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
|0:20||Intro: Sarah in Barcelona, Jeff in Vegas as the WSOP kicks off!|
|1:30||Jeff played in the Gavin Smith Memorial Tournament at the Series, what the experience was like|
|4:10||Previewing the first week of the WSOP, and going over the broadcast schedule|
|4:50||The buzz surrounding the Big Fifty|
|7:20||Jeff's plans for the broadcasts/series|
|8:40||Daniel Negreanu breaks the internet, fixes everything at the end|
|14:20||Eli Elezra, author of "Pulling the Trigger", joins the show!|
|15:20||What his experience has been like promoting the book: "It's been unbelievable, I can't put it into words."|
|16:20||How the game has evolved since his WPT win in 2004: "Nobody imagined we'd get to the point where it'd be so big."|
|17:20||How his training experience in the Israeli Army shaped his adulthood: "I became so much stronger mentally."|
|19:00||Taking two bullets to his flak jacket in the 1982 Lebanon War|
|21:00||Becoming a stronger poker player because of his experience in the army|
|21:50||What 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."|
|23:10||How impressed he is with Doyle Brunson: "It's unreal...this man is poker."|
|24:20||Have 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."|
|25:30||How 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."|
|26:20||His plans for the WSOP: "I'm going to play at least 25 events"|
|28:10||Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza Does The Unthinkable and Wins Back-to-Back SCOOP Main Events!|
|32:00||Francois Billard Wins the 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America Main Event (CA$961,400)|
|35:20||Sarah thanks everyone for the incredible support after her pregnancy announcement!|
|36:40||Next week: the podcast ramps up, from the WSOP!|
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