PokerGO Podcast

Hosted by Remko Rinkema, Donnie Peters, and Tim Duckworth, the PokerGO Podcast is the home of the best conversations about the latest happenings in the world of poker. The PokerGO Podcast covers the global tournament scene, high-stakes cash games, industry news, and the latest in poker on TV. You'll hear guest interviews from the latest poker tournament winners and notable poker personalities.
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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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Nov 21, 2018

On this episode of the podcast, Brent and Remko give their comedic yet relevant takes on who should be pardoned out of all the turkeys we saw during the 2018 poker calendar. Got some to add? Reach out to us on . 

  • 00:30 – Brent Hanks gets Remko caught up on all there is to know about this American tradition.
  • 02:00 – This week on the show, Brent and Remko will pick their ‘Turkey of the Year’ with the ultimate goal of pardoning one and giving some thanks!
  • 04:40 - Turkey nomination No.1: Gordon Vayo
  • 07:00 - Turkey nomination No.2 – William Kassouf
  • 07:43 - Turkey nomination No.3 & 4: Justin Bonomo and Nikita Badziakouski
  • 09:50 - Turkey nomination No.5 Chad Holloway
  • 11:15 - Turkey nomination No.6 Phil Ivey
  • 12:30 - Turkey nomination No.7 PokerNews
  • 14:00 - Turkey nomination No.8 Jason Mercier
  • 16:00 - Turkey nomination No. 9 Randall Emmett
  • 16:35 - Turkey nomination No.10 Germany
  • 18:13 - Turkey nomination No.11 Cryptocurrency
  • 19:00 - Turkey nomination No.12 – Remko’s assorted nominations including Jake Cody, the Big One for One Drop, Armenian Mike, Heartland Poker Tour, and the all-time money list.
  • 23:10 - Turkey nomination No.13 – Phil Hellmuth!
  • 27:30 – Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema give thanks on this Thanksgiving special!

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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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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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Oct 19, 2018

This Friday, on the fifth week of action, Barstool Smitty joins an exciting Friday Night Poker lineup with Jennifer Tilly, Uncle Ron, Sam Simmons, Jordan Young, and The Manz. Smitty was kind enough to join us for the entire podcast, so let’s dive right into the action! 

  • 0:30 – Diving right into it with Philadelphia’s favorite Barstool blogger Smitty!
  • 2:55 – Philadelphia sports talk with Smitty and Brent, once again, brings up his beloved Buffalo Bills.
  • 11:20 – Barstool Smitty makes his Friday Night Poker debut on Stadium’s Facebook Watch page, we talk lineup, buy-in, and the expected crazy action!
  • 15:30 – Uncle Ron vs Barstool Smitty, what to expect? Watermelons? Costumes? Rubbing of the upper thigh? And some Smitty bankroll talk.
  • 19:55 – The adrenaline of poker, and whether or not Smitty still feels those competitive juices flowing!
  • 22:05 – Smitty gives the full story on the Barstool fued with Michael Rappaport!
  • 28:30 – NATE TALK. (And the potential of a Nate vs Smitty heads-up grudge match.)
  • 32:15 – Get hyped for “Godfather” week on Poker After Dark featuring Doyle Brunson, Gus Hansen and Jungleman!
  • 39:16 – Beyond the Rail is now available on PokerGO! Learn more about this exclusive behind the scenes show that takes you through the 2018 World Series of Poker.

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Oct 11, 2018

Oh boy! Things are about to get real interesting with Nick Schulman! Boxing, UFC, wrecking a gas station pump, becoming a father, New York sports, heckling Jermaine O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, and much more on this edition of the Poker Central Podcast! 

  • 1:15 – Nick Schulman is becoming a father! Is he ready? Nick drops the name of his daughter to be and speculates on how his life will change.
  • 4:40 – Nick features on “Power Play” night on Poker After Dark and recaps the action, but he admits to not feeling too sharp about his game.
  • 8:14 – What’s harder? Stay at the top skill wise or finding the right games to play in?
  • 10:30 – Late night sessions with Nick Schulman, gambling all night in the pool halls and the poker tables.
  • 12:40 – Dropping out of high school at 14-years old: How much money did Nick Schulman manage to build up as a pool hustler before the age of 18?
  • 15:22 – Driving off from a gas station with the nozzle still in his car and Nick’s weed habits.
  • 20:10 – Drugs in poker.
  • 24:05 – Where does Nick Schulman’s passion for boxing and the UFC come from?
  • 28:30 – Schulman’s connection with the Golovkin camp.
  • 32:50 – Comparing Conor McGregor to Floyd Mayweather, and how some players are real badass while others pretend.
  • 39:30 – What’s next for the UFC that we should be looking forward to?
  • 43:45 – Nick’s thoughts on the Antonio Esfandiari vs Kevin Hart boxing match, and his personal take on prop betting.
  • 46:30 – R.I.P. New York City sports. (And a Brent Hanks Buffalo sports story)
  • 49:00 – The Badgering Bantering and Very Vocally Aggressive Sports Fan: Nick Schulman clashes with Jermaine O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
  • 1:00:50 – Playing poker with shady characters, trash talking and some uncomfortable moments.

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Oct 4, 2018

She’s back! Having worked for almost every outlet in poker during the pre-Black Friday era, Amanda Leatherman was a staple in poker videos and on TV. Leatherman now hosts Friday Night Poker on Stadium’s Facebook Watch page, together with Brent Hanks and Jeff Platt, and she joins the podcast to talk about her crazy life! 

  • 01:15 – Amanda Leatherman had a wild night prior to jumping on the Poker Central Podcast, as her inner party girl was unlocked by jumping back into the poker world.
  • 4:14 – Why and how did Amanda Leatherman jump back into poker, and what was she up to since leaving The Big Game?
  • 6:30 – How Black Friday messed with Amanda Leatherman’s career and what the gravy train was like in the years before that!
  • 8:58 – Amanda Leatherman tells the story of getting her first job in poker with PokerWire and the PokerRoad era with Joe Sebok, Scott Huff, and Joe Stapleton.
  • 11:22 – Remembering PokerRoad Radio, traveling the tournament circuit and living in Barry Greenstein’s house.
  • 14:30 – Does Amanda Leatherman have a Phil Ivey story? Remko certainly does! And an update on Phil Ivey’s continuing legal trouble with the Borgata.
  • 21:16 – What were Amanda’s favorite jobs in poker, her biggest vices and Remko tells a story of a very drunk Amanda at the PCA.
  • 24:40 – The Daniel Negreanu – Amanda Leatherman connection. Wait? What? There’s a ring!
  • 26:56 – What was it like hosting Friday Night Poker after a few years being away from the spotlights?
  • 28:40 – Prop betting! Danielle Andersen and Lily Killeto square off in a bench press prop bet, and Amanda tells a story on Joe Stapleton’s crazy spray-tan bet.
  • 31:45 – Brent Hanks works out, you have to hear it to believe it.
  • 34:59 – Amanda’s lifestyle advice! (And how she got a bleeding ulcer from partying and drinking too much)
  • 37:00 – Making fun of Brent Hanks’ lack of travel experience.
  • 40:11 – Getting into this week’s Friday Night Poker lineup and a preview of the exciting Poker After Dark action. Don’t miss this segment if you want to know who’s on the upcoming nights of live action. 

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Sep 28, 2018

Friday Night Poker host Jeff Platt joins the show to talk about his career as a broadcaster for the San Antonio Spurs and transitioning into poker. Brent Hanks is there as always to talk about the Friday Night Poker action, Poker After Dark, the future of Short Deck and whether or not re-entry tournaments should continue to exist!

  • 1:45 – NBA talk with Friday Night Poker host Jeff Platt, who previously covered the San Antonio Spurs on TV, and the story of his Greg Popovich interview.
  • 7:50 – Jeff Platt talks about the difference between covering the NBA and the high stakes poker scene.
  • 14:10 – Friday Night Poker! Looking back on the crazy hand between Matt Berkey and Mike Matusow from Week 1, and looking ahead at Week 2 with Bryn Kenney.
  • 20:55 – The fan interaction on Facebook Watch and how it makes watching poker more exciting with regards to Friday Night Poker.
  • 24:00 – “Big Three” week on Poker After Dark featuring Ryan Tosoc and Isaac Haxton! Brent, Jeff, Remko look back on the action.
  • 31:30 – Why is that the biggest names in the game such as Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are still the biggest names in the game? Will anyone ever overtake them as the biggest names?
  • 34:00 – What’s the future of Short Deck, will it grow? Will we see it at the World Series of Poker?
  • 39:00 – Real Talk: Are re-entries good or bad for the tournament poker economy?
  • 45:49 – Remko’s car is about to get towed. Yes, this is not a joke, and Brent and Jeff take over to talk about the variety of guests on Real Talk and Matt Berkey’s crazy career.
  • 54:26 – Remko rejoins the show and tells the story of his car almost being towed!

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Sep 19, 2018

This week on an action-packed edition of the Poker Central Podcast: Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by Ali Imsirovic and David Peters, they settle up for their Poker Masters fantasy prop bets, talk about the latest WOC Power Rankings, teasing Short Deck on Poker After Dark, Friday Night Poker on Facebook Watch, Real Talk on PokerGO and the drama between Cate Hall and Chad Power! 

  • 2:20 – Celebrating Ali Imsirovic’s Poker Masters win and Brent Hanks’ hype for a young American bursting onto the high roller scene, followed by a conversation with Ali.
  • 9:00 – Recapping the $100,000 Poker Masters Main Event won by David Peters. Are we giving Peters enough credit and respect for his crazy list of accomplishments?
  • 10:00 – David Peters joins the podcast to talk about his $100k Poker Masters win and missing out on the Purple Jacket by just 10 points.
  • 14:00 – Brent Hanks praises David Peters and explains how special his level of play and thinking is, and how different it is from other top pros.
  • 21:00 – The WOC Rankings! The Poker Central Podcast Power Rankings: Watchability – Overall Skill – Controversy.
  • 24:12 – Recapping the Poker Masters fantasy league battle between Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema, did #TeamRemko or #TeamBrent win?
  • 27:12 – Teasing the upcoming Poker After Dark action featuring Pot Limit Omaha, No Limit Hold’em and Short Deck!
  • 32:34 – Announcing Friday Night Poker on Facebook Watch, hosted by Jeff Platt, Brent Hanks, and Amanda Leatherman live from the PokerGO Studio every week!
  • 37:44 – “Real Talk” premieres on PokerGO today! Remko Rinkema hosts PokerGO’s newest original content in which the biggest topics of the day are discussed with the best players in the world.
  • 41:50 – DRAMA: Cate Hall vs Chad Power. Where do Remko and Brent side?
  • 48:50 – Did William Kassouf pocket some chips from the roulette table?

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Sep 17, 2018

The 2018 Poker Masters was dominated by Ali Imsirovic who took down back-to-back events to double his career tournament earnings to $2.4 million. 

  • 2:15 – Ali Imsirovic talks about what it was like winning the Purple Jacket after the elimination of Brandon Adams from the $100,000 Main Event.
  • 3:17 – Expectations coming into the series and thoughts on his edge versus the fields at the Poker Masters.
  • 5:05 – How did Ali Imsirovic get his start in poker, and how he used $60 he got from his father to fix his guitar to start his poker career.
  • 7:55 – How did Ali Imsirovic reach the top in poker and which players and tools did he learn the most from?
  • 12:12 – Ali Imsirovic gives advice on how young players in the USA can reach the top these days without an abundance of online poker to their disposal.
  • 17:05 – The work ethic needed for Ali to reach the top and stay there, and how important are leaderboards and Player of the Year lists for the young pro?
  • 21:00 – Telling his family about choosing poker and the road they traveled from Bosnia to the USA after the war uprooted their lives in the mid-90s.
  • 30:00 – Setting goals, confidence and continuing to perform at the highest level.
  • 34:10 – Which players has Ali been the most impressed with on the high roller scene?
  • 35:15 – How important is winning the Purple Jacket to Ali, and how excited is he to have a chance to play in the 2019 Super High Roller Bowl?
  • 39:27 – Ending things with some basketball talk, is Ali Imsirovic the Damian Lillard of poker?

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Sep 15, 2018

On this show: A recap of Ali Imsirovic's back-to-back Poker Masters win, his lead in the Purple Jacket standings and an interview with Seth Davies about his series and the crazy year he's been going through.

  • 3:47 – Recapping Event #6 of the 2018 Poker Masters as Ali Imsirovic went back-to-back to grab the Purple Jacket lead heading into the $100,000 Main Event.
  • 7:20 – Is Ali Imsirovic America’s next biggest poker star?
  • 8:48 – Ali Imsirovic joins the podcast to talk about his $799,000 score in Event #6 of the Poker Masters and his hopes of winning the Purple Jacket.
  • 12:45 – Seth Davies talks about his year, appearing on PokerGO’s INSIDERS series and becoming a bigger name in the game.
  • 18:48 – Taking a look at the $100,000 Poker Masters Main Event, the expectations for the final table and the best-case scenario for the ultimate Purple Jacket sweat.
  • 24:00 – Brent Hanks picks his two favorite Poker Masters final tables that you have to watch: The battles between Maurice Hawkins and Isaac Haxton and Ali Imsirovic versus Koray Aldemir.

Watch the Poker Masters action on PokerGO with commentary provided by Ali Nejad and Jeremy Ausmus daily through Sunday, September 16. Stay tuned to PokerCentral and PokerGO on Twitter for the latest information on the events, feature interviews, stories, and videos.


Sep 12, 2018

The Podcast returns with recaps of the latest two events and features interviews with Andrew Robl, Gabe Patgorski, Daniel Negreanu, Ali Nejad, Isaac Haxton, and Ali Imsirovic. 

  • 1:48 – Recapping Event #4, the $10,000 Short Deck event at the 2018 Poker Masters as Isaac Haxton defeated Maurice Hawkins heads up.
  • 6:25 – The interview with Short Deck champion Isaac Haxton.
  • 12:00 – Andrew Robl speaks about the excitement of Short Deck Poker, his experience in the game and the growth he foresees for this fast-paced game,
  • 15:50 – Daniel Negreanu breaks into the podcast and talks about his 2018 Poker Masters experience so far.
  • 18:55 – Gabe Patgorski hops on the show to talk about his experiences with Short Deck Poker and his gripes with live poker players in Las Vegas.
  • 24:55 – Before the start of play at the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em final table, we spoke to Ben Yu about his regular appearances at the highest stakes.
  • 37:55 – Ali Imsirovic wins the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Poker Masters event for the biggest and proudest result of his career.
  • 42:25 – A look at the updated standings of the Poker Masters Purple Jacket leaderboard!

Watch the Poker Masters action on PokerGO with commentary provided by Ali Nejad and Jeremy Ausmus daily through Sunday, September 16. Stay tuned to PokerCentral and PokerGO on Twitter for the latest information on the events, feature interviews, stories, and videos.

Sep 11, 2018

The Poker Masters is in full swing and Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by no less than five players on this podcast!  

  • 1:30 – Recapping the first two events of the Poker Masters as David Peters and Brandon Adams took down the $10,000 NLHE and $25,000 NLHE.
  • 8:12 – Remko and Brent talk Short Deck, and are joined by Gabe Patgorski on the podcast to talk with one of the regulars in the highest stakes Macau games.
  • 17:03 – 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe joins the show to talk about learning the Short Deck Poker rules overnight before playing in his first ever tournament.
  • 22:45 – Jason Koon joins the podcast to talk about his love for Short Deck Poker and what makes this game so exciting.
  • 28:50 – Brandon Adams joins the show to talk about his hot start to the Poker Masters and his thoughts on Short Deck Poker as a format for both tournaments and cash games.
  • 36:55 – Remko and Brent recap the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event won by Keith Lehr and jump into the current standings of the Poker Masters Purple Jacket race.
  • 43:20 – Keith Lehr joins the show to talk about his Poker Masters Pot Limit Omaha win.

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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 30, 2018


On an episode filled to the brim with shenanigans, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema once again attempt to entertain and educate you on all that’s going on in the world of poker! This week they are joined by Jeremy Ausmus, Ali Nejad and Randall Emmett from the PokerGO Studio. 

  • 2:52 – The EPT Barcelona action so far! Mikita Badziakouski keeps crushing and wins the €100k, Benjamin Pollak takes down the €50k and Michael Soyza wins another tournament to continue his crazy 2018.
  • 10:54 – Recapping “Under the Gun” Week on Poker After Dark! What does Brent have to say about Randall Emmett being featured a lot, and the “lack” of serious poker according to the Twitter trolls, and the epic Phil Hellmuth hand versus Jean-Robert Bellande.
  • 15:48 – Jeremy Ausmus joins the podcast as Brent Hanks talks to him about his recent big score in Florida, Norm Macdonald playing on Poker After Dark, and his thoughts and takes on the growing problem of semi-private cash games in the high limit Las Vegas scene.
  • 32:50 – Randall Emmett joins the show to talk to Brent Hanks about his recurring Poker After Dark appearances and love for the game.
  • 39:10 – Brent Hanks and Ali Nejad dive into a crazy conversation about “Under the Gun” week being the most exciting Poker After Dark lineup in the history of televised poker, Nejad’s love for watermelon juice, Brent’s worries about pollution and the well-being of turtles and Ali Nejad’s hate for paper straws.
  • 54:00 – Previewing the Poker Masters, Nick Schulman on the commentary, Brent’s three top picks to watch, and whether or not Steffen Sontheimer will wear his Purple Jacket!?

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Aug 24, 2018


This week on the Poker Central Podcast, Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema are joined by Molly Bloom! Remko finally gets around to telling his Post Malone story, Brent dives deep into John Cynn’s insane plays and Randall Emmett’s antics, and we try to figure out whether Phil Ivey is the latest player to start a bankroll challenge!

  • 3:30 – Today on the podcast: Molly Bloom, recapping the Masters of the Main on Poker After Dark, looking forward to the Poker Masters, and the start of EPT Barcelona.
  • 5:22 – Finally! Remko tells the story of partying with Post Malone.
  • 22:35 – Blackouts are now lifted for the Big One for One Drop and WSOP Main Event final table, Remko explains and Brent still doesn’t understand how it works!
  • 25:10 – Brent Hanks recaps the Masters of the Main on Poker After Dark featuring John Cynn shoving the first 12 hands, how much of Randall Emmett’s antics can we really handle, what’s the deal with ‘The Bullpen’, and is ‘running it twice’ getting out of hand?
  • 36:20 – Previewing the Poker Masters: Running through the PokerGO streaming schedule, the short deck event, the $100k Main Event, and Brent Hanks picks three players that he believes are going to perform well.
  • 42:27 – Bankroll Challenges! Doug Polk turns $100 into $10k, Charlie Carrel is trying to run $50 up to $10k, and is Phil Ivey going to try to win $10.1 million?
  • 48:08 – The Phil Ivey Bankroll Challenge! (Or is he just still in trouble because of that Borgata lawsuit?)
  • 51:40 – EPT Barcelona is now underway! Does Brent Hanks even know where Spain is located?
  • 54:11 – Molly’s Game! Brent and Remko run through their favorite poker movies, share their thoughts on Molly’s Game, introduce the story of Molly Bloom, and Bloom’s appearance at Unibet Open Bucharest where she was invited to take part in the #QueenRules Ladies Event that promotes challenging gender bias and gender inequality.
  • 59:20 – The start of the interview with Molly Bloom.
  • 1:00:20 – Does Molly play poker herself? Does she have ambition as a player?
  • 1:03:11 – Reflecting back on running some of the biggest games in the world for 10 years, what she’s learned from that, and whether she’d do it again looking back at it?
  • 1:06:52 – Being a part of the QueenRules event at Unibet Open Bucharest and Molly’s involvement and dedication to fighting gender biases.
  • 1:09:40 – Did women play in Molly’s high stakes games, and what has the response been from women watching and learning more about her story?
  • 1:12:10 – The value of money, disconnecting from that value and relearning what the value of money is after losing it all.

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Aug 17, 2018

This week on the show, we cover the latest poker news including the recent DDoS attacks that targeted sites such as PokerStars and partypoker, we recap the big-time action down in Florida at the brand new Seminole Hardrock events space, and we look back on the Poker After Dark action from the PokerGO Studio as well as looking forward at what’s to come next week. 

Oh, and Justin Bonomo is on the show. It’s another great one, enjoy!

  • 1:25 – Today on the show.
  • 2:02 – Online poker sites getting DDoS’d, what’s going on? Brent tries to understand the whole thing.
  • 5:45 – Recapping the Seminole Hard Rock Series. Brent Hanks gives his takes on the “Big 4” format of showing four final tables simultaneously.
  • 8:30 – Brandon Eisen wins the Championship $5k by beating Jeremy Ausmus heads up. Why can’t Jeremy Ausmus close out events? Brent and Remko speculate on Ausmus’ lack of first places!
  • 11:50 – The crazy year of Alex Foxen! Now third on the 2018 POY race, Foxen records his fifth outright win of 2018, take note Ausmus!
  • 15:10 – An angry Brent Hanks rants about Justin Bonomo not being No. 1 on the overall GPI standings and 2018 Player of the Year race.
  • 17:38 – Jake Schindler wins the $25k High Roller in Florida that drew 123 entries for $800k. What does this mean for the upcoming Poker Masters? Brent speculates on the field sizes.
  • 22:40 – The life and times of Elio Fox: Five wins since the beginning of June, collecting millions in the process! Take note Ausmus!
  • 26:10 – The interview with Justin Bonomo, the current No.1 on poker’s all-time money list and the winner of the three biggest high roller events of the year.
  • 36:30 – Burning Man with Bonomo! Justin tells a bunch of crazy stories and talks about the inner workings of this crazy desert festival-esque experience!
  • 55:45 – What does the rest of the year look like for Justin Bonomo? Does he have any goals left to chase after?
  • 58:32 – Brent reaches a state of meditation after learning more about Burning Man, is he giving up his normal life to live in the desert?
  • 1:00:42 – Looking back on the Rise and Grind Poker After Dark sessions highlighted by Farah Galfond, John Cynn, and Michael Mizrachi.
  • 1:04:41 – Previewing next week on PokerGO: Masters of the Main on Poker After Dark featuring Scott Blumstein, John Cynn, Scott Vener, Kelly Minkin, Tony Miles, and Randall Emmett.

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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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