Rank #1: Ep 31 - Everything You Need To Know About How To Play Live Poker Tournaments
Easily the most knowledge-packed episode to date! In this episode the boys discuss how to play live poker tournaments, answering a ton of questions and offering advice to help amateurs get better at live poker MTTS. Bet sizing, when to be aggressive, bubble play, live tells, shove/folding, and so many more topics are covered. If you're new to poker tournaments or just need some extra tips and advice, this episode will be sure to help you. Enjoy!
Dec 05 2019
Rank #2: Ep 27 - The Daniel Negreanu Interview Episode
Daniel Negreanu joins the show fresh off of winning- and then *not actually winning* the 2019 WSOP POY. He gives his thoughts on Shaun Deeb and Doug Polk, changes that need to be made to the WSOP in general, and gives a ton, and we mean a TON, of insight into changes that need to be made in the poker world in general. It's nearly an hour with Kid Poker, buckle up, leave a 5 star review, and enjoy!
Nov 12 2019
Rank #3: Episode 12 - Poker 101: How To Get Better At Poker
This week on Cracking Aces we spend the entire time answering the age old question- "how do I get better at poker?". Nate and Jake talk for nearly an hour about how to improve your game, from what resources to use, how to study, and how to close leaks that stop you from being as good as the pros.
Poker ain't easy, but hopefully this podcast helps you realize what tools you need to get to the next level and get rich.
Aug 01 2019
Rank #4: Ep 21 - THE LIVE POKER CHEATING SCANDAL Ft. Joey Ingram
This episode is all about the biggest scandal to hit poker in YEARS, Mike P cheating on stream for a year at the Stones Gambling Hall. We dive into how he cheated, why it's 100% FOR SURE that he cheated, and run through theories on why he would do this. We are also joined by Joey Ingram who had a huge part in uncovering this whole thing and knows more about it than anyone. It's a story you would barely believe in the movies, but it happened in real life. We tackle it from all angles, so buckle up, it's a doozy.
Oct 03 2019
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Rank #5: Ep 35 - Phil Ivey's Awesome Bluff, Folding Quads, And Raising Aces
Today we start by talking about the guy who jumped in front of a bus after blowing his life saving's at the casino, surviving, and then gambling away the insurance money. Then we talk about Phil Ivey's awesome bluff with 52o vs Lex Veldhuis, and talk about the different levels of poker thinking. Jake then breaks down the infamous fold with quad Queens, explaining what should have happened on every street. Finally, we answer a listener DM about a hand he played with Aces vs Jacks and if he played his aces too strong. Thanks for listening, and enjoy!
Jan 09 2020
Rank #6: Ep 34 - How Much Money Do You Need To Play Poker? - Answering Your DMs + Poker New Years Resolutions
Welcome to 2020! We come in hot this year answering your DMs, including how much money you actually need to play poker comfortably, talk some cash strategy, and more. We also give our poker new years resolutions, and Nate shares a sad story from his run in the Big 50 that he's been holding in this whole time. Appreciate everyone that listens, enjoy!
Jan 02 2020
Rank #7: Ep 25 - The GOAT Nick Schulman, F THE VENETIAN, Check/Raising, And Tourney Tips
Today we are joined by the legend himself, the GOAT Nick Schulman. We talk improving on your game, how he got so good at broadcasting, beef with Norman Chad, and potentially fighting at Rough n Rowdy. We also answer listeners questions- Jake goes very in depth about how to handle check/raises, as well as when to do it yourself. We also talk about how to decide what tournament flight to play, and finally, F THE VENETIAN FOR BEING SCUMBAGS. Enjoy!
Nov 01 2019
Rank #8: Ep 46 - Joey Ingram Explains Where You Should Or Should Not Play Online Poker In The USA, PLUS 2 Very Bad Personal Beats
Joey Ingram the legend himself joins the show today to talk mostly about where you should feel safe and where you should avoid playing online poker in the USA. He also praises the podcast for being awesome and discusses the Galfond Challenge. Joey's great (10:00-44:00). And then we share our brutal bad beats of the week...honestly, you just have to hear them. So brutal (44:00-54:00). And then we close the show talking about poker streams, coronavirus cancelling the WSOP, and Brad Owen is on next week. Enjoy!
Mar 03 2020
Rank #9: Ep 33 - Chris Moneymaker Interview, Rick Salomon Is The Man, Free Phil Ivey!
Today we are graced by the LEGEND Chris Moneymaker. He is absolutely awesome as always, and talked meeting Senators to push online poker legalization, giving away $30,000 tournament tickets (possibly you?!), and his desire to become a Tik Tok star.
Before that we talk about the Big Game on PokerGo where Rick Salomon is absolutely crushing souls, including the $992,000 pot he casually won. He is the man.
Merry Christmas, please rate 5 stars and leave a comment in review section!
Dec 19 2019
Rank #10: Ep 43 - The WORST Bad Beat EVER - Quads vs Quads vs Straight Flush, Going Deep In Main Events With Johnny Cakes Auville, and WSOP Bad Beat Stories
Welcome back! We introduce the show and then talk: The ultimate bad beat that's been going viral - quads vs quads vs a straight flush (0-11:40), The WSOP quad aces vs royal flush hand with Ray Romano at the table (11:40-14:40), our own personal worst poker beat stories (14:40-22:15), with radio and poker superstar Cakes with great insight from the mind of an amateur player who just went deep in a Main Event (22:15-55:00), we recap the interview and discuss some interesting points from it and Nate shares his bad beat of the week (55-end). Enjoy!
Feb 20 2020
Rank #11: Ep 24 - Hellmuth ALMOST Won a Bracelet, Taking Shots At Higher Stakes, Listener DMs/Emails, And We HATE The WSOP-Europe
Lots of info bombs in this episode of the podcast. We start by talking about the WSOP-Europe and how dust it is. Hellmuth almost won a bracelet in a 45 person field, sad! We then answer a bunch of listener questions- topics include bankroll management, taking shots, and how to play underground games. Lots of knowledge and personal stories are shared, probably the most informative episode yet. Enjoy!
Oct 25 2019
Rank #12: Episode 7 - Phil Ivey Stories, Black Friday (Bad) Memories, Brent Hanks From PokerGO, And Answering Your Emails
We start out this week by talking about what's going on in the WSOP, including Phil Ivey stories and speculate why he's playing $800 NLHE events. We also talk about how wild Black Friday was...I mean, it still blows our minds how that all went down. We have a chit chat with pro poker player and PokerGO personality Brent Hanks about what's going on out in Vegas, and end the show by answering your poker-related emails. Enjoy!
Jun 21 2019
Rank #13: Episode 9 - Ivey And Dwan Are Legends, Tag Team Poker Is Awesome, And Tournament Boss Jake Schwartz Talks Poker And Crypto Bad Beats
This week on Cracking Aces we start off by talking about Phil Ivey who is chipleading at the WSOP. We then talk about the legend of Tom Dwan and how awesome it is to see him playing at the WSOP. Nate talks about playing a $1500 WSOP with $2k to his name and also how much he loves tag team poker. The guys then talk to poker boss Jake Schwartz while he's eating lunch by himself. Jake is going deep in everything this year and offers great insight on the game. They also swap crypto bad beat stories. Finally, we answer your DMs and emails and get psyched for going to Vegas! Enjoy!
Jun 27 2019
Rank #14: Episode 4 - BIG 50 Recap and 2017 MAIN EVENT Winner Scott Blumstein
This week on Cracking Aces, Nate talks about his deep-ish run in the 28,000 person BIG 50 at the WSOP, the boys talk to the 2017 Main Event winner Scott Blumstein about his life since winning 8 million dollars, and we answer YOUR email questions. Thanks for listening and enjoy!
Jun 11 2019
Rank #15: Ep 32 - WHY ISN'T ONLINE POKER LEGAL IN EVERY STATE IN THE USA?!?!
What an episode! We start by talking about how the WSOP released part of their schedule and give advice to newbies on what to play/where to stay. Nate then recaps his trip to Kansas City where he got in a weird hand with QQ that Jake dissects (also shout out to the beer Tank 7). We are then joined by very smart person Steve Ruddock who explains why online poker isn't legal in every state and why it might never be. It's equally fascinating and frustrating. Thanks for listening, enjoy!
Dec 12 2019
Rank #16: Episode 3 WSOP PREVIEW Ft 2013 Main Event Winner Ryan Riess
This week on Cracking Aces we break down the 2019 WSOP! We talk about what's new at the World Series, what and who to watch for, and we are joined by the 2013 Main Event champion and current high stakes tournament crusher Ryan Riess. He talks about his desire to stay on top of the game, his plans for the summer, and how he continues improving his game and making more money. Enjoy!
May 30 2019
Rank #17: Ep 47 - The Brad Owen Interview Episode (Plus Coronavirus Is Real)
Brad Owen is the guest that is requested more than anyone. He joined the show today to talk about his start in poker, how he got into vlogging, the ups and downs of it, and so much more. There's a reason he's the number 1 poker vlogger in the world. We also wish Jake a happy birthday and talk about the coronavirus which could end up canceling the WSOP. If you dig the episode, please subscribe and rate 5 stars! Thanks and enjoy!
Mar 05 2020
Rank #18: Ep 41 - Kelly Minkin Awesome Interview, Christian Harder Breaks Down His Legendary Hand, And A Phil Galfond Update
We get right to it in this jam packed episode. We cold open with Kelly Minkin talking about slowrolling a racist misogynist at the table. We then set up the show (3:30-13:30) and get into the Minkin interview filled with AWESOME nuggets and insight (13:30-53:00). Then Christian "Charder30" Harder joins us to break down his legendary WSOPE hero call (53:00-1:09:00), and then we end the show discussing Phil Galfond's -$980,000 downswing. Enjoy!
Feb 13 2020
Rank #19: Ep 18 - Is Phil Ivey Broke??? Plus Twitch King Jaime Staples, Listener DMs, And Online Nostalgia
On today's episode we talk about some poker world drama- is Linus Loeliger a cheater and why was Phil Ivey backed for a $50k? We get emotional talking about Ivey and how awesome he is and how sad we'd be if he's actually broke. We then tackle listener DMs- how not to be "scared money" and Jake's path to being a successful poker pro. After some online nostalgia, we are joined by Twitch Gawd and prop bet master Jaime Staples. We talk the Twitch life and winning a $150k weight loss bet. Finally, we chat about live tournaments being played online until the money. It's a good one, enjoy!
Sep 12 2019
Rank #20: Ep 22 - Phil Galfond Interview, Mike P's DMs With Us, and How To Stay Focused At Low Stakes
Today's episode is a dandy. First we follow up with Mike P the poker cheater, going through our DMs with him where he pleaded his innocence. We break down each of his DMs and spoiler alert: He's a sociopath. We are then joined by the legend Phil Galfond who talks about running his own poker website, playing high stakes poker tournaments, and his thoughts on the cheater scandal. Finally, we answer a DM about how to play low stakes when you love the rush of the higher stakes so much more. Buckle up and enjoy!
Oct 10 2019