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Professional high stakes poker tournament player “King” Dan Smith, who has nearly $10 million in live poker event cashes, joined Joey Ingram on the Poker Life Podcast Tuesday, December 15th.

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It had been more than a year since the June 2014 Bellagio Super High Roller winner appeared on the live cast hosted by ChicagoJoey, and the latest show featured discussion on everything from recent PokerStars VIP Club changes to risking six figures every week on high stakes poker tournaments and Daily Fantasy Sports games.

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Livin’ It Up in San Diego

Smith, who is a 26-year old native of New Jersey, has temporarily settled in near downtown San Diego, California — a hot spot for numerous poker pros to take in the pleasant weather and proximity to Mexico (where access to many of the world’s largest poker sites is not restricted).

“King Dan” has been spending time with his 21-year old cousin — Matt (who at 5’4″ is two inches shorter than his balla’ relative). The level-headed yet comical younger cousin made several cameos throughout the live cast.

Andy Dalton Injures Thumb, Costs “King Dan” A Small Fortune

Smith has been spending a lot of time in the Daily Fantasy Sports arena lately — often risking six figures in a single weekend on NFL Football tournaments and “cash games.”

Unfortunately, Sunday December 13th was not one of his best days in the DFS realm. Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton (who “King Dan” was using in many of his lineup stacks) injured his thumb early on in a 33-20 loss to AFC North division rival Pittsburgh and did not return to the game.

Such unforeseeable events are a DFS pro’s nightmare scenario, even for high stakes players like Smith who have had success with the hottest real money online wagering platform in the United States. “This week I got ****ing massacred and it was brutal,” Smith told Ingram near the beginning of the podcast.

The near $10 million live poker tournament winner still has plenty of great DFS memories to fall back on as he prepares for Week #15 of the NFL regular season. He was able to catch passes from legendary NFL quarterbacks Joe Montana and Dan Marino during a promotional event earlier this year, stating that he was “star struck” after meeting Marino in person.

“King Dan” Talks Recent PokerStars VIP Club Changes

Following a ten-minute talk about Smith’s experiences during the 2015 Burning Man Music Festival which took place in Nevada this September (you can check out his epic 6,500-word blog post about it here), the conversation quickly shifted to PokerStars VIP Club changes slated to go into effect next month.

Smith, who is mostly a nosebleed high stakes online tournament player at the world’s largest poker site, expressed that the changes were unlikely to have an effect on him personally and was not critical of PokerStars’ headline Team Pro Daniel Negreanu.

However, he did become emotional when the name of PokerStars Vice President of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser was brought up. “**** that guy,” Smith stated before becoming emotional about the topic at the 29-minute mark.

Hollreiser was tasked with “communicating” the final decision regarding rakeback decreases for high-volume PokerStars players on social media platforms such as Twitter, and the Tweets weren’t met with a lot of positive fanfare from many of the site’s largest rake contributors. At the 32-minute mark of Tuesday’s shoot with Ingram, Smith became so upset that he temporarily excused himself from the interview.

Dan Smith and Poker

By his own admission, “King” Dan Smith has already achieved everything he set out to in the world of poker. He backed up a break-out 2012 year with a victory in the 2014 Bellagio Super High Roller for over $2 million and is currently in the Top 50 of all-time live tournament money leaders with $9.927 million according to The Hendon Mob database.

Although the 26-year old star plans to play in the 2016 Aussie Millions and EPT Monte Carlo live tournament series, he explained that it’s difficult for him to get excited about anything other than super high roller online poker events.

The December 15th Poker Life Podcast episode lasted more than 130 minutes, as featured guest Dan Smith along with his cousin Matt appeared to be biding time for the family ambiance of San Diego’s “Taco Tuesday” to make way for a more singles-friendly atmosphere. The show didn’t end until after 1:00am Eastern Time, but it was only a few minutes after 10:00pm on the West Coast when the live broadcast ended.

Poker Life Podcast Returns Thursday, December 17th

Joey Ingram will welcome Alex Dreyfus of the Global Poker League this Thursday. Poker fans and media representatives who are anxious to hear more details about next year’s GPL are sure to be tune-in.

Poker Life Podcast (Dan Smith Guest) YouTube Ratings

Sept. 22, 2014: 7,372 Views — 60 Likes, 4 Dislikes

Dec. 15, 2015: 1,464 Views — 39 Likes, 1 Dislike

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.