Pokercast Episode #311 - Sam Grafton, Jen Shahade and storytime with Lon McEachern
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - On this April fool's day show, Mike and Adam welcome the UK's Sam Grafton to the show for his first ever Pokercast interview. Sam talks about the poker scene in London, losing his passport at the WSOP, how to tell your backer about the bust-out hand and why he wears American sports apparel. The guys also welcome Jen Shahade back to the program to hear about her new appointment as the Pokerstars mind sport ambassador. Jen also gives us her take on her recent TED talk, as then tells us who the favorites would be in the "best poker playing chess player" tournament. The big story of the week is legislation news including a NY state bill to amend the existing laws regarding online horse racing wagering. In ICYMI the lame poker media April fool's day jokes are discussed, as well as Gus Hansen's successful week at the tables. The WSOP countdown continues and in bump some non-NVG threads are discovered. Finally, the password for the April 6th Pokerstars Invitational is given.
Sam "SamSquid" Grafton is a professional poker player from London, England. He is known for his online poker success, with almost $2M in online earnings. Sam also won the Grand Final of the GUKPT in 2012 and is now a video training coach for www.runitonce.com. Learn more about Sam Grafton
Lon McEachern is a sports broadcaster best known for his poker commentary during ESPN’s broadcasts of the WSOP. McEachern attended the University of California Santa Barbara, completing a degree in communications. McEachern joined ESPN’s poker commentary team in the late 1990s, and has held his current position alongside Norman Chad since 2003. Previously Lon has hosted and provided commentary for a wide range of sporting and gaming events, including martial arts, Scrabble, and billiards. Learn more about Lon McEachern
ennifer Shahadeis an American chess player and writer. She is a two-time American women's chess champion and, as of October 2012, has a FIDE rating of 2322. She has the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster. Jennifer is the author of the book Chess Bitch. She also writes for the magazine Chess Life. Jennifer is also a poker player. She placed 17th out of more than 1200 players in the 2007 Ladies World Series of Poker event and placed 33rd out of 1190 in the same event in 2008. After coaching at a poker seminar at the Del Park Casino led by former World Series of Poker Champion Greg Raymer, Jennifer final tabled the 2012 DelPark Main for over $12,000. Learn more about Jennifer Shahade