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Stories from the worlds of poker, cryptocurrency and more, hosted by (retired?) high stakes pro Doug Polk.

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Stories from the worlds of poker, cryptocurrency and more, hosted by (retired?) high stakes pro Doug Polk.

    Folding the Second Nuts (w/ Garrett Adelstein)

    Folding the Second Nuts (w/ Garrett Adelstein)

    Live cash game specialist Garrett Adelstein joins Doug Polk to talk about the state of live poker, balancing life with poker, folding the second nut straight, and more. 

    0:00 Intro
    0:46 Garrett joins, Marriage/relationships, Survivor
    12:30 Balancing life and poker
    23:52 Mental health 
    29:20 Current state of live poker
    34:14 Online vs live, Cash game streams
    45:40 GTO vs Exploit
    55:45 The identical T7 folds
    1:01:11 Playing aggressive, Solvers, Working hard
    1:17:00 Mark-up, Scammers
    1:35:47 Getting owned, dealing with swings
    1:42:05 The LULs
    1:49:07 Garrett's future plans
    1:51:51 Outro

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Chess Players vs Poker Players (w/ Alexandra Botez)

    Chess Players vs Poker Players (w/ Alexandra Botez)

    Chess streamer Alexandra Botez joins Doug Polk to talk about chess, poker, and which game has smarter players.

    0:51 Alexandra joins
    1:43 Living in Austin, Making content
    13:54 The Chess Hustlers, Did AI ruin Chess?
    21:07 How to start studying Chess or Poker
    25:21 Poker players vs Chess players, Tells vs strategy
    35:20 The Chess Twitch boom, Would Chess benefit from a luck factor?
    42:00 The World Chess Championship, catering to newbs
    51:17 Alexandra's thoughts on Poker, being competitive
    1:02:00 Mike McDonald, NFT's, Regulation on cryptos/investments
    1:26:31 Which cryptos Alexandra and Doug like?
    1:37:38 Advice to young people, College
    1:46:30 Will Alexandra play more poker in the future?

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Norman Chad's POV on the 2021 WSOP

    Norman Chad's POV on the 2021 WSOP

    World Series of Poker Staple Norman Chad joins Doug Polk to discuss the (potentially) upcoming series and more. 

    0:42 Norman joins
    2:00 The ex-wife jokes, dealers, poker in California
    8:45 WSOP 2021
    18:42 Is PokerGo good for the industry?
    25:45 WSOP on CBS Sports, Norman+Lon, Jamie Kerstetter
    36:42 Who could replace Norman and Lon?
    43:10 Making mistakes, glorifying HendonMob stats, rake
    49:44 Why is NL Hold'em THE game?, WPT, Mike Sexton
    57:02 The WSOP Main Event, what tournaments will Norman play (Doug buys a piece)
    1:05:25 Phil Hellmuth, old school pros vs new pros
    1:11:25 Women in poker
    1:20:02 Gambling Mad with Norman Chad
    1:24:58 Doug vs DNegs challenge, broadcasting
    1:29:28 How to succeed in broadcasting/content creation
    1:45:34 Parting words, will Doug play any events?
    1:49:00 Outro

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Is It Too Late To Buy NFTs? (w/ Bryan Micon)

    Is It Too Late To Buy NFTs? (w/ Bryan Micon)

    Early cryptocurrency adopter Bryan Micon joins Doug Polk to talk about mostly NFTs, as well as other crypto stuff and the 2021 World Series of Poker.
    0:50 Bryan joins 
    3:40 NFT markets, Flexing, Rare Pepes 
    29:15 Where does the value of NFT's come from? 
    35:05 Will all this have a negative effect? 
    44:32 What happened to CryptoKitties? 
    48:00 Selling NOTHING?, where is the line, NBA Top Shots 
    55:10 Thoughts on the crypto market, Bitcoin Cash 
    1:13:01 MarketMania, grinding out content vs life balance 
    1:18:37 Bryans thoughts on WSOP 2021 
    1:23:09 Living in Antigua and Barbuda, driving a Tesla 
    1:27:18 Reminiscing the poker days, does Bryan still play? 
    1:32:18 Bryan and Doug exchanging gifts 
    1:37:09 Price predictions, poker talk 
    1:45:10 Outro 

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Nate Silver's Poker Strategy & 2024 POTUS Predictions

    Nate Silver's Poker Strategy & 2024 POTUS Predictions

    FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver joins Doug Polk to talk about poker, politics, COVID, Twitter beefs and more.

    0:52 Nate joins
    2:55 Political betting, FiveThirtyEight vs sports betting markets
    11:00 2020 Primaries, Superdelegates
    16:29 Polarization of the US population
    22:30 WSOP Covid restrictions
    34:28 Nonsensical Covid policies
    41:42 Nate's upcoming book on gambling/risk
    46:22 Nate's poker background, talking all things poker
    1:25:38 The Nassim Taleb beef
    1:29:35 Why is Nate trending on Twitter today?, Covid talk
    1:48:48 Stimulus checks, GOP's future
    1:59:32 2024 Election predictions?
    2:07:13 Parting words, Nate's WSOP schedule

    • 2 hrs 9 min
    Will There Be A WSOP? Mike Matusow Weighs In

    Will There Be A WSOP? Mike Matusow Weighs In

    Mike "The Mouth" Matusow joins Doug Polk to share his thoughts on modern poker strategy, the 2021 WSOP, scammer stories from the early 2000s and more. 

    Timestamps: 
    0:45 Mike joins 
    6:28 What is Mike playing nowadays 
    10:31 Matusows thoughts on GTO/solvers 
    20:50 What happened with UltimateBet? 
    27:01 WSOP 2021, Covid/Vaccination 
    38:06 Should the WSOP be cancelled? 
    55:44 Reminiscing early 2000s, scammer stories 
    1:17:30 Mikes biggest mistakes, growing up and grinding it back 
    1:29:55 Playing the victim, talent/luck/hard work 
    1:42:45 Social media, medicine/drugs, extra-long sessions 
    1:54:25 Deals in tournaments, NBC Heads up 
    2:05:03 Parting words, Mikes online home game and podcast 
    2:11:04 Outro

    • 2 hrs 11 min

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