Jonathan Little: Poker Coaching & Degeneracy

Today’s guest on CPG needs no introduction but he’s gonna get one anyway…

Jonathan Little has amassed $7.4 million in lifetime live MTT cashes (Including 2 WPT titles & the season 6 WPT Player of the Year award), has built an audience of more than 127,000 on YouTube, and runs one of the largest poker training platforms on the market PokerCoaching.com.

He’s also a collector… which makes a lot of sense considering his background in Magic: The Gathering & the sheer coaching talent he’s put together (Including yours truly) over at PokerCoaching.com.

And because of his unquenchable appetite for collecting all the things, he’s also recently launched an NFT project with *SHOCKER* actual real-world utility called “Deck of Degeneracy”.

The premise is simple enough that it makes sense even to an NFT noob like myself :

JL & his crew minted 50 decks of 54 playing cards (a whopping 2,700 total NFTs designed by artist Wes Henry) and, by owning an NFTs, you get access to a membership club.

Once you’re in, JL & his team have come up with fun challenges (like collecting a Royal Flush) so that you can earn additional perks like a 1% freeroll in the $50k Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open that’s worth ~$500.

If you’d like to learn more outside of this podcast episode, you can also head to DeckofDegeneracy.com.

Now, without any further ado, I bring to you the founder of PokerCoaching.com and great friend of the CPG podcast… the one and only Jonathan Little.

Fergal Nealon: Poker Pro Hand Delivering Supplies to Ukraine

Today’s guest on CPG is a former professional poker player who’s the founder of StoryTracks (A dynamic storytelling platform that showcases authentic & real experiences) as well as Rapid Response Ukraine, a humanitarian organization that delivers urgent medical supplies directly to the health department in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Some folks talk about action, other folks act. Fergal Nealon acts.

In the wake of the devastating war in Ukraine, Fergal created Rapid Response Ukraine has thus far raised over $120k (With the poker world contributing a healthy percentage of that total). You’re gonna learn all about what RRU is doing & where those funds are invested as well as hear an insane story about hand-delivering said medical supplies at the Ukrainian border.

Before we dive deeply into Rapid Response Ukraine, however, you’re also going to learn about how Fergal fell into the world of poker, why he moved on to running StoryTracks, and a genuinely heartbreaking story about his most painful poker session of all time.

If you’d like to donate to Rapid Response Ukraine, there will be a link you can click through in this episode’s description (Here is that link: https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11431158_rapid-response-ukraine.html), as well as the showpage on ChasingPokerGreatness.com.

So now, without any further ado, I bring to you former poker professional & natural born storyteller Fergal Nealon.

Brett Richey: From Bobby’s Room Battler to Running a Startup

Today’s guest on the Chasing Poker Greatness podcast has racked up $1.5 million in live MTT cashes and is well-known far and wide for being one of the elite nosebleed mixed game poker players in the world… Brett Richey.

Brett’s poker journey as a professional poker player lasted for well over a decade, where he’s accumulated a treasure trove of Greatness Bombs, life lessons, and stories that he’s going to share with you today.

While poker will always hold a place that’s near and dear to Brett’s heart, for the past 7 years he’s been living and breathing in the world of his web3 blockchain startup in the sports betting niche, Blitzpick.

In today’s show with mixed game crusher Brett Richey you’re going to learn his poker origin story, all about his love for mixed games, lessons he learned from poker that he applies to his startup, and much much more.

So now, without any further ado, I bring to you OG elite mixed game crusher Brett Richey.

Jamie Staples: OG Poker Streamer & PartyPoker Pro

Today’s guest on CPG is one of the most popular Twitch streamers in the world and PartyPoker sponsored pro Jaime Staples.

As of this episode’s release, Jaime has cashed for over $1.5 million in combined online & live poker tournaments with no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Today’s conversation with Jaime is gonna travel to some uncomfortable territory as we have a frank discussion about invisible suffering hiding in plain sight all around us. Unfortunately, this is an area where your humble podcast host has infinitely more questions than answers, but that doesn’t mean it’s a topic unworthy of dragging into the light.

It does beg some uncomfortable questions, though:

If you catch Poker Greatness, what can you DO with it that helps alleviate the suffering of your fellow man?

And what do you do if you realize that there are some problems much too big for any one person to tackle alone?

Perhaps this conversation will set up a future Philosophical Friday discussion with Duncan on moving beyond a zero-sum game into the realm of * gasp*… non-zero sum games or win-wins.

If this intro feels like you’re getting set up for something heavy, don’t worry too much… we’re also gonna spend an ample amount of time diving into the wide world of everything poker.

And if you happened to miss my earlier episode with Jaime or a very early episode with his brother Matt… I’d highly suggest checking out those Greatness Bomb dripping conversations as soon as you’re done listening to this one.

Now, without any further Ado, I bring to you one of the most thoughtful and noble poker ambassadors in the world… Jaime Staples.

Leo Wolpert: $10k Heads Up WSOP Bracelet Winner

Today’s guest on Chasing Poker Greatness is a practicing attorney who has racked up close to $2 million in career live MTT cashes, Leo Wolpert.

One highlight of Leo’s career that you’re about to hear all about is his WSOP gold bracelet win in the 2009 $10k heads-up event where he bested the likes of John Duthie, Dustin “Neverwin” Woolf, Jamin Stokes, and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi.

While the poker world has certainly gone through its fair share of scandals in 2022, I think it’s especially important to shine a bright light on the folks in the community who spend their life force doing noble work and, to me, Leo fits the bill perfectly.

In today’s show with Leo Wolpert you’re going to learn all about his journey through the world of poker, a devastating statistic regarding our beloved canine companions, how poker currently fits into Leo’s life, and much MUCH more!

Now, without any further ado, I bring to you the one and only Leo Wolpert.

Wayne Chiang: Let the High Stakes Poker Live Stream Wars Begin!

Today’s guest on CPG is former co-owner of Live at the Bike, Wayne Chiang who’s dropping in to share some very exciting news:

Live at the Bike is BACK and better than ever!

So, without spoiling too much of the show, today you’re gonna learn why the poker world ought to be insanely excited about the new Live at the Bike ownership, how the OG live stream has evolved in the year 2022, and what Wayne believes will be future of Live at the Bike & the streaming space in general.

Also, if you wanna sneak peak of the brand spanking new State of the Art Live at the Bike setup and you’re on YouTube, be sure to stick around after today’s show so that you can watch Head CPG Private Coach Shu & I break down two pre-recorded hands played on the new Live at the Bike setup by today’s guest Wayne Chiang.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Chris Sparks: High Stakes Online Poker OG

Today’s guest on the Chasing Poker Greatness podcast is OG high stakes online poker crusher Chris Sparks, and it’s one of those conversations that I live for.

I don’t exactly know how Chris, a man whose network of friends includes a who’s who of poker royalty (Including nosebleed live destroyer of worlds, Garrett Adelstein), managed to slip underneath my radar for so long, but I am so grateful I got a chance to right that wrong.

In my defense… While Chris still battles in both the digital and live arenas, these days he spends most of his energy outside of poker in the startup space, where he focuses on streamlining systems & processes so that these businesses can efficiently maximize their resources (Gee, I wonder where he first started learning & developing those skills?).

If you’d like to dive deeper into what Chris is up to these days, you should check out his home base on the world wide web forcingfunction.com which includes an incredible & forever relevant poker article titled:

Play to Win: Meta-Skills in High Stakes Poker

With that said, in today’s conversation with Chris Sparks you’re going to learn:

All about Chris’s journey through the world of online poker.

The hard-won poker lessons he regularly applies to his daily life.

Lessons he’s learned in the world of startups that you can apply to your poker game.

And much, MUCH more!

Now, without any further ado, I bring to you high performance & leadership wizard… The one and only Chris Sparks.

Tom Schneider: Country Music Crooning Nose Bleed Crusher

Today’s guest on CPG, Tom “DonkeyBomber” Schneider, is a man of many talents. Among those talents are singing/songwriting, entrepreneurship, c-suite businessman, writing books, and public speaking.

In the world of poker, he’s primarily battled in high stakes live cash games over the decades while also dabbling in MTTs & racking up over $2.3 million in lifetime cashes and snagging the WSOP Player of the Year.

Simply put: the man’s a quintessential high performer and a treasure trove of hilarious poker stories and wisdom.

In today’s episode with the DonkeyBomber, you’re going to learn:

– Why believing you’re always playing your best has serious consequences in your poker career.

– The hilarious story behind Tom’s DonkeyBomber nickname.

– Why you should trust those bad feelings in your gut in the middle of your poker sessions.

– And much, MUCH more!

Now, without any further ado, it’s my honor and privilege to bring to you a legend in the world of poker… the one and only Tom “DonkeyBomber” Schneider.

Justin Hammer: Growing the Game & Making Guarantees

Today’s guest on CPG was a 2022 finalist for the GPI tournament director of the year, is the tournament supervisor for the MGM Grand, and is touted by CPG favorite & one day poker hall of famer Matt Savage as one of the very best in the world at his craft… Justin Hammer.

I had an amazing time speaking with Justin & learning about everything that goes into estimating & hitting tournament guarantees, what the other side of an overlay feels like when guarantees are missed, and how it feels running tournaments in Texas where, as we all know, everything is bigger.

Before you dive in and learn more about Justin, there are some technical difficulties in today’s episode so please bear with us and, if you just can’t take it, tag Matt Savage on Twitter and send him your complaints.

I’m sure it’s somehow his fault.

Now, without any further ado, I bring to you one of the very best & brightest tournament directors in the whole world… the one & only Justin Hammer.

Jon “Apestyles” Van Fleet: $20 Million+ in Online MTT Cashes

Today’s guest on CPG has over $20,000,000 in lifetime online MTT cashes and is genuinely one of my favorite human beings in the world of poker, Jon “Apestyles” Van Fleet.

It’s been about a year since the last time the Great Ape was on CPG and you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the man continues to thrive.

His Twitch stream remains one of the most popular poker streams on the face of the planet, he’s now an ACR sponsored pro, he’s sold thousands & thousands of his Apestyles Bundle, and he’s recently released a new Apestyles Bootcamp over on BBZPoker.

In my opinion, the world at large needs a billion or so more human beings like Jon. He’s authentic, empathetic, quick-witted, quick to laugh, and genuinely cares about his fellow human beings.

You probably don’t wanna see him sitting at your poker table, though.

With that said, in today’s Round 3 conversation with Jon “Apestyles” Van Fleet, you’re going to learn:

What on earth the “Pocket Snails” project is and why it’s near and dear to Jon’s heart.

The only platform where the Ape is a net losing player (With hopes to turn that around in 2022).

How Jon deals with being live on stream during amazing highs and gut-wrenching lows that come with being a poker player.

And much, MUCH more!

Now, without any further ado, I bring to you one of the greatest online poker players of all-time… Jon “Apestyles” Van Fleet.