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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Dec 28, 2018

A few weeks ago, Dylan Linde took down the massive World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic for $1.6 million. This win eclipsed Linde’s biggest score ever by a huge margin and he joins the podcast to talk about the long road he traveled to finally get what he wanted so-so badly.

  • 3:49 – The start of the conversation with Dylan Linde, winner of the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic for $1.6 million. Has it sunk in yet?
  • 6:20 – Firing five bullets worth $10,000 a piece versus playing the $50,000 Poker Players Championship once. Will we see Dylan in the $50k in 2019?
  • 8:47 – Selling action for tournaments, how to pick and choose which high stakes cash games to play, and what was the pressure like going deep in the WPT Five Diamond?
  • 11:46 – What changed for Dylan that he closed out this event versus his long list of close calls in the past, and an in-depth walk through the biggest bluff of his life, heads up for the title.
  • 18:00 – Dylan Linde’s poker dream coming true, and the long journey he traveled to finally get there that included some very emotional low points.
  • 22:45 – Has Dylan ever considered quitting poker because the big scores weren’t coming in?
  • 25:22 – Dylan’s best friend Kevin MacPhee wins EPT Berlin and he doesn’t have a piece of the action. (And Remko tells his story of the EPT Berlin robbery)
  • 28:10 – Sharpening his skills online, why the results online didn’t translate into live poker, and where does his love for mixed games come from?
  • 31:40 – Grinding live cash games in Las Vegas: No Limit Hold’em of Mixed Games?
  • 34:08 – The mixed game environment during the World Series of Poker.
  • 35:50 – Dylan’s foray into $150/$300 live games and $400/$800 online, and who are his favorite minds to talk poker strategy with?
  • 39:01 – Board games, other competitive ventures that Dylan enjoys, and being a world-class Street Fighter player.
  • 45:01 – Magic The Gathering, Dylan’s first competitive card game.
  • 47:55 – Becoming a professional poker player in college, winning more than what he would make as a teacher in just a few weeks, and becoming a world class online player after Black Friday.
  • 51:35 – Relocating after Black Friday and living the poker nomad lifestyle.
  • 54:00 – The confidence boost of winning a huge WPT event and what that means for 2019?

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Dec 21, 2018

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast, we take you through the entire day of action from the PokerGO Studio. First, Brent and Remko make their predictions for the final table before bringing Ali Imsirovic, Igor Kurganov and champion Isaac Haxton on the show.

  • 2:00 – Previewing the SHRB V final table along with some spicy hot takes provided by Brent Hanks.
  • 3:59 – ARIA tournament director Paul Campbell jumps on the podcast to give his predictions.
  • 5:50 – The chances of Stephen Chidwick, who’s set to become a father in 2019, as well as a rundown of the other contenders: Alex Foxen, Igor Kurganov, Talal Shakerchi, Adrian Mateos, and Ali Imsirovic.
  • 21:14 – An interview with Ali Imsirovic after finishing in seventh place.
  • 24:50 – The introduction of the conversation with Igor Kurganov, as he went very deep into a hand he played versus Alex Foxen.
  • 28:10 – The interview with Igor Kurganov about his Super High Roller Bowl V experience.
  • 51:58 – The interview with Super High Roller Bowl V winner Isaac Haxton.
  • 57:29 – Recapping the action and looking forward at what’s to come in 2019.

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Dec 18, 2018

There’s not much to be said other than Phil Galfond is on the podcast! Buckle in, because this is a great show in which we tough on Run it Once Poker, his training site, his own career, his thoughts on high stakes online poker and whether or not he can still beat the biggest games.

  • 01:10 – Remko recaps the Day 1 action of Super High Roller Bowl V, going over the bustouts and big stacks heading into Day 2.
  • 03:32 – The start of the interview with Phil Galfond.
  • 4:20 – How does Phil Galfond balance all the things he has going on in his life right now? Does he miss playing, and can he still keep up?
  • 7:43 – Can Phil Galfond still measure himself against the best in the world if he put his mind to it, and is GTO play making poker not only harder to beat but also less interesting to watch?
  • 13:03 – What does Phil Galfond think that needs to happen in order for online poker to flourish again and for Run it Once Poker to be a success?
  • 17:45 – Can Run It Once Poker save high stakes online cash games?
  • 22:00 – Phil Galfond shares his thoughts on the influence of training videos on the online poker landscape.
  • 26:32 – Phil Galfond’s rise through the ranks and how different things were back when he started playing, and who had the most influence on his game?
  • 29:20 – Tom Dwan: The most creative player Phil has ever played against and talked to.
  • 32:55 – What was the X-factor that turned Phil Galfond into one of the best players in the world?
  • 36:02 – When did Phil Galfond reach his peak versus the rest of the field and what it was like playing the biggest stakes in live games?
  • 39:40 – Was live poker intimidating at the same big stakes he was playing online?
  • 42:30 – Phil Galfond’s first WSOP bracelet win: Was it a big deal to one of the best online cash game players?
  • 44:30 – How did Phil’s family deal with their son choosing poker as a profession, and what was it like to have money at an early age?
  • 47:30 – Phil Galfond on Mixed Games.
  • 53:55 – The landscape of live mixed games, the big bet mix, Bobby’s Room and why it has lots of room to grow.
  • 1:01:30 – Poker is gaining popularity again lately, what’s Phil Galfond’s take on it and how will he reach a large audience?
  • 1:06:30 – Phil Galfond’s outlook on 2019.

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Dec 15, 2018

The time has come! Remko managed to get a fourth mic installed to have both Amanda Leatherman and Daniel Negreanu to join the podcast along with Brent Hanks for some R-rated conversations. Oh, and there might be a little Super High Roller Bowl preview in there somewhere as well.

  • 1:30 – Has Amanda moved in officially into Daniel Negreanu’s place and what’s the status of their relationship?
  • 3:35 – How did Daniel and Amanda reconnect after years of being apart?
  • 5:15 – What was the role Brent Hanks played in this romance, and how he got him to dress in tights and do acrobatics for PokerGO’s Major Wager.
  • 8:35 – Amanda Leatherman’s journey back to Las Vegas and her influence on Daniel.
  • 11:30 – Adopting Eddy Sabat, vegan jokes and will we still see Daniel still play as much poker now that he’s in love? (Fun fact: He didn’t study for the Super High Roller Bowl)
  • 16:03 – Amanda’s take on how the top tier of poker has changed after she interviewed all the top pros for many years back in the day?
  • 18:30 – The Negreanu family is about to get started? Have they settled on a name yet?
  • 20:00 – Jeff Platt: Professional singer and hangover specialist.
  • 22:30 – Toronto Raptors, hockey sports betting talk and Daniel’s biggest bet.
  • 27:04 – Californication, Hank Moody, gold diggers, the return of Jeff Platt and karaoke preferences.
  • 30:55 – Super High Roller Bowl V preview and losing the No. 1 spot on poker’s all-time money list.
  • 35:25 – Daniel Negreanu’s outlook for 2019.

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Dec 13, 2018

Poker Hall of Fame Member Mori Eskandani joins the show to talk about two exciting nights of Super High Roller Cash Game action that featured Garrett Adelstein, Gus Hansen, Doyle Brunson, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Andrew Robl and many more! 

  • 2:30 – Mori Eskandani talks about the biggest limit game ever live streamed from the PokerGO Studio.
  • 5:30 – Mori Eskandani shares insights on the legendary Lyle Berman, who’s been mixing it up at the highest stakes for nearly four decades.
  • 9:30 – The networking and managing of personalities that’s involved with putting together high stakes lineups inside the PokerGO Studio.
  • 11:30 – Looking back on the first night of Super High Roller Cash Game action as Brent Hanks shares his highlights of this $200/$400 game.
  • 13:15 – An interview with Ryan Tosoc who crushed the game by tripling his buy-in in just a few hours.
  • 18:40 – The legend of Matt Berkey, who can’t seem to book a win on a televised cash game as he went from winning nearly $200,000 to losing $30,000 in the final hour of the night.
  • 22:13 – An interview with Garrett Adelstein on his excitement to play in big televised games and his humble approach to being a regular in the high stakes world.
  • 30:22 – Brent Hanks’ feud with Ali Nejad!
  • 32:30 – Tis the season! Remko brought a gift for Brent.
  • 34:21 – Previewing the upcoming Super High Roller Bowl that starts on Monday.
  • 38:35 – Daniel Negreanu and Amanda Leatherman are having sex (according to Brent Hanks)
  • 41:28 – Friday Night Poker Preview: Poker Central executive assistant Delphine Szwarc “wins” her way into the lineup at the PokerGO Studio at the One Step Closer - All-In for CP Event while Remko is invited to be on the Preview show.

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Dec 6, 2018

This week on the Poker Central Podcast, Remko flies solo and is joined by Mike Sexton to talk about the passing of poker legend Thor Hansen. In addition to that, Remko runs down the major news items of this past week. 

  • 1:06 – The sad news of the passing of Thor Hansen at age 71.
  • 6:06 - An interview with Mike Sexton of Hansen’s passing, including stories and memories of the Norwegian Godfather of Poker.
  • 19:47 – The exciting announcement of the first 34 players that have been confirmed for Super High Roller Bowl V, December 17-19 at the PokerGO Studio.
  • 22:50 – The Super High Roller Cash Game is back featuring Gus Hansen and Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates.
  • 24:33 – Teasing the lineup for Friday Night Poker on Stadium’s Facebook Watch page on December 7th.
  • 25:30 – The biggest guarantee in online poker history was smashed by partypoker this past week, we run down the payouts and laud them for drawing more than 4,000 players for this $5,000 event.
  • 31:52 – Phil Hellmuth was victorious in a tennis prop bet!
  • 33:26 – Dan Smith’s charity drive is back for a fifth straight year after raising $4.5 million in 2017! More here if you want to participate.

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