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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 ...
 
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An exciting show with an incredible opportunity. In their first podcast of 2023, James and Joe catch up with the 'Platinum Five': the first players to qualify for the forthcoming #PSPC. Clement, Adrian, Christoph, Danielle and Daryl came to Barcelona in August 2019 to take part in the 'Chase Your Dream' promotion. Each of them received a #PlatinumP…
 
It's the last episode of the year, and there's lots to discuss. With #EPTPrague getting underway, the guys look ahead to the final European Poker Tour stop of 2022 and their five days of live coverage of the Main Event on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels (14th – 18th December). They also speak to EPT legend Steve O'Dwyer: a former champio…
 
This week, James and Joe discuss 'Poker Face'. Not the song by Lady Gaga. Not the upcoming TV series created by Rian Johnson. But the 2022 film, co-written by, directed by and starring Russell Crowe. Yes, it's a Poker Movie Monday (on a Wednesday, released on a Thursday) with special guest reviewer Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner, an online legend and cin…
 
Joe is back from a live poker series in San Diego. He provides James with a field report and a few hand histories, including an accidental angle shoot which led to a controversial ruling (let us know your thoughts: psta.rs/Discord). The guys also talk about online poker in the USA, as they're joined by the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro, Mich…
 
Welcome to the Jungle! The legendary Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates is the guest on this week's podcast, discussing how he's changed as a person since the days of the nosebleeds on Stars and Tilt, his interest in music and charity, the importance of integrity in poker, and the things he'd like to change about the game (he's not a fan of players who feel …
 
A few weeks later than originally planned, James and Joe are able to draw a line under #WCOOP, and provide a full recap of the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker. Having spent three consecutive nights covering the $10k Main Event, the guys deliver a slightly shorter podcast than usual, but summarise the key stats and stories (just how many tro…
 
Following their week of live streams from the UK capital, Joe is back in LA and James is in Malta "on PokerStars business.” They look back at #EPTLondon 2022, summarising the key winners and recapping the Main Event, a tournament filled with many accomplished players and interesting characters. One of those characters was the Romanian film-maker (a…
 
It's the #EPTLondon preview show. James and Joe look ahead to the European Poker Tour festival at the Hilton Park Lane, summarising their streaming schedule (on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels) and providing the headline details of the accompanying Mini EPT online series. Plus, they take a trip down memory lane, re-living moments from Lo…
 
In the wake of new revelations and dramatic developments, James and Joe revisit the controversy surrounding the hand between Robbi Jade Lew and Garrett Adelstein on Hustler Casino Live. They also get the thoughts of this week's guest, Maria Ho. But her primary responsibility is to analyse Joe Stapleton. Specifically, to break down his play in a rec…
 
In the wake of the most controversial "hero call” of all time – a hand on Hustler Casino Live that has provoked allegations of cheating – James and Joe enlist the help of high stakes pro Sam Grafton to analyse the confrontation between Garrett Adelstein and Robbi Jade Lew (8c7c vs Jc4h), and provide his thoughts on what REALLY happened. Sam also di…
 
This was meant to be the #WCOOP 2022 recap episode. But the agenda changed on Sunday 25th September when there was a malicious Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on PokerStars, resulting in the cancellation of all World Championship of Online Poker Main Events. Understandably, this left thousands of players angry and disappointed. So, Jame…
 
Three weeks into the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker, James and Joe take stock of the series so far with Howard Swains from the PokerStars Blog. Plus, they speak to UK pro Benny 'RunGodlike' Glaser, who's having a solid #WCOOP: at the time of recording, he's won two trophies and has come second in five other events, making him a strong cont…
 
James and Joe recap a hugely successful #EPTBarcelona, re-living the highs (an incredible turnout, a series of entertaining live streams) and the lows (James getting sick, lightning striking the venue). Plus, they speak to the winner of the record-breaking EPT Main Event, Italian pro Giuliano Bendinelli. Joe also talks about his post-Barcelona vaca…
 
In their final summer special, James and Joe look ahead to #EPTBarcelona 2022. The guys will be kept busy, with eight days of live streaming from the birthplace of the European Poker Tour (August 14th – 21st on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels). On this podcast, they're joined by a Barcelona veteran: a player who won the first ever EPT Se…
 
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…
 
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 brea…
 
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 postponem…
 
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 65…
 
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 #S…
 
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 Japanes…
 
James and Joe are back from their Easter break with an extended episode, unveiling the streaming schedule for #SCOOP 2022, the new dates and venue for the second #PSPC and a couple of additional European Poker Tour stops. They recap the recent #UKIPTLondon festival, with Joe revealing what happened on and off the felt (minor spoiler alert: there's …
 
James and Joe are joined by the reigning No Limit Hold'em world champion, 2021 WSOP Main Event winner Koray Aldemir. In addition to talking about his start in poker and his epic victory in Vegas, Koray answers YOUR questions (thanks to everyone who posted on Discord: psta.rs/Discord) and shares his expert knowledge of bears. Elsewhere, Joe prepares…
 
Since their last podcast, James and Joe have been to #EPTPrague, where they streamed five days of the Main Event, and they've hosted live coverage of the final day of the epic #SundayMillionAnniversay. They recap both tournaments on this week's episode, with a particular focus on the long-awaited return of the European Poker Tour, and an interview …
 
By the time you listen to this podcast, James and Joe will be in Prague for the European Poker Tour. It's their first live event since…EPT Prague in December 2019! They talk about some of the early results from the festival and preview their five-day live stream of the Main Event (starting on Saturday 12th March on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube…
 
It's the latest #PITE Poker Movie Monday on a Wednesday (in this case, recorded on a Thursday and released on a Friday). James and Joe finally take an in-depth look at 'The Card Counter', starring Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe. It's a film that's been discussed on the podcast MANY times, as Joe served as the poker cons…
 
In an unexpected twist, #PITE has been named Best Podcast of 2021 at the 3rd Global Poker Awards in Las Vegas. Joe was at Aria to collect the award (and promptly misplace it) and takes great delight in making this episode a victory lap for the entire production team. The boys discuss some of the other winners at Friday's ceremony, and are joined by…
 
Joe is on the road again: after scoring tickets to the Super Bowl in Los Angeles, he flew to Florida for a special NASCAR charity event, before heading to Las Vegas for the 3rd Global Poker Awards. On this week's episode, the boys are joined by Eric Danis – President of the Global Poker Index – to preview the awards and run through the nominees in …
 
After an unplanned one-week hiatus (James explains what happened), the boys return with a brief recap of Joe's latest live poker adventures and their long-awaited deep dive into recent films and TV shows. Canadian high stakes reg Sam Greenwood plays the role of Super High Roller reviewer as he talks about some of the stuff he's watched in the last …
 
With their deep dive into recent movies and TV shows pushed back a week, James and Joe invite poker pro turned trivia maestro Alex Jacob onto the podcast to talk poker and game shows. Alex is a WSOP and WPT finalist who won the United States Poker Championship in 2006. He later appeared as a contestant on 'Jeopardy!', winning six times and taking d…
 
The nominations for the 2021 #GlobalPokerAwards have been announced, and #PITE is in the running for Best Podcast! Joe has also been nominated for Best Broadcaster. Meanwhile the winners of the GPI Players of the Year have already been revealed, and the boys are joined on this week's episode by the best performing female player of 2021, Nadya Magnu…
 
For their first podcast of 2022, James and Joe recap some of the poker headlines from the last few weeks, including the winner of #Dare2Stream, the amazing accomplishment of the #EPTOnline Main Event champion, the standout moments from the #WinterSeries, and the story of the trio of players / content creators who've bought a poker room in Texas. Ye…
 
James and Joe conclude their mini-series of episodes celebrating 20 years of PokerStars by talking to one of the most successful players of all time. Erik Seidel makes his first ever appearance on a poker podcast, discussing his origin story, the boom years, his dislike of playing Hold'em on TV, his depiction in 'Rounders', his pivotal role in Mari…
 
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 celebr…
 
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 pop…
 
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 suppor…
 
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 pok…
 
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, bes…
 
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 o…
 
After discussing Phil Hellmuth's behaviour at the World Series of Poker, James and Joe launch into a poker movie double bill. One great. One…not so great. They revisit 'California Split' (first reviewed on Episode 156) in the company of the film's writer, Joseph Walsh. Then, it's all aboard the 'Money Plane', easily one of the worst gambling-themed…
 
As the World Series of Poker gets underway in Las Vegas, James and Joe are joined by #WSOP legend Norman Chad: long-time TV presenter and part-time stud player. Norm talks about being involved with the WSOP for nearly two decades, how the poker world has changed in that time, and his experience playing the $25k HORSE event at this year's series. Th…
 
Joe has been dropping Paul Schrader's name for the better part of two years now. Finally, the writer-director of 'The Card Counter' makes an appearance on the #PITE podcast. As James says on the show, Paul is one of the filmmakers who transformed American cinema in the 1970s, writing the screenplays for Martin Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver' and 'Raging B…
 
James and Joe run through some recent developments in the poker world, including the sighting of an EPT champion at the US Open Tennis final and the signing of Benjamin 'bencb789' Rolle to the Team Pro roster. Ben is the guest on this week's podcast, and talks about his career as a player and coach, what makes a good poker teacher (and student), an…
 
With #WCOOP2021 now in the rear view mirror, James and Joe enlist Howard Swains from the PokerStars Blog to provide a full recap of the series, summarise the headline stats and highlight a few incredible achievements. There's also the chance to hear from two members of Team Pro, as Benjamin 'Spraggy' Spragg and Parker 'tonkaaaa' Talbot celebrate th…
 
Featuring the adventures of Joe Stapleton: Hollywood Poker Consultant! He travelled to Colorado for the Telluride Film Festival and is now in Philadelphia for a special screening of #TheCardCounter for PokerStars PA players. Meanwhile, as #WCOOP2021 heads towards its final weekend – and James and Joe prepare to host live coverage of the Hold'em and…
 
The podcast agenda continues to be dominated by #WCOOP2021, with the PokerStars Blog's Howard Swains providing the latest headlines and stats. But there's also a WORLD EXCLUSIVE on this week's show, as James and Joe talk to Mr and Mrs Spragg – aka: Spraggy and Marle – about the poker wedding of the century of the year. Plus, Joe has an update on 'T…
 
James and Joe are fully immersed in #WCOOP2021, streaming three nights a week on Twitch and YouTube and following the headlines on the PokerStars Blog. The boys are joined by their WCOOP Correspondent Howard Swains to pore over the latest facts and figures and celebrate the multiple successes of Patrick Leonard and the country of Brazil! There are …
 
The podcast is back, and is now on Discord! Join the conversation: psta.rs/Discord. During the summer months, Joe travelled to Foxwoods for a live poker session and battled Nate Silver at the online tables. Now, the boys are focussed on #WCOOP2021. The 20th edition of the World Championship of Online Poker starts on Sunday 22nd August, with live ca…
 
For their last episode of the 'season', Joe provides James with a detailed report of his trip to the RunGood Poker Series in San Diego, including his deep run in the Main Event. Plus, the boys reflect on their recent #PokerStarsRetro streams covering LAPT tournaments from 2009 and 2010, respond to a few tweets from regular listeners – inviting you …
 
This week, James and Joe are joined by comedy writer/producer and poker fan Kim Caramele. Kim got her break writing sketches for her sister on the TV series 'Inside Amy Schumer'. She also worked with Amy on the movies 'Trainwreck' and 'Snatched', is a regular at the Hold'em tables at Foxwoods, and enjoys trolling Joe in their online home game! Righ…
 
For their latest poker movie special, James and Joe discuss the 1968 Western '5 Card Stud', starring Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum. They're joined for a spoiler-filled review of the film by Penelope Bartlett, Director of Programming at the Criterion Channel. Penny is a big poker fan who plays in an online home game with Joe, and included '5 Card S…
 
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