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.
293. The Truth Detective with Alex O'Brien
James and Joe are still recovering from Vegas (and a large Thanksgiving meal), but have had a bit of time to relax, watch movies…and read a book! Yes, on this week's podcast, they delve into 'The Truth Detective' by Alex O'Brien. Alex is a science writer and poker enthusiast. She talks about the idea behind her book, subtitled 'A Poker Player's Guide to a Complex World', and the work that went into it, and also discusses her passion for poker and commitment to challenging misconceptions about the game. Finally, William Hunter from Jersey competes for a #PowerPass in 'Superfan vs Stapes', answering questions about the 2001 version of 'Ocean's Eleven'. Please follow/subscribe to #PITE and join our community on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).
292. Las Vegas Grand Prix with P1's Tom Bellingham
Welcome to the Vegas afterparty! James and Joe have finally left the poker capital of the world (after 18 days) and recap what happened in the last week of their trip, in the run up to, and during the Las Vegas Grand Prix. The guys are joined by a Formula 1 expert – Tom Bellingham from the P1 podcast – to recap the race and talk about his Grand Tauro experience and the special charity poker events hosted by PokerStars and Oracle Red Bull Racing. Plus, Dutch poker pro Mark Roovers takes on Joe in 'Superfan vs Stapes', answering questions about the movie 'The Big Short'. Please follow/subscribe to #PITE and join our community on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).
291. NAPT Las Vegas recap with winners Sami Bechahed & Sam Laskowitz
James and Joe are roughly mid-way through their Las Vegas adventure, with the Big Game on Tour in the can and #NAPTLasVegas in the books. They discuss what happened behind-the-scenes while filming the Big Game and casting the Loose Cannons and celebrate the successful return of the North American Poker Tour. Plus, there's the chance to hear from two NAPT champions: Main Event winner Sami Bechahed and High Roller champ Sam Laskowitz. The hosts also talk about their 12-hour trip to Bakersfield in a private jet, as focus switches to F1 week and the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Finally, Iwan Struggles from Sheffield in the UK chooses the TV show 'Community' as his specialist subject in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Please subscribe to #PITE and join our community on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).
290. NAPT Las Vegas preview with Arden Cho
James and Joe are heading to Vegas for the first North American Poker Tour event in more than a decade, plus the F1 Grand Prix! They discuss the #NAPTLasVegas live streaming schedule (three days of cards-up coverage on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels) and look ahead to the return of the Big Game. The guys are joined on the podcast by actor and high stakes regular Arden Cho, who's among the players taking a seat in this $100/$200 cash game. While talking to Arden, James and Joe reveal a few other names from the Big Game on Tour line-up and confirm who'll be joining them at Resorts World to help cast the Loose Cannons. Finally, My Nguyen from Canada competes for a Power Pass, answering questions about the poker movie 'Molly's Game' in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Please subscribe to #PITE and join our community on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).
289. EPT Cyprus champion Gilles Simon
With the first ever #EPTCyprus in the books, James and Joe recap their trip to Kyrenia and speak to Main Event champ Gilles Simon. In an extended interview, he talks about his poker journey, from streamer, to Platinum Pass winner, to professional player to besting a field of more than 1,300 to become a European Poker Tour champion. Plus, the guys look ahead to #NAPTLasVegas and the return of the Big Game…on Tour, with details of the qualification path and selection process for Loose Cannons. No 'Superfan vs Stapes' this week. But if you'd like to apply to be a Superfan, or just want to comment on the podcast, please check out the #PITE channels on the PokerStars Discord server (psta.rs/Discord).
288. EPT Cyprus preview with Daniel Dvoress
James and Joe are making their first ever trip to Cyprus for the penultimate event of the 2023 European Poker Tour season. They provide details of the streaming schedule (October 18-22 on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels) and the accompanying Mini EPT online series. Plus, the guys are joined by Super High Roller regular Daniel Dvoress, who's spent his fair share of time at the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel Casino and Spa, playing Triton tournaments, so is ideally placed to talk about the venue and preview #EPTCyprus. Finally, remember Wouter Beltz from the #EPTBarcelona live stream? Well, he's on the podcast, answering questions about the Christopher Nolan movie 'Tenet' in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Please subscribe to #PITE and join our community on Discord (psta.rs/Discord).
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!