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Every week, the hosts of PokerStars TV (James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton) bring you a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like being two regular folks on the international poker circuit. Told from the perspective of a cranky British dad (Hartigan) and an undateable American bachelor (Stapes), Poker in the Ears is a mostly uncensored take on the world of professional poker. The hosts also regularly call in favours, in the form of guest spots from their big-shot celebrity poker-playing friends. And they routinely hold on-air competitions, providing chances for listeners to join them on tour.

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Every week, the hosts of PokerStars TV (James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton) bring you a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like being two regular folks on the international poker circuit. Told from the perspective of a cranky British dad (Hartigan) and an undateable American bachelor (Stapes), Poker in the Ears is a mostly uncensored take on the world of professional poker. The hosts also regularly call in favours, in the form of guest spots from their big-shot celebrity poker-playing friends. And they routinely hold on-air competitions, providing chances for listeners to join them on tour.

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108 Ratings
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That's Entertainment

By BwanaNJ - Dec 30 2019
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I'm a fan. Very entertaining podcast.

The Best

By twisted beaver eater - Nov 23 2019
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The best podcast since MJ and Adam! I look forward too it every week

iTunes Ratings

108 Ratings
Average Ratings
100
4
2
0
2

That's Entertainment

By BwanaNJ - Dec 30 2019
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I'm a fan. Very entertaining podcast.

The Best

By twisted beaver eater - Nov 23 2019
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The best podcast since MJ and Adam! I look forward too it every week

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Poker in the Ears

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Rank #1: Episode 13 – 30/07/2015 (Daniel Negreanu)

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We're back! The boys talk about their summer break, and Joe tells a couple of tragi-comic tales relating to his move back to the USA. Daniel Negreanu is the special guest on this week's podcast, discussing his deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event, the forthcoming documentary 'KidPoker' and his summer party in Toronto (which James and Joe are hosting). There's a review of the latest TV show – yes, poker is back on the telly – and it's revealed which scene from the PCA 2015 Super High Roller final table was considered 'Too Hot for TV'. Plus, there's 'Star Trek' geekery aplenty, as Krishnan Sirinivasan takes on the master in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. #EPTNotLive

Jul 30 2015

1hr 20mins

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Rank #2: Episode 46 – 12/05/2016 (Bryn Kenney)

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James and Joe are back from Monaco. They’re exhausted, but still in one piece. Just about. There’s a recap of the EPT 12 Grand Final, including the lowdown on what happened when the lights went out on #EPTLive. Joe tells a bizarre tale involving a stand-up gig, a bunch of flowers, a mysterious note and a phone call (to be continued in the next episode of #EPTNotLive). The #PCA2016 TV shows are now airing, so Bryn Kenney joins the boys to discuss the $100k Super High Roller final table. James and Joe ask him about the OTHER Kenny, and find out if @BrynKenneyWorld is the real deal or a parody account. Plus, find out if Joe Lipscomb, aka: Skuff, knows more about the EPT sketches than the man who wrote them in this week’s edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’.

May 12 2016

1hr 36mins

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Rank #3: Episode 170 – 28/11/2019 – Adam ‘Roothlus’ Levy

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The boys present their season finale: the last #PokerInTheEars podcast of 2019. Joe’s had a busy week, with stand-up shows and poker commentary gigs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. One of those assignments was hosting a ‘Live at the Bike’s esports special alongside Adam ‘Roothlus’ Levy. Adam is this week’s guest, and talks about transitioning away from professional poker to run his own business, and whether he’ll be best-remembered for calling Phil Hellmuth’s raise with queen-ten or dropping a poker chip in a glass of water at the PCA! James and Joe read a few of your reviews and comments (please keep ‘em coming), and Jodieann Winter from the UK flies the flag for PokerStars VR, as she tries to win an #EPTPrague satellite ticket in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’.

Nov 28 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #4: Episode 102 – 12/10/2017 – Barry Greenstein

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Plenty of poker action to recap this week. James played in the #LondonSeries at The Hippodrome, while Joe recently spent an evening grinding the Sundays on PokerStars. And both entered the $5k #PokerInTheEars freeroll. So, expect a few hand histories, plus some mediocre analysis of less than optimal play! Ahead of their review of the “classic” poker movie ‘Lucky You’, the boys talk to Barry Greenstein, who had a small role in the film, and worked (briefly) on the production as a poker consultant. Barry also provides an overview of the current LA cash game scene, and explains how he became the ‘King of Play Money Poker’. Finally, Gareth Morgan from Wales competes against Joe in a ‘Walking Dead’-themed edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please don’t forget to subscribe, and rate the show.

Oct 12 2017

1hr 16mins

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Rank #5: Episode 49 – 02/06/2016 (Daniel Negreanu)

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To celebrate the launch of the feature-length documentary ‘KidPoker’ on Netflix (in the UK & Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), James and Joe host a special DNegs-themed episode of the podcast, featuring special guest star Daniel Negreanu. In an extended interview, Daniel talks about the long-awaited release of the film, his recent trip to Romania, the Super High Roller Bowl, the WSOP, the ‘Rocky’ franchise, ‘Game of Thrones’ and American politics. And, just in case you don’t think that’s enough Negreanu for one show, “The Life of Daniel” is the specialist subject in this week’s edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’, as Colm Mc Cumiskey from Ireland takes on Joe in a quest for fortune and glory. #EPTNotLive

Jun 02 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #6: Episode 155 – 30/05/2019 – SCOOP Correspondent Benjamin ‘Spraggy’ Spragg

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James is in London, while Joe is in Vegas, after spending SIX whole days at home playing video games (02:50). The boys run through the latest poker headlines (07:30), including Daniel Negreanu’s big announcement and the dates for Lex Live 2, before launching into a recap of the 2019 Spring Championship of Online Poker with their #SCOOP2019 Correspondent Benjamin Spragg (13:25). Spraggy talks about his personal highs and lows of the series, including his epic folds – some good and some bad – and deep run in SCOOP 69-H. Joe has a few anecdotes from the Gavin Smith Memorial Tournament (37:50), including a couple of amusing encounters with Phil Hellmuth. Finally, Harry Messenger from the UK tries to win an #EPTBarcelona satellite ticket in a ‘Count of Monte Cristo’-themed edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’ (43:20). Please rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.

May 30 2019

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Rank #7: Episode 75 – 09/02/2017 – Jaime Staples

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James, the die-hard NFL fan, didn’t watch Super Bowl LI. But Joe did, and the result has left him feeling a little low. Luckily, he’s got the banging beats of ‘Space Monkey’ to cheer himself up. Jaime Staples from Team PokerStars Pro Online is this week’s guest, talking about his American Poker Award nomination, his victory in the recent ‘TwitchStars’ tournament at #PSCBahamas, and his plans for ‘Streamboat 2017’! James has details of the forthcoming #PokerStarsTV Home Game, including the all-important date. And one of the greatest poker movies of all time is the subject of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’, as Thomas Shevlin from Scotland faces off against Joe in a game of ‘Rounders’ trivia. #PokerInTheEars

Feb 09 2017

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Rank #8: Episode 140 – 20/12/2018 – Joshua Malina

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James and Joe have received a strongly-worded memo from PokerStars HQ, which could change the editorial direction of the podcast for ever! This week, they summarise the key results from #EPTPrague, and look ahead to 11 days of live streaming from the #PSPC and #PCA2019, with details of the broadcast schedule (on twitch.tv/pokerstars and youtube.com/pokerstars), plus the forthcoming ‘Mini PSPC’. Most excitingly, the boys have a celebrity guest: ‘West Wing’ star and ‘Celebrity Poker Showdown’ co-creator Joshua Malina. Josh talks about the origins of his poker TV show, with some great behind-the-scenes stories, and gives James the opportunity to geek out about his favourite moments from ‘The West Wing’. Finally, Paul Catt from the UK competes against Joe in a ‘Taxi Driver’-themed edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. #PokerInTheEars will return in late January 2019, after an extended break for Christmas, New Year and the PSPC/PCA.

Dec 20 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #9: Episode 148 – 04/04/2019 – Patrik Antonius

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James has returned home from Russia, while Joe is still out in the field. He’s in Estonia for the first ever ‘Patrik Antonius Poker Challenge’, and has already experienced frightful fortunes at the Tallinn tables (09:05). The boys talk about their trip to #EPTSochi (16:10), and provide some in-flight entertainment reviews (20:05) and tell tales of post-tournament shenanigans (29:40). They’re then joined by this week’s guest: Patrik Antonius. The poker end boss discusses his latest business ventures, and gives his thoughts on the current state of the industry and his “issues” with the modern game (37:40). Finally, Roy Muir from New Zealand selects ‘Starship Troopers’ as his specialist subject, as he tries to win an #EPTMonteCarlo satellite ticket in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’ (01:02:35). Please rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.

Apr 04 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #10: Episode 66 – 11/11/2016 (Jake Cody)

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Joe is not quite himself this week, as he recovers from the shocking result of the US Presidential election. But he soon gets down to business, telling James about his recent gig hosting Daniel Negreanu’s charity poker tournament in Las Vegas. The boys also discuss the latest TV show: The Best of the EPT Episode 1 (now available to watch at PokerStars.tv). They’re joined by Jake Cody, who features in the top 40 countdown, to look back at 12 seasons of the European Poker Tour. There’s a summary of how you can Spin & Go to the Bahamas, and James reveals his current obsession with Beat The Clock tournaments. Finally, Joe’s former flatmate Jesse Abramowitz narrates a disturbing late-night tale, and demonstrates his knowledge of Uber fares in this week’s edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. #EPTNotLive

Nov 11 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #11: Episode 117 – 22/03/2018 – Richard Orford

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Yes, there are more apology kittens on this week’s podcast, due to more freeroll problems! But James is (reasonably) certain that the next game will run smoothly. Listen carefully for the details. The boys look ahead to five days of live streaming from #EPTSochi (Sunday 25th – Thursday 29th March at YouTube.com/PokerStars). There’s info on the broadcast times, freerolls, and some interesting changes to the Main Event. This week’s guest is Richard Orford, a recent newcomer to the #PokerStarsTV commentary team, who talks about his TV career and love of poker, and takes on James at movie trivia in one of Joe’s trademark stupid quizzes. Plus, #PlatinumPass winner Mikolaj Syp gets the chance to win MORE prizes in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. The next episode of #PokerInTheEars will be released on Thursday 19th April.

Mar 22 2018

1hr 11mins

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Rank #12: Episode 58 – 15/09/2016 (Fedor Holz)

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James and Joe continue to wade through suggestions for new names for the podcast, and they discuss the names on this year’s shortlist for the Poker Hall of Fame. Joe is one of 20 “distinguished” members of the poker media who help decide who gets inducted. But it’s the World Championship of Online Poker that’s the primary focus of this week’s show. The boys review final table replays and the hugely successful Twitch stream of the Super High Roller, hosted by Jason Mercier and Jason Somerville. They also speak to the man who chopped the WCOOP SHR for more than $1m, Fedor Holz. Yep, another week, another seven-figure score for CrownUpGuy (FYI: this interview was conducted a few days before Fedor’s most recent result). Finally, Sean McCarthy from the UK demonstrates his knowledge of Kevin Smith movies in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. #EPTNotLive

Sep 15 2016

1hr 14mins

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Rank #13: Episode 166 – 31/10/2019 – Chris Moneymaker

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Lots to get through in this week’s podcast: a bit of movie and TV talk, including James and Joe’s initial thoughts on ‘Watchmen’ and the new ‘Star Wars’ trailer; a summary of the best weekend of Joe’s life; a recap of James’s brief appearance in the ‘Road to PSPC’ tournament hosted by The Hippodrome in London; an interview with Chris Moneymaker about taking his #PlatinumPass tour international, and the woes of travelling from Sochi to Reno via 17 different cities; Joe’s ‘Adventures in Online Poker’, specifically his deep run in the PokerStars #VRPT High Roller event; and an opportunity for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’ aficionado Jason Warnholtz to win an #EPTPrague satellite ticket in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.

Oct 31 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #14: Episode 40 – 24/03/2016 (Jason Mercier)

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Joe continues to enjoy the LA lifestyle, although he’s starting to feel the pinch (as revealed in an impromptu game of ‘How Much Does It Cost?’). Jason Mercier joins the boys to talk about his deep run in last year’s EPT Grand Final – as documented in the latest TV episode – and his experience of playing on PokerStars in New Jersey. James is shocked (in a good way) at how many people have qualified for Monaco via Spin & Gos. Joe has some great stories about Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Hellmuth from a recent TV shoot in Las Vegas. And, after listening to this week’s edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’, you’ll probably conclude that Sam Worger from Sheffield regrets choosing ‘Friends’ as his specialist subject! James and Joe are taking a short Easter break. The next episode of #EPTNotLive will be released on Thursday 7th April 2016.

Mar 24 2016

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Rank #15: Episode 107 – 16/11/2017 – Barny Boatman

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In the last seven days, James survived surgery and Joe coped with cupping, so the boys are on hand to break down hands from the latest episode of #PSCMonteCarlo (now available to watch at channel4.com/poker in the UK & Ireland, and on PokerStars.tv in the rest of the world). They also discuss the book ‘He Played For His Wife And Other Stories’, a collection of poker-themed tales from writers such as Jennifer Tilly, James McManus and Patrick Marber. Barny Boatman also contributed a story, and is this week’s guest. He talks about writing ‘Drawing Dead’, and his long, distinguished career as a poker player and ambassador. Finally, regular #PokerStarsTV viewer James Martin (aka: Undersea Monkey) competes for prizes by answering questions about ‘The West Wing’ in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.

Nov 16 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #16: Episode 121 – 24/05/2018 – Benjamin ‘Spraggy’ Spragg

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On this week’s podcast: Joe talks about getting schooled by Doug Polk, James prepares to be schooled by the entire Team Pro roster (watch him attempt to play Showtime Hold’em on twitch.tv/pokerstars on Sunday May 27th at 4pm BST), and special guest star Benjamin Spragg relives his #SCOOP2018 experience, including his merciless trolling by the PokerStars Blog team. Spraggy also competes in a round of ‘SCOOP Leaderboard or Amateur Porn Uploader’. Plus, there are some key SCOOP stats, details of the forthcoming London MEGASTACK at The Hippodrome and the next $500 #PokerInTheEars freeroll, and Steven Poletti from Sydney answers questions about a #PokerStarsTV classic, ‘The Big Game’, in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to the show.

May 24 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #17: Episode 158 – 22/08/2019 – Jessica Dawley

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The boys start this week’s podcast with a few movie and TV reviews, and Joe has details of another losing session in a Hollywood home game. He also tells the tale of an unnecessary road trip across Florida caused by a gap in his geographical knowledge. Talking of Florida, James and Joe run through the winners of the “Big Four” at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, and speak to the champion of the $2,650 event, Jessica Dawley. Jessica is a US Air Force veteran and pro player who has some interesting thoughts on how the poker world needs to evolve to bring more women into the game. There’s a preview of next week’s #EPTBarcelona live stream, including info on the special ‘Chase Your Dream’ event taking place on Tuesday 27th August. And James Read from the UK picks ‘Shaun of the Dead’ as his specialist subject as he competes for an #EPTOpenSochi satellite ticket in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars. Next episode: Thursday 12th September 2019.

Aug 22 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #18: Episode 5 – 17/04/2015

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This week... Joe shares the details of a dirty dream he had about Liv Boeree, but James has a surprise up his sleeve for his co-host. Theo Jorgensen from Team Pro talks about his starring role in the EPT London TV shows, recounts a ridiculous prop bet, and is tested on his knowledge of his two favourite films. Plus, Varun Nitish from India gets a shot at glory in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Want to be on the show? Tweet your Superfan application! #EPTNotLive

Apr 17 2015

1hr 7mins

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Rank #19: Episode 153 – 16/05/2019 – Marle Cordeiro

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Joe is starting to suffer the effects of physical and mental exhaustion, after working 16 consecutive long days, watching and talking about people play poker for ridiculous sums of money! He and James have a quick chat about ‘Game of Thrones’ (05:00) and #SCOOP2019 (09:05), before launching into a recap of the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro (11:40), including details of the secret cash game that’s even MORE secret than the other secret cash game that everyone secretly knows about. This week’s guest is poker pro and vlogger Marle Cordeiro, who’s working alongside Joe at the Montenegro event. Marle talks about her journey into poker – via modelling, acting and comedy – and her recent experiences playing high stakes cash in Vegas (20:10). Finally, Riek Rudolph, a German student currently living in Hong Kong, tries to win his way to #EPTOpenMadrid by answering questions about the movie ‘Inception’ in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’ (49:30). Please rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.

May 16 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #20: Episode 150 – 18/04/2019 – Brad Owen

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Joe is at Run It Up Reno, and is suffering in the aftermath of a night of karaoke and heavy drinking! He and James get their geek on, as they discuss the return of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the new ‘Star Wars’ trailer (03:35), before rounding up the latest poker news (12:30), including the result of the Sunday Million 13th Anniversary, and the countdown to the 200 billionth hand on PokerStars. Joe recaps what’s happened so far in Reno (16:40), and the boys talk to Brad Owen – winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Global Poker Awards – about his popular vlogs, meet up games, and the highs and lows of being a poker pro (26:05). And Chris Longworth from Crewe in the UK choses ‘Donnie Darko’ as his specialist subject in this week’s edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’ (51:25). Please rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.

Apr 18 2019

1hr 4mins

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