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May 28, 2020
Welcome to the new episode! Today we talk about the cheating allegations tossed at Jungleman by Bill Perkins and discuss how prevalent cheating/ghosting is on the apps. We read their tweets, Jungle's apology, and talk about how rich we think Ivey/Negreanu/Antonio are. We also think about buying boat. Hop in, join the fun, and enjoy!
May 21, 2020
Ep 60 BAY-BEEEE. We start the show recapping the Call Her Daddy saga because what else would a poker show talk about? We then talk about Poker Twitch and Lex's deep run in the SCOOP Main. Friend of the show Kelly Minkin calls in to shit on ACR, and then we talk about piling money into stocks that will make us rich. Another A+ episode in the books.
May 14, 2020
Welcome to episode 59! On today's show we discuss how online poker could die unless the sites all agree to some guidelines to keep the poker economy alive, Jake gives tips on how to survive the poker grind, we talk about Norman Chad's horrendous article about not needing sports in our lives, Doug Polk is fighting the mob, and much more. Thanks for listening and leave that 5 star review if you like it.
May 7, 2020
This episode we touch on a bunch of fun topics- we talk about what to watch on TV, quarantine life, live poker when this is all over, Jake gives poker tips to beginners including how to get max value vs bad players, and we fixed ACR while all the shills yelled at us and called us liars. Thanks everyone who listens, and watch out for the double queen of spades.
April 30, 2020
Welcome to episode 57 even though we called it 58 the entire time. This ep is a winner- a great mix of Jake breaking down his 3 final tables where he finished 5th, 4th, and 1st for a solid $60k night, some stock market chatter, we discuss the secret bars in NYC that only the super famous can get into, and all the ridiculous issues ACR had on Sunday. Thanks for listening!
April 23, 2020
Welcome back! Today's show we talk about the Vegas mayor being a crazy person, the WSOP being postponed, the legend of Justin "Stealthmunk" Schwartz, the upcoming NFL Draft, feeding your dogs, and some other shenanigans. Oh, and how to play pocket Jacks. Always fun, rate/subscribe if you dig it. Enjoy!
April 16, 2020
This episode is a beauty. We're joined by Mike "Timex" McDonald who has stories for days. Edibles on planes, his current free throw prop bet where he needs to make 90/100, his desire to own a Nandos, milkshakes being way overpriced, and much more. We had a great time talking to Mike, one of those fun episodes we love. If you enjoy, rate 5 stars and leave a nice review. Thanks!
April 9, 2020
The show kicks off with us giving our honest opinions on ACR including some conspiracies and our thoughts on if we think it's shady or not. We then talk about people on Twitter who donation-shame online, those who HATE people who donate money, Jake answers rapid-fire questions to help people with their poker game, and then we finish the show talking about Timex's prop bet to make 90/100 free throws before the end of the year. Thanks for listening, love you, enjoy!
April 2, 2020
Is the WSOP going to be cancelled? That's the question on everyone's mind right now. They haven't said anything...but it has to be, right? We brought in the King of the WPT, a man who knows more about poker and the casino biz than anyone else, Matt Savage to discuss. We talked about when poker rooms would open back up, where to play online right now, and much more. In this ep we also discuss ACR and if it's safe. Plus we chat about Jason Somerville's stream and how it helps you get better at poker. Enjoy!
March 26, 2020
Matt Berkey was an awesome guest. We don't blame you if you want to jump right to him, it's around the 20 minute mark. It's great stuff. If you want to get better at poker, his "Solve For Why Academy" is a great place to start. Before that we talk about why Nate isn't allowed to stream poker anymore (f'ing lawyers) and Jake has been playing more than ever in NJ. Hope this episode distracts you from quarantine life! If you like it, please subscribe and leave a 5 star review. Thanks!
March 19, 2020
Coronavirus is here and it's for real. Nate and Jake are still locked in their apartments- Jake is playing high stakes cash games online in NJ while Nate loses his mind about stupid people in NYC. STAY HOME, IDIOTS. Vegas has shut down the strip, online poker is still mostly illegal, our pets heads are falling off. If you're beaten down by coronavirus, use this episode as therapy. Rate 5 stars on iTunes if you would please, and enjoy!
March 17, 2020
We have another fun episode here, folks. We start off talking about coronavirus and its impact on our lives and the world, as well as if it will cancel the WSOP. We also talk bitcoin, the stock market, and the dangers of grocery shopping. STOP TOUCHING ALL THE APPLES! Then we pass on some knowledge about how to study poker, especially now that we all have a ton of free time on our hands without sports. Thanks for listening and enjoy!
March 12, 2020
On today's show, we highlight 10 of the best guests from the early days of the show. Little clips from each interview so if you dig the convo, you can go back and listen to the full thing. We highlight: Ryan Riess (Ep 3), Scott Blumstein (4), Greg Merson (5), Maria Ho (8), Galen Hall (13), Jessica Dawley (15), Jaime Staples (18), Alex Rocha (20), Jeff Platt (23), and Daniel Negreanu (27). 10 interviews in 50 minutes, boom. Thanks to all our guests and to you for listening. Enjoy!
March 10, 2020
Welcome to episode 48. Nate has the flu (regular, not corona...maybe). Jake has a broken back. Cracking Aces is strong as ever! We debate if LeBron could beat Jake in tennis if LeBron trains for a year. Nate says obviously, Jake says it's impossible and 1000% no. We talk some weekend poker results, coronavirus canceling events around the globe, and our current conditions. It's a fun show, enjoy!
March 5, 2020
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!
March 3, 2020
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!
February 27, 2020
We open the show and then tell the story about the $500 chip...Nate lost it like moron (0:00-8:50), we then talk to Tony Dunst (8:50) about a tonnn of things including how bad poker Twitter can be (13:50), how hard he studies poker to improve (18:00), getting banned from Australia (25:40), fave restaurant in Vegas (32:05), his beefs in the poker world (33:15), Hollywood home games (36:15), sports betting/gambling chat (38:10). We wrap the show with our bad beats which are half depressing and gross. Enjoy!
February 25, 2020
A new Tuesday ep is up and we talk: Jake shares the what they pay you to wear a patch when you're deep in the Main (0:00-5:15), Nate recaps his weekend at the charity event and grades Phil Helmuth's emcee skills (5:15-8), then the important stuff,-taking too many edibles and hallucinating 8-22:00), Jake crushed 25/50 over the weekend (22-25:00), Jen Tilly quads vs straight flush (25-30:20), a DM about improving your poker game (30:20-43:00), we close the show by reading the best 5 star reviews (43:00-end).
February 20, 2020
We introduce the show and then talk: The ultimate bad beat that's been going viral - quads vs quads vs straight flush (0-11:40), The WSOP quad aces vs royal flush hand w/ Ray Romano (11:40-14:40), our own personal worst poker beat stories (14:40-22:15), radio and poker superstar Cakes with great insight from the mind of an amateur player who 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!
February 18, 2020
Jake recaps his trip to Mexico City (0:00-5:40) and Nate recaps his unhealthy weekend (5:40-10:30). Then we talk some poker; Galen Hall and Cakes' deep runs in the Potomac Main Event (10:30-16:40), getting a shoutout on PokerGo during a live broadcast (16:40-18:40), Zillion Beers update (18:40-22:30), if you need a good memory to be good at poker (22:30-28:00), Jake drops a BOMBSHELL about Greg Raymer (28:00-33:20), Jake's bad beat of the week (33:20-36:10), and we wrap up the show (36:10-end). Enjoy!
February 13, 2020
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!
February 11, 2020
We open by talking about Zillion Beers and break down the entire saga (0-7:00). Then we go over some sad hand histories from a disastrous weekend of live poker (10:00-23:10) and the potential of a Barstool Poker Tour (23:10-30:00). Jake then updates us on Phil Galfond's PLO challenge where he's down almost a milly (30:00-37:00), we play a LEGENDARY Charder30 hand from WSOPE (37:35-41), and end the show talking VA legalizing sports betting (41-45:20) and preview next episode with Kelly Minkin (45:40-end).
February 6, 2020
We start the show by talking about Norman Chad talking shit about Barstool once again and how he turtled in person when confronted about it (0:00-4:00). We then talk about the Galfond Challenge and how Phil is doing- spoiler: not great! (8:10-16:50). Next, tournament crusher Brian Altman joins the show (19:00-50:00) and drops a ton of knowledge and a huge bombshell about Nate's WSOP Main Event run (43:50). Finally we talk about vlogging, the return of High Stakes Poker, and other good things to wrap it up
February 4, 2020
Today's episode starts talking about Jake's Super Bowl prop bets and having Chiefs +800. We then talk about Nate's trip to Colorado including his attempts at snowboarding and his trip to Casa Bonita. Jake got food poisoning and then decided to wash it down with a milkshake. The boys go over how the WPT Borgata went, and talk about a couple hands. Oh by the way Barstool is now valued at $450 million after an investment from Penn National so we talk about that. Plus lots more, enjoy!
January 23, 2020
We start off today's show talking Nate's bad beat and Twitter outrage culture (3:00-13:40). We then talk some poker strategy/advice- how to adjust your game to playing higher stakes/out of your comfort zone (13:40-31:30). And then the big news- we won poker podcast of the year! (31:30-43:30). Jake gives his bad beat (43:30-47:00), online poker legalization news (47:00-53:30), iTunes feeds off of 5 star reviews, hedging Super Bowl bets, and other tidbits (53:30-end). Enjoy!
January 16, 2020
We start the show with Jake talking more about his 34th place finish in the 2015 Main Event. We then talk about the 25 events at this year's WSOP that are $1k and under. Then we talk about how stupid New York is to not legalize online poker when NJ and PA both have done it. Finally, we talk about the old days of online poker and how Jake lost $200,000 backing another player. We finish with bad beats of the week with Jake's best story to date. Enjoy!
January 9, 2020
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 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 DM about a hand he played with Aces vs JJ and if he played his aces too strong. Enjoy!
January 2, 2020
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!
December 19, 2019
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!
December 12, 2019
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!
December 5, 2019
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!
November 27, 2019
Today we talk Thanksgiving- what we're thankful for in both the poker world and in real life, such as how much better trains are than busses. We also talk about the freedom playing poker gives you & how to chase your poker dreams. We then talk ab if there is a way to find out who the best poker player in the world really is. Finally, we discuss what's on the Thanksgiving menu and how the internet is trying to ruin turkey for all of us. Gobble, gobble, thank you for being awesome listeners of the pod! Enjoy!
November 21, 2019
On today's episode we talk to the king of the WPT, the man who makes all the important decisions in tournament poker, Matt Savage. He share an awesome story from Chris Moneymaker's win in 2003 that shaped poker history. We also do lots of strat talk including how to properly play aces. If there is a go-to episode, this one is it, enjoy!
November 14, 2019
Coming off the Daniel Negreanu episode we have another huge guest in this show, none other than Jason Somerville from Run It Up aka The Twitchfather. Dude basically invented poker streaming, and now has made it into a huge business. We also talk about the Astros cheating scandal and some Poker Masters as well. Jason was awesome to talk to, do enjoy.
November 12, 2019
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!
November 7, 2019
Daniel Negreanu won the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year! We talk about how close he came to not winning, what he gets for winning, and the controversies that surround it.  We then talk about how PokerStars has returned to the great state of Pennsylvania. Online poker is legal and running in PA and the games aren't too shabby. Finally we break down a cash game hand where we turn top 2 pair and it spells all sorts of trouble. Appreciate everyone who sticks with us, love you guys.
November 1, 2019
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!
October 25, 2019
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!
October 17, 2019
We start the show with an update on Mike P the Poker Cheater. He hired a lawyer and boy, things aren't looking great for him. We then destroy the WSOP Europe for how poorly it's being run and marketed...did you even know it was happening? We then talk about annoying/frustrating questions people ask when they find out you play poker, and then finally we are joined by Jeff Platt from PokerGO to talk about a bunch of everything. A very fun episode, enjoy!
October 10, 2019
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!
October 3, 2019
This episode is all about the biggest scandal to hit poker in YEARS, Mike P cheating on stream 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.
September 26, 2019
We start today's show by talking about the possibility of ROUNDERS 2 happening after the writer of Rounders put out a very promising tweet. We then talk about our top 3 favorite WSOP Main Event runs including Jamie Gold. We also talk about Draymond Green on Poker After Dark and how past Cracking Aces guest Maria Ho stuffed him in a locker. Finally we are joined by our friend Alex Rocha to talk about terrible crypto investments and some good times we had in the online days. A very, very fun episode, enjoy!
September 19, 2019
On this episode of Cracking Aces we talk SURVIVOR. We are joined by season 39 contestant Ronnie Bardah to talk about his preparation for the island, his strategy, and how poker and Survivor overlap. We are also joined by the legend Tommy Smokes who is a Survivor savant. Ronnie and Tommy are incredible, enjoy!
September 12, 2019
We talk about 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 some 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 Jaime Staples. We talk the Twitch life and winning a $150k weight loss bet. Finally, we chat about live tournies being played online until the money. Enjoy!
September 5, 2019
We start today's Cracking Aces with a little US Open tennis talk, and the similarities and differences between the skill edge in both. We then tackle a DM from a listener who flopped top set with a pair of aces. We tackle the hand both simply and in depth and show how complicated poker can be. We then answer another DM about rake back and mark up and talk about how they work. Finally, BHanks from PokerGo joins us to talk about the high rollers going on in London.
August 29, 2019
This week we start off with the news PokerStars is running their 25k Platinum Pass promotion again, giving $25k freerolls to poker players around the world. We then talk about EPT Barcelona and Gerard Piqué finishing 2nd in the high roller. That transitions into our Top 3 lists of favorite athletes who play poker. Nate's #1 is the best. We are then joined by poker player/Michael Phelps' best friend Jeff Gross to talk all about the Twitch life, Burning Man, Phelps and much more. Enjoy!
August 22, 2019
This week we start off by ranking our top 3 online OGs (4:30). We go down memory lane about Rail Heaven, the Durrr Challenge, Lil Holdem, Isildur, & more. We then talk to poker pro and media mogul Jamie Kerstetter about broadcasting the WSOP, quitting her job to play poker, & staying positive in a world of negativity (30:20). Finally Nate and Kate from Zero Blog 30 talk w/ Jessica Dawley (1:04.00) about her time in the Air Force, her transition to poker, and winning $200k w/ $300 in her bank account. Enjoy!
August 15, 2019
This week on Cracking Aces we start off by recapping the "Big 4" in Florida and the players who won them. We then discuss the whole unionizing at Barstool situation and Scott Seiver's idiotic tweet about it. Finally, the boys break down the 3 most annoying things people can say at the poker table. And we cannot stress this enough, DON'T BE A CREEP TO DEALERS. It's a fast paced power hour of an episode, enjoy!
August 8, 2019
This week we start off by talking about a live tournament Nate played over the weekend and an old man at the table who ran an angle, albeit a hilarious one. That led into a convo about the worst feelings at the poker table, what's up getting set over set! We then talk about Bryn Kenney being a badass in the million dollar tournament, and debate if a poker player can ever out-earn a pro athlete. Finally we are joined by Galen Hall who gives incredible insight into his game, an absolutely awesome interview.
August 1, 2019
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.
July 25, 2019
This week we start off by talking about our trip to AC and Jake folding KK preflop. We talk about the difference between playing wild amateurs and extremely good pros. We then talk about Randall Emmett and his antics at the table...not a fan. And then we discuss the "Dick Bandit" who got thrown out of the Main Event and how he might be on crack. Finally, the 4th place finisher in the Main Event and all around great guy Garry Gates joined us to talk about his legendary run. Thanks for listening and enjoy!
July 17, 2019
Fedor F'ing Holz. We talk to Fedor for 34 minutes and need to do 3,400 more. He's the GOAT. We also talk about the Main Event final table, especially the tanking from Maahs and Livingston's QQ fold. Enjoy!
June 27, 2019
We start off this week 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 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! Enjoy!
June 25, 2019
This week on Cracking Aces we start off by talking about the impacts NHL player Phil Kessel and Jeopardy James are having on the WSOP by being there. We then discuss a ridiculous pocket kings lay down in the ladies event, and then we're joined by one of the best tournament players in the world right now, Maria Ho. She talks about how she got started in poker, the prestige of winning a WSOP bracelet and if there are too many events now, her future aspirations in poker, and much more. She was AWESOME. Enjoy!
June 21, 2019
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!
June 18, 2019
This week on Cracking Aces we are joined by musician and poker player Hoodie Allen. While most known for his Billboard hits, Hoodie also crushes poker in his spare time. We talk to him about shaking the Main Event nerves, how to get better at live poker, being the fish at the table, and much more. If you're a recreational player, you'll love hearing from a guy who just loves the game as much as you do. Enjoy!
June 14, 2019
This week on Cracking Aces we are joined by the 2012 Main Event champion and Player of the Year, Greg Merson. He talks about coming back from 2.5 bbs to win the Main Event, his most memorable hand of all time, playing high stakes in Macau, his thoughts on the current live and online landscapes, and much more. It's a great hour of insight from a high stakes crusher, enjoy!
June 11, 2019
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!
May 30, 2019
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 23, 2019
This week on Cracking Aces we are joined by the one and only Chris Moneymaker. He talks about winning the 2003 Main Event, the very early days of Poker Stars, and how nervous he was to go on David Letterman. Jake and Nate also talk about playing underground games, where to play online these days, and Jake tells the best story ever. Enjoy!
May 13, 2019
Cracking Aces is the newest podcast tackling all things poker, hosted by Nate from Barstool. It will feature the fun side of the poker world and exclusive interviews with the top players. Episode 1 introduces the show, co-host and professional poker player Jake Toole, and an interview with Kid Poker himself, Daniel Negreanu. Not a bad first guest, eh? We also break down Ryan Riess' 10 high call, Jake's 10th time playing the WSOP, and Nate going from the chipleader of the Main Event to punting it all away. Buckle up and enjoy!
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