174 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.

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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 173 – 20/02/2020 – Will Shillibier

    Episode 173 – 20/02/2020 – Will Shillibier

    James and Joe take a look at recent events in the poker world with the help of Will Shillibier, Chief Editor of PokerNews. There’s a tribute to former EPT presenter Caroline Flack, a recap of last month’s Aussie Millions and a summary of some of the nominees (and controversies) at this year’s Global Poker Awards. Plus, the boys discuss #PlatinumMadness, look ahead to the #SundayMillion 14th Anniversary and force Will to play Joe’s worst/best game yet. Finally, Daniel Lawrence from Las Vegas annoys James by picking a terrible AND hard-to-find movie as his specialist subject in this week’s edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.

    • 57 min
    Episode 172 – 13/02/2020 – Jessica Welman

    Episode 172 – 13/02/2020 – Jessica Welman

    This episode is pretty much dedicated to movies and TV, as the boys talk about everything they’ve watched in the last couple of months. They deliver judgment on the first season of ‘The Mandalorian’ and are joined by the poker world’s resident film expert Jessica Welman to review ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ and the HBO series ‘Watchmen’. Other movies/shows discussed on this week’s podcast include ‘1917’, ‘Parasite’, ‘The Witcher’ and ‘Don’t F**k with Cats’, plus there’s a summary of Sunday’s Oscars. And, after initially cancelling on James and Joe, George Zdravevski from Romania dials into the show at the last minute to compete for #EPTSochi satellite tickets in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. His specialist subject: ‘The Hunger Games’. Please don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 171 – 06/02/2020 – Joseph Kahn

    Episode 171 – 06/02/2020 – Joseph Kahn

    James and Joe are back with the first #PokerInTheEars of 2020. It’s been more than two months since they last recorded a podcast, and a LOT has happened since then. The boys recap their trip to Vegas, where James made two final tables (sort of), their unexpected live stream from #EPTPrague, their Christmas/New Year holidays, and Joe’s various losing sessions in Hollywood home games. They’re joined by the host of one of those games: Grammy and Emmy-winning filmmaker Joseph Kahn. Joseph has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry. He talks to James and Joe about his work as a director, his passion for poker (which resulted in him getting a gig on a PokerStars commercial) and his interest in battle rap (which led to him making the movie ‘Bodied’). Finally, Alex Sadler from London competes for #EPTSochi satellite tickets and brand new podcast merch (!) in an ‘Interstellar’-themed edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 170 – 28/11/2019 – Adam ‘Roothlus’ Levy

    Episode 170 – 28/11/2019 – Adam ‘Roothlus’ Levy

    The boys present their season finale: the last #PokerInTheEars podcast of 2019. Joe’s had a busy week, with stand-up shows and poker commentary gigs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. One of those assignments was hosting a ‘Live at the Bike’s esports special alongside Adam ‘Roothlus’ Levy. Adam is this week’s guest, and talks about transitioning away from professional poker to run his own business, and whether he’ll be best-remembered for calling Phil Hellmuth’s raise with queen-ten or dropping a poker chip in a glass of water at the PCA! James and Joe read a few of your reviews and comments (please keep ‘em coming), and Jodieann Winter from the UK flies the flag for PokerStars VR, as she tries to win an #EPTPrague satellite ticket in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 169 – 21/11/2019 – Zac Aynsley

    Episode 169 – 21/11/2019 – Zac Aynsley

    The boys are joined by bodybuilder, fitness model and poker fan Zac Aynsley (aka: ‘Mr Biceps’), who recently came 25th in Moneymaker’s ‘Road to PSPC’ in Newcastle. As Zac is the guest on this week’s podcast, Joe has branded it the ‘Health & Fitness’ episode. The theme is basically an excuse for him to talk about his road trip with Norm Macdonald and tell the story of the former EPT crew member who desecrated Joe’s hotel room and abused his toothbrush after an intense gym session! It also gives James the opportunity to be smug about surviving for five days on a plant-based diet. Elsewhere, there’s some ‘Star Wars’ chat (‘The Mandalorian’, ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’ AND ‘Maclunkey-gate’), a tribute to the late John Gale, and Sam Pye from London answers questions about ‘Fleabag’ in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 168 – 14/11/2019 – Daniel Negreanu

    Episode 168 – 14/11/2019 – Daniel Negreanu

    In the last few days, Joe has found himself watching boxing, and James has spent too much money on a video game he can’t/doesn’t want to play. But this week’s episode mainly focuses on the poker controversy “du jour,” as Daniel Negreanu is named World Series Player of the Year, only to discover a couple of days later that a clerical error has been made and he’s not actually the winner. In the latest in a series of appearances on poker podcasts (!), Daniel gives his take on the whole mess and defends himself against accusations of impropriety. There’s also a recap of the #PokerStarsTV live stream from Moneymaker’s ‘Road to PSPC’ at Aspers in London, and, with an #EPTPrague satellite ticket up for grabs, Filip Ferm from Sweden chooses ‘Office Space’ as his specialist subject in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

Shaun69uk ,

Not enough poker

Sorry guys, I’ll love you dearly but this weeks tv/film and no poker just didn’t do it for me.

dadalad ,

Welcome back!

So glad to have you two keeping me entertained while I drive my proper London taxi around London.

KingPatrickJ ,

The podcast

Great podcast, merry Christmas

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