Joe Stapleton and James Hartigan return for Episode 173 of the Poker In The Ears podcast.

This week, the boys take the show back to its poker roots (because that’s what the boys wanted to do, not because they were told to).

The podcast begins with a recount of Joe’s trip to NYC (3:50), including sleepless flights and poker coaching sessions with a “very famous person” yet to be revealed. There’s also tribute to EPT presenter and Strictly Come Dancing winner, the late Caroline Flack (8:28).

The boys are then joined by Will Shillibier, Chief editor of PokerNews (11:20), for a round-up of all the latest live and online poker action. The discussion begins with an interesting chat about how Shillibier rose from poker fan to the position he’s in today, with advice for anyone who wants to do the same.

The trio cover the Aussie Millions (16:10) and the nominations and controversies of the Global Poker Awards (22:25). Should Joe Ingram be up there for journalist of the year for his work on Mike Postle? Should there be a separate US and European poker awards? Where is Hartigan’s nomination?

Next it’s on to online poker, including coverage and tips for the upcoming Sunday Million Anniversary (31:19), which will have offer a guaranteed $12.5 million, the biggest ever offered on PokerStars, and Platinum Madness (33:35), which gives players the opportunity to win one of 21 Platinum Passes.

Anyone who knows the show will be prepared for what’s to come, as Joe forces Will Shillibier to play possibly the worst/best game ever, “What it sounds like” (34:40). Then it’s ‘Superfan Vs Stapes’, with the unfindable and unwatchable Poolhall Junkies as the chosen them.

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