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James Hartigan

James Hartigan is an English journalist and broadcaster who is best known as a poker commentator on British and American television and as a presenter and film critic on London talk radio station LBC.

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Episode 156 – 06/06/2019 – Bruce Buffer
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Poker in the Ears
For their "season finale," the boys have a bumper episode, kicking off with some TV chat (04:00) and Joe's report from the World Series of Poker (09:20), where he played in the Big 50. Expect some questionable analysis, as Joe breaks down a hand he played/butchered on the first day of the event (13:35). There’s an extended interview with this week’s special guest: UFC announcer Bruce Buffer (20:30). The “Veteran Voice of the Octagon” talks about the two passions in his life – MMA and poker – and how we can expect to see him at more major tournaments in the future, including #EPTBarcelona. In the latest instalment of their occasional series looking back at classic poker movies, James and Joe have a retrospective review of Robert Altman’s ‘California Split’ (49:40). And that’s the subject of this week’s ‘Superfan vs Stapes’ quiz (01:11:30), as Martin Nocedal from Illinois competes for some PokerStars merchandise. This show is now on an extended summer break, with the next episode of #PokerInTheEars due on Thursday 15th August 2019. In the meantime, please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast.
Episode 155 – 30/05/2019 – SCOOP Correspondent Benjamin ‘Spraggy’ Spragg
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Poker in the Ears
James is in London, while Joe is in Vegas, after spending SIX whole days at home playing video games (02:50). The boys run through the latest poker headlines (07:30), including Daniel Negreanu’s big announcement and the dates for Lex Live 2, before launching into a recap of the 2019 Spring Championship of Online Poker with their #SCOOP2019 Correspondent Benjamin Spragg (13:25). Spraggy talks about his personal highs and lows of the series, including his epic folds – some good and some bad – and deep run in SCOOP 69-H. Joe has a few anecdotes from the Gavin Smith Memorial Tournament (37:50), including a couple of amusing encounters with Phil Hellmuth. Finally, Harry Messenger from the UK tries to win an #EPTBarcelona satellite ticket in a ‘Count of Monte Cristo’-themed edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’ (43:20). Please rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.
Episode 154 – 23/05/2019 – Danny Tang
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Poker in the Ears
For the last time on this podcast, James and Joe talk ‘Game of Thrones’, as the series FINALLY concludes (05:30), before summarising the big winners and headline-grabbing stories from #SCOOP2019 (10:40). There’s a quick recap of Joe’s final few days in Montenegro, including an interesting encounter with Jungleman and durrrr (15:55), plus the boys speak to Danny Tang, who’s worked his way up from Manchester’s low stakes cash games to playing Super High Roller events (17:55). There’s a recap of the “Poker Event of the Century,” with all the biggest names in the game, and Joe Stapleton, coming together in LA for the wedding of Daniel Negreanu and Amanda Leatherman (40:15). Finally, Noah Asher from Florida tries to win some PokerStars swag in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’, answering questions about the 2009 comedy ‘I Love You, Man’ (47:35). Please rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.
Episode 153 – 16/05/2019 – Marle Cordeiro
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Poker in the Ears
Joe is starting to suffer the effects of physical and mental exhaustion, after working 16 consecutive long days, watching and talking about people play poker for ridiculous sums of money! He and James have a quick chat about ‘Game of Thrones’ (05:00) and #SCOOP2019 (09:05), before launching into a recap of the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro (11:40), including details of the secret cash game that’s even MORE secret than the other secret cash game that everyone secretly knows about. This week’s guest is poker pro and vlogger Marle Cordeiro, who’s working alongside Joe at the Montenegro event. Marle talks about her journey into poker – via modelling, acting and comedy – and her recent experiences playing high stakes cash in Vegas (20:10). Finally, Riek Rudolph, a German student currently living in Hong Kong, tries to win his way to #EPTOpenMadrid by answering questions about the movie ‘Inception’ in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’ (49:30). Please rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars.
Episode 152 – 09/05/2019 – Evy Widvey Kvilhaug
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James is in London, while Joe is in Montenegro – still working! They discuss THAT video starring Jungleman (03:20) and their “issues” with recent episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ (06:25), before launching into an extended #EPTMonteCarlo recap. The boys talk about the epic final table (13:20), and chat to Norwegian qualifier Evy Widvey Kvilhaug (24:20) about her deep run in the Main Event, and ridiculous run of good fortune at the start of Day 4, KO’ing three players in the first three hands of the day. Finally, Stefan Neskakis from Germany picks ‘The Breakfast Club’ as his specialist subject in this week’s edition of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’ (50:25). Please rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars
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Birthdate
Mar 11th, 1975
Location
London, England, UK
Episode Count
158
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
1 week, 14 hours