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Poker Central Podcast

The Poker Central Podcast, hosted by Remko Rinkema and Brent Hanks, includes the hottest storylines in the game of poker as well as the latest gossip, drama, excitement, winners, and losers. Every week, a high-profile guest from the world of poker joins the hosts to talk about some of the craziest and funniest stories of their career while also giving their input on everything trending across the poker world. This show is also available as a video on PokerGO.
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Jul 13, 2019

The World Series of Poker is rapidly headed towards the end and we managed to get Nick Schulman on the podcast to talk about his summer, winning another bracelet, the Poker Hall of Fame much more. 

  • 00:45 – Nick Schulman joins the Poker Central Podcast to talk about his summer and winning the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better Championship for $463,670.
  • 02:50 – Nick Schulman’s history with the World Series of Poker Main Event.
  • 04:12 – What’s wrong with Brent Hanks?
  • 05:07 – Drugs in poker, is it smart to smoke up while playing?
  • 08:20 – Where do Nick Schulman’s interests lay when it comes to players at feature and final tables?
  • 12:20 – The Poker Hall of Fame: Nick Schulman’s takes.
  • 17:50 – Who intimidated Nick Schulman when he first arrived on the scene at the highest stakes?
  • 18:43 – Too Many Questions for Nick Schulman.

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Jul 7, 2019

Live from the 2019 World Series of Poker, Phil Hui joins the podcast crew to talk about his epic $50,000 Poker Players Championship win and choosing pro poker over pro golf. 

  • 00:45 – Is the $50,000 Poker Players Championship the hardest tournament of the year and why are Jason Mercier and Phil Ivey so hard to play against?
  • 3:34 – Phil Hui’s experience in the $50k, practicing, studying and learning from his girlfriend Loni Harwood.
  • 5:22 – The golf story! How close did Phil Hui get to making the PGA Tour?
  • 7:33 – The story behind the decision to choose poker over golf.
  • 9:23 – Phil Hui’s ascension up the poker ranks.
  • 11:50 – The disaster summer of 2018: Phil and Loni both had big losing summers.
  • 14:00 – Learning from his girlfriend, No Limit Hold’em crusher Loni Harwood.
  • 17:00 – Allen Bari shout out! (and how Phil Hui got better at mixed games)
  • 19:40 – The legend of Jungleman and other mixed pros.
  • 26:15 – A WSOP Player of the Year update and Phil Hui’s motivation to take down that leader board.
  • 29:30 – The life of Loni and Phil.
  • 31:30 – The best five poker players Phil Hui has ever faced.
  • 35:25 – Too Many Questions ft. Phil Hui.

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Jun 28, 2019

With Brent Hanks having caught the “Rio flu,” it’s up to Remko Rinkema to get you caught up on all that’s good at the 2019 World Series of Poker! While there’s no guest on the show, Remko has interviews for you featuring recent bracelet winner John Hennigan and Stephen Chidwick as well as an update from Daniel Negreanu and Kevin Roster who’s only got weeks to live and makes the absolute most out of it by living his poker dreams.

  • 1:23 – This week on the Poker Central Podcast.
  • 5:00 – Stephen Chidwick wins his first WSOP bracelet in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. Listen to the interview with him here.
  • 13:35 – The $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship saw John Hennigan defeat Daniel Negreanu heads up, Remko recaps the action and speaks to both players at the completion of the tournament in this segment.
  • 24:45 – Running through all the WSOP winners, big name results and much more.
  • 30:30 – A conversation with Kevin Roster who’s battling sarcoma and has only weeks to live and decided to cross as many bucket list items off his list as possible.
  • 37:30 – Bojang wins his first bracelet, Ausmus falls short of a second bracelet in $10k PLO, Team Poker Central doing work in $25k Fantasy, and Ben Underwood’s unbelievable results in big field No Limit Hold’em tournaments.
  • 44:55 – A brief $50,000 Poker Players Championship recap and a funny interview with Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates to close out the show.

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Jun 21, 2019

Prahlad Friedman joins the show to talk about an array of topics that include the full story of his legendary online poker run, getting cheated out of millions of dollars, going broke and rebuilding, as well as his family life and rap career.

NEW: Watch this podcast weekly as a video show on PokerGO. Check the “originals” tab on the site to dig into the three most recent episodes with Phil Hellmuth, Shannon Shorr, and Prahlad Friedman. 

  • 2:30 – Brent Hanks challenges Prahlad Friedman to a free throw shooting competition, followed by the stories of NBA dreams, college steeplechase, and relentless workouts.
  • 6:55 – Family life: Prahlad on raising his daughter vegan and how Brent Hanks’ kids could not be raised any different as he just got a meat smoker for Father’s day!
  • 9:22 – Prahlad Friedman discovers poker through his father, playing underage in California casinos, and quickly making his way up the ranks in online poker.
  • 13:40 – Is Prahlad Friedman the most talented poker player of all time, and what made him into the legend that he became online?
  • 17:30 – What is Prahlad Friedman’s best game. why is No Limit 2-7 Single Draw so much fun to watch and play, and how did he call down Darren Elias with a pair in this game?
  • 24:15 – Legendary online poker stories, being the ‘King of the Hill’ and ultimately getting cheated out of more than $3,000,000 and losing his entire bankroll.
  • 28:20 – How did Prahlad Friedman rebuild his poker career after getting cheated, signing with Ultimate Bet, getting refunded, and losing more money.
  • 35:40 – Did Prahlad Friedman ever consider leaving the game of poker behind, his career as a rapper, and the future of his music career under the name Pragress.
  • 40:15 – Prahlad Friedman the poker rapper and his history at the 2006 Main Event.
  • 46:00 – That high life.
  • 49:00 – Los Angeles home games, GTO play, live reads, and much more.
  • 57:00 – Bracelet winners at the 2019 World Series of Poker.
  • 1:02:00 – Tilt, smashing mice, and a very heated confrontation at the poker table that almost resulted in an altercation.
  • 1:08:21 – The 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year rankings.
  • 1:11:00 – The five best players Prahlad Friedman has ever played against.
  • 1:17:30 – Too Many Questions with Prahlad Friedman!
  • 1:26:00 – Looking ahead at what’s to come with Prahlad this summer.

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Jun 14, 2019

The second edition of the Poker Central Podcast on PokerGO features Shannon Shorr. Listen to the episode now or check our video version out on PokerGO. 

  • 1:15 – The lack of big wins on Shannon Shorr’s resume and the why and how of how that happened and why things are different now.
  • 5:00 – Finishing second in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em bracelet event versus Daniel Strelitz, was that a good result or a tough loss?
  • 7:30 – Shannon Shorr’s amazing 2019 to date, cashing for more than a million dollars already.
  • 10:00 – In 2011 Shannon Shorr cashed 2 events while he entered 41 total tournaments, what was that like and how did he handle the success early in his career prior to that?
  • 14:40 – Studying the game, improving the mental side and what beginning players need to focus on?
  • 17:48 – Are High Roller players truly the best in the world, and what makes them so good?
  • 20:00 – Who’s the best player in the world according to Shannon Shorr?
  • 23:00 – Shannon Shorr’s take on the ‘gimmicks’ at the World Series of Poker and how does he handle the busy summer schedule?
  • 28:35 – Does it matter to Shannon Shorr which event he will ultimately win and how sharp are his player of the year skills?
  • 30:00 – Shannon Shorr’s travel stories: Drugs, hiking Kilimanjaro, and a lot more!
  • 35:00 - Mushrooms!! The what, how, why, and when of Shannon’s experiences.
  • 37:40 – Recapping the 2019 World Series of Poker to date, getting you caught up on all the winners including Eli Elezra!
  • 42:30 – Recapping the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw featuring Prahlad Friedman and Jean-Robert Bellande.
  • 47:00 – A World Series of Poker Player of the Year update and Brent Hanks runs us through the Poker Central Power Rankings and the $25k Fantasy League.
  • 1:00:00 – Does Shannon Shorr even pay attention to the Player of the Year and $25k Fantasy League updates?
  • 1:022:34 – The best five players Shannon Shorr has ever played against.
  • 1:05:55 – 555 Questions for Shannon Shorr.

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Jun 12, 2019

For the very first time, the Poker Central Podcast has made its debut on video on PokerGO! Check out this full show with video on PokerGO right now or listen through your favorite podcasting app. The podcast isn’t going anywhere but from now on you can enjoy this show as a video broadcast as well.

  • 01:00 – Phil Hellmuth sings Swedish House Mafia, recaps Daniel Negreanu’s wedding, and a Steve Aoki appearance.
  • 4:50 – What year is it??? Phil Hellmuth makes the final table of the WSOP Online bracelet event after years of not playing online and relives the action for us.
  • 10:50 – The impressive stats Phil Hellmuth has racked up at the World Series of Poker but how does he do it?
  • 15:00 – Ben Heath wins the $50,000 High Roller WSOP event, Phil Hellmuth shares his thoughts on his win and overcoming anxiety.
  • 18:36 – Barstool Nate goes deep in the Big 50 and Brent Hanks recaps the action while Hellmuth shares his excitement for the 28,000 players that participated in this event.
  • 22:20 – The Sam Soverel incident with Phil Hellmuth’s takes on the situation.
  • 27:10 – Randall Emmett runs deep in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em and Phil Hellmuth talks about recreational players doing well in the big field WSOP events.
  • 33:35 – Recapping the World Poker Tour action at the Hyper X Esports Arena in Las Vegas.
  • 36:30 – An update on the $25k Fantasy League, where Team Poker Central Podcast is in the hunt for the big money!
  • 41:25 – The Poker Central Power Rankings featuring a Phil Hellmuth take on every single player.
  • 54:00 – Phil Hellmuth on signing autographs and taking pictures with fans at the World Series of Poker.
  • 1:00:30 – 555 Questions for Phil Hellmuth.
  • 1:06:40 – The Great Mayonnaise Debate Rages On!
  • 1:09:00 – The five best poker players Phil Hellmuth has ever faced.

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Jun 3, 2019

The 2019 World Series of Poker is in full swing and Barstool Nate is in town to give the Big 50 a chance. Nate bagged up chips after his Day 1 flight and he joins us on the podcast to talk about his adventures in Las Vegas so far while the boys also run through the Power Rankings and the $25k Fantasy League. 

  • 00:30 – Poker addict Barstool Nate joins the show and tells us all about his second bullet in the Big 50, gathering a pile of chips heading into Day 2 of the biggest live tournament in the history of poker.
  • 03:55 – Brent Hanks’ terrible dinner experience in Las Vegas, paying full price plus tip for no food at all.
  • 06:00 – Food tips from Brent and Nate: In N Out, Chic-Fil-A, or McDonald's after busting out a tournament?
  • 08:30 – Barstool Nate’s Las Vegas adventure to date: Gambling, day drinking, a bit of sun, and a bag of chips.
  • 13:10 – Poker fan Nate gushes over the insanity at the Rio: Long lines, massive events, and a ton of positive energy!
  • 19:10 – Daniel Negreanu: Power Rankings, takes, vlogs, results, selling action, Brent, Nate, and Remko run through all that he’s involved in.
  • 23:30 – The rest of the Power Rankings and a World Poker Tour overview, highlighted by James Carroll, Maria Ho, Ali Imsirovic, Phil Hellmuth, Brian Green, Bryn Kenney, Jungleman, Craig Varnell, and Igor Kurganov.
  • 31:00 – Food talk ft. Brent’s hot dogs and Remko’s love and passion for mayonnaise.
  • 34:30 - $25k Fantasy League! Brent and Remko are hyped up over Dan Zack’s hot start, Jon Turner’s Day 3, and some extra motivation for Chidwick and Mizrachi!
  • 39:00 – Random WSOP nonsense, musings, and projections for the rest of the summer.
  • 44:00 – Don’t miss this! The $50k No Limit Hold’em final table as well as the Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions on PokerGO. 

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May 31, 2019

 

  • 0:15 – Remko and Brent can barely contain their excitement for the start of the 2019 World Series of Poker.
  • 02:00 – What’s on the show today? Recapping the first action at the 2019 WSOP, recapping the $25k Fantasy Draft and much more.
  • 4:40 – Brian Green wins the first bracelet of the 2019 WSOP after beating Ali Imsirovic heads up, and Brent Hanks has a funny story about the champ.
  • 07:00 – An interview with runner-up Ali Imsirovic.
  • 10:00 – Daniel Negreanu’s sixth place, missing out on him in the draft, and all that’s going on with him this summer.
  • 12:30 - The $25k Fantasy Draft, Brent and Remko recap their picks and show a lot of confidence!
  • 25:06 – All that is going happening on PokerGO! Don’t miss all the WPT action as well a the WSOP schedule.

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May 17, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema recap the Triton Super High Roller Series, Super High Roller Cash Game, look at the Week 18 Power Rankings and talk at length to Antonio Esfandiari about his massive boxing match vs. Kevin Hart. 

  • 2:13 – Recapping all the massive Triton Super High Roller Series action from Montenegro!
  • 2:35 – Bryn Kenney wins back-to-back Triton events to bring his total for the year to $9.1 million.
  • 6:20 – Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates has picked up a new habit: Smoking cigarettes! Is Brent Hanks concerned? Which drinks would fit Jungleman’s persona best?
  • 10:55 – The interview with Antonio Esfandiari starts off with him trying to explain what it’s like to get punched in the face!
  • 11:45 – “This was one of the greatest moments of my life!”
  • 13:15 – Antonio Esfandiari is his training with Olympic Gold super-heavyweight boxer Audley Harrison and the intense preparation for this fight.
  • 15:00 – Getting offered 35:1, was there a point during his preparation where he knew he was going to be the favorite?
  • 17:00 – Smack talking!
  • 18:45 – Trying to avoid getting a big adrenaline rush and to stay calm prior to the fight.
  • 21:05 – Did Kevin Hart prepare well enough for this fight? Did he underestimate Antonio?
  • 26:00 – Talks of a rematch?
  • 27:30 – How exciting was winning this match compared to his biggest wins in poker?
  • 30:10 – How much money did Antonio Esfandiari win in this fight?
  • 34:10 – Brent Hanks called Antonio “Mushy” before preparing for this fight, true or false?
  • 36:30 – The pain of preparing for a boxing match: Countless bloody noses and bruised ribs.
  • 38:20 – Will we see Antonio Esfandiari at the World Series of Poker or at least back inside the PokerGO Studio anytime soon?
  • 40:32 – Antonio Esfandiari’s takes on organized games in Las Vegas casinos.
  • 45:29 – 555 Questions for Antonio Esfandiari.
  • 52:10 – Diving into the Week 18 Poker Central Power Rankings lead by Bryn Kenney and Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates once again!
  • 56:20 – Brent Hanks grades this week’s rankings and looks ahead at the Daniel Negreanu & Amanda Leatherman wedding!
  • 58:20 – The Super High Roller Cash Game inside the PokerGO Studio featuring Brandon Adams.
  • 1:01:30 – What else to expect from PokerGO prior to the World Series of Poker?

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May 10, 2019

Rolling without a guest this week, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema get you caught up to speed with all that’s good in the world of poker. Was the Jungleman video out of line? Does poker need more Jungleman? We break down the 2019 WSOP POY contenders, look ahead at the upcoming Super High Roller Cash Game and Poker After Dark shows and give you a breakdown of the Triton Super High Roller Series.

  • 02:00 – Jungle Talk! Was his video out of line? What’s good, what’s bad?
  • 08:00 – Do we need more craziness in poker that players such as Dan Bilzerian and Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates bring to the table?
  • 10:20 – Breaking down the top contenders for the World Series of Poker 2019 Player of the Year: Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, and Chris Ferguson.
  • 15:40 – Recapping the action at the Triton Super High Roller Series with wins for Steve O’Dwyer, Bryn Kenney, and Winfred Yu!
  • 20:20 – The Week 18 Poker Central Power Rankings: Bryn Kenney leads the way followed by Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates and Manig Loeser.
  • 29:00 – The upcoming Super High Roller Cash Game, Miami edition headlined by Brandon Adams! Don’t miss this $100/$200 Pot Limit Omaha game with a $1k big blind ante.
  • 32:40 – The upcoming 888poker Poker After Dark week featuring Randall Emmett and Jennifer Tilly!

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May 3, 2019

This week the guys discuss the most recent Dolly’s Game action, Daniel Negreanu vs. Shaun Deeb, Tom Dwan vs. Jungleman, Antonio Esfandiari vs. Kevin Hart, Randall Emmett vs 50 Cent, and a brand new edition of the Poker Central Power Rankings!

  • 3:35 – Looking back at Dolly’s Game sans Daniel Negreanu, but with some takes on Kane Kalas’ game!
  • 6:40 – How Mixed Games came to be, Daniel Negreanu talks about the origins of Mixed Games at The Mirage in Las Vegas.
  • 8:40 –Daniel Negreanu tells the entire story of his feud with Shaun Deeb.
  • 13:19 – Is it still worth it for Daniel Negreanu to engage with the haters on social media, Shaun Deeb missing the birth of his child for online poker, and how they dealt with this back in the 70s.
  • 17:25 – Daniel Negreanu’s four packages! The poolside one as well as the low, medium and high stakes WSOP packages that will be up for sale. Mark-up debate!
  • 25:15 – What is Daniel Negreanu most excited about with regards to the 2019 World Series of Poker?
  • 27:50 – Memories of Brent Hanks and Daniel Negreanu’s first time at the World Series of Poker.
  • 32:30 – First-timer tips for the WSOP from Daniel Negreanu and memories of his first ever WSOP event which he managed to win!
  • 35:00 – Are we going to miss the Rio is the World Series of Poker moves elsewhere?
  • 37:00 – The Doyle Brunson vs Kane Kalas WSOP Main Event prop bet.
  • 39:55 - $25k Fantasy for the 2019 World Series of Poker.
  • 44:12 – The fight between Kevin Hart and Antonio Esfandiari!
  • 50:18 – Randall Emmett vs Fofty Cent!
  • 54:00 – Tom Dwan vs. Jungleman: The Next Chapter
  • 57:42 – Daniel Negreanu’s Top 5 Poker Players of All Time.
  • 1:02:30 – 555 Questions for Daniel Negreanu
  • 1:08:15 – Will there be meat at Daniel Negreanu and Amanda Leatherman’s wedding?
  • 1:10:00 – The High Roller of the Year standings and upcoming events.
  • 1:11:00 – The Week 17 Poker Central Power Rankings.

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Apr 26, 2019

Brent Hanks is back in the studio after a disappointing vacation as Remko Rinkema tries to keep things together as Randall Emmett tells us some hilarious stories. 

  • 00:30 – Brent Hanks talks about his family trip to Philadelphia, a cricket infestation and a zoo visit.
  • 04:45 – Brief news items: Poker After Dark, ARIA High Rollers, and much more.
  • 06:08 – The start of the interview with Randall Emmett
  • 07:00 – Power Rankings talk with Randall
  • 10:00 – The response outside the poker world to Randall Emmett’s recognition in poker.
  • 15:00 – Dan Bilzerian talk, stories from Randall Emmett and Brent Hanks.
  • 17:30 – Randall Emmett’s Top 5 poker players in the world.
  • 20:18 – 555 Questions for Randall Emmett!
  • 28:10 – End of interview with Randall Emmett
  • 30:05 – The Week 16 Poker Central Power Rankings lead by Maria Ho and Ali Imsirovic.
  • 38:00 – Did you miss some amazing content on Poker Central? Find out here.
  • 47:30 – The Effing Five! Here’s the updated list.
    1. Ben Lamb, Jonathan Depa, John Cynn gambling marathon in Uruguay!
    2. Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    3. The Randall Emmett Experience
    4. Maria Ho’s exciting 2019 campaign to date!
    5. GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s son.
  • 50:00 – Dolly’s Game! A five-game mix that includes Doyle Brunson and Shaun Deeb.

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Apr 19, 2019

With Brent Hanks on vacation, Remko Rinkema flies solo for a podcast with reduced banter but increased guests as both Maria Ho and Ali Imsirovic join the show. Ho is fresh off making the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown final table while we spoke to Ali Imsirovic at the ARIA High Roller event at the PokerGO Studio about his summer plans and much more. 

  • 01:50 – Short poker news items including the legal online poker in Philadelphia!
  • 03:50 – Maria Ho headlines the final table of the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown!
  • 06:10 – Start of the interview with Maria Ho.
  • 08:45 – What kind of expectations does Maria Ho have going into this final table second in chips?
  • 09:52 – What would winning a World Poker Tour event mean to Maria Ho?
  • 11:05 – How does Maria strike a balance between broadcasting and playing?
  • 12:48 – What has Maria learned from prior deep runs in big events at the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour?
  • 16:15 – What will Maria Ho’s preparation look like for this final table at the end of May?
  • 19:45 – Sharing her accomplishments with her family and having them in attendance during the final table in May.
  • 23:45 – Exciting things on Poker Central and PokerGO!
  • 24:50 – Catching up with Ali Imsirovic about his summer plans, his motivation for the Poker Central High Roller of the Year leaderboard, and some fun random shenanigans!
  • 34:47 – Remko runs through the Week 15 Poker Central Power Rankings!
  • 39:40 – Closing things out with The Effing Five!
    1. Ben Lamb, Jonathan Depa, John Cynn gambling marathon in Uruguay!
    2. Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    3. The All-Time Money List Shuffle
    4. Maria Ho’s exciting 2019 campaign to date!
    5. GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s son.

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Apr 15, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined in the PokerGO Studio to talk to Phil Galfond, recap the Run it Once Week action on Poker After Dark, dive into the potential new locations for the World Series of Poker, and take a look at the Global Poker Awards.

  • 00:45 – Brent Hanks decided who’s cool and who’s totally not cool in the world of poker!
  • 03:11 – Run it Once Week on Poker After Dark and the Randall Emmett Experience!
  • 06:40 – Live, live, live and how there’s more poker content available than ever before.
  • 08:50 – Will there be more Randall Emmett type characters on Poker After Dark in the future?
  • 13:20 – Do we need more heroes and villains in poker?
  • 16:35 – The interview with Phil Galfond about the launch of Run it Once Poker, Poker After Dark, the lack of access to high stakes cash games, Farah’s high stakes play, and the difference between Tom Dwan and himself.
  • 38:00 – End of interview with Phil Galfond.
  • 39:54 – What if poker wasn’t part of the UIGEA, would Black Friday have even happened?
  • 46:19 – Results & Recap of the Bellagio High Roller events won by Seth Davies and Ali Imsirovic.
  • 47:36 – What if the World Series of Poker leaves the Rio behind? Where will poker’s biggest annual festival go?
  • 55:18 – Recapping the Global Poker Awards with some takes on certain categories.
  • 1:03:23 – What’s happening next week?

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Apr 5, 2019

The Poker Central Podcast this week spent the majority of the time off the rails! Recent WPT Venetian winner Ben Palmer and WSOP bracelet winner Jared Jaffee join the show for more than an hour of banter and shenanigans that brings a lot of untold stories to the surface.

On top of that, Brent and Remko make their way through the Week 13 Power Rankings as well as the Effing Five and some juicy info on the upcoming Poker After Dark Pot Limit Omaha action.

  • 03:19 - The start of the interview with Jared Jaffee and Ben Palmer.
  • 08:00 - The worst jobs Ben Palmer and Jared Jaffee ever had.
  • 11:00 - A weird story about Jaffee's family and a poor joke.
  • 13:00 - Athletic prowess, does Jaffee have it?
  • 15:00 - What's the story between Jaffee and Palmer, how did this bromance start?
  • 18:00 - Ben Palmer and his love for The Venetian.
  • 21:30 - How did Jaffee go broke? (Hint: Betting against the Patriots in the Super Bowl)
  • 26:00 - High rollers, Palmer won't play them and Jaffee is retiring from them.
  • 30:00 - Healthy living, slob life and Ben's approach to the game of poker.
  • 35:10 - The most degen nights of Ben and Jared.
  • 45:00 - Dating life and Massey stories.
  • 50:00 - Comedy.
  • 1:25:00 - The Week 13 Poker Central Power Rankings
  • 1:35:00 - The Effing Five.
    1. Ben Lamb, Jonathan Depa, John Cynn gambling marathon in Uruguay!
    2. Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    3. The All-Time Money List Shuffle
    4. Marty Mathis – breakout win after a decade in the game for $873k in Rio de Janeiro
    5. GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s son.

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Mar 29, 2019

For the first time in quite some time we have two guests on the Poker Central Podcast! During Femme Fatale II Week on Poker After Dark, Farah Galfond and Denise Pratt were kind enough to join us to some great conversation!

Brent and Remko also dive into big wins by Marty Mathis, Sandeep Pulusani, and Ben Palmer as well as an updated Power Ranking and two new moments in the Effing Five.

  • 04:02 - Femme Fatale week recap: Kym Lim surges, Kitty Kuo vs. Denise Pratt confrontation?
  • 10:13 - Guest: Denise Pratt talks about the video that made her famous, her talkative ways and how she’ll never back down from anyone!
  • 34:52 - Guest: Farah Galfond talks about her rise through the ranks, motherhood as a poker pro and learning from her husband Phil.
  • 54:48 - Previewing the Global Poker Awards on PokerGO, hosted by Ali Nejad & Drea Renee on April 5th at 8:00 pm ET.
  • 59:09 - Breakout win! Marty Mathis wins $873k in Rio De Janeiro, Matas Cimbolas continues impressive year with third place after getting second at L.A. Poker Classic.
  • 1:02:00 - WPT Venetian – Ben Palmer gets the bigget win of his career for $431,000 after beating Tony Gargano heads up.
  • 1:04:34 - Bay 101 Shooting Star – While no longer a WPT this event had a stacked final table with Sandeep Pulusani getting the win for $354k, Ryan Tosoc, Dan Shak, Loni Harwood, and John Andress fall just short of the win.
  • 1:07:39 - Power Rankings: The women dominate during Femme Fatale II Week, Farah Galfond becomes the first woman at the top while nine new names enter the Top 10 this week including the degen of the hour, Ben Lamb.
  • 1:16:07 - The Effing Five gets two new moments added!
    1. The All-Time Money List Shuffle
    2. Ben Lamb, Jonathan Depa, John Cynn gambling marathon in Uruguay!
    3. Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    4. Marty Mathis – breakout win after a decade in the game for $873k in Rio de Janeiro
    5. GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s sons

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Mar 22, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema get you caught up with all the latest gossip, news and excitement that’s going on in the world of poker. On this episode, they recap the Super High Roller Cash Game, preview Poker After Dark Femme Fatale II, look at the Global Poker Awards nominees and go through the Week 11 Power Rankings and an updated version of the Effing Five! 

  • 00:25 – Brent Hanks kicks things off with a rant about how much he loves March Madness.
  • 02:38 – Recapping two nights of Super High Roller Cash Game action highlighted by the volatile play of Oscar Ng, Matt Berkey, Daniel Negreanu and Justin Young.
  • 07:20 – Daniel Negreanu’s winning session as well as speculation on whether he’ll play a full schedule during the World Series of Poker.
  • 12:23 – Previewing the action and lineup as Femme Fatale returns to Poker After Dark next week featuring Maria Ho, Farah Galfond, Marle Cordeiro, Kitty Kuo, Denise Pratt and many more!
  • 16:20 – What if Phil Ivey hated casinos and only played poker? Brent and Remko speculate on how Ivey’s legacy would’ve changed if he had always focused on playing poker over his gambling exploits.
  • 21:02 – Running through the Global Poker Awards that will be live on PokerGO at April 5th from the PokerGO Studio, and this very podcast is nominated!
  • 38:35 – The Week 11 Poker Central Power Rankings are topped by Matt Berkey, Daniel Negreanu and Oscar Ng!
  • 47:30 – The Effing Five! Here’s the updated list of favorite 2019 poker moments as picked by Brent and Remko.
    1. The All-Time Money List Shuffle
    2. Matt Berkey books back-to-back-to-back televised cash game wins.
    3. Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    4. The Oscar Ng experience, putting on a show with creative play on the Super High Roller Cash Game.
    5. GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s sons 

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Mar 15, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema come at you with a whole bunch of stuff including the weekly Power Rankings, the Effing Five, recaps of all three WPT final tables and much more! 

  • 00:20 – Paying tribute to the sudden passing of Mickey Craft.
  • 03:20 – The Super High Roller Cash Game is back! Brent Hanks runs through the lineup and gets us hyped up.
  • 06:00 – New kid on the block Oscar Ng is getting a lot of attention from poker fans and players, Brent and Remko preview this new character who’ll be making his PokerGO Studio debut in this massive $200/$400 game.
  • 9:30 – The Week 10 Poker Central Power Rankings start with an apology to Stephen Chidwick from Brent Hanks.
  • 11:10 – Running through the Power Rankings from the top down, highlighted by David ‘ODB’ Baker and Frank ‘Chicken Wing’ Stepuchin jumping into the Top 3!
  • 17:00 – The Magic of Darren Elias.
  • 19:30 – Dan Bilzerian dealing out a burn to Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates! Relevancy? Stupid? Funny?
  • 21:45 – Much love for Timothy Adams, one of the most underrated players in the game right now.
  • 25:00 – Recapping three nights of World Poker Tour action on PokerGO, starting with the L.A. Poker Classic won by David ‘ODB’ Baker. Is ODB on his way to the Poker Hall of Fame?
  • 29:25 – A new legend emerged at the final table of the WPT Gardens Poker Championship: Frank ‘Chicken Wing’ Stepuchin!
  • 31:00 – Shannon Shorr: Is he the best player in the world without a major title?
  • 33:47 – Viny Lima wins the Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship.
  • 36:00 – Recapping the massive Triton Super High Roller Series where Jason Koon absolutely smashed people!
  • 39:00 – The all-time money list is changing faster than we can track of, who will be in the Top 10 by the end of the year?
  • 43:55 – The Effing Five! Here’s the new list, listen to find out the reasons why!
    • – The All-Time Money List Shuffle
    • Phil Galfond launches Run it Once Poker
    • Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    • Dan Bilzerian drops the hammer on Jungleman on Twitter
    • GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s sons
  • 48:33 – Brent Hanks speculation! Ladies??!?!!
  • 51:32 – A big shout out to all our listeners!

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Mar 5, 2019

Sit back, relax, and enjoy this lengthy conversation with U.S. Poker Open champion and the current No. 5 on poker’s all-time money list, David Peters. After the interview, Brent and Remko dive into the Power Rankings as well as the Effing Five.

  • 1:00 – We are joined by David Peters on the Poker Central Podcast! Did he do any celebrating after taking the U.S. Poker Open down? Disco David, Dizzle, and some good party stories!
  • 5:25 – David Peters in college and seeing the world because of poker prior to the age of 21.
  • 9:30 – Work ethic, dedication and all the other things that are in the mix and related to the success of David Peters.
  • 13:30 – What was the turning point for David Peters, going from an average pro to a highly successful high roller?
  • 16:55 – Studying: How does David Peters do it? Why does he not join study groups, how is it possible that he does it all on his own?
  • 27:00 – The variety in opponents while playing on the high roller circuit and what makes that challenge so exciting?
  • 28:15 – Being backed, getting deep into makeup, and then getting out of it in 2013 and never looking back.
  • 36:40 – Winning big while having a small piece of your own action, swapping pieces, the ethics of it all and whether or not it has an effect on the play at the tables?
  • 40:00 – Trying to explain how the Poker Central Power Rankings work to David Peters, and Brent Hanks making the case for Dan Bilzerian.
  • 49:35 – David Peters: His style of play, his quiet demeanor and what the reason behind it all is?
  • 59:00 – Brent and Remko recap the conversation with David Peters and dive straight into the Poker Central Power Rankings with David Peters leading the way!
  • 1:05:35 – The Effing Five, Brent and Remko shake things up!

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Feb 28, 2019

Today, on this very special episode of the Poker Central Podcast we bring you the AT&T Sportsnet team of Brad May and Nick Gismondi who visited us at the PokerGO Studio. Daniel Negreanu also joined the show to talk some hockey and poker. 

  • 1:58 – The start of the conversation with the Vegas Golden Knights broadcast team Nick Gismondi and Brad May as well as Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu.
  • 4:06 – Daniel Negreanu on how the Golden Knights immediately became an integral part of the Las Vegas community.
  • 5:14 – Brad May and Nick Gismondi on the knowledge that Daniel Negreanu has on hockey, and how he called certain things that ended out coming true.
  • 9:00 – Hockey analytics versus analytics in other sports. Is hockey evolving as quickly as the other sports are?
  • 11:40 – Brad May and Nick Gismondi on why analytics aren’t the end all be all of the National Hockey League.
  • 13:50 – What does the Mark Stone trade tell us about the Vegas Golden Knights approach and how general manager George McPhee sees the future?
  • 19:20 – Brad May got schooled by Daniel Negreanu at the poker table! And the story of him qualifying for the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event and playing in the biggest event of the year.
  • 23:57 – Stories from Brad May on playing poker and other card games during his 19-year career in the NHL.
  • 26:40 – The best and favorite NHL players that Brad May played with and against.
  • 28:28 – Does Las Vegas have an added home advantage because of the entertainment available in the city?
  • 32:00 – The team atmosphere between Brad and Nick doing the AT&T Sportsnet broadcast.
  • 33:00 – Daniel Negreanu, Brad May, and Nick Gismondi share their Vegas Golden Knights rest of the season predictions and a Stanley Cup hot take.

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Feb 22, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema get you all caught up with all that went down at the U.S. Poker Open inside the PokerGO Studio. The guys recap all the events, speak to all the winner and give you an updated list of Power Rankings as well as some moves on the Effing Five. 

  • 2:55 – Recapping Event #3 of the U.S. Poker Open – Lauren Roberts wins the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em.
  • 6:21 – The interview with Lauren Roberts after she took down the first tournament of her career and became the first female winner of the High Roller of the Year event.
  • 11:30 – Recapping Event #4 of the U.S. Poker Open – Sean Winter wins the $10,000 Short Deck event on his fourth final table of the series.
  • 13:40 – The interview with Sean Winter after his win in the Short Deck event.
  • 17:25 – Recapping Event #5 of the U.S. Poker Open – Ali Imsirovic wins the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em.
  • 20:40 – The interview with Ali Imsirovic after taking down the $25k at the U.S. Poker Open.
  • 22:57 – Recapping Event #6 of the U.S. Poker Open – Stephen Chidwick wins the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha.
  • 25:41 – The interview with Stephen Chidwick after winning the $25k PLO.
  • 29:39 – Recapping Event #6 of the U.S. Poker Open – Bryn Kenney wins the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em.
  • 32:00 – Recapping Event #7 of the U.S. Poker Open – Nick Schulman wins the $25,000 Mixed Game event.
  • 36:11 – The interview with Nick Schulman after winning the Mixed Game Championship, his first outright mixed game win and his first win as a father.
  • 41:00 – Going over the U.S. Poker Open Championship standings with Stephen Chidwick in the lead and both Sean Winter and Nick Schulman in strong contention.
  • 45:27 – The Effing Five! Brent and Remko spice things up and make some changes on the list.
  • 48:59 – The Week 7 Poker Central Power Rankings featuring Maria Ho who’s not happy she is not in the Top 10! Dan Bilzerian stays in the Top 10, and we have our first unanimous Top 2.

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Feb 17, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema sit down to get you caught up on all the latest of the U.S. Poker Open as Stephen Chidwick is once again putting on a show. Sean Winter is also in strong contention along with Jordan Cristos, winner of the PLO tournament.

The guys also revisit the Effing Five and things get heated while reviewing the highly controversial Week 6 Power Rankings that features a very odd name! 

  • 2:25 – Recapping Event #1 - $10,000 No Limit Hold’em- of the 2019 U.S. Poker Open – won by Stephen Chidwick.
  • 6:45 – The interview with Event #1 winner Stephen Chidwick.
  • 12:22 – Recapping Event #2 - $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha won by Jordan Cristos.
  • 15:50 – The interview with Event #2 winner Jordan Cristos.
  • 21:35 – Salivating over the Event #3 final table lineup that features Stephen Chidwick and Sean Winter who went heads up in Event #1.
  • 27:00 – Short Deck! Today Event #4 gets underway, what can we expect?
  • 28:10 – The Effing Five! What are Remko and Brent up to this week? Will they make some big moves?
  • 31:50 – The Week 6 Poker Central Power Rankings! Stephen Chidwick takes the No.1 spot.
  • 34:00 – Dan Bilzerian! How did he make his way into the top of the Power Rankings?
  • 37:00 – The rest of the rankings! Teddy Monroe! Lazaro Hernandez! 

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Feb 11, 2019

Listen to Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema as they have made their picks in a U.S. Poker Open Fantasy Draft, they preview the action in all 10 events, and they let you know how to follow all the action from the PokerGO Studio.

  • 0:56 – Brent and Remko go over their 2019 U.S. Poker Open Fantasy Draft lineups. Check out their teams right here!
  • 3:11 – Previewing the U.S. Poker Open schedule and content for both players and fans who are ready to watch all the action on PokerGO.
  • 6:00 – The High Roller of the Year for 2019 kicks off with the U.S. Poker Open!
  • 7:47 – Brent’s excitement for the U.S. Poker Open, which players do we look forward to seeing in action and what will the numbers be like?
  • 10:00 – The effect the $100,000 added for the overall U.S. Poker Open Championship.
  • 12:35 – Running through the U.S. Poker Open Fantasy Draft lineups and picking our favorite players from each team.
  • 15:45 – All the ways to follow U.S. Poker Open through Poker Central and PokerGO.

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Feb 8, 2019

This week on the Poker Central Podcast we discuss everything that’s exciting in the world of poker. Brent and Remko roll through the new Poker Central Power Rankings, the Effing Five sees two major changes and they tackle the latest news on Phil Galfond’s Run it Once Poker launch, Bryn Kenney’s Aussie Millions win, Phil Ivey’s legal troubles and the glorious Mike Gorodinsky mustache on Dolly’s Game.

  • 0:54 – This week on the Poker Central Podcast
  • 1:25 – The Week 5 Poker Central Power Rankings where Chino Rheem loses his No. 1 spot!
  • 4:23 – Bryn Kenney or Phil Galfond, who deserves to be the No. 1 this week?
  • 5:24 – Remko is annoyed over Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu being ranked high this week.
  • 8:30 – Rounding out the Top 10, as Toby Lewis, Rainer Kempe, Kitty Kuo, and Doyle Brunson remains on the list.
  • 12:55 – Bryn Kenney wins the Aussie Millions Main Event!
  • 17:40 – Phil Ivey gets even deeper into trouble! His Nevada assets, allegedly worth $100,000,000, are now up for grabs in the Borgata edge sorting lawsuit.
  • 24:54 – Previewing the U.S. Poker Open!
  • 30:45 – Recapping the Dolly’s Game action featuring Eli Elezra, youngster Dan Zack and the thick mustache of Mike Gorodinsky.
  • 36:33 – An interview with Mike Gorodinsky about his mustache and his friendly banter with Doyle Brunson!
  • 44:22 – Remko and Brent almost get kicked out of the conference room and dive straight into the Effing Five!
  • The New Effing Five!
    • Phil Galfond launches Run it Once Poker
    • All the recent Poker Twitter drama!
    • Negreanu gives a terminally ill poker fan experience to never forget.
    • Steve Albini Stories from the Felt featured on Rolling Stone and Pitchfork
    • Josh Arieh’s GO Fund Me account for Gavin Smith’s sons ($72K raised)

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Jan 25, 2019

This week on the Poker Central Podcast, Brent and Remko debut their own Poker Rankings lead by non-other than the man of the year so far, Chino Rheem! Also on the show, Brent tells a crazy Gavin Smith story, we look back on Poker After Dark’s The Escalator, look ahead at the upcoming WPT action on PokerGO and the latest changes to The Effing Five.

  • 1:10 – This week on the show!
  • 2:58 – Brent Hanks tells a crazy Gavin Smith story about getting a slice of pizza slapped onto his head.
  • 8:15 – Looking back on $25,000 The Escalator on Poker After Dark with Matt Berkey, Sean Winter, Chris Hunichen, Justin Young, Anthony Alberto, and Ralph Wong.
  • 16:19 – The Aussie Millions is underway, here’s all you need to know!
  • 19:20 – The Department of Justice is messing with online gaming again, is it time to panic?
  • 22:55 – The Effing Five! Brent and Remko submit their changes to the list.
  • 28:29 – Social Media is on fire lately! Brent gets us caught up on all the drama.
  • 31:35 – The outstanding loans Brent Hanks will never see repaid, who’s fault is it?
  • 34:50 – The first ever Poker Central Power Rankings!
  • 43:55 – What to look forward to next week!

The January 25 Effing Five: 

  1. Chino Rheem – Fifth million dollar score by winning the PCA
  2. Good Boy Joe Ingram hustles his way into a Platinum Pass worth $30k for the ultimate poker fan Jeremy Hilsercop.
  3. Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas wins the PSPC for $5.1 million
  4. The best fold of the year? Thi Nguyen folds AQ vs the AA of Athanasios Polychronopoulos on a board that showed AQQ.
  5. Josh Arieh’s GoFundMe raised more than $72K for Gavin Smith’s boys

The Week 3 Poker Central Power Rankings Top 10:

1          Chino Rheem
2          Daniel Negreanu
3          Stephen Chidwick
4          Phil Hellmuth
5          Kitty Kuo
6          Matt Berkey
7          Justin Bonomo
8          Doyle Brunson
9          Rainer Kempe
10        Alex Foxen

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