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 236 – 20/01/2022 – Nadya Magnus
The nominations for the 2021 #GlobalPokerAwards have been announced, and #PITE is in the running for Best Podcast! Joe has also been nominated for Best Broadcaster. Meanwhile the winners of the GPI Players of the Year have already been revealed, and the boys are joined on this week's episode by the best performing female player of 2021, Nadya Magnus. Nadya was a Loose Cannon on the first season of 'The PokerStars Big Game'. She shares her (bittersweet) memories of appearing on that show, and talks about what it takes to win POY and who she thinks might be next year's champion. Finally, Jason Williams from the UK picks 'American Pie' as his specialist subject in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Please don't forget to subscribe, and join the conversation on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).
Episode 235 – 13/01/2022 – Doug Polk, Brad Owen and Andrew Neeme
For their first podcast of 2022, James and Joe recap some of the poker headlines from the last few weeks, including the winner of #Dare2Stream, the amazing accomplishment of the #EPTOnline Main Event champion, the standout moments from the #WinterSeries, and the story of the trio of players / content creators who've bought a poker room in Texas. Yes, there are three guests on this week's show, as Doug Polk, Brad Owen and Andrew Neeme discuss their new business venture. They also take part in one of the most ill-conceived, poorly-executed (and entertaining) quizzes in #PITE history. Talking of quizzes, Joanne Kane from Canada is given the chance to win a #SundayMillion ticket, as she answers questions about the 1995 movie 'Casino' in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Please don't forget to subscribe, and join the conversation on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).
Episode 234 – 09/12/2021 – The Big 20 (Part 4) with Erik Seidel
James and Joe conclude their mini-series of episodes celebrating 20 years of PokerStars by talking to one of the most successful players of all time. Erik Seidel makes his first ever appearance on a poker podcast, discussing his origin story, the boom years, his dislike of playing Hold'em on TV, his depiction in 'Rounders', his pivotal role in Maria Konnikova's poker career, his cameo appearance in 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', and how he stays competitive in an ever-evolving game. Meanwhile, the boys draw a line under the various activities that have accompanied #TheBig20, including the Rewind series, the $5m guaranteed Finale and the Players Awards. Finally, Chad McVean from Canada makes a return appearance, competing in 'Superfan vs Stapes' for the second time. It's a very special edition of this contest – themed around PokerStars history – with a very special prize. #PITE returns in January 2022. Please don't forget to subscribe, and please join the conversation on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).
Episode 233 – 02/12/2021 – The Big 20 (Part 3) with Jon Hamm
The celebrations continue for #TheBig20, as James and Joe mark 20 years of PokerStars with a series of special episodes. After an update on the Rewind tournaments, and a preview of their Finale stream – where the winners of the Players Awards will be revealed (still time to vote, by the way, at the PokerStars Blog) – they discuss some of the celebrities who've been associated with Stars over the last two decades, and speak to a man who's played in several online charity games in recent months: Jon Hamm, the award-winning actor best known for the TV drama 'Mad Men'. Jon talks about first discovering poker and playing in home games with other actors in LA. Plus, he confirms that he does not play on PokerStars with a Don Draper avatar! Finally, Michael Park from Canada is tested on his knowledge of Korean food in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. As mentioned on the show, there is a very special Superfan segment on next week's podcast. To apply, please join the PokerStars Discord server (psta.rs/Discord). Also, please don't forget to subscribe to #PITE.
Episode 232 – 25/11/2021 – The Big 20 (Part 2) with Antonio Esfandiari and Maria Ho
James and Joe continue to celebrate #TheBig20 – the 20th anniversary of PokerStars – with a series of episodes looking back at two decades of poker history. In this podcast, they talk to pros Antonio Esfandiari and Maria Ho about the boom years and their respective careers and mainstream media appearances. Plus, they discuss the creation of two popular poker shows: 'The Big Game' (2010-11) and 'Shark Cage' (2014-15), and ask Antonio and Maria to share their memories of playing on TV. There's also a summary of the prizes awarded so far in the Big 20 Rewind series, a reminder to vote in the Big 20 Players Awards (via the PokerStars Blog), and Princeton student Andrew Tufillaro picks US history as his specialist subject in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Please share your own memories of the early years of PokerStars on Discord (psta.rs/Discord). Also, please don't forget to subscribe to #PITE.
Episode 231 – 18/11/2021 – The Big 20 (Part 1) with Colin Murray, Luca Pagano and Terrence Chan
James and Joe are celebrating #TheBig20 – the 20th anniversary of PokerStars – with a series of episodes looking back at two decades of poker history. In this show, they talk about the launch of PokerStars in 2001 with one of the first people hired by founders Isai and Mark Scheinberg: poker player, podcaster, MMA fighter and former customer support head Terrence Chan. They also discuss the birth of the European Poker Tour in 2004 with the original voice of the EPT: radio and TV presenter Colin Murray. Plus, they catch up with one of the OGs of the tour: seven-time EPT finalist and serial casher Luca Pagano. Please share your own memories of the early years of PokerStars on Discord (psta.rs/Discord). While you're there, feel free to submit your Superfan application. Also, please don't forget to subscribe to #PITE.
Absolutely love this show, the best entertainment podcast around, love that it’s not just about poker, loving the film and book reviews. It keeps me going on the long commute! Keep it up guys.
Great show. Highlight of my week
Easy listening now the voice is fixed. On point every week. Poker, films and the odd special guest. What more do you need. Keep it up lads
I’ve been watching Joe & James for years and have learned tonnes from their commentary and was witness to the vastly improving quality of the filler content. Now delighted by the podcast. Yay!