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PokerNews Podcast 500: Phil Hellmuth, Chris Moorman, Lena Evans

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  • Phil Hellmuth, Chris Moorman and Lena Evans join a special episode of the PokerNews Podcast, #500!

The PokerNews Podcast has reached its 500th episode! Thanks to all the fans who have supported this show along the way.

A big show requires some big-name guests, and that's exactly what Sarah Herring and Jeff Platt have lined up for this episode. Jeff found poker superstars Phil Hellmuth and Chris Moorman in the hallways of the Rio during the World Series of Poker.

And Sarah sat down with the founder of the Poker League of Nations, Lena Evans. Plus, it's a recap of the biggest stories from the WSOP as we approach the Main Event.

Enjoy Episode 500!

This week's sponsor: Global Poker.

Show Time Stamps

0:10Intro: It's #PNPod 500! Let's celebrate! Phil Hellmuth, Chris Moorman, Lena Evans join the show.
1:30The WSOP Main Event is approaching, it's the most wonderful time of the year
2:40Sponsor: globalpoker.com
3:10Scott Seiver Wins $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
5:35Tommy Nguyen Wins Monster Stack for $1,037,451
6:35Loren Klein Wins a Bracelet for Third Straight Year
9:10Joey Couden Tops Star-Studded $1,500 PLO8 Final Table
11:15Ryan Leng Wins First WSOP Bracelet
12:15Maria Ho, Lupe Soto Honored at Women in Poker Hall of Fame Luncheon
15:30Jeff breaks down what happened before he spoke with Phil Hellmuth
17:25Phil Hellmuth joins the show!
17:45How he manages to keep his composure in certain spots: "So many people have made fun of me in my career, have tried to get me on tilt....so I can't let some guy who I think is probably a nice guy get to me, I just can't do it."
19:30On the $1,500 PLO8 Tournament: "This is one of the best events of the year. To me, there's more skill in Pot-Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better than almost any other tournament."
20:15What a 15th WSOP Bracelet would mean to him: "I've been dreaming about it for a long time, and I've made it down there on a bunch of occasions, and just haven't been able to close. And sometimes it's my fault."
23:00888Poker's Chris Moorman hops on the show
23:10If he remembers his first interview with PokerNews: "I feel like I was probably pretty nervous because I'd never been in front of the camera before."
23:40How he'd sum up his summer so far: "It started off really strong, I won a tournament at the Wynn. I've had six World Series cashes, but most of them have been for the minimum."
24:15How to deal with the emotional ups and downs of the WSOP: "Don't be afraid to take some time off...try and just do other stuff and keep it so when you are playing poker, you're excited to be there."
25:10On the WSOP incorporating the big blind ante: "The feedback's been good, I think maybe they should change the way they put it in the structure, it confuses some people."
25:45Being a part of Team 888: "It means a lot...I've made a lot of friends there as well, met a lot of good people."
27:10888poker's "8-Team" Promotion for the Main Event
29:30Behind the Scenes of "888Ride"
31:30Sponsor: globalpoker.com
32:15Poker League of Nations Founder Lena Evans joins the podcast!
33:10What the Poker League of Nations is: "Poker League of Nations is the world's largest advocacy forum for women in poker."
34:10How the organization developed: "We realized that we really need to open it up wider because there are so many women that we needed to connect with all over the world...We want women to network, women to feel comfortable about meeting others, and learn how to be more comfortable playing and then entering open fields, and then joining us to play overseas, all over the world."
36:25How the poker community is evolving: "If you have a community behind you, it's like a family. For me, it's like a poker family."
39:40Lena's background: "Charity is my life's work. I like to give of my talents, whatever those are, it's not always financial support. I have worked in philanthropy for most of my life...poker is my passion."
43:55How she fell in love with poker: "I used to play blackjack professionally, so I traveled the world playing blackjack. I've had an affinity for cards...I fell in love with the social aspect as well."
47:15Lena goes over some of the ambassadors in the Poker League of Nations.
49:50How women can get more involved in poker: "Young girls aren't taught about card games...Boys are taught to play card games. We want to encourage women to have more women's nights and poker nights and teach your daughters to play poker. Please teach your daughters to play poker."
51:50The keys to growing the Poker League of Nations: "What's great about Poker League of Nations is we're encouraging and empowering women to organize poker in their communities."
58:40Why having more women in poker is good for the game: "If we just get more women and we're 10%, that would increase the fields and the prize pools exponentially, because 10% is huge."
59:45The WSOP Main Event satellites that Poker League of Nations put together: Lena won a seat, but everybody who played in it has a piece!
1:02:30For more on the Poker League of Nations, check out their website: pokerleagueofnations.com
1:04:20Sarah is coming back to Vegas for The Main! And Jeff is playing Day 1B. So needless to say, Episode 501 should be entertaining!

Catch the video interview with Lena below:

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