Cracking Aces

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Presented by Barstool Sports, Cracking Aces is the newest podcast tackling all things poker, hosted by Nate from Barstool and professional poker player Jake Toole. It will feature the fun side of the poker world and exclusive interviews with the top players. Buckle up and enjoy!

Episode Date
Ep 91 - Christian Harder Joins Us In Studio To Break Down Some Of His All-Time Hands, The Upcoming Tournament Schedule, & Lend Some Advice To Smitty As He Continues To Grind
Awesome episode today with a packed studio; Nate, Smitty, Mintz, Jake Toole, & Christian Harder. We break down hands from recent and distant memory, discuss the upcoming WSOP schedule, changes and updates, check in on Smitty's online grind (which includes a big score!) & give him (and the listeners) some advice on how to get better at playing heads up.
Jul 21, 2021
Ep 90 - Live Poker is Back, Dealing with Angleshooters, Slowrolling Your Friends, & the 10 Year Anniversary of Mintz’s Main Event Run
Full studio with Nate, Smitty, Mintz, & Jake. We discuss Nate's trip to Colorado, hands stories, poker news, & our upcoming plans
Jul 14, 2021
Ep 89 - Summer Special
Barstool Sports is out of office this week, so we decided to give you guys a "Summer Special," with some of our favorite interviews from the past 88 episodes. These include: the original interview with Ben Mintz (Ep 82) from when he first got hired; he tells stories from the online days, being 7-bet at the WSOP main, & bluffing Patrik Antonius... as well as interviews with Ryan Riess (Ep 3), Scott Blumstein (4), Greg Merson (5), Maria Ho (8), Galen Hall (13), Jessica Dawley (15), Jaime Staples (18), Alex Rocha (20), Jeff Platt (23), and Daniel Negreanu (27)... cheers friends!
Jul 08, 2021
Ep 88 - Is Chopping Soft?
Our guys Jake Toole joins us in studio! We share some stories, discuss the state of poker, and talk about an 11-way EVEN chop that happened this week...
Jun 30, 2021
Ep 87 - Phil Ivey is still the GOAT
We have poker stories about Hellmuth and Esfandiari, Phil Ivey makes a run and wins the $25K WPT heads up; he is a god, Mintz calls in from Omaha to talk about his gambling drama, and Nate and Smitty breakdown the Trysta Krick Sixers saga
Jun 23, 2021
Ep 86 - Cracking Aces is Back
Nate is joined by Smitty & Ben Mintz. We discuss how we got into poker, how we ended up at Barstool, how we ended up sitting down to record this episode, and what's in store for the future. We also break down the upcoming WSOP schedule and reminisce on past runs of our own.
Jun 16, 2021
Ep 85 - The Wild World Of High Stakes Poker Staking - An Interview With Jordan Drummond
Jordan Drummond is the founder of BBZ Poker, a poker staking and coaching company. He joins us for about an hour to talk about the wild world of high stakes poker staking- giving players money to play off on and hoping to make money back. He discusses being stolen from, the crazy swings, flying in players to live with him, guys getting into 6 figure make-up, having "a guy", and much more. It is FASCINATING, and Jordan crushes it. Enjoy!
Jun 10, 2021
Ep 84 - The Wild Swings Of Election Night Betting Lines, Getting Drunk And Playing High Stakes PLO, And Creating Cool Beanz
Don't worry, we don't talk politics! But we do talk how crazy election night's betting line swings were, watching the candidates go from heavy favorites and underdogs and back again. We then talk about Nate busting his roll at 15/30 PLO...oops. We continue conceiving our new coffee shop "Cool Beanz", and have some Doug vs Daniel talk as well. Enjoy!
Nov 05, 2020
Ep 83 - Ivey And Dwan Are BACK On High Stakes Poker, Jake's Long History at the WSOP, How To Play PKO Tournaments
Start spreading the news, High Stakes Poker is BACK with Ivey and Durrrr. Jason Koon, Hellmuth, and some others are in the mix as well. Before that we discuss Jake's long history at the WSOP, including some deep runs and close calls. We then talk some PKO (progressive knock-out) strat because we might degen HARD in this Venom 5mil GTD PKO tournament. Great idea! Jake gives some bet sizing strategy, and much more! Enjoy!
Oct 29, 2020
Ep 82 - Barstool's Newest Hire, The Southern King Of Poker, Ben Mintz
On today's episode we are joined by the newest hire at Barstool Sports, Ben Mintz. Hired as a college football/sports gambler guy, Ben also is a former professional poker player with over $600k in live earnings. He tells awesome stories from the online days, being 7 bet at the WSOP Main Event, bluffing Patrik Antonius, and much more. He's wildly entertaining and a hell of a poker player to boot. Enjoy!
Oct 22, 2020
Ep 81 - Breaking Down The Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu Heads Up Battle
Polk vs Negreanu is the poker feud that never ends. They are gearing up to play a massive heads-up battle, and Doug Polk is firing shots left and right at anyone who gets in his way (on Twitter). We break the whole thing down, preflop charts and all, and give our hot takes on all of it. We also talk about mid-cashing tournaments, doing your taxes, and answer a few of your poker questions. F Norman Chad.
Oct 15, 2020
Ep 80 - Is Phil Hellmuth Actually The All Time GOAT????
So Phil Galfond might have just conceded that Phil Hellmuth is actually the greatest of all time, but Fedor isn't so sure. We also talk about Nate finally doing well in a poker tournament, talk about if the asteroid from "Armageddon" is considered a movie villain, and Jake answers some poker questions about online timing and bet sizing tells, x/raising for value vs bluffs, and more. Rate 5 stars if you can, thanks and enjoy!!
Oct 07, 2020
Ep 79 - Nearly 2 Hours With Jason Koon
We talk to mega high stakes poker player for almost 2 hours about everything from grinding up a bankroll, the biggest games he ever played with million dollar swings, Ivey and Dwan stories, how his life has gotten to the point he's at now, the pressure of playing the biggest games in the world, advice to amateurs, and so much more. Jason is possibly the best guest we've ever had on.
Oct 01, 2020
Ep 78 - Scammer Chat, Baller Chat, Fossil Man Chat, Dropping Out Of Med School To Play Poker Chat
We start by talking about David Williams and how he used to ball out, flying private and buying new clothes when he got there. We also talk about the rest of the 2004 Main Event final table, shout out Fossil Man. We then talk about scammers and thieves in the poker world, notably Erick Lindgren. He stole a lot! Allegedly. Some stock chatter, and then your questions, including if you should drop out of med school to play poker. Lots of other good stuff in between too, enjoy!
Sep 24, 2020
WHY IS EVERYONE CHEATING?!?! On today's show, we talk about the Postle case being basically over, with the court system finding him technically innocent, but that's because the court system isn't built to understand poker. We also talk about another cheating scandal, with a player using a solver in real time to beat the cash games. We also talk about ACR banning Jonathan Little for being mean to them. Plus some sports chatter, NFL picks, and Jake's nana. Enjoy!
Sep 17, 2020
Ep 76 - How Would You React If You Won $15 Million, Plugging Leaks In Your Game, MD vs NJ, And Playing 1 Drop
On today's episode we talk some Netflix, we talk about what resources you can use to plug holes in your poker game, the feeling of winning $15 million in 1 Drop, MD poker players vs NJ- who ya got, a little ACR chatter because they banned Jonathan Little for being mean to them, and Jake's fridge situation. All in all one of the best shows we've done. Enjoy!
Sep 10, 2020
Ep 75 - So...How Do You Actually Become A Professional Poker Player?
The quarter quell episode! Thanks for joining us on episode 75. On today's show we spend some time talking about all the things that go into being a professional poker player- things you think about and some you might not. We also talk about how all Fedor does is win, the legendary Dang brothers, the biggest pots we ever won/lost, our favorite snacks, and our best wishes to the legend Mike Sexton. Enjoy!
Sep 03, 2020
Ep 74 - Achieving The The Poker Dream: Rampage Poker Talks Winning A WSOP Bracelet At 22 While Still Living At Home
BIG episode today. We are joined by up and coming poker legend Rampage, who has the best, most relatable story. He's been playing poker for 2 years, lives at home and lies to his parents about playing poker, and just won an online WSOP bracelet. If you want to be a poker pro, this is the episode for you. We also talk the Timex prop bet controversy, health, and some other odds n ends. Love this episode, enjoy!
Aug 27, 2020
Ep 73 - $200,000 To Make 90/100 Free Throws, Stool Streams Jenga, Sports Betting, And Reflecting On The Last 6 Months
Today's episode kind of brings us all up to date on the world. We talk about how life has been weird for the last 6 months, Timex's bet where he can make $200k if he makes 90/100 free throws by the end of the year, Coronavirus, betting on the Lakers, Jake's health, and some other odds and ends. A nice relaxing refresh if you will, enjoy!
Aug 20, 2020
Ep 72 - Being So Good At Poker They Ban You From Playing
Episode 72!!! Today we talk about GG Poker banning players who are winning *too much* on their site, we talk about the morals of sitting out when playing heads up if your opponent doesn't show up, Jake running terribly in swaps over his long career, and some Jake vs LeBron in tennis to close the show. We also answer a bunch of your Twitter questions and welcome Deion Sanders to Barstool. Enjoy!
Aug 13, 2020
Ep 71 - Brad Owen Joins The Show From Mexico, Portnoy Is Getting Into Bitcoin, And The Venom
We kick off today's show talking about Dave Portnoy possibly joining Bitcoin Twitter and all the poker players who are going nuts about it. We then talk about the Venom FT and some storylines around that. Then at the 17 minute mark Brad Owen joins the show for over an hour to talk about everything: Grinding tournaments in Mexico, MTT emotions vs cash games, the possible return of meet up games, his desire to be a pro rollerblader, and SO MUCH MORE. Enjoy!
Aug 06, 2020
Ep 70 - Negreanu Vs Polk HEADS UP FOR ROLLS DEATH MATCH (Plus Much More Poker Drama!)
Ep 70! What a doozy. We get into all the poker drama from the week- Deeb vs Daniel, LaPlante vs racism, Jaffe's tough convos, and of course, Polk vs Daniel, which has now created a HU 4 Rollz death match between the two. Plus an update on Jake's mangled foot, and the stock market is fake as hell. Jam packed awesome fun episode, enjoy!
Jul 30, 2020
Ep 69 - What's The Cheapest Thing You've Ever Seen A Poker Player Do?
Episode 69 in the books! We cover Jake ripping his foot open on a nail, and then get into the cheapest things poker players have done to save a buck. Then we talk some poker tournament strategy- going in about how to know if you're actually good at poker tournaments, and going for the win vs playing passive when deep in tourneys. It's a nice episode, enjoy!
Jul 23, 2020
Ryan Depaulo for over an hour talking poker, winning a WSOP bracelet in his car in a parking lot, degenerate gambling, ACR, content creating, vlogging, and much more. Get to know the Degenerate Gambler.
Jul 15, 2020
Ep 67 - WSOP Superstar Jeff "The Plattman" Platt
Jeff F'ing Platt. That is all we gotta say about this one. The legend makes his return to the CA podcast to talk about his 7th place finish in the online WSOP event while streaming the entire thing. Poker beast and all around great guy. Plus we talk about staying in shape, fitness, and how difficult it is to maintain that stuff. Enjoy!
Jul 09, 2020
Ep 66 - Making Hero Calls, Timex Prop Bet Update, WSOP Online Event Drama, And More
Happy July 4th week. Lots of topics on today's episode including the WSOP online event drama, Jake and Nate share hand histories of recent hands they played, the dentist is open, Timex has started shooting free throws, what happens to your bitcoin when you die, and more. Be safe out there and enjoy!
Jul 02, 2020
Ep 65 - Check/Raising Phil Ivey and Answering Your Questions About How To Get Better At Poker!
Welcome back! Today is a big Q&A episode, answering you questions about poker strategy and sharing poker stories, like the time Jake check/raised Phil Ivey on the river. We talk position, 3betting light, focus, and more. Good info, good times, good fun. Thanks for listening (sorry if the audio is a bit wonky) and enjoy!
Jun 25, 2020
Ep 64 - Darren Rovell Is A Big Ol' Fraud & How Many Tries Would It Take To Win The WSOP Main Event?
Darren Rovell stinks. STINKS. He played the worst hand of poker in recorded history and we break down if he's lying, an idiot, a troll, or all of the above. We then talk about if you got to play the WSOP Main Even "Groundhog's Day" style, how many tries would it take you win? We also talk some 'rona, blading, Hellmuth not believing in GTO, and some other shenanigans. Enjoy!
Jun 18, 2020
Ep 63 - Maria Konnikova- Best Selling Author And Poker Player & Do WSOP Bracelets Still Mean Anything
Welcome back! On today's show we are joined by NYT best selling author Maria Konnikova. She started her poker career from the ground up and became a crusher and wrote a book about the journey. We talked to her for a solid hour and she is as good as a guest gets. Before her we chat about the 85 WSOP online bracelets and if bracelets officially have lost value. Are they vanity or are they important?
Jun 11, 2020
Ep 62 - Poker Tournaments And The Stock Market Are WILD BOYS
The show starts talking about absurd tournament variance and why they are the dumbest things in the world aka the best things in the world. We then touch on the current events, BLM, and how the poker community fits into all of this. We talk about the stock market, billionaires being cheapos, and the world in general. It's another good one, thank you for listening!
Jun 03, 2020
Ep 61 - Cheating At High Stakes Poker: Jungleman, Ivey, Ghosting, And More
Welcome to the new episode! Today we talk about the cheating allegations tossed at Jungleman by Bill Perkins and discuss how prevalent cheating/ghosting is on the apps. We read their tweets, Jungle's apology, and talk about how rich we think Ivey/Negreanu/Antonio are. We also think about buying boat. Hop in, join the fun, and enjoy!
May 28, 2020
Ep 60 - Call Her Daddy Saga, Kelly Minkin Calls In, And Stock Market Gambling
Ep 60 BAY-BEEEE. We start the show recapping the Call Her Daddy saga because what else would a poker show talk about? We then talk about Poker Twitch and Lex's deep run in the SCOOP Main. Friend of the show Kelly Minkin calls in to shit on ACR, and then we talk about piling money into stocks that will make us rich. Another A+ episode in the books.
May 21, 2020
Ep 59 - Norman Chad Is A Dummy, Saving Online Poker, And Doug Polk vs The Mob
Welcome to episode 59! On today's show we discuss how online poker could die unless the sites all agree to some guidelines to keep the poker economy alive, Jake gives tips on how to survive the poker grind, we talk about Norman Chad's horrendous article about not needing sports in our lives, Doug Polk is fighting the mob, and much more. Thanks for listening and leave that 5 star review if you like it.
May 14, 2020
Ep 58 - This Episode Has It All - We Fixed ACR, Poker Tips, Quarantine Life, TV Talk, And More
This episode we touch on a bunch of fun topics- we talk about what to watch on TV, quarantine life, live poker when this is all over, Jake gives poker tips to beginners including how to get max value vs bad players, and we fixed ACR while all the shills yelled at us and called us liars. Thanks everyone who listens, and watch out for the double queen of spades.
May 07, 2020
Ep 57 - Making 3 Final Tables In 1 Night, Getting Rich Off The Stock Market, And ACR Has ISSUES
Welcome to episode 57 of the podcast! This ep is a winner- a great mix of Jake breaking down his 3 final tables where he finished 5th, 4th, and 1st for a solid $60k night, some stock market chatter, we discuss the secret bars in NYC that only the super famous can get into, and all the ridiculous issues ACR had on Sunday. Thanks for listening!
Apr 30, 2020
Ep 56 - The WSOP is Postponed, The Vegas Mayor Is Crazy, NFL Draft Talk, And Stealthmunk Chat
Welcome back! Today's show we talk about the Vegas mayor being a crazy person, the WSOP being postponed, the legend of Justin "Stealthmunk" Schwartz, the upcoming NFL Draft, feeding your dogs, and some other shenanigans. Oh, and how to play pocket Jacks. Always fun, rate/subscribe if you dig it. Enjoy!
Apr 23, 2020
Ep 55 - Mike McDonald Talks Prop Bets, Edibles, Buying A Nandos, And Much More
This episode is a beauty. We're joined by Mike "Timex" McDonald who has stories for days. Edibles on planes, his current free throw prop bet where he needs to make 90/100, his desire to own a Nandos, milkshakes being way overpriced, and much more. We had a great time talking to Mike, one of those fun episodes we love. If you enjoy, rate 5 stars and leave a nice review. Thanks!
Apr 16, 2020
Ep 54 - Is ACR Safe To Play On, Donation-Shaming Billionaires, And Jake Answers Rapid Fire Questions
The show kicks off with us giving our honest opinions on ACR including some conspiracies and our thoughts on if we think it's shady or not. We then talk about people on Twitter who donation-shame online, those who HATE people who donate money, Jake answers rapid-fire questions to help people with their poker game, and then we finish the show talking about Timex's prop bet to make 90/100 free throws before the end of the year. Thanks for listening, love you, enjoy!
Apr 09, 2020
Ep 53 - Is The WSOP Canceled? And When Will Live Poker Be Back Featuring Matt Savage
Is the WSOP going to be cancelled? That's the question on everyone's mind right now. They haven't said anything...but it has to be, right? We brought in the King of the WPT, a man who knows more about live poker and the casino industry than anyone else, Matt Savage to discuss. We talked about when poker rooms would open back up, where to play poker online right now, and much more. In this episode we also discuss ACR and if it's safe. Plus we talk some about Jason Somerville's stream and how it helps you get better at poker. Enjoy!
Apr 02, 2020
Ep 52 - Matt Berkey From Solve For Why And Why We Can't Stream Anymore
Matt Berkey was an awesome guest. We don't blame you if you want to jump right to him, it's around the 20 minute mark. It's great stuff. If you want to get better at poker, his "Solve For Why Academy" is a great place to start. Before that we talk about why Nate isn't allowed to stream poker anymore (f'ing lawyers) and Jake has been playing more than ever in NJ. Hope this episode distracts you from quarantine life! If you like it, please subscribe and leave a 5 star review. Thanks!
Mar 26, 2020
Coronavirus is here and it's for real. Nate and Jake are still locked in their apartments- Jake is playing high stakes cash games online in NJ while Nate loses his mind about stupid people in NYC. STAY HOME, IDIOTS. Vegas has shut down the strip, online poker is still mostly illegal, our pets heads are falling off. If you're beaten down by coronavirus, use this episode as therapy. Rate 5 stars on iTunes if you would please, and enjoy!
Mar 19, 2020
Ep 50 - How To Get Better At Poker While In Quarantine
We have another fun episode here, folks. We start off talking about coronavirus and its impact on our lives and the world, as well as if it will cancel the WSOP. We also talk bitcoin, the stock market, and the dangers of grocery shopping. STOP TOUCHING ALL THE APPLES! Then we pass on some knowledge about how to study poker, especially now that we all have a ton of free time on our hands without sports. Thanks for listening and enjoy!
Mar 17, 2020
Ep 49 - 10 Interviews in 50 Minutes!
The Cracking Aces Podcast is now nearly 1 years old! We cannot thank everyone enough for the support you've given us. And we also cannot thank our guests enough for taking time to come on the show. So on today's show, we highlight 10 of the best guests from the early days of the show. Little clips from each interview so if you dig the convo, you can go back and listen to the full thing. We highlight: Ryan Riess (Ep 3), Scott Blumstein (4), Greg Merson (5), Maria Ho (8), Galen Hall (13), Jessica Dawley (15), Jaime Staples (18), Alex Rocha (20), Jeff Platt (23), and Daniel Negreanu (27). 10 interviews in 50 minutes, boom. Thanks to all our guests and to you for listening. Enjoy!
Mar 12, 2020
Ep 48 - Jake vs LeBron And This Is Our Flu Episode
Welcome to episode 48. Nate has the flu (regular, not corona...maybe). Jake has a broken back. Cracking Aces is strong as ever! We debate if LeBron could beat Jake in tennis if LeBron trains for a year. Nate says obviously, Jake says it's impossible and 1000% no. We talk some weekend poker results, coronavirus canceling events around the globe, and our current conditions. It's a fun show, enjoy!
Mar 10, 2020
Ep 47 - The Brad Owen Interview Episode (Plus Coronavirus Is Real)
Brad Owen is the guest that is requested more than anyone. He joined the show today to talk about his start in poker, how he got into vlogging, the ups and downs of it, and so much more. There's a reason he's the number 1 poker vlogger in the world. We also wish Jake a happy birthday and talk about the coronavirus which could end up canceling the WSOP. If you dig the episode, please subscribe and rate 5 stars! Thanks and enjoy!
Mar 05, 2020
Ep 46 - Joey Ingram Explains Where You Should Or Should Not Play Online Poker In The USA, PLUS 2 Very Bad Personal Beats
Joey Ingram the legend himself joins the show today to talk mostly about where you should feel safe and where you should avoid playing online poker in the USA. He also praises the podcast for being awesome and discusses the Galfond Challenge. Joey's great (10:00-44:00). And then we share our brutal bad beats of the week...honestly, you just have to hear them. So brutal (44:00-54:00). And then we close the show talking about poker streams, coronavirus cancelling the WSOP, and Brad Owen is on next week. Enjoy!
Mar 03, 2020
Ep 45 - Tony Dunst Talks WPT, Losing a $500 Poker Chip, And Can We Beat Joe The Gardener?
Welcome back! We open the show with a few things and then tell the follow-up story from last week about the $500 chip...shocker, Nate lost it like moron (0:00-8:50), we then talk to Tony Dunst (8:50) about a tonnn of things including balancing TV and poker (11:10), how bad poker Twitter can be (13:50), how hard he studies poker to improve (18:00), getting banned from Australia (25:40), balancing poker and life (29:30), favorite restaurant in Vegas (32:05), his beefs in the poker world/making TV poker better (33:15), Hollywood home games (36:15), sports betting/stock market/gambling chat (38:10). We wrap the show with our bad beats which are half depressing and half gross. Enjoy!
Feb 27, 2020
Ep 44 - Taking Edibles And Learning The Secrets Of The Universe (Plus How To Get Better At Low Stakes Poker, How Patch Deals Work At The WSOP, And More)
Welcome back! A new Tuesday episode is up and today we talk: Jake shares the ridiculous amount they pay you to wear a patch when you're deep in the Main Event (0:00-5:15), Nate recaps his weekend at the charity event in DC and grades Phil Helmuth's emcee skills (5:15-8) and then we talk about the important stuff, taking too many edibles and hallucinating on a train (8-22:00), Jake talks about crushing 25/50 over the weekend (22-25:00), we discuss the Jen Tilly quads vs straight flush (25-30:20), answer a DM about beating low stakes cash and overall just improving your poker game (30:20-43:00), and we close the show be reading the best iTunes 5 star reviews (43:00-end). Enjoy!
Feb 25, 2020
Ep 43 - The WORST Bad Beat EVER - Quads vs Quads vs Straight Flush, Going Deep In Main Events With Johnny Cakes Auville, and WSOP Bad Beat Stories
Welcome back! We introduce the show and then talk: The ultimate bad beat that's been going viral - quads vs quads vs a straight flush (0-11:40), The WSOP quad aces vs royal flush hand with Ray Romano at the table (11:40-14:40), our own personal worst poker beat stories (14:40-22:15), with radio and poker superstar Cakes with great insight from the mind of an amateur player who just went deep in a Main Event (22:15-55:00), we recap the interview and discuss some interesting points from it and Nate shares his bad beat of the week (55-end). Enjoy!
Feb 20, 2020
Ep 42 - Unhealthy Weekends, The Legend Of Greg Raymer's Fossil, The King of Kong, Zillion Beers Update, Do You Need A Good Memory To Be Good At Poker?
Jake recaps his trip to Mexico City (0:00-5:40) and Nate recaps his unhealthy weekend (5:40-10:30). Then we talk some poker; Galen Hall and Cakes' deep runs in the Potomac Main Event (10:30-16:40), getting a shoutout on PokerGo during a live broadcast (16:40-18:40), Zillion Beers update (18:40-22:30), if you need a good memory to be good at poker (22:30-28:00), Jake drops a BOMBSHELL about Greg Raymer (28:00-33:20), Jake's bad beat of the week (33:20-36:10), and we wrap up the show (36:10-end). Enjoy!
Feb 18, 2020
Ep 41 - Kelly Minkin Awesome Interview, Christian Harder Breaks Down His Legendary Hand, And A Phil Galfond Update
We get right to it in this jam packed episode. We cold open with Kelly Minkin talking about slowrolling a racist misogynist at the table. We then set up the show (3:30-13:30) and get into the Minkin interview filled with AWESOME nuggets and insight (13:30-53:00). Then Christian "Charder30" Harder joins us to break down his legendary WSOPE hero call (53:00-1:09:00), and then we end the show discussing Phil Galfond's -$980,000 downswing. Enjoy!
Feb 13, 2020
Ep 40 - The Barstool Poker Tour, Zillion Beers, A Phil Galfond Update, And Legalized Sports Betting in VA
We open by talking about Zillion Beers and break down the entire saga (0-7:00). Then we go over some sad hand histories from a disastrous weekend of live poker (10:00-23:10) and the potential of a Barstool Poker Tour (23:10-30:00). Jake then updates us on Phil Galfond's PLO challenge where he's down almost a milly (30:00-37:00), we play a LEGENDARY Charder30 hand from WSOPE (37:35-41), and end the show talking VA legalizing sports betting (41-45:20) and preview next episode with Kelly Minkin (45:40-end).
Feb 11, 2020
Ep 39 - The Feud With Norman Chad Continues, Brian Altman Joins The Show, Breaking Down The Galfond Challenge, Should We Become Vloggers, And More!
We start the show by talking about Norman Chad talking shit about Barstool once again and how he turtled in person when confronted about it (0:00-4:00). We then talk about the Galfond Challenge and how Phil is doing- spoiler: not great! (8:10-16:50). Next, tournament crusher Brian Altman joins the show (19:00-50:00) and drops a ton of knowledge and a huge bombshell about Nate's WSOP Main Event run (43:50). Finally we talk about vlogging, the return of High Stakes Poker, and other good things to wrap it up.
Feb 06, 2020
Ep 38 - CASA BONITA, $3500 WPT Borgata Results, Chiefs +800, There's No Air In Colorado, Food Poisoning, And More!
Today's episode starts talking about Jake's Super Bowl prop bets and having Chiefs +800. We then talk about Nate's trip to Colorado including his attempts at snowboarding and his trip to Casa Bonita. Jake got food poisoning and then decided to wash it down with a milkshake. The boys go over how the WPT Borgata went, and talk about a few hands. Oh by the way Barstool is now valued at $450 million after an investment from Penn National so we talk about that. Plus lots more, enjoy!
Feb 04, 2020
Ep 37 - We Won The Best Poker Podcast Of The Year Award!
We start off today's show talking Nate's bad beat and Twitter outrage culture (3:00-13:40). We then talk some poker strategy/advice- how to adjust your game to playing higher stakes/out of your comfort zone (13:40-31:30). And then the big news- we won poker podcast of the year! (31:30-43:30). Jake gives his bad beat (43:30-47:00), online poker legalization news (47:00-53:30), iTunes feeds off of 5 star reviews, hedging Super Bowl bets, and other tidbits (53:30-end). Enjoy!
Jan 23, 2020
Ep 36 - Losing $200,000 Backing Another Player, Finishing 34th in the 2015 Main Event, And Will New York Legalize Online Poker??
We start the show with Jake talking more about his 34th place finish in the 2015 Main Event. We then talk about the 25 events at this year's WSOP that are $1k and under. Then we talk about how stupid New York is to not legalize online poker when NJ and PA both have done it. Finally, we talk about the old days of online poker and how Jake lost $200,000 backing another player. We finish with bad beats of the week with Jake's best story to date. Enjoy!
Jan 16, 2020
Ep 35 - Phil Ivey's Awesome Bluff, Folding Quads, And Raising Aces
Today we start by talking about the guy who jumped in front of a bus after blowing his life saving's at the casino, surviving, and then gambling away the insurance money. Then we talk about Phil Ivey's awesome bluff with 52o vs Lex Veldhuis, and talk about the different levels of poker thinking. Jake then breaks down the infamous fold with quad Queens, explaining what should have happened on every street. Finally, we answer a listener DM about a hand he played with Aces vs Jacks and if he played his aces too strong. Thanks for listening, and enjoy!
Jan 09, 2020
Ep 34 - How Much Money Do You Need To Play Poker? - Answering Your DMs + Poker New Years Resolutions
Welcome to 2020! We come in hot this year answering your DMs, including how much money you actually need to play poker comfortably, talk some cash strategy, and more. We also give our poker new years resolutions, and Nate shares a sad story from his run in the Big 50 that he's been holding in this whole time. Appreciate everyone that listens, enjoy!
Jan 02, 2020
Ep 33 - Chris Moneymaker Interview, Rick Salomon Is The Man, Free Phil Ivey!
Today we are graced by the LEGEND Chris Moneymaker. He is absolutely awesome as always, and talked meeting Senators to push online poker legalization, giving away $30,000 tournament tickets (possibly you?!), and his desire to become a Tik Tok star. Before that we talk about the Big Game on PokerGo where Rick Salomon is absolutely crushing souls, including the $992,000 pot he casually won. He is the man. Merry Christmas, please rate 5 stars and leave a comment in review section!
Dec 19, 2019
What an episode! We start by talking about how the WSOP released part of their schedule and give advice to newbies on what to play/where to stay. Nate then recaps his trip to Kansas City where he got in a weird hand with QQ that Jake dissects (also shout out to the beer Tank 7). We are then joined by very smart person Steve Ruddock who explains why online poker isn't legal in every state and why it might never be. It's equally fascinating and frustrating. Thanks for listening, enjoy!
Dec 12, 2019
Ep 31 - Everything You Need To Know About How To Play Live Poker Tournaments
Easily the most knowledge-packed episode to date! In this episode the boys discuss how to play live poker tournaments, answering a ton of questions and offering advice to help amateurs get better at live poker MTTS. Bet sizing, when to be aggressive, bubble play, live tells, shove/folding, and so many more topics are covered. If you're new to poker tournaments or just need some extra tips and advice, this episode will be sure to help you. Enjoy!
Dec 05, 2019
Ep 30 - Gobble, Gobble, Gobble- A Very Poker Thanksgiving
Today we talk Thanksgiving- what we're thankful for in both the poker world and in real life, such as how much better trains are than busses. We also talk about the freedom playing poker gives you & how to chase your poker dreams. We then talk ab if there is a way to find out who the best poker player in the world really is. Finally, we discuss what's on the Thanksgiving menu and how the internet is trying to ruin turkey for all of us. Gobble, gobble, thank you for being awesome listeners of the pod! Enjoy!
Nov 27, 2019
Ep 29 - Matt Savage The King Of The WPT + How To Play Aces
On today's episode we talk to the king of the WPT, the man who makes all the important decisions in tournament poker, Matt Savage. He share an awesome story from Chris Moneymaker's win in 2003 that shaped poker history. We also do lots of strat talk including how to properly play aces. If there is a go-to episode, this one is it, enjoy!
Nov 21, 2019
Ep 28 - The Godfather of Twitch Jason Somerville + The Astros Cheating Scandal
Coming off the Daniel Negreanu episode we have another huge guest in this show, none other than Jason Somerville from Run It Up aka The Twitchfather. Dude basically invented poker streaming, and now has made it into a huge business. We also talk about the Astros cheating scandal and some Poker Masters as well. Jason was awesome to talk to, do enjoy.
Nov 14, 2019
Ep 27 - The Daniel Negreanu Interview Episode
Daniel Negreanu joins the show fresh off of winning- and then *not actually winning* the 2019 WSOP POY. He gives his thoughts on Shaun Deeb and Doug Polk, changes that need to be made to the WSOP in general, and gives a ton, and we mean a TON, of insight into changes that need to be made in the poker world in general. It's nearly an hour with Kid Poker, buckle up, leave a 5 star review, and enjoy!
Nov 12, 2019
Ep 26 - Daniel Negreanu Is Your 2019 WSOP Player of the Year!!! And PokerStars is Back in Pennsylvania!
Daniel Negreanu won the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year! We talk about how close he came to not winning, what he gets for winning, and the controversies that surround it.  We then talk about how PokerStars has returned to the great state of Pennsylvania. Online poker is legal and running in PA and the games aren't too shabby. Finally we break down a cash game hand where we turn top 2 pair and it spells all sorts of trouble. Appreciate everyone who sticks with us, love you guys.
Nov 07, 2019
Ep 25 - The GOAT Nick Schulman, F THE VENETIAN, Check/Raising, And Tourney Tips
Today we are joined by the legend himself, the GOAT Nick Schulman. We talk improving on your game, how he got so good at broadcasting, beef with Norman Chad, and potentially fighting at Rough n Rowdy. We also answer listeners questions- Jake goes very in depth about how to handle check/raises, as well as when to do it yourself. We also talk about how to decide what tournament flight to play, and finally, F THE VENETIAN FOR BEING SCUMBAGS. Enjoy!
Nov 01, 2019
Ep 24 - Hellmuth ALMOST Won a Bracelet, Taking Shots At Higher Stakes, Listener DMs/Emails, And We HATE The WSOP-Europe
Lots of info bombs in this episode of the podcast. We start by talking about the WSOP-Europe and how dust it is. Hellmuth almost won a bracelet in a 45 person field, sad! We then answer a bunch of listener questions- topics include bankroll management, taking shots, and how to play underground games. Lots of knowledge and personal stories are shared, probably the most informative episode yet. Enjoy!
Oct 25, 2019
Ep 23 - Poker Cheater's Lawyer Is An Idiot, Did You Know WSOP Europe is Happening?, Annoying Things People Ask You About Poker, And Superstar Jeff Platt
We start the show with an update on Mike P the Poker Cheater. He hired a lawyer and boy, things aren't looking great for him. We then destroy the WSOP Europe for how poorly it's being run and marketed...did you even know it was happening? We then talk about annoying/frustrating questions people ask when they find out you play poker, and then finally we are joined by Jeff Platt from PokerGO to talk about a bunch of everything. A very fun episode, enjoy!
Oct 17, 2019
Ep 22 - Phil Galfond Interview, Mike P's DMs With Us, and How To Stay Focused At Low Stakes
Today's episode is a dandy. First we follow up with Mike P the poker cheater, going through our DMs with him where he pleaded his innocence. We break down each of his DMs and spoiler alert: He's a sociopath. We are then joined by the legend Phil Galfond who talks about running his own poker website, playing high stakes poker tournaments, and his thoughts on the cheater scandal. Finally, we answer a DM about how to play low stakes when you love the rush of the higher stakes so much more. Buckle up and enjoy!
Oct 10, 2019
This episode is all about the biggest scandal to hit poker in YEARS, Mike P cheating on stream for a year at the Stones Gambling Hall. We dive into how he cheated, why it's 100% FOR SURE that he cheated, and run through theories on why he would do this. We are also joined by Joey Ingram who had a huge part in uncovering this whole thing and knows more about it than anyone. It's a story you would barely believe in the movies, but it happened in real life. We tackle it from all angles, so buckle up, it's a doozy.
Oct 03, 2019
Ep 20 - ROUNDERS 2?!, Draymond Green Gets Owned, The Best WSOP Runs Of All Time, And Losing All Our Money In Crypto
We start today's show by talking about the possibility of ROUNDERS 2 happening after the writer of Rounders put out a very promising tweet. We then talk about our top 3 favorite WSOP Main Event runs including Jamie Gold and reflect on some past final tables. We then talk about how to stay focused when you're completely card dead and how to deal with that. Next we talk about Draymond Green on Poker After Dark and how Maria Ho stuffed him in a locker. Finally we are joined by friend of the program Alex Rocha to talk about terrible crypto investments and some good times we had in the online days. A very, very fun episode, enjoy!
Sep 26, 2019
Ep 19 - Survivor 39 Contestant Ronnie Bardah and Survivor Superfan Tommy Smokes
On this episode of Cracking Aces we talk SURVIVOR. We are joined by season 39 contestant Ronnie Bardah to talk about his preparation for the island, his strategy, and how poker and Survivor overlap. We are also joined by the legend Tommy Smokes who is a Survivor savant. Ronnie and Tommy are incredible, enjoy!
Sep 19, 2019
Ep 18 - Is Phil Ivey Broke??? Plus Twitch King Jaime Staples, Listener DMs, And Online Nostalgia
On today's episode we talk about some poker world drama- is Linus Loeliger a cheater and why was Phil Ivey backed for a $50k? We get emotional talking about Ivey and how awesome he is and how sad we'd be if he's actually broke. We then tackle listener DMs- how not to be "scared money" and Jake's path to being a successful poker pro. After some online nostalgia, we are joined by Twitch Gawd and prop bet master Jaime Staples. We talk the Twitch life and winning a $150k weight loss bet. Finally, we chat about live tournaments being played online until the money. It's a good one, enjoy!
Sep 12, 2019
Ep 17 - Flopping A Set Of Aces, Tennis vs Poker, Buying and Selling Pieces, High Rollers in London, and BHanks
We start today's Cracking Aces with a little US Open tennis talk, and the similarities and differences between the skill edge in both. We then tackle a DM from a listener who flopped top set with a pair of aces. We tackle the hand both simply and in depth and show how complicated poker can be. We then answer another DM about rake back and mark up and talk about how they work. Finally, BHanks from PokerGo joins us to talk about the high rollers going on in London.
Sep 05, 2019
Ep 16 - Jeff Gross, Gerard Piqué, Our Top 3 Athletes Who Play Poker, And The 25k Platinum Pass
This week we start off with the news PokerStars is running their 25k Platinum Pass promotion again, giving $25k freerolls to poker players around the world. We then talk about EPT Barcelona and Gerard Piqué finishing 2nd in the high roller. That transitions into our Top 3 lists of favorite athletes who play poker. Nate's #1 is the best. We are then joined by poker player/mogul/Michael Phelps' best friend Jeff Gross to talk all about the Twitch life, Burning Man, Michael Phelps and so much in between. Lots of inside info in this one, enjoy!
Aug 29, 2019
Ep 15 - Top 3 OG Online Players, Million Dollar Swings, Interviews With Jamie Kerstetter and Jessica Dawley (Ft Kate from ZBT)
This week we start off by going down memory lane and talking about our top 3 online OGs (4:30). We go down memory lane about Rail Heaven, the Durrr Challenge, Lil Holdem, Isildur, and more. We then talk to poker pro and media mogul Jamie Kerstetter about broadcasting the WSOP, quitting her job to play poker, and remaining positive in a world of negativity (30:20). Finally Nate and Kate from the military podcast talk with Jessica Dawley (1:04.00) about her time in the Air Force, her transition to poker, and winning $200k with $300 in her bank account. Enjoy!
Aug 22, 2019
Ep 14 - Barstool Unionizing Drama, The 3 Most Annoying Things People Say At The Poker Table, and Recapping The Big 4 In Florida
This week on Cracking Aces we start off by recapping the "Big 4" in Florida and the players who won them. We then discuss the whole unionizing at Barstool situation and Scott Seiver's idiotic tweet about it. Finally, the boys break down the 3 most annoying things people can say at the poker table. And we cannot stress this enough, DON'T BE A CREEP TO DEALERS. It's a fast paced power hour of an episode, enjoy!
Aug 15, 2019
Ep 13 - Million Dollar Tournaments, Bottom 3 Feelings At The Poker Table, And An Awesome Interview With Galen Hall
This week on Cracking Aces we start off by talking about a live tournament Nate played over the weekend and an old man at the table running an angle, albeit a hilarious one. That leads into a convo about the worst feelings at the poker table, what's up getting set over set! We then talk about Bryn Kenney being a badass in the million dollar tournament, plus the future of super high rollers, including a debate about if a poker player can ever out-earn a professional athlete. Finally we are joined by tournament crusher Galen Hall who gives incredible insight into his game, an absolutely awesome interview.
Aug 08, 2019
Episode 12 - Poker 101: How To Get Better At Poker
This week on Cracking Aces we spend the entire time answering the age old question- "how do I get better at poker?". Nate and Jake talk for nearly an hour about how to improve your game, from what resources to use, how to study, and how to close leaks that stop you from being as good as the pros. Poker ain't easy, but hopefully this podcast helps you realize what tools you need to get to the next level and get rich.
Aug 01, 2019
Ep 11 - WSOP Dick Bandit Is (Allegedly) On Crack, Randall Emmett's Antics, Folding KK Preflop, And An Interview With Garry Gates
This week on Cracking Aces we start off by talking about our trip to AC and Jake folding KK preflop. We talk about the difference between playing wild amateurs and extremely good pros. We then talk about Randall Emmett and his antics at the table...not a fan. And then we discuss the "Dick Bandit" who got thrown out of the Main Event and how he might be on crack. Finally, the 4th place finisher in the Main Event and all around great guy Garry Gates joined us to talk about his legendary run. He was a delight. Thanks for listening and enjoy!
Jul 25, 2019
Ep 10 - INTERVIEW WITH FEDOR HOLZ and Main Event Final Table Chatter
Fedor F'ing Holz. We talk to Fedor for 34 minutes and need to do 3,400 more. He's the GOAT. We also talk about the Main Event final table, especially the tanking from Maahs and Livingston's QQ fold. Enjoy!
Jul 17, 2019
Episode 9 - Ivey And Dwan Are Legends, Tag Team Poker Is Awesome, And Tournament Boss Jake Schwartz Talks Poker And Crypto Bad Beats
This week on Cracking Aces we start off by talking about Phil Ivey who is chipleading at the WSOP. We then talk about the legend of Tom Dwan and how awesome it is to see him playing at the WSOP. Nate talks about playing a $1500 WSOP with $2k to his name and also how much he loves tag team poker. The guys then talk to poker boss Jake Schwartz while he's eating lunch by himself. Jake is going deep in everything this year and offers great insight on the game. They also swap crypto bad beat stories. Finally, we answer your DMs and emails and get psyched for going to Vegas! Enjoy!
Jun 27, 2019
Episode 8 - Phil Kessel & Jeopardy James Are At The WSOP, Plus An Interview With Tournament Crusher MARIA HO
This week on Cracking Aces we start off by talking about the impacts NHL player Phil Kessel and Jeopardy James are having on the WSOP by being there. We then discuss a ridiculous pocket kings lay down in the ladies event, and then we're joined by one of the best tournament players in the world right now, Maria Ho. She talks about how she got started in poker, the prestige of winning a WSOP bracelet and if there are too many events now, her future aspirations in poker, and much more. She was AWESOME. Enjoy!
Jun 25, 2019
Episode 7 - Phil Ivey Stories, Black Friday (Bad) Memories, Brent Hanks From PokerGO, And Answering Your Emails
We start out this week by talking about what's going on in the WSOP, including Phil Ivey stories and speculate why he's playing $800 NLHE events. We also talk about how wild Black Friday was...I mean, it still blows our minds how that all went down. We have a chit chat with pro poker player and PokerGO personality Brent Hanks about what's going on out in Vegas, and end the show by answering your poker-related emails. Enjoy!
Jun 21, 2019
Episode 6 - Jake Won A Main Event Seat And Hoodie Allen Talks All Things Poker
This week on Cracking Aces we are joined by musician and poker player Hoodie Allen. While most known for his Billboard hits, Hoodie also crushes poker in his spare time. We talk to him about shaking the Main Event nerves, how to get better at live poker, being the fish at the table, and much more. If you're a recreational player, you'll love hearing from a guy who just loves the game as much as you do. Enjoy!
Jun 18, 2019
Episode 5 - 2012 MAIN EVENT Champ and Player Of The Year Greg Merson
This week on Cracking Aces we are joined by the 2012 Main Event champion and Player of the Year, Greg Merson. He talks about coming back from 2.5 bbs to win the Main Event, his most memorable hand of all time, playing high stakes in Macau, his thoughts on the current live and online landscapes, and much more. It's a great hour of insight from a high stakes crusher, enjoy!
Jun 14, 2019
Episode 4 - BIG 50 Recap and 2017 MAIN EVENT Winner Scott Blumstein
This week on Cracking Aces, Nate talks about his deep-ish run in the 28,000 person BIG 50 at the WSOP, the boys talk to the 2017 Main Event winner Scott Blumstein about his life since winning 8 million dollars, and we answer YOUR email questions. Thanks for listening and enjoy!
Jun 11, 2019
Episode 3 WSOP PREVIEW Ft 2013 Main Event Winner Ryan Riess
This week on Cracking Aces we break down the 2019 WSOP! We talk about what's new at the World Series, what and who to watch for, and we are joined by the 2013 Main Event champion and current high stakes tournament crusher Ryan Riess. He talks about his desire to stay on top of the game, his plans for the summer, and how he continues improving his game and making more money. Enjoy!
May 30, 2019
Episode 2 Ft. Chris Moneymaker
This week on Cracking Aces we are joined by the one and only Chris Moneymaker. He talks about winning the 2003 Main Event, the very early days of Poker Stars, and how nervous he was to go on David Letterman. Jake and Nate also talk about playing underground games, where to play online these days, and Jake tells the best story ever. Enjoy!
May 23, 2019
Cracking Aces Episode 1 Ft. Daniel Negreanu
Cracking Aces is the newest podcast tackling all things poker, hosted by Nate from Barstool. It will feature the fun side of the poker world and exclusive interviews with the top players. Episode 1 introduces the show, co-host and professional poker player Jake Toole, and an interview with Kid Poker himself, Daniel Negreanu. Not a bad first guest, eh? We also break down Ryan Riess' 10 high call, Jake's 10th time playing the WSOP, and Nate going from the chipleader of the Main Event to punting it all away. Buckle up and enjoy!
May 13, 2019