Lately I’ve started YouTube and Twitch viewing parties with my poker-savvy buddies here in Mexico City. After running the gamut of 2015 League of Legends World Championship matches (shout out to Riot Games, SK Telecom and Faker), we switched to poker and immediately got hooked on the Poker Life Podcast hosted by Joey Ingram.
While Mike Watson was busy paving the way to a $728,000 payday at the 2016 EPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas, Ingram (aka ChicagoJoey) fielded an entertaining trio of high profile interviews — all influenced heavily by an uncooperative duo of poor local Internet and an overly-aggro video camera auto focus feature.
Ingram’s three guests during the 2016 PCA consisted of Chris Moneymaker, Isaac “Hollywood” Haxton and Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz.
Chris Moneymaker Poker Life Podcast Interview
Date: January 13, 2016
YouTube Ratings: 2,484 Views — 53 Likes, 1 Dislike
Before my buddies and I began watching the 47-minute Poker Life Podcast episode featuring 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker, we made a friendly wager on the OVER/UNDER of how long the Team PokerStars Pro would discuss his employer’s new player rewards system.
We were curious as to how talkative the end boss (and namesake) of The Moneymaker Poker Boom would be on the most widely distributed industry news topic since Sheldon Adelson.
I took the Under at 90 seconds — and had to pay for dinner.
Much like his Team PokerStars colleague Daniel Negreanu (as well as high volume player representative Dani “ansky” Stern), Moneymaker pulls off a remarkable Energizer Bunny impersonation when asked to talk about such matters by Ingram.
The way the Tennessee native sees it, PokerStars made the correct decision by decreasing cashback incentives for its highest volume players. The yank-of-the-rug treatment that said players received was unfortunate, but the adjustments were necessary — and on and on.
The 12-minute segment (which begins at the 24-minute mark of the interview), features a predictable yet seemingly genuine stance in favor of Amaya/PokerStars with ChicagoJoey looking on. Although Podcast host Ingram is publicly on the side of high volume players in the debate, he deserves a lot of credit for granting a full floor to guests who disagree with him.
So how did Moneymaker do?
Aside from generalizing winning high volume players as being negative towards less-skilled poker opponents (as if this minority section of the poker industry needed to be vilified more), the Champ Who Started It All did a much better job at towing the company line than a certain Vice President of Corporate Communications, in this writer’s opinion.
Other than that, we learned that Chris Moneymaker still plays a lot of live poker tournaments around the globe each year, including the World Series of Poker Main Event he won in 2003. He also discourages receiving poker backing from interested investors because he admittedly has a lot of responsibilities that don’t allow him to focus on the game.
Look for the former champ to garner plenty of airtime later this year when his Las Vegas Moneymakers team competes in the Global Poker League.
♠♥♣♦Check out our interview with Chris Moneymaker at the 2016 PCA right here!
Ike “Hollywood” Haxton Poker Life Podcast Interview
Date: January 11, 2016
YouTube Ratings: 17,850 Views — 327 Likes, 5 Dislikes
Isaac Haxton had been one of the most respected Team PokerStars Online Pros since signing on to represent the world’s largest poker site years ago. The 2007 PCA runner up ended his affiliation with PokerStars earlier this month as a direct result of the company’s recent business decisions.
His mainstream online poker appeal has been broad enough to be featured on Episode #526 of the Joe Rogan Experience in 2014.
Sporting a $600 pair of pimped-out designer sneakers, the $11.3 million live poker tournament winner called PokerStars´ mimicking of airline Frequent Flyer value-decreasing tactics “unethical.”
If you’re looking for an in-depth one on one with a premier name in poker, I highly recommend the 200-minute Poker Life Podcast episode.
Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz Poker Life Podcast Interview
Date: January 14, 2016
YouTube Ratings: 8,401 Views — 138 Likes, 10 Dislikes
Here’s a quick summary of Fedor Holz’ poker recent achievements.
* 2014 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event — 1st for $1.3 million
* 2016 WPT National Philippines SHR — 1st for $3.46 million
* 2015 WPT Five Diamond Alpha8 High Roller — 1st for $1.59 million
* Two-time PokerStars Sunday 500 winner
* Two-time Full Tilt Sunday Major winner
Apparently Ingram is growing a soft spot for poker tournament specialists. That’s the conclusion I’m drawing after a 5-hour show with one of the biggest tournament stars on the planet.
Holz is overcoming massively-talented high stakes poker tournament fields faster than PokerStars can “confirm” reports of player traffic increases since the high volume player strikes (Bang-Bang).
Despite this, Holz tells Poker Life Podcast viewers that whatever amount of money you think he has, he actually has less. And the same can be said for just about any poker player you think has a lot of money, says the 20-something German.
Ingram and “CrownUpGuy” cover the full spectrum of poker topics in what may be a record-breaking 297-minute cast.
All three of last week’s shows were recorded at the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. A big thanks to Joey Ingram for continuing to provide the poker community with his unique content via the Poker Life Podcast on YouTube.