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The Runchuks Podcast is dedicated to exploring the path of success for people who have reached the top both within and surrounding the poker industry. Each episode provides a fascinating insight into the mind of someone who has excelled in poker, business or life.
Runchuks brings specialized knowledge to his role as the host. He has been a professional poker player for the past 13 years and can be found in high-stakes PLO cash games around the world and on major online poker sites.

Episodes

Elliot Roe is one of the best mental game and performance coaches in the poker industry. This time we talk about the role sleep plays in helping us maintain high levels of performance, Eliot shares useful tips and tricks for improving our performance at work and some tips for finding and maintaining a life/work balance, and how to make sure we don’t confuse being busy with being productive. 

I highly recommend Elliot’s  A-Game Poker Masterclass course, I found it very useful myself, as have many of my friends. The list of testimonials for the course is very impressive. This course served as a springboard for advancing many poker careers to the next level. So at least have a look at it: http://www.runitonce.com/a/runchuks

I also recommend that you also listen to our first conversation with Elliot from last year, where we talk about the common roadblocks to realizing your potential in poker, that episode has received lots of great feedback as many listeners found it very useful.

On YouTube: https://youtu.be/OB__aOZJxz4

Audio Version: https://runchuks.podbean.com/e/elliot-roe-on-whats-holding-people-back-from-becoming-successful-in-poker/

 

CONNECT WITH ELLIOT:

Website: https://elliotroe.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElliotRoe1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elliotroe/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elliotroe

PrimedMind App: https://primedmind.com/

 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RunchuksP 

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/runchukspoker 

Coaching: https://bit.ly/bts-coaching 

 

PODCAST INFO: 

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2XlvTro 

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ECWIAF 

Podcast Website: https://bit.ly/runchuks-pod 

YouTube playlist: https://bit.ly/podcast-yt

 

OUTLINE:

00:00:00 Intro

00:03:00 Working on your sleep

00:09:43 Moving to a better time zone

00:15:03 Techniques to improve your sleep

00:19:19 A word for the young listeners

00:25:07 Why do we play poker?

00:33:30 Removing labels and transitioning

00:38:33 Work and study ethics

00:44:50 Techniques to improve your performance

00:49:15 How to know what you don't know

00:51:57 Admitting your mistakes

00:56:24 Taking care of your bankroll

01:01:15 Having a meaningful hobby

01:06:15 Setting yourself a long-term plan

01:16:27 A-Game Poker Masterclass

01:17:53 Pandemic impact on poker

01:21:19 Dealing with FOMO

 

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Steffen Sontheimer is a poker player and coach. His total live tournament winnings exceed $13,700,000. And he's also enjoying great success in online and live cash game tables. Steffen joins us once again and this time we dive deeper into optimal techniques for studying poker, discuss GTO vs exploitative play, talk about what it takes to reach the high stakes and remain successful there, we outline the importance of staying flexible in your career as a poker player. We also discuss the importance of legitimizing your income and staying healthy and lots more.

CONNECT WITH STEFFEN:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rungo0serun/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/go0se.core/

Pokercode website: https://www.pokercode.com/

 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RunchuksP 

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/runchukspoker 

Coaching: https://bit.ly/bts-coaching 

 

PODCAST INFO: 

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2XlvTro 

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ECWIAF 

Podcast Website: https://bit.ly/runchuks-pod 

YouTube playlist: https://bit.ly/podcast-yt

 

OUTLINE:

00:00:00 Intro

00:03:00 The impact of the pandemic on Steffen's plans

00:08:59 Transitioning back to high stakes cash games

00:13:38 New Germany regulations

00:21:37 Stay flexible

00:26:36 Weight your options

00:35:43 Paying taxes and bank accounts

00:42:44 Explaining what you do for a living

00:55:59 New players joining the game

01:00:03 Body signals

01:11:09 Gameplan to play high stakes

01:30:49 Deviating from GTO

01:44:05 Reaction game

01:51:57 Vladimir Kramnik on the best solutions

02:01:13 Pokercode

02:09:32 Who is Pokercode for?

02:13:31 Coaching plans

02:16:12 Links in the description below

 

You might also want to check out our first conversation with Steffen here: https://youtu.be/LfCuMWvpHWc

 

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Poker player and gambling author Mason Malmuth joins us once again to discuss his new book, Cardrooms: Everything Bad and How to Make Them Better. We talk about the importance of the proper balance between luck and skill in poker, how poker managers can promote the game, and what can players do to sustain the profitability of the game.

In his 34 years as a full-time gambler and gambling writer, Mason has co-authored 15 other books. Mason’s publishing company Two Plus Two LLC has sold over two million books on gambling. Two Plus Two has published over three dozen books on poker, written by some of the biggest names in the field.

 

CONNECT WITH MASON:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/masonmalmuth

Two Plus Two Poker: https://www.twoplustwo.com/

 

CONNECT: 

Subscribe to this channel: https://bit.ly/runchuks-yt 

Subscribe to newsletter: https://www.runchukspodcast.com 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RunchuksP 

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/runchukspoker 

Coaching: https://bit.ly/bts-coaching 

 

PODCAST INFO:

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2XlvTro

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ECWIAF

Podcast Website: https://bit.ly/runchuks-pod

YouTube playlist: https://bit.ly/podcast-yt

 

OUTLINE:

00:00:00 Intro

00:04:05 Cardrooms: Everything Bad and How to Make Them Better

00:09:04 Keeping recreational players in the game

00:12:48 The balance between luck and skill

00:15:28 Small stakes are dying

00:18:46 Railing tables

00:26:35 Win rate and speeding up the game

00:31:28 Running it twice

00:39:17 Dealers

00:48:53 Favorite rooms

00:52:11 Tips for poker players

00:53:22 Maximum buy-in

01:02:11 Straddles

01:14:05 High stakes area

01:15:26 Sucker privileges

01:20:47 Private list

01:23:13 Table structures

01:26:08 Promotion ideas

01:44:59 Rake structure

01:49:48 Low stakes games

01:51:31 Online poker environment

01:56:07 Live poker environment

02:00:52 Poker variants post solver era

02:04:56 Sixteen different games that cardrooms might want to try

02:10:24 If there was one change

02:13:49 Feedback from a cardroom manager and players

02:16:06 Must move tables

02:21:01 The ever-changing poker environment

02:22:43 Free book for cardroom managers

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Professional poker player and teacher Cory Mikesell talks about his book on PLO theory and practice. Also, as a National Chess Master, he talks about approaches to learning chess that also apply to poker, and shares his insights about efficient learning.

Cory spends tremendous effort to dig down to the first principles in poker theory. For example, he constructed a database of analyses covering every line and stack size in Heads-up. He shared how visualization helps him strategize his plays.

 

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https://www.corymikesell.com/store-1/p/heads-up-plo-the-definitive-guide

 

CONNECT WITH CORY:

Website: https://www.corymikesell.com/

 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RunchuksP 

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Coaching: https://bit.ly/bts-coaching 

 

PODCAST INFO:

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2XlvTro

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ECWIAF

Podcast Website: https://bit.ly/runchuks-pod

YouTube playlist: https://bit.ly/podcast-yt

 

OUTLINE:

00:00:00 Intro

00:03:00 PLO Book

00:10:43 Most common mistakes in studying process

00:12:37 Deviating from solvers

00:20:51 Surprising learning concepts

00:33:12 Chess approach applied to poker

00:40:13 Developing your methodology

00:52:50 We are playing against humans

00:57:10 Phil Hellmuth vs. Doug Polk

01:00:22 Assuming that your opponent thinks like you

01:04:12 Observant player

01:09:27 Advice for playing anonymous tables / HUD-less tables

01:12:59 Focusing on live poker

01:18:56 Not willing to put in the work or pay for the work

01:25:30 EV from the book

01:29:49 How to approach studying

01:36:07 Podcast world

01:39:51 What top athletes have in common

01:48:40 Discipline equals freedom

01:52:56 One less decision you have to make

01:55:50 Studying hand histories

02:04:45 Laser focus

02:08:18 Learning through interesting material

02:15:48 Links in the description below

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Australian poker pro Rory Young shares valuable advice for poker players. We talk about the life lessons we’ve learned from poker, and we hear the details behind the "30 days in a dark bathroom bet". Rory also talks about his journey to becoming a success and shares the importance of connecting with our emotions and being surrounded by the right people.

 

Check out Rory's business project here: https://odinpoker.io/

 

CONNECT: 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RunchuksP

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/runchukspoker

Coaching: https://bit.ly/bts-coaching

 

PODCAST INFO: 

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2XlvTro

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ECWIAF

Podcast Website: https://bit.ly/runchuks-pod

YouTube playlist: https://bit.ly/podcast-yt

 

OUTLINE

00:00:00 Intro

00:03:44 Meet Rory Young

00:06:21 Getting into poker back in the day

00:10:48 Variance is nasty

00:14:13 Leave work at work... And be absolutely obsessed

00:19:49 Not doing it for the money anymore

00:26:17 Successful poker players can REALLY achieve anything?

00:27:52 Figure out your hourly and where you're in your life

00:32:04 Getting into business

00:38:05 Valuing your freedom

00:43:19 Perseverance

00:44:49 Having the right people around you

00:50:33 Bidding

00:52:51 Learning from friends

00:56:55 Identifying blind spots

01:04:07 Don't have an assistant

01:07:01 The people who think they're the most self-aware

01:10:29 Do you hate poker? Poker is like a job for you?

01:19:58 Connecting with your feelings

01:22:12 Negativity

01:29:24 Not everything is for everyone

01:31:37 Hate culture

01:36:43 Censorship

01:41:49 The Dark Bathroom bet

01:56:16 The Huck Seed call

01:59:14 Would you take the bet?

02:02:53 Sauna

02:06:14 Las Vegas climate

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Lukas Robinson went from a recreational player to a sponsored pro with his remarkable feat of streaming 1000 hours of poker on Twitch in 100 days without a single day off. Tune in to learn how he was able to achieve it, and learn his habits, routines, and tricks. 

This episode is packed with useful tips and great insight into the world of streaming poker. If you are aspiring to become a professional poker player, want to play poker for fun, want to start your own poker stream, are looking for new ideas and directions in your poker career, including how to improve your routine, your schedule, your approach to nutrition and sleep - there's a lot of value to be found in this conversation. 

 

Connect with Lukas: 

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/robinpoker/?hl=en

Twitter https://twitter.com/robinpoker_?lang=en

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChQnroFIgh-0JmGqyTGY-_Q/featured

Twitch https://www.twitch.tv/robinpoker/about

 

CONNECT: 

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Subscribe to newsletter: https://www.runchukspodcast.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RunchuksP

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/runchukspoker

Coaching: https://bit.ly/bts-coaching

 

PODCAST INFO: 

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2XlvTro

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ECWIAF

Podcast Website: https://runchuks.podbean.com/

YouTube playlist: https://bit.ly/podcast-yt

 

OUTLINE:

0:00:00 Intro

00:01:23 Lukas Robinson

00:04:51 Streaming 1000 hours in 100 days

00:11:37 Quitting mid-challenge?

00:14:28 Worst and best moments during the challenge

00:21:25 Community aspect

00:23:22 Becoming a poker pro

00:31:22 Physical preparation for the challenge

00:38:03 Burning out

00:42:34 Keeping a routine

00:48:02 Achieving your dreams and having no regrets

00:54:20 Things to look for if you want to improve

00:56:25 Streaming poker vs gaming

01:01:21 Having a day off to reset your mindset

01:03:49 Last days of the challenge

01:07:39 Reality vs expectation

01:12:05 How the rest of the day looked like

01:16:54 Parents take on poker (wait for it)

01:20:54 Getting into poker, mistakes, excuses, and goals

01:27:20 Learning from mistakes

01:30:40 Being emotional

01:33:50 Finding a way to achieve your dream

01:40:21 Life after the challenge

01:42:57 What made me get better at poker

01:45:49 What's next for Lukas Robinson?

01:47:14 Collab stream

01:53:11 "it's not the end, it's the beginning"

01:55:46 Leaving the comfort zone

02:00:44 Who is going to break this record?

02:07:04 The role of variance in early stages of poker career

02:16:54 Taking the leap of faith

02:21:24 Negative society

02:23:26 Achieving full potential

02:30:44 Links in the description below

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Learn the value of having a mindset coach for poker players. Karim Chelli joins us to share his experience in helping poker players unlock their full potential. We talk about the value of having a mindset coach to improve your performance, about the biggest lessons he has learned from being a coach for seven years. Aside from helpful tips about changing your mentality, he also gives us a few keys to improve our socializing skills and maintain relationships.

Find out more about Karim on his website https://karimchelli.com/

 

CONNECT: 

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Subscribe to newsletter: https://www.runchukspodcast.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RunchuksP

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/runchukspoker

Coaching: https://bit.ly/bts-coaching

PODCAST INFO: 

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2XlvTro

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ECWIAF

Podbean: https://bit.ly/runchuks-pod

YouTube playlist: https://bit.ly/podcast-yt

OUTLINE: 

00:00:00 Intro

00:01:18 Key advice for poker players

00:02:59 Recognizing the need for a mindset coach

00:04:50 Areas where poker players struggle the most

00:06:42 One universal advice

00:09:50 Cooldown after wrapping up your session

00:11:16 Quitting the session

00:16:40 Coaching since 21

00:21:10 Dating coaching

00:25:19 How to overcome the fear of rejection

00:38:24 I want a girlfriend

00:46:23 List five reasons why you play poker

00:52:42 Poker journey

00:56:36 Getting better and better

01:00:54 Keeping the relationship fresh

01:05:17 Biggest lessons from being a coach

01:10:29 Figuring it out by yourself

01:12:33 The value of a mindset coach

01:17:10 Karim Chelli social media

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Learn more about the healthy approach to a poker player's lifestyle! High-stakes professional poker players are brilliant people in many ways. They know they have the potential and capability to be on top of their game. However, intellectual giftedness comes with a price. Poker pros may find themselves burnt out, overworked, and crippled by their fear of failure.

In this episode, Coach Bahman shares his experiences in coaching professional poker players. He talks about the concept of intellectual giftedness and the challenges, fears, and struggles of high-stakes players.

 

Connect with Coach Bahman

Website https://www.coachbahman.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/coachbahman

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/coachbahman/

 

CONNECT:

Subscribe to this channel: https://bit.ly/runchuks-yt

Subscribe to newsletter: https://www.runchukspodcast.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RunchuksP

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/runchukspoker

Coaching: https://bit.ly/bts-coaching

 

PODCAST INFO: 

Website: https://bit.ly/runchuks-pod

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2XlvTro

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ECWIAF

YouTube playlist: https://bit.ly/podcast-yt

 

OUTLINE

00:00:00 Intro

00:01:26 Coach Bahman

00:03:40 Youth counselor

00:12:15 Mentor

00:16:48 What is intelligence?

00:23:09 Finding your potential

00:32:33 The common struggles of poker players

00:40:17 Goal setting

00:45:02 The key traits of a poker professional

00:48:11 The problem with poker freedom

00:54:23 High expectations

01:04:20 Mental performance and bad habits

01:13:16 Fear of missing out

01:18:12 Having time for yourself

01:24:32 Good diet

01:28:26 Keeping a journal

01:33:18 How to approach poker and life

01:49:54 Diversifying your skillset

01:53:56 Intellectual giftedness

02:01:29 Keeping the score

02:08:49 Struggling

02:14:54 The high stakes poker player lifestyle

02:19:50 Transitioning from NLHE to PLO

02:31:16 The podcast for smart people

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Fedor Holz has won the WSOP, EPT, and WTP titles and has over $40 million in tournament earnings. When it comes to building a successful poker career, he really knows what he’s talking about. A few years ago he was voted #1 online poker player and #1 live poker player in the world. 

In this conversation, Fedor shares lots of powerful insights and advice about poker, business, and life. He explains his learning process, the way he gets in the zone when it really matters, how maintains full focus, how to avoid common pitfalls when working with solvers - so much of this is truly valuable. And of course, we also talk about his upcoming HU battle vs Wiktor 'limitless' Malinowski. 

I’ll share my key takeaways from this episode in my newsletter, so sign up for it on https://www.runchukspodcast.com

CONNECT: 

Subscribe to this channel: https://bit.ly/runchuks-yt

Subscribe to newsletter: https://www.runchukspodcast.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RunchuksP

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/runchukspoker

Coaching: https://bit.ly/bts-coaching

 

PODCAST INFO: 

Podcast Website: https://runchuks.podbean.com

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2XlvTro

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ECWIAF

YouTube playlist: https://bit.ly/podcast-yt

 

OUTLINE: 

00:00:00 Intro

00:01:25 Match against Wiktor 'Iimitless' Malinowski

00:08:49 Mental game

00:16:31 In the zone

00:21:01 New information

00:27:10 How to ask the right question

00:30:56 Ways of learning

00:37:25 The right questions

00:44:45 Beating mid and high stakes

00:48:06 Focus level

00:53:51 Out of the comfort zone

00:58:13 Solver traps

00:59:53 Who is Fedor Holz?

01:05:15 What do you want to do?

01:09:15 Identity

01:13:46 Opportunities

01:26:01 Picking your dreams

01:30:33 I can do anything, but I can't do everything

01:31:37 Current challenges

01:37:57 Nothing is everything

1:42:43 Taking time off

01:47:17 The path is not straight

 

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Richard Turner is one of the best close-up card magicians in the world. He has entertained millions of people around the world and won several prestigious awards for his achievements in magic. In this conversation, we talk about the extraordinary way Richard's brain works and how he turns his weaknesses into his strengths. Richard describes how he lives with the Charles Bonnet syndrome and how it allows him to achieve extraordinary feats. Richard also recalls multiple great stories about his interaction with Muhammad Ali. We also talk about the upcoming movie project and about the big lessons Richard took away from his 4 great mentors - John Murphey, Steve Terrell, Gene Fisher, and Dai Vernon. 

 

Make sure to check out Richard's website http://www.RichardTurner52.com 

 

CONNECT: 

Subscribe to this channel: https://bit.ly/runchuks-yt

Subscribe to newsletter: https://www.runchukspodcast.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RunchuksP

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/runchukspoker

Coaching: https://bit.ly/bts-coaching

 

PODCAST INFO: 

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2XlvTro

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ECWIAF

YouTube playlist: https://bit.ly/podcast-yt

Podcast Website: https://runchuks.podbean.com

 

OUTLINE:

00:00:00 Intro

00:01:04 Richardturner52

00:02:14 Trip to Russia

00:05:34 Charles Bonnet Syndrome

00:07:27 How Richard's brain works

00:11:16 Superhuman Incredible People

00:14:22 Using Charles Bonnet Syndrome

00:30:42 Runchuks plays Batty

00:38:59 Upcoming feature film about Richard's life

00:42:54 Talent trumps wealth

00:45:05 Muhammad Ali

00:53:13 The four mentors - John Murphey

00:53:44 Steve Terrell

00:54:42 Gene Fisher

01:01:48 Dai Vernon

 

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