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Mike McDonald Weighs In On Vibes/Polk/Deeb CONTROVERSY, Poker Staking & More

Mike McDonald Weighs In On Vibes/Polk/Deeb CONTROVERSY, Poker Staking & More

May 19, 2019

TIMESTAMPS. Mike McDonald aka Timex joins me today. Ever wonder what happens after one has become one of the best poker players in the world, where can you go from there? After Mike had poker success, he went on to start a very successful poker related business called PokerShares (Knowledge he gained from being an expert in Markup) and is now expanding to other areas. The man most definitely has many valuable poker/life lessons to share.

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Timestamps 0:00 Intro 2:35 Life After Poker 8:00 Chess and Checkers BOTS?! 11:45 Starting up Pokershares 13:00 Mike McDonald on Markup Prices 23:00 Investing in yourself through Pokershares (“Good Buys”) 31:30 BB/100 in TOURNAMENTS? (How to Price that in Relation to Markup) 35:00 Tournament vs Cash Players 38:25 The “Messages” 40:10 Mike McDonald and Kitty Kuo POWER COUPLE! (Party Poker Contest) 42:55 Incentivized to play GG Poker Series 46:00 Pokerstars Sponsorship Deals Back in the Day 49:00 “Negative Content” 51:00 Reactionary Comments in Sports Content 53:30 BTC and Crypto 1:06:00 FIRED UP PAPI 1:07:30 Poker and Timex 1:09:30 SHOUTOUT TO PLP 1:11:00 Poker Content Styles 1:15:00 - 1:17:20 Disparity between Poker vs Other Games 1:19:30 Life Skills and Poker 1:33:00 “Unique Bettors on Pokershares” 1:40:20 Story Time w/ Timex! 1:47:45 Shoutout to JOEY 1:50:00 Biggest sports bets! 1:52:00 Mike’s Hobbies and Improving Your Daily Life 1:59:30: “Comparison” 2:03:00: Lambo Thoughts 2:06:00: HDB STORY 2:08:00 Diet and Transferring Knowledge 2:17:00 Mike on Being Older and the “Jamie Gold Hand” 2:21:00 Bad Players Winning 2:31:00 SHOUTOUTS 2:37:00 Luke Schwartz Story 2:41:00 Jungleman Timebank Tower! (Great Clips from Livestream) + Jungleman Review! 2:46:00 Will Mike be the NEW Jungleman 2:50:00 Life Advice 3:00:00 Marblelympics 3:07:00 Outro

Matt Berkey Is Back On The Podcast

Matt Berkey Is Back On The Podcast

May 16, 2019

TIMESTAMPS BELOW. Matt Berkey is BACK on the Poker Life Podcast to talk about how he is preparing to play a full 2019 World Series Of Poker Schedule.

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1:45 ALPHA REG NICKNAME

3:00 Live at the Bike and Poker After Dark

4:45 SOLVERS

6:28 Giving Back to Recs

7:10 Shoutout to Israeli Ron

8:00 Negreanu’s Masterclass

10:30 Chip Tells

11:35 Matt’s Tournament Schedule

12:30-13:04 Money in the WSOP

13:30 Berkey vs Foxen

15:45 Meeting Kristen Bicknell in 2003

17:30 Berkey’s Thoughts in the Poker World (Tournaments and Cash Games)

20:50 Berkey’s bracelet thoughts

24:30 Bonomo Mixing it Up

26:30 Power of Twitter (Strawberry vs Grape) Opinions

49:00 Lack of Coordination in Poker Media

57:00 Combatting Narratives

1:00:00 Calling out People Elegantly

1:07:30 Poker Police on Twitter

1:14:05 Authority Figures

1:16:00 Berkey SHOUTOUTS
1:19:30 Vertucci vs Berkey

1:24:00 The Martin vs Garrett Hand

1:40:00 Content for Clicks (Vlogs) included

1:54:00 “Tryhards”

1:55:30 Million Dollar Cash Game

2:00:00 “The Grind”

More Shoutouts

2:04:00 Barry and Attractive Women

2:08:00 Berkey’s Take on Pornography and Being Disciplined (2:08:00)

2:14:00 Supporting Friends

2:18:00 WSOP Prep

2:26:00 Tournament Mistakes

2:28:00 Cash Game Mistakes

2:30:30 Berkey/Negreanu/Jungleman OOL?

2:34:00 Christian Soto Review (and Dressing well)

2:38:00 Rio Parking

2:42:00 6 Max DREAM SCENARIO

2:46:00 Midstakes vs High Stakes Grinders

2:48:00 The folding full house hand

2:51:30 Poker and Life

2:52:45 Christian Soto Graph

2:54:00 Lowest and Highest Tournament Berkey has Played
2:55:00 Being backed and bankroll

2:58:30 Markup

3:05:00 Actionable Advice

(Legendary) Barry Greenstein DROPS WISDOM On Poker & Life

(Legendary) Barry Greenstein DROPS WISDOM On Poker & Life

May 14, 2019

This is another legendary episode w/ Barry Greenstein on the Poker Life Podcast.

 

TIMESTAMPS (THANKS LANDON) 1:58: Getting Back into the Podcast Grind 3:25: Poker Relationships! 12:25: “Getting mad at dealers” 17:45: Barry’s Recent Life (Home Game Experiences) 28:20: Markup Situation (Backing Tournament Players) and Staking in General 43:54: Phil Ivey’s Whereabouts 46:26: Patrik Antonius on making poker fun again 49:35: Jamie vs Sammy Hand (sidebar) 56:25: Barry and Pokerstars 1:04:00 Barry in China (BUSINESS DEAL?) 1:23:50: Poker becoming a “no-win game” 1:33:00 Alex and Sports! 1:35:35: Barry blowing money 1:37:00: BARRY AND WOMEN! 1:42:30: Jungleman Review 1:47:30: College Barry 1:50:00 Sex Life Barry 1:54:18: Why Barry looks “much older” now then when he was on TV a decade ago 1:56:57: Last time Barry didn’t have a moustache 1:57:56: THE LEGENDARY PHOTO 1:59:50: Negreanu Package Photo Review 2:02:58: Daniel Negreanu Social Media/ Poker Stars Ambassador Review 2:08:20: SHOUTOUTS! 2:10:25: Monetizing Your Passions (Hustler Brand Owner Larry Flynt sidebar) 2:18:33: Barry Playing Props at GUNPOINT 2:25:38: Rake in Texas Games (Redman's Club) 2:32:00: Barry’s Gunpoint Experience (Police Robbery?) 2:36:30: Barry’s Life Now (WSOP Schedule) 2:40:15: “Stealing Tournaments” 2:45:06: Tournament Mistakes 2:54:00: Long Tournament Day Prep 2:59:10: Stu Ungar Stories 3:05:46: Why Tournament Players and Cash Game Players Differ 3:07:00: People coming up to Barry for Knowledge 3:08:55: PLO tournament advice 3:11:55: JOEY PLAYS THE MAIN EVENT???? 3:13:40: Barry’s TOUGHEST Opponents 3:19:23: THE HAND (KK vs AA) vs. SAMMY FARHA 3:26:25: Bringing BACK High Stakes Poker 3:32:00: Supporting Poker Stars 3:35:25: ACR Legality Sidebar 3:36:00: College Barry vs. FBI (Home Game Story) 3:44:35: Vietnam War Draft 3:48:00: Keeping Focused in Tournaments 3:59:55: “Getting it in Good” Principle 4:04:00: Midstakes Games vs the games Barry Plays in 4:07:20: Barry on LIVE at THE BIKE? 4:15:00: Poker After Dark 500K Buyin Cash Game! 4:18:15: Barry’s Reputation 4:29:50: STOP AND SAY HI TO BARRY AND ASK HIM YOUR QUESTIONS AT THE WSOP! 4:32:25: Superstar Barry and Phil Hellmuth during the peak of popularity! (Foxwoods Prank) 4:34:50: Outro

ALLinPav REVEALS How to CRUSH MTTs and Build YOUR Bankroll !

ALLinPav REVEALS How to CRUSH MTTs and Build YOUR Bankroll !

May 11, 2019

TIMESTAMPS BELOW. My guest today is legend in the making ALLinPav. Pav has been crushing the online tournament world this year while streaming almost everyday on Twitch. One of the hardest working guys. People have been asking for this one & it's time we make it happen.

 

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0:00: Intro 3:55: Taking Poker Seriously (Grind Nation) 5:55: How Streaming Gives a Competitive Mindset 7:00: HOW TO GET BETTER (Poker + Mindset) 11:53: Mentally Recovering From Losing (Downswings) 14:17: ACR Situation (Bots + Legality) 19:30: Party Poker Team Pro Details 25:30: Joey vs the Bots 30:00: Pav’s Greed (Why he doesn't want to sell action) 32:15: Pav’s Rules for Poker 35:00: How Pav Improved in Poker 37:55: Pav’s “Goals + Friendships” 40:30: Genuine Personality 42:00 Doug’s “Fire Starting” in Pav 46:10: Open About Financials 48:00 Attitude (Confident, Cocky Style) 51:25: Grind House! 55:15 Learning From Roommates 58:00: Advancing in Tournament Stakes 1:01:00: Proving Yourself 1:07:00: The GREEN Tag 1:09:30: “Live High Roller Tournaments” 1:11:00: Doug vs. Tournament Streamers 1:15:15: Shoutout to Upswing + Petrangelo’s WPT Course 1:21:00: Gary V Approach 1:23:00: Finding Strategy Content 1:24:00: Belief before results 1:25:00 Shoutout to Patrick (IrEgption) 1:27:15: Tournament Downswings 1:30:00: Long Term Poker Approach 1:35:00: Tournaments vs Cash Games 1:39:00: Future Things 1:41:00: YT Content and Editing 1:45:40 Shaved Head 1:47:30: Bed Making Theory 1:50:15: From Pleb to Crusher Mentality 1:56:00: Studying vs the Illusion of Studying 1:57:00: Favorite Podcast Guests 1:59:45: Jungleman Video! 2:09:15: Grinding “High” 2:14:00: Competitiveness in Streaming 2:16:00: Passion vs Grind 2:20:00: Serbian Roots (Parents) + First Job 2:28:30: Parental Support for Poker (SHOWING RECEIPTS) 2:35:00: JOEY’S SELF HELP BOOK 2:39:00: Pav’s WSOP Thoughts 2:42:00: Passions and Motivation 2:45:00 Girls and Poker (Happiness and Life Things) 2:51:00 Outro

(SHOTS FIRED) Bracelet Winner Jared Jaffee On Negreanu, Deeb, WSOP & More…

(SHOTS FIRED) Bracelet Winner Jared Jaffee On Negreanu, Deeb, WSOP & More…

May 11, 2019

Jared Jaffee is a long-time tournament & cash game poker player based here in Las Vegas. Jared talks about the state of the World Series of Poker and gives his thoughts on notable poker players Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Justin Bonomo & more.

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TIMESTAMPS 0:00: Intro 2:24: Jarred’s other Podcast Ventures/ GPI Awards 4:20: A little bit about Jarred 5:55: Jarred’s Outlook on the Poker Scene 9:20: Shot Clocks Everywhere 11:05: Patrik Antonius Circuit Making an Example (Banning Scarves, Sunglasses, Hoodies) 16:35: Rake and Bracelet Situation in Tournaments (Online Bracelets Included) 23:25: Lower Stake Tournaments vs. High Buyin Events (Casino Competition) 25:25: Hallway Hounding 27:10: Women in Poker 30:30 Angle Shooting Tournament Buyin Situation (+Women in Poker continued) 34:25: Thirst Lounge Jarred?? (BIG Shoutout to the Thirst Lounge) 38:18: Jarred’s LOVED Twitter Thread (Poker Players in 5 Words or Less) 43:23: Jarred’s Opinion on Justin Bonomo 46:40: Jarred’s Opinion on Shaun Deeb 51:50: Friendships in the Poker Community 52:50: Saying Things How They Are 54:25: “Voices of Poker” 1:00:00: Lawyer Life 1:03:30: Backstory 1:06:10: Remodeling (Shoutout to Jeff Gross) 1:08:40: DEGEN STORIES! 1:11:45: Fixing Life Leaks 1:12:45: Ensuring WSOP Success! 1:15:25: Playing Cash Games During WSOP 1:17:15: “Life Changing” Scores During the WSOP 1:21:06: Poker Advice for the WSOP! 1:25:00 SHOUTOUTS! 1:26:50: Poker Fantasies?? 1:29:50: Poker’s Help in Everyday Life 1:30:40: Jarred’s Thoughts on Daniel Negreanu + Phil Hellmuth 1:40:35: Overselling Tournament Package 1:42:30: Food Places in Vegas!

Devon Larratt | Arm Wrestling World Champion | Podcast

Devon Larratt | Arm Wrestling World Champion | Podcast

May 11, 2019

TIMESTAMPS BELOW. Devon Larratt is one of the baddest men on the planet and one of the top arm wrestlers in the entire world. I've been watching his matches, videos, and YouTube content over the past half year and is by far one of my favorite athletes out there. We reached out to him on Instagram to get him on the podcast and here we are now. Super fucking excited for this one. 0:00: Introduction 5:20: Intro to Arm Wrestling (Starting weight, cutting, etc.) 14:00 Arm Wrestling as a recognized sport 15:00: Devon Getting into Arm Wrestling 17:30: Accepting Victories and Defeats 19:45: Arm Wrestling Strats! 28:30: Arm Wrestling Theatrics 41:30: Devon’s YT Content 47:00: Poker on Tours 49:00: Sacrifices and Selfishness 51:45: Rematch With #1 in the World 53:00-60:00 WATCH THIS 1:01:00: Sports and What it’s Given to Devon 1:07:00 Shoutout to Devon’s Wife (Strength of Fans and Support) 1:09:00: Arm Wrestling Teachings 1:15:00: Outro

Lex Veldhuis On Overcoming Mental Health Issues

Lex Veldhuis On Overcoming Mental Health Issues

May 2, 2019

TIMESTAMPS BELOW. Lex Veldhuis is a long time poker player and one of the most successful poker streamers in the industry right now. He currently streams regularly on Twitch to thousands of people while pursuing poker excellence in the tournament format. Lex is a fan favorite of the podcast and someone I've known for a long time. Very happy to have him back on.

0:00-3:45: Introduction

3:45-9:00: Twitch Audience and Understanding Viewership

9:00-14:00: Stream Grind vs Twitch Grind (ex. Playing high roller tournaments with NO HUD)

14:00-18:00: Streaming When Downswinging

18:00-21:25: Competitive Mindset and Emotions

21:25-30:10: Competition Between Twitch Streamers + No Days Off Mentality

30:10-42:00: UFC + Pokerstars Deal

42:00-44:30: Lex Documentary???

44:30-53:45: PokerStars Streamers Going to PartyPoker

53:45-1:15:00: Pokerstars Rake Situation

1:15:00-1:20:00: The State of Tournaments

1:20:00-1:26:00: Lex’s Goals (Top 10 Streamer)

1:26:00-1:48:15: Lex’s Stress and Health

1:48:15-1:51:00: Lex’s “Purpose”

1:51:00-2:00:00: Toxic Chats

2:00:00-2:14:00: Tournament Strategy

2:14:00-2:18:00: Intrinsic Motivation

2:18:00-2:38:00: Tweet Review With Lex!

2:38:00-2:44:00: WSOP MAIN 2009 and Bluffs

2:44:00-2:47:00: Old School Series

2:47:00-2:49:00: Poker advice!

2:49:00-2:58:00: Podcast Guest Recommendation
2:58:00: Patrik Antonius PLO Cash Game and Outro

(SHOTS FIRED) Shaun Deeb Adresses Negreanu Feud, Markup Comments & Upcoming 2019 WSOP Preparation

(SHOTS FIRED) Shaun Deeb Adresses Negreanu Feud, Markup Comments & Upcoming 2019 WSOP Preparation

May 1, 2019

TIMESTAMPS BELOW. Shaun Deeb discusses Negreanu feud, comments on markup, upcoming 2019 WSOP preparation and more. 

 

(0:00) Intro, Shaun Deeb (2:30) What poker game formats and stakes has Shaun been playing lately? (3:00) Shaun explains why it's so important to seize opportunities arise in poker. (4:00) #DadLife with Shaun Deeb (7:00) Shaun's recent Twitter dispute with Daniel Negreanu re: JohnnyVibes WSOP package markup (10:00) Shaun's qualifications as an all-time poker tournament grinder (11:00) Is Shaun being a "bully" with his commentary as the 'Markup Police' (14:30) Addressing Negreanu's negative Twitter remarks about Deeb (16:30) The struggles and guilt that comes with being married to a poker pro (17:30) The Twitter "marriage last longer" prop bet (19:30) Ashley Deeb's Twitter response to Deeb-Negreanu dispute, prop bet offer (20:30) Papi defends some of DNegs' #OOL interactions (21:00) "Touchy-feely" incident involving Amanda Leatherman and DNegs on "The Big Game?" Out of court settlement and Non Disclosure Agreement? (21:30) Deeb says Daniel has DNegs crosses a lot of lines (22:30) Mason Malmuth vs. Daniel Negreanu, and other feuds (23:30) Daniel has taken fat checks and hurt poker players, says Deeb (24:30) Should Daniel Negreanu adjust his approach as an ambassador? (26:00) Shaun promotes and defends Daniel Negreanu's 2019 WSOP package (27:00) Why dealing with mass backing payouts as a WSOP players is a huge headache (28:30) Both Shaun and Joey believe Phil Hellmuth is "underrated" (29:30) Shaun's action with Kane Kalas, Joe McKeehan, and Phil Hellmuth (30:30) The Phil Hellmuth hype is real (31:30) 50 Cent vs. Randall Emmett Instagram sh**storm (32:30) Was Negreanu's YouTube coverage of #FoftyGate hypocritical? (34:00) Shaun justifies shaming those who owe debts in the poker world (35:00) What would have been next step if Randall hadn't paid debt to 50 Cent? (36:00) Lala Kent interviews and memes that have gone viral (37:00) Daniel Negreanu "doesn't back down," is a "hypocrite," says Deeb (40:00) Daniel Negreanu's chivalrous defense of Eric Lindgren, while burying Mike Matusow (40:15) "Daniel gets so much enjoyment out of making other people miserabe." -Shaun Deeb (40:30) Deeb confirms Daniel's dress-to-the-left bulge is big (42:00) Phil Hellmuth has advised others to be more discreet while working to clean up industry (44:00) Discussion of JohnnyVibes WSOP package, tournament markup, poker hand ranges (52:00) Promotion of Poker Sasha PLO package, Ryan LaPlante's package, and high roller ROIs (55:00) Deeb's thoughts on PLO edges, shout-outs to Alex Foxen and Chance Kornuth (59:00) In-depth thoughts about poker tournament markup (1:03:00) Confirmed: Shaun Deeb is markup police, but sucks at Twitter punctuation (1:05:30) Deeb responds to JohnnyVibes in-chat commentary (1:07:00) "GTO is not as solved as people thought is was." (1:07:30) Shaun Deeb doesn't hold back in critique of JohnnyVibes poker skill level (1:11:30) "Day 1" poker pro tournament social media outreach is typically less than Day 2+ (1:13:00) Example of exploitative poker hand play (1:14:00) Shaun Deeb says JohnnyVibes is "full of shit" and "doesn't belong in poker." (1:16:00) Recent 3Bet poker clothing store closure. RunGoodGear best apparel brand? (1:17:00) Shaun Deeb's inner-circle in the poker world (1:18:00) More discussion about tournament markup (1:20:00) Paul Volpe cash game and WSOP tournament skill (1:23:00) Jason Mercier has immersed himself into the #DadLife, Shaun says (1:25:30) Poker Life Podcast chat interaction (1:28:00) The great Wizard-Assistant Jonah Vella has moved on to big things (1:30:30) 50 Cent vs. Randall Emmett re-dux (1:32:00) What are the biggest mistakes tournament players make? (1:34:00) Ashley Deeb Poker Life Podcast cameo will have to wait (1:35:30) Shaun Deeb's high profile "slowroll" of Mike Matusow (PNIA - 2013) (1:36:00) Whatever happened to...? Doyle Brunson appreciation. (1:40:00) General thoughts on poker player outreach and sincerity (1:43:00) Ashley Deeb has Shaun Deeb's complete respect it seems (1:46:00) Shaun Deeb believes non-profitable pros to find something else to do (1:49:00) The diminishing returns and expected value of almost all poker pros (1:50:30) Poker vlogs (1:52:00) Shaun Deeb's "go with the flow" WSOP prep strategy, making two "Day 3's" in 2018 (1:53:00) Shaun believes a prop bet is necessary to motivate him to perform at peak in 2019 WSOP (1:54:30) WSOP phone chargers, and how they tie into ongoing markup debates (1:56:30) Shaun Deeb refuses to initiate HU "Daniel Negreanu pool challenge" (1:57:30) First-hand thoughts on Daniel Negreanu's 2010 WSOPE £10k "pound you back" incident (2:04:30) "It's gonna be a fun summer!" Has Shaun Deeb "evolved" as a poker personality? (2:05:00) Why "transparency" is important in all aspects of the poker world (2:06:00) How Shaun and Ashley Deeb met at a poker table (Chad Brown charity event) (2:08:00) Papi reveals he doesn't have a girlfriend at the moment (2:08:30) Upcoming Poker After Dark episodes on PokerGO (2:09:30) Eli Elezra debt to Shaun Deeb, talks with Mason Malmuth and David Sklansky at 2+2 (2:11:00) Joey Ingram's first experience at American Poker Awards, meeting Las Vegas gamig lawyer David Gzesh, Antonio Esfandiari and others (2:12:00) Back to Eli Elezra book (2:13:00) Shout-out to Allen Kessler (aka "chainsaw") (2:14:00) Upcoming Poker Life Podcast episodes, arm wrestling ambassador conversation (2:17:00) Why "limit" poker and "mixed games" underperform in broadcast viewership terms (2:19:00) Parting thoughts: "Never be scared money." Some MTT players are so... (2:20:30) "Tournament Playing Papi" -- Run It Up Reno (2:21:00) Shaun Deeb slowroll in Jacksonville, Florida. "I slowrolled my grandmother when she was alive." (2:23:00) Shaun has never been given the opportunity to properly "defend" one of his 3 WSOP bracelets (2:25:00) Final thoughts. "Kids are expensive." More to come... thanks for watching!

America’s Card Room CEO Addresses Cheating

America’s Card Room CEO Addresses Cheating

April 30, 2019

ACR Ceo Phil Nagy joins me on the Poker Life podcast today. I've made a number of different videos in the past about the cheating taking place on America's Card Room. Botting, colluding, tournament exploits, and who knows what else might be or have been taking place. Refunds near $500,000 have been issued to players. We deserve some answers and we will get them today. Sign Up for Upswing Poker's PLO Matrix. A precise and easy to use visual representation of GTO preflop ranges: https://bit.ly/2DEiZL0 Sign Up for Upswing Poker's Tournament Course from Nick Petrangelo: https://bit.ly/2NIJ6D1

Daniel Strelitz - Is Randall Emmett The Most Annoying Person In Poker??

Daniel Strelitz - Is Randall Emmett The Most Annoying Person In Poker??

April 28, 2019

TIMESTAMPS BELOW. My podcast guest today is Daniel Strelitz aka dDeoxyribo. Daniel is a long-time MTT player who finished 2nd in this years PCA Main Event and is also a coach for Chipleader Coaching. I also love his dads Twitter account :)

Chip Leader Coaching WSOP bootcamp: https://www.bracelethunter.com/pokerlife

Randall Emmett Annoying Good/Bad For Poker Discussion 59:24