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The Year 2017 in Thirteen Interviews

2017 has been a busy year for Somuchpoker, as we have sought to bring our followers the very best content we can find.

Interviews form one key part of our content output, and in 2017 we have reached out to many big names in poker, both on a global scale and a more local Asian level too.

As the new year starts, we bring you the list of our best interviews of 2017, and take a closer look at why they were important.

February: Danny McDonagh: inside, out and back again

After years spent as the face of the APPT, Danny McDonagh had become an integral part of live tournament poker in Asia, and in this interview he told us why he called time on his role at PokerStars as the Director of Live Events, and took a 9 month hiatus from working.

[Interview] Danny McDonagh: Inside, Out and Back Again


February: Getting to know Spain’s high roller Sergio Aido

Sergio Aido is a rising star of Spanish poker, and has become an increasingly frequent participant in High Roller events this past year. In this interview he spoke to us about his tournament successes and the fact that he spent a lot of time in Macau playing cash games in 2017.

Interview: Getting to know Spain’s high roller Sergio Aido


March: Martin Gonzales talks of his recent MPC Red Dragon deep finish

In this interview, Martin Gonzalez spoke about his deep run in the MPC Red Dragon event and discussed hero calls, along with his future plans as a player going into 2018 and beyond.

Interview: Martin Gonzales talks of his recent MPC Red Dragon deep finish


April: WPT CEO Adam Pliska: “The poker boom never stopped. It just moved”.

In this interview, CEO of the WPT Adam Pliska gave us his insight into how poker is growing globally. He also discussed where the WPT would be heading next in terms of expanding its brand and what sets the WPT apart from other live tours.

WPT CEO Adam Pliska: The poker boom never stopped. It just moved.


June: Gus Hansen: “Yes, I’m back on the poker scene”

After a self-imposed exile from the game, in which he barely played any poker for two years, Gus Hansen took a moment to talk about his return to the ring in this interview. He told us that he hoped to play more tournaments during the summer, including the WSOP, and gave us details about why he has spent so much time playing high stakes PLO in his career.

Gus Hansen: Yes, I’m back on the poker scene


June: James Obst talks about winning his first WSOP Bracelet and his goals as player

James Obst has seen real success in both the online world, and live. He talked to us about his experiences in the game, his first WSOP bracelet and career goals. He also told us more about how the Australian legal changes are affecting him as a player and his plans going forward.

James Obst talks about winning his first WSOP Bracelet and his goals as player


July: 5 minutes with Julien Tran, Co-founder of Poker Coach Vietnam

This interview saw us sit down for a chat with Julien Tran who is co-founder of Poker Coach Vietnam. He told us about his own poker journey and experiences, and talked with us about the coaching he provides.

5 minutes with Julien Tran, Co-founder of Poker Coach Vietnam


August: An exclusive conversation with poker legend Jennifer Harman

Jennifer Harman has been around the live circuit for years and has a wealth of knowledge about the game, and life as a professional player. She shared some of this knowledge with us during this interview back in August.

An exclusive conversation with poker legend Jennifer Harman


August: Interview with the 2017 MBP Hope Cup Main Event champion John Tech

Back in August, we got the chance to speak to John Tech shortly after he had triumphed in the MBP Hope Cup Main Event. He spoke to us about his victory in this event, and his views on other major live tours.

Interview with the 2017 MBP Hope Cup Main Event champion John Tech


October: Interview with APT Main Event winner Kim Sung Ho and runner-up Jae Hyun “Kyle” Lim

Interview with APT Main Event winner Kim Sung Ho and runner-up Jae Hyun “Kyle” Lim

In this interview, we spoke to the winner and runner up from the APT Main Event, Kim Sung Ho and Jay Hyun ‘Kyle’ Lim. The players talked to us about the tournament itself, along with their backgrounds in the game and much more.


October: A chat with Microstakes legend Nathan’BlackRain79’ Williams

Nathan ‘Blackrain79’ Williams is a micro stakes legend online and in this insightful interview he told us all about his journey which as taken him to Thailand, and about his successes and the games he plays online.

A chat with Microstakes legend Nathan“BlackRain79” Williams


November: A conversation with Jamie Gold – winner of the biggest WSOP Main Event ever

Jamie Gold will always be famous in the poker world for taking down the WSOP Main Event and the biggest ever Main Event prize. In this interview he talked about his greatest victory and where life has taken him since.

A conversation with Jamie Gold – winner of the biggest WSOP Main Event ever


November: A Conversation with WSOP Main Event Winner Qui Nguyen

In this interview, Qui Nguyen talked to us about goals, his mentor and a new book along with the crowning moment of his career – winning the Main Event in 2016.

A Conversation With WSOP Main Event winner Qui Nguyen

Article by Craig Bradshaw


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