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Nearly six years ago, a highly respected poker pro named Joe Ingram debuted his joeingram1 YouTube channel to an audience comprised heavily of TwoPlusTwo forum posters. Armed with Red Bull along with several packs of Gummi Bears and Gummi Worms, Ingram set a record for 50,000 hands played in 24 hours on PokerStars. It only took him 20 hours to reach his goal, an achievement he attributed to being drug-free.

It’s easy. I don’t take any drugs. I don’t need that Adderall bull****. I’m ****ing natural — natural, drug-free,” Ingram explained.

That was November 2009. Today, Ingram’s Poker Life Podcast channel has 11,500 YouTube subscribers and nearly 1.9 million total views.

Fast-forward to the modern day era of poker, and Ingram has become one of the most prolific poker podcast hosts on the Internet. In addition to landing extended interviews with big name “mainstream” pros such as Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari, he now holds a virtual monopoly on high profile Super High Roller guests.

Following the conclusion of the 2015 PokerStars WCOOP, the Poker Life Podcast has already hosted two lengthy segments with high stakes pros Mike “Timex” McDonald and Ben “Ben86” Tollerene. The latter was victorious in the WCOOP Event #47 $51,000 buy-in Super High Roller tournament for $616,518 and actually gave viewers an unprecedented 177 minutes of insight.

Mike Timex McDonald Poker Life Podcast Interview Sept 30 2015Ben Ben86 Tollerene Poker Life Podcast Interview Oct 5 2015

Joe Ingram’s poker accomplishments are well documented. He’s a former PokerStars Supernova Elite player with solid results in mid-stakes games who has experimented with mass multi-tabling proposition bets over the course of his career.

Yet it’s his ability to secure hour-long interview segments with some of the most respected high stakes names in the game that is catapulting his show to widespread popularity.

For those of you who don’t know, well-known poker players are typically generous with interview requests from PokerUpdate and other poker media outlets. Despite extremely busy schedules and multiple requests for their time, the poker pros mentioned above are kind enough to grant face time in short spurts during tournament breaks and other lulls in activity. But getting more than an hour at a time with these top-tier players had been unheard of… until ChicagoJoey came along.

Influential Poker Personality

ChicagoJoey has also been the focal point of community-driven stories this year. His March 2015 Interview with Daniel Negreanu prompted the all-time poker tournament money leader to petition PokerStars — the site he is a headline spokesperson for — to alter its Omaha rake policies. The result is a 160-reply TwoPlusTwo thread that is still going strong on the site’s News, Views & Gossip forum.

Ingram’s September 2015 Interview with Jason Mo shed light on a dispute between Mo and Aria Las Vegas in which the former was banished from the casino after allegedly having money stolen from him. Yes, you read that correctly. Jason Mo may be a polarizing poker personality known for controversial social media posts, but he’s also an enormously talented poker player who’s spent hundreds of hours working on his game with a solid reputation in the community.

Mo’s gut-wrenching tale of not being able to cash-in a $5,000 poker chip, if nothing else, is a story of caution on how casinos can use “security” reasons to justify denial of service and/or payment.

Red Bull and Gummi Goodies For The Win

Thanks to his status as a highly respected poker player and personal activities that often find him rubbing shoulders with poker’s biggest names, Ingram has been able to achieve what all other poker media outlets can only dream of: consistent, lengthy, informative on-camera interviews with poker’s biggest stars. Some other high profile podcast hosts may experience sporadic success in this type of format, but only Ingram has been able to do it every week.

The subject matter discussed in ChicagoJoey’s two recent interviews revolve around the WCOOP $51,000 Super High Roller event. However, that’s just a segue into other topics that range from Mike McDonald’s bum shoulder and evaluation of WCOOP competition (he actually placed 5th in the $51k SHR event) to Ben Tollerene’s success versus Phil Ivey and social life.

Tollerene, Mo, and McDonald are all return guests on the Poker Life Podcast.

If Jason Somerville is the King of Poker Live Streaming, then Joe Ingram is likewise the King of Poker Podcasts. I play or stream each Poker Life Podcast interview segment as soon as I can — along with hundreds of other poker fans.

Be sure to check out Joey’s Poker Adventures on the PokerUpdate YouTube Channel!

David Huber

David Huber has been involved in the poker industry for more than a decade: initially as a professional online poker player and later as an editor, consultant, writer, and forum manager. Known as "dhubermex" online, David's poker-related work has been heavily published across numerous websites since 2004.

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