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Podcasts Offer a Glimpse Behind Pro Poker Curtain

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Podcasts Offer a Glimpse Behind Pro Poker Curtain

For years the world of professional poker was seen but not heard, which meant that all the action going on at the table in the form of verbal jabs and parries was not part of the game: not anymore. Podcasts hosted by poker insiders are allowing us all deeper into the world of pro poker.

Recently, Dan “Jungleman” Cates, appeared on the popular Doug Polk podcast, which can be viewed on YouTube. And the two topics of greatest interest for poker enthusiasts were two pro players: Viktor Blom and Tom Dwan.

Blom is ahead $1,179,482 on PokerStars this year, placing him second for total earnings. That wasn’t enough to wow Polk and Cates. Polk stated in the podcast that Blom does not have top form technical games, which, but both agreed his overall style makes up for it with aggression.

Cates elaborated by saying that most pro players do hours of analysis and homework, studying games the way a fighter and trainer would study tape on an upcoming opponent, but not Blom. His style, according to the lively and often colorful exchanges on the podcast, was unprofessional, despite his naked talent. Quite a dig from Cates, making poker podcasts the ultimate source of trash talk in the business.

Without a doubt, podcasts are set to become the big curtain lifter in the murky world of pro poker.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.