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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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Apr 27, 2017

Mike McDonald burst onto the scene when he was just 18-years old, winning the EPT Dortmund stop for $1.3 million and flash forward nine years and he's amassed more than 10 times that amount in live tournaments alone. Nowadays McDonald does not grind the circuit like he once did, as a startup business called Poker Shares takes up most of his time. 

McDonald dives deep into the inner workings of his business and also shares candid stories about the selling and buying of action he's partaking in over the years. The man is known as "Timex" elaborates on an especially startling story in which he cashed for nearly $2,000,000 only to profit a mere $12,000 on the entire event. 

Aside from all of that McDonald gives his thoughts on who's worth the most in the WSOP Main Event from the following six superstars: Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Phil Hellmuth, Fedor Holz, Dan Colman and Dan Smith. Lastly, former Lamborghini owner also speaks some strong words about Tom 'Durrrr' Dwan, the defunct Epic Poker League, and Ultimate Bet. 

Apr 26, 2017

On the 15th episode of the Poker Central Podcast, all women with massive scores in 2017 are being discussed. And we even forgot to mention Xuan Liu, winning the $2k at Fallsview for $232,000.

Maria Lampropulos won the massive partypoker Million at Dusk Till Dawn for £1,000,000 and with that, she jumps up the rankings on plenty of leaderboards. Lampropulos now has the eighth biggest cash by a woman ever, sits in fifth on the Argentinian all-time money list and is now 16th on the women all-time money list. Interestingly enough, Lampropulos' boyfriend is Ivan Luca who's cashed for more than $4 million since bursting onto the scene in 2015.

On top of all of this, the guys run through the latest ARIA High Roller results, jumps made by Bryn Kenney and Brian Rast on the all-time money list, the dumpster fire that was Poker Night in America and the upcoming PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo. (Fashion advice included by your hosts, Remko and Will)

Apr 21, 2017

Isaac 'Ike' Haxton is commonly referred to as one of the best poker players in the world, having been at the top for almost a decade. Haxton boasts $13 million in live tournament earnings on top of all the millions he managed to rake in through both online and live cash games. 

Today on the show, Haxton shares his thoughts on a plethora of topics that all have to do with the high stakes poker scene. Poker in Macau, the traveling life of a Super High Roller player, the adrenaline rush of the game, swapping and selling pieces for the biggest events, the demise of online poker, and travels stories are all discussed on the 12th episode of Heads Up with Remko.

To read the article in Maxim Magazine that was discussed on the show, click here.  

Apr 19, 2017

The $25,000 Mixed Game High Roller took place on both Monday and Tuesday of this week, and on this show, we recap all the action. If the walls could talk, Bobby's Room would have the best poker stories in the world, and we dive deep into the ones we know or have heard of. 

Other big questions such as: Will mixed games ever grow in popularity? What needs to be done to grow mixed games? And many others are being answered by your hosts. 

Will O'Connor also tells a great Andrew Robl story, Remko gets into his first trip to Bobby's Room in 2009, and Brent Hanks can't get enough of Richard Simmons! All in all, it's another classic episode of the Poker Central Podcast.

Apr 15, 2017

Brian Rast's one of the most successful players of the last decade, with more than $20 million in live tournaments earnings, but cash games are his mainstay. Rast plays the highest cash games in the world, competes against the best, and doesn't back down for any stakes. 

Today on the podcast, Rast tells us all the ins and outs of the Las Vegas high stakes cash game scene, goes through the Bobby's Room lineups, and shares details on how he's managed to improve his game even more over these last few months. 

Apr 11, 2017

On the 13th episode of the Poker Central Podcast, the guys are joined by staff writer Paul Oresteen to talk about the World Poker Tour finale in Florida, and Nikolay Yakovenko to talk about the University of Alberta's poker AI. 

The big topics on today's show also include Jason Mercier, Ryan Riess and Daniel Weinman coming up with massive wins. Sergio Garcia's Masters win's being discussed, there's room for some awful travel stories in light of Dan Smith being denied entry onto a plane in Macau, and much new from Asia's gambling capital as the PokerStars Championship Macau wrapped up.

Apr 7, 2017

Ben Sulsky's one of the most successful high-stakes online cash game players, and he shared the story of his life in poker. 

On this podcast, Sulsky tells the story of his rise through the ranks of poker and battling at the high stakes versus anyone willing to face him. Over the years the action on the highest stakes has dried up significantly, and Sulsky dives into the current state of high-stakes online poker. 

During the heyday of online poker, Sulsky also took shots at the now infamous Rail Heaven, and he recalls one specific hand where Phil Galfond crushed both his bankroll and his spirit. 

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Apr 5, 2017

The crew is back at it, this time discussing the epic results of Steve O'Dwyer and Fedor Holz in Macau, Dietrich Fast and Adrian Mateos chopping up a big one in Florida and much more. 

The World Poker Tour festivities in Florida get a close inspection from the guys, as Wil shares some hot takes on the Tournament of Champions format, shows love for the WPT 500, and a very special guest makes an appearance on the show. 

Other topics discussed on the podcast include the NBC Sports deal Poker Central agreed upon, the Jaime Staples weight loss bet and the place of Zynga poker in the poker universe. 

Mar 31, 2017

Jason Mercier's one of the most successful poker players in the world, having no less than five World Series of Poker bracelets, and EPT title and countless online wins. With $17 million in live tournament earnings, Mercier ranks 13th on the all-time money list, 7th on the EPT all-time money list and 1st on the WSOP Omaha all-time money list. 

Mercier burst onto the scene with a massive win in the EPT Season 3 San Remo stop, when he took home $1.4 million after crushing his opponents at one of the fastest final tables in poker history. While that tournament meant financial independence, arguably the worst night of his life followed that life-changing win. Mercier was stabbed in the back with a broken bottle after a bar fight, one inch removed from it being a fatal injury. On this podcast he tells the entire story.

Mercier's story, however, didn't start with live poker, as he was among the first Supernovas on PokerStars in 2006, and the 16th ever to become Supernova Elite in 2007.

On this podcast, Mercier talks about the battle for the acceptance of his lifestyle with his family, and making big choices with big consequences. 

Mar 29, 2017

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On the 11th episode of the Poker Central Podcast, we tackle a big question: Is Bryn Kenny a real person?

Obviously, he's not, since Kenney's already raked in almost $3 million in live tournament earnings in 2017 alone. Kenney's cashed in 13 tournaments, of which six were Top 3 finishes.

This week's show also includes an interview with staff writer Paul Oresteen, who wrote a brilliant two-part feature interview with poker's most respected producer Mori Eskandani.

We also go over the latest results in ARIA High Rollers, discuss the status of satellites in live poker tournaments, and much, much more including the to-be-released Mercier baby.

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Mar 23, 2017

Dan Colman's one of the most successful tournament poker players of the last three years, winning the Big One for One Drop in 2014 for $15 million after beating Daniel Negreanu heads up. In total Colman has almost $28 million in earnings, putting him third on the all-time money list behind only the aforementioned Negreanu, and Erik Seidel. 

Colman started his poker career gambling for small money, but through a serious dose of natural talent, hard work and dedication, he managed to become one of the most feared heads-up no limit holde'm players in the world. 

After crushing online for well over a year, Colman turned his attention to live poker, bursting onto the scene by winning the Monte Carlo Super High Roller in 2014 for roughly $2.1 million. Just two months later Colman won the second ever million-dollar buy-in tournament, putting his name on the map for good.

On this podcast Colman tells his entire life story, the decisions he made in not talking to the media after his big win, and how he stance his changed since. 

Mar 21, 2017

After months of waiting, the grudge match between Cate Hall and Mike Dentale was finally there. This past Sunday, Poker Night in America played host to the heads-up battle that saw Hall beat Dentale 2-0 in a best-of-three. 

Hall collected $30,000 for her efforts, and we spoke to Matt Glantz about the lead up to this battle happening, the money that was at stake and how he looks back on the overall production and social media response. 

Aside from the battle, Tom Dawn notches up his first HendonMob result in more than three years, Ben Tollerene' scores big in Panama, and we analyze Tom Marchese's thought on whether there are too many high roller events.

Lastly, the boys get into a fair bit of banter towards the end, with a very special guest crashing the party. 

The music on today's show's provided by Leroy Townes. Their song Hurricane Express is featured in both the intro and the outro. For more on them, check out their website at  

Mar 17, 2017

This week on Heads Up with Remko, Tom Marchese joins the show to talk about all things high stakes! Marchese's currently ranked 15th on poker's all-time money list for tournaments, but his poker story goes far beyond that. 

Marchese talks about the ARIA high stakes tournament, the Super High Roller Bowl, playing on the famous Rail Heaven online tables and much more. 

Mar 15, 2017

On the ninth episode of the Poker Central Podcast, Remko Rinkema and Will O'Connor are joined by both most recent World Poker Tour millionaires.

Daniel Strelitz took down the LAPC for a cool million while Sam Panzica collected $1.3 million for winning the Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event. Both players talked about the experience of winning the biggest tournament of their careers and notching up their first ever seven-figure score. 

Aside from the poker news, Remko and Will dive into some banter about the Cate Hall vs. Mike Dentale heads-up match, and some March Madness action!

Mar 9, 2017

Bill Perkins is among the most successful hedge fund managers in the United States, focussing on venture capital and energy markets, while at the same time being a very passionate poker player, Twitch streamer, karaoke singer and father of two. 

On this week's episode of Heads Up with Remko, Perkins opens up about his personal life, taking us on a journey from growing up in Jersey City to living a jet-setting life in the Caribbean. 

The road to success wasn't a clear-cut one for Perkins, who started at the bottom as "the assistant to the assistant of the assistant," working his way up to owning his investment firm. Back in 1997, Perkins founded Small Ventures USA, and he later joined Centaurus Energy in 2002. 

Currently, Perkins managed the Houston-based energy hedge fund Skylar Capital, while at the same time traveling to player poker and explore the world. 

Mar 7, 2017

On the eighth episode of the Poker Central Podcast, your host Remko Rinkema's joined by his best friends Will O'Connor and Brent Hanks for another weekly dose of shenanigans. 

The gentlemen dive deep into this past weekend's ARIA High Roller tournaments, at which Will spoke to superstar players Dan Colman, Jason Koon, and Ankush Mandavia. Colman notched up two big victories in this young year, and he shares his excitement about recent results and participation in the Super High Roller Bowl. 

Koon and Mandavia are also looking forward to participating in the Super High Roller Bowl, and they also share their thoughts on their focus, preparation, and excitement. 

Lastly, Brent goes off the deep end on a tangent like no other, PokerStars Championship events in both Panama and Sochi are being discussed. 

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