Fighting Chance tags along with Dan O'Brien and Cate Hall - two professional poker players - as they focus on the rewards and accept the risks that come with competing in the World Series of Poker.
"The Main Event"
In the series finale, Cate and Dan play the Main Event, providing one last opportunity to end the summer right.
With the World Series winding down, Cate and Dan play an online tournament, and try to find a good headspace going into the Main Event.
Cate and Dan talk about leaving their respective career paths for poker, and comfort each other in the wake of the Monster Stack and Hollywood Poker Open.
For tournament players like Cate and Dan, having modest expectations is the most practical form of psychological survival.
"Addicted to the Party"
While Dan gets ready for EDC, Cate goes deep in the Millionaire Maker and worries about her performance thus far in the series.
Being a professional poker player means bottling up your emotions for extended periods of time, which can lead to tilting or even confrontations at the table. Let's talk about anger.
View from the box
As a Poker Dealer for the last 9 years at the World Series of Poker, this podcast is just over the moon. It is such a delight to hear the thoughts and feelings of the people I have been watching play this fascinating game. Thinking about "Tournament" Poker, if 2000 players enter a tournament, 1999 of them are going to lose all of their chips by the end. Every one of them is going to walk away thinking, "If only..." How depressing! How do you handle that colossal amount of frustration? Yet, thousands come back, like Cubs fans, "Maybe next year?"Hearing the shared thoughts of a couple of poker pros, who are seemingly subsisting on their poker tournament winnings is a truly rare treat!
This is a very well done format for a podcast. I myself have never been one to listen to podcasts, but this one is very entertaining, especialy for poker players.
As real as it gets
Love the format and the two people who are featured. Dan quit partying! It's only 1.5 months every year, take it more seriously! ;) So refreshing to hear the reality behind the game we all love without glamourizing it. Please do it again next year!