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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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Jul 15, 2018

On the final podcast of the 2018 WSOP Main Event a winner is crowned in the biggest tournament of the year. John Cynn took home the $8.8 million first prize and will go down in history as the winner of the longest heads-up in Main Event history.

  • Opening the show are Remko Rinkema and Lance Bradley, previewing the action and diving into the narratives of the Final 3, but not before briefly looking back on the previous night in which 2009 Main Event champ Joe Cada was eliminated.
  • 14:42 – An interview with the most colorful character from the 2017 WSOP Main Event, John Hesp.
  • 22:19 – Michael Dyer speaks after getting eliminated in third place for $3,750,000.
  • 26: 02 – After a grueling 10-hour heads-up match, Tony Miles speaks about winning $5 million and the sour taste of missing out on the title.
  • 31:09 – The champ speaks! John Cynn talks about the emotions of winning the WSOP Main Event and collecting $8.8 million.

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Jul 14, 2018

On this short podcast, a recap of Day 9 of the WSOP Main Event and interviews with Aram Zobian, Nic Manion, Tony Miles and John Cynn. 

  • 1:22 – Interview with 6th-place finisher Aram Zobian.
  • 10:35 – Interview with 4th-place finisher Nic Manion.
  • 14:00 – Interview with Main Event chip leader Tony Miles at the end of the night.
  • 17:40 – Interview with John Cynn, second in chips heading into the final night of play.

Tune in for live action at 9:00 pm ET on ESPN for the conclusion of the 2018 WSOP Main Event! Watch it all unfold on PokerGO if you are located in a non-ESPN or non-ESPN affiliated region. Subscribe right now.

Jul 12, 2018

The final table is set! The final nine players are guaranteed $1,000,000 and on this podcast, you will hear everything you need to know in order to get ready for the action on ESPN and PokerGO. 

  • Diving right in with a recap of the action at the start of Day 7, we go through all eliminations up to the point where Eric Froehlich busted out holding queens versus the kings of Alex Lynskey.
  • 3:47 – The elimination of Erich Froehlich and an interview with Alex Lynskey after grabbing the chip lead because of that hand.
  • 9:50 – PocketFives Editor-in-Chief Lance Bradley shares his thoughts on the insanity of Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event and what storylines to look for.
  • 17:01 – With 12 players remaining, we spoke to Artem Metalidi from Ukraine who was full of confidence on his position in the tournament.
  • 27:01 – After reaching the Final 9, we spoke to chip leader Nicholas Manion who won one of the most epic hands in Main Event history with aces versus the kings of both Antoine Labat and Yuegi Zhu.
  • 30:32 – Second in chips, but dominant all day, Michael Dyer talks about his position at the table and the thoughts of winning the Main Event.
  • 33:23 – The emotional story of Tony Miles, currently third in chips after overcoming a battle with addiction.
  • 37:47 – An interview with John Cynn, 11th-place finisher in 2016 and now in strong contention for a multi-million dollar score in the 2018 Main Event.
  • 42:04 – Despite a short stack, Artem Metalidi thinks he’s only one double up away from being the favorite to win this whole thing.
  • 43:58 – Previewing the rest of the final table and giving you all the insights on how to watch and follow three days of WSOP Main Event coverage on ESPN and PokerGO.

Enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action on PokerGO every single year, so subscribe right now. Watch the WSOP Main Event final table live on ESPN starting at 9:00 pm ET on Thursday, July 12th, and in non-ESPN and non-ESPN affiliated regions the action will be available on PokerGO.

Jul 11, 2018

On this podcast, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema recap the action, as well as interviews with Joe Cada, Kelly Minkin, Brian Yoon, Martijn Gerrits and Sylvain Loosli.

  • The show starts with some good old analysis from Brent Hanks on some of the most exciting hands of Day 6 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
  • 27:10 – Joe Cada goes for his second WSOP Main Event title, and here’s what he had to say about those prospects.
  • 36:39 – The start of the recap of Day 6: Big stacks, eliminations and much more.
  • 38:05 – An interview with Kelly Minkin after being eliminated from the tournament in 50th
  • 42:06 – Brian Yoon made Day 6 of the WSOP Main Event for the third time, but fell short once again. Here’s what he had to say.
  • 48:50 – Dutchman Martijn Gerrits takes a great stack into Day 7 and he looked ahead at what’s still to come.
  • 52:40 – Frenchman Sylvain Loosli looks to improve on his fourth-place finish in the 2013 WSOP Main Event, taking a little shy of the average to Day 7.

Don’t miss a minute of Day 7 coverage of the WSOP Main Event on Wednesday starting at 3:30pm ET on PokerGO until midnight ET, followed by the grand finale on ESPN2 at midnight until the final table is set!

 

Jul 10, 2018

On the 100th episode of the podcast, we have extended interviews with Joe Stapleton, Brent Hanks and Main Event conders Kelly Minkin, Cliff Josephy, Shannon Shorr, Frederik Jensen and Bary Lybaert. 

  • To start off the show, Joe Stapleton joins the fun to talk about his role on the ESPN broadcast, good and bad jokes, trolls and tinder tips.
  • 37:21 – Brent Hanks joins the show to talk about his 2018 WSOP Main Event and much more.
  • 57:01 – When she had the chip lead early on Day 5, we spoke to Kelly Minkin about the gravity of the moment.
  • 1:00:00 – Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema talk about how big it would be if a woman were to make the final table, and other big storylines.
  • 1:04:59 – Cliff Josephy, still in contention at this point, talks about how great the experience was in 2016 when he finished third and how much fun he’s having this year.
  • 1:10:15 – An interview with chip leader Bart Lybaert on the final break of Day 5.
  • 1:14:31 – Recapping the day that ended with a power outage, setting up the players for an extremely long Day 6.
  • 1:15:53 – An interview with Shannon Shorr at the end of the night.
  • 1:19:20 – Recapping the Day 5 action with a look at all the big stacks in contention and an interview with Danish pro Frederik Jensen.
  • 1:24:00 – Expectations and predictions for Day 6 of the Main Event.

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Jul 9, 2018

On today’s show, interviews with Brian Altman about his great run and busting Phil Ivey in a hand many considered a blow-up, Scott Vener about finding the game of poker and the meaning of his deep run, James Obst about getting his mind and body right in the biggest spot of the year, Chino Rheem about getting another chance at winning and Antonio Esfandiari about making friends and having fun.

  • Starting the show with a rundown of notable eliminations and big action from Day 4 of the Main Event.
  • 2:46 – Brian Altman bagged up one of the biggest stacks on Day 4, in part due to knocking out Phil Ivey on the feature table. Altman tells the story of the hand and the excitement of this event.
  • 8:47 – More eliminations on Day 4, followed by an interview featuring Scott Vener, making a deep run in the Main Event for the first time.
  • 15:33 – His volatile style has him jumping all over the leaderboard, but when Chino Rheem has chips it’s always fun to watch. Rheem talks briefly about why he tends to perform very well in the Main Event.
  • 19:00 – Talking to James Obst, as the Aussie pro reflects back on his 13th-place run in the 2016 Main Event and how he’s feeling about his chances this year.
  • 25:20 – Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari had a day filled with swings and talked about his style of play and the various opponents he’s facing so far.
  • 27:11 – The big stacks and big storylines to end Day 4, and what to look forward to on Day 5!

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Jul 4, 2018

PocketFives Editor-in-Chief Lance Bradley joins the Poker Central Podcast on Day 1B of the WSOP Main Event to recap both Day 1A and 1B. Also on this show: Interviews with PokerGO sweepstakes winner Seth Weintraub, Ali Nejad, Jack Effel and Kenny Hallaert.

  • 0:35 – Going back in time with Lance Bradley, who wore the same shirt for a year straight, winning a prop bet versus Antonio Esfandiari.
  • 4:47 – Looking back on Day 1A with Lance Bradley: Chip leaders, early eliminations and big storylines from the first day of the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
  • 13:30 – The story of how NBA star Dwight Howard bought an enormous mansion in Lance Bradley’s neighborhood, and whether it’s important for the Main Event to have big names to make the final days.
  • 18:50 – The amazing stories, people and players in the WSOP Main Event.
  • 24:45 – An interview with PokerGO Sweepstakes winner Seth Weintraub, playing his first ever WSOP Main Event.
  • 30:00 – Lance and Remko talk about playing at the World Series of Poker. Will they ever make it into this event?
  • 35:00 – Strong numbers for Day 1B and high hopes for day 1C, is this year going to be bigger than 2017?
  • 42:00 – Kenny Hallaert busted the 2018 WSOP Main Event early on Day 1A, where did it go wrong? We spoke to the Belgian pro who made the November Nine in 2016.
  • 56:00 – There are bracelet events ongoing during the WSOP Main Event? How do we feel about that?
  • 58:00 – Lance Bradley’s first visit to the WSOP Main Event in 2005, the sponsorship craze, and the start of the November Nine.
  • 1:10:00 – The big man behind the World Series of Poker, Jack Effel, speaks about his excitement for Day 1B and 1C.
  • 1:17:10 – A conversation with Ali Nejad, one of the lead commentators for the ESPN and PokerGO WSOP Main Event coverage.
  • 1:25:45 – Lance Bradley talks about the book he released earlier this summer titled ‘The Pursuit of Poker Success’.

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Jun 30, 2018

Frank Op de Woerd and Poker Central's own Remko Rinkema traveled the international poker circuit together for many years, and today they dive into the memory bank for some good stories before previewing the 2018 WSOP Main Event. 

  • 0:55 - PokerNews' Head of Content Frank Op de Woerd looks back on the 2018 WSOP up until this point.
  • 02:51 - Frank sets the story straight on a wild night of partying in 2009, a story previously told by Remko on a previous episode.
  • 04:09 - Frank's favorite memories of Las Vegas and looking back on his early years at the World Series of Poker starting in 2008.
  • 07:43 - Frank tells a story of losing his phone, and finding it the next day at the food court in The Palms, as well as losing his phone, wallet, and passport right before having to fly back to the Netherlands. 
  • 11:39 - Frank's first WSOP in 2008, and the memories of visiting Vegas as a massive poker fan. 
  • 15:30 - Las Vegas tips from Frank. 
  • 20:00 - Live reporting, the tricks of the trade and why certain mistakes are hard to avoid. 
  • 22:50 - The first years of reporting on the WSOP, and how things have changed over time. 
  • 27:33 - Main Event memories.
  • 30:35 - Looking back on the November Nine era and the change to live action in the summer until a winner is crowned. 
  • 35:40 - Storylines such as John Hesp in the Main Event, do true poker fans prefer this over high-level play?
  • 37:50 - Heroes and villains in the WSOP Main Event. 
  • 40:25 - Frank's predictions for the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
  • 44:25 - The future prospects for the WSOP with casinos in Las Vegas offering more and more big events in the summer.
  • 46:20 - Frank's thoughts on the future of the game of poker.

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Jun 19, 2018

Poker Hall of Fame member and winner of 10 WSOP bracelets, Doyle Brunson, recently announced his retirement from poker. On this podcast, you can listen to his peers and friends discussing whether this is the last we’ve seen of Texas Dolly, and how he should be remembered. 

  • Starting with an introduction, this podcast is fully focused on Doyle Brunson’s last ever event at the World Series of Poker.
  • 2:55 – Painting the picture of Doyle’s final two days inside the Amazon Room, competing for his eleventh WSOP bracelet, and an introduction to the players interviewed for this show.
  • 6:09 – The interview with Doyle Brunson that sparked a flurry of articles on his retirement. Read the Poker Central article right here.
  • 12:21 – Phil Ivey speaks on the iconic status of Doyle Brunson in the game of poker.
  • 14:05 – Poker agent Brian Ballsbaugh speaks on a standing lunch he has with Doyle and Jack Binion, as well as talking on the phone with his wife Louise.
  • 16:03 – Head of the production at PokerGO, and a poker legend in his own right, Mori Eskandani, speaks on meeting Doyle for the very first time in Lake Tahoe, and the gravity of the moment as Doyle was on his way to make the final table in the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw event.
  • 19:36 – Paul Volpe and Dario Sammartino, two young and very successful players, spoke on the unique experience of playing against Doyle in his last ever WSOP event.
  • 22:28 – At the end of Day 2 of the tournament, Brian Rast spoke on playing against Doyle in Bobby’s Room, and the sad reality of Doyle also departing from the high stakes cash games at the end of the summer.
  • 26:36 – Another conversation with Doyle about playing on the final day of the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw tournament, and the responses he’s gotten since announcing his retirement.
  • 29:37 – Phil Galfond talks about playing against Doyle Brunson in high stakes mixed games, and how good he must’ve been in his heyday.
  • 31:44 – Brian Rast wins the final tournament at the WSOP Doyle Brunson entered, and he speaks on the importance of this moment, Doyle’s legacy and the respect he has for his game and his person.
  • 37:06 – Long-time friend and rival, Eli Elezra, talks about playing with Doyle in the biggest cash games in the world, playing Chinese poker against him, and whether or not he believes that he will actually retire.
  • 43:04 – Poker Hall of Fame member Mike Sexton talks about betting big with Doyle on the golf course, his legendary status, and not believing that this is the last we’ve seen of the Godfather of Poker.

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Jun 15, 2018

One of Barstool Sport’s finest degenerates is joining the show, as Remko Rinkema and Brent Hanks get the best stories out of Smitty. The podcast is also excited to announce a new sponsor, Keeps.com! Check them out on Keeps.com/PokerGO.

  • 3:48 - Smitty’s debut in the Las Vegas mixed game scene, winning all the money, and a recap of the rest of his night featuring Scott Blumstein.
  • 07:55 – The unsuccessful World Series of Poker event played by Smitty on this short Las Vegas Smitty trip.
  • 9:48 – Brent Hanks: Joe McKeehen is a young Phil Hellmuth.
  • 10:14 – The Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl win; Smitty explains where the Philly attitude and chip on their shoulder comes from.
  • 12:48 – Why does Smitty hate New York City, including some seedy stories.
  • 13:08 – Diving into the Barstool brand, why Brent’s a big fan, why it’s been so successful, and looking back on the 2017 WSOP Main Event drama with El Prez and Nate.
  • 22:08 – Smitty’s best Las Vegas story, winning $70,000 in an online poker tournament and taking a big trip with his friends.
  • 25:56 – Remko dives into the archives and tells his most painful Las Vegas story from 2009.
  • 35:18 – Does Brent Hanks have a good Las Vegas story?
  • 37:18 – Smitty gives us his perfect night out in Philadelphia, and a variety of sports betting advice.
  • 40:05 – The boxing match between Smitty and the 20 Dollar Chef, and how he was supposed to fight Barstool Nate while on his knees.
  • 44:05 – Poker players owing money: Should they be outed more often to prevent future problems?
  • 47:30 – The Gambling Olympics. What is it? What’s going on?
  • 52:08 – How Smitty was once was turned down to become a video editor for porn.
  • 53:35 – Smitty’s most viral story on Barstool, which oddly enough was the story of his poker career and a massive upswing.
  • 58:05 – How Brent Hanks turned down being backed by Erick Lindgren.

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Jun 13, 2018

Remko and Brent link up for some podcast magic from the Amazon Room, jumping on some fancy new equipment to deliver you all the latest from the 2018 World Series of Poker.  

  • 1:30 – Brent Hanks reviews his play over the last few weeks: Two cashes but down about $10,000 to this point!
  • 4:22 – An extensive update of the GO Barstool GO $25k fantasy team, and some cheating from Brent Hanks who’s rooting for Jon Turner for his own personal benefit in the $500 ODB Fantasy League.
  • 12:05 – Getting ready for the Milly Maker final table featuring Joe McKeehen, Justin Liberto, Barny Boatman and Sam Razavi.
  • 16:10 – The legend, Doyle Brunson, played his last event at the World Series of Poker. We look back on the day, and share some memories of Doyle.
  • 20:40 – Is Brian Rast on his way to the Poker Hall of Fame after winning his fourth WSOP bracelet?
  • 24:05 – A Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey story from Brent, and the excitement of being in the middle of the action at the World Series of Poker.
  • 37:45 – Money talks. Memories of Black Friday and selling Full Tilt Poker funds to stay in the game.
  • 42:00 – The $10k HORSE on PokerGO has a stacked field and many more players than last year. Brent and Remko analyze the field and praise the play of Brian Rast.
  • 46:30 – Barstool talk: Smitty is in town, where is Nate? Brent hangs out with PFT and shows him around town.

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