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Episode 218 – 17/06/2021 – Season Finale

For their last episode of the 'season', Joe provides James with a detailed report of his trip to the RunGood Poker Series in San Diego, including his deep run in the Main Event. Plus, the boys reflect on their recent #PokerStarsRetro streams covering LAPT tournaments from 2009 and 2010, respond to a few tweets from regular listeners – inviting you to send in your questions, comments, guest suggestions and Superfan applications – and give Dan Fox from Ireland the chance ...

Episode 217 – 10/06/2021 – Kim Caramele

This week, James and Joe are joined by comedy writer/producer and poker fan Kim Caramele. Kim got her break writing sketches for her sister on the TV series 'Inside Amy Schumer'. She also worked with Amy on the movies 'Trainwreck' and 'Snatched', is a regular at the Hold'em tables at Foxwoods, and enjoys trolling Joe in their online home game! Right now, Joe is in San Diego for a tournament series (expect a plethora of bad beat stories on next ...

Episode 216 – 03/06/2021 – 5 Card Stud with Penelope Bartlett

For their latest poker movie special, James and Joe discuss the 1968 Western '5 Card Stud', starring Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum. They're joined for a spoiler-filled review of the film by Penelope Bartlett, Director of Programming at the Criterion Channel. Penny is a big poker fan who plays in an online home game with Joe, and included '5 Card Stud' in a season of gambling-related classics. The film is also the subject of this week's Superfan quiz, with David ...

Episode 215 – 27/05/2021 – Parker 'tonkaaaa' Talbot

Joe is back from Mexico, where he got to hang out with some of the poker industry's finest at the wedding of former WSOP finalist Garry Gates. However, he did miss out on an exciting instalment of #PokerStarsRetro, featuring a young, interestingly coiffured Dominik Nitsche. This week, the boys are joined on the podcast by Parker 'tonkaaaa' Talbot, who talks about his journey from playing high stakes SNGs to becoming of the biggest poker streamers on Twitch, before deciding to ...

Episode 214 – 20/05/2021 – Ryan Firpo

Joe has declared that, because of this episode, #PITE is now part of the MCU! The boys are joined by Ryan Firpo, the American film-maker who directed the poker documentary 'Bet, Raise, Fold' (2013) and made a series of mini docs about members of Team PokerStars Online (including 'The Teacher', featuring Felix Schneiders). Ryan is now working in Hollywood, and has co-written the screenplay for 'The Eternals', part of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, directed by Oscar-winner Chloe ...

Episode 213 – 13/05/2021 – We Run Bad with John Curry

James and Joe present the latest instalment of the #PITE book club, as they review the poker-themed novel 'We Run Bad' (available in physical, digital and audio form). They're joined by the book's author John Curry – possibly the most cynical man on the planet – whose personal experiences inspired the novel's dark narrative. 'We Run Bad' is also the subject of this week's Superfan quiz, with Jon Delano from the USA competing for some PokerStars merch. Plus, Joe gets ...

Episode 212 – 06/05/2021 – SCOOP 2021 with Fintan Hand

James and Joe are back with their first post-SCOOP podcast. Yes, after 306 tournaments, 18 live streams and a controversial end to the Player of the Series contest, it's time for an event recap. And who better to join the boys for this week's show than Fintan 'easywithaces' Hand, who won his second Spring Championship of Online Poker title during #SCOOP2021. Fintan talks about his bittersweet victory, his near-miss 48 hours later, and his stupid decision to attempt eating an ...

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Episode 211 – 01/04/2021 – Andy ‘BowieEffect’ Wilson

James and Joe present the #SCOOP2021 preview show, as they look ahead to three-and-a-half weeks of the Spring Championship of Online Poker, and 20 streams on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels, including live cards-up coverage of the $25k Super High Roller and the $10k PLO and No Limit Hold’em Main Events. They’re joined by someone who’s going to be playing most tournaments on the schedule: British pro Andy ‘BowieEffect’ Wilson. Andy talks about discovering online poker on Twitch, his ...

Episode 210 – 25/03/2021 – Sunday Million Anniversary winner Vanessa Kade

A lot of poker’s been played in the last seven days, so there’s plenty to discuss on this week’s show. Both James and Joe took part in the #CommentatorShowdown (streamed live last week, and now available to watch on the PokerStars YouTube channel), and share their favourite moments and a few behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Meanwhile, Joe entered a live (!) poker tournament in LA, so expect a couple of hand histories / bad beat stories. But, more importantly, the #SundayMillion 15th ...

Episode 209 – 18/03/2021 – Matt Waxman

In addition to their own live streams and TV shows, James and Joe reflect on some of the other poker content being produced right now, specifically the YouTube series ‘POKERithm’, created and hosted by WPT champion and WSOP bracelet winner Matt Waxman. Matt joins the boys to discuss the format (team duplicate poker), his experiences producing the show, and his desire for the European Poker Tour to return so he can win an EPT Main Event and complete the Triple ...

Episode 208 – 11/03/2021 – Rhys James

The boys are done with another #SundayMillion (Joe has some words of wisdom for Spraggy, following THAT fold) and their special #MICOOP broadcast with Andrew Neeme. They’re also one episode into the new series of #PokerStarsRetro streams, and share their impressions of the early days of the #APPT. This week’s guest is UK comedian and Twitch streamer Rhys James, who talks to James and Joe about his early success on the stand-up circuit, his online home game with other comics, ...

Episode 207 – 04/03/2021 – Danny’s Game with Lance Bradley

James and Joe have a lot going on right now. In addition to their #SundayMillion streams every Monday, they’re hosting #PokerStarsRetro on Thursday afternoons, they’re back on TV in the USA (new episodes of the #PSPC air every Friday at 11pm ET on FS1) and they’re planning a special broadcast of the #MICOOP Main Event final table on Tuesday 9th March. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t able to find time to watch ‘Danny’s Game’, possibly the worst poker movie ...

Episode 206 – 25/02/2021 – Craig ‘onscreen’ Shannon & Superfan Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens

Joe is back – and sounding better than ever! To James’s horror, he describes, in graphic detail, the surgical procedure on his vocal chords, and gives a lightning-fast summary of everything he’s watched while in recovery. Meanwhile, James recaps the two #SundayMillion final tables that Joe missed, and teases the first edition of #PokerStarsRetro (live every Thursday, starting 4th March, at 15:00 GMT on Twitch and YouTube). This week’s guest is Twitch streamer Craig ‘onscreen’ Shannon, who talks about his ...

Episode 205 – 04/02/2021 – Niall Farrell

It’s a pop culture special on this week’s podcast, as James and Joe discuss some of the movies and TV shows they’ve watched in recent months – with the assistance of an EPT champion! Special guest reviewer Niall Farrell reveals that he’s played very little poker in the last 12 months, spending most of his time being a dad and streaming anything and everything. There are SPOILERS left, right and centre, as the trio break down the Season 2 finale ...

Episode 204 – 28/01/2021 – Chris Moneymaker

James and Joe present, ‘The Chris Moneymaker Tribute Hour’! As Chris’s 17-year partnership with PokerStars comes to an end, he reflects on the last two decades and his role as poker’s best-known ambassador: from winning the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2003, to travelling the globe with fellow WSOP champions Greg Raymer and Joe Hachem, to the birth of the Moneymaker Tour. There’s also one last chance for Chris to play his least favourite game: ‘Is That Your ...

Episode 203 – 21/01/2021 – True Geordie

In the first episode of 2021, Joe talks openly and honestly about the ongoing issues with his voice and his need for surgery – and his demand that people don’t send him messages of sympathy! On a more positive note, he reveals that he’s been running well in box breaks (and explains what a “box break” is for James’s benefit). The primary focus of this week’s podcast is the #BlowoutSeries, as the boys look back at their series of live ...

Episode 202 – 17/12/2020 – Hank Azaria

For their final episode of 2020, the boys interview actor Hank Azaria, best known for voicing several characters in ‘The Simpsons’, and for his roles in ‘The Birdcage’, ‘Heat’ and ‘Ray Donovan’. Hank talks about his (now legendary) Hollywood home game, provides a few details about a special celebrity tournament that poker fans will soon be able to watch, and discusses the prospect of Jim Brockmire becoming a poker commentator! James and Joe also preview the #BlowoutSeries, and their live ...

Episode 201 – 10/12/2020 – Michael Cera

Following their 200th anniversary celebration, James and Joe present the after-party! And, having just spoken to the writer/director of ‘Molly’s Game’, they now get to interview one of the stars of the movie, Michael Cera, also known for his roles in ‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World’, ‘Superbad’ and ‘Arrested Development’. Michael is a huge poker fan, and reveals he relished the opportunity to portray Player X in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Molly Bloom’s book. He’s also a regular in one ...

Episode 200 – 04/12/2020 – Phil Hellmuth, Aaron Sorkin & Joshua Malina (with Maria Ho, Jennifer Shahade & Spraggy)

James and Joe present the 200th episode of the podcast, available in audio AND video form (watch the show at psta.rs/YT or psta.rs/YTUK). In this special extended edition of #PokerInTheEars, the boys reflect on making it to the double century, and share some of their personal highlights from the previous 199 episodes. They’re joined by Jennifer Shahade and Benjamin ‘Spraggy’ Spragg to talk poker and pop culture, recapping the recent #SundayMillion live streams and reviewing the Netflix series ‘The Queen’s ...

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