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Aug 11, 2017

During the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event we spoke to one of poker's well-known poker coaches Jared Tendler, and he sat down with us to talk about the mental game of poker. 

Tendler started out as a mental coach for professional golfers, moving to poker after learning about the game and its intricacies through meeting Dusty Schmidt, an avid golfer and even more successful poker player.

Over the years Tendler has coached many poker players, most notably Jorryt van Hoof during this 2014 WSOP Main Event run that culminated in a third place finish. With Tendler we dive back into that experience, and how writing books about his experience have helped him become a better coach. 

Aug 9, 2017

Welcome to the glorious return of Will OC on the Poker Central Podcast, and together with Brent Hanks and your host Remko Rinkema, this week's show gets out of hand rather quickly. 

Among the more serious topics being discussed, with plenty of hot takes to go around, you can expect to hear about the following:

  • What's up with the Poker is Fun Tour?
  • Nipun Java continues blistering hot 2017 in Florida
  • Doug Polk's PokerStars deal
  • Sam Grafton's winning ways
  • Kenny Hallaert is the new Fedor Holz
  • Aussie Millions releases 2018 schedule

And we dive into some new PokerGO programming announcements and storylines that you might have not heard before!

  • Chris Moneymaker Pokerography released
  • Deep Issues interview series with Kevin Hart, Daniel Negreanu, Jackie Cruz and Antonio Esfandiari released
  • Phil Laak's used to be a repo man?
  • Poker After Dark Live gossip and lineup thoughts

If you're new to the podcast, please rate, review and subscribe to support the show! If you're new to PokerGO, please click this link to sign up. Use promo code 'remko' for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Aug 3, 2017

Scott Blumstein became a millionaire and household poker name overnight when he took down the 2017 WSOP Main Event for $8,150,000, and today he's on Heads Up with Remko to talk all about his life-changing win. 

Blumstein talked about all the big hands at the final table that brought him fame and fortune, going over the big bluff versus Dan Ott, the massive pot against John Hesp and the easily forgotten big call he made against Jack Sinclair on the final table bubble. 

The youngster from New Jersey also touched upon how life changing this money and poker fame might be, but that in the end of the day he'll maintain to be a "professional liver". 

If you've missed any of Blumstein's big hands, go to PokerGO right now and relive every day of the Main Event up until the final table. The Main Event final table replays on PokerGO are available for customers in non-ESPN affiliated regions only. Blackouts apply. Subscribe to PokerGO using the promo code 'remko' for $10 off the annual subscription. Follow Scott on Twitter by clicking this link.

Aug 1, 2017

This week on the Poker Central Podcast: Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth discuss the return of Poker After Dark on PokerGO.

Negreanu and Hellmuth - two of the most colorful characters to appear on Poker After Dark - dive back into their memory bank about the old shows, but also look forward at what's to come. Poker After Dark returns on Monday, August 14, live on PokerGO.

Also on the show, Brent Hanks discusses the return of Brent Hanks on the Poker Central Podcast. After more than two months, Hanks makes his first appearance to talk about his excitement for Poker After Dark, his own World Series of Poker success and lack there of and sweating his good friend Bryan Piccioli in the Main Event. 

Piccioli's story is one that goes far beyond poker, as a tragic accident left his dead a quadriplegic last summer. The Buffalo News wrote a big feature story about his father and how he watched his son play, and you can read that piece right here

If you have not yet subscribed to PokerGO, you can do so by clicking the link and using the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual subscription.  

Jul 27, 2017

Welcome to the return of Heads Up with Remko, this week featuring one of the most successful poker pros of the last 10 years: Jonathan Little. 

Jonathan Little is featured on PokerGO with his very own Pokerography, in which the story of the man with two WPT titles is told from baby beauty pageants through Magic the Gathering to becoming one of the biggest winners in live tournaments.

Playing the game is not the only way Little makes his living, as he's also a renowned poker author and coach. On this podcast, you can hear all about the process of creating his books and the road to his personal success in both poker and family life. 

Subscribe now to PokerGO and receive $10 off the annual subscription by using the promo code 'remko' to get more than 100 days of live poker every year. Watch Pokerographies on the best players in the world, the Super High Roller Bowl and classic Poker After Dark episodes in anticipation of the new season starting on August 14.

Jul 25, 2017

The 2017 World Series of Poker is a wrap! Scott Blumstein is the Main Event champion and he'll add $8,150,000 to his poker resume, on top of an amazing shiny bracelet and life-long fame in the game of poker. 

On this podcast we run through the entire final table from start to finish, from Ben Lamb to the deuce on the river that took away Dan Ott's chances of making an epic comeback. 

The podcast will now return to its weekly slot, with releases early in the week. If you haven't yet subscribed, please do so by search "poker central" on your favorite podcasting app. 'Heads Up with Remko' will return this week as well, with plenty of exciting guests lined up.

Jul 20, 2017

After a two-day hiatus to sleep, recover and get amped up for the WSOP Main Event final table, the Poker Central Podcast is back with a big preview show!

Aside from the WSOP Main Event, we are also hyped up about the Poker Masters, Poker After Dark and global streaming on PokerGO of said Main Event in non-ESPN regions. 

To read along while listening, here is the final table line up in seat order:

Player Country Chip Count Blinds
John Hesp United Kingdom 85,700,000 107
Scott Blumstein United States 97,250,000 122
Antoine Saout France 21,750,000 27
Benjamin Pollak France 35,175,000 44
Jack Sinclair United Kingdom 20,200,000 25
Damian Salas Argentina 22,175,000 28
Ben Lamb United States 18,050,000 23
Bryan Piccioli United States 33,800,000 42
Dan Ott United States 26,475,000 33

Read how you can watch the Main Event final table here, and use the promo code "remko" for $10 off the annual PokerGO subscription.

Jul 17, 2017

 

The WSOP Main Event is down to its final 27 players, and here is what the final three tables look like. Listen to the podcast for a full recap of the action, and a preview of tomorrow's action. 

The live action starts at 12:30 PM PST/3:30 PM ET/9:30 PM CET on PokerGO.

Player - Country - Chip Count

John Hesp - United Kingdom - 20,880,000

Robin Hegele - Germany - 11,150,000

Scott Stewart - United States - 6,230,000

Damian Salas - Argentina - 7,800,000

Michael Ruane - United States - 9,340,000

Jack Sinclair - United Kingdom - 27,535,000

Bryan Piccioli - United States - 14,500,000

Jonas Mackoff - Canada - 12,050,000

Randy Pisane - United States - 18,370,000

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Richard Dubini - Argentina - 14,975,000

Antoine Saout - France - 9,945,000

Valentin Messina - France - 28,590,000

Pedro Oliveira - Portugal - 22,540,000

Florian Lohnert - Germany - 5,360,000

Alexandre Reard - France - 8,580,000

David Guay - Canada - 7,400,000

Richard Gryko - United Kingdom - 13,760,000

Scott Blumstein - United States - 18,125,000

 -  -

Michael Sklenicka - Czech Republic - 2,230,000

Jake Bazeley - United States - 3,915,000

Christian Pham - United States - 31,440,000

Michael Krasienko - United States - 11,430,000

Benjamin Pollak - France - 8,870,000

Daniel Ott - United States - 7,815,000

Marcel Luske - Netherlands - 2,990,000

Karen Sarkisyan - Russia - 8,105,000

Ben Lamb - United States - 25,685,000

Jul 16, 2017

The World Series of Poker Main Event is down to just 85 players, and we spoke to no less than seven players still in the event. 

Charlie Carrel headlined the PokerGO stream, and we spoke to him about the joy of going deep in the Main Event. Unfortunately, shortly after recording the podcast, Carrel was eliminated in 88th place cashing for $72,514. Just two more players hit the rail before the night ended, and the following players that joined us on the podcast bagged up chips.

Scott Blumstein 6,845,000
Bryan Piccioli 5,400,000
Dario Sammartino - 2,858,000
Marcel Luske 2,290,000
Martin Finger 890,000

Blumstein, playing in this first WSOP Main Event, had a tough day with Ben Lamb on his left for most of it, but in the end, he bagged up a top stack. Piccioli started the 2016 Main Event on Day 5 with the chip lead, and this year he flew under the radar a bit more and managed to bag up a big stack after Day 5. With 85 players remaining he's only one spot removed from improving on last year's finish.

Sammartino battled all day with Kenny Hallaert, and both players managed to make it through the day. Luske had a day filled with swing, ultimately securing himself the third best Main Event finish after finishing 14th in 2003 and 10th in the 2004 Main Event. 

Last but not least, EPT champ Martin Finger bagged up a very short stack but he's still not out of it heading into Day 6.

Tomorrow the action will play down to just 27 players, and a lot of that action will be live on PokerGO. The action starts on ESPN at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET and switches over to PokerGO at 3:00pm PT/6:00pm ET/midnight CET. 

Jul 15, 2017

On this action-packed show, no less than nine guests join us, as we take you through Day 4 of the World Series of Poker Main Event. 

The day started with 1,084 players, and in the end, just 297 put chips in the bag for Day 5. Sofia Lovgren, Danielle 'dmoongirl' Andersen, Felipe Ramos, and Vivian Saliba all joined us on the podcast, but unfortunately, they did not manage to make it into Day 5.

The players that kept their runs going include Mickey Craft, Ben Lamb, Michael Ruane, Marcel Lukse and Jake Balsiger and they all talked about their tournament so far on the podcast. 

The podcast returns tomorrow night, as the tournament gets down to double digits, and the final table starts getting to within arms reach. The PokerGO coverage of the final table continues at 1:00 pm PST/4:00pm ET/10:00pm CET.

Jul 14, 2017

Daniel Negreanu was one of the last players to get knocked out on Day 2c, and we spoke to him for a lengthy wrap-up of his summer. Negreanu talks about what he called "his strongest summer ever" and the close calls in big bracelet events. 

Joe Hachem played on the PokerGO feature table, and he talked about returning to Las Vegas and the memories of winning the Main Event back in 2005. Hachem also has praise for the new streaming and ESPN broadcasting of the Main Event, and he's in strong support of playing out the event in July. 

Other guests on the show include Chino Rheem, Jason Koon and Kenny Hallaert.

Tune in for more PokerGO live streaming of the Main Event at 11:30 pm PST/2:30 pm ET/8:30 pm CET. The PokerGO pre-show on the Poker Central Facebook page starts at 10:30am PST, with all the latest on the Main Event.

Jul 13, 2017

Day 2c of the World Series of Poker has concluded, and Barstool Nate is among the players returning for Day 3. Nate bagged up 255,300 chips, putting him in a great position to make the money in his first ever Main Event appearance.

The same can't be said for his buddy, Smitty. In the last level of the day, Smitty got knocked out after an entire day of hanging around 90,000 chips. 

Both Joseph Cheong and Cliff Josephy know what it feels like to finish third in the WSOP Main Event, and they were matched up on the secondary feature table today. Both gentlemen made it through to Day 3 and we spoke to them in the early goings of the event. 

John Smith finished second in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship in back-to-back years, and currently, he's chasing his first Main Event cash. Smith's full of confidence, and we spoke to him as well.

The action continues on PokerGO on Thursday at 11:30am PST/2:30pm ET/8:30pm CET.

Jul 12, 2017

On the 39th episode of the Poker Central Podcast, it's time to talk poker with 3-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour. 

On Day 2a/b of the Main Event, 2,219 players returned to the tables and only 1,023 managed to make it through to Day 3. The biggest stacks belong to Mickey Craft (608,100) and Lawrence Bayley (618,000).

Seymour bagged up 102,000, while defending champion Qui Nguyen was knocked out. We also spoke to Nguyen on the show, about his return to the place where his epic run started last year. 

Economics PHD student Andrew Barber joins the show to talk about the economics of the Main Event and the lower markups for action being lower than they have been in previous years.  

Last but certainly not least, Army vet Tim Burt joins the show to talk about his quest for a fourth straight WSOP Main Event cash, and his history of playing online poker while being on active duty in Iraq.

 

Jul 11, 2017

The World Series of Poker Main Event had its third and final starting day today, attracting a staggering field of 4,262 players, totaling this year's tournament at 7,221! The tournament drew a very exciting crowd, featuring top pros, recreational players and two guys that go by the name of Nate and Smitty, bloggers for Barstool Sports.

For this podcast, we spoke to Nate and Smitty on their final break, before they bagged up 228,500 and 90,000 respectively. 

Also on this podcast, a full recap of the exciting Day 1c action that played ou on PokerGO. Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier headlined the feature table and played numerous interesting hands. We spoke to Mercier about his day, and later in the show, we spoke to his wife Natasha, who bagged up one of the biggest Day 1c stacks.

Mike 'Timex' McDonald also joined the show, only to, unfortunately, bust out in the last level of play. We also spoke to one Esther Taylor-Brady, who's coming off her best summer yet. Last but not least, 10-time WSOP bracelet winner and two-time Main Event champion Johnny Chan talked about his highly successful Day 1 action.

Watch the Day 2a/b action live on PokerGO on July 11 starting at 11:00 am PT, 2:00 pm ET and 8:00 pm CET. Use the code "remko" for $10 off the annual subscription. 

Jul 10, 2017

Seattle's very own Matt Affleck joins Heads Up with Remko to talk about his life, career and the hand that brought him poker fame. In the 2010 WSOP Main Event, Affleck was eliminated by the eventual winner Johnathan Duhamel when his aces got cracked with 15 players remaining in the tournament, and that hand will forever live on in poker history. 

The story of Affleck, however, goes far beyond that one hand. A longtime online player, live tournament pro, respected poker coach and both WSOP and WPT finalist, there's a lot to discuss. 

Affleck dives into the mental aspect of the game, as he's being coached by Jared Tendler, and how he's constantly working on his game to eventually get that massive win he's been close to so many times.

Today, on July 10th, Matt Affleck plays the WSOP Main Event Day 1c, and you can follow him on Twitter. Watch all the Main Event Day 1c action live on PokerGO, and all days leading up to the 2017 Main Event final table. Use the promo code "remko" for $10 off your annual PokerGO subscription.

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. 

Jul 6, 2017

The 35th episode of the Poker Central Podcast is centered around the big announcement of the return of Poker After Dark! PokerGO brings back one of the most popular poker shows of the past decade, as its final episode was aired in 2011. The guys speculate on potential lineups and call out to the fans to make their suggestion using the #PokerCentralPod hashtag. 

With the Main Event of the WSOP just two days away, all content, times, locations and other ways to consume the biggest event in all of poker are being discussed, as PokerGO and ESPN will bring the most live coverage ever of the biggest poker tournament of the year. 

After almost a week-long podcasting break, we also recap all prior events and play interviews with Daniel Negreanu during the $50k, and Andres Korn, winner of the $5k that was streamed on PokerGO. 

Here are the other winners that are discussed on today's show, with a lot of international flair!

Event Winner Payout
 #65: $1,000 NLHE Turbo Shai Zurr $223,241
 #64: $1,500 NLHE/PLO Mix Sebastian Langrock $268,555
 #63: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Rulah Divine $262,501
 #61: $3,333 Online High Roller Thomas Cannuli $322,815
 #60: $888 Crazy Eights Alexandru Papazian $888,888
 #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix Jens Lakemeier $112,232
 #58: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Artur Rudziankov $395,918
 #57: $2,500 O8/Stud8 Mix Smith Sirisakorn $215,902
 #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Andres Korn $618,285
 #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Tom Koral $96,907
 #54: $10,000 PLO Championship Tommy Le $938,732
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 podcast@pokercentral.com.

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 23, 2017

After a short hiatus, we recap no less than seven events from the 2017 World Series of Poker, beginning with the epic $5k 6-Max that streamed on PokerGO. The $10k 6-Max that's streaming on PokerGO today is also being previewed, with Kristen Bicknell chasing her third bracelet and Charlie Carrel in strong contention for his first.

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!

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