Pokercast 353 - Ali Nejad and Joe Stapleton
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - This week on the Pokercast: Adam and Terrence are back in studio together and this week they have brought along their old friend Thomas Koo. Thomas has been in the Poker industry for a dog's age, formerly working for Pokerstars and running the LAPT. The crew starts off with another story involving guns in mexico, but no guns were actually fired this time. Thomas recounts an LAPT stop in Mexico which was stopped mid-way because of the Mexican authorities. Adam brings up a story about Bovada taking big losses due to UFC underdogs winning the majority of fights, Terrence weighs in and then Adam runs through his Poker Power 20 rankings (so far). Moving into “In Case You Missed It” our lead story is the raid of “Seal With Clubs” Bitcoin poker site marketing director Bryan Micon’s house being raided by the Nevada Gaming Commision. Other stories include: A poker player proving he can play Spin & Go’s profitably over a large sample for a prop bet, Negreanu blogs about who should be barred from the WSOP, The Aviation Club closes and Katie Dozier’s open letter to Pokerstars about the upcoming $9M Sunday Million. We’ve got 2 guest’s this week that are heavyweights of poker broadcasting, Ali Nejad is our first. You may recognize Ali as the voice of “Poker After Dark”, “Poker Road Radio” and other poker shows, He joins us to talk about his past experiences in poker and what he’s up to now. Ali (who’s broaching 1M followers on Twitter) is the host of a brand new show with an interesting concept, interacting with people he meets on social media, it’s called “The Social Life”. He also plays a game of “Stripper Trivia” with us, and tells stories such as the time he got to play Xbox on the jumbotron at a football stadium. Joe Stapleton is on right after Ali, Joe really needs no introduction as he is the hilarious co-host of the EPT broadcast’s. Joe has been around a good while, too. He recounts his days coming up with the Poker Road crew and where those guys are at now. Joe talks about being an American living in Europe, and how he bombed doing stand-up in London using that premise. The guys share their favourite “Challenge Stapes” episodes, plus Stapes talks about the amount of fame that comes with being a poker host and travelling the tournament circuit. In “140 or less” the crew reviews the best tweet’s from poker players this week, and then share their “Favourite Things!” where Ross debuts a new intro. Be sure to listen all the way through the show for the hidden password and format to the Pokerstars Invitational, and a golden “Moment of Zen” at the end of the Pokercast!
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Born in San Francisco, Ali Nejad has an extensive career in broadcasting, especially poker broadcasting. Ali was the host of the late great “Poker Road” Podcast then moved on to host NBC’s Poker After Dark, where he appeared as a player a few times too. Ali travelled the US covering college football for ESPNU’s Road Trip and also hosted Sportcentre’s “Guinness Suite”. Now Ali has embarked on a new journey, to interact with people on social media… In real life. Nejad is the host of the new show “The Social Life” on the HLN network. Learn more about Ali Nejad
Starting into the Poker broadcast industry in it's early days (2005) Joe Stapleton has held many jobs, from being a live reporter on the floor at the WSOP to now the voice of the EPT on major television networks. Joe really started as a poker personality for Cardplayer's podcast "The Circuit", then he moved on to the "Poker Road Radio" show. Joe also co-hosted a comedy podcast with Scott Huff which started as "2 Jacks in the Hole" and then became "Huff & Stapes". Now Stapleton has moved on to being a mainstay for all EPT and Pokerstars broadcasts, and you can catch him on your local sports network. Learn more about Joe Stapleton