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Mar 5, 2019

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

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

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Feb 22, 2019

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

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

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Feb 17, 2019

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

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

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

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Jan 25, 2019

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

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

The January 25 Effing Five: 

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

The Week 3 Poker Central Power Rankings Top 10:

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

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Jan 17, 2019

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

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

The January 17 F*cking Five:

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

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Jan 9, 2019

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

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

The F*cking Five – January 9th Edition

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

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Jan 4, 2019

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

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

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Dec 21, 2018

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

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

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Dec 18, 2018

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

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

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Dec 15, 2018

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

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

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Dec 13, 2018

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

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

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Nov 21, 2018

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

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

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Oct 19, 2018

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

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

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Oct 11, 2018

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

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

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Oct 4, 2018

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

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

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Sep 28, 2018

Friday Night Poker host Jeff Platt joins the show to talk about his career as a broadcaster for the San Antonio Spurs and transitioning into poker. Brent Hanks is there as always to talk about the Friday Night Poker action, Poker After Dark, the future of Short Deck and whether or not re-entry tournaments should continue to exist!

  • 1:45 – NBA talk with Friday Night Poker host Jeff Platt, who previously covered the San Antonio Spurs on TV, and the story of his Greg Popovich interview.
  • 7:50 – Jeff Platt talks about the difference between covering the NBA and the high stakes poker scene.
  • 14:10 – Friday Night Poker! Looking back on the crazy hand between Matt Berkey and Mike Matusow from Week 1, and looking ahead at Week 2 with Bryn Kenney.
  • 20:55 – The fan interaction on Facebook Watch and how it makes watching poker more exciting with regards to Friday Night Poker.
  • 24:00 – “Big Three” week on Poker After Dark featuring Ryan Tosoc and Isaac Haxton! Brent, Jeff, Remko look back on the action.
  • 31:30 – Why is that the biggest names in the game such as Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are still the biggest names in the game? Will anyone ever overtake them as the biggest names?
  • 34:00 – What’s the future of Short Deck, will it grow? Will we see it at the World Series of Poker?
  • 39:00 – Real Talk: Are re-entries good or bad for the tournament poker economy?
  • 45:49 – Remko’s car is about to get towed. Yes, this is not a joke, and Brent and Jeff take over to talk about the variety of guests on Real Talk and Matt Berkey’s crazy career.
  • 54:26 – Remko rejoins the show and tells the story of his car almost being towed!

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Sep 19, 2018

This week on an action-packed edition of the Poker Central Podcast: Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by Ali Imsirovic and David Peters, they settle up for their Poker Masters fantasy prop bets, talk about the latest WOC Power Rankings, teasing Short Deck on Poker After Dark, Friday Night Poker on Facebook Watch, Real Talk on PokerGO and the drama between Cate Hall and Chad Power! 

  • 2:20 – Celebrating Ali Imsirovic’s Poker Masters win and Brent Hanks’ hype for a young American bursting onto the high roller scene, followed by a conversation with Ali.
  • 9:00 – Recapping the $100,000 Poker Masters Main Event won by David Peters. Are we giving Peters enough credit and respect for his crazy list of accomplishments?
  • 10:00 – David Peters joins the podcast to talk about his $100k Poker Masters win and missing out on the Purple Jacket by just 10 points.
  • 14:00 – Brent Hanks praises David Peters and explains how special his level of play and thinking is, and how different it is from other top pros.
  • 21:00 – The WOC Rankings! The Poker Central Podcast Power Rankings: Watchability – Overall Skill – Controversy.
  • 24:12 – Recapping the Poker Masters fantasy league battle between Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema, did #TeamRemko or #TeamBrent win?
  • 27:12 – Teasing the upcoming Poker After Dark action featuring Pot Limit Omaha, No Limit Hold’em and Short Deck!
  • 32:34 – Announcing Friday Night Poker on Facebook Watch, hosted by Jeff Platt, Brent Hanks, and Amanda Leatherman live from the PokerGO Studio every week!
  • 37:44 – “Real Talk” premieres on PokerGO today! Remko Rinkema hosts PokerGO’s newest original content in which the biggest topics of the day are discussed with the best players in the world.
  • 41:50 – DRAMA: Cate Hall vs Chad Power. Where do Remko and Brent side?
  • 48:50 – Did William Kassouf pocket some chips from the roulette table?

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Sep 17, 2018

The 2018 Poker Masters was dominated by Ali Imsirovic who took down back-to-back events to double his career tournament earnings to $2.4 million. 

  • 2:15 – Ali Imsirovic talks about what it was like winning the Purple Jacket after the elimination of Brandon Adams from the $100,000 Main Event.
  • 3:17 – Expectations coming into the series and thoughts on his edge versus the fields at the Poker Masters.
  • 5:05 – How did Ali Imsirovic get his start in poker, and how he used $60 he got from his father to fix his guitar to start his poker career.
  • 7:55 – How did Ali Imsirovic reach the top in poker and which players and tools did he learn the most from?
  • 12:12 – Ali Imsirovic gives advice on how young players in the USA can reach the top these days without an abundance of online poker to their disposal.
  • 17:05 – The work ethic needed for Ali to reach the top and stay there, and how important are leaderboards and Player of the Year lists for the young pro?
  • 21:00 – Telling his family about choosing poker and the road they traveled from Bosnia to the USA after the war uprooted their lives in the mid-90s.
  • 30:00 – Setting goals, confidence and continuing to perform at the highest level.
  • 34:10 – Which players has Ali been the most impressed with on the high roller scene?
  • 35:15 – How important is winning the Purple Jacket to Ali, and how excited is he to have a chance to play in the 2019 Super High Roller Bowl?
  • 39:27 – Ending things with some basketball talk, is Ali Imsirovic the Damian Lillard of poker?

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Sep 15, 2018

On this show: A recap of Ali Imsirovic's back-to-back Poker Masters win, his lead in the Purple Jacket standings and an interview with Seth Davies about his series and the crazy year he's been going through.

  • 3:47 – Recapping Event #6 of the 2018 Poker Masters as Ali Imsirovic went back-to-back to grab the Purple Jacket lead heading into the $100,000 Main Event.
  • 7:20 – Is Ali Imsirovic America’s next biggest poker star?
  • 8:48 – Ali Imsirovic joins the podcast to talk about his $799,000 score in Event #6 of the Poker Masters and his hopes of winning the Purple Jacket.
  • 12:45 – Seth Davies talks about his year, appearing on PokerGO’s INSIDERS series and becoming a bigger name in the game.
  • 18:48 – Taking a look at the $100,000 Poker Masters Main Event, the expectations for the final table and the best-case scenario for the ultimate Purple Jacket sweat.
  • 24:00 – Brent Hanks picks his two favorite Poker Masters final tables that you have to watch: The battles between Maurice Hawkins and Isaac Haxton and Ali Imsirovic versus Koray Aldemir.

Watch the Poker Masters action on PokerGO with commentary provided by Ali Nejad and Jeremy Ausmus daily through Sunday, September 16. Stay tuned to PokerCentral and PokerGO on Twitter for the latest information on the events, feature interviews, stories, and videos.

 

Sep 12, 2018

The Podcast returns with recaps of the latest two events and features interviews with Andrew Robl, Gabe Patgorski, Daniel Negreanu, Ali Nejad, Isaac Haxton, and Ali Imsirovic. 

  • 1:48 – Recapping Event #4, the $10,000 Short Deck event at the 2018 Poker Masters as Isaac Haxton defeated Maurice Hawkins heads up.
  • 6:25 – The interview with Short Deck champion Isaac Haxton.
  • 12:00 – Andrew Robl speaks about the excitement of Short Deck Poker, his experience in the game and the growth he foresees for this fast-paced game,
  • 15:50 – Daniel Negreanu breaks into the podcast and talks about his 2018 Poker Masters experience so far.
  • 18:55 – Gabe Patgorski hops on the show to talk about his experiences with Short Deck Poker and his gripes with live poker players in Las Vegas.
  • 24:55 – Before the start of play at the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em final table, we spoke to Ben Yu about his regular appearances at the highest stakes.
  • 37:55 – Ali Imsirovic wins the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Poker Masters event for the biggest and proudest result of his career.
  • 42:25 – A look at the updated standings of the Poker Masters Purple Jacket leaderboard!

Watch the Poker Masters action on PokerGO with commentary provided by Ali Nejad and Jeremy Ausmus daily through Sunday, September 16. Stay tuned to PokerCentral and PokerGO on Twitter for the latest information on the events, feature interviews, stories, and videos.

Sep 11, 2018

The Poker Masters is in full swing and Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by no less than five players on this podcast!  

  • 1:30 – Recapping the first two events of the Poker Masters as David Peters and Brandon Adams took down the $10,000 NLHE and $25,000 NLHE.
  • 8:12 – Remko and Brent talk Short Deck, and are joined by Gabe Patgorski on the podcast to talk with one of the regulars in the highest stakes Macau games.
  • 17:03 – 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe joins the show to talk about learning the Short Deck Poker rules overnight before playing in his first ever tournament.
  • 22:45 – Jason Koon joins the podcast to talk about his love for Short Deck Poker and what makes this game so exciting.
  • 28:50 – Brandon Adams joins the show to talk about his hot start to the Poker Masters and his thoughts on Short Deck Poker as a format for both tournaments and cash games.
  • 36:55 – Remko and Brent recap the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event won by Keith Lehr and jump into the current standings of the Poker Masters Purple Jacket race.
  • 43:20 – Keith Lehr joins the show to talk about his Poker Masters Pot Limit Omaha win.

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Aug 30, 2018

 

On an episode filled to the brim with shenanigans, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema once again attempt to entertain and educate you on all that’s going on in the world of poker! This week they are joined by Jeremy Ausmus, Ali Nejad and Randall Emmett from the PokerGO Studio. 

  • 2:52 – The EPT Barcelona action so far! Mikita Badziakouski keeps crushing and wins the €100k, Benjamin Pollak takes down the €50k and Michael Soyza wins another tournament to continue his crazy 2018.
  • 10:54 – Recapping “Under the Gun” Week on Poker After Dark! What does Brent have to say about Randall Emmett being featured a lot, and the “lack” of serious poker according to the Twitter trolls, and the epic Phil Hellmuth hand versus Jean-Robert Bellande.
  • 15:48 – Jeremy Ausmus joins the podcast as Brent Hanks talks to him about his recent big score in Florida, Norm Macdonald playing on Poker After Dark, and his thoughts and takes on the growing problem of semi-private cash games in the high limit Las Vegas scene.
  • 32:50 – Randall Emmett joins the show to talk to Brent Hanks about his recurring Poker After Dark appearances and love for the game.
  • 39:10 – Brent Hanks and Ali Nejad dive into a crazy conversation about “Under the Gun” week being the most exciting Poker After Dark lineup in the history of televised poker, Nejad’s love for watermelon juice, Brent’s worries about pollution and the well-being of turtles and Ali Nejad’s hate for paper straws.
  • 54:00 – Previewing the Poker Masters, Nick Schulman on the commentary, Brent’s three top picks to watch, and whether or not Steffen Sontheimer will wear his Purple Jacket!?

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Aug 17, 2018

This week on the show, we cover the latest poker news including the recent DDoS attacks that targeted sites such as PokerStars and partypoker, we recap the big-time action down in Florida at the brand new Seminole Hardrock events space, and we look back on the Poker After Dark action from the PokerGO Studio as well as looking forward at what’s to come next week. 

Oh, and Justin Bonomo is on the show. It’s another great one, enjoy!

  • 1:25 – Today on the show.
  • 2:02 – Online poker sites getting DDoS’d, what’s going on? Brent tries to understand the whole thing.
  • 5:45 – Recapping the Seminole Hard Rock Series. Brent Hanks gives his takes on the “Big 4” format of showing four final tables simultaneously.
  • 8:30 – Brandon Eisen wins the Championship $5k by beating Jeremy Ausmus heads up. Why can’t Jeremy Ausmus close out events? Brent and Remko speculate on Ausmus’ lack of first places!
  • 11:50 – The crazy year of Alex Foxen! Now third on the 2018 POY race, Foxen records his fifth outright win of 2018, take note Ausmus!
  • 15:10 – An angry Brent Hanks rants about Justin Bonomo not being No. 1 on the overall GPI standings and 2018 Player of the Year race.
  • 17:38 – Jake Schindler wins the $25k High Roller in Florida that drew 123 entries for $800k. What does this mean for the upcoming Poker Masters? Brent speculates on the field sizes.
  • 22:40 – The life and times of Elio Fox: Five wins since the beginning of June, collecting millions in the process! Take note Ausmus!
  • 26:10 – The interview with Justin Bonomo, the current No.1 on poker’s all-time money list and the winner of the three biggest high roller events of the year.
  • 36:30 – Burning Man with Bonomo! Justin tells a bunch of crazy stories and talks about the inner workings of this crazy desert festival-esque experience!
  • 55:45 – What does the rest of the year look like for Justin Bonomo? Does he have any goals left to chase after?
  • 58:32 – Brent reaches a state of meditation after learning more about Burning Man, is he giving up his normal life to live in the desert?
  • 1:00:42 – Looking back on the Rise and Grind Poker After Dark sessions highlighted by Farah Galfond, John Cynn, and Michael Mizrachi.
  • 1:04:41 – Previewing next week on PokerGO: Masters of the Main on Poker After Dark featuring Scott Blumstein, John Cynn, Scott Vener, Kelly Minkin, Tony Miles, and Randall Emmett.

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Aug 2, 2018

The 2018 WSOP Main Event champion joins the Poker Central Podcast to talk about how his life changed after winning the biggest tournament of the year! 

  • 0:40 – Brent Hanks’ rodent problem and recovering from the WSOP.
  • 1:58 – The return of Poker After Dark with Matt Berkey and Garrett Adelstein.
  • 4:57 – Hand Histories is now available on PokerGO, Remko and Brent share their thoughts on the six hands that were featured with Daniel Negreanu, Joseph Cheong, Matt Affleck, Jeremy Ausmus, Brian Rast, and Bryan Piccioli.
  • 7:50 – Recapping the 2018 WSOP Main Event: Joe Cada’s insane run, our love for Kelly Minkin, John Cynn’s run, Michael Dyer's cereal and the emotions of Tony Miles.
  • 14:00 – The interview with 2018 WSOP Main Event champion John Cynn.
  • 17:00 – What’s it like to be the winner of the biggest poker tournament in the world and the fame that comes along with it, John Cynn describes.
  • 20:19 – John Cynn looks back on finishing 11th in 2016, and why that experience didn’t come with any regrets or pain.
  • 27:05 – Setting the record straight on how John’s last name is pronounced, and how his win is viewed by his Korea friends and family.
  • 30:55 – John Cynn on making his debut on Poker After Dark on PokerGO, and potentially playing in the Poker Masters.
  • 36:24 – Did John Cynn party at all after winning the WSOP Main Event? He tells the story.
  • 40:25 – The comradery with Tony Miles, the frustrations during the heads up and the coldness John experienced with Tony in the heat of the moment with all the money on the line.
  • 47:05 – Brent and Remko speculate on Tony Miles vs John Cynn.
  • 50:30 – Brent Hanks talks about his new role during Poker After Dark broadcasts. 

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Jul 25, 2018

During the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, Chief Digital Officer JR McCabe sat down with Remko Rinkema to talk about everything you ever wanted to know about PokerGO, the live streaming, the ESPN deal, Super High Roller Bowl and how the PokerGO Studio was created.

  • 3:03 – The start of the interview with JR McCabe, his World Series of Poker excitement, doing a job he loves, seeing it all come together in Las Vegas, seeing the growth potential of the game and what goes into it on the production side.
  • 5:55 – Seeing the World Series of Poker through the eye of JR McCabe, someone who comes from the finance and marketing world, and whether or not the increased numbers in the WSOP Main Event over the last two years can be attributed to PokerGO and ESPN live coverage.
  • 9:08 – The birth of the idea of PokerGO, and the goals and vision behind the platform.
  • 14:38 – Looking back on the five months leading up to the launch of PokerGO prior to the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl and World Series of Poker.
  • 17:00 – How PokerGO got a seat at the table to bring in the World Series of Poker.
  • 19:00 – The end of the November Nine era, broadcasting the WSOP Main Event live on ESPN and PokerGO in the summer, and bringing in mainstream sponsors to poker.
  • 25:30 – Creating the WSOP Main Event product for ESPN in combination with live broadcasts in the summer and the NBC Sports hours of Poker Masters, U.S. Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 30:25 – Creating new events such as the Poker Masters and U.S. Poker Open.
  • 33:25 – Jr McCabe speaks on interacting with the top players in poker, dealing with criticism from fans and players and helping to bring an understanding of PokerGO looking to expand the game of poker and the number of hours that are being streamed live and shown on TV.
  • 40:10 – The idea and realization of the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino.
  • 47:25 – How the PokerGO Studio will be utilized aside from the marquee poker events and the creation of original content.
  • 52:06 – JR McCabe’s favorite pieces of original programming on PokerGO and looking ahead at what’s to come.
  • 55:45 – The New York connection, JR McCabe speaks on his sports fandom, adopting the Las Vegas Golden Knights and diving back into the beginnings of his professional career.
  • 1:01:40 – Lessons JR McCabe has learned from years of working in the content business that he can transfer to the world of poker.
  • 1:04:16 – Moving from a big global brand to the poker industry to build something brand new.
  • 1:06:15 – Live sports and poker on TV in the era in which TV subscribership is going down.
  • 1:08:00 – Speaking on panels, talking to non-poker people about the game, sponsorships, commercial opportunities and the subscription model.
  • 1:11:45 – How important are marquee poker players for the success of live streams and poker on TV?

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