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Mar 2, 2018

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

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

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

Feb 26, 2018

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

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

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

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Feb 15, 2018

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

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

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Feb 7, 2018

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

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

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Feb 3, 2018

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

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

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

Jan 24, 2018

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

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

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Jan 5, 2018

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

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

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Jan 4, 2018

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

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

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

Dec 28, 2017

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

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

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

Timestamps:

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

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Dec 20, 2017

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

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

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Dec 15, 2017

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

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

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

 

Dec 13, 2017

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

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

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Nov 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nov 14, 2017

Poker Central Podcast Episode 60 is here! Brent Hanks, Will O'Connor and Remko Rinkema are back to talk about the hottest trending topics in the world of poker, with a big serving of shenanigans on the side.

On little sleep, Brent gets carried away in all sorts of directions, while Will celebrates life as he's joined the crypto bandwagon after a life-altering result at The Venetian.

Here's the rundown of this week's topics:

  • 1:12 - The second take of the intro.
  • 5:00 - This week on the Poker Central Podcast.
  • 5:58 - Will O'Connor's 2017 POY chase, and his massive upswing.
  • 9:10 - The start of the actual podcast! Leon Tsoukernik vs Aussie Matt.
  • 20:45 - Brent and Remko talk about getting kicked out of Las Vegas casinos. (But they didn't sue)
  • 26:08 - Maria Ho final table run in the WSOP-E Main Event, its unknown winner and will the WSOP Main Event ever be a re-entry?
  • 40:00 - Sammy Farha!! Is he back? Is he coming to Poker After Dark? 
  • 44:08 - Getting nostalgic, watching throwback Poker After Dark shows with Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius and Ilari 'ziigmund' Sahamies.
  • 46:10 - Deep Issues hits PokerGO with Fedor Holz, Liv Boeree, Mori 
  • 47:40 - WPT Montreal - live on PokerGO this Thursday - predictions and much love for David Peters, Justin Liberto and Curt Kohlberg.
  • 52:44 - Next week's Poker After Dark rumors! 

If you want to interact with the show, drop us a line on podcast@pokercentral.com or find us on Twitter. Try out PokerGO for free for seven days right now and watch the WPT Montreal final table, as well as the upcoming Poker After Dark live shows on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 of November. 

Nov 7, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast: 

  • Brent Hanks is absent for a very good reason: This past Friday his wife Liz gave birth to their second son!
  • Will O'Connor takes on daddy duties, giving him many insights on his own personal life. 
  • The Big One for One Drop returns to Las Vegas with a $1,000,000 buy-in.
  • Dominik Nitsche wins the High Roller for One Drop, adding a staggering $4 million to his bankroll.
  • Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson wins the World Series of Poker Player of the Year race.
  • Niall Farrell became the latest entrant into poker's Triple Crown club, and the guys discuss whether it's time some new rules of entry to this club.

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Nov 2, 2017

On this episode of Heads Up with Remko: Everything you want to know about Chris Moneymaker. 

  • 2:12 - New cultures, new adventures and continuing to meet fans all over the world.
  • 5:25 - Poker player or poker ambassador?
  • 6:55 - The status of Chris' poker game.
  • 10:16 - Rewatching the 2003 WSOP Main Event
  • 12:43 - The perception of poker before playing in the 2003 Main Event.
  • 15:00 - The days before the 2003 Main Event started.
  • 17:00 - The pitfalls of sports betting and problem gambling.
  • 25:12 - Going back to work in the restaurant business after winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event, and talking on the phone with Isai Scheinberg.
  • 28:29 - Asking for 5% of PokerStars back when it had 12 employees
  • 31:45 - The most difficult choice Chris ever made and being broke again in 2004.
  • 35:31 - The lack of results in poker tournaments after winning the WSOP Main Event.
  • 40:15 - Playing in celebrity poker games with Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, and winning the biggest pot of his life off Ben Affleck.
  • 45:23 - A drunk heads-up battle versus Binions casino owner Nick Behnen in 2004, and how nine dealers got fired in one night.
  • 50:50 - Black Friday and the unclear future of online poker in the USA.
  • 53:20 - The state of the game and the changes at PokerStars.
  • 1:00:30 - Getting online poker back in the USA.
  • 1:09:15 - The meaning of the WSOP Main Event now. 

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Oct 31, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast:

  • Brent Hanks wins big in the ARIA High Roller Series on PokerGO
  • Scott Seiver and Tom Marchese actually win the ARIA High Roller Series events
  • All things poker in Macau: John Juanda is the best ever
  • Adrian Mateos has arrived as a poker superstar. Who is Carlos Mortensen anyway?
  • WSOP Europe hands out bracelets like candy, but is it the exciting sweet candy or those sour ones you don't want?
  • Will O'Connor is moving to Pennsylvania for online poker, or is he?
  • Crockfords Casino pulls off the biggest freeroll of all time, beating Phil Ivey in court over $10.1 million he won playing Baccarat with rules the casino allowed.
  • Is this the end of Phil Ivey as a poker player? 
Oct 24, 2017

Here's a rundown of the topics on this week's podcast:

  • 3:10 - Did "Perks of the Trade" live up to the hype? Brent Hanks shares his thoughts. 
  • 8:50 - Will O'Connor dives into his Poker After Dark Power Rankings, and his love for newcomer Aaron Zang.
  • 14:33 - The ARIA High Rollers are coming to PokerGO this weekend, the guys get you caught up with all you need to know!
  • 19:24 - The poker action is popping off in Macau, and we find out that Brent Hanks is barely able to leave the USA, but that he also never would.
  • 21:15 - Macau food vs Las Vegas food
  • 23:20 - How special is Bryn Kenney's 2017? He adds another $400k in Macau.
  • 26:50 - Is Dietrich Fast the new favorite German of Brent Hanks, and why did he borrow cigarettes from Steve O'Dwyer?
  • 35:30 - What's your poker Dream Table? The guys give their thoughts, and are looking for yours!
  • 44:22 - Charlie Carrel joined the Heads Up with Remko Podcast last week and opened up about experimenting with drugs. This week Brent Hanks thinks that Adderall is the same thing as Speed.
  • 52:12 - Daniel Negreanu calls out Phil Hellmuth for ducking out of a game that features the two big guns versus four German pros. According to Brent, Hellmuth is letting America down!

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Oct 20, 2017

This week on Heads Up with Remko, one of the UK's finest professionals of the last three years joins the show in what turned out to be quite the eye-opening conversation.

Charlie Carrel has nearly $6 million in live tournament earnings and his online results include a Sunday Million and SCOOP Main Event win. The latter which he took down for $1.2 million at a Starbucks in Mexico after a serious internet outage at this apartment. And yes, he tells this story in full on the podcast.

Additionally, Carrel talks about what makes him successful at the game, and he opens up about his unconventional style and how GTO isn't the only road to success. Carrel sides with Bryn Kenney on what he thinks will bring him the most success, in a discussion that was started two weeks ago on the podcast with Kenney. 

The colorful character of Carrel shines through in the conversation, as the young Brit opens up about unconventional topics including experimenting with different kinds of drugs, and the perception of success and money outside the poker world. 

Oct 12, 2017

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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Oct 9, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast the guys ask themselves three big questions:

  • Was Pot Limit Omaha on Poker After Dark a success?
  • What's up with this new "Hybrid" format that's on Poker After Dark this week?
  • Is Bryn Kenney the best poker player in the world?

So, while you mull over your own answers to those questions, let us remind you of the following:

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Oct 5, 2017

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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Sep 28, 2017

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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Sep 26, 2017

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 podcast@pokercentral.com.

  • What was the moment of the week?
  • How was the Poker Masters received by the players?
  • What can be changed and improved for next year?
  • Is Steffen Sontheimer on the 'Fedor Holz level' of poker stardom?
  • Is German domination in the high rollers good for poker?
  • Where are the young American pros?

(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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