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 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.
Episode 230 – 11/11/2021 – Casino Royale with Dr Tom Sambrook
This episode of the podcast is dedicated to #CasinoRoyale, the film in which James Bond plays poker. To celebrate the movie's 15th anniversary, James and Joe take a retrospective look at Daniel Craig's first outing as Bond, and debate whether it's the best film in the series. They also break down 'Casino Royale's Hold'em scenes with the movie's poker advisor Dr Tom Sambrook, including analysis of the (controversial) final hand, courtesy of Tom's notes from the shoot, detailing stack sizes, positions and the (never before revealed) pre-flop and flop action! Plus, 007 #PITE listeners win 007 prizes for posting their reviews of the film on Discord (psta.rs/Discord), and it's the subject of this week's Superfan quiz, as Liam Devine from the UK aims to win a tournament ticket and PokerStars merch. Please don't forget to subscribe.
Episode 229 – 04/11/2021 – Beth Hall
Live poker (yes, it's a thing again) is the theme of this week's episode. James was recently at The Hippodrome in London for a special True Geordie event, while Joe is in Las Vegas to play some turbo tournaments, including the World Series of Poker Mini Main Event. He's in town with a few players from his home game, including actress Beth Hall, best known for her roles in 'Mad Men' and 'Mom'. She's a huge poker fan, and joins the boys to talk TV shows and card games. Plus, Joe reveals an interesting Beth-related poker accomplishment (if you're able to verify that this is a #FunFact, or prove that it's a #FakeFact, please let us know: psta.rs/Discord). Finally, Lucas Durney from the UK goes for gold – actually a #SundayMillion ticket – in an Olympics-themed edition of 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Please don't forget to subscribe to #PITE.
Episode 228 – 22/10/2021 – Georgina 'GJReggie' James and Tom 'Majin' Hayward
It's a streamer special, with two members of Team Pro making guest appearances. First up, Georgina 'GJReggie' James, who's just launched the #Dare2Stream competition, followed by Tom 'Majin' Hayward who recently anchored cards-up coverage of the #BountyBuilderSeries Main Event. James and Joe also find themselves 'Running AMOQ', as they answer one of YOUR questions from Discord (psta.rs/Discord), while John Lemke – an American living in Germany – picks a terrible Marvel movie as his specialist subject in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Finally, the boys close out the show with a spoiler-filled review of the new James Bond film #NoTimeToDie. There'll be more Bond on #PITE in the coming weeks, as the podcast celebrates the 15th Anniversary of #CasinoRoyale, as well as the 20th Anniversary of PokerStars. Please don't forget to subscribe.
Hello gents, I’ve been a longtime listener and fan of all your work, and this podcast is no exception. Joe, your dumb quizzes continue to make me laugh out loud, especially this latest one with Norman Chad. And James, you always do a superb job with interviewing guests and superfans as well as “babysitting” Joe. Thank you guys for sprinkling in humor and fun to my boring Monday-Friday office job. Perhaps one day I will apply to be a superfan!
Ryan from VA, USA
Best poker podcast
This is the best poker podcast by far. Hartigan and Stapes have very complementary personalities, the banter is fantastic. Joe's stories are freaking amazing and only sometimes made up
Love me some Stapes and Hartigan.
Had drifted away for a while but the Stadium Series pulled me back in. Let the games begin . . . again!