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PokerNews Podcast 513: The Race for the Purple Jacket

  • LISTEN: Can anybody stop Brandon Adams? Sarah and Jeff break down the first week of the Poker Masters

The Poker Masters is in full swing, and Sarah Herring and Jeff Platt break it all down in this episode of the PokerNews Podcast. Will the easy path to the Purple Jacket for Brandon Adams continue? Or will some roadblocks pop up along the way?

Plus, the WCOOP (which Sarah has re-named) and Powerfest offer some of the biggest online prize pools of the season. Ole Schemion makes his presence felt on the online felt.

And, it's another Phil Ivey gambling story to share! This time, it's Ivey schooling some professional golfers on their turf.

Sarah and Jeff chat with RJ Bergman about one of the most horrendous bad beats in the history of the game, and Sarah brings back Joseph Del Duca to help everyone gain some insight into Global Poker.

This week's sponsor: Global Poker

Show Time Stamps

0:45Intro: What to look for in Episode 513
2:20The Poker Masters is in full swing: Jeff is on the break desk and takes everyone through the first half of the series. Effectively, the Brandon Adams Show.
3:00Who else to watch out for in the race for the purple jacket
3:30The passion that Brandon Adams has for this event (and for daily fantasy sports)
5:30Ole Schemion Wins a WCOOP Event
6:00Steffen Sontheimer doesn't show up to defend his Poker Masters title...cmonnnnnn
7:50The impact that the online tournament series have on live fields
9:30European Law Forces Hendon Mob Database to Offer Account Deletion
12:40Adam Scott’s Favorite Golf Gambling Story: Fred Couples, Phil Ivey and $10K
15:10RJ Bergman joins the show!
15:40RJ takes us through this: Bad Beat on the Bad Beat Jackpot: Straight Flush over Quads over Quads
16:10Going through all of this: "It's been pretty fun, the ride for being one of the greatest losers of all-time."
20:00The revealing of the hands, being slightly slowrolled by the player with the straight flush: "My stomach just dropped...and (the dealer) just couldn't believe it."
21:30The reaction of everyone at the table: "They all took out their phones. Everyone at the table was all excited, they got out their phones, they started to do the jackpot math."
23:30Putting his story up on Reddit, and his phone blowing up
24:30Looking back on the experience: "Doyle Brunson tweeted it was a cooler, I can't replace that, that's just really neat."
29:00Sarah brings back Joseph Del Duca, Head of Communications for Global Poker, back to the show!
29:30How can Global Poker operate in the United States?
31:30The model that Global Poker operates under: "We're very open and very proud of who we are and what we offer...we are a publicly listed company here in Australia...It's an interesting space, because we're a social gaming site. We are actually regulated through the Malta Gaming Authority...We believe in our model, we believe what we offer the public."
34:20Specifics on this sweepstakes model: "We have two separate currencies that we use: Gold Coins and Sweeps Cash. Gold Coins you can purchase, and you can use those to play on our gold coins tables...(those tables) have no monetary value....You can't purchase Sweeps Cash, it's just not something we offer. We use our Sweeps Cash as a promotional tool to boost the sale of Gold Coins....There is no purchase necessary to play on a sweepstakes table, which our Sweeps Cash tables are."
37:30How to win money on the site: "Any winnings you have from your Sweeps Cash can then be redeemed as a prize, which can be a monetary (prize)."
39:30The foundation of the company in Australia
42:30How does Global Poker ensure game integrity: "We've gone out of our way to make everything as transparent and open as possible...we have a Random Number Generator that's certified by iTech Labs, who certify most of the major poker sites...That is something we're very open and very clear about."
44:30More on game integrity: "It's something we as a business have committed to investing in heavily. We have a game integrity team which has been expanded heavily."
47:00The next tournament series that Global Poker plans to offer, details to be released in a week or two: "We have an amazing product development team that comes up with cool, awesome tournament series and programs and are constantly trying to build and improve our site."
48:40Plans for more live events in the future
50:30Are there any plans to cater more to streamers? "The streaming is something...that I'm a massive advocate for."
55:30What's going on in San Francisco this weekend? More details on a Global Poker event at AT&T Park.
59:00Someone who came to the Global Poker event in Houston got to throw the first pitch at the Astros game.
1:01:00If anyone has any questions about Global Poker, hit up Sarah on Twitter, and she will try to find out the answers.

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