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PokerNews Podcast 503: WSOP Main Event Plus Phil Hellmuth & Shaun Deeb


It's Sarah Herring and [Removed:139] coming at you from the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during the best time of the year: the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table!

They break down the biggest storylines from the biggest tournament of the year.

Also, Phil Hellmuth wins his 15th World Series of Poker bracelet. Hear from one of poker's biggest superstars after he wins the $5,000 NL Hold'em Turbo event.

Shaun Deeb is on top of the WSOP Player of the Year rankings, Sarah caught up with him before his win in the $10,000 Six-Max tournament.

Plus, John Hennigan and Mori Eskandani are the newest inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame. Sarah and Jeff take a look at who could be in next year's class.

It's the top stories in poker broken down as we get closer to crowning the game's newest ambassador.

This week's sponsor: Global Poker.

Show Time Stamps

0:10Intro: From the World Series of Poker Main Event! Jeff is back with Sarah at the Rio
1:10Jeff runs deep in the Little One for One Drop
3:10The atmosphere at the poker tournaments Jeff has played in this year
4:00Dressing up a little bit when deep in tournaments
5:00Phil Hellmuth Wins His 15th WSOP Bracelet
5:50Hellmuth on winning his 15th bracelet: "13 in Europe was really humbling for me and so is 14 and so is 15. It's humbling. I haven't had a really good summer, but I've kept things positive."
8:10His heads-up match vs. Steven Wolansky: "Listen, he wouldn't give an inch. I knew he wouldn't give an inch."
9:10What does this bracelet mean to him from a legacy perspective: "Everything, because my life is poker number-one...I want to be remembered in two ways: one, for having 24 bracelets, and two, for starting the positive movement and influencing people's lives."
11:00Dealing with the criticism on social media: "I was completely out of line...when I busted out that day and read that the poker room was cheering, I was crushed. I was like 'oh my god, what did I do?' It just felt like such a low point for me in my career."
13:00On James Campbell: "I think he's a great guy...we were texting back and forth for an hour the other day. It was nice."
13:31Plans for the rest of the summer: "I promised myself that if I make a really deep run, that I'd take the next day off, but this was only two days. So I'm not going to do that...I still have a lot of energy."
14:30Who this bracelet will be given to: "This bracelet will be going to one of my best friends, Bill Lee. Bill Lee is the best angel investor in history."
16:00The WSOP incorporating more events into the schedule after the Main Event, including the $10k Six-Max
19:20The $50k High-Roller taking place prior to the $1 Million Big One for One Drop
22:10Sarah catches up with Shaun Deeb, who is at the top of the WSOP Player of the Year rankings
22:50On the POY race: "It definitely affects some of the play and decisions with the formula, I think the formula has a lot of errors."
23:20How he feels about his summer so far: "It's just awesome, I've had a great time, winning one of the biggest events of the year (the $25k PLO High Roller) is insane, I can't believe I'm in this spot."
24:20Playing multiple events at the same time: "It's crazier than you think it is. I bagged Day 4 of the Main Event, and bought into the $3k PLO. And I went over there, went all-in blind the first hand, three-bet the next one, went back to the Main Event, played thirty minutes, bagged."
25:00Making the trip to WSOP Europe: "If I don't get a big enough lead, I'm going to have to go...I really don't want to go...financially there's no reason to go, but I'm going to have to."
25:40Competition for Player of the Year: "The camaraderie between the POY guys is great. Every couple days, Hennigan sends me a text, just a needle or some video."
27:00Sponsor: globalpoker.com
27:50Diving into the (somewhat strange) odds of the WSOP Main Event Final Table at Caesars sportsbooks
31:10Joe Cada's attitude coming into the Final Table: acknowledges he's not the favorite
32:10Thoughts on the Main Event coverage on ESPN and ESPN2
33:50Surprises from this year's final table
35:30Differences this year without a break between Day Seven and the final table
39:00The wildly entertaining rails for this year's final table
42:30Getting to know the final nine, and how the lack of a break might've hurt media coverage for some players
44:10The massive pay jumps at the final table
45:30Poker's popularity rising throughout America, legalized sports betting will help
47:30Sponsor: globalpoker.com
48:20John Hennigan and Mori Eskandani in as Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2018
49:20Who could get into the Poker Hall of Fame next year?

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