PokerNews Podcast: WSOP Leaving ESPN, Damian Salas Debate & Guest Steven Pique of Sahara Poker


On the latest special episode of the PokerNews Podcast, Sarah Herring, Jeff Platt, and Chad Holloway talk the World Series of Poker (WSOP) moving from ESPN to CBS Sports, the WSOP.com online bracelet event schedule, and highlights from the GGPoker Spring Festival, including Lev Gottlieb capturing his fourth title.

Toss in Connor Drinan’s epic GGSF comeback win and a discussion on whether or not 2020 WSOP champ Damian Salas is the real deal after winning a PokerStars SCOOP title, and it’s another must-listen episode.

Plus, they welcome guest Steven Pique, the Director of Poker Operations at Saharah Las Vegas. The industry insider, who was previously profiled by PokerNews here, shared his thoughts on opening a poker room in the current climate, the importance of mixed games and competent staff, and his mission to take poker back to its core of allowing players to have fun.

Big thanks to the special sponsor this week in Elite Chip Care, which you can learn more about here.

Time Stamps

Time Topic
00:24 Welcome to the show
00:35 Hitting it hard with Sarah’s Grandma
01:42 Teasing guest Steven Pique of Sahara Poker
02:05 Jeff’s experience at Lone Star Poker Series Champions Club
04:39 WSOP done at ESPN, headed for CBS Sports
12:42 WSOP.com online bracelet schedule revealed
18:25 Elite Chip Care
19:11 Guest Steven Pique, Sahara Director of Poker Operations, joins the show
20:46 Opening a poker room when others are shutting down
23:12 What’s the vibe of the Sahara poker room?
26:40 Spreading mixed games
28:30 Taking poker back to being a good time
32:00 Sahara promotions and comps
35:40 The importance of comfortable chairs & food options
39:00 Dead areas of Vegas being brought back to life
41:30 Sahara plans for the summer
46:33 Advertisement: Elite Chip Care
47:38 Highlights from the GGPoker Spring Festival
47:50 Lev Gottlieb wins 4th GGSF title
49:46 F*** Donnie Peters
52:33 Makita “Boss Baby” Badziakouski
53:44 Connor Drinan’s epic GGSF comeback win
57:06 2020 WSOP champ Damian Salas wins SCOOP title; is he the real deal?
1:02:50 A look at the next PokerNews Debate
1:04:46 Is Chad going to MSPT Deadwood?
1:07:27 Sponsor: GGPoker

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