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Jul 10, 2017

The World Series of Poker Main Event saw its second starting day draw a massive field of 2,164 players of which about 400 were knocked out. The Poker Central Podcast has all the juicy details of this day that was headlined by a clash between Vanessa Selbst and Gaelle Baumann on the feature table.

Selbst was eliminated just 80 minutes into the day when she ran aces full into the quads of Baumann, creating a history hand that will be replayed into eternity. We interviewed Selbst for the podcast and also play the audio of her elimination on the show. 

The two other feature tables were headlined by Jamie Gold on the one side, and Bryan Devonshire and Martin Staszko on the other. We spoke to Gold about the end of the November Nine era, and what's needed to make poker more fun to watch. Devonshire also spoke to us, as he made his return to tournaments after a year in doing what he does best, rafting the wild rivers in Colorado. 

Lastly, we spoke to Bryn Kenney who lost a shocking 65lbs in the last four months, winning him a massive prop bet! 

Day 1c of the Main Event goes live on PokerGO at 11:00am PST/2:00 pm ET, 8:00pm CET.

Jul 9, 2017

It's finally here! The 2017 WSOP Main Event kicked off today, and Poker Central was front and center for all the action. On this podcast you can listen to the following topics:

Former champions Qui Nguyen, Martin Jacobson and Jerry Yang all played and the former two advanced, keeping their hopes alive for another magical run. 3-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour sat at the feature table for most of the day and bagged up 114,000 chips. 

On this show, you can listen to interviews with Doug Polk, Alex Foxen, Jonathan Little, Jen Shahade and Maria Ho. The latter plays the Main Event on Day 1c, but she was involved with the ESPN/PokerGO broadcast of the Main Event. Sam Grafton bagged up one of the biggest stacks of the field, and we also spoke to him. 

A total of 795 players entered Day 1a, 30 more than last year, and 576 made it into Day 1b. The Poker Central Podcast will be there daily to recap all the action and keep you up to speed with all the latest from Las Vegas! 

The WSOP Main Event is live streamed on PokerGO and broadcast on ESPN for the first time in history. Tune in daily for all the poker action from Las Vegas, with Day 1b coverage starting on ESPN at 10:30am PST and PokerGO at 3pm PST. Sign up with the code "remko" for $10 off the annual PokerGO subscription. 

Jun 30, 2017

With Remko back in Las Vegas things get crazy right off the bat on the Poker Central Podcast! Joined by three recent bracelet winners - Max Silver, David Bach and Brian Yoon - the guys talk through the latest events at the WSOP, and are joined by Joey Ingram to talk PLO, and what he's been up to this summer. 

Jun 28, 2017

On the 33rd episode of the Poker Central Podcast, we have no less than four guests! Ray Henson, who briefly held the WSOP Player of the Year lead talks about whether or not he's deserving of the crown if he were to win it, while Ryan Hughes talks about coming into the summer thinking he was one of the favorites to win this year's POY race. 

Anthony Zinno joins the show to talk about his transition to becoming a more all-around player, and his love for Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better. Last but not least, we have Ian O'Hara on the show, who's lost no less than 65lbs this year alone, and is on track to change his lifestyle for good. 

On top of that, we discuss Chris Vitch's victory in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Eight or Better, the tournament in which Phil Hellmuth finished in ninth place. Hellmuth does however still hold many WSOP related records, and we dig through the HendonMob to find some. 

Next on PokerGO: Watch the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em come to its conclusion on Thursday, an event where three-time Super Bowl Champion Richard Seymour's still in the hunt. Sign up using the promo code "remko" and take $10 off the annual subscription. 

Jun 27, 2017

Chris Moorman is the biggest winner in the history of online poker tournaments, and it's not close. With over $14 million in online cashes, Moorman has nearly 40% more earnings than the next four closest players, all of which have also been around for a long time. 

The story of Moorman is one of highs and lows, as those cashes aren't what they're all propped up to be. After arguably one of his best years ever in 2011, he found himself near broke after the 2012 World Series of Poker. The reason? Staking more than 30 players in live and online tournaments, decimating his bankroll in just a few months time. 

On this podcast Moorman opens up about his staking operation, the mismanagement of his money and his ultimate climb back up to the top, culminating in winning the World Poker Tour LAPC event for more than a million dollars, and the $3,000 6-Max at the World Series of Poker in June of 2017.

To learn more about Moorman, watch the Pokerography on PokerGO that features his life story. 

Heads Up with Remko is a weekly podcast in which your host Remko Rinkema interviews the biggest names in the game. For questions and suggestions, contact the podcast on

Jun 26, 2017

After a weekend filled with action at the World Series of Poker, we are here to recap said action with another episode of the Poker Central Podcast. In other news, Will returned from a convention in New Jersey where he dove deep into Korean culture and reports back from his side of the world. 

The events discussed on this show include the following winner stories:

  • Event #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha: Loren Klein ($231,483)
  • Event #42: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship: Dmitry Yurasov ($775,923)
  • Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout: Ben Maya ($257,764)
  • Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.: Matthew Schreiber ($256,226)
  • Event #45: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo: Chris Brammer ($527,555)
  • Event #46: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better: Nathan Gamble ($223,339)

On top of all of this, Remko quizzes Will on this knowledge of Russian pros, Remko learns important factoids about New Jersey and a lot of Phil Hellmuth stories are shared. All in all, it's another classic episode of the Poker Central Podcast. 


Jun 21, 2017

The World Series of Poker is an unstoppable force in the summer, and after a few days without podcast action, the boys have no less than 8 bracelet winners to discuss. The biggest of them all: Chris Moorman. 

On this show, the guys also talk about Will's adventure in a charity poker tournament, the ambassadorship of Qui Nguyen, and lots of interesting winner stories.

The WSOP Player of the Year system gets touched upon again, as David Bach now has two bracelets this summer, while not even being ranked in the Top 20 of the current race.

Last but not least we talk about what's being streamed on PokerGO, as there is plenty of exciting action to look forward to this week!

Jun 16, 2017

On this first ever solo show, Remko Rinkema gets you caught up on all the latest from the World Series of Poker. 

Australian poker phenom James Obst wins his first bracelet, and Remko goes over how this one was a long time coming for the man known as AndyMcLeod online. On top of that Tyler Groth captures the gold in the $1k PLO, putting his name on the map.

The $3,000 6-max No Limit Hold'em tournament will be played out on PokerGO tonight, and Remko previews the action with some stories about Brits drinking beers from their shoes in past years, and whether or not we will see this crazy tradition return on the big stage tonight. 

Last but not least there's also a Phil Ivey sighting at Bellagio, and an update of the GPI Player of the Year standings!

Jun 16, 2017

It's not every day that more than a million dollars are being handed out at the World Series of Poker, but yesterday was one of those days! Pablo Mariz from Canada took down the Milly Maker for $1.2 million, and we have a very emotional interview with him on the podcast today.

Another man that joins the show goes by the name of Maurice Hawkins, and while he's not yet won, he's well on his way in THE MARATHON! Hawkins best on himself to win a bracelet this summer, and makes some strong claims about his skills and future success at the WSOP.

One winner was crowned at the WSOP today, and that was Shane Buchwald who took down the $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $177,985. Other events that are ongoing such as the $10k Razz and $3k 6-max also get discussed, as the latter will be streamed on PokerGO on Friday. 

If you want to rewatch Mariz's epic Milly Maker run, you can now do so by going to PokerGO and relive his final table. PokerGO brings you all the WSOP live streaming action from the RIO this summer.

Jun 14, 2017

The man formerly known as Angry John wins his third bracelet, and becomes a very happy John Monnette! Our own Will O'Connor talks to Monnette after winning his bracelet, and he had a lot of interesting things to say. 

We discuss Monnette's bracelet win in-depth, as Will was on the scene for the whole thing, and we go over whether or not this game is just too boring to watch from the sidelines despite it being one of the most exciting ones to play.  

The Milly Maker plays down to a winner today with $1.2 million up top, and we preview the day in which Ralph Perry can capture the ultimate redemption after becoming the bad end of a poker clip that still lives on in the minds of poker fans all over the world.*

Aside from this, we finally have love for THE MARATHON, the $1,500 Limit Hold'em and the $10k Razz as all three events shape up to have very interesting final tables and/or winners. Oh wait, it's already been decided that Adrian Mateos will win this one to become the youngest player ever with four bracelets, and one of the very few to have done it in this era in such a short span of time.  

* Redemption never came, as Perry - despite a chip leader with 14 left - got knocked out in 12th place, but we still had fun daydreaming about a heroic victory for the man who was once sent on his bike by Tony G holding king-jack.

Jun 13, 2017

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast there's only one winner to be discussed, but there's plenty more storylines coming from Las Vegas worth covering!

Today's guest on the show is none other than Scott Vener, a long-time poker player with a World Series of Poker final table under his belt, but he's mostly known for his work as a music supervisor on big shows such as Entourage and Ballers. Will spoke to Vener while making a deep run in the Milly Maker, an event he's still playing in as of right now.

As mentioned before there was one bracelet to be handed out, and it was Ron 'Grumpy' Ware who took down the $1,500 8-Game mix event. On top of that, we talk about the stalling in tournaments on money bubbles or to get up those pay jumps, and the state of mixed games and whether real growth is possible. 

Watch all World Series of Poker live streams on PokerGO this summer. PokerGO is the go-to spot for all poker action with more than 100 days of live streaming this year, and spectacular documentaries such as Dead Money about Matt Berkey and Pokerography featuring the likes of Liv Boeree, Jason Koon and Byron Kaverman.

Jun 12, 2017

Afer a weekend filled with winners at the World Series of Poker, Remko and Will look back on everything that went down at the Rio. Adrian Mateos made history, becoming the youngest player ever to win three WSOP bracelets, David Singer won his second bracelet while John Racener finally got his first. 

Here's an overview of the events discussed on the podcast and their winners:

Event #14: $1500 HORSE: David Singer
Event #15: $10k Heads Up: Adrian Mateos
Event #16: $1500 NLHE 6-Max: Anthony Marquez
Event #17: $10k Dealer’s Choice: John Racener
Event #18: $565 PLO: Tyler Smith

The guys also get into some of the "gimmick events" at the WSOP and discuss whether or not they should be on the schedule going forward, or what tweaks are needed to make them more interesting. Please share with us your takes on these events using #PokerCentralPod on Twitter, or e-mail us on

Gimmick or No Gimmick?

  • $1,500 Millionaire Maker
  • $365 The GIANT
  • $2,620 THE MARATHON
  • Super Turbo Bounty $1,000 ($300 bounty/20 minute levels)
  • $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo and Limit Omaha Hi/Lo mixed event
  • $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event (NLHE/PLO/2-7NL/NL 5 Card Draw/BIG O/ PLO HI/LO/ 2-7 PL Triple Draw)
  • Crazy Eights (8 handed $888 buy-in)

Last but not least, Will picks a "German of the Week" and both guys have hot takes on pets being brought into the Rio. 

Watch all World Series of Poker live streams on PokerGO this summer. PokerGO is the go-to spot for all poker action with more than 100 days of live streaming this year, and spectacular documentaries such as Dead Money about Matt Berkey and Pokerography featuring the likes of Liv Boeree, Jason Koon and Byron Kaverman. 

Jun 9, 2017

The $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em Championship is down the just four players, and we have interviews with all of them on today's show. The semifinals of this event are as follows:

Ryan Riess vs John Smith
Adrian Mateos vs Charlie Carrel

The final day of this event starts at 3:30 PM PST / 6:30 PM ET on PokerGO with both semifinal matches being shown followed by the final showdown.

Also on this podcast: Poker in India is booming, and will grow even stronger after Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant won the first bracelet for the second biggest country in the world. We spoke to Aditya Agarwal about the progress poker has made in India and his personal accomplishments as he's also off to a strong start this summer.

Last but not least we talk about Frank Kassela's first non-Stud bracelet win in the $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw after beating Bernard Lee heads up, and we look ahead at this weekend's action on PokerGO. 

The Poker Central Podcast comes to you five times a week during the World Series of Poker to make sure you don’t miss any bit of news, gossip or information from the biggest tournament series of the year. Watch all the WSOP live streams on PokerGO this summer, with the $10,000 Heads Up Championship live on Friday followed by the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 6-max on Saturday.

Subscribe now to the Poker Central Podcast Network to get all our episodes straight to your mobile devices, and make sure to get in touch with us using #PokerCentralPod on Twitter, or e-mail us on



Jun 8, 2017

He was so close! Last night, Daniel Negreanu faced Abe Mosseri in the heads-up stage of the $10,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better Split Championship, but in the end, the cards did not fall in his favor. 

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast, you can listen to interviews with Daniel Negreanu, Abe Mosseri - who collected his second ever WSOP bracelet - and the winner of $1,000,000 in the Colossus, Thomas 'The Butcher' Pomponio. 

Additionally, all 11 events we had not discussed are being reviewed including bracelet wins for Jesse Martin, Ben Zamani, Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree.

The Poker Central Podcast comes to you five times a week during the World Series of Poker to make sure you don’t miss any bit of news, gossip or information from the biggest tournament series of the year.

Subscribe now to the Poker Central Podcast Network to get all our episodes straight to your mobile devices, and make sure to get in touch with us using #PokerCentralPod on Twitter, or e-mail us on

Jun 7, 2017

The biggest buy-in event at the World Series of Poker was won by none other than Doug Polk, a heads-up cash game specialist. On this episode of the podcast, you can listen to interviews with Polk, runner-up Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier and fourth-place finisher Haralabos Voulgaris.

Your hosts Remko Rinkema and Will O’Connor go through all the excitement of the final table, which included a rowdy rail, lots of fascinating hands and a champion who now has won three WSOP gold bracelets in no-limit hold’em.

The Poker Central Podcast comes to you five times a week during the World Series of Poker to make sure you don’t miss any bit of news, gossip or information from the biggest tournament series of the year. Subscribe now to the Poker Central Podcast Network to get all our episodes straight to your mobile devices, and make sure to get in touch with us using #PokerCentralPod on Twitter, or e-mail us on



Jun 5, 2017

The final table of the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop is set!

French poker legend Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier leads the way, and on this podcast, you can listen to interviews with Grospellier, Doug Polk and Dario Sammartino as we preview all of tomorrow's action on PokerGO.

Here are the chip counts going into the final table that starts at 2:30 p.m. PST/5:30 pm ET/11:30pm CET.

Bertrand Grospellier 16,825,000 
Martin Jacobson 8,890,000
Dario Sammartino 7,975,000 
Chris Moore 7,600,000 
Andrew Robl 6,670,000 
Doug Polk 6,090,000 
Rainer Kempe 5,760,000 
Michael Kamran 3,470,000 
Haralabos Voulgaris 2,865,000 
Grospellier talks about his return to the big stage, as he's making his first appearance at a big international final table in four years. Polk rides a lot of confidence into the final table while Sammartino's having a blast competing against some of the best in the world over these past couples of days.
With $3.6 million up top, it's promising to be a very exciting day of poker on Monday. Watch all the action live on PokerGO, and use the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual subscription. 
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Jun 4, 2017

This week Christoph Vogelsang was crowned the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl champion, taking home a cool $6,000,000 for the first-ever tournament victory, and he joined us for the Poker Central Podcast. 

While Vogelsang is arguably the happiest man in Las Vegas right now, we also went through the other players that made the final table. From Jake Schindler's dramatic heads-up loss, Stefan Schillhabel's highly profitable laddering through Leon Tsoukernik's biggest score we talked through Pratyush Buddiga's deflating loss with aces and how Justin Bonomo's two-day dominance ended in seventh place. 

All in all, there were endless storylines in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl, and then we haven't even touched on the participation of Kevin Hart. Hart dominated the coverage on Day 1 and 2 and there was plenty to be said about the Hollywood superstars playing against some of the best in the world.

Last but not least, we touch upon the PokerGO streaming schedule of the World Series of Poker.

PokerGO is streaming the WSOP for the very first time, and if you want to sign up for an annual account, use the promo code "remko" for $10 off.

May 25, 2017

Matt Berkey made headlines in the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl, finishing fifth for $1.1 million. 

During last year's big run, Berkey was followed by a camera crew that also filmed during his preparation for the biggest tournament of his life. That documentary is now available on PokerGO, and on this podcast, Berkey shares exciting behind-the-scenes stories.

Berkey's road to the top in poker has not been a common one, and on this podcast, he also talks in-depth about his childhood, the path to the Super High Roller Bowl and the massive swings he's gone through over the last couple of years. 

Wondering how much of himself Berkey has in the biggest event of this year? The number will definitely surprise you!

May 23, 2017

It is here, PokerGO is live! This Monday Poker Central launched PokerGO, the ultimate poker live streaming, and entertainment service, and this episode of the Poker Central Podcast dives deep into all of this excitement. 

This Monday, Poker Central launched PokerGO, the ultimate poker live streaming, and entertainment service, and this episode of the Poker Central Podcast dives deep into all of this excitement. 

PokerGO offers live streaming of the Super High Roller Bowl, followed by the most exciting World Series of Poker final tables, capped off by the first ever WSOP Main Event live stream in the month of July. All of that and much more can now be found on

Brent, Will, and Remko run you through all the specifics with regards to PokerGO before previewing the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl. Who will be the first player to get knocked out? Who will make the final table? The guys have all the hot takes to get you ready for this year's biggest poker tournament in the world. 

May 19, 2017

Phil Hellmuth is the all-time leader in World Series of Poker bracelets won with 14, and he's not looking to slow down on his quest to remain at the top.

On this podcast, Hellmuth opens up about things close to his heart such as; his family, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and his girlfriend Nicole Curran, his achievements in poker, the Super High Roller Bowl, Fedor Holz, Kevin Hart and more.

As we are accustomed to from Hellmuth, he doesn't back down from throwing his opinion out there, and he doesn't mince words towards people that disrespect him. Hellmuth also does some self-reflection with regards to the rants that he sometimes produces at the table.

All in all, this is a must-listen podcast with one of poker's most colorful characters.

May 16, 2017

Poker legend and Poker Central ambassador Daniel Negreanu joins the Poker Central Podcast to talk about Kevin Hart playing the Super High Roller Bowl, and the deal between the World Series of Poker, Poker Central, and ESPN.

The Negreanu segment starts at the 37:23 mark of the show.

The shows starts with Remko, Brent and Will talking about the aforementioned topics, as they go deep into the gravity of Kevin Hart playing in the Super High Roller Bowl and potentially exciting table draws. The end of the November Nine era also gets discussed, and how the live streaming and ESPN broadcasts of the WSOP Main Event will impact the exposure poker gets through the summer. 

May 11, 2017

Poker superstar Fedor Holz joins Heads Up with Remko to talk about his past life as a high-stakes poker grinder, and his current life as CEO of Primed Mind, the business he's focusing all his time and energy on. 

Holz amassed a staggering $22.1 million in live tournament earnings - the majority of which in just 24 months starting in March 2015 - and after winning the High Roller for One Drop last summer he retired from the grind. The Vienna resident still plays the occasional big tournament - and will participate in the Super High Roller Bowl - but he's no longer traveling the international poker circuit full time.

Holz candidly shares his thoughts on staking, selling action, the rise of the level of play in super high roller tournaments, and much more.

Primed Mind is Holz's new focus, as he's close to launching the mindset app and course with the help of Elliot Roe. "Listen, Learn, Grow" is their mantra, and Holz elaborates how this can benefit not only poker players and professional athletes but everyone who's willing to try it.

May 9, 2017

German pros captured headlines across the poker world by winning lots of big events at the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo, as Ole Schemion, Philipp Gruissem, Julian Steur, Andreas Klatt and Stefan Schillhabel collected big pay days. 

On this podcast, we talk about the Germans dominating all around the world, and the fact that their all-time money list is a collection of young studs. 

Other big events ongoing this week were the Borgata Spring Championship, and the partypoker Live Montreal festival. Mike McDonald won a tournament for the first time in years, and we dive into the future of the three events mentioned.

In the shenanigans segment of today, we talk about John Daly winning again for the first time in a long time, and Brent has some thoughts to share on the Kentucky Derby. 

May 5, 2017

Jeff Gross is one of the most high-energy, fast-paced guys in poker, and just by listening to him you'll get motivated to chase after your goals and dreams. Gross build his successes, reputation and following through his play at the tables, his presence on social media and Twitch.

Gross had one of the biggest results to date live on Twitch, winning $143,000 last December. While visiting his in-laws in Brazil, Gross pulled off this overnight success, and he candidly tells the story of that victory on this show.

Also on this podcast: Gross dives into his love for the game, its people, and its future. While Black Friday was a big fork in the road for many online players back in 2011, Gross drew positive energy from this significant shift in his life, as it forced him to travel, play live cash and tournament that ultimately lead to him improving on all those fronts. 

Lastly, Gross talks about friendship and surrounding yourself with positive people. All in all plenty of inspiration on this week's Heads Up with Remko show. 

Find out more about Jeff Gross by visiting his website.

May 2, 2017

On the 16th episode of the Poker Central Podcast, your hosts discuss the signing of Kevin Hart by PokerStars and send out another big round of praises for crushers Bryn Kenney and Adrian Mateos.

The PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo produced lots of exciting storylines, and with no shortage of big names producing results on the felt there's much to get through. Erik Seidel inches closer to Daniel Negreanu on the all-time money list, Ole Schemion rips off two six-figure scores in 5 days, and Daniel Dvoress finishes second and third in the two biggest tournaments on the French Riviera this week. 

Aside from the Monte Carlo action:

  • Dzmitry Urbvanovich signs with partypoker
  • Hot and cold takes are shared on the selling and buying action of players in poker tournaments after Mike McDonald's revealing appearance on Heads Up with Remko
  • The Vancouver Canucks appoint poker enthusiast Travis Green as their new head coach
  • Matt Savage's Social Experiment event gets a review

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