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The Chip Race
66 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
The Lock-In - Barny Boatman
This week, Barny Boatman is locked-in and lashing out at the creators of online poker 'throwables'. It's a wonderfully heterogeneous show this week as David and Dara are joined by their great friend Barny to talk about everything from ageism in poker to responsible gambling, from Communism to Full Tilt, from economic bubbles to near-death experiences, from online poker tools to cacky bog roll. The lads also own up to the fact that this episode was pre-recorded in June and decide to make some predictions for the news headlines. Did they get any right? You will have to tune in to see.
93 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
The Chip Race - Season 15 Episode 6 - Elena Stover Matt Vaughan Parker Talbot Ike Haxton
This week, Dara and David are joined by professor turned poker nomad Elena ‘The Groupie’ Stover. They also welcome poker vlogger Matt Vaughan. For strategy, they are joined by twitch streamer Parker ‘TonkaaaaP’ Talbot to discuss a hand he played versus former guest Olivier Busquet on ‘King Of The Hill’. With a little help from Isaac Haxton, the lads discuss poker paradigms. Plus, Ian’s got the news!
69 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
The Lock-In - Kevmath
This week, we are locked in and out wringing out Kevin Mathers for all his inside information! It is with great pleasure that Dara and David sit down with Kevmath to discuss the stories of the week. The lads start off with a tribute to Layne Flack before talking about Phil Hellmuth’s 7th consecutive victory on High Stakes Duel. Using Phil Galfond’s viral Twitter thread as a leaping off point, there is a deep dive on the possible origins of superstitions and their connection to transitional objects. After that, it’s all WSOP stories as the trio discuss the wisdom of Landon Tice’s 8-1 bracelet bet with Bill Perkins, the prospect of Europe to US travel restrictions being loosened before the WSOP starts in September and the rumour that the 2022 Series will be played at Bally’s. Kevmath is a good sport throughout, dropping knowledge bombs and quite possibly letting a bit of inside information slip.
84 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
The Chip Race - Season 15 Episode 5 - Toby Lewis Padraig Parkinson KL Cleeton
This week, we are joined by EPT champion, Aussie Millions champion and Wynn Millions chopper Toby Lewis. We also welcome the 1999 WSOP main event 3rd place finisher Padraig Parkinson. For strategy, Dara and David take a look at one of Dara’s hands, an interesting heads up spot from an online MTT. KL Cleeton stops by to talk about carer legislation, stripper poles and Dara’s new satellite strategy masterclass on Learn Pro Poker. Plus, Ian’s got news and results.
56 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
The Lock-In - Carlos Welch
This week, Carlos Welch is locked in and blinging out proceedings with his brand new WSOP bracelet! Carlos joins David and Dara as the trio discuss the news, gossip and scandals of the day. First in the news is of course Carlos's victory in the $888 Crazy Eights WSOP Events few days ago for $125,000. Carlos summarises the key points of the tournament before telling the lads about his rags to riches story. The topic then begrudgingly switches to the story of Poker's Icarus Landon Tice and his concession to Bill Perkins in their much hyped Heads-Up Challenge. Doug Polk's return to the content streets is discussed as David wonders if Doug calling out Daniel Negreanu's losing streak was the ultimate jinx! Olivier Busquet's hot-take on the use of charts re-ignites an old debate as Carlos and Dara weigh in on the wrongs of RTA but also emphasis the need for rules that were policeable. David's rant this week is about PokerGO and their itchy copyrite claim trigger finger which he reveals effected past Chip Race Strategy Videos. The lads offer their takes on the pettiness of PokerGO who seem to be intimidating smaller content creators and disregarding fair use. The final topic is the news that Mason Malmuth has sold the 2+2 Forums and Carlos gives us the inside track on how that means the discontinuation of the magazine and potentially other wings of the business.
93 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
The Chip Race - Season 15 Episode 4 - Jesse Sylvia Christian Zetzsche Barny Boatman Jason Su
This week, we are joined by WPT champion and WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia. We also welcome the hardest working man in poker Christian Zetsche. For strategy, we’ve got a very special segment with Barny Boatman looking back on a hand he played versus Vicky Coren in the EPT. Jason Su joins us to talk about ‘Poker with Presence’. Plus Ian’s got all the news and results.
44 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
The Lock-In - Thomas Keeling
This week, Dara and David are locked in and hanging out with the seriously serious Thomas Keeling. The lads kick things off by sharing some memories about the 1999 WSOP Main Event champion Noel Furlong who passed away this week. The conversation then turns to the recent PokerKing WPT Heads-Up event, won by Phil Ivey. Thomas gives his behind-the-scenes perspective and insights into why the event worked so well. The lads then segue to another Thomas Keeling production - the limited Joe Ingram interview series with Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan - before turning their attentions to the Phil Hellmuth victory in High Stakes Duel II. They talk about Hellmuth’s astonishing winning streak whilst definitely not burying the lede... Daniel Negreanu’s losing streak. David then tells the wild story of the French Businessman and High-Stakes Poker Player Arnaud Mimran who has been Sentenced to 13 Years for Kidnapping. Dara delivers his strategy nugget on ‘Ace-high boards’ and the lads round things off by trying to get Thomas to dish done secrets about what’s coming up for PokerKing. Does he crack and spill the beans? Tune in to find out.
99 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
The Chip Race - Season 15 Episode 3 - Henry Kilbane Brad Wilson Matt Berkey Paul Seaton
This week, our hosts Dara and David are joined by their great friend, poker player and commentator Henry Kilbane. They also welcome poker player, coach and Chasing Poker Greatness host Brad Wilson. For strategy, they’ve got high-stakes beast and ‘Solve for Why’ founder Matt Berkey. Paul Seaton returns for the second half of our feature on his ‘Poker On Screen’ series. Plus, Ian has all the news.
60 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
The Lock-In - Parker Talbot
This week, Parker Talbot is locked in and out-shilling the hosts! David and Dara kick things off without the man some call 'TonkaaaaP' as they discuss Gamble Online and Paul Seaton's excellent recent piece about poker player/embezzler Dennis Blieden. The pair then talk about David Peters' dominating performance at the US Poker Open. There is a lengthy conversation on Phil Nagy's indecent comments towards Twitch streamer 'WeePro83' and the aftermath of that incident which has seen a repentant Nagy plead for forgiveness in public. Guest of honour Parker then joins the fray to weigh in on the upcoming Hellmuth/Negreanu High Stakes Heads-up Duel. The nature of streaks, both positive and negative are discussed. On the week that the WSOP announce their live 2021 schedule, all three men consider what, if any part, they might play in the action. Topically, Dara delivers his now famous strategy nugget on live poker adjustments, before the three conclude matters with multiple shameless attempts to shill for their partners and sponsors.
85 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
The Chip Race - Season 15 Episode 2 - John Duthie Mike Brady Andy Wilson Bryan Paris
This week, Dara and David are joined by Poker Millions Champion, the creator of the EPT and the president of Partypoker live John Duthie. They’ve also got Upswing Poker Vice President Mike Brady. For strategy, they welcome British online poker pro and DTO streamer Andy Wilson. Bryan Paris stops by to talk about running good. Plus, Ian delivers news and results.
57 minutes | May 30, 2021
The Lock-In - Maria Konnikova
This week we are locked in and blurting out wrong names with Maria Konnikova. Maria brings her wealth of psychological insights to the table for a discussion on ‘Get Rich Quick’ schemes, short-term thinking, negative experiences at the poker tables, con artistry, control and poker players being their own bosses. We also talk about Anna Khait’s alleged participation in a plot to spy on FBI agents and Alex O’Brien’s BBC article 'How a $10k poker win changed how I think’. Fittingly, Dara’s strategy nugget has a psychology bent as it is a neat trick to help players who take their beats badly. The show ends by us previewing Maria’s upcoming paperback release of ‘The Biggest Bluff’ which goes on sale June 8th!
90 minutes | May 23, 2021
The Chip Race - Season 15 Episode 1 - Rainer Kempe Josh Heinzl Anton Wigg Alex O'Brien
David and Dara are back from hiatus with a great show, starring Super Highroller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe. They are also joined by toy shop mogul turned heads up poker pro Josh Heinzl. Science writer Alex O’Brien stops by to discuss her BBC article ‘How a $10k poker win changed how I think’. For strategy, the lads welcome EPT champ Anton Wigg. Plus, Ian will have all the news.
73 minutes | May 19, 2021
The Lock-In - Isaac Haxton
This week, poker legend Isaac Haxton is locked in and working out the chances of a player losing 13 heads-ups in a row. Ike joins David and Dara for a wide-ranging conversation encompassing everything from scams to vaccines to prop bets. The chat begins with the scamming allegation made by Dan Colman last week before moving to Hellmuth’s ‘hilarious’ victory over Daniel Negreanu which makes it a staggering 13 consecutive losses for ‘The Kid Poker’. There is discussion of the vaccine rollouts in the US, Europe and in the rest of the world and its implication for poker and specifically the scheduled WSOP. Then there's a conversation on Bitcoin mining and its energy implications. The lads take a look at the motion being put forward by Pokernews for their upcoming debate, namely 'Do Ambassadors Have Moral Responsibility When Representing Unregulated Sites'. There is some talk and banter on the proposed Jason Koon sprinting prop bet. The episode rounds out with Dara's strategy nugget on check-raising backdoors and why you might be doing it too frequently!
59 minutes | May 2, 2021
The Lock-In - Rob Campbell
This week WSOP POY Rob Campbell is locked in and making Dara and David laugh out loud as the stand-up comic turned mixed game Aussie pro regaled them with his funny and sometimes not so funny tales. The meandering conversation occasionally gets on track to discuss Patrick Leonard’s superb bit of sportsmanship when he prompted Pokerstars to double-check their SCOOP Leaderboard standings. This story actually develops in real time as David gets an update and a direct quote from Pads while the show is recording. Rob is the perfect person to interpret this bizarre situation from every angle as the man who won the WSOP POY after it was similarly discovered that the points had been calculated incorrectly. The chat then switches to another man of the moment, Irish Twitch star Fintan Hand who took down his second SCOOP title. The lads discuss Fintan’s rise up the echelons of the game while Rob tells us about how he ‘chat-pro’ trolled Fintan while he was playing the final table. There is discussion on ‘Series-Fatigue’ as we come to the end of a grueling period for online poker while Rob talks about the opportunity for introspection and learning in lockdown. He also chats about ‘The Podker Podcast’. The show concludes with lots of the banter as the trio joke about Rob’s upcoming boxing match, lots of wisdom from Dara and his strategy nugget and lots of blatant advertising as David plugs the upcoming €250 buy-in monthly game on Unibet Poker called ‘The SuperMoon’.
149 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
The Chip Race - 100th Episode Special - Doug Polk Annette O'Carroll Apestyles
For our 100th anniversary, we’ve got a very special episode in store. We are joined by heads-up poker specialist, one drop winner, upswing poker founder and YouTuber Doug Polk. We welcome our great friend, 2-time West Of Ireland Open Champion, Irish poker veteran Annette O’Carroll. For strategy, we have a real treat in store as we talk to Jonathan Apestyles Van Fleet about a very cool online hand replete with ICM nuggets. Our hosts Dara O’Kearney and David Lappin answer 15 questions from other poker podcasters. Plus, Ian Simpson, Kat Arnsby and Daragh Davey deliver a joint news piece.
48 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
The Lock-In - Andrew Brokos
This week, Andrew Brokos is locked in and lashing out at fellow Game theory book author Michael Acevedo (you hate to see it!) It's a jam-packed show this week as David, Dara and Andrew rattle through a whole host of topical subjects. They kick off with a chat about the Irish Poker Open Online and the broader subject of live brands taking themselves to the virtual felt this past year. The conversation then shifts to the recent feuds between high profile Training Sites and their owners/would-be content creators. Patrick Leonard's interesting staking arbitration is discussed as the lads look at the spot from every angle. This is followed by a look back on the effects of Black Friday as we approach its 10th anniversary. Mike Postle's lawsuit surrender is briefly mentioned with the obligatory fuck yous before the lads switch to the WSOP's big announcement of a live Autumn series in the Rio. Dara's strategy nugget is on 3-betting ranges and Andrew weighs in with some excellent follow-ups. Proceedings end with David plugging the upcoming 100th Chip Race episode and the special (money and prizes added) €100 PKO tournament being planned for March 25th on Unibet Poker to celebrate.
87 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
The Chip Race - Season 14 Episode 7 - Tony Dunst Bahman Zarghami Jack Hardcastle Giada Fang
It’s time for the Season 14 finale and our 99th episode! We are joined by WPT’s very own Tony Dunst. We’ve got mindset coach Bahman Zarghami. For strategy, we welcome WPT champion Jack Hardcastle. Giada Fang talks poker translations. Plus, Ian has all the news and results.
58 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
The Lock-In - Vanessa Kade
This week, Vanessa Kade is locked in and outlasting 69,876 opponents on her way to a life-changing $1.5 million score. We discuss Vanessa’s rollercoaster few months, culminating in an extraordinary $1.5 Million result. We also talk about her recent signing for ACR and the responsibilities of a poker ambassador. Vanessa describes the changes that she made to her lifestyle in the last few months. Dara wonders if this past year has changed human habits for good. David talks about the latest live poker event cancellations. The conversation then switches to solvers and how Dara feels like the great thing about them is how they have made opinions irrelevant. Vanessa breaks down in detail how she uses PIO and how she has incorporated that type of study into her game. Dara puts a key hand from Vanessa’s final table through Hold’em Resources Calculator. The trio end proceedings by questioning Vanessa’s choices of celebratory drinks and Vanessa confesses that during the interview she ordered a McMuffin and it is waiting outside her front door. ?
55 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
The Lock-In - Dan Smith
This week, Dan Smith (holla!) is locked in and pigging out with our hosts Dara O'Kearney and David Lappin. The trio explore a number of subjects in both the poker and non-poker world, including the recent developments in the Mike Postle saga, the prevalence of bots in online poker and the recent Bitcoin rally to $60,000. The conversation then segues to the Gamestop Story and how Dan got burned in his own attempt to short the stock. David asks Dara and Dan their opinions on his recent article in which he suggests that the recent heads-up poker clashes are turning poker into a pantomime. The episode ends with another trademark Doke strategy tidbit as he quizzes David on how to play his range on a rainbow wheel flop.
93 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
The Chip Race - Season 14 Episode 6 - Kevin Martin Frank Op De Woerd Ben Wilinofsky Franke Von Zweibergk
This week, we’ve got a beast of a show. We are joined by poker pro, reality star and Twitcher Kevin Martin. We’ve got former Pokernews head of content, Casino News’s Frank op de woerd. For strategy, we welcome EPT champ Ben Wilinofsky. Franke Von Zweibergk joins us to talk about the return of live poker. Plus, Ian has all the news.
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