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 6, 2019

Brent & Remko and joined this week by reality TV star Tom Schwartz and producer of The Irishman, Randall Emmett. Both stars played on Poker After Dark and made some time to talk about their passion for poker, the upcoming season of Vanderpump Rules and whether or not The Irishman will win an Oscar!

  • 00:40 – Breaking down Poker After Dark “Whales vs. Wizards” featuring poker fan Tom Schwartz and back-to-back high roller champ Randall Emmett.
  • 02:15 – Vanderpump Rules star Tom Schwartz talks about where his passion for poker comes from and winning $1,000 playing poker in college which got him hooked!
  • 03:45 – The Challenge! Randall Emmett and Tom Schwartz agree to play 10 heads-up matches to see who’s best!
  • 04:32 – The Irishman is a huge success and Randall Emmett is one of the producers behind the scenes who made this magic possible and he breaks down being part of this epic film and working with Martin Scorsese.
  • 09:35 – Tom Schwartz talks about his impressions of The Irishman and being at the premiere with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino.
  • 11:00 – What does it take to be part of a reality TV show as successful as Vanderpump Rules? Randall Emmett and Tom Schwartz break it down.
  • 13:00 – Drama! Randall Emmett teases being in a big conflict on the next season of Vanderpump Rules caused by Tom Schwartz.
  • 13:50 – What can poker fans expect of Tom Schwartz on Vanderpump Rules in Season 8?
  • 16:00 – What’s it like having your entire life filmed, including the relationships drama? Tom Schwartz breaks it down.
  • 18:20 – Is Tom Schwartz a massive nit at the poker table?
  • 20:20 – Recapping the stellar 2019 with Randall Emmett, is he going to win an Oscar for The Irishman?
  • 23:50 – What was Tom Schwartz’s highlight of 2019?

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Nov 29, 2019
Daniel Negreanu joins Brent & Remko to talk about his definitive list of changes for World Series of Poker Player of the Year and how GGPoker is going to reshape the online poker landscape.
Nov 22, 2019

Jeff Platt joins Brent & Remko to talk quiz cheaters and drama on PokerGO's new show "The Big Blind" while the guys also break down Daniel Dvoress' Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas win and Daniel Negreanu signing with GGPoker.

  • 1:50 – The Big Blind debuts on PokerGO hosted by Jeff Platt featuring some of your favorite characters in the world of poker including Chris Moneymaker, Norm Macdonald, Joey Ingram, Barstool Nate, PFT Commenter, Alex Jacob, and Norman Chad. Jeff breaks down the show and lets you know why this is must-watch action!
  • 8:30 – Norm Macdonald and Mike Matusow steal the show on The Big Blind and Jeff breaks it all down.
  • 14:02 – Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas was won by Daniel Dvoress for $4 million and we break down the action with Brent Hanks and Jeff Platt who called the action on PokerGO.
  • 18:25 – The Genius of Jason Koon with an epic check-back and Brent Hanks’ spirit animal Erik Seidel.
  • 26:30 – The partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event is a $10k single re-entry, has partypoker unlocked what the future of big live events will look like?
  • 29:25 – Daniel Negreanu signs with GGPoker, what do we take away from this?
  • 34:07 – The fans! Make sure to get in touch with us on and leave those reviews. And the winner of the Poker Masters Fantasy challenge.

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Nov 15, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema jumped straight onto the microphones after the final card hit inside the PokerGO Studio during the Poker Masters and broke down Robert Campbell’s epic WSOP Player of the Year win as well as Sam Soverel’s Poker Masters Domination.

  • 00:35 – Brent and Remko react the Robert Campbell winning the World Series of Poker Player of the Year race, dethroning Daniel Negreanu after an accounting flaw was discovered, and the negativity that spiraled out of control on Twitter.
  • 08:40 – Sam Soverel’s Poker Masters Domination! How did he do it? Was this the most dominant performance ever in a high-roller series?
  • 10:55 – The interview with Sam Soverel after winning the $50,000 Main Event and claiming the Purple Jacket.
  • 16:30 – Is Sam Soverel the best No Limit Hold’em tournament player in the world right now?
  • 23:30 – Kahle Burns is one of the revelations of 2019 and we break down his play and results this year.
  • 26:15 – Somehow, Brent Hanks finds a way to mention Dan Bilzerian on the podcast.
  • 28:00 – What’s next on PokerGO? Partypoker MILLIONS Bahamas, Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas, Poker After Dark and much more!

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Nov 8, 2019

The boys are back in the studio as they welcome reigning Poker Masters champion Ali imsirovic to talk about his big win last year, studying the game, his goals, and the comparison between himself and Bryn Kenney. Brent and Remko also tackle all your mail and questions for an action-packed podcast! 

  • 00:45 – An update from Officer Drizzler, who was once again unable to make it onto the podcast because he’s on a big case with JoeJoe Ingram.
  • 02:58 – Ali Imsirovic applauds Daniel Negreanu for winning the WSOP Player of the Year a third time and expands on his own goals. Will he ever dive into mixed games?
  • 5:58 – How does Ali Imsirovic study? Solvers? Live reads? How does it all work?
  • 7:00 – Breaking down two big pots from Super High Roller Bowl London with Ali Imsirovic.
  • 09:19 – How much of Ali Imsirovic’s study is specifically based on his opponents because he plays against the same players so often?
  • 12:00 – Who are the three best tournament players according to Ali Imsirovic?
  • 13:00 – Comparing his skill level during his Poker Masters championship run in 2018 versus where he stands now.
  • 15:20 – Using the clock as a randomizer? Is this something Imsirovic does? How does randomizing work?
  • 16:40 – Can Ali Imsirovic still take lower buy-ins seriously?
  • 20:20 – Ali Imisirovic talks about his family’s support for his career path.
  • 25:50 – The next million-dollar tournament has Ali Imisrovic’s name all over it, but does he prefer the Triton format or the Big One for One Drop?
  • 29:35 – Exploring Pot Limit Omaha with Ali Imsirovic and his desire to win it again.
  • 32:45 – FOR THE FANS! Remko and Brent break down the e-mails and messages from fans who reached out on

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Nov 1, 2019

Brent Hanks is back! But did Ralph Drizzler make it onto the show? Brent and Remko break down the Andrew Yang support for online poker, the WSOP Player of the Year race, and pick their Poker Masters fantasy teams. Listen to the show to find out how to join the show.

  • 00:50 – Officer Ralph Drizzler, is he going to make it onto the show today?
  • 03:30 – This week on the show! A breakdown of all the topics.
  • 04:55 – Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang showed support for federally legalized online poker in a Tweet and the poker world went ballistic. Now what? Brent Hanks breaks it down.
  • 11:40 – What did the Venetian try to do with the Lucky Shot Poker Series? Was it a scam?
  • 14:15 – Kahle Burns wins two bracelets at World Series of Poker Europe, is this one of the best tournament accomplishments of 2019, or do the small fields and unlimited re-entries devalue things?
  • 20:10 – World Series of Poker Player of the Year speculation.
  • 24:50 – Online poker is launching in Pennsylvania, is this a big deal?
  • 28:50 – Poker Masters predictions and a very special fantasy draft! Check out all player values right here.

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Oct 25, 2019

This week Brent Hanks is in major trouble with the law and couldn't make it onto the podcast! Remko Rinkema flies solo and gets you caught up with a brief podcast on all the latest topics in poker. 

  • 00:20 - An update about Brent Hanks being in trouble with the law.
  • 02:05 - This week on the show!
  • 02:30 - Send all questions, requests and notes to
  • 03:35 - Shoutout to Run it Up Reno! Looking back at the big names that took down events there.
  • 05:00 - Showbound on Poker After Dark presented by PokerGO featuring two qualifiers from the RUNGOOD Poker Series, Norm Macdonald, Maria Ho and many others!
  • 08:00 - Recapping all the action from Rozvadov as World Series of Poker Europe is still going strong with Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey grabbing headlines.
  • 10:00 - Phil Hellmuth denied his 16th WSOP gold bracelet!
  • 12:10 - Phil Ivey is back!
  • 14:15 - What else is happening on PokerGO!? Don't miss World Series of Poker Europe and Poker Masters on PokerGO.

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Oct 18, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema come at you with an audio only podcast on which they cover World Series of Poker Europe, the use of randomizers at the highest stakes, Daniel Negreanu’s freezeout tournament series, the return of Phil Ivey, and Phil Hellmuth’s quest for WSOP Bracelet No. 16.

  • 00:28 – Brent Hanks gambling and fantasy football struggles.
  • 02:04 – Recapping the €250,000 Super High Roller at World Series of Poker Europe with lots of love for Christoph Vogelsang and Tony G.
  • 04:01 – The stupid conversation of “Who is the best player in the world?”
  • 05:10 – Views and takes on James Chen and Chin Wei Lim who went heads up in Rozvadov for €2.8 million.
  • 06:30 – Randomizing! James Chen used his watch to make decisions during the final table to balance his ranges, but what’s the method to this madness?
  • 11:00 - Brent Hanks is out on studying poker but in on the game as a whole!
  • 12:28 – Can Brent Hanks still beat the high stakes? Is he better than Cary Katz? Paul Phua? Richard Yong? Tony G?
  • 15:00 – Next up on PokerGO: Short Deck, PLO, and a 100k High Roller.
  • 17:00 – THE FANS! Reach out to us on
  • 19:16 – Analyzing Daniel Negreanu’s idea of a freezeout tournament series with lots of non-Hold’em action. Can it work? Will players show up?
  • 23:10 – PHIL IVEY IS BACK.
  • 25:16 – Phil Hellmuth is on his way to WSOP bracelet No. 16 at World Series of Poker Europe.
  • 27:10 – Allen Bari is mad, lashing out to Bryn Kenney who chirps back at him right away.

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Sep 27, 2019
This week on the Poker Central Podcast, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya as well as Maria Ho to talk about "Hellmuth's Home Game" on Poker After Dark. 
Brent and Remko also break down the upcoming action on PokerGO including the return of Dolly's Game with Matt Glantz, Mike Matusow, and the Godfather of Poker himself. 
As you're accustomed to, Brent also passionately breaks down the Poker Central Power Rankings highlighted by two-time NBA All-Star Draymond Green.
Jul 13, 2019

The World Series of Poker is rapidly headed towards the end and we managed to get Nick Schulman on the podcast to talk about his summer, winning another bracelet, the Poker Hall of Fame much more. 

  • 00:45 – Nick Schulman joins the Poker Central Podcast to talk about his summer and winning the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better Championship for $463,670.
  • 02:50 – Nick Schulman’s history with the World Series of Poker Main Event.
  • 04:12 – What’s wrong with Brent Hanks?
  • 05:07 – Drugs in poker, is it smart to smoke up while playing?
  • 08:20 – Where do Nick Schulman’s interests lay when it comes to players at feature and final tables?
  • 12:20 – The Poker Hall of Fame: Nick Schulman’s takes.
  • 17:50 – Who intimidated Nick Schulman when he first arrived on the scene at the highest stakes?
  • 18:43 – Too Many Questions for Nick Schulman.

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May 17, 2019

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema recap the Triton Super High Roller Series, Super High Roller Cash Game, look at the Week 18 Power Rankings and talk at length to Antonio Esfandiari about his massive boxing match vs. Kevin Hart. 

  • 2:13 – Recapping all the massive Triton Super High Roller Series action from Montenegro!
  • 2:35 – Bryn Kenney wins back-to-back Triton events to bring his total for the year to $9.1 million.
  • 6:20 – Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates has picked up a new habit: Smoking cigarettes! Is Brent Hanks concerned? Which drinks would fit Jungleman’s persona best?
  • 10:55 – The interview with Antonio Esfandiari starts off with him trying to explain what it’s like to get punched in the face!
  • 11:45 – “This was one of the greatest moments of my life!”
  • 13:15 – Antonio Esfandiari is his training with Olympic Gold super-heavyweight boxer Audley Harrison and the intense preparation for this fight.
  • 15:00 – Getting offered 35:1, was there a point during his preparation where he knew he was going to be the favorite?
  • 17:00 – Smack talking!
  • 18:45 – Trying to avoid getting a big adrenaline rush and to stay calm prior to the fight.
  • 21:05 – Did Kevin Hart prepare well enough for this fight? Did he underestimate Antonio?
  • 26:00 – Talks of a rematch?
  • 27:30 – How exciting was winning this match compared to his biggest wins in poker?
  • 30:10 – How much money did Antonio Esfandiari win in this fight?
  • 34:10 – Brent Hanks called Antonio “Mushy” before preparing for this fight, true or false?
  • 36:30 – The pain of preparing for a boxing match: Countless bloody noses and bruised ribs.
  • 38:20 – Will we see Antonio Esfandiari at the World Series of Poker or at least back inside the PokerGO Studio anytime soon?
  • 40:32 – Antonio Esfandiari’s takes on organized games in Las Vegas casinos.
  • 45:29 – 555 Questions for Antonio Esfandiari.
  • 52:10 – Diving into the Week 18 Poker Central Power Rankings lead by Bryn Kenney and Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates once again!
  • 56:20 – Brent Hanks grades this week’s rankings and looks ahead at the Daniel Negreanu & Amanda Leatherman wedding!
  • 58:20 – The Super High Roller Cash Game inside the PokerGO Studio featuring Brandon Adams.
  • 1:01:30 – What else to expect from PokerGO prior to the World Series of Poker?

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May 3, 2019

This week the guys discuss the most recent Dolly’s Game action, Daniel Negreanu vs. Shaun Deeb, Tom Dwan vs. Jungleman, Antonio Esfandiari vs. Kevin Hart, Randall Emmett vs 50 Cent, and a brand new edition of the Poker Central Power Rankings!

  • 3:35 – Looking back at Dolly’s Game sans Daniel Negreanu, but with some takes on Kane Kalas’ game!
  • 6:40 – How Mixed Games came to be, Daniel Negreanu talks about the origins of Mixed Games at The Mirage in Las Vegas.
  • 8:40 –Daniel Negreanu tells the entire story of his feud with Shaun Deeb.
  • 13:19 – Is it still worth it for Daniel Negreanu to engage with the haters on social media, Shaun Deeb missing the birth of his child for online poker, and how they dealt with this back in the 70s.
  • 17:25 – Daniel Negreanu’s four packages! The poolside one as well as the low, medium and high stakes WSOP packages that will be up for sale. Mark-up debate!
  • 25:15 – What is Daniel Negreanu most excited about with regards to the 2019 World Series of Poker?
  • 27:50 – Memories of Brent Hanks and Daniel Negreanu’s first time at the World Series of Poker.
  • 32:30 – First-timer tips for the WSOP from Daniel Negreanu and memories of his first ever WSOP event which he managed to win!
  • 35:00 – Are we going to miss the Rio is the World Series of Poker moves elsewhere?
  • 37:00 – The Doyle Brunson vs Kane Kalas WSOP Main Event prop bet.
  • 39:55 - $25k Fantasy for the 2019 World Series of Poker.
  • 44:12 – The fight between Kevin Hart and Antonio Esfandiari!
  • 50:18 – Randall Emmett vs Fofty Cent!
  • 54:00 – Tom Dwan vs. Jungleman: The Next Chapter
  • 57:42 – Daniel Negreanu’s Top 5 Poker Players of All Time.
  • 1:02:30 – 555 Questions for Daniel Negreanu
  • 1:08:15 – Will there be meat at Daniel Negreanu and Amanda Leatherman’s wedding?
  • 1:10:00 – The High Roller of the Year standings and upcoming events.
  • 1:11:00 – The Week 17 Poker Central Power Rankings.

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Apr 26, 2019

Brent Hanks is back in the studio after a disappointing vacation as Remko Rinkema tries to keep things together as Randall Emmett tells us some hilarious stories. 

  • 00:30 – Brent Hanks talks about his family trip to Philadelphia, a cricket infestation and a zoo visit.
  • 04:45 – Brief news items: Poker After Dark, ARIA High Rollers, and much more.
  • 06:08 – The start of the interview with Randall Emmett
  • 07:00 – Power Rankings talk with Randall
  • 10:00 – The response outside the poker world to Randall Emmett’s recognition in poker.
  • 15:00 – Dan Bilzerian talk, stories from Randall Emmett and Brent Hanks.
  • 17:30 – Randall Emmett’s Top 5 poker players in the world.
  • 20:18 – 555 Questions for Randall Emmett!
  • 28:10 – End of interview with Randall Emmett
  • 30:05 – The Week 16 Poker Central Power Rankings lead by Maria Ho and Ali Imsirovic.
  • 38:00 – Did you miss some amazing content on Poker Central? Find out here.
  • 47:30 – The Effing Five! Here’s the updated list.
    1. Ben Lamb, Jonathan Depa, John Cynn gambling marathon in Uruguay!
    2. Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    3. The Randall Emmett Experience
    4. Maria Ho’s exciting 2019 campaign to date!
    5. GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s son.
  • 50:00 – Dolly’s Game! A five-game mix that includes Doyle Brunson and Shaun Deeb.

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Apr 5, 2019

The Poker Central Podcast this week spent the majority of the time off the rails! Recent WPT Venetian winner Ben Palmer and WSOP bracelet winner Jared Jaffee join the show for more than an hour of banter and shenanigans that brings a lot of untold stories to the surface.

On top of that, Brent and Remko make their way through the Week 13 Power Rankings as well as the Effing Five and some juicy info on the upcoming Poker After Dark Pot Limit Omaha action.

  • 03:19 - The start of the interview with Jared Jaffee and Ben Palmer.
  • 08:00 - The worst jobs Ben Palmer and Jared Jaffee ever had.
  • 11:00 - A weird story about Jaffee's family and a poor joke.
  • 13:00 - Athletic prowess, does Jaffee have it?
  • 15:00 - What's the story between Jaffee and Palmer, how did this bromance start?
  • 18:00 - Ben Palmer and his love for The Venetian.
  • 21:30 - How did Jaffee go broke? (Hint: Betting against the Patriots in the Super Bowl)
  • 26:00 - High rollers, Palmer won't play them and Jaffee is retiring from them.
  • 30:00 - Healthy living, slob life and Ben's approach to the game of poker.
  • 35:10 - The most degen nights of Ben and Jared.
  • 45:00 - Dating life and Massey stories.
  • 50:00 - Comedy.
  • 1:25:00 - The Week 13 Poker Central Power Rankings
  • 1:35:00 - The Effing Five.
    1. Ben Lamb, Jonathan Depa, John Cynn gambling marathon in Uruguay!
    2. Daniel Negreanu gives terminally ill poker fan an unforgettable experience
    3. The All-Time Money List Shuffle
    4. Marty Mathis – breakout win after a decade in the game for $873k in Rio de Janeiro
    5. GoFundMe campaign organized by Josh Arieh for Gavin Smith’s son.

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Feb 11, 2019

Listen to Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema as they have made their picks in a U.S. Poker Open Fantasy Draft, they preview the action in all 10 events, and they let you know how to follow all the action from the PokerGO Studio.

  • 0:56 – Brent and Remko go over their 2019 U.S. Poker Open Fantasy Draft lineups. Check out their teams right here!
  • 3:11 – Previewing the U.S. Poker Open schedule and content for both players and fans who are ready to watch all the action on PokerGO.
  • 6:00 – The High Roller of the Year for 2019 kicks off with the U.S. Poker Open!
  • 7:47 – Brent’s excitement for the U.S. Poker Open, which players do we look forward to seeing in action and what will the numbers be like?
  • 10:00 – The effect the $100,000 added for the overall U.S. Poker Open Championship.
  • 12:35 – Running through the U.S. Poker Open Fantasy Draft lineups and picking our favorite players from each team.
  • 15:45 – All the ways to follow U.S. Poker Open through Poker Central and PokerGO.

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Feb 8, 2019

This week on the Poker Central Podcast we discuss everything that’s exciting in the world of poker. Brent and Remko roll through the new Poker Central Power Rankings, the Effing Five sees two major changes and they tackle the latest news on Phil Galfond’s Run it Once Poker launch, Bryn Kenney’s Aussie Millions win, Phil Ivey’s legal troubles and the glorious Mike Gorodinsky mustache on Dolly’s Game.

  • 0:54 – This week on the Poker Central Podcast
  • 1:25 – The Week 5 Poker Central Power Rankings where Chino Rheem loses his No. 1 spot!
  • 4:23 – Bryn Kenney or Phil Galfond, who deserves to be the No. 1 this week?
  • 5:24 – Remko is annoyed over Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu being ranked high this week.
  • 8:30 – Rounding out the Top 10, as Toby Lewis, Rainer Kempe, Kitty Kuo, and Doyle Brunson remains on the list.
  • 12:55 – Bryn Kenney wins the Aussie Millions Main Event!
  • 17:40 – Phil Ivey gets even deeper into trouble! His Nevada assets, allegedly worth $100,000,000, are now up for grabs in the Borgata edge sorting lawsuit.
  • 24:54 – Previewing the U.S. Poker Open!
  • 30:45 – Recapping the Dolly’s Game action featuring Eli Elezra, youngster Dan Zack and the thick mustache of Mike Gorodinsky.
  • 36:33 – An interview with Mike Gorodinsky about his mustache and his friendly banter with Doyle Brunson!
  • 44:22 – Remko and Brent almost get kicked out of the conference room and dive straight into the Effing Five!
  • The New Effing Five!
    • Phil Galfond launches Run it Once Poker
    • All the recent Poker Twitter drama!
    • Negreanu gives a terminally ill poker fan experience to never forget.
    • Steve Albini Stories from the Felt featured on Rolling Stone and Pitchfork
    • Josh Arieh’s GO Fund Me account for Gavin Smith’s sons ($72K raised)

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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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Nov 9, 2018

Jennifer Tilly joins the Poker Central Podcast right off the bat and talks about her love for the PokerGO Studio and her upcoming appearance on Friday Night Poker.

  • 1:30 – Does Jennifer Tilly like to drink during a game of poker?
  • 3:05 – How does Jennifer handle and adjust playing across a variety of stakes and both tournaments and cash games over the years? Are low stakes just as enjoyable as high stakes?
  • 6:47 – The fun and excitement of Friday Night Poker, a game at lower stakes with an emphasis on making everyone have a good time and for fans to engage with the players through the chat on Facebook.
  • 9:55 – The story of how Jennifer Tilly got into poker, learning the game from her father and the WSOP bracelet win back in 2005.
  • 15:40 – Is Jennifer Tilly now a famous poker player or still mostly known as an actress?
  • 18:00 – Who are Jennifer Tilly’s favorite players to play with if she got to pick them?
  • 23:35 – Has Jennifer been able to bring poker to the movie sets in Hollywood?
  • 27:05 – Celebrities in poker, according to Jennifer Tilly. Do they really play high stakes?
  • 31:25 – Jennifer Tilly has a short story featured in the book “He Played for His Wife and Other Stories”. Here’s all you need to know about this collection of short stories that also includes Anthony Holden. Neil Pearson and an intro from Al Alvarez.
  • 35:20 – Jennifer Tilly tells some Phil Laak stories.
  • 40:25 – Jennifer Tilly’s plans for the rest of 2018!

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Oct 31, 2018

This week on the Poker Central Podcast we have a very special guest who goes by the name of Gus Hansen! In addition to that, Brent and Remko discuss the Super High Roller Bowl V announcement, they recap the “Godfather” week action on Poker After Dark and preview the upcoming Poker After Dark and Friday Night Poker action.

  • 02:15 – The exciting announcement of Super High Roller Bowl V, running from December 17-19 at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas.
  • 09:00 – Recapping the excitement and action and side action during “Godfather” week headlined by Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen.
  • 12:35 – An exclusive interview with Gus Hansen by Brent Hanks about all things ranging from his traveling style, Doyle Brunson stories, Phil Ivey at his peak is the best player ever and some seedy anecdotes!
  • 31:20 – Recapping the Gus Hansen interview as Remko shares his thoughts.
  • 34:00 – 888poker week on Poker After Dark featuring Chris Moorman, Jennifer Tilly, Kelly Minkin, Bill Klein, Eli Elezra, Mario Ho, and an 888poker qualifier! All the details about an enormous overlay right here!
  • 37:00 – The Friday Night Poker action on Stadium’s Facebook Watch page this week! Don’t miss the action as Frank Kassela, Jon Turner, Dan Shak, Hish Salama, Chris Moorman, Randall Emmett, and Marle Cordeiro square off.

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Sep 5, 2018

Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by the one and only Bryn Kenney to talk Poker Masters, big swings, losing millions and his lack of Poker After Dark appearances! 

  • 2:09 – Looking back at the 2017 Poker Masters and the insanity that was Steffen Sontheimer, and after Stephen Chidwick during the U.S. Poker Open, will we see another one of those dominant showings at the 2018 Poker Masters?
  • 6:08 – The new and improved scoring system that will see the Purple Jacket awarded on Sunday night at the end of the Poker Masters.
  • 9:55 – Brent and Remko draft their team of Poker Masters players and wager the buy-in of the Poker Central fantasy football league and a lot of shame and honor!
  • 14:22 – Speculating on the impact the Poker Masters will have on the 2018 Player of the Year race, as nearly the entire Top 10 is expected to make an appearance.
  • 16:55 – The interview with Bryn Kenney, who starts out talking about being down $1.8 million for the year and remaining his focus and confidence.
  • 22:10 – Bryn’s excitement and anticipation for the Poker Masters and his thought on the schedule.
  • 25:00 – Bryn’s harsh thoughts on PokerStars and the way the WCOOP took a turn for the worse.
  • 27:20 – Bryn’s GGPoker ambassadorship and what’s wrong with the Poker After Dark lineups according to Bryn, and how excited he is to be on the show!
  • 33:26 – Is “Who’s in Debt to Bryn Kenney Week” coming to Poker After Dark?
  • 37:10 – What does the rest of 2018 look like for Bryn Kenney?
  • 40:35 – Remko recaps EPT Barcelona.
  • 42:35 – Brent and Remko talk fantasy football and the Poker Central auction draft!

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Aug 9, 2018

Business and dog owner, father, husband, World Series of Poker Player of the Year race leader and two-time bracelet winner, yes, Shaun Deeb is on this week's edition of the podcast!

Also on this show: Poker After Dark lineup teases that include all your favorite WSOP Main Event stars, a look back at Michael Mizrachi’s third $50k Poker Players Championship win, and the induction of John Hennigan and Mori Eskandani into the Poker Hall of Fame. 

  • 1:35 – Looking back on Mori Eskdani and John Hennigan being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Were they the right two players that got inducted in 2018?
  • 5:25 – How does Michael Mizrachi’s third $50,000 Poker Players Championship title rank among the biggest accomplishments in the history of poker?
  • 10:20 – Shaun Deeb joins the podcast to talk about his hot summer, grabbing the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race and winning two bracelets in the process.
  • 13:45 – Where does Shaun Deeb’s drive to put in massive volume in live tournament comes from, and how it took until his second bracelet win this summer to get into the green for the duration of his live tournament career.
  • 16:56 – Shaun Deeb’s thoughts on the best players that manager to balance between cash games and tournaments.
  • 18:35 – How to stays focused and keep pushing small edges during all the years in which Shaun wasn’t getting the big wins in live events?
  • 22:50 – Businessman Shaun Deeb, investing in real estate and opening a Firehouse Subs location on the East Coast.
  • 26:30 – Coaching Tony Miles during the final table of the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
  • 32:30 – Brent Hanks’ new segment: Hellmuth Heat!
  • 36:20 – Shaun Deeb hijacks the show and tells the story of an old t-shirt that his wife wears to this day saying “Shaun F*cking Deeb”!
  • 40:15 – Looking back on “Solve for Hollywood” week on Poker After Dark, and looking ahead at some juicy lineups featuring John Cynn and Tony Miles!

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Aug 8, 2018

He’s funny, he’s hairy, and knows a lot about poker! He’s Joe Stapleton, and this week’s on the Heads Up with Remko Podcast. The Poker Central Podcast Network is sponsored by Check out for more information on this subscription-based anti-hair loss medication.

  • 2:50 – The start of the interview with Joe Stapleton.
  • 4:10 – Looking at Joe’s work at the 2018 World Series of Poker, being on the sidelines during a plethora of events, and how he can no longer party all night and work all day.
  • 6:33 – Joe Stapleton looks back on his first World Series of Poker in 2005 with Scott Huff at CardPlayer.
  • 8:00 – That time Joe Stapleton eating Phil Hellmuth’s leftovers, and gambling his way through a summer on little sleep.
  • 12:00 – The lack of fun in reporting, and pivoting to producing and hosting videos.
  • 14:30 – The start of podcasts in poker, Scott Huff, Mike Matusow, PokerWire and the start of PokerRoad and PokerRoad Radio.
  • 17:30 – Stories from Joe’s time at PokerRoad, and whether or not it could’ve been more successful.
  • 20:45 – Remko tells the story of interviewing Phil Ivey after he won his 10th career bracelet.
  • 25:40 – Joe Stapleton’s Phil Ivey story, parting in Monte Carlo, Daniel Negreanu getting slapped in the face and wheeling him to his room after a drunk night out before the Super High Roller event.
  • 33:45 – The many jobs Stapes has had and is doing in poker.
  • 37:54 – How Joe Stapleton got his start on the European Poker Tour, hosting and commentating on the biggest tournament series outside of North America.
  • 43:30 – Joe Stapleton’s role as funny guy and poker expert and getting into legal trouble in the UK!
  • 49:40 – How Stapleton creates his jokes and gets his material, and what works and doesn’t work on TV.
  • 55:20 – How to deal with criticism, and what to do about the trolls and haters?
  • 57:50 – How much room is there to be funny during a serious poker event when the money is big and the pressure is on, and what are some of Stapleton’s worst moments on TV?
  • 1:03:05 – Joe Stapleton’s stand-up comedy aspirations and performing all over the world? 

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Jul 13, 2018

On this podcast, interviews with the final six players and the departed, Antoine Labat, Artem Metalidi and Alex Lynskey. 

  • 1:05 – An interview with Aram Zobian before the start of play.
  • 5:40 – The interview with Antoine Labat after busting out in ninth place for $1,000,000.
  • 12:50 – Artem Metaldi speaks to the media after busting in eighth place for $1,250,000.
  • 15:25 – Alex Lynskey speaks to the media after getting eliminated in seventh place for $1,500,000.
  • 18:29 – 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada talks about his prospects heading into the second day of final table play.
  • 20:50 – Nic Manion talks about his first day at the final table, losing chips but remaining confident.
  • 22:35 – Tony Miles talks about enjoying the final table action and living in the moment.
  • 26:10 – John Cynn analyzes his chances to win and talks about the first day at the final table.
  • 29:33 – Chip leader Michael Dyer shares his thoughts on the first day at the final table and getting down to six players.
  • 30:31 – Looking ahead at the action that’s still to come on Friday and Saturday night.

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Jun 27, 2018

Eric ‘Basebaldy’ Baldwin is one of the most consistent and dedicated poker pros out there, and last week he won his second career gold bracelet. Baldwin joins the show to talk about his family life, the passing of his father, the ups and downs of being a pro, and why the average skill level in live poker is heavily overstated.

  • 2:18 – What sticks out to Eric Baldwin about winning his second career WSOP bracelet, and Brent Hanks missing his best friend’s wedding.
  • 5:50 – Reliving Baldwin’s bracelet win, how it compares to other wins and how it fits into his career as a professional?
  • 9:25 – Baldwin wanted to square up a $10,000 fantasy sports debt, and somehow turned it into a six-figure win? How did he pull that off?
  • 11:48 – The California Story: Brent Hanks and Eric Baldwin road-tripping their way into a big score and lots of drinks.
  • 14:50 – Degen stories from Brent Hanks and Eric Baldwin.
  • 21:55 – Is Remko going to party with Post Malone?
  • 27:50 – High stakes fantasy sports!
  • 34:45 – Eric Baldwin’s professional approach, risk-averse style and how that’s changing.
  • 44:45 – The family life, and how he combines it with professional poker.
  • 48:56 – The lowest point of Baldwin’s career, how to grow past it and how the memory of his father lives on, and how he came up in the game and how he parents supported him throughout of it.
  • 57:00 – Is the growth of the average skill in poker overstated, and how much value is there still in being a live-poker grinder?
  • 1:04:50 – The style of play that makes Eric Baldwin into a top player that has consistently won for many years.
  • 1:09:15 – Paying attention at the table, picking up on little things, and how every player sees every situation differently, making poker the most fascinating games in the world.
  • 1:13:45 – Using and absorbing the information gathered in live events, and how even the best online players struggle to adjust to the live game.

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May 17, 2018

This is the second and final part of Heads Up with Remko featuring Patrik Antonius. On the first part, Antonius talked about how he discovered the game and quickly became one of the best in the world.

From 2000 through 2006, Antonius arguably played the most hands of poker of anyone on the planet and became a legend among poker fans with appearances on High Stakes Poker, Poker After Dark and many other TV shows.

This week on the show:

  • 2:31 – The clash with Sammy Farha on High Stakes Poker, and other memories of the most famous televised cash game of all time.
  • 6:30 – Comparing Poker After Dark to High Stakes Poker, and why Patrik always did very well in televised games.
  • 9:16 – The younger pros joining the biggest games at the heyday of poker: Tom Dwan, Phil Galfond and Viktor Blom.
  • 11:45 – The peak of online poker, did Patrik think it was going to last and how does he look back on that era?
  • 16:39 – What were Patrik’s swings like in live and online poker?
  • 19:20 – What makes Patrik the proudest, when looking back on his career as a poker pro to date?
  • 21:50 – What are the most important factors and characteristics needed to be an elite poker player?
  • 25:01 – The best players Patrik has ever played against, and why he’s fine admitting having been outplayed many times.
  • 27:40 – The positive things in poker what drew Patrik back into the game, and what made him want to be more involved in the game after a few very quiet years.
  • 34:47 – Patrik’s ideal televised game to expose the game to a main stream audience.
  • 37:45 – Is the game of poker entertaining enough on its own to make it grow, or are there other things needed to pull in a new audience?
  • 41:00 – What will 2018 look like for Patrik?

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