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Poker Stories Podcast Ankush Mandavia: From Online Specialist To Live High-Stakes Tournament Grinder

Poker Stories Is An Audio Series That Features The Game's Best Players and Personalities


Poker Stories is a long-form audio series that features casual interviews with some of the game’s best players and personalities. Each episode highlights a well-known member of the poker world and dives deep into their favorite tales both on and off the felt.

Ankush Mandavia has been playing poker for the better part of the last decade, but it wasn’t until a couple years after Black Friday that the online specialist made the successful transition to live tournaments. The 31-year-old has since become a regular in the high-stakes events, and has a third-place finish in the $100,000 buy-in PokerStars Caribbean Adventure super high roller for almost $800,000.

The University of Georgia graduate also has a World Series of Poker bracelet, having won the $5,000 turbo event a couple summers ago. He currently has $4.5 million in live-tournament earnings to go along with the millions more he has won online.

Highlights from this interview include eight trips to Jacksonville, getting weeded out, observing the yellow sub, running up big rolls online, five-minute nerves, gunning for buy-ins, getting even chops when short-stacked, being a low-tabler, swapping etiquette, scorpions and chicken broth, and the problem with day 1 tanking.

You can check out the entirety of the interview in the audio player at the top of the page or download it directly to play on the go from iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

Catch up on past episodes featuring Daniel Negreanu, Nick Schulman, Barry Greenstein, Chris Moorman, Bryn Kenney, Mike Sexton, Brian Rast, Jean-Robert Bellande, Scott Seiver, Greg Raymer, Maria Ho and many more. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes automatically when they are released.