In recent years, podcasts have become a hit, and you can find plenty of them in any niche. Poker is no exception, and there are regular podcasts that provide valuable content. Whether it is about strategy, news or anything else, you can learn a lot and have fun at the same time. Many of them will also host special tournaments and promotions, which adds extra value to the whole experience.
So, if you’ve ever wondered how to find the best ones, here’s my opinion on it.
Thinking Poker Podcast
The Thinking Poker podcast is released on a weekly basis and is one of the most balanced shows online. It is a mix of strategies, lifestyle and news about exciting events in the poker scene hosted by Andrew “Foucault” Brokos and Nate Meyvis.
You will often find exclusive interviews with poker celebrities and learn a thing or two about their career. The podcast digs deep into the life of a poker player and brings you some details from behind the scenes. You will get to know some hidden aspects of the game from people who have first-hand experience.
Moreover, Andrew and Nate occasionally review poker books to give you a source of useful information. The best thing is that the team brings some next level strategy to the table but manage to explain it in a simple way. Sometimes, they even review specific poker hands to give you a better illustration of certain situations.
Therefore, you can surely learn a thing or two following this podcast.
The Red Chip Poker Podcast
The Red Chip Poker podcast runs once a week and brings you mini-coaching sessions. James “SplitSuit” Sweeney, the owner of this site, was personally the original host of the show, and now the torch has been passed to Zac Shaw who does a great job interviewing coaches and bringing a high-level view of poker strategy to your ear buds. This really is one of the most valuable options out there if you are looking to improve your game on the go.
The Red Chip Poker is invaluable to beginners and experienced players alike. The coaches on the show try to cover various games, formats, and limits. Chances are you will be able to find expert advice for your particular game. Many people have benefited greatly from this podcast and have brought their game to the next level.
The good news is that the focus is not solely on online poker. You can receive tons of advice for live poker strategy as well. All of the editions of the Red Chip Poker podcast are available in the archive, so you could go through them to find relevant shows from the past. I highly recommend checking it out.
The Poker Life Podcast
As the name suggest, the Poker Life podcast mainly focuses on the lifestyle of poker players and all of its aspects. Joey Ingram who is a poker player himself hosts this show. The guy is often visited by some of the most famous celebrities in the poker world and discusses various topics with them.
Other podcasts can hardly match the list of guests that Joey brings to his show. The likes of Jason Koon, Phil Helmuth, Doug Polk, and Fedor Holz are some of the guests of the show in May 2017 alone! Joey Ingram has interviewed most poker superstars at some point, and you could expect more of the same in the future.
However, there is no specific schedule, so you will find a new episode whenever Joey manages to get someone to join. To be honest, he succeeds often enough, and sometimes you can hear two editions within the same day.
The Poker Life Podcast covers both live and online poker. You will learn a lot about different aspects of the lives of famous poker players. You will also have a chance to hear how they prepare for tournaments, how they improve their skills, how their daily routines look and much more.
One of the best things of this particular podcast is that you will hear wild stories about Vegas directly from people involved. It is truly an amazing experience, and there is probably enough material to make a movie, so you are guaranteed to have a good time.
Ante Up Magazine Podcast
The podcast of the Ante Up Magazine podcast is the oldest one out there. It was introduced in 2005 and been around since then. If you want to find a show from that time, you can easily look it up in the archive. As you can imagine, there is a good reason why it survived for so long. There is no fixed schedule, but the podcast runs at least a couple times per month and has not missed a week so far. Current hosts Chris Cosenza and Scott Long do everything you can think of to make this show interesting and beneficial.
Thanks to the vast experience, the Ante Up Podcast seems to have found the winning formula. The podcast provides all kinds of content: news, strategies, lifestyle, coverage of big live tournaments and anything poker-related. There are a couple of different segments for each show. They are called ‘O’Mally’s Move‘, ‘Hand of the Week‘ and ‘Listener’s Spotlight‘. As the latter suggests, you can actively participate in the podcast, which is another advantage of the Ante Up show.
All of the content comes with a pinch of humor, which makes the whole experience even more entertaining and worth checking out. One of the biggest testimonies is the Bluff Magazine’s Readers Choice Award for The Best Poker Podcast.
Probably every poker player out there has heard of TwoPlusTwo. It is the largest online community that covers all aspects of the game. From online rooms, promotions and news, to live poker, lifestyle, and everything else. It is no surprise to see their own Pokercast in this list. It has been around since 2008 and has run since then.
It is hard to highlight one particular aspect of poker that dominates the TwoPlusTwo Pokercast. The guys try to include all things. You will find many strategy discussions, interviews with poker players, and overviews of big online and live poker tournaments.
Since many of the best players in the world are part of the TwoPlusTwo community, you will often see guest hosts of the highest caliber. It is a great way to get their thoughts on the main poker events. Moreover, sometimes you will hear unique stories, crazy prop bets and jokes that will brighten up your day.
Overall, podcasts are a great way to get some poker tips while on the go. And with the podcast market growing each year, don’t be suprised if new additions add upon these great shows with unique segments and viewpoints. That being said, these are only my favorite 5 podcasts – not a comprehensive list. So if I missed any of your favorites, feel free to tweet at me @SplitSuit and let me know which ones you love so I can add them into my listening rotation ♥
Also, if you really enjoy podcasts, you are sure to love high-quality audiobooks too. Here is my list of the best poker audiobooks that you should add to your library.