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May 27, 2018

The Poker Central Podcast comes at you from Las Vegas as the Super High Roller Bowl is about to kick off, the World Series of Poker is just around the corner and the World Poker Tour is amidst a week of high stakes festivities!  

  • 2:35 – Super High Roller Bowl Day 1 kicks off today! Remko talks about the PokerGO Studio, and all the times and numbers you need to know before the action gets underway.
  • 4:36 – Analyzing the Super High Roller Bowl table draw featuring an epic clash between Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk and Fedor Holz along with Phil Helmuth squaring off against Steffen Sontheimer.
  • 9:04 – An interview with Mori Eskandani on the PokerGO Studio dream becoming reality for the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 12:58 – Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald joins the show to talk about the Poker Shares odds on the Super High Roller Bowl, with special attention for late entrants Phil Ivey and Steffen Sontheimer. Do they move the lines?
  • 17:08 – Mike McDonald talks about how Steffen Sontheimer and Phil Ivey moves the lines, and why Sontheimer has a far bigger impact than Ivey.
  • 20:03 – Some historic perspective on the value of Phil Ivey in high stakes tournaments provided by Mike McDonald.
  • 22:30 – A thought experiment: What would Steffen Sontheimer be worth in a 2007 Super High Roller tournament?
  • 23:58 – Comparing the value of Sontheimer and Ivey in the WSOP Main Event.
  • 27:31 – The epic week of World Poker Tour action featuring the Bobby Baldwin Classic, the Tournament of Champions and much more!
  • 28:45 – An interview with Matt Savage about the new eSports Arena, and a look ahead at the upcoming World Poker Tour season.
  • 35:29 – An interview with Donnie Peters about the eSports Arena and a recap of the exciting week of WPT action in Las Vegas.
  • 46:53 – An interview with WPT CEO Adam Pliska about the climate and the state of poker, and why it’s possible in 2018 for the eSports Arena at the Luxor and the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino.

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May 14, 2018

Brent Hanks, Will O'Connor and Remko Rinkema tackle the latest big news in poker including Gordon Vayo's PokerStars lawsuit, INSIDERS on PokerGO and the opening of the PokerGO Studio this week. 

The guest on the show today is Matt Berkey. The guys visit Berkey at this residence and talk about the status of his bankroll, why he's not playing the Super High Roller Bowl and whether or not he can prepare a nice serving of scrambled eggs. 

  • 1:30 – The Flop! Brent Hanks, Will O’Connor and Remko Rinkema reconnect before diving into the big topics of the week.
  • 4:05 – INSIDERS is now available on PokerGO. This PokerGO Original series follows Daniel Negreanu, Brandon Adams and Seth Davies on their quest for success in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 6:15 – What is the show like? What can viewers expect? Will O’Connor dives into it and compares it to Hard Knocks and All Access.
  • 8:50 – Is there franchise potential for INSIDERS, and running this show for the coming years and for more than just the Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 10:06 – What does Will prefer on this show? Old school legends, defending champions or rookies?
  • 12:44 – The PokerGO Studio is set to open with two nights of Poker After Dark action featuring Daniel Negrenau, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari and Maria Ho. Brent Hanks dives into the lineup and how it came together.
  • 16:58 – How the PokerGO Studio will draw all the big names to Las Vegas!
  • 22:45 – Gordon Vayo sues PokerStars over refusing to him out the $692k he won in the 2017 SCOOP.
  • 27:15 – How common is it for players to attempt to play on PokerStars from the USA, Brent Hanks shares some insights.
  • 34:50 – The Turn! Remko Rinkema dives into all the big results of the week, starting with Phil Ivey winning a 6-max Short Deck event in Montenegro.
  • 37:25 – The partypoker LIVE Montreal Millions wrap up.
  • 40:00 – An update of the GPI Player of the Year standings as Stephen Chidwick remains at the top, followed by an overview of all the online poker action, most notably the SCOOP and PowerFest results.
  • 44:00 – What to watch on PokerGO right now, a preview of the Heads Up with Remko podcast featuring Patrik Antonius and Reliving the 2012 WSOP Main Event with Jeremy Ausmus.
  • 48:20 – The River! Brent and Will traveled to Matt Berkey’s residence for a face-to-face interview with some revealing stories, and looks forward at appearing on Poker After Dark this week.
  • 54:15 – Is Matt Berkey broke? Why is he not playing the Super High Roller Bowl, and what went into the preparation when he did play in the last two years?
  • 1:03:40 – Matt Berkey prepared his famous scrambled eggs, and Brent and Will give it a shot!
  • 1:08:00 – For a shot of Siracha hot sauce, Brent, Will and Matt Berkey gamble it up to close out the show!

If you’re new to PokerGO, sign up right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action every year as well as an extensive on-demand library of content. This library includes the documentary series Dead Money, which follows Matt Berkey during the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl.

May 7, 2018

Welcome to the new and improved Poker Central Podcast! Dressed up in a different format, we present to you the flop, the turn, and the river. 

Each week Brent Hanks, Will O'Connor and Remko Rinkema break down the most important topics in poker, go over the biggest winners and bring a guest on the show to talk about their life and career.

  • 0:00 - Remko introduces the new podcast format.
  • 2:22 - The Flop: Starting with a breakdown of the action in the high stakes live-streamed cash game in Montreal put on by partypoker featuring Leon Tsoukernik and Aussie Matt Kirk. Are Kirk and Tsoukernik best friends again? Is the lawsuit still ongoing? The guys try to figure it out as pots worth hundreds of thousands of dollars exchanged hands.
  • 8:20 - Breaking down Phil Galfond's latest blog about his start-up poker client "Run it Once." Galfond told the world that his poker website will not allow for HUDs to be used, all play will be anonymous and we dive into what their "dynamic avatars" will do for the game. 
  • 15:09 - Maria Ho and Lupe Soto are inducted into the "Women in Poker Hall of Fame." We discuss Maria Ho's career and whether she'll be in line to make it into the other Hall of Fame as well, and Brent Hanks shares some breaking news on the upcoming Poker After Dark lineups.
  • 20:15 - The Turn: Remko breaks down the latest results from EPT Monte Carlo, Justin Bonomo's amazing run, and you get to listen to previews from podcasts we recorded with both Maria Ho and Jorryt van Hoof.
  • 32:11 - The River: Brent Hanks and Will O'Connor are joined by Tom Marchese to talk about a variety of topics. 
  • 35:35: - Brent Hanks offers a formal apologie to the entire country of Germany, followed by a deep dive into swapping, selling action and the potential of collusion and cheating in high roller tournaments. 
  • 58:20 - A game of word association with Tom Marchese!
  • 1:11:15 - A taste test, comparing Chik-Fil-A and Wendy's, after Allen Kessler took shots at Wendy's on Twitter. 

Looking for live and on-demand poker action? Make sure to subscribe right now to PokerGO and never miss another big event. The entire 2014 WSOP Main Event is now available on PokerGO, as well as a variety of high stakes cash game action including the Super High Roller Cash Game and all Poker After Dark seasons.

Music on the podcast is provided by our good friends Leroy Townes.

May 3, 2018

Dutch poker pro Jorryt van Hoof joins the podcast to talk about the run he made in the 2014 WSOP Main Event. Van Hoof relives some of the most important hands of his run, and focuses, on one hand, he calls "the worst hand he played in 15 years of being a poker pro."

  • 2:30 - The start of the interview: What has Jorryt been up to lately, and what does his life look like right now?
  • 5:09 - Going to the 2014 WSOP with the intention of just having a vacation, did that influence his state of mind when playing the Main Event, and how did going deep in the Main Event compare to his usual high stakes cash game grind?
  • 7:36 - Getting back into grinding after an extended break, and why cash games will always be his favorite. 
  • 9:36 - Looking back on the peak of his online poker career, his routine, how he became so successful and how he rates his own game versus the best players.
  • 16:12 - The 2014 WSOP Main Event. Looking back on it now, can he be satisfied with his third-place finish?
  • 19:57 - The start of the event, big moments from the early days and how he almost missed the tournament altogether! 
  • 22:25 - Why the WSOP Main Event is unlike any other tournament, and how Jorryt experienced the lights, cameras and buzz surrounding the event.
  • 24:15 - The massive coin flip between Jorryt van Hoof and Dan Smith with 20 players remaining in the Main Event: The strategy considerations that went into it, and the emotions during and after the hand.
  • 35:02 - Busting Andrei Zaichenko after flopping a straight versus his aces, how Jorryt kept track of everything else that was going on in the tournament with only two tables remaining and busting Eddy Sabat with the nut flush versus his jack-high flush.
  • 39:26 - Being the Main Event chip leader with 15 players remaining, dominating the bubble and using aggression to exploit the November Nine bubble.
  • 43:45 - What would've happened if the final table was played out in the summer as opposed to in November?
  • 46:33 - Working on his mental game with Jared Tendler, and improving his short-stacked tournament game. 
  • 49:19 - Jorryt's video game rating as a poker player.
  • 53:13 - The start of the WSOP Main Event final table.
  • 55:56 - Mark Newhouse gets eliminated in 9th place, bluffing off all his chips to William Tonking. 
  • 58:40 - The big bluff versus Andoni Larrabe, turning two pair into a bluff. 
  • 1:02:12 - The rush that started with the elimination of Dan Sindelar with ace-three of hearts versus pocket jacks followed by busting Andoni Larrabe.
  • 1:05:27 - Did Jorryt ever think he was going to win the WSOP Main Event?
  • 1:07:09 - Doubling up Felix Stephensen with pocket jacks versus ace-eight: The first crack in Van Hoof's armor.
  • 1:12:12 - Jorryt van Hoof's biggest regret, a painful memory of a hand that didn't even make it onto the broadcast. 
  • 1:20:02 - The final day: Martin Jacobson, Felix Stephensen and Jorryt van Hoof are guaranteed to take home at least $3.8 million and play for the $10 million first prize.
  • 1:26:20 - Doubling up Felix Stephensen with middle pair versus his second pair, turning the tables leading to Jorryt's elimination. 
  • 1:29:29 - Reliving Jorryt's elimination in third place, what happens in the moments after leaving the set, and how people still recognize him on the streets as the famous poker player that he is.
  • 1:35:53 - Did winning $3.8 million change Jorryt's life?

If you're new to PokerGO, subscribe right now and watch the entire 2014 WSOP Main Event unfold. Take $10 off the annual subscription by using the promo code REMKO and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action every year on top of an extensive on-demand library of cash games, tournaments and original content.

May 2, 2018

This week on Heads Up with Remko we talk to Maria Ho about her broadcasting career, staying at the top of her game and her induction into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. 

  • 2:40 - Maria Ho talks about doing commentary for EPT Monte Carlo, playing some side events and missing out on playing some big events due to her broadcasting role.
  • 6:16 - Maria's broadcasting game, how did she get good at it and what goes into interviewing and providing poker commentary.
  • 10:07 - The pressure of doing commentary on a big buy-in event, differing commentary styles and whether or not there's room for banter.
  • 12:45 - GTO. Triggered! How does Maria Ho approach studying and getting better at poker?
  • 16:45 - Is there a difference between the enjoyment of playing and studying poker when comparing the GTO-era with when Maria started playing poker?
  • 20:40 - How does the viewing experience change for a fan as poker becomes more and more GTO at the highest level?
  • 24:26 - What's Maria Ho's preferred game and format, and what does she feel is her video game poker rating?
  • 28:00 - What kind of goals and success do Maria chase, and when can we see her celebrate a WSOP bracelet or WPT title win?
  • 32:20 - Do Maria's poker results reflect her volume, study, and luck proportionally, and what was her worst bad beat or most painful tournament memory?
  • 41:26 - Maria's experiences on televised tournaments and cash games, most notably playing in a high stakes cash game session on Poker After Dark where she felt a serious adrenaline rush.
  • 49:40 - Maria on her induction into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. 
  • 55:45 - What are small improvements the poker community can focus on in order for the game to be more inviting for women?
  • 1:00:40 - Would a woman winning the WSOP Main Event make a big difference for poker's popularity among women?
  • 1:04:25 - Main Event Whisperer Maria Ho talks about his summer plans: Sideline reporting at the Super High Roller Bowl, playing on Poker After Dark in the PokerGO Studio, playing a full WSOP schedule and heading to Seattle for the Mobile Masters. 

Want to watch Maria Ho in action? On-demand episodes of her appearance on Poker After Dark are now available on PokerGO, as well as her upcoming appearances on Poker After Dark, and as a sideline reporter during the Super High Roller Bowl. Looking to learn more about Maria Ho? Subscribe now to PokerGO now and watch the Pokerography feature on her life and career. 

Apr 27, 2018

Twitch streamer, poker pro, vlogger, and #UltimateSweat winner Jaime Staples joins the podcast to talk about his crazy 2017, and the prop bet that will make his 2018 potentially ever crazier. 

  • 2:30 - Start of the interview with Jaime Staples, and why celebrating winning the #UltimateSweat for $150,000 didn't last all too long!
  • 3:55 - How did the #UltimateSweat come together: Betting $3,000 at 50:1 to win $150,000 for getting to within 1lbs of their body weight with Bill Perkins.
  • 6:15 - Talking through the first bet, how to approach it and what the plan was.
  • 8:28 - Completing the first year, losing a lot of weight and Jaime learned from this experience. 
  • 11:06 - The content aspect on YouTube, Twitch and Twitter during the Ultimate Sweat, and the weigh-in during Run it Up! Reno. 
  • 14:40 - The response from friends and family, during and after winning the prop bet that brought in $150,000 for Jaime and his brother Matt. 
  • 17:50 - The interest from Good Morning America, Barstool Sports and other mainstream media in the prop bet.
  • 19:55 - The communication with Bill Perkins, and how the second year of the #UltimateSweat came together, getting below 10% body fat.
  • 24:11 - What will 2018 look like for Jaime and Matt, and how will they achieve getting below 10% body fat?
  • 26:10 - Why prop betting is important to achieve big goals like this, and why it is totally fine to find motivation externally.
  • 29:10 - Is Jaime Staples still a poker player first?
  • 33:12 - The response from the Twitch community to his #UltimateSweat challenge, and how Jaime Staples got his start on Twitch. 
  • 38:20 - What are the most important factors for success on Twitch?
  • 44:30 - Setting goals as a poker player, studying and getting better as a pro. 
  • 48:00 - Vlogging and content plans during Year 2 of the Ultimate Sweat.
  • 50:11 - Jaime shares advice on how he improved his health, and what he recommends other people that want to get healthier. 
  • 53:25 - Aside from another year focussed on health, what are Jaime's other goals for 2018?

If you're new to PokerGO, please subscribe right now and use the promo code REMKO for $10 off the annual subscription. PokerGO offers more than 100 days of live poker action as well as an extensive on-demand library that includes all season of Poker After Dark, the World Series of Poker from 2017, 2016 and 2015, and all three editions of the Super High Roller Bowl.

Apr 25, 2018

As part of a series of special podcast episodes, we look back on the World Series of Poker Main Events from 2016 through 2011. The ESPN broadcasts of these years are being released on PokerGO, and you can watch 2016 and 2015 right now, with the earlier years to following in the coming weeks.

This week, we look back on 2015 with Daniel Negreanu in a special podcast that goes in-depth into some of the hands he played, the big moments and memories of that adrenaline-filled deep run. 

  • 2:38 - The start of the interview with Daniel Negreanu.
  • 4:45 - The fan support during his deep run in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, and the gravity of the moment. 
  • 6:30 - What was the bigger WSOP Main Event moment? Phil Ivey in 2003, Phil Ivey in 2009 or Daniel Negreanu in 2015?
  • 10:01 - Comparing the November Nine era, with its three-month final table build up, versus the live-streamed era with PokerGO and ESPN coverage of the WSOP Main Event.
  • 12:40 - The other time Daniel finished 11th in the WSOP Main Event, back in 2001. 
  • 15:01 - The hand that ended his tournament in the 2001 WSOP Main Event, the regret that came along with it, and tossing $60,000 into a garbage can.
  • 18:23 - The experience of being on the feature table during the 2015 WSOP Main Event for three consecutive days, and whether it was an advantage or disadvantage. 
  • 21:50 - The research and preparation before Day 7 of the 2015 WSOP Main Event, Daniel's playing style, GTO, hybrid and exploitative approaches.
  • 26:04 - Calling the clock on Upeshka da Silva in a massive hand against Fedor Holz at the feature table. 
  • 28:14 - Running through the action of the tournament after it got down to the final 18 players: Joe McKeehen, Justin Schwartz, Federico Butteroni and other thoughts on big hands that were played.
  • 37:47 - The crucial hand of Day 7: Justin Schwartz vs Joe McKeehen, set over set. 
  • 41:20 - Doubling up through McKeehen with 12 players left in the tournament, the emotions and adrenaline and hope of keeping the run alive.
  • 44:05 - The elimination in 11th place, the hand, all that came along with it, the fall to the ground, and dealing with the disappointment. 
  • 51:04 - The 2015 Main Event champion, Joe McKeehen, and the difference between his on-tv persona during the Main Event versus his social media presence and interviews. Does poker need heroes and villains? 
  • 54:40 - Does winning the WSOP Main Event come with a role as poker ambassador?
  • 58:25 - Is there an ideal winner of the WSOP Main Event for the growth of poker?
  • 1:01:43 - Daniel schedule for the 2018 World Series of Poker, his goals, intentions and content plans. 

If you're new to PokerGO, subscribe right now. Take $10 off if you use the promo code REMKO for the annual subscription. Subscribers get more than 100 days of live poker action every year, as well as an extensive on-demand library that now includes both the 2015 and 2016 World Series of Poker broadcasts. 

Apr 25, 2018

Will O'Connor, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema get you up to speed on the latest news in the world of poker including online poker being banned in China, interstate online poker being offered on WSOP.com, Muskan Sethi signing with PokerStars and both Steffen Sontheimer and Dominik Nitsche not making it into the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.

  • 1:03 - This week on the show.
  • 1:55 - The 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event episodes are being released on PokerGO this week. The guys discuss the big moments from this year's show that features a heavy dose of Daniel Negreanu, Joe McKeehen and Justin Schwartz.
  • 8:11 - The 2017 Poker Masters is now available on PokerGO. We look back on the highlights of the shows, what to watch for,  whether the Poker Masters of US Poker Open is more rewatchable, and a look ahead at the 2018 Poker Masters.
  • 11:57 - The ARIA Resort & Casino selections for the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl. Is Steffen Sontheimer the biggest snub? Who else should've been in?
  • 27:46 - The state of online poker in the USA, huds and hand histories not being allowed on interstate poker, and a look at the summer offering of WSOP.com.
  • 38:15 - Black Friday hits China as online poker is being banned. What kind of impact will this have on the poker economy?
  • 46:15 - Muskan Sethi signs with PokerStars as an ambassador for India. How will poker develop in India? What kind of potential are we looking forward to?
  • 50:15 - Recapping the World Poker Tour Amsterdam and World Poker Tour SHR Poker Showdown events that took place last week. 

If you're new to PokerGO, subscribe right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action on top of an extensive on-demand library that now also includes the 2016 and 2015 WSOP Main Event, and every Poker After Dark episode ever released. 

Apr 19, 2018

Nick Schulman is one of the most celebrated commentators in the game, winning an American Poker Award for broadcaster of the year, but ultimately he's still a top professional. A regular in Bobby's Room and a winner of two World Series of Poker bracelets, Schulman has a lot of stories and he tells them on this podcast.

  • 2:36 - Nick Schulman joins the show and talks about all the recent media attention he's been getting, and how it has changed his life a bit.
  • 6:05 - Getting into doing commentary: How did Nick Schulman get the job and become so good at it?
  • 11:15 - The importance of having something in life outside of poker, finding balance and being detached from the world.
  • 14:03 - Bobby's Room, is Nick Schulman a lifer?
  • 20:02 - Nick realized that his No Limit Hold'em game wasn't up to the highest standards anymore, through playing and doing commentary, and how he got back to the top.
  • 28:56 - Poker on TV: What's its status? Is it boring? What's its future? Does GTO negatively impact the future of poker?
  • 42:50 - Selling the dream of becoming a poker pro versus enjoying high-level poker as entertainment, and what it takes to be a top level player these days.
  • 58:27 - Nick Schulman quantifies his own skill if it were to be a video game.
  • 1:04:14 - Mixed games. What's its future? Does it have a place in televised poker? And some stories from Bobby's Room.
  • 1:11:40 - Nick shares his excitement for the PokerGO Studio and its endless potential. 
  • 1:17:38 - Nick's 2018 World Series of Poker, or perhaps we will only see him in Bobby's Room?

If you're new to PokerGO and want to enjoy over 100 days of live poker action, please subscribe right now using the promo code REMKO for $10 off the annual subscription. Watch the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl on-demand with commentary provided by Nick Schulman and Ali Nejad, as well as the upcoming 2018 Super High Roller Bowl starting on May 27th. Looking to reach out to the podcast? E-mail us at podcast@pokercentral.com.

Apr 18, 2018

On this special edition podcast, we talk to the sixth-place finisher in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, Kenny Hallaert. For the next six weeks, we will talk to one person from the WSOP Main Event going back to 2011, as all that coverage will be available for you to enjoy on PokerGO.

Hallaert takes us through the entire tournament and highlights the key moments that brought him to the November Nine. During the three-month break leading up to the final table, Hallaert received coaching from the likes of Fedor Holz and Steffen Sontheimer, as well as mental coaching from Jared Tendler. Despite having the best possible preparation, things didn't go Hallaert's way at the final table.

Looking back on his big run now, Hallaert remembers fondly the feeling of making the big run, and he shows a lot of appreciation for the process and preparation that lead him to become a far better player with plenty of results to show for in the years after this big result. 

If you have questions or recommendations for the podcast, please e-mail us on podcast@pokercentral.com. If you're new to PokerGO, please subscribe right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action and an extensive on-demand library. 

Apr 17, 2018

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast:

  • 3:00 - Brent Hanks brings us up to speed on his life as a father, and the joy of fishing, followed by a sports rant and shenanigans that actually belongs at the end of the show. 
  • 7:35 - The start of the real poker talk on this week's podcast.
  • 9:05 - PokerGO releases the World Series of Poker Main Event episodes from 2016 through 2011 in the coming weeks, and the guys share their excitement about being able to relive these episodes. WARNING: William Kassouf talk in this segment.
  • 16:25 - Will takes shots at poker players retiring, Brent grabs some green tea and we all agree that Harisson Gimbel didn't really have to announce his "retirement."
  • 19:23 - Remko's explanation on why he actually doesn't hate ambassadors of poker websites.
  • 26:18 - Do we think that PokerStars is taking note and paying attention to what partypoker is doing?
  • 36:15 - Celebrating the excitement of the partypoker LIVE Barcelona, going through all the results, Stephen Chidwick's insane continued results, Pascal LeFrancois' epic Main Event win and Jake Schindler's European breakout.
  • 47:58 - Erik Seidel and John Juanda lose big in a ticket reselling scam! Brent brings us the inside scoop. 
  • 56:25 - Running through the latest releases on PokerGO, and why you can't miss some of that stuff, followed by the Poker Central WSOP Main Event sweepstakes.

If you're new to PokerGO, subscribe right now and enjoy more than 100 days of live poker action on top of an extensive on-demand library that now also includes the 2016 WSOP Main Event, and every Poker After Dark episode ever released. 

Apr 6, 2018

Mori Eskandani is the driving force behind poker on TV, and the producer of shows such as High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark and he joins the podcast to talk about the launch of the PokerGO studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino. Mori dives into the importance of the studio, the shows that will be created, and he takes us on an epic journey through poker's history on TV.

  • 1:52 – The start of the interview with Mori Eskandani, and the announcement of the PokerGO studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino.
  • 4:48 – The PokerGO studio coming together, with the backing of Cary Katz and Bobby Baldwin.
  • 7:40 – The possibilities and potential the PokerGO studio brings along with it.
  • 9:44 – What goes into producing a poker broadcast such as World Series of Poker Main Event?
  • 15:02 – Mori’s team, and what happens behind the scenes at big poker events.
  • 18:24 – Comparing the World Series of Poker Main Event with the Super High Roller Bowl from a production point of view.
  • 21:28 – How high stakes televised cash games come together: The players, the stakes and the politics that go into it.
  • 21:40 – Mori’s passion for the game of poker, and why the game is still so intriguing after decades of playing and working in it and with it.
  • 29:45 – The story behind High Stakes Poker and how Johnny Chan losing a pot worth $700,000 turned into the show being created.
  • 42:42 – The future of high stakes cash games on TV, and reflecting on introducing new-age players to High Stakes Poker such as Tom Dwan and Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies.
  • 52:08 – The PokerGO coverage of the World Series of Poker, and why mixed games will be an integral part of the high stakes cash game action from the PokerGO studio.
  • 56:40 – Why the iconic Bobby’s Room game will be played in the PokerGO studio featuring all the big names.
  • 1:00:20 – The reception of the PokerGO studio by the high stakes players that Mori has spoken to.
  • 1:04:45 – The story of Henri Orenstein, and how he created the first ever poker table equipped with hole-card cameras for the sum of $600,000.
  • 1:11:33 – The legend of Chip Reese, and why he didn’t appear on the first season of High Stakes Poker.
  • 1:15:28 – Mori Eskandani’s life as a poker player, his results and his dream to one day win a World Series of Poker bracelet.
  • 1:17:25 – Who will carry the torch for the game of poker like Doyle Brunson once did, and many others after him?
  • 1:20:38 – How the size of the stakes in live televised cash games increase the stress for the production team, the biggest stakes Mori has ever seen, and how he left Sammy Farha’s buy-in for the cash game in a casino hallway.
  • 1:25:20 – A crazy story from Mori, playing a crazy hand of $1,500/$3,000 Seven Card Stud versus Larry Flint.
  • 1:27:27 – Sitting down for the first time playing $30/$60 at the Golden Nugget in the 80s, and seeing Chip Reese sit down at this table.
  • 1:29:18 – Mori’s excitement for all that’s to come in 2018.

If you're new to PokerGO, and you don't want to miss out on more than 100 days of live poker action as well as an extensive on-demand library of content, make sure to subscribe right now. Take $10 off by using the promo code REMKO when signing up for the annual subscription. 

Apr 3, 2018

Brent Hanks, Will O'Connor, and Remko Rinkema go through new content releases on PokerGO before being joined by the most consistent man in poker: Ari Engel. Recently Engel added another $315,000 score to his impressive poker resume, and he talks about his continued success and efforts to reach the top.

  • 2:35 - On the podcast this week: running through the topics. 
  • 3:30 - The release of the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl Cash Game featuring Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Doyle Brunson, Bobby Baldwin, Sam Trickett and many more stars of the game. Does it live up to the hype? Can these broadcasts compete with High Stakes Poker?
  • 10:15 - Analyzing the success of Ari Engel, his work ethic, discipline and never-ending grind. 
  • 16:45 - The interview with Ari Engel.
  • 21:25 - Ari Engel compares himself to Bryn Kenney. How do they differ? How far is Ari removed from playing in the Super High Rollers?
  • 26:28 - In line with others on the podcast, Ari Engel gives himself a video-game style rating and dives into how he studies the game.
  • 29:40 - A hot start in 2018 puts Ari Engel in 5th on the Player of the Year standings. Is he going to chase this crown? Why does he believe that he has no chance to win?
  • 34:45 - Ari Engel chases the all-time record for most total tournament results, but why?
  • 37:30 - What does Ari's schedule in 2018 look like?
  • 44:11 - Brent gives his thoughts on the ante big blind tournament changes, and why is it inevitable that this will be the norm worldwide?
  • 51:30 - Why are we still talking about Annie Duke? We did, however, talk about Annie Duke on this podcast. Be warned.
  • 59:30 - Run it Up Reno! Everyone's favorite low-limit poker series with the emphasis on having fun gets discussed, but why aren't there more series like this on the calendar?
  • 1:06:30 - Short news, including EPT Sochi, 2017 Super High Roller Bowl on PokerGO, PokerStars New Jersey announcing its SCOOP schedule with two Platinum Passes up for grabs. The guys close out with a reference to an article written by Lance Bradley on Garry Gates, who was on site during the tragic shooting in Las Vegas. Click this link to read the entire piece.

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Mar 29, 2018

Kristen Bicknell is one of the best tournament players in the world, and her recent success has put her name on the map for every poker fan. With two World Series of Poker bracelets and four consecutive years of reaching Supernova Elite under her belt, there's a lot to uncover on this week's Heads Up with Remko podcast. 

  • 2:30 - Start of the interview, from Kristen's Toronto apartment, and talking about her recent move and the crazy rollercoaster the last two years have been for her.
  • 6:30 - Going from grinding online poker, playing 24 tables, hitting Supernova Elite year after year, to transitioning to becoming a live tournament pro. 
  • 10:44 - Did online poker feel like a job versus the more free-flowing lifestyle of being a live tournament player, and getting into the nitty-gritty of Kristen's online grind, the numbers and stats.
  • 16:25 - Looking back on what her life was like while being a full-time online pro, chasing Supernova Elite for almost four years, and educating her friends and family on her poker life.
  • 20:44 - Discovering the game of poker, underground homegames in Ottawa at age 17, almost getting robbed while playing, and getting kicked out of a casino because of her fake ID.
  • 27:20 - Transitioning to online poker after discovering the game, going to Turning Stone at age 18 and playing with Tony Gregg and Greg Merson.
  • 33:30 - The Supernova Elite chase, becoming one of only two women to ever reach this epic status in online poker, and getting a lot more recognition for winning her WSOP bracelet as opposed to her Supernova Elite grind.  
  • 38:06 - Comparing the satisfaction of winning the WSOP bracelet versus becoming Supernova Elite.
  • 43:55 - Winning her second World Series of Poker bracelet, capping off a tough time in her life with lots of challenges. 
  • 48:00 - Being viewed and treated differently after winning her second WSOP bracelet, and valuing the Ladies Event bracelet much differently than her other achievements in poker. 
  • 54:01 - Ladies Events: Yes? No? Kristen shares her thoughts.
  • 59:55 - How should poker be marketed to pull more women into the game?
  • 1:03:05 - Chasing Vanessa Selbst on the all-time money list, and moving up the ranks as a tournament player.
  • 1:08:05 - Discussing her recent success in Macau, and being in contention for the 2018 Player of the Year honors.
  • 1:11:05 - Kristen's partypoker ambassadorship, her role, goals and representing a big brand. 
  • 1:14:10 - The 2018 schedule for Kristen and when will this year be successful in her eyes?

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Mar 27, 2018

Brent Hanks, Will O'Connor, and Remko Rinkema break down the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl lottery, Super High Roller Bowl China, "Whine and Cheese" on Poker After Dark and they break down the Staples weight loss bet before Matt Staples, Jaime Staples, and their personal trainer Mike Vacanti. 

  • 2:10 - The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl lottery: Analyzing the players that were picked, the name new names and speculating on who will get picked by ARIA to complete the field of 48. 
  • 9:55 - Going through the new names: John Andress, Nikita Bodyakovskiy, Kahle Burns, Arne Ruge, Andreas Eiler and Markus Durnegger. 
  • 13:35 - Why the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl field won't get expanded beyond its 48-player cap.
  • 21:14 - Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, and Patrik Antonius, will we see them in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl?
  • 24:01 - Looking back on the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl China, won by Justin Bonomo.
  • 32:40 - The payouts of the Super High Roller Bowl China event and its implications for poker's all-time money list as Bonomo jumps up to sixth place and Bryn Kenney is now in tenth.
  • 41:50 - Looking back on "Whine and Cheese" with Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. The latter was a bit quiet and tight, and Will breaks it down!
  • 49:55 - Breaking down the weight-loss bet between Jaime and Matt Staples versus Bill Perkins.
  • 1:00:00 - The interview with Matt Staples, Jaime Staples and their personal trainer Mike Vacanti in which they break down the entire bet and the process they went through in the last 365 days. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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. 

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