James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton are ready to fill your head with another episode of Poker In The Ears. This week the guys welcome Finland’s all-time leading money winner, Patrik Antonius, to the podcast.

Antonius is kicking off his new poker tour in Estonia this week and he has some ideas on how to change things up. He doesn’t like the way poker has evolved, where players are getting better all the time and looking for every advantage they can take.

“All we’re trying to do is make poker better again,” the Finnish legend tells Hartigan and Stapes. “I think we’ve gotta go back and play more social, entertaining poker.”

“Hurry up, this is going to look awful on TV!”

“I personally don’t like to watch when people cover themselves with scarves and hoodies completely, it doesn’t look nice. It’s a little bit ridiculous. If you’ve never watched poker before, imagine you start watching and you’re asking, ‘What’s this guy doing? Like, what the f*ck is he doing pulling his shirt over his face?’ What we are wearing is on another level in the high rollers right now. ”

Antonius is no fan of stalling, either — it’s one thing to balance your time ranges, he says, but it’s another to slow the game down. “We all know the guy is going to bet or check but he always takes his 30 seconds. The game flow should get better.”

Check out Episode 148 of Poker In The Ears on Soundcloud, iTunes, or Spotify.The interview with Antonius starts around 37:30. And if your ears feel good, be sure to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast.


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