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Mar 21, 2018

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

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

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

Mar 16, 2018

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

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

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Mar 14, 2018

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

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

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

Mar 9, 2018

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

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

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

Mar 6, 2018

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

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

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Mar 2, 2018

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

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

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

Feb 26, 2018

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

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

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

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Feb 15, 2018

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

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

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Feb 7, 2018

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

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

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Feb 3, 2018

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

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

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

Jan 24, 2018

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

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

The U.S. Poker Open is live exclusively on PokerGO, starting on Friday February 2nd at 4pm ET. Find the full U.S. Poker Open schedule here. Sign up for PokerGO now using the promo code REMKO for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Jan 5, 2018

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

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

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Jan 4, 2018

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

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

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

Dec 28, 2017

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

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

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


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

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Dec 20, 2017

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

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

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Dec 15, 2017

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

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

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


Dec 13, 2017

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

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

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Nov 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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 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!

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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. 

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