast is back with a big preview show!

Aside from the WSOP Main Event, we are also hyped up about the Poker Masters, Poker After Dark and global streaming on PokerGO of said Main Event in non-ESPN regions. 

To read along while listening, here is the final table line up in seat order:

Player Country Chip Count Blinds
John Hesp United Kingdom 85,700,000 107
Scott Blumstein United States 97,250,000 122
Antoine Saout France 21,750,000 27
Benjamin Pollak France 35,175,000 44
Jack Sinclair United Kingdom 20,200,000 25
Damian Salas Argentina 22,175,000 28
Ben Lamb United States 18,050,000 23
Bryan Piccioli United States 33,800,000 42
Dan Ott United States 26,475,000 33

Read how you can watch the Main Event final table here, and use the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual PokerGO subscription.

Jul 16, 2017

The World Series of Poker Main Event is down to just 85 players, and we spoke to no less than seven players still in the event. 

Charlie Carrel headlined the PokerGO stream, and we spoke to him about the joy of going deep in the Main Event. Unfortunately, shortly after recording the podcast, Carrel was eliminated in 88th place cashing for $72,514. Just two more players hit the rail before the night ended, and the following players that joined us on the podcast bagged up chips.

Scott Blumstein 6,845,000
Bryan Piccioli 5,400,000
Dario Sammartino - 2,858,000
Marcel Luske 2,290,000
Martin Finger 890,000

Blumstein, playing in this first WSOP Main Event, had a tough day with Ben Lamb on his left for most of it, but in the end, he bagged up a top stack. Piccioli started the 2016 Main Event on Day 5 with the chip lead, and this year he flew under the radar a bit more and managed to bag up a big stack after Day 5. With 85 players remaining he's only one spot removed from improving on last year's finish.

Sammartino battled all day with Kenny Hallaert, and both players managed to make it through the day. Luske had a day filled with swing, ultimately securing himself the third best Main Event finish after finishing 14th in 2003 and 10th in the 2004 Main Event. 

Last but not least, EPT champ Martin Finger bagged up a very short stack but he's still not out of it heading into Day 6.

Tomorrow the action will play down to just 27 players, and a lot of that action will be live on PokerGO. The action starts on ESPN at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET and switches over to PokerGO at 3:00pm PT/6:00pm ET/midnight CET. 

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