Poker Stories Podcast: Mike ‘BrockLesnar’ Holtz, online poker spiker


Poker Stories is a long-form audio podcast series featuring casual interviews with some of the best players and personalities in the game. Each episode highlights a well-known member of the poker world and delves into their favorite stories both on and off the table.

Mike Holtz spent his teenage years as one of the best players around. In fact, he was at one point considered the best World of Warcraft player and was recruited to join a traveling league called the World Series of Video Gaming. Unfortunately for the Maryland native, the championship fell through and he’s left looking for the next step in his life.

There were numerous jobs and even a stint in prison, but after rediscovering his love of poker at a local home game, Holtz decided to move across the country to Las Vegas to be closer to the action. Although he started out in cash games, he has found himself more suited to tournaments, particularly online at under the name “BrockLesnar”. It was there that he hit a batting average of WSOP Circuit ring and was crowned player of the year 2021. Then, in 2022, the 32-year-old added his first WSOP bracelet.

Highlights from this interview include Mega Bomber Man with Mom, Midnight Baseball, World Series of Gaming and Napster, The Mushroom Diet, Working as an Underage Bouncer, Going to Jail on the Weekend, Spies Getting Pizza, The Game housewife in hotel, building a bankroll, trying to beat Skyler, winning player of the year, having a puke tournament, flop overcorrection, Hellmuth versus Negreanu, Bill to Brock, sad ending for wrestlers, a barf of 15-20 years in the making, ditching Jeff Madsen to win a bracelet, kiss Power Rangers hands, avoid spiders, Rat Fink Magoo, dodge highway traffic and play bombing tournaments.

Catch up on past episodes with famous people like Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Harman, Patrik Antonius, Justin Bonomo, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Galfond, Nick Schulman, Fedor Holz, Barry Greenstein, Dan Smith, Scotty Nguyen, Mike Sexton, Maria Ho, Brad Owen and many others. If you like what you hear, make sure you sign up to automatically get the latest episodes when they are released.

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