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Every week, the hosts of PokerStars TV (James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton) bring you a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like being two regular folks on the international poker circuit. Told from the perspective of a cranky British dad (Hartigan) and an undateable American bachelor (Stapes), Poker in the Ears is a mostly uncensored take on the world of professional poker. The hosts also regularly call in favours, in the form of guest spots from their big-shot celebrity poker-playing friends. And they routinely hold on-air competitions, providing chances for listeners to join them on tour.

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Every week, the hosts of PokerStars TV (James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton) bring you a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like being two regular folks on the international poker circuit. Told from the perspective of a cranky British dad (Hartigan) and an undateable American bachelor (Stapes), Poker in the Ears is a mostly uncensored take on the world of professional poker. The hosts also regularly call in favours, in the form of guest spots from their big-shot celebrity poker-playing friends. And they routinely hold on-air competitions, providing chances for listeners to join them on tour.

    Episode 183 – 22/05/2020 – David Costabile

    Episode 183 – 22/05/2020 – David Costabile

    After a two-week break from podcasting – while they focussed on streaming #EPTRetro and #SCOOP2020 – James and Joe are back to recap the Stars CALL For Action Celebrity Charity Tournament and talk to the winner of the event: David Costabile, the New York-based actor best known for playing Wags in ‘Billions’ and Gale in ‘Breaking Bad’. In addition, the boys touch on a few headlines from SCOOP, have “breaking news” about the next #PSPC, and give Enrique Gomez from Texas the chance to win four #PokerInTheEars T-shirts in a ‘Watchmen’-themed edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe to the podcast.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 182 – 01/05/2020 – Rounders retrospective

    Episode 182 – 01/05/2020 – Rounders retrospective

    For their latest ‘Poker Movie Monday on a Wednesday’ (only this time, it’s recorded on a Thursday and released on a Friday), James and Joe take a deep dive into ‘Rounders’. Specifically, they review the version of the 1998 film with the commentary track featuring Chris Moneymaker, Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan and Chris Ferguson. Elsewhere, the boys look ahead to #SCOOP2020 and their cards up final table replays, accompanying their ongoing #EPTRetro streams (twitch.tv/pokerstars). Finally, it’s back to ‘Rounders’ for this week’s ‘Superfan vs Stapes’ as Alex Funnell from the UK tries to win T dollars and a #PokerInTheEars T-shirt. Please don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe to the podcast.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 181 – 24/04/2020 – Poker & Pop Culture with Martin Harris

    Episode 181 – 24/04/2020 – Poker & Pop Culture with Martin Harris

    This week, James and Joe are joined by respected writer, teacher and poker reporter Martin Harris to talk about his award-winning book ‘Poker & Pop Culture’, specifically the sections on poker in the movies and poker on TV. Elsewhere, the boys have a brief #EPTRetro recap and celebrate being back on TV in the UK, as episodes of the #PSPC start to air on Channel 4 (every Thursday night for the next nine weeks). Plus, James has a ‘Hand History’ from a recent PokerStars Home Game, and Joe faces off against Ken Miller from Pennsylvania in a ‘Ghostbusters’-themed edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 180 – 17/04/2020 – Lee Jones

    Episode 180 – 17/04/2020 – Lee Jones

    James and Joe reflect on the #GalfondChallenge and look ahead to #SCOOP2020, #MicroMillions and #LexNotLive. As they’re continuing to revisit the early seasons of the European Poker Tour on #EPTRetro (streaming every Wednesday and Thursday on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels), the boys catch up with Lee Jones, who was the tour’s Executive Host in the mid-2000s. Lee shares his memories from the “glory days,” including his favourite destinations, and talks about his role as table announcer and poker chip auditor! Finally, there’s a (tough) quiz about comedians of the 20th century, as Robin Vye from Hawaii competes against Joe in this week’s edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 179 – 10/04/2020 – Michael Kaplan

    Episode 179 – 10/04/2020 – Michael Kaplan

    James and Joe speak to Michael Kaplan, Senior Features Writer at The New York Post, about his recent article on the real ‘Molly’s Game’, suggesting Tobey Maguire and Houston Curtis were the real masterminds behind this infamous high stakes Hollywood poker game. Michael also talks about his other poker writing, including stories on Phil Ivey and an interview with the legendary Stu Ungar shortly before his death. Elsewhere, the boys celebrate a victory for ‘Sad Sushi Guy’ in the #BSOPOnline, recap some of the highlights from this week’s #EPTRetro streams and give David Bennett from the UK the chance to win T$ and a ‘Poker in the Ears’ T-shirt in a ‘Heat’-themed edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe to the podcast.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 178 – 03/04/2020 – Michael Ian Black

    Episode 178 – 03/04/2020 – Michael Ian Black

    James and Joe look back at the historic #SundayMillionAnniversary, tease the upcoming #TurboSeries and recap the first few editions of #EPTRetro (streaming every Wednesday and Thursday on Twitch and YouTube). Joe also reveals he’s been playing in some (online) Hollywood Home Games – cue a ‘Hand History’ – with one of his comedy heroes: actor-writer-producer Michael Ian Black. Michael makes a guest appearance on the show and talks about his love affair with poker, from Baseball (a strange variant involving a LOT of wild cards) to Seven Card Stud to Hold’em. The boys unveil their plans to revisit the 1998 poker movie ‘Rounders’ in the next few episodes and appeal for a Superfan. Meanwhile, this week’s Superfan, Miles Miller from North Dakota, answers questions about ‘Blade Runner 2049’ as he competes for some #PokerInTheEars T-shirts. Please don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe to the podcast.

    • 1 hr 5 min

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