The Chip Race Will get Set To Have fun Its a hundredth Podcast

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Irish duo David Lappin and Dara O’Kearney are about to broadcast the a hundredth version of the ever-popular The Chip Race podcast. Doug Polk, Jonathan “Apestyles” Van Fleet, Irish veteran Annette O’Carroll be a part of Lappin and O’Kearney for the a hundredth episode, plus there are particular appearances from greater than a dozen former friends.

Hitting 100 episodes since 2015 is kind of an achievement in its personal proper, however particularly spectacular contemplating each Lappin and O’Kearney juggle producing The Chip Race with enjoying poker professionally; O’Kearney has most likely managed to search out the time to run 20,000 miles, too.

Each additionally discovered the time to talk completely to UK & Eire PokerNews, all socially distanced, after all.

UK & Eire PokerNews: So, how did the Chip Race come about?

Dara O'Kearney
Dara O’Kearney

O’Kearney: A good friend of David’s known as Rob labored for a corporation that made area of interest podcasts. That they had a horse racing one, a cricket one and so on. Rob instructed a poker one and so they approached us to host it. After the frustration of discovering out we wouldn’t be paid a fortune for this, and even something, we agreed to do one season for nothing on the understanding {that a} concerted try and discover a sponsor can be made.

UK & Eire PokerNews: Everybody begins a brand new venture with the most effective intentions, however did both Lappin or O’Kearney truthfully assume they might produce 100 episodes?

O’Kearney: No. I didn’t assume we’d make it previous seven. Although the primary season was extremely popular in Eire I wasn’t hopeful we’d discover a sponsor, notably after the corporate doing it went into liquidation. Darkish days which we solely acquired by way of by advantage of my cohost hitting the bottle exhausting, and me relentlessly declaring that he was now a ineffective, fats, washed-up alcoholic.

Lappin: Hey – I wasn’t ineffective! Dara’s proper although that it seemed like a one season factor for fairly some time. Fortunately David Pomroy at Unibet Poker had religion in us and allow us to deliver the present again. Regardless of teething pains and early setbacks, I used to be assured that we may hold our Irish viewers and discover a new one too. That mentioned, I wouldn’t have wager on us attending to 100.

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UK & Eire PokerNews: One-hundred episodes is loads of time to hone your craft. How has the Chip Race advanced since that very first episode?

O’Kearney: As David alluded to there, at first our focus was on the Irish poker scene. Emboldened by the variety of Britons listening, we tried a present with UK friends, solely to find to our horror that whereas British individuals had been considering listening to Irish individuals speaking about poker, it didn’t actually work in the other way. To today it’s our lowest rated present ever!

Lappin: I truly listened again to episode 1 just a few months in the past. We weren’t horrible however we had been very inexperienced. My presentation was very flat in the beginning. I’ve undoubtedly acquired higher at utilizing my voice. Dara’s technique was robust however these segments didn’t have the clear hand historical past construction they do now. Our visitor interviews had been fairly good even in the beginning though they weren’t as effectively researched as they’re now.

O’Kearney: The actual fact we had been Irish centered made it simple to get friends: just about each Irish poker wished to be on the present.

Lappin: Yeah, that’s been a humorous journey. We’ve gone from discovering it simple to get Irish friends for an Irish-facing present to discovering it exhausting to get worldwide friends for an international-facing present to now discovering it pretty simple to get nearly anybody.

O’Kearney: A number of different issues make the primary season fairly completely different from what the present grew to become. Firstly, it was recorded in a studio and a lot of the friends got here in so we did the interviews head to head. They had been nearly stay, as they had been principally recorded in a single tackle a Monday afternoon and was launched that night or the next morning. Lately, each interview is finished by way of Zoom and David edits so regardless that it’s not studio stage, it’s nearly nearly as good and it’s a extra polished sound.

David Lappin
David Lappin

Lappin: We don’t should get up early on a Monday any extra!

O’Kearney: That’s proper! The truth that we needed to drag ourselves right into a studio on a Monday afternoon wasn’t numerous enjoyable after an extended Sunday grind. Additionally my spouse, who would drive me to the studio, acted as a form of high quality controller, telling us with attribute directness if one thing was shit and wanted to be reduce, and advising us on enhancements we may make to the present as we went.

Lappin: That was nice truly. The very last thing you want in that context are sure males and she or he at all times had salient recommendation.

O’Kearney: Once we got here again with Unibet as sponsor nearly two years later, my major reminiscences of that point is we actually struggled to get the sound high quality proper (we had been now principally residence recording utilizing our personal tools) and we struggled to get friends. I suppose most worldwide friends we approached seemed on the earlier friends record and thought who the hell are these Paddies?

We acquired an enormous break in that division once I abused my friendship with Jennifer Tilly and requested her to come back on the present. She gave us an impressive interview on her lunch break from selling her newest film in London, and it abruptly acquired so much simpler to influence different huge names to come back on the present. Our sound high quality acquired so much higher as soon as we’d discovered the best way to use the tools, and David began doing the edit himself. He acquired actually good at it actually quick and the present benefited enormously from his eager edit abilities.

The technique section additionally acquired so much slicker and extra centered as we adopted the hand breakdown format, and in later seasons began utilizing huge identify particular friends. Most likely the one factor that didn’t enhance was the information section which I’ve personally petitioned to kill a number of instances. That went from the classy dulcet tones and sensible intelligence of Daragh Davey in a cutting-edge studio (season one) to Ian Simpson’s bathroom screeching.

Lappin: I, for one, am very grateful for Ian and his important contribution to the present.

O’Kearney: Did you simply learn that off a script?

Lappin: It’s my new Unibet contract. That’s what they make me say now since ‘the incident’.

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UK & Eire PokerNews: Transferring on swiftly… who’ve been your favorite Chip Race friends?

O’Kearney: Clearly I’m going to reply the one who has had intercourse with me probably the most steadily.

Lappin: I see what you probably did there. Effectively performed. I’m gonna say it’s a 234-way tie.

O’Kearney: Is that what number of completely different friends we’ve had?

Lappin: Nearly.

O’Kearney: I see what you probably did there. Effectively performed.

UK & Eire PokerNews: Right here’s hoping Mrs O’Kearney was a visitor in any other case Dara may very well be in hassle! What have you ever deliberate to rejoice 100 episodes?

Lappin: We’ve acquired a particular Chip Race a hundredth Present celebration match on Unibet Poker on Sunday April twenty fifth. It’s going to be a €100 PKO within the Supernova time-slot with Dara, Ian and myself plus some former friends of the present being taking pictures stars with additional bounties on us. There shall be seat-added satellites the week earlier than and everybody who cashes the occasion will win a replica of ‘PKO Poker Technique’.

O’Kearney: I plan to take a seat patiently ready for my congratulatory name from the Queen. That’s what occurs whenever you hit 100, proper? Additionally I’ll congratulate my cohost on hitting the one hundred he’s ever prone to hit. He’s positive as shit not going to get a century in cricket ever, or stay to 100 the quantity he drinks.

Lappin: You’re proper. My prime rating is 78. A number of 5 wicket hauls although.

O’Kearney: No person cares.

UK & Eire PokerNews: Anything you’d wish to say earlier than we end?

O’Kearney: I’d wish to thank everybody who helped make the present a hit (you understand who you might be) and to all our listeners for sticking with us by way of some terrible sound points (in season two), and screeching noises from the bathroom of our daft Geordie “newsman”.

Lappin: I’d wish to say that I, for one, am very grateful for Ian and his important contribution to the present.


You’ll find The Chip Race wherever you often get your podcasts. Be sure you tune into the a hundredth episode, and don’t overlook to enroll in a free Unibet Poker account so you possibly can play within the particular Chip Race a hundredth Present celebration PKO match. Simply don’t bust me from it as a result of I plan on taking it down!



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