PokerNews Podcast: Eli Elezra


The World Series of Poker is underway! Sarah Herring and [Removed:139] preview the first week of the WSOP in this episode of the PokerNews Podcast

A great turnout for the Gavin Smith Memorial Tournament, plus what to watch for among the first couple events. The $10k Super Turbo Bounty will mark the first broadcast, and the Big Fifty could set record fields. 

Daniel Negreanu deals with a bit of chaos in his WSOP piece-selling, but makes it all right in the end. 

Plus, Eli Elezra joins the show!  He discusses his new book: what his Israeli Army experience taught him, his introduction to Chip Reese and Doyle Brunson, and his plans for the WSOP.

Show Time Stamps

0:20Intro: Sarah in Barcelona, Jeff in Vegas as the WSOP kicks off!
1:30Jeff played in the Gavin Smith Memorial Tournament at the Series, what the experience was like
4:10Previewing the first week of the WSOP, and going over the broadcast schedule
4:50The buzz surrounding the Big Fifty
7:20Jeff's plans for the broadcasts/series
8:40Daniel Negreanu breaks the internet, fixes everything at the end
13:00Sponsor: Oddschecker
14:20Eli Elezra, author of "Pulling the Trigger", joins the show!
15:20What his experience has been like promoting the book: "It's been unbelievable, I can't put it into words."
16:20How the game has evolved since his WPT win in 2004: "Nobody imagined we'd get to the point where it'd be so big."
17:20How his training experience in the Israeli Army shaped his adulthood: "I became so much stronger mentally."
19:00Taking two bullets to his flak jacket in the 1982 Lebanon War
21:00Becoming a stronger poker player because of his experience in the army
21:50What he remembers the most about Chip Reese: "The very first day he met me...he took my phone number and he made me feel at home."
23:10How impressed he is with Doyle Brunson: "It's unreal...this man is poker."
24:20Have these last six months been tough for him, considering allegations against him that loans haven't been paid off: "I have my mistakes, I learn from my mistakes, I believe I made it up with most of the guys."
25:30How moving lower in stakes has helped him: "Not only am I happy, I'm going to make a lot of other people happy...I'm not playing big, so there will be no more pain."
26:20His plans for the WSOP: "I'm going to play at least 25 events"
28:10Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza Does The Unthinkable and Wins Back-to-Back SCOOP Main Events!
32:00Francois Billard Wins the 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America Main Event (CA$961,400)
35:20Sarah thanks everyone for the incredible support after her pregnancy announcement!
36:40Next week: the podcast ramps up, from the WSOP!
37:10Sponsor: Oddschecker

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