Poker Central Podcast

The Poker Central Podcast, hosted by Remko Rinkema and Brent Hanks, includes the hottest storylines in the game of poker as well as the latest gossip, drama, excitement, winners, and losers. Every week, a high-profile guest from the world of poker joins the hosts to talk about some of the craziest and funniest stories of their career while also giving their input on everything trending across the poker world. This show is also available as a video on PokerGO.
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Jul 13, 2019

The World Series of Poker is rapidly headed towards the end and we managed to get Nick Schulman on the podcast to talk about his summer, winning another bracelet, the Poker Hall of Fame much more. 

  • 00:45 – Nick Schulman joins the Poker Central Podcast to talk about his summer and winning the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better Championship for $463,670.
  • 02:50 – Nick Schulman’s history with the World Series of Poker Main Event.
  • 04:12 – What’s wrong with Brent Hanks?
  • 05:07 – Drugs in poker, is it smart to smoke up while playing?
  • 08:20 – Where do Nick Schulman’s interests lay when it comes to players at feature and final tables?
  • 12:20 – The Poker Hall of Fame: Nick Schulman’s takes.
  • 17:50 – Who intimidated Nick Schulman when he first arrived on the scene at the highest stakes?
  • 18:43 – Too Many Questions for Nick Schulman.

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May 17, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema recap the Triton Super High Roller Series, Super High Roller Cash Game, look at the Week 18 Power Rankings and talk at length to Antonio Esfandiari about his massive boxing match vs. Kevin Hart. 

  • 2:13 – Recapping all the massive Triton Super High Roller Series action from Montenegro!
  • 2:35 – Bryn Kenney wins back-to-back Triton events to bring his total for the year to $9.1 million.
  • 6:20 – Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates has picked up a new habit: Smoking cigarettes! Is Brent Hanks concerned? Which drinks would fit Jungleman’s persona best?
  • 10:55 – The interview with Antonio Esfandiari starts off with him trying to explain what it’s like to get punched in the face!
  • 11:45 – “This was one of the greatest moments of my life!”
  • 13:15 – Antonio Esfandiari is his training with Olympic Gold super-heavyweight boxer Audley Harrison and the intense preparation for this fight.
  • 15:00 – Getting offered 35:1, was there a point during his preparation where he knew he was going to be the favorite?
  • 17:00 – Smack talking!
  • 18:45 – Trying to avoid getting a big adrenaline rush and to stay calm prior to the fight.
  • 21:05 – Did Kevin Hart prepare well enough for this fight? Did he underestimate Antonio?
  • 26:00 – Talks of a rematch?
  • 27:30 – How exciting was winning this match compared to his biggest wins in poker?
  • 30:10 – How much money did Antonio Esfandiari win in this fight?
  • 34:10 – Brent Hanks called Antonio “Mushy” before preparing for this fight, true or false?
  • 36:30 – The pain of preparing for a boxing match: Countless bloody noses and bruised ribs.
  • 38:20 – Will we see Antonio Esfandiari at the World Series of Poker or at least back inside the PokerGO Studio anytime soon?
  • 40:32 – Antonio Esfandiari’s takes on organized games in Las Vegas casinos.
  • 45:29 – 555 Questions for Antonio Esfandiari.
  • 52:10 – Diving into the Week 18 Poker Central Power Rankings lead by Bryn Kenney and Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates once again!
  • 56:20 – Brent Hanks grades this week’s rankings and looks ahead at the Daniel Negreanu & Amanda Leatherman wedding!
  • 58:20 – The Super High Roller Cash Game inside the PokerGO Studio featuring Brandon Adams.
  • 1:01:30 – What else to expect from PokerGO prior to the World Series of Poker?

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May 3, 2019

This week the guys discuss the most recent Dolly’s Game action, Daniel Negreanu vs. Shaun Deeb, Tom Dwan vs. Jungleman, Antonio Esfandiari vs. Kevin Hart, Randall Emmett vs 50 Cent, and a brand new edition of the Poker Central Power Rankings!

  • 3:35 – Looking back at Dolly’s Game sans Daniel Negreanu, but with some takes on Kane Kalas’ game!
  • 6:40 – How Mixed Games came to be, Daniel Negreanu talks about the origins of Mixed Games at The Mirage in Las Vegas.
  • 8:40 –Daniel Negreanu tells the entire story of his feud with Shaun Deeb.
  • 13:19 – Is it still worth it for Daniel Negreanu to engage with the haters on social media, Shaun Deeb missing the birth of his child for online poker, and how they dealt with this back in the 70s.
  • 17:25 – Daniel Negreanu’s four packages! The poolside one as well as the low, medium and high stakes WSOP packages that will be up for sale. Mark-up debate!
  • 25:15 – What is Daniel Negreanu most excited about with regards to the 2019 World Series of Poker?
  • 27:50 – Memories of Brent Hanks and Daniel Negreanu’s first time at the World Series of Poker.
  • 32:30 – First-timer tips for the WSOP from Daniel Negreanu and memories of his first ever WSOP event which he managed to win!
  • 35:00 – Are we going to miss the Rio is the World Series of Poker moves elsewhere?
  • 37:00 – The Doyle Brunson vs Kane Kalas WSOP Main Event prop bet.
  • 39:55 - $25k Fantasy for the 2019 World Series of Poker.
  • 44:12 – The fight between Kevin Hart and Antonio Esfandiari!
  • 50:18 – Randall Emmett vs Fofty Cent!
  • 54:00 – Tom Dwan vs. Jungleman: The Next Chapter
  • 57:42 – Daniel Negreanu’s Top 5 Poker Players of All Time.
  • 1:02:30 – 555 Questions for Daniel Negreanu
  • 1:08:15 – Will there be meat at Daniel Negreanu and Amanda Leatherman’s wedding?
  • 1:10:00 – The High Roller of the Year standings and upcoming events.
  • 1:11:00 – The Week 17 Poker Central Power Rankings.

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Apr 26, 2019

Brent Hanks is back in the studio after a disappointing vacation as Remko Rinkema tries to keep things together as Randall Emmett tells us some hilarious stories. 

  • 00:30 – Brent Hanks talks about his family trip to Philadelphia, a cricket infestation and a zoo visit.
  • 04:45 – Brief news items: Poker After Dark, ARIA High Rollers, and much more.
  • 06:08 – The start of the interview with Randall Emmett
  • 07:00 – Power Rankings talk with Randall
  • 10:00 – The response outside the poker world to Randall Emmett’s recognition in poker.
  • 15:00 – Dan Bilzerian talk, stories from Randall Emmett and Brent Hanks.
  • 17:30 – Randall Emmett’s Top 5 poker players in the world.
  • 20:18 – 555 Questions for Randall Emmett!
  • 28:10 – End of interview with Randall Emmett
  • 30:05 – The Week 16 Poker Central Power Rankings lead by Maria Ho and Ali Imsirovic.
  • 38:00 – Did you miss some amazing content on Poker Central? Find out here.
  • 47:30 – The Effing Five! Here’s the updated list.
    1. Ben Lamb, Jonathan Depa, John Cynn gambling marathon in Uruguay!
    2. Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    3. The Randall Emmett Experience
    4. Maria Ho’s exciting 2019 campaign to date!
    5. GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s son.
  • 50:00 – Dolly’s Game! A five-game mix that includes Doyle Brunson and Shaun Deeb.

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Apr 5, 2019

The Poker Central Podcast this week spent the majority of the time off the rails! Recent WPT Venetian winner Ben Palmer and WSOP bracelet winner Jared Jaffee join the show for more than an hour of banter and shenanigans that brings a lot of untold stories to the surface.

On top of that, Brent and Remko make their way through the Week 13 Power Rankings as well as the Effing Five and some juicy info on the upcoming Poker After Dark Pot Limit Omaha action.

  • 03:19 - The start of the interview with Jared Jaffee and Ben Palmer.
  • 08:00 - The worst jobs Ben Palmer and Jared Jaffee ever had.
  • 11:00 - A weird story about Jaffee's family and a poor joke.
  • 13:00 - Athletic prowess, does Jaffee have it?
  • 15:00 - What's the story between Jaffee and Palmer, how did this bromance start?
  • 18:00 - Ben Palmer and his love for The Venetian.
  • 21:30 - How did Jaffee go broke? (Hint: Betting against the Patriots in the Super Bowl)
  • 26:00 - High rollers, Palmer won't play them and Jaffee is retiring from them.
  • 30:00 - Healthy living, slob life and Ben's approach to the game of poker.
  • 35:10 - The most degen nights of Ben and Jared.
  • 45:00 - Dating life and Massey stories.
  • 50:00 - Comedy.
  • 1:25:00 - The Week 13 Poker Central Power Rankings
  • 1:35:00 - The Effing Five.
    1. Ben Lamb, Jonathan Depa, John Cynn gambling marathon in Uruguay!
    2. Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    3. The All-Time Money List Shuffle
    4. Marty Mathis – breakout win after a decade in the game for $873k in Rio de Janeiro
    5. GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s son.

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Feb 11, 2019

Listen to Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema as they have made their picks in a U.S. Poker Open Fantasy Draft, they preview the action in all 10 events, and they let you know how to follow all the action from the PokerGO Studio.

  • 0:56 – Brent and Remko go over their 2019 U.S. Poker Open Fantasy Draft lineups. Check out their teams right here!
  • 3:11 – Previewing the U.S. Poker Open schedule and content for both players and fans who are ready to watch all the action on PokerGO.
  • 6:00 – The High Roller of the Year for 2019 kicks off with the U.S. Poker Open!
  • 7:47 – Brent’s excitement for the U.S. Poker Open, which players do we look forward to seeing in action and what will the numbers be like?
  • 10:00 – The effect the $100,000 added for the overall U.S. Poker Open Championship.
  • 12:35 – Running through the U.S. Poker Open Fantasy Draft lineups and picking our favorite players from each team.
  • 15:45 – All the ways to follow U.S. Poker Open through Poker Central and PokerGO.

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Feb 8, 2019

This week on the Poker Central Podcast we discuss everything that’s exciting in the world of poker. Brent and Remko roll through the new Poker Central Power Rankings, the Effing Five sees two major changes and they tackle the latest news on Phil Galfond’s Run it Once Poker launch, Bryn Kenney’s Aussie Millions win, Phil Ivey’s legal troubles and the glorious Mike Gorodinsky mustache on Dolly’s Game.

  • 0:54 – This week on the Poker Central Podcast
  • 1:25 – The Week 5 Poker Central Power Rankings where Chino Rheem loses his No. 1 spot!
  • 4:23 – Bryn Kenney or Phil Galfond, who deserves to be the No. 1 this week?
  • 5:24 – Remko is annoyed over Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu being ranked high this week.
  • 8:30 – Rounding out the Top 10, as Toby Lewis, Rainer Kempe, Kitty Kuo, and Doyle Brunson remains on the list.
  • 12:55 – Bryn Kenney wins the Aussie Millions Main Event!
  • 17:40 – Phil Ivey gets even deeper into trouble! His Nevada assets, allegedly worth $100,000,000, are now up for grabs in the Borgata edge sorting lawsuit.
  • 24:54 – Previewing the U.S. Poker Open!
  • 30:45 – Recapping the Dolly’s Game action featuring Eli Elezra, youngster Dan Zack and the thick mustache of Mike Gorodinsky.
  • 36:33 – An interview with Mike Gorodinsky about his mustache and his friendly banter with Doyle Brunson!
  • 44:22 – Remko and Brent almost get kicked out of the conference room and dive straight into the Effing Five!
  • The New Effing Five!
    • Phil Galfond launches Run it Once Poker
    • All the recent Poker Twitter drama!
    • Negreanu gives a terminally ill poker fan experience to never forget.
    • Steve Albini Stories from the Felt featured on Rolling Stone and Pitchfork
    • Josh Arieh’s GO Fund Me account for Gavin Smith’s sons ($72K raised)

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Dec 6, 2018

This week on the Poker Central Podcast, Remko flies solo and is joined by Mike Sexton to talk about the passing of poker legend Thor Hansen. In addition to that, Remko runs down the major news items of this past week. 

  • 1:06 – The sad news of the passing of Thor Hansen at age 71.
  • 6:06 - An interview with Mike Sexton of Hansen’s passing, including stories and memories of the Norwegian Godfather of Poker.
  • 19:47 – The exciting announcement of the first 34 players that have been confirmed for Super High Roller Bowl V, December 17-19 at the PokerGO Studio.
  • 22:50 – The Super High Roller Cash Game is back featuring Gus Hansen and Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates.
  • 24:33 – Teasing the lineup for Friday Night Poker on Stadium’s Facebook Watch page on December 7th.
  • 25:30 – The biggest guarantee in online poker history was smashed by partypoker this past week, we run down the payouts and laud them for drawing more than 4,000 players for this $5,000 event.
  • 31:52 – Phil Hellmuth was victorious in a tennis prop bet!
  • 33:26 – Dan Smith’s charity drive is back for a fifth straight year after raising $4.5 million in 2017! More here if you want to participate.

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Nov 9, 2018

Jennifer Tilly joins the Poker Central Podcast right off the bat and talks about her love for the PokerGO Studio and her upcoming appearance on Friday Night Poker.

  • 1:30 – Does Jennifer Tilly like to drink during a game of poker?
  • 3:05 – How does Jennifer handle and adjust playing across a variety of stakes and both tournaments and cash games over the years? Are low stakes just as enjoyable as high stakes?
  • 6:47 – The fun and excitement of Friday Night Poker, a game at lower stakes with an emphasis on making everyone have a good time and for fans to engage with the players through the chat on Facebook.
  • 9:55 – The story of how Jennifer Tilly got into poker, learning the game from her father and the WSOP bracelet win back in 2005.
  • 15:40 – Is Jennifer Tilly now a famous poker player or still mostly known as an actress?
  • 18:00 – Who are Jennifer Tilly’s favorite players to play with if she got to pick them?
  • 23:35 – Has Jennifer been able to bring poker to the movie sets in Hollywood?
  • 27:05 – Celebrities in poker, according to Jennifer Tilly. Do they really play high stakes?
  • 31:25 – Jennifer Tilly has a short story featured in the book “He Played for His Wife and Other Stories”. Here’s all you need to know about this collection of short stories that also includes Anthony Holden. Neil Pearson and an intro from Al Alvarez.
  • 35:20 – Jennifer Tilly tells some Phil Laak stories.
  • 40:25 – Jennifer Tilly’s plans for the rest of 2018!

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Oct 31, 2018

This week on the Poker Central Podcast we have a very special guest who goes by the name of Gus Hansen! In addition to that, Brent and Remko discuss the Super High Roller Bowl V announcement, they recap the “Godfather” week action on Poker After Dark and preview the upcoming Poker After Dark and Friday Night Poker action.

  • 02:15 – The exciting announcement of Super High Roller Bowl V, running from December 17-19 at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas.
  • 09:00 – Recapping the excitement and action and side action during “Godfather” week headlined by Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen.
  • 12:35 – An exclusive interview with Gus Hansen by Brent Hanks about all things ranging from his traveling style, Doyle Brunson stories, Phil Ivey at his peak is the best player ever and some seedy anecdotes!
  • 31:20 – Recapping the Gus Hansen interview as Remko shares his thoughts.
  • 34:00 – 888poker week on Poker After Dark featuring Chris Moorman, Jennifer Tilly, Kelly Minkin, Bill Klein, Eli Elezra, Mario Ho, and an 888poker qualifier! All the details about an enormous overlay right here!
  • 37:00 – The Friday Night Poker action on Stadium’s Facebook Watch page this week! Don’t miss the action as Frank Kassela, Jon Turner, Dan Shak, Hish Salama, Chris Moorman, Randall Emmett, and Marle Cordeiro square off.

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Sep 5, 2018

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by the one and only Bryn Kenney to talk Poker Masters, big swings, losing millions and his lack of Poker After Dark appearances! 

  • 2:09 – Looking back at the 2017 Poker Masters and the insanity that was Steffen Sontheimer, and after Stephen Chidwick during the U.S. Poker Open, will we see another one of those dominant showings at the 2018 Poker Masters?
  • 6:08 – The new and improved scoring system that will see the Purple Jacket awarded on Sunday night at the end of the Poker Masters.
  • 9:55 – Brent and Remko draft their team of Poker Masters players and wager the buy-in of the Poker Central fantasy football league and a lot of shame and honor!
  • 14:22 – Speculating on the impact the Poker Masters will have on the 2018 Player of the Year race, as nearly the entire Top 10 is expected to make an appearance.
  • 16:55 – The interview with Bryn Kenney, who starts out talking about being down $1.8 million for the year and remaining his focus and confidence.
  • 22:10 – Bryn’s excitement and anticipation for the Poker Masters and his thought on the schedule.
  • 25:00 – Bryn’s harsh thoughts on PokerStars and the way the WCOOP took a turn for the worse.
  • 27:20 – Bryn’s GGPoker ambassadorship and what’s wrong with the Poker After Dark lineups according to Bryn, and how excited he is to be on the show!
  • 33:26 – Is “Who’s in Debt to Bryn Kenney Week” coming to Poker After Dark?
  • 37:10 – What does the rest of 2018 look like for Bryn Kenney?
  • 40:35 – Remko recaps EPT Barcelona.
  • 42:35 – Brent and Remko talk fantasy football and the Poker Central auction draft!

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Aug 9, 2018

Business and dog owner, father, husband, World Series of Poker Player of the Year race leader and two-time bracelet winner, yes, Shaun Deeb is on this week's edition of the podcast!

Also on this show: Poker After Dark lineup teases that include all your favorite WSOP Main Event stars, a look back at Michael Mizrachi’s third $50k Poker Players Championship win, and the induction of John Hennigan and Mori Eskandani into the Poker Hall of Fame. 

  • 1:35 – Looking back on Mori Eskdani and John Hennigan being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Were they the right two players that got inducted in 2018?
  • 5:25 – How does Michael Mizrachi’s third $50,000 Poker Players Championship title rank among the biggest accomplishments in the history of poker?
  • 10:20 – Shaun Deeb joins the podcast to talk about his hot summer, grabbing the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race and winning two bracelets in the process.
  • 13:45 – Where does Shaun Deeb’s drive to put in massive volume in live tournament comes from, and how it took until his second bracelet win this summer to get into the green for the duration of his live tournament career.
  • 16:56 – Shaun Deeb’s thoughts on the best players that manager to balance between cash games and tournaments.
  • 18:35 – How to stays focused and keep pushing small edges during all the years in which Shaun wasn’t getting the big wins in live events?
  • 22:50 – Businessman Shaun Deeb, investing in real estate and opening a Firehouse Subs location on the East Coast.
  • 26:30 – Coaching Tony Miles during the final table of the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
  • 32:30 – Brent Hanks’ new segment: Hellmuth Heat!
  • 36:20 – Shaun Deeb hijacks the show and tells the story of an old t-shirt that his wife wears to this day saying “Shaun F*cking Deeb”!
  • 40:15 – Looking back on “Solve for Hollywood” week on Poker After Dark, and looking ahead at some juicy lineups featuring John Cynn and Tony Miles!

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Aug 8, 2018

He’s funny, he’s hairy, and knows a lot about poker! He’s Joe Stapleton, and this week’s on the Heads Up with Remko Podcast. The Poker Central Podcast Network is sponsored by Check out for more information on this subscription-based anti-hair loss medication.

  • 2:50 – The start of the interview with Joe Stapleton.
  • 4:10 – Looking at Joe’s work at the 2018 World Series of Poker, being on the sidelines during a plethora of events, and how he can no longer party all night and work all day.
  • 6:33 – Joe Stapleton looks back on his first World Series of Poker in 2005 with Scott Huff at CardPlayer.
  • 8:00 – That time Joe Stapleton eating Phil Hellmuth’s leftovers, and gambling his way through a summer on little sleep.
  • 12:00 – The lack of fun in reporting, and pivoting to producing and hosting videos.
  • 14:30 – The start of podcasts in poker, Scott Huff, Mike Matusow, PokerWire and the start of PokerRoad and PokerRoad Radio.
  • 17:30 – Stories from Joe’s time at PokerRoad, and whether or not it could’ve been more successful.
  • 20:45 – Remko tells the story of interviewing Phil Ivey after he won his 10th career bracelet.
  • 25:40 – Joe Stapleton’s Phil Ivey story, parting in Monte Carlo, Daniel Negreanu getting slapped in the face and wheeling him to his room after a drunk night out before the Super High Roller event.
  • 33:45 – The many jobs Stapes has had and is doing in poker.
  • 37:54 – How Joe Stapleton got his start on the European Poker Tour, hosting and commentating on the biggest tournament series outside of North America.
  • 43:30 – Joe Stapleton’s role as funny guy and poker expert and getting into legal trouble in the UK!
  • 49:40 – How Stapleton creates his jokes and gets his material, and what works and doesn’t work on TV.
  • 55:20 – How to deal with criticism, and what to do about the trolls and haters?
  • 57:50 – How much room is there to be funny during a serious poker event when the money is big and the pressure is on, and what are some of Stapleton’s worst moments on TV?
  • 1:03:05 – Joe Stapleton’s stand-up comedy aspirations and performing all over the world? 

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Jul 13, 2018

On this podcast, interviews with the final six players and the departed, Antoine Labat, Artem Metalidi and Alex Lynskey. 

  • 1:05 – An interview with Aram Zobian before the start of play.
  • 5:40 – The interview with Antoine Labat after busting out in ninth place for $1,000,000.
  • 12:50 – Artem Metaldi speaks to the media after busting in eighth place for $1,250,000.
  • 15:25 – Alex Lynskey speaks to the media after getting eliminated in seventh place for $1,500,000.
  • 18:29 – 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada talks about his prospects heading into the second day of final table play.
  • 20:50 – Nic Manion talks about his first day at the final table, losing chips but remaining confident.
  • 22:35 – Tony Miles talks about enjoying the final table action and living in the moment.
  • 26:10 – John Cynn analyzes his chances to win and talks about the first day at the final table.
  • 29:33 – Chip leader Michael Dyer shares his thoughts on the first day at the final table and getting down to six players.
  • 30:31 – Looking ahead at the action that’s still to come on Friday and Saturday night.

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Jun 27, 2018

Eric ‘Basebaldy’ Baldwin is one of the most consistent and dedicated poker pros out there, and last week he won his second career gold bracelet. Baldwin joins the show to talk about his family life, the passing of his father, the ups and downs of being a pro, and why the average skill level in live poker is heavily overstated.

  • 2:18 – What sticks out to Eric Baldwin about winning his second career WSOP bracelet, and Brent Hanks missing his best friend’s wedding.
  • 5:50 – Reliving Baldwin’s bracelet win, how it compares to other wins and how it fits into his career as a professional?
  • 9:25 – Baldwin wanted to square up a $10,000 fantasy sports debt, and somehow turned it into a six-figure win? How did he pull that off?
  • 11:48 – The California Story: Brent Hanks and Eric Baldwin road-tripping their way into a big score and lots of drinks.
  • 14:50 – Degen stories from Brent Hanks and Eric Baldwin.
  • 21:55 – Is Remko going to party with Post Malone?
  • 27:50 – High stakes fantasy sports!
  • 34:45 – Eric Baldwin’s professional approach, risk-averse style and how that’s changing.
  • 44:45 – The family life, and how he combines it with professional poker.
  • 48:56 – The lowest point of Baldwin’s career, how to grow past it and how the memory of his father lives on, and how he came up in the game and how he parents supported him throughout of it.
  • 57:00 – Is the growth of the average skill in poker overstated, and how much value is there still in being a live-poker grinder?
  • 1:04:50 – The style of play that makes Eric Baldwin into a top player that has consistently won for many years.
  • 1:09:15 – Paying attention at the table, picking up on little things, and how every player sees every situation differently, making poker the most fascinating games in the world.
  • 1:13:45 – Using and absorbing the information gathered in live events, and how even the best online players struggle to adjust to the live game.

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May 17, 2018

This is the second and final part of Heads Up with Remko featuring Patrik Antonius. On the first part, Antonius talked about how he discovered the game and quickly became one of the best in the world.

From 2000 through 2006, Antonius arguably played the most hands of poker of anyone on the planet and became a legend among poker fans with appearances on High Stakes Poker, Poker After Dark and many other TV shows.

This week on the show:

  • 2:31 – The clash with Sammy Farha on High Stakes Poker, and other memories of the most famous televised cash game of all time.
  • 6:30 – Comparing Poker After Dark to High Stakes Poker, and why Patrik always did very well in televised games.
  • 9:16 – The younger pros joining the biggest games at the heyday of poker: Tom Dwan, Phil Galfond and Viktor Blom.
  • 11:45 – The peak of online poker, did Patrik think it was going to last and how does he look back on that era?
  • 16:39 – What were Patrik’s swings like in live and online poker?
  • 19:20 – What makes Patrik the proudest, when looking back on his career as a poker pro to date?
  • 21:50 – What are the most important factors and characteristics needed to be an elite poker player?
  • 25:01 – The best players Patrik has ever played against, and why he’s fine admitting having been outplayed many times.
  • 27:40 – The positive things in poker what drew Patrik back into the game, and what made him want to be more involved in the game after a few very quiet years.
  • 34:47 – Patrik’s ideal televised game to expose the game to a main stream audience.
  • 37:45 – Is the game of poker entertaining enough on its own to make it grow, or are there other things needed to pull in a new audience?
  • 41:00 – What will 2018 look like for Patrik?

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Apr 11, 2018

This week on the Poker Central Podcast: 

  • 1:20 – Poker Central announced a PokerGO WSOP Main Event sweepstakes! Win your way into the $10,000 tournament, and all you have to do is click this link and sign up for a chance to win.
  • 4:30 – All the details of the announcement of the PokerGO Studio, to be opened in May with Poker After Dark followed by the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 13:29 – The interview with the VP of Content at Poker Central, Sam Simmons, on the PokerGO Studio announcement.
  • 32:35 – Super High Roller Bowl China is now on PokerGO! Here’s all you need to know about these broadcasts that are available with commentary by Ali Nejad and Jeremy Ausmus, featuring players such as Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Fedor Holz and Bryn Kenney.
  • 37:25 – The Return of Patrik Antonius, focusing on his public profile on Instagram, playing all the big events and cashing for more than $4 million in the last couple of months.
  • 44:15 – The Heartland Poker Tour at the Westgate Casino in Las Vegas “discounted buy-in” controversy.
  • 55:40 – Running through the payouts of the highly successful partypoker LIVE Barcelona Grand Final, and how Andreas Eiler is all of a sudden among the most successful German pros. Is he drinking the blood of Steffen Sontheimer? Is Fedor Holz controlling his body? The speculations run rampant.

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Feb 20, 2018

Brent Hanks is joined by Remko Rinkema in the Las Vegas office, as the two preview all American Poker Awards, which are to be awarded this Thursday in Los Angeles. Also on this show: The insanity that is Viktor Blom, and the crazy Poker After Dark action for last week, and a look at this week's lineup.

  • 3:00 - The American Poker Awards! Starting with the Breakout Player of the Year, and the Papazian vs Papazyan confusion. 
  • 7:00 - The Tournament Performance of the Year: Should the WSOP Main Event be excluded from this award?
  • 10:40 - The Moment of the Year, and why Tom Dwan on Poker After Dark is the only eligible one!
  • 16:30 - The smaller tournament series in America, and which one is our favorite.
  • 18:19 - Poker journalist of the year!
  • 22:18 - Broadcaster of the Year, and how Brent Hanks will claim the title this year!
  • 25:55 - Poker media content of the year, and why picking between the emotions of the stories in this categories is near impossible. 
  • 29:10 - Video blogger of the year: What's a vlog? 
  • 31:10 - Poker Streamer of the Year: The Jason Somerville of the Year Award.
  • 33:35 - Industry Person of the Year: The need for new names and faces to get recognition. 
  • 37:01 - Poker's Biggest Influencer: A call for Cary Katz to get his due. 
  • 39:40 - The biggest award of the year! Poker Podcast of the Year: Why and how are we nominated, and do we have any chance to win?
  • 46:45 - Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom is a legend, and he proved it again by winning a million bucks in the partypoker Millions at King's Casino. And, how will Brent Hanks get him onto Poker After Dark?
  • 57:11 - Poker After Dark: Dead Money and Talk The Talk. Looking back on the week that was, and the week that's coming up. Matt Berkey lost a bunch, Garrett Adelstein did G-Man things, and how the upcoming lineup might need extra security at the table!

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Jan 31, 2018

The US Poker Open is set to start on Thursday, with live action on PokerGO commencing on Friday afternoon. This week the podcast previews the action, and much more!

  • 4:30 – NBC Sports and Poker Central expand and extend broadcasting partnership, as the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters and US Poker Open will now be broadcasted through 2020 on this marquee US sports channel. What does this mean for the exposure poker gets, and what does it say about the appetite in the USA for the game?
  • 11:15 – Comparing poker broadcasts from the era during which the game first got mainstream attention versus the current-day offerings of live and on-demand poker action.
  • 17:00 – Previewing the US Poker Open! What numbers will the events get? Who’s doing commentary? What about the mixed games?
  • 21:34 – Daniel Negreanu offered a must-win $50,000 bet to all takers for the US Poker Open, but he upped the ante for Phil Hellmuth, offering him up to $250,000 of money to be bet on himself for the win. Which bets will go down? Find out in this segment.
  • 25:33 – The US Poker Open fantasy draft! Brent, Will and Remko pick their five-player teams from players they think are likely to put in a big grind in Las Vegas. Join in on the fun by letting us know which players you think are going to crush! Send your team to
  • 34:14 – Finally! Recapping the PokerStars Carribean Adventure during which Cary Katz, Bryn Kenney, Adrian Mateos (Are you even a real person?), Maria Lampropoulos, Steve O’Dwyer, Jason Koon and Chris Kruk made headlines in the big events.
  • 58:08 – The Aussie Millions hosts its biggest Main Event ever, and what does that tell us about the WSOP Main Event?
  • 1:02:10 – More on the “value of team pros” for online poker sites, PokerStars letting go of ElkY and partypoker signing Philipp Gruissem.
  • 1:08:50 – It’s all nonsense from here on out!

Join the guys in their fantasy draft - with an autographed hat by all US Poker Open champions for the winner, by selecting your five-player team. Pick one player from each of the rounds the guys drafted in, and send your team to before 3pm PT/6pm ET or midnight CET on Thursday.

Pick one player from each of the following five rounds of the draft.

Round 1: Bryn Kenney, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Negreanu
Round 2: Phil Hellmuth, Brian Rast, Nick Schulman
Round 3: Justin Bonomo, Adrian Mateos, Isaac Haxton
Round 4: David Peters, Jason Koon, Tom Marchese
Round 5: Rainer Kempe, Benjamin Pollak, Cary Katz

Nov 17, 2017

This week on Heads Up with Remko, Germany's hottest player Steffen Sontheimer tells the story of his crazy year and the path that lead to his success.

  • 3:04 - Start of the interview
  • 5:40 - How does Steffen's family follow along and view his life in poker?
  • 8:05 - How does the general public in Germany feel about poker, and do they know their fellow countrymen are crushing the game?
  • 14:00 - Career longevity and the life of a live pro.
  • 16:20 - Transitioning from online to live pro
  • 19:04 - Bankroll management, losing big and selling pieces for high roller tournaments
  • 25:30 - The best value high roller events of 2017, deciding on your ROI and markup and the impact of Bitcoin on the high roller scene
  • 36:25 - How many players worldwide would be +ev in the Super High Roller Bowl?
  • 41:05 - Steffen's views on Negreanu, Juanda, and Seidel
  • 47:00 - The Purple Jacket, the Poker Masters and the 2018 Big One for One Drop
  • 55:45 - The first generation of German poker superstars: Reinkemeier, Quoss and Gruissem.
  • 1:01:50 - The atmosphere in high roller events, and the problem with excessive tanking
  • 1:09:30 - Live tells in the game, and adjusting to being a live pro
  • 1:14:25 - Steffen weighs in on the Dominik Nitsche vs Bryn Kenney discussion on GTO vs exploitative play
  • 1:20:27 - Are recreational players getting scared to play big buy-in events because the pros are getting too good?
  • 1:23:30 - It's easier to become a top pro now than it was a few years ago.

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Aug 3, 2017

Scott Blumstein became a millionaire and household poker name overnight when he took down the 2017 WSOP Main Event for $8,150,000, and today he's on Heads Up with Remko to talk all about his life-changing win. 

Blumstein talked about all the big hands at the final table that brought him fame and fortune, going over the big bluff versus Dan Ott, the massive pot against John Hesp and the easily forgotten big call he made against Jack Sinclair on the final table bubble. 

The youngster from New Jersey also touched upon how life changing this money and poker fame might be, but that in the end of the day he'll maintain to be a "professional liver". 

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Jul 6, 2017

The 35th episode of the Poker Central Podcast is centered around the big announcement of the return of Poker After Dark! PokerGO brings back one of the most popular poker shows of the past decade, as its final episode was aired in 2011. The guys speculate on potential lineups and call out to the fans to make their suggestion using the #PokerCentralPod hashtag. 

With the Main Event of the WSOP just two days away, all content, times, locations and other ways to consume the biggest event in all of poker are being discussed, as PokerGO and ESPN will bring the most live coverage ever of the biggest poker tournament of the year. 

After almost a week-long podcasting break, we also recap all prior events and play interviews with Daniel Negreanu during the $50k, and Andres Korn, winner of the $5k that was streamed on PokerGO. 

Here are the other winners that are discussed on today's show, with a lot of international flair!

Event Winner Payout
 #65: $1,000 NLHE Turbo Shai Zurr $223,241
 #64: $1,500 NLHE/PLO Mix Sebastian Langrock $268,555
 #63: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Rulah Divine $262,501
 #61: $3,333 Online High Roller Thomas Cannuli $322,815
 #60: $888 Crazy Eights Alexandru Papazian $888,888
 #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix Jens Lakemeier $112,232
 #58: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Artur Rudziankov $395,918
 #57: $2,500 O8/Stud8 Mix Smith Sirisakorn $215,902
 #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Andres Korn $618,285
 #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Tom Koral $96,907
 #54: $10,000 PLO Championship Tommy Le $938,732
Jun 23, 2017

After a short hiatus, we recap no less than seven events from the 2017 World Series of Poker, beginning with the epic $5k 6-Max that streamed on PokerGO. The $10k 6-Max that's streaming on PokerGO today is also being previewed, with Kristen Bicknell chasing her third bracelet and Charlie Carrel in strong contention for his first.