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WSOP Podcast

The WSOP Podcast is hosted by Remko Rinkema, Brent Hanks, and Donnie Peters who go beyond the chip counts and results to bring you exciting behind-the-scenes coverage of poker's biggest annual spectacle.
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Oct 17, 2021

Donnie and Remko gather on Saturday night to break down the implications of the WSOP adding two starting days to this year's Main Event. Starting on November 8th, travel restrictions are lifted and players from all over the world can now make last-minute plans to play in the $10,000 Main Event.

Donnie also spoke to Anthony Zinno, Scott Ball, and Dylan Weisman as all three claimed bracelets in the last 24 hours. 

Oct 15, 2021

The 14th episode of the WSOP Podcast sees the glorious return of Brent Hanks, the lost son. Mr. Buffalo tells stories of his wild night with Daniel Negreanu which included a trip to the Golden Knights home opener and finding a bag in the pro-heavy $5,000 6-Max event.

Brent also provides insights into the brand new PokerGO Tailgate, which will be in operation daily from the World Series of Poker as a place to hang out and watch both poker and sports.

Donnie brings an update on the Ladies Event that concluded last night and shares the fascinating story of Lara Eisenberg who took the event down. Lastly, travel restrictions will be lifted for vaccinated players on November 8th and the boys speculate on how this will effect the numbers of the WSOP Main Event.

Oct 14, 2021

Your daily WSOP Podcast gets you up to speed on the latest action from the Rio including today's Ladies Event final table, last night's Milly Maker results and stories, and Daniel Negreanu's deep run in the $5k 6-Max.

The guys also dive into Wynn's epic Mystery Bounty tournament, which tournaments they'd like to see at the World Series of Poker, and whether or not Dan Bilzerian will play a $100,000,00 heads-up poker match in Las Vegas later this year.

Oct 13, 2021

Phil Hellmuth still dominates the headlines at the 2021 World Series of Poker and both Remko and Donnie share additional thoughts on his massive outburst at the $10,000 Seven Card Stud final table. 

Last night, Dylan Linde won his first WSOP bracelet in the Mixed Omaha event and the guys preview the PokerGO Live Streamed final table of the Millionaire Maker tonight featuring Michael 'The Meditator' Gathy who's going for his fifth No Limit Hold'em bracelet.

Oct 12, 2021

Phil Hellmuth came close to winning his 16th World Series of Poker at the final table of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship last night, but while his quest was unsuccessful, his tirades were not. 

Hellmuth raised a lot of eyebrows with his f-bomb laden rants when his opponents outdrew him, and this morning Twitter was up in arms about his behavior. On this podcast, Remko and Donnie share their thoughts on the matter and also dive into a variety of other topics such as a man playing in the Ladies Event once again, and a small recap of the other tournaments at the Rio today.

Oct 11, 2021

The World Series of Poker brings players from all over the world to Las Vegas and today we had a unique opportunity to talk to Women Chess Grandmaster Qiyu 'Nemo' Zhou about venturing into the game of poker. 

Remko and Donnie also dive into Phil Hellmuth's chase for No. 16 as he's playing on today's PokerGO final table stream of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship. We also break down other ongoing events such as the Milly Maker and look ahead at the other streams on PokerGO this week.

 

Oct 9, 2021

Two more gold bracelets were awarded at the 2021 World Series of Poker, Phil Hellmuth fell short on his latest run at a 16th gold bracelet, and the $10,000 Limit Hold'em has a great final table to look forward to.

Donnie Peters and Tim Duckworth handle the hosting duties while Remko Rinkema enjoys a nice bike ride.

Rate, review, and subscribe to this show if you enjoy the content. Please join us six days a week during the World Series of Poker for exclusive behind-the-scenes information from poker's biggest spectacle.

Oct 8, 2021

Three gold bracelets were won at the 2021 World Series of Poker on Thursday night. Jason Koon captured his first, and Ari Engel and Yuval Bronshtein both won their second on what was a wild and exciting night of poker from inside the Rio.

Donnie Peters spoke with Koon and Engel about their wins, and industry veteran Tim Duckworth joins alongside for the discussion.

Rate, review, and subscribe to this show if you enjoy the content. Please join us six days a week during the World Series of Poker for exclusive behind-the-scenes information from poker's biggest spectacle.

Oct 7, 2021

Ben Mintz, also known as Bayou Ben and Barstool Mintzy, was a poker pro before busting his bankroll which lead to him returning to college and starting from scratch. A series of events put Mintzy back at the World Series of Poker and today he joined our show to discuss it all. 

In addition to this, Brent Hanks finally joins the podcast and we discuss Phil Hellmuth's quest for Bracelet 16 while Jason Koon is two wins away from winning his first in the $25,000 Heads Up Championship.

Oct 6, 2021

Remko Rinkema and Donnie Peters bring you daily updates from the 2021 World Series of Poker and today they're joined by DAT Poker Podcast host Adam Schwartz.

The guys discuss Phil Hellmuth's quest for WSOP Bracelet No. 16 as he's gone deep in all three events he's entered this year, they break down the remaining players in the $25,000 Heads Up tournament, and examine the curious payouts of this event.

The big topic on the show today, to which we would love for all listeners to chime in on, is "What Would Be The Most Exciting Thing to Happen At The WSOP This Year?"

Last but certainly not least, we do a little previewing of the Vegas Golden Knights season, how to best experience a game in Las Vegas, and the guys break down their epic weight-loss bets from the past 12 months.

Oct 5, 2021

Remko and Donnie get together for your daily World Series of Poker update and bring you inside info on the best Las Vegas restaurants and hotspots.

First, the guys recap the $25,000 High Roller that streamed on PokerGO with Tyler Cornell winning his maiden bracelet along with $833,289 before updating you on all the other events going on right now.

The $25,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads Up Championship gets underway today and your hosts wager pizzas on the outcome of the John Smith Invitational before diving into some more local Las Vegas recommendations. 

Capping it all off today are stories from both Remko and Donnie's first time at the World Series of Poker in 2008 and 2009 respectively. 

Please rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast and we'll see you for another show tomorrow! 

Oct 4, 2021

The vibes inside the Rio at the 2021 World Series of Poker are very positive and your hosts Remko Rinkema and Donnie Peters carry that energy into the first show of the week.

Today on the show:

  • A brief recap of the events that finished and are still in progress including the $25k HORSE final table.
  • A preview of the first PokerGO streamed final table: The $25,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller featuring Adrian Mateos, Mustapha Kanit, and Jonathan Jaffe.
  • An update on our terrible $525 fantasy team.
  • An overview of this year's World Series of Poker Player of the Year format and standings.
  • Remko ventures into another restaurant recommendation while Donnie gives coffee advice that he immediately goes against. 

Please rate, review, and subscribe to our show and tune in for another episode tomorrow! 

Oct 2, 2021

Remko and Donnie ventured out into the Amazon jungle to chat with a few guests for this episode of the podcast.

On this show, Jeremy Ausmus talks about winning the first gold bracelet awarded this WSOP, New York Times best-selling author Maria Konnikova discusses being in poker and at the WSOP, Norman Chad catches us up on all of his donations, and Rob "WorldWideWob" Perez sits down for some poker, NBA, and Vegas talk.

Rate, review, and subscribe to this show if you enjoy the content. Please join us 6 days a week during the World Series of Poker for exclusive behind-the-scenes information from poker's biggest spectacle.

Oct 1, 2021

Watered-down coffee can ruin someone's day and Remko gives very specific advice to avoid this type of drama. Donnie delivers another excellent pizza recommendation for Las Vegas and the guys dive into the following poker-related topics on the second episode of the WSOP Podcast.

  • Last night Day 1 of the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. concluded with 73 entries, registration is open until the start of play today. Top stacks include Mike Matusow and John Monnette.
  • The WSOP Podcast submitted their own line-up for this year's $25k Fantasy league that somehow only has a $525 buy-in.
  • Speculation on the long lines in the hallway and the field size of the $500 Reunion event that has a $5 million guarantee.

Rate, review, and subscribe to this show if you enjoy the content. Please join us 6 days a week during the World Series of Poker for exclusive behind-the-scenes information from poker's biggest spectacle. 

Sep 30, 2021

Hello friends! The World Series of Poker is back from a lengthy hiatus and so is this podcast feed!

Please enjoy six episodes per week from the Rio in Las Vegas as Remko Rinkema, Donnie Peters, and Brent Hanks deliver all the latest gossip, hot takes, and analysis from the 2021 WSOP.

On Episode 1, Remko and Donnie get reacquainted and set the scene for what you can expect over the next 55 days from this show and the PokerGO team. Oh, and there's pizza advice. 

Apr 22, 2020

Poker commentary legend Norman Chad joins the Poker Central Podcast to talk about his life during the quarantine, owing money to a Ukrainian bag man, pizza choices, and stories from the past regarding the World Series of Poker and his own life as a gambler and poker player.

  • 01:23 - What has Norman Chad been up to during the quarantine?
  • 06:05 - The story of Norman Chad's last ever sports bet back in 1984 when he nearly bankrupted himself betting on various different sports in a one-week stretch.
  • 08:55 - How Norman Chad, allegedly, got scammed playing online poker resulting in a $5,600 loss in a single week?!
  • 19:13 - When did Norman Chad first come to Las Vegas and became aware of the World Series of Poker?
  • 22:20 - "Tournament Player" Norman Chad become the voice of the World Series of Poker but how did that happen?
  • 30:30 - Norman Chad's Twitter game, fact, or fiction?
  • 41:40 - Norman Chad's relationship with Phil Ivey.
  • 49:22 - 555 Questions for Norman Chad with some tremendous answers!
  • 1:04:30 - A game of word association with Norman Chad featuring some great pizza talk.

Want to catch the action live and ask your burning questions to our guest? Tune in live every Tuesday at noon PST.

Apr 17, 2020

Bryn Kenney joins the Poker Central Podcast to talk about the millions he's won playing poker and how he's looking to become a business mogul now!

Apr 1, 2020

From the confines of his New York City apartment, Barstool Nate joins the podcast to talk a whole bunch of poker and controversy!

  • 01:00 – How is Barstool Nate holding up during the quarantine in New York City and did he already have the coronavirus?
  • 06:15 – The rise and fall of Barstool Nate’s short-lived online poker twitch streamer career and how much money he’s losing so far!
  • 14:15 – How is Barstool Sports surviving the quarantine and coronavirus pandemic and is Nate getting involved on the dating apps during these strange times?
  • 24:00 – Is the 2020 World Series of Poker still happening? Will Nate make an appearance no matter what? Is he going to risk getting the virus?
  • 35:44 – Controversy! Would Phil Ivey winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event have sparked a bigger poker boom than Chris Moneymaker winning?
  • 57:05 – 555 Questions with Barstool Nate
  • 1:07:30 – A game of word association with your favorite Barstool Sports personalities.
  • 1:12:50 – Barstool Nate’s Quarantine Life Tips.

New to the podcast? Tune in live every Tuesday at 12:00pm PT/3:00 pm ET on our YouTube channel. 

Mar 25, 2020

Poker champ and science expert Liv Boeree joins the podcast to help Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema through these trying times. 

  • 00:50 - How has Liv Boeree been holding up during the quarantine?
  • 03:10 - How COVID-19 increased or decreased Liv Boeree's confidence in humanity?
  • 05:25 - Liv made a video on the 7 worst takes regarding the coronavirus, was this fun or painful having to make this?
  • 07:10 - What is Liv most concerned about regarding the global pandemic?
  • 13:00 - Brent Hanks shares his experience with his youngest son falling ill during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 17:00 - GIMME THE ODDS: A game where Liv Boeree gives us the odds on five hot topics! Does Liv Boeree think the 2020 WSOP will happen? Are we living in a simulation? Is Igor Kurganov actually a very intelligent robot?
  • 30:55 - Liv Boeree is officially retired from poker!
  • 34:34 - 555 Questions for Liv Boeree!
  • 43:20 - Snap-Call! A game of word association with Liv Boeree.
  • 48:05 - Some questions from the chat and viewers to wrap up the show including some talk about psychedelics. 

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Mar 11, 2020

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema break down the cancellation of major events due to the coronavirus and the impact it could have on the World Series of Poker and other major events. The guys also review the Global Poker Awards and discuss who’s on their Mt. Rushmore of Poker!

  • 01:35 – How will the spread of the coronavirus impact live poker tournaments and most importantly the World Series of Poker?
  • 06:40 – Cancellations and postponements due to the coronavirus in the world of poker.
  • 12:20 – Is the coronavirus strangely going to have a positive impact on the state of online poker in the USA?
  • 16:11 – High Stakes Poker is back, and we relive the epic hand of Sammy Farha vs Barry Greenstein from Season 1.
  • 23:35 – Brent and Remko break down the epic aces vs kings hand, how different this hand would’ve played out in 2020, and what has Barry Greenstein been up to?
  • 28:20 – A game of “YES OR NO” with Brent Hanks who’s subjected to five strong statements he will agree or disagree with.
  • 30:00 – The Global Poker Awards, where were the poker players?
  • 34:10 – The Mount Rushmore of Poker! Who belongs on there? Johnny Chan? Erik Seidel? Let us know in the comments who you think belongs.
  • 45:15 – Are reserved games ruining live poker in Las Vegas?
  • 52:00 – The high roller action in Sochi where the partypoker MILLIONS Super High Roller Series has brought out all the big names including Phil Ivey!

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Mar 4, 2020

Antonio Esfandiari and Bill Perkins join Brent and Remko on the Poker Central Podcast to talk about High Stakes Poker, Die With Zero, and did Stu Ungar cheat to win the 1997 WSOP Main Event?

  • 00:40 – Today on the show, breaking down all topics.
  • 01:50 – Is Brent Hanks okay? Has the Corona Virus entered the Hanks household?
  • 04:30 – Watch a full hand of High Stakes Poker Season 1 featuring Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu laying it all on the line!
  • 11:26 – Antonio Esfandiari breaks down the big pot from Season 1 of High Stakes Poker vs Daniel Negreanu.
  • 13:28 – Was $100,000 a big loss for Antonio Esfandiari on High Stakes Poker, and will The Magician return on Season 8?
  • 15:35 – We speculate on what the future of High Stakes Poker will look like!
  • 19:30 – Antonio Esfandiari tells the story of “stealing” the watch of his boss and getting his start in magic!
  • 23:40 – Bill Perkins joins the show! Will he Die With Zero?
  • 27:50 – A Bill Perkins Thirst Lounge Update, is it still in progress?
  • 29:40 – Putting Brent Hanks on the spot! YES OR NO! This segment is highly controversial.
  • 31:30 – Brent Hanks screwed up during his poker career, he explains.
  • 32:50 – Did Stu Ungar cheat to win the 1997 World Series of Poker Main Event?
  • 36:30 – Will the Corona Virus bring the 2020 World Series of Poker to a halt?
  • 41:00 – The Poker Player Death Pool!
  • 45:15 – SNAP CALL! A game of Word Association with Brent Hanks.
  • 47:15 – Breaking down the upcoming high stakes action on PokerGO including Super High Roller Bowl Russia.
Feb 26, 2020

Remko Rinkema is joined by Matt Berkey to talk about Solve For Why, Poker Out Loud, his play at the highest stakes, million-dollar swings, and going through a tough time where a family tragedy went hand in hand with his biggest downswing.

  • 00:20 – Celebrating the fact that Brent Hanks is NOT on this podcast and Matt Berkey makes us aware of some of the silliness of your favorite co-host.
  • 01:20 – How did “Poker Out Loud” become a thing on Solve For Why?
  • 05:00 – The first time “Poker Out Loud” was organized, how did it play out in real life and what were the biggest takeaways?
  • 09:25 – How did Solve For Why start and where does it sit in the current climate of poker coaching and teaching?
  • 12:18 – How does Matt Berkey marry his playing style and through process with teaching beginning players how to approach a game of poker?
  • 15:45 – Does Matt Berkey’s style make him a winning online poker player?
  • 18:45 – A businessman was banned from playing a huge poker game because he was winning too much! Berkey explains.
  • 21:45 – How did Berkey play the highest stakes? Did he have a backer?
  • 24:00 – The longest and most painful walk to his car after a massive session at ARIA where he has the biggest swings of his life in a single session.
  • 26:50 – What is the state of the poker coaching industry?
  • 32:00 – How much money could Matt Berkey win if he focused solely on playing poker?
  • 35:13 – What would the Matt Berkey Challenge look like if he were to do something like Phil Galfond, and his takes on the Galfond Challenge.
  • 38:15 – A life-changing moment for Matt Berkey during his biggest downswing his mother passed away and his grandma was diagnosed terminally ill.
  • 40:40 - Disconnecting from the game of poker when the traveled back home to be with his family.
  • 42:20 – How much of Matt Berkey’s success is because of talent and how much is hard work and dedication?
  • 48:00 – Questions from the fans and some banter!
  • 50:15 – Matt Berkey’s Phil Ivey story from the World Series of Poker.
  • 52:30 – A game of word association with Matt Berkey!
  • 58:02 – Matt Berkey is heading to the LAPC to play the Main Event, what makes that series and event so good?
  • 1:00:15 – The Solve For Why Academy, everything you need to know.
  • 1:04:00 – A Solve For Why Meet-Up Game in Austin, Texas! Don’t miss it!

New to the podcast? Check out us live on YouTube weekly at 12pm PT/3pm ET/9pm CET or subscribe to the podcast feed! 

Feb 19, 2020

Joey Ingram joins Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema to talk about the Galfond Challenge, the state of online poker, private games in Las Vegas, a potential Poker All-Stars Game, Zillion Beers, and some YouTube drama.

  • 00:35 – Does poker need more drama and controversy? Does the game benefit from beefs and people hating on each other?
  • 04:12 – Is calling people out the best way for Luke Schwartz to stay relevant?
  • 07:12 – What type of content would Joey Ingram want to make if popularity wasn’t part of the conversation?
  • 08:24 – The Galfond Challenge! Joey Ingram breaks it down and gives his insights into whether Phil can bounce back and how VeniVidi does it.
  • 14:00 – How would Joey Ingram do against Phil Galfond?
  • 15:30 – Joey Ingram first gained popularity through doing crazy challenges, so we present him with some unique challenges that he should undertake!
  • 22:00 – Is online poker still profitable for average pros and what’s the state of private games in Las Vegas? Is Joey Ingram playing high stakes PLO private games?
  • 27:50 – How would Joey Ingram handle a “Poker All Star Game” after the big success of the recent changes to the NBA All-Star Game.
  • 34:30 – Passion for poker, Rob Yong and Phil Nagy, how does Joey Ingram look at these very different characters who both are heading up online poker sites.
  • 39:20 – Zillion Beers! Can poker do something like what Barstool Sports did, selling $1.5 million on merchandise in just 11 days.
  • 45:10 – A game of word association with Joey Ingram on Donald Trump, Tiger Woods, Leonardo DiCaprio, Connor McGregor, and Hugh Hefner.
  • 50:40 – YouTube drama, what is going on with tons of poker channels receiving strikes and some channels getting shut down?

New to the podcast? Subscribe right now and leave us those five-star reviews or check us out live on YouTube every Tuesday at 12pm PT/3pm ET/9pm CET.

 

Feb 11, 2020

High Stakes legend Jason Koon joins Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema on the Poker Central Podcast to talk about his dedication to the game, the highest stakes he’s ever played, and some of the craziest stuff he’s encountered over the course of his career.

  • 01:07 – What has Jason Koon has been up to lately?
  • 05:55 – Jason Koon’s travel tips and connecting with his friends up in Vancouver such as Ben Tollerene.
  • 08:30 – Would Jason Koon have the upper hand over his best friends, Isaac Haxton, Ben Tollerene, and David Benefield at No Limit Hold’em these days?
  • 10:45 – Jason Koon battled Phil Ivey for many days in a row at heads-up No Limit Hold’em and his insights are incredible!
  • 17:40 – Massive Short Deck action at the Triton High Roller Series versus Phil Ivey and what are the biggest stakes Jason has ever seen?
  • 21:00 – The difference between the highest stakes tournaments and cash games.
  • 23:20 – High Stakes Poker is poker entertainment, so how do these shows come together and does Jason Koon qualify?
  • 27:18 – Jason Koon’s take on the Galfond Challenge, going through massive losing streaks, and how he thinks Phil is handling this tough situation being stuck a lot of money.
  • 33:00 – What’s involved to bring High Stakes Poker back, and if he’s involved, how much is Jason Koon sitting down with?
  • 36:40 – Speaking of High Stakes Poker legends, what happened to Brad Booth? Jason Koon has a tremendous story.
  • 37:45 – Jason Koon gives us a unique insight into the world of the Triton High Rollers, Paul Phua, Richard Yong, Triton Player of the Year, and all that goes along with it.
  • 43:30 – Jason Koon’s first Macau trip with David Benefield, playing high stakes and learning on the job.
  • 44:55 – Jason Koon’s upcoming action including the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Sochi series including the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl Russia event.
  • 51:00 – The brightest minds in poker according to Jason Koon.

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Feb 5, 2020

Brent and Remko break down the return of High Stakes Poker, their dream lineups, a lot of Super Bowl gambling talk, and the health and safety of the Galfond family.

  • 00:30 – Brent & Remko break down the return of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO.
  • 03:01 – Brent Hanks gives his dream High Stakes Poker lineup which doesn’t include Phil Ivey but he wants Jason Koon & Bryn Kenney to be front and center!
  • 06:30 – Remko Rinkema breaks down his dream High Stakes Poker lineup that features Nick Schulman, Rick Salomon, and Maria Ho.
  • 11:30 – How would a top tournament pro like Stephen Chidwick fare on High Stakes Poker?
  • 13:14 – High Stakes Poker, should it be live on televised TV shows like in the old days?
  • 15:25 – Brent and Remko go over their Super Bowl Sunday bets, food, and drinks.
  • 21:10 – Poker legend Doyle Brunson has bet at least $20,000 on the Super Bowl every year since the first one in 1970!
  • 25:30 – Why it’s great for poker that Barstool Sports was sold to Penn Gaming.
  • 28:00 – Uncle Ron’s big day at the Super Bowl.
  • 30:30 – Looking back on Super High Roller Bowl Australia and the Australian Poker Open.
  • 36:45 – Brent and Remko are entering a sports depression, what will they occupy their gambling minds with until the next big sporting event rolls around?
  • 40:05 – Is Farah Galfond going to be okay? The Galfond Challenge is still fully off the rails!

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