For the better part of a decade, 27-year old Germany's Dominik Nitsche has been among the world's best tournament players.
Let that sink in.
Just barely 18 years old back in 2009, Nitsche won a huge Latin American Poker Tour event followed by his first World Series of Poker bracelet and World Poker Tour title at age 21.
On this week's Head Up with Remko Podcast, Nitsche talks in-depth about his rise to the top, and his dedication to stay there.
With $7 million in live tournament earnings Nitsche is near the top of Germany's all-time money list, and he explains how studying the game, learning how to use solvers and using a GTO approach has helped him to stay ahead of the curve.
If you want to get caught up with what the Germans are up to these days, and how they perceive the rest of the high roller scene, well then you can't miss this podcast. Lastly, find out why Nitsche thinks that everyone in the high roller events across the world will play "like robots" as early as 2019.
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This week on the Poker Central Podcast the guys ask themselves three big questions:
So, while you mull over your own answers to those questions, let us remind you of the following:
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There's no doubt about 2017 being the year of Bryn Kenney. The New York native leads in nearly every statistical category and is making a run at becoming the all-time money earner without a cash larger than $2,000,000, which has not been done before in the modern history of the game.
On this podcast Kenney opens up about making some bad decisions that lead him to being broke in late 2016, and the spectacular way in which he managed to turn things around.
Starting in November of 2016, Kenney went on a run of a lifetime of which the end doesn't seem to be in sight just yet. In the last 12 months Kenney has cashed for $8.7 million, $7.3 of which was recorded in this calendar year.
Kenney also leads the 2017 POY standings, and overall GPI standings, and with still nearly three months of poker left to be played it looks as though he has both of those places locked up.
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Brandon Adams has been in poker for a very long time, but this is his first podcast appearance in which he tells his life story.
Adams recently resurfaced for the observing poker fan, winning a High Roller event in Florida, followed by Event #4 of the Poker Masters in Las Vegas. Adams, however, was never gone from the poker scene as he never missed a summer in Las Vegas.
With cash games being the primary focus of the Harvard graduate and teacher, Adams spent the majority of his years playing out of the spotlights making the stories of big games in Las Vegas that much more compelling.
On this podcast, Adams opens up about the biggest games he played with the likes of Bobby Baldwin, Kenny Tran, Brian Townsend, a heads-up challenge versus Sammy Farha, underground games at Harvard, prop betting with Patrik Antonius, Daily Fantasy Sports, and the countless other things that keep his mind busy.
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The Poker Masters concluded last week with Steffen Sontheimer as the start of the show, winning two events and making no less than four official final tables.
(3:50) - Poker Masters
Interviews on this show will be played featuring Brandon Adams (28:20), winner of Event #4, and Sontheimer (41:36) himself after he won the $100k Championship event, claiming the Purple Jacket and a total of $2.7 million.
Brent, Will and Remko then review the Poker Masters as a whole and discuss the following big topics. Make sure to chime in by giving us your thoughts using #PokerCentralPod on Twitter or e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
(59:00) Poker After Dark
And then, of course, there is this week's exciting Poker After Dark lineup! Tom Dwan joins the likes of Phil Galfond, Brandon Adams, Ben Lamb, Brian Rast and Isaac Haxton to battle it out for three straight nights.
The guys share hot takes on the upcoming action, who the best player of the bunch might be, and whether we can expect some juicy table talk.
The name of the game is Pot Limit Omaha, and with a $100,000 minimum buy-in and $300/$600 binds this show will be a feast for poker fans. Don't miss any of the action, as it kicks off at 5:00pm PT/8:00 pm ET on Tuesday, September 26.
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On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast, we recap the action from the Event #2 final table, won by Steffen Sontheimer.
Sontheimer is now the overall Purple Jacket leader, edging out Nick Schulman who took down the first event. Sontheimer beat Fedor Holz heads up, as the Germans were once again very well represented at the final table.
On this show, you can listen to interviews with Sontheimer, Holz and both Koray Aldemir and Bryn Kenney who are in a neck and neck race for the 2017 Player of the Year title.
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Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates is the featured name on this week's Poker After Dark shows, which are live and exclusively available on PokerGO.
The shows start at 5pm PT/8pm ET, but don't worry if you can't make it! Within 24 hours of the show finishing, full replays and recaps will be available on PokerGO. Sign up for PokerGO using the promo code 'remko' for $10 off the annual subscription.
With Cates on the show we discuss the poker apps that players are playing on, largely based out of China, the high stakes climate in Macau, some 6+ Hold'em talk, and of course a small update on the Durrrr Challenge. All of that a much more on this week's Heads Up with Remko!
This week on Heads Up with Remko: Joey Ingram, podcaster extraordinaire, poker pro and now the host of Major Wager on PokerGO.
Major Wager is the latest PokerGO exclusive to launch on September 5th. The show is a reality prop betting show featuring Samantha Abernathy, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast and Jeff Gross. Sign up now for PokerGO, and take off $10 from the annual subscription by using the promo code "remko".
In this podcast, we get into Ingram's experience filming Major Wager in Las Vegas, and what went on during the shooting of the show! Ingram also gets into his own personal prop betting, which has brought him to write a book - available on Amazon - and is now teaching him how to swim.
We also touch upon the return of Tom Dwan on Poker After Dark, the legend that is 'Durrrrr' and whether his aura will ever wear off if he's staying in the public eye.
Last but not least, we discuss the high stakes poker landscape, online poker in the United States, and his own future.
Another three exciting episodes of Poker After Dark are in the books, Phil Hellmuth is the 'King of the Hill' and Barcelona made a lot of players a lot of money! All of this and much more on this week's episode of Poker After Dark.
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Poker After Dark - Voices Carry
In the first winner-take-all Sit and Go of the return of Poker After Dark it was clear that Mike Matusow had to be a part of it. Matusow was a feature in the early years of the show as one of the most talkative and confrontational players, but he met his match on PokerGO battling with William Kassouf.
Kassouf talked everyone's ear off, that of Jean-Robert Bellande in particular. Matt Berkey, however, wasn't phased as he owned the night by taking home $150,000. Rewatch this entire episode by clicking the link.
On the second night of play, one of the toughest lineup in the show's history was assembled as more than $75 million in career live tournament earnings collided. Ben Lamb came out on top, defeating Nick Schulman, Jason Koon, Brian Rast, Scott Seiver, and Matt Berkey. Rewatch the entire show here.
The third and final night of $25k SNG action was one for the ages with plenty of tequila shots being taken, banter being had and top notch all-in clashes. Hollywood producer Randall Emmett drove the action, while poker's power couple Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov got tangled up, all while Jason Koon, Greg Mueller and Eric Worre looked for ways to chip up. Rewatch that entire show right here.
Phil Hellmuth - King of the Hill
On Poker Night in America, Phil Hellmuth went to town versus Daniel Cates in this four player $50,000 winner-take-all heads-up battle. Cates quickly busted Frank Kassela, while Hellmuth took care of heads-up specialist Doug Polk before meeting in the final. The boys on the show have some hot takes on Hellmuth's play, but even more so a fold made by Jungleman.
PokerStars Championship Barcelona
And then there was a ton of action in Barcelona! We review all the big winner including Ronny Kaiser, Sebastian Sorensson, Stephen Chidwick, Sander van Wesemael and Pedro Caiat. Oh, and both Bryn Kenney and Benjamin Pollak are now even richer.
To cap off the show, Brent Hanks gives some fantasy football hot takes, and we go over the Mayweather vs McGregor fight that played out last Saturday.
On this week's episode of Heads Up with Remko, Jean-Robert Bellande joins the show to talk about everything high stakes.
Last week, Bellande appeared on the return of Poker After Dark alongside Tom Dwan, Andrew Robl, Lauren Roberts, Bill Klein, Aussie Matt, Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari. We spoke with Bellande about his play on the shows, the stakes, and the crazy straddles.
Bellande also opened up about some of the highest stakes he's ever seen, and the biggest pot he's ever played. Oh, and that big pot turned out to be for his entire net worth with aces versus kings with $3.2 million in the middle.
Get caught up with the Poker After Dark action so far on PokerGO, as all the shows are available in the archive, or tune in live on Thursday, August 24th to watch Jason Koon give it another shot versus Igor Kurganov, Liv Boeree, Greg Mueller, Hollywood producer Randall Emmett and Eric Worre.
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Poker After Dark is back on PokerGO, and Brent, Will, and Remko are back for the 50th episode of the Poker Central Podcast! First off, a big thank you to all listeners for sticking with us! Secondly, let's get into this week's action.
On this podcast, the lineups of this week's Poker After Dark action are being discussed. The following players will participate in the action this week, which are all $25,000 winner-take-all Sit & Gos.
|Mike Matusow||Jason Koon||Igor Kurganov|
|William Kassouf||Scott Seiver||Liv Boeree|
|Jean-Robert Bellande||Brian Rast||David Williams|
|David Williams||Matt Berkey||Bruce Buffer|
|Matt Berkey||Nick Schulman||Jason Koon|
|Nick Schulman||Ben Lamb||Randall Emmett|
The guys also briefly look back on the insanity that took place last week, with the Aussie Matt vs Tom Dwan night of cash games capping off three days of blistering poker action.
Last but not least, we touch upon all the tournament that played out in Florida, with winning roles for podcast favorites Nick Schulman and Mike Leah.
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This week on the Poker Central Podcast it's time for all the Poker After Dark and Tom Dwan talk that you can handle!
Poker After Dark had its glorious return on Monday night with a $200/$400 cash game that quickly got out of hand. Tom Dwan, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Bill Klein, Lauren Roberts and Jean-Robert Bellande all bought in for way more than the $100,000 minimum, culminating in the hand of the night between Esfandiari and Dwan. Dwan's aces held up in a $700,000 pot between him and Esfandiari, leaving fans and players gasping for air.
On the second night of play, it was once again Dwan who dealt out the biggest blow. This time it was JRB who took the beating, running set over set into Dwan for a pot of $565,000.
All in all, plenty of action to discuss on the podcast, and you can watch all the action and more exclusively on PokerGO.
All Poker After Dark episodes are available as archived episodes within 24 hours of the end of the broadcast, and you can use the promo code "remko" for $10 the annual subscription. Poker After Dark is live at 5pm PST/8pm ET on Wednesday August 17th, and then against on Tuesday August 22nd.
During the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event we spoke to one of poker's well-known poker coaches Jared Tendler, and he sat down with us to talk about the mental game of poker.
Tendler started out as a mental coach for professional golfers, moving to poker after learning about the game and its intricacies through meeting Dusty Schmidt, an avid golfer and even more successful poker player.
Over the years Tendler has coached many poker players, most notably Jorryt van Hoof during this 2014 WSOP Main Event run that culminated in a third place finish. With Tendler we dive back into that experience, and how writing books about his experience have helped him become a better coach.
Welcome to the glorious return of Will OC on the Poker Central Podcast, and together with Brent Hanks and your host Remko Rinkema, this week's show gets out of hand rather quickly.
Among the more serious topics being discussed, with plenty of hot takes to go around, you can expect to hear about the following:
And we dive into some new PokerGO programming announcements and storylines that you might have not heard before!
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This week on the Poker Central Podcast: Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth discuss the return of Poker After Dark on PokerGO.
Negreanu and Hellmuth - two of the most colorful characters to appear on Poker After Dark - dive back into their memory bank about the old shows, but also look forward at what's to come. Poker After Dark returns on Monday, August 14, live on PokerGO.
Also on the show, Brent Hanks discusses the return of Brent Hanks on the Poker Central Podcast. After more than two months, Hanks makes his first appearance to talk about his excitement for Poker After Dark, his own World Series of Poker success and lack there of and sweating his good friend Bryan Piccioli in the Main Event.
Piccioli's story is one that goes far beyond poker, as a tragic accident left his dead a quadriplegic last summer. The Buffalo News wrote a big feature story about his father and how he watched his son play, and you can read that piece right here.
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Welcome to the return of Heads Up with Remko, this week featuring one of the most successful poker pros of the last 10 years: Jonathan Little.
Jonathan Little is featured on PokerGO with his very own Pokerography, in which the story of the man with two WPT titles is told from baby beauty pageants through Magic the Gathering to becoming one of the biggest winners in live tournaments.
Playing the game is not the only way Little makes his living, as he's also a renowned poker author and coach. On this podcast, you can hear all about the process of creating his books and the road to his personal success in both poker and family life.
Subscribe now to PokerGO and receive $10 off the annual subscription by using the promo code 'remko' to get more than 100 days of live poker every year. Watch Pokerographies on the best players in the world, the Super High Roller Bowl and classic Poker After Dark episodes in anticipation of the new season starting on August 14.
The 2017 World Series of Poker is a wrap! Scott Blumstein is the Main Event champion and he'll add $8,150,000 to his poker resume, on top of an amazing shiny bracelet and life-long fame in the game of poker.
On this podcast we run through the entire final table from start to finish, from Ben Lamb to the deuce on the river that took away Dan Ott's chances of making an epic comeback.
The podcast will now return to its weekly slot, with releases early in the week. If you haven't yet subscribed, please do so by search "poker central" on your favorite podcasting app. 'Heads Up with Remko' will return this week as well, with plenty of exciting guests lined up.
After a two-day hiatus to sleep, recover and get amped up for the WSOP Main Event final table, the Poker Central Podcast is back with a big preview show!
Aside from the WSOP Main Event, we are also hyped up about the Poker Masters, Poker After Dark and global streaming on PokerGO of said Main Event in non-ESPN regions.
To read along while listening, here is the final table line up in seat order:
|John Hesp||United Kingdom||85,700,000||107|
|Scott Blumstein||United States||97,250,000||122|
|Jack Sinclair||United Kingdom||20,200,000||25|
|Ben Lamb||United States||18,050,000||23|
|Bryan Piccioli||United States||33,800,000||42|
|Dan Ott||United States||26,475,000||33|
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The World Series of Poker Main Event is down to just 85 players, and we spoke to no less than seven players still in the event.
Charlie Carrel headlined the PokerGO stream, and we spoke to him about the joy of going deep in the Main Event. Unfortunately, shortly after recording the podcast, Carrel was eliminated in 88th place cashing for $72,514. Just two more players hit the rail before the night ended, and the following players that joined us on the podcast bagged up chips.
Scott Blumstein 6,845,000
Bryan Piccioli 5,400,000
Dario Sammartino - 2,858,000
Marcel Luske 2,290,000
Martin Finger 890,000
Blumstein, playing in this first WSOP Main Event, had a tough day with Ben Lamb on his left for most of it, but in the end, he bagged up a top stack. Piccioli started the 2016 Main Event on Day 5 with the chip lead, and this year he flew under the radar a bit more and managed to bag up a big stack after Day 5. With 85 players remaining he's only one spot removed from improving on last year's finish.
Sammartino battled all day with Kenny Hallaert, and both players managed to make it through the day. Luske had a day filled with swing, ultimately securing himself the third best Main Event finish after finishing 14th in 2003 and 10th in the 2004 Main Event.
Last but not least, EPT champ Martin Finger bagged up a very short stack but he's still not out of it heading into Day 6.
Tomorrow the action will play down to just 27 players, and a lot of that action will be live on PokerGO. The action starts on ESPN at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET and switches over to PokerGO at 3:00pm PT/6:00pm ET/midnight CET.
On this action-packed show, no less than nine guests join us, as we take you through Day 4 of the World Series of Poker Main Event.
The day started with 1,084 players, and in the end, just 297 put chips in the bag for Day 5. Sofia Lovgren, Danielle 'dmoongirl' Andersen, Felipe Ramos, and Vivian Saliba all joined us on the podcast, but unfortunately, they did not manage to make it into Day 5.
The players that kept their runs going include Mickey Craft, Ben Lamb, Michael Ruane, Marcel Lukse and Jake Balsiger and they all talked about their tournament so far on the podcast.
The podcast returns tomorrow night, as the tournament gets down to double digits, and the final table starts getting to within arms reach. The PokerGO coverage of the final table continues at 1:00 pm PST/4:00pm ET/10:00pm CET.
Daniel Negreanu was one of the last players to get knocked out on Day 2c, and we spoke to him for a lengthy wrap-up of his summer. Negreanu talks about what he called "his strongest summer ever" and the close calls in big bracelet events.
Joe Hachem played on the PokerGO feature table, and he talked about returning to Las Vegas and the memories of winning the Main Event back in 2005. Hachem also has praise for the new streaming and ESPN broadcasting of the Main Event, and he's in strong support of playing out the event in July.
Other guests on the show include Chino Rheem, Jason Koon and Kenny Hallaert.
Tune in for more PokerGO live streaming of the Main Event at 11:30 pm PST/2:30 pm ET/8:30 pm CET. The PokerGO pre-show on the Poker Central Facebook page starts at 10:30am PST, with all the latest on the Main Event.
Day 2c of the World Series of Poker has concluded, and Barstool Nate is among the players returning for Day 3. Nate bagged up 255,300 chips, putting him in a great position to make the money in his first ever Main Event appearance.
The same can't be said for his buddy, Smitty. In the last level of the day, Smitty got knocked out after an entire day of hanging around 90,000 chips.
Both Joseph Cheong and Cliff Josephy know what it feels like to finish third in the WSOP Main Event, and they were matched up on the secondary feature table today. Both gentlemen made it through to Day 3 and we spoke to them in the early goings of the event.
John Smith finished second in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship in back-to-back years, and currently, he's chasing his first Main Event cash. Smith's full of confidence, and we spoke to him as well.
The action continues on PokerGO on Thursday at 11:30am PST/2:30pm ET/8:30pm CET.
On the 39th episode of the Poker Central Podcast, it's time to talk poker with 3-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour.
On Day 2a/b of the Main Event, 2,219 players returned to the tables and only 1,023 managed to make it through to Day 3. The biggest stacks belong to Mickey Craft (608,100) and Lawrence Bayley (618,000).
Seymour bagged up 102,000, while defending champion Qui Nguyen was knocked out. We also spoke to Nguyen on the show, about his return to the place where his epic run started last year.
Economics PHD student Andrew Barber joins the show to talk about the economics of the Main Event and the lower markups for action being lower than they have been in previous years.
Last but certainly not least, Army vet Tim Burt joins the show to talk about his quest for a fourth straight WSOP Main Event cash, and his history of playing online poker while being on active duty in Iraq.
The World Series of Poker Main Event had its third and final starting day today, attracting a staggering field of 4,262 players, totaling this year's tournament at 7,221! The tournament drew a very exciting crowd, featuring top pros, recreational players and two guys that go by the name of Nate and Smitty, bloggers for Barstool Sports.
For this podcast, we spoke to Nate and Smitty on their final break, before they bagged up 228,500 and 90,000 respectively.
Also on this podcast, a full recap of the exciting Day 1c action that played ou on PokerGO. Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier headlined the feature table and played numerous interesting hands. We spoke to Mercier about his day, and later in the show, we spoke to his wife Natasha, who bagged up one of the biggest Day 1c stacks.
Mike 'Timex' McDonald also joined the show, only to, unfortunately, bust out in the last level of play. We also spoke to one Esther Taylor-Brady, who's coming off her best summer yet. Last but not least, 10-time WSOP bracelet winner and two-time Main Event champion Johnny Chan talked about his highly successful Day 1 action.
Watch the Day 2a/b action live on PokerGO on July 11 starting at 11:00 am PT, 2:00 pm ET and 8:00 pm CET. Use the code "remko" for $10 off the annual subscription.
Seattle's very own Matt Affleck joins Heads Up with Remko to talk about his life, career and the hand that brought him poker fame. In the 2010 WSOP Main Event, Affleck was eliminated by the eventual winner Johnathan Duhamel when his aces got cracked with 15 players remaining in the tournament, and that hand will forever live on in poker history.
The story of Affleck, however, goes far beyond that one hand. A longtime online player, live tournament pro, respected poker coach and both WSOP and WPT finalist, there's a lot to discuss.
Affleck dives into the mental aspect of the game, as he's being coached by Jared Tendler, and how he's constantly working on his game to eventually get that massive win he's been close to so many times.
Today, on July 10th, Matt Affleck plays the WSOP Main Event Day 1c, and you can follow him on Twitter. Watch all the Main Event Day 1c action live on PokerGO, and all days leading up to the 2017 Main Event final table. Use the promo code "remko" for $10 off your annual PokerGO subscription.