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Poker Central Podcast

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The Poker Central Network brings you all the latest news, gossip, analysis and stories from the world of poker every single week with the Poker Central Podcast, and Heads Up with Remko. The former being a news show, and the latter a one-on-one interview with the biggest names in the game!

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The Poker Central Network brings you all the latest news, gossip, analysis and stories from the world of poker every single week with the Poker Central Podcast, and Heads Up with Remko. The former being a news show, and the latter a one-on-one interview with the biggest names in the game!

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Best poker podcast

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Love this podcast to keep up with poker news. Plus these guys are hilarious.

Best Poker Podcast out there!

By Nate Woelfel - Feb 08 2020
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A great balance of informative and entertaining. Always look forward to the next episode!

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165 Ratings
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Best poker podcast

By Jeremy Greenlee - Mar 04 2020
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Love this podcast to keep up with poker news. Plus these guys are hilarious.

Best Poker Podcast out there!

By Nate Woelfel - Feb 08 2020
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A great balance of informative and entertaining. Always look forward to the next episode!

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Rank #1: Ep. 133 Ivey’s Trouble, Kenney’s Win, Galfond’s Launch and Gordo’s Mustache!

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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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Feb 08 2019



Rank #2: Ep. 129 – Dolly's Game ft Doyle Brunson

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Brent and Remko dive into the debut of Dolly’s Game with special guest Doyle Brunson! The guys also run through the headlines of the $25,000 PokerStars No Limit Hold’em Players Championship in the Bahamas and a new segment makes its debut: The F*cking Five, an ongoing weekly ranking of the best poker moments from 2019.

  • 2:00 – Today's topics on the podcast.
  • 3:25 – Dolly’s Game made its debut on PokerGO with a $400/$800 2-7 No Limit Single Draw game, Brent Hanks shares all the juiciest details and behind the scenes info.
  • 5:30 – The interview with Doyle Brunson about Dolly’s Game, the stakes he wants to play, the games, and the players he wants to invite into the PokerGO Studio.
  • 17:59 – Recapping the Dolly’s Game action and looking forward at the mixed games that will be featured in the future.
  • 21:40 – The PokerStars No Limit Hold’em Players Championship!
  • 24:00 – The unfortunate elimination of our very own Sam Simmons just short of the money.
  • 26:00 – Recapping the action so far as the biggest $25,000 tournament in history is deep into the money.
  • 28:00 – Brent Hanks shares a hilarious story about smoking weed in the Bahamas.
  • 31:07 – The Platinum Pass winners, how did they do??
  • 34:30 – The biggest fold of the year! Thi Nguyen folds the third nuts versus the absolute nuts of Athanasios Polychronopoulos!
  • 37:50 – PokerStars and the UFC have made a deal, how does Brent feel about this?
  • 42:15 – Drama Alert! Mike McDonald vs Farid Jattin.
  • 45:35 – NEW ON THE SHOW: The F*cking Five! Brent and Remko keep a running tally on the Top 5 poker moments from 2019, replacing two moments on the list every single week.

The F*cking Five – January 9th Edition

  1. The best fold of the year? Thi Nguyen folds AQ vs the AA of Athanasios Polychronopoulos on a board that showed AQQ.
  2. Good Boy Joe Ingram hustles his way into a Platinum Pass worth $30k for the ultimate poker fan Jeremy Hilsercop.
  3. Daniel Negreanu and Amanda Leatherman’s romance rekindled leading to their engagement on December 31st.
  4. Justin Bonomo’s 2018 – and taking No. 1 all-time
  5. PokerStars giving away 300 Platinum passes and adding $1 million to first place.

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Jan 09 2019



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Rank #3: Ep. 109 Ivey's Bankroll Challenge ft Molly Bloom

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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 24 2018

1hr 20mins


Rank #4: Ep. 181 The Poker World According to Joey Ingram

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

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

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Feb 19 2020



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Rank #5: Ep. 145 Feuds, Drama, and Package Talk with Daniel Negreanu

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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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May 03 2019

1hr 24mins


Rank #6: Ep. 128 – Negreanu’s Proposal and 2019 Predictions

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The Poker Central Podcast is back! Get the full story of Daniel Negreanu's proposal to Amanda Leatherman as Brent Hanks was on the scene. Also, Brent receives the Dolly's Game lineup, which will be shared towards the end of the show.

  • 2:00 – Brent Hanks story time: An epic Golden Knights game, drunk poker playing, and getting home at 8am in the morning.
  • 10:25 – Brent Hanks story time part 2: Daniel Negreanu proposes to Amanda Leatherman, and Brent has front row seats.
  • 20:13 – Recapping Super High Roller Bowl V and the domination of Isaac Haxton.
  • 27:20 – Previewing the PCA and the craziness surrounding the Platinum Pass bonanza: Joe Ingram plays it smart!
  • 46:06 – 2019 hot takes and predictions!
  • 53:50 – Breaking news! Brent Hanks comes in hot with the lineup for next week’s game first session of Dolly’s Game.

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Jan 04 2019

1hr 2mins


Rank #7: Ep. 105 John Cynn Wins the 2018 WSOP Main Event

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On the final podcast of the 2018 WSOP Main Event a winner is crowned in the biggest tournament of the year. John Cynn took home the $8.8 million first prize and will go down in history as the winner of the longest heads-up in Main Event history.

  • Opening the show are Remko Rinkema and Lance Bradley, previewing the action and diving into the narratives of the Final 3, but not before briefly looking back on the previous night in which 2009 Main Event champ Joe Cada was eliminated.
  • 14:42 – An interview with the most colorful character from the 2017 WSOP Main Event, John Hesp.
  • 22:19 – Michael Dyer speaks after getting eliminated in third place for $3,750,000.
  • 26: 02 – After a grueling 10-hour heads-up match, Tony Miles speaks about winning $5 million and the sour taste of missing out on the title.
  • 31:09 – The champ speaks! John Cynn talks about the emotions of winning the WSOP Main Event and collecting $8.8 million.

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Jul 15 2018



Rank #8: Ep. 135 The Chidwick Poker Open and Bilzerian Controversy!

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Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema sit down to get you caught up on all the latest of the U.S. Poker Open as Stephen Chidwick is once again putting on a show. Sean Winter is also in strong contention along with Jordan Cristos, winner of the PLO tournament.

The guys also revisit the Effing Five and things get heated while reviewing the highly controversial Week 6 Power Rankings that features a very odd name! 

  • 2:25 – Recapping Event #1 - $10,000 No Limit Hold’em- of the 2019 U.S. Poker Open – won by Stephen Chidwick.
  • 6:45 – The interview with Event #1 winner Stephen Chidwick.
  • 12:22 – Recapping Event #2 - $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha won by Jordan Cristos.
  • 15:50 – The interview with Event #2 winner Jordan Cristos.
  • 21:35 – Salivating over the Event #3 final table lineup that features Stephen Chidwick and Sean Winter who went heads up in Event #1.
  • 27:00 – Short Deck! Today Event #4 gets underway, what can we expect?
  • 28:10 – The Effing Five! What are Remko and Brent up to this week? Will they make some big moves?
  • 31:50 – The Week 6 Poker Central Power Rankings! Stephen Chidwick takes the No.1 spot.
  • 34:00 – Dan Bilzerian! How did he make his way into the top of the Power Rankings?
  • 37:00 – The rest of the rankings! Teddy Monroe! Lazaro Hernandez! 

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Feb 17 2019



Rank #9: Ep. 106 The Main Event Aftermath with Big John Cynn

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The 2018 WSOP Main Event champion joins the Poker Central Podcast to talk about how his life changed after winning the biggest tournament of the year! 

  • 0:40 – Brent Hanks’ rodent problem and recovering from the WSOP.
  • 1:58 – The return of Poker After Dark with Matt Berkey and Garrett Adelstein.
  • 4:57 – Hand Histories is now available on PokerGO, Remko and Brent share their thoughts on the six hands that were featured with Daniel Negreanu, Joseph Cheong, Matt Affleck, Jeremy Ausmus, Brian Rast, and Bryan Piccioli.
  • 7:50 – Recapping the 2018 WSOP Main Event: Joe Cada’s insane run, our love for Kelly Minkin, John Cynn’s run, Michael Dyer's cereal and the emotions of Tony Miles.
  • 14:00 – The interview with 2018 WSOP Main Event champion John Cynn.
  • 17:00 – What’s it like to be the winner of the biggest poker tournament in the world and the fame that comes along with it, John Cynn describes.
  • 20:19 – John Cynn looks back on finishing 11th in 2016, and why that experience didn’t come with any regrets or pain.
  • 27:05 – Setting the record straight on how John’s last name is pronounced, and how his win is viewed by his Korea friends and family.
  • 30:55 – John Cynn on making his debut on Poker After Dark on PokerGO, and potentially playing in the Poker Masters.
  • 36:24 – Did John Cynn party at all after winning the WSOP Main Event? He tells the story.
  • 40:25 – The comradery with Tony Miles, the frustrations during the heads up and the coldness John experienced with Tony in the heat of the moment with all the money on the line.
  • 47:05 – Brent and Remko speculate on Tony Miles vs John Cynn.
  • 50:30 – Brent Hanks talks about his new role during Poker After Dark broadcasts. 

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Aug 02 2018



Rank #10: Ep. 172 Transforming Online Poker & WSOP POY with Daniel Negreanu

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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 29 2019



Rank #11: Heads Up with Remko – Phil Galfond

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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 18 2018

1hr 17mins


Rank #12: Ep. 108 Burning Questions with the Man of 2018: Justin Bonomo

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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 17 2018

1hr 13mins


Rank #13: Ep. 118 This is Not What Nick Schulman Signed Up For!

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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 11 2018

1hr 7mins


Rank #14: Ep. 180 The Highest Stakes with Jason Koon

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

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

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Feb 11 2020



Rank #15: Ep. 166 Prosecutor Papi & Detective Doug

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This week on the Poker Central Podcast, your trusted hosts are tackling a variety of topics with three special guests that were all part of Dolly's Game on PokerGO: Matt Glantz, Brian Rast, and Anthony Alberto. 

Brent and Remko tackle the hottest topic in poker, the alleged cheating my Mike Postle at Stones Gambling Hall in Northern California, and get the opinion of Matt Glantz who's experienced in what it takes to put together a poker live stream.

With Glantz, the guys also discuss his recent weight loss, the worst game in poker, and how he got started in poker. 

Brian Rast, the commentator on Dolly's Game alongside Ali Nejad, joins the show to talk about his Top 5 favorite degenerate players who have no regard for money and are always ready to kick up the stakes. 

The third and final guest on the show, high stakes poker player and sports bettor Anthony Alberto, talks about his worst bad beats in sports betting as well as high stakes fantasy leagues in which he's betting hundreds of thousands of dollars on the side. 

Lastly, Brent breaks down the Power Rankings which has some eye-brow raising names as well as a clearcut Top 2.

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Oct 04 2019

1hr 25mins


Rank #16: Ep. 157 Norm Macdonald’s Summer Stories

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Legendary comic Norm Macdonald makes another Poker Central Podcast appearance. Macdonald has Remko and Brent laughing out loud from the start with impressions, summer stories, songs, and more. 

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Jul 28 2019



Rank #17: Ep. 161 Poker After Durrrr

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The boys are back in their man cave! Listen to the show now as they break down GOAT Week on Poker After Dark, Randall Emmett’s intervention, Tom Dwan’s takes on the high stakes poker economy, as well as brand new Power Rankings.

  • 01:20 – Today on the show!
  • 03:00 – Previewing the British Poker Open & Super High Roller Bowl at Aspers Casino in London and streamed live on PokerGO with commentary by Jeff Platt and Brent Hanks.
  • 07:01 – Recapping GOAT Week on Poker After Dark featuring Paul Pierce, Alan Keating, Rob Yong, Jennifer Tilly, Randall Emmett, Tom Dwan, Brandon Cantu & Mike Sexton. Brent and Remko break down the biggest pots of the night.
  • 14:25 – The interview, or intervention if you will, with Randall Emmett during GOAT Week!
  • 18:28 – Randall Emmett’s pride of turning his energy down a few notches which, in his mind, created the best night of poker action in his life on GOAT Week.
  • 22:34 – The social media comments were far more positive on Randall Emmett, and how Mike Matusow was far worse back in the day!
  • 27:40 – Breaking down Randall’s antics with Brent Hanks and how the table was split between four massive stacks and three smaller stacks.
  • 32:21 – Tom Dwan joins the podcast to talk about Triton Super High Rollers, Phil Hellmuth, and his future plans.
  • 35:50 – Tom Dwan’s take on the future of super high stakes poker action.
  • 37:45 – The way players and fans sweat the action in Asia and how Tom Dwan’s sweater gave away some tells by walking away mid-hand.
  • 40:00 – The biggest pot Tom Dwan has ever seen.
  • 42:40 – How did Tom Dwan end up playing on High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark?
  • 44:56 – What is needed for poker not to become like chess? Brent and Remko break down Tom Dwan’s vision.
  • 50:30 – Addressing the Poker Central Power Rankings controversy!
  • 51:25 – Starting with Ali Imsirovic in 10th place on the Power Rankings, Brent Hanks breaks down all the big names!
  • 58:58 – Viva Espana! Brent Hanks loves himself some Gerard Pique, Sergi Reixach, and Juan Pardo!

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Aug 30 2019

1hr 7mins


Rank #18: Ep. 150 – Phil Hellmuth’s Formula for Success

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For the very first time, the Poker Central Podcast has made its debut on video on PokerGO! Check out this full show with video on PokerGO right now or listen through your favorite podcasting app. The podcast isn’t going anywhere but from now on you can enjoy this show as a video broadcast as well.

  • 01:00 – Phil Hellmuth sings Swedish House Mafia, recaps Daniel Negreanu’s wedding, and a Steve Aoki appearance.
  • 4:50 – What year is it??? Phil Hellmuth makes the final table of the WSOP Online bracelet event after years of not playing online and relives the action for us.
  • 10:50 – The impressive stats Phil Hellmuth has racked up at the World Series of Poker but how does he do it?
  • 15:00 – Ben Heath wins the $50,000 High Roller WSOP event, Phil Hellmuth shares his thoughts on his win and overcoming anxiety.
  • 18:36 – Barstool Nate goes deep in the Big 50 and Brent Hanks recaps the action while Hellmuth shares his excitement for the 28,000 players that participated in this event.
  • 22:20 – The Sam Soverel incident with Phil Hellmuth’s takes on the situation.
  • 27:10 – Randall Emmett runs deep in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em and Phil Hellmuth talks about recreational players doing well in the big field WSOP events.
  • 33:35 – Recapping the World Poker Tour action at the Hyper X Esports Arena in Las Vegas.
  • 36:30 – An update on the $25k Fantasy League, where Team Poker Central Podcast is in the hunt for the big money!
  • 41:25 – The Poker Central Power Rankings featuring a Phil Hellmuth take on every single player.
  • 54:00 – Phil Hellmuth on signing autographs and taking pictures with fans at the World Series of Poker.
  • 1:00:30 – 555 Questions for Phil Hellmuth.
  • 1:06:40 – The Great Mayonnaise Debate Rages On!
  • 1:09:00 – The five best poker players Phil Hellmuth has ever faced.

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Jun 12 2019

1hr 12mins


Rank #19: Ep. 182 Huge Wins & Losses with Matt Berkey

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

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

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Feb 26 2020

1hr 6mins


Rank #20: Ep. 152 Prahlad Friedman’s Pain and Pragress

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Prahlad Friedman joins the show to talk about an array of topics that include the full story of his legendary online poker run, getting cheated out of millions of dollars, going broke and rebuilding, as well as his family life and rap career.

NEW: Watch this podcast weekly as a video show on PokerGO. Check the “originals” tab on the site to dig into the three most recent episodes with Phil Hellmuth, Shannon Shorr, and Prahlad Friedman. 

  • 2:30 – Brent Hanks challenges Prahlad Friedman to a free throw shooting competition, followed by the stories of NBA dreams, college steeplechase, and relentless workouts.
  • 6:55 – Family life: Prahlad on raising his daughter vegan and how Brent Hanks’ kids could not be raised any different as he just got a meat smoker for Father’s day!
  • 9:22 – Prahlad Friedman discovers poker through his father, playing underage in California casinos, and quickly making his way up the ranks in online poker.
  • 13:40 – Is Prahlad Friedman the most talented poker player of all time, and what made him into the legend that he became online?
  • 17:30 – What is Prahlad Friedman’s best game. why is No Limit 2-7 Single Draw so much fun to watch and play, and how did he call down Darren Elias with a pair in this game?
  • 24:15 – Legendary online poker stories, being the ‘King of the Hill’ and ultimately getting cheated out of more than $3,000,000 and losing his entire bankroll.
  • 28:20 – How did Prahlad Friedman rebuild his poker career after getting cheated, signing with Ultimate Bet, getting refunded, and losing more money.
  • 35:40 – Did Prahlad Friedman ever consider leaving the game of poker behind, his career as a rapper, and the future of his music career under the name Pragress.
  • 40:15 – Prahlad Friedman the poker rapper and his history at the 2006 Main Event.
  • 46:00 – That high life.
  • 49:00 – Los Angeles home games, GTO play, live reads, and much more.
  • 57:00 – Bracelet winners at the 2019 World Series of Poker.
  • 1:02:00 – Tilt, smashing mice, and a very heated confrontation at the poker table that almost resulted in an altercation.
  • 1:08:21 – The 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year rankings.
  • 1:11:00 – The five best players Prahlad Friedman has ever played against.
  • 1:17:30 – Too Many Questions with Prahlad Friedman!
  • 1:26:00 – Looking ahead at what’s to come with Prahlad this summer.

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Jun 21 2019

1hr 28mins