252 episodes

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.

Poker in the Ears PokerStars

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 127 Ratings

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.

    251. The Man with the Golden Arm with Nick Peine

    251. The Man with the Golden Arm with Nick Peine

    In their second summer special, James and Joe are joined by actor and poker fan Nick Peine ('A.P. Bio', 'Office Christmas Party') to review a gambling-themed film from 1955. Yes, it's a Poker Movie Monday (on a Wednesday, released on a Thursday), with an in-depth review of 'The Man with the Golden Arm', starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak and Eleanor Parker. The film is also the subject of this week's Superfan quiz, as long-time listener Stefan-Razvan Ens tries to win THREE #SundayMillion tickets. Please subscribe to #PITE and join the podcast community on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).

    • 1 hr
    250. Catching cheats with Francis Lincoln, Head of Game Integrity at PokerStars

    250. Catching cheats with Francis Lincoln, Head of Game Integrity at PokerStars

    In the first of their #PITE summer specials, James and Joe tackle the serious subject of cheating in online poker. This comes in the wake of some high-profile cases involving the use of real-time assistance software. So, how big a problem is it? What other methods are players using to try to gain an unfair advantage? How does Stars stop people breaking the rules? These questions are directed to Francis Lincoln, Head of Game Integrity at PokerStars. Think of him as the Chief of the Poker Police! Francis talks in detail about his remit, and how his team combines advanced tech and human detective work to keep the online tables safe and fair. If you'd like to hear more from Francis – and have a specific subject you'd like him to address – please join the podcast community on Discord (psta.rs/Discord) and submit your question.

    • 40 min
    Episode 249 – 09/06/2022 – Platinum Pass winners Colm Chan and Toke Gerding Jensen

    Episode 249 – 09/06/2022 – Platinum Pass winners Colm Chan and Toke Gerding Jensen

    James and Joe reflect on the changes announced to the #SundayMillion and the first few days of the #WSOP in Las Vegas, before focussing on #PSPC 2023. They look ahead to the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship – now confirmed for January in the Bahamas – with a summary of what's happened so far (including the announcement and postponement), details of how to qualify, and an interview with a recent #PlatinumPass winner: Colm Chan from Ireland. Plus, with highlights of the first PSPC about to appear on the PokerStars YouTube channel (new episode every Friday), the guys chat to a qualifier who's been there, seen it, done it. Toke Gerding Jensen, the former Superfan who won a Platinum Pass on #PITE, talks about playing the PSPC in January 2019 and featuring in the first couple of TV shows. Finally, Marco Biondi from Scotland chooses the Monaco Grand Prix as his specialist subject in this week's edition of 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Please subscribe to the podcast and join the conversation on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 248 – 03/06/2022 – SCOOP 2022 ME winner 'WElcomeINnferNO', plus Rayan 'Beriuzy' Chamas and Howard Swains

    Episode 248 – 03/06/2022 – SCOOP 2022 ME winner 'WElcomeINnferNO', plus Rayan 'Beriuzy' Chamas and Howard Swains

    With the Spring Championship of Online Poker now in the books, James and Joe present their #SCOOP 2022 recap. They're joined by Howard Swains from the PokerStars Blog to provide the key stats and headline stories from the series. Plus, they talk to the champion of the $10k Main Event: 'WElcomeINnferNO'. The Austria-based player bested a field of 654 to win the trophy and $1.1m. In addition, the guys speak to Canada-based streamer Rayan 'Beriuzy' Chamas who was a fan favourite during the live coverage of the Main Event on Twitch and YouTube, and eventually placed 10th. Finally, Chris Robinson from Canada answers questions about the history of the World Series of Poker in his quest to win a #SundayMillion ticket in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Please subscribe to #PITE and join the conversation on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).

    • 55 min
    Episode 247 – 20/05/2022 – SCOOP 2022 champs 'easywithaces' and 'Senkel92' + Howard Swains

    Episode 247 – 20/05/2022 – SCOOP 2022 champs 'easywithaces' and 'Senkel92' + Howard Swains

    It's an incredibly busy month for James and Joe. They've returned from Monaco, having streamed five days of the PokerStars EPT Presented by Monte-Carlo Casino, and are now half way through the 2022 Spring Championship of Online Poker. They recap #EPTMonteCarlo and enlist the services of the PokerStars Blog's Howard Swains to provide a mid-series #SCOOP update. Plus, there's the chance to hear from a couple of recent SCOOP winners: Fintan 'easywithaces' Hand and Tobias 'Senkel92' Leknes. Finally, Jordan McKnight from Canada competes for a #SundayMillion ticket in a basketball-themed edition of 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Please subscribe to #PITE and join the conversation on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 246 – 28/04/2022 – Masato Yokosawa

    Episode 246 – 28/04/2022 – Masato Yokosawa

    James and Joe are heading to Monaco for the first time in three years for the PokerStars EPT Presented by Monte-Carlo Casino. They reveal they'll be hosting five consecutive days of live coverage (on Twitch and YouTube) and talk through the streaming schedule (Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th May). The guys are also joined by Masato Yokosawa, the Japanese poker player and vlogger who was recently named Favourite Poker Personality at the Global Poker Awards. He discusses the growing popularity of poker in his home country and reflects on playing EPT Prague last month. Finally, Charles Allen from Canada tries to win a #SundayMillion ticket, answering questions about 'The Book of Boba Fett' in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Please subscribe to #PITE and join the conversation on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

Vaquetta ,

Top Show.

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.

bellboar05 ,

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

Lisa G 164 ,

Big fun!

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!

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