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PokerNews Podcast 508: Sochi's Super High Rollers (& Lack of Luggage)

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  • LISTEN: Casino Sochi hosts the Triton High Rollers, and we're there for a new episode of the #PNPod!

Sarah Herring might not have her luggage in Russia, but she does have a microphone, and that's good enough for her and Jeff Platt to record Episode 508 of the PokerNews Podcast.

The Triton Super High Roller tournaments move to Casino Sochi, home of the partypoker Live MILLIONS Russia stop. Sarah and Jeff get into the details of the $50K High Roller, and what kind of problems the $100K Super High Roller ran into on Day 1.

They also dive into the partypoker MILLIONS Main Event, and what the turnout was like.

Also, a boxing great is out of the ring, and onto the felt.

Finally, Oscar Kemps and Benjamin de Kruijf from a charitable peer-to-peer organization based on blockchain technology, Gaia, join the show!

This week's sponsor: Global Poker.

Show Time Stamps

0:10Intro: Sarah in Sochi for partypoker Live MILLIONS Russia...her luggage hasn't made the trip yet
2:30A little tangent to discuss the greatness that is Texas High School Football (Friday Night Lights!)
3:50How Sarah's time in Sochi is going so far
5:10Some of the problems that the $100K Super High Roller ran into on Day 1
6:00Discussing the high roller tournament scene
7:20The partypoker MILLIONS Main Event, what the turnout has been like
10:10Dzmitry Urbanovich just going to do what he wants: doesn't need to play every hand of a tournament, even when he's at the final table!
12:10How much value is there in taking your own breaks during a tournament?
13:40Sponsor: globalpoker.com
14:10Brady Holiman Wins WPT Choctaw Main Event
15:40Anthony Zinno makes another deep run in a WPT event
17:40Champion Boxer David Haye to Attempt Career as Poker Player
20:10The Moneymaker Tour kicks off at Stones Gambling Hall
22:50Sponsor: globalpoker.com
23:50Oscar Kemps & Benjamin de Kruijf from the Gaia Foundation join the show!
26:00What the inspiration was behind this movement
28:20How the development process has gone so far: "We're in the stage of raising money, which is a struggle because the landscape is screwed up, we feel."
30:00On acquiring donations: "It's hard to get people to donate to build the platform, but when the platform is live, everybody wants to donate."
31:20What inspired Kemps to give back after winning money in poker: "My goal has always been to help people around me, but you have to realize we live in a very privileged area of the world."
33:10What separates Gaia from other charitable organizations
34:30Feedback from the poker community: "They do want to use the platform, but it's tough to tell people to donate for building the platform."
36:10Describing how blockchain technology can help a foundation like theirs: "Using blockchain...you can micro-manage all the elements needed to rebuild a place after it's been hit by an earthquake, and everybody is able to see it."
39:30The advantages to donating through Gaia when it launches: "You can see exactly where the money goes...that creates a form of trust and transparency"
43:00The future of Gaia: "I think it'll be a good way to revolutionize how charity is used."
44:40Check out their website for more information
45:10Shoutout to the listenters, plans for the week ahead!

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