PokerGO Podcast

The PokerGO Podcast is hosted by Remko Rinkema, Donnie Peters, and Brent Hanks. The hosts go beyond poker chip counts and tournaments results to bring you exciting unique coverage of the world of poker.
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Feb 11, 2022

Remko Rinkema and Donnie Peters bring you your weekly dose of poker talk highlights by a recap of the 2022 PokerGO Cup in which Daniel Negreanu chased back-to-back wins. The guys also preview the ninth season of High Stakes Poker and answer tons of listener questions from our Discord channel!

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Feb 5, 2022

The 2021 Global Poker Awards are held at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on February 18 and your hosts Remko Rinkema and Donnie Peters go down the list to make their picks.

On top of that, the boys dive into the PokerGO Cup, the PocketFives Stacking website, and answer questions from the fans.

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Jan 31, 2022

Your hosts Remko Rinkema and Donnie Peters return from an extended break after the 2021 World Series of Poker to announce that weekly podcasts are back! 

On this week's show:

  • A review of the second showdown between Phil Hellmuth and Tom Dwan.
  • A look back at all the news they missed since the WSOP Main Event ended including Ali Imsirovic's PokerGO Tour victory.
  • Early speculation on Bally's a.k.a. The Horsehoe as the new location for the 2022 World Series of Poker.
  • The guys also answer a fun listener question that leads to Donnie telling a story of almost getting into a fight in a casino.

It's good to be back! If you enjoy the show please consider leaving a review on your favorite podcasting app and joining our Discord channel!

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. 

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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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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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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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Nov 16, 2018

On this episode of the Poker Central Podcast, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by WSOP bracelet winner and 2017 Main Event finalist Bryan Piccioli. Brent and Bryan share a long history filled with funny stories and tell them on the show as well as tackling some serious topics such the big guarantees on live events and whether or not unlimited re-entries are bad for the game.

  • 1:02- How often does Bryan Piccioli think back of that eight on the river that changed his life, and what does it mean to him now more than a year later?
  • 4:08 – The experience of the WSOP Main Event final table, having his friends and family come out to support him and the overall rush of the biggest tournament of the year.
  • 7:50 – How does a poker professional move on and get back to the grind after making the final table of the Main Event?
  • 10:00 – Do players and fans approach him in a different way after gaining fame through his play on the ESPN and PokerGO broadcast?
  • 11:50 – Brent Hanks and Bryan Piccioli go way back, as Brent was at Bryan’ high school graduation party and pulled him into a life and career as a poker professional. Here’s the story of Piccioli made his way up the ranks and quit college to play poker.
  • 17:40 – How did Bryan’s family view his choice to become a poker pro?
  • 24:40 – How does Bryan view his life and career as a poker player in the future as the game keeps evolving?
  • 27:29 – Bryan’s thoughts on the partypoker Bahamas events and whether or not their big guarantees are good for the game.
  • 31:50 – Unlimited re-entries, are they killing the poker economy?
  • 36:11 – Has the live tournament scene reached its cap when it comes to field sizes?
  • 39:40 – The online $20 million guaranteed partypoker event, will it succeed?
  • 44:00 – Bryan Piccioli on Friday Night Poker as Bob Ross and his enjoyment of televised cash games.
  • 48:24 – Bryan’s take on Antonio Esfandiari’s ability to create a game and action at high stakes.
  • 52:20 – Facts, figures, and a Super High Roller Bowl V update as well as the latest on Friday Night Poker!

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Jun 22, 2018

Felipe Ramos is one of the most exciting players and personalities in the game today, traveling the international circuit and taking his friends and followers along for the ride through his popular Instagram page.

During the 2018 WSOP, we caught up with the Brazilian pro for an in-depth conversation that took us from his childhood in Sao Paulo, working in finance and discovering poker to traveling the world, playing high stakes and plenty of insights into Brazilian culture, music, food and much more, capped off by some guitar play and singing from Ramos himself. 

  • 01:01 – Felipe Ramos and his love for Las Vegas, visiting for the first time in 2008, and his life as a financial advisor.
  • 5:22 – The social media lifestyle, supporting Brazilian players at the WSOP, and interacting with his fans every single day.
  • 19:43 – The early days of Felipe Ramos, finding inspiration and learning from his father how to live life, and convincing his father that this was a good career choice.
  • 33:20 – Discovering the game of poker, and transitioning from working an office job to being a poker professional.
  • 48:50 – Breaking out into the higher stakes, traveling to Europe for his first EPT after securing a sponsorship with a Brazilian poker website.
  • 58:05 – Cashing in his first EPT ever, the “luck” of not winning a lot of money early on in his career, progressing as a player and seeing the popularity of poker grow in Brazil.
  • 1:21:58 – The evolution of poker in Brazil, learning mixed games, becoming a famous player in his home country, and connecting with celebrities such as Neymar and Ronaldo.
  • 1:45:19 – Soccer talk with Felipe, the Brazil national team, relationships with the players and looking back on the big wins and losses and how it affected the country.
  • 2:00:40 – Looking into the future of Felipe’s poker career and beyond, travel tips, tips for visiting Brazil, Brazilian food, music culture and closing out with some guitar and singing from Felipe himself.

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May 22, 2018

This week on Poker Central Podcast, Brent Hanks, Will O’Connor and Remko Rinkema dive into all the hottest news in the world of poker. The PokerGO Studio was officially opened with “Open House Week” on Poker After Dark, The Triton Super High Roller Series brought out all the big guns to Montenegro, and the High Roller of the Year competition was announced. 

  • 1:30 – The Flop: Analyzing the biggest topics in all of poker.
  • 3:01 – Open House on Poker After Dark kicks off the action from the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino. What was the action like? Highlights? Low lights?
  • 5:30 – The second night of Open House action, featuring a big verbal clash between Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari!
  • 14:49 – Recapping the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro, which included the biggest pot in the history of televised cash games between Jason Koon and Kane Kalas and Tom Dwan on the commentary.
  • 23:20 – High Stakes Short Deck poker! What’s the future of this game, and will we see a lot of it in the future?
  • 27:30 – The High Roller of the Year announcement. How does it work? Running the numbers for the past 12 months, who would’ve won if this was started last year?
  • 34:44: - The Turn: The biggest results and updated statistics! Richard Yong wins a side event in Montenegro, Jason Koon jumps up the all-time money list and Stephen Chidwick remains on top of the POY standings.
  • 36:40 – Recapping the SCOOP and POWERfest results during the biggest month of the year for online tournament play.
  • 40:06 – New on PokerGO this week: Multiple episodes of the new PokerGO Original: INSIDERS, and the 2012 and 2011 WSOP Main Event.
  • 41:29 – Live events on PokerGO: The World Poker Tour Bobby Baldwin Final Table, the WPT Tournament of Champions Final Table and four days of Super High Roller Bowl coverage starting on Sunday May 27th.
  • 43:58 – The River: Brent Hanks and Will O’Connor dive into the letdown that was Barstool Nate, the PokerGO Studio opening and the spectacular Las Vegas Golden Knights!

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Mar 23, 2018

Jake Cody became the youngest ever to win the Triple Crown back in 2011, and also the fastest ever to do it. This record has not been broken since, but Cody's life has gone through a lot of changes since then. Today on the podcast, Cody tells his life story that includes some big wins, epic moments and hilarious nights out.

  • 2:05 - What has Jake Cody been up to lately, getting back into Vlogging and playing a lot of poker.
  • 3:05 - The biggest roulette spin of the year: Putting nearly $60,000 on black after winning a tournament at the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham. Jake tells the whole story.
  • 7:11 - Explaining his big roulette spin to people outside the world of poker, while also having to explain them that he is a professional poker player. 
  • 10:00 - Going back through Jake's career, starting with discovering the game of poker at a very early age and making his way up the ranks. 
  • 14:12 - Growing up with a single parent, the road the traveled to convince his mother that poker was the right thing for him as a profession, and calling her right after wining EPT Deauville.
  • 18:31 - Reliving EPT Deauville, the life-changing money and the months that followed with winning WPT London. 
  • 21:55 - Completing the Triple Crown at age 22 by winning the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship at the World Series of Poker, and the chaos at the final table with one of the rowdiest rails in poker history. 
  • 28:02 - The ups and downs of the career of a poker player, why it's not always as easy as it looks, and how hard work, variance and talent need to come together for success.
  • 33:55 - Being young and rich, how to handle it, and why Jake Cody is one of the most fierce party animals on the UK poker scene. 
  • 38:45 - The story how Jake got robbed while skinny dipping in Barcelona, getting everything stolen including his phone, wallet and passport, and having to walk back to his hotel naked and without a way or proving who he was.
  • 43:45 - Going from having a ton of results early in his career to a lack of massive scores in recent years, how to handle that and focusing on cash games. 
  • 46:50 - Loving the game of poker, remaining to be a fan of the game, adjusting his game to the new age of the game and starting to vlog.
  • 50:43 - Is the dream of becoming a poker professional still alive like it was back in the day?
  • 52:50 - Jake's new approach to playing poker, getting into the GTO solvers, but not wanting to compete in the High Rollers and Super High Rollers. 
  • 54:55 - The dream of making the WSOP Main Event and why Jake is one of the biggest poker fanboys. 

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Sep 15, 2017

Coming at you from the 2017 Poker Masters, this Poker Central Podcast is jam-packed with interviews! 

Remko flies solo and recaps the first event of this epic high roller tournament series, and he spoke to none other than Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Phil Hellmuth, Rainer Kempe, Adrian Mateos and Nick Schulman. 

The latter took down the first event of the Poker Masters, defeating a field of 51 entries to take home $918,000 and a big headstart in the chase for the Purple Jacket™. Schulman spoke about the highs and lows of his career, alluding to having lost $20 million in one day once, and how this win felt special due to all the work he's put in to get to the top. 

Negreanu opens up about the beauty of a high roller series such as this one, and all the prop betting that's involved. Hellmuth does what Hellmuth does, and talks about being the greatest, while Fedor Holz can barely contain himself with excitement for this stretch of events. 

Follow all the Poker Masters coverage live on PokerGO, as final tables kick off daily at 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET. The full broadcast schedule can be found here. Sign up now for PokerGO and get $10 off the annual subscription using the promo code REMKO.