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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 ...

Episode 199 – 20/11/2020 – Timothy Adams

James and Joe celebrate the success of the first ever virtual European Poker Tour festival, recapping the results of the major tournaments and re-living some of the highlights from their live streams. Plus, they talk to Timothy Adams, the Canadian high roller who finished second in the #EPTOnline Main Event. In ‘Superfan vs Stapes’, Maarten Rummens from Belgium competes for prizes, answering questions about the Netflix show ‘Mindhunter’. And the boys preview the next episode of #PokerInTheEars - their 200th ...

Episode 198 – 13/11/2020 – Ben Wilinofsky

James and Joe have reached the end of their journey through the European Poker Tour archives. The last few #EPTRetro streams featured Ben Wilinofsky’s victory in Berlin in April 2011, and deep run in Madrid a few weeks later. As the post-script to their Retro series, the boys catch up with Ben and talk to him about the “glory days,” and how his life, and relationship with poker, have changed over the last nine years. Meanwhile, with the PokerStars Arena ...

Episode 197 – 05/11/2020 – Matthew Dicks

James and Joe are back on Twitch and YouTube with more #EPTRetro streams, covering Season 7 of the European Poker Tour. They discuss some of the 10 year-old tournaments they’ve been revisiting, and look ahead to the first ever #EPTOnline series – which is also going to be streamed. This week’s guest is author and multi-award winning storyteller Matthew Dicks, who was commissioned by the PokerStars Blog to write an article about how to tell a GOOD bad beat story ...

Episode 196 – 29/10/2020 – Shade & Stuey

As a follow-up to their ‘Bad Poker Movies’ special from three years ago, James and Joe lift the lid on two more “classic” films from the height of the poker boom (2003). They start with ‘Shade’, starring Stuart Townsend, Thandie Newton, Gabriel Byrne, Jamie Foxx and Sylvester Stallone, before moving onto ‘Stuey’ (also known as ‘High Roller: The Stu Unger Story’), a biopic of the three-time WSOP Main Event winner starring Michael Imperioli from ‘The Sopranos’. Joe is watching both ...

Episode 195 – 22/10/2020 – Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens

For this week’s episode, James and Joe are joined by UK-based Belgian pro Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens. Bert talks about the origin of his online handle, his journey towards becoming a high stakes player, his ever-growing menagerie (!), his social media crusades, and why he likes hanging out in Twitch chat. Also appearing on this week’s show: Chris Searles from Vancouver, who competes for a #SundayMillion ticket and a #PokerInTheEars T-shirt in a ‘Life of Brian’-themed edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. ...

Episode 194 – 16/10/2020 – The Only Way To Play It with Peter Alson

While James was off sick, Joe turned 48 and moved house. He also failed to keep his promise to take a break from Hold’em, and has continued to run horribly. (He seems intent on sharing his pain, telling bad beat stories to anyone who’ll listen!) Fortunately, he did find time to read ‘The Only Way To Play It’, a new poker-themed novel by Peter Alson. Peter is the guest on this week’s show, talking about his career as a writer ...

Episode 193 – 01/10/2020 – Grand Tour with Nick Walsh

James and Joe are still in recovery mode after #WCOOP2020. Joe’s been trying to unwind by playing online poker, but it hasn’t really worked out! This week, the boys take a detailed look at Grand Tour, the cycling-themed game that arrived on PokerStars in the spring. They’re joined by Nick Walsh from Team Pro Online who’s been streaming Grand Tour for the last few months, and has pretty much mastered it. Nick explains the concept and format and talks basic ...

Episode 192 – 25/09/2020 – WCOOP 2020 ME winner ‘PTFisherman23’ (plus ‘Zapahzamazki’ & ‘calvin7v’)

The World Championship of Online Poker is over! James and Joe are a tad exhausted after completing their run of 21 live streams, but are able to draw a line under #WCOOP2020 with a recap of the final week of the series. They also replay a few of the interviews from their final broadcast, including their conversation with Andre ‘PTFisherman23’ Marques, who took down the $5k Main Event for more than $1.1m. Also featured, two of the four Player of ...

Episode 191 – 17/09/2020 – WCOOP 2020 Champs (including ‘theNERDguy’, ‘probirs’, ‘KuuL’ & ‘Spraggy’)

It’s a #WCOOP2020 special, as James and Joe discuss some of the big stories from the series so far, and replay some of the interviews from their ongoing World Championship of Online Poker live streams (twitch.tv/pokerstars and youtube.com/pokerstars). Full list of players featured in this show: Benjamin ‘Spraggy’ Spragg, Dimitar ‘KuuL’ Danchev, Matas ‘NoTilit’ Cikinas, Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth, Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins. Plus, Michael Doyle from Canada chooses ‘The Lighthouse’ as his specialist subject in this week’s edition ...

Episode Episode 190 – 03/09/2020 – WCOOP 2020 with Shaun Deeb

This show focuses on #WCOOP2020, which is now underway. And who better to talk to about the World Championship of Online Poker than Shaun Deeb, a player with eight WCOOP titles? Plus, Joe reveals he’s seen a rough cut of Paul Schrader’s ‘The Card Counter’ (the movie he worked on as a poker consultant), and Sam Williams from the UK competes for a #SundayMillion ticket and #PokerInTheEars T-shirt in a ‘Good Will Hunting’-themed edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. As James ...

Episode 189 – 27/08/2020 – Griffin Benger

The podcast is back from its two-month summer hiatus. But James and Joe haven’t had a break. They’ve been hard at work on the #StadiumSeries live streams and preparing for another three weeks inside the PokerStars Arena hosting cards-up coverage of #WCOOP2020. Both are discussed on this week’s show, in the company of Griffin Benger, a core member of the commentary team for both productions. Of course, the boys have had a LITTLE bit of downtime, so talk about some ...

Episode 188 – 25/06/2020 – Sam Grafton

For their season finale, James and Joe look ahead to the #StadiumSeries (starting Sunday 5th July) and the 23 consecutive days of live coverage they’ll be providing at Twitch.tv/PokerStars (Monday 13th July – Tuesday 4th August). The boys are joined by British pro Sam Grafton, who recently won the #SummerSeries Main Event for $200k, and will be part of the commentary team for the #StadiumSeries streams. Elsewhere, Joe provides an update on ‘The Card Counter’ – and receives a huge ...

Episode 187 – 19/06/2020 – Melissa Burr

James and Joe talk prop bets, and look at some of the more interesting wagers happening in the poker world right now (what Joe is describing as ‘The Prop Bets of Quarantine’). They have updates on the challenges Max Silver and Mike McDonald are undertaking, and chat to high stakes regular Melissa Burr about her recent prop bet involving the consumption of a ridiculous number of chicken nuggets! Elsewhere, the boys discuss the conclusion of their 13-week #EPTRetro run (listen ...