Category Archives: Interviews

Interview with Eugene Katchalov

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AGP Interview Exclusive: November Niner Mark Newhouse

Recently AGP Senior Writer Mike Krisle was able to get in touch with November Niner Mark Newhouse. Mark made consecutive final tables in the Main Event this year. A feat unheard of these days with such large fields. Mark speaks a little about that and the experience he will take into this year’s November Nine. 

AGP Interview with Aussie Pro Luke Brabin

Luke Brabin is an avid Australian poker player who has many high in the money finishes on the Australian New Zealand Poker Tour. He just most recently won his first ever WSOP bracelet at the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific in Melbourne. Luke was able to defeat a field of 611 players to capture the gold bracelet, which also included his largest payout of his career AU $131,365.  AGP’s Senior Writer, Michael Krisle, was able to get in contact with Brabin after his win and below is the interview.

A Conversation with Dutch Boyd

by Michael Krisle – Senior Writer – AGP 

Recently I chatted with 3-time WSOP bracelet winner on some various topics. Dutch has faced some controversy in his career but he continues to push forward in life. Dutch gained a lot of media attention on the tournament scene when he made a deep run in the 2003 WSOP Main Event eventually finishing in 12th place. Dutch would go on to win his first bracelet in 2006, then a second in 2010, and just this year his 3rd. Dutch just recently published his new book that was released this past May.

Average Guy Interviews 102.5 The Game’s Joe Dubin

From the all new AverageGuyEntertainment.com:

Joe Dubin is arguably the top sports person in Nashville as it relates to awards. He has won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award two times which is more than any other sports reporter in Nashville, including TV and Radio. Dubin won an EMMY Award last year for Best Sportscast and has been nominated for sports related EMMY’s nine times. “After 15 years in TV, I am so excited to head to radio and for this wonderful opportunity,” commented Dubin. “It is going to be one heckuva ride and I cannot wait,” he concluded. Dubin graduated from MTSU in 1997 and is very active in local charities including the Metro Animal Shelter, JDRF, the Alzheimer’s Association and others. The charity work is very important to Dubin and he plans to continue the efforts with his new position at 102.5 The Game.

Joe Dubin sat down with JD Deckard from AverageGuyEntertainment.com for a candid interview about local sports, the Penn State mess, his inspirations and more. This is the result of that conversation.

AGE: What went into the decision to leave WKRN for 102.5 The Game?

Joe: Two factors. One that is personal to me, but the other is that no one is watching local sports anymore and why should they? Information comes down in an instant on your phone, so why wait til 6 to get that info? They don’t do stories anymore, heart felt emotional ones. So why watch? Local sports is dying on TV.

AGE: After having time for the Penn State punishment to sink in, was it fair and would you have handled it different?

AGP Interviews: 2012 WSOP Player, Harry Misner

With the WSOP underway, AGP had the priviledge of capturing a few thoughts of a hopeful player this year by the name of Harry Misner. Harry is the cousin of AGP member, “Scab” Jerry Agren. When AGP learned that Harry was playing in the WSOP this year we jumped at the chance to interview him prior to the event he was playing. Harry, like his cousin, has a great sense of humor and brings experience to the game. We asked a variety of things regarding poker as well as the upcoming WSOP. Harry will be playing in Event 2, the $1,500 No-limit Hold ’em event, a new event to the WSOP. This is a 3 day event and is expected to have a large turnout. Let’s hope Harry is there at the end and he doesn’t set any records like his cousin has this year at the AGP home game! Good luck Harry from all the AGP nation!

AGP: Tell us, how did you get into poker?
HM: I played a lot of house games, but fell in love with hold ’em when Rounders came out.

AGP: Have you played in any WSOP events before and if you have, what adjustments do you have to make from your own home games?
HM: No. I have never played in a WSOP event prior, but I plan on taking a more tight approach compared to home games.

AGP: Many poker players have supersitions or habits they always do before or during tournaments. Do you have any poker superstitions?
HM: Yes. I wear a certain shirt that I wore when I won a bad beat jackpot for about $36k.

AGP: If you win or get into the money, will you play anymore events?
HM: Absolutely! If I win the tourney, “Scab” and I will be playing in the Main Event in July. Scab will be wearing a thong, but that shouldn’t have much affect to his wardrobe.

AGP: So what made you pick event #2 on the WSOP schedule?

The Thom Abraham Experience

Sports Radio 560 WNSR’s own Thom Abraham sat down on Wednesday, September 28 with JD Deckard of Average Guy Poker to discuss a number of topics. Throughout this three part interview Thom will give his thoughts on family, local competitors, the future of Nashville sports and much more. He is a proud husband and father with strong opinions and an open mind. Thom answered any question thrown at him with complete honesty, holding nothing back. It is with great honor and privilege that AGP presents The Thom Abraham Experience!

The Thom Abraham Experience: Part 3 of 3

Sports Radio 560 WNSR’s own Thom Abraham sat down on Wednesday, September 28 with JD Deckard of Average Guy Poker to discuss a number of topics. Throughout this three part interview Thom will give his thoughts on family, local competitors, the future of Nashville sports and much more. He is a proud husband and father with strong opinions and an open mind. Thom answered any question thrown at him with complete honesty, holding nothing back. It is with great honor and privilege that AGP presents The Thom Abraham Experience!

Part 3 of AGP’s 3 part interview with Thom Abraham focuses on his retirement plans, mixed martial arts and poker!

You must’ve read my notes because you keep leading me into my next question! Concerning moving, are you happy in Nashville? Do you plan on remaining here as long as possible?

We love it here. We love where we live in Franklin. Our kids are very invested in the school system. My youngest is a sixth grader, and they all go to Page. My kids want to stay and finish at Page. That’s six more years of going through school and I’m 51 years old. I bounced around for about ten years and I’m very happy in this market. I think the market has accepted me after a little period. I’m an acquired taste because i’m not a native! I think people have bought into the fact, that where I come from in upstate New York, regardless of how I sound which is Chicago or Downtown New York City, it’s the same kind of terrain just with colder weather. It’s horse country. I grew up on a horse farm. Before I went to school I fed the horses and got the eggs from the chicken coupe. I grew up on the shores of Lake Ontario so I’m a fisherman and an outdoors man. I host fishing shows and things like that. So this is a perfect area for me. Now, somewhere down the road when I retire, I always say I’m gonna retire on Lake Guntersville (AL) because I think it’s the greatest piece of water on the Tennessee river chain. I’m a fisherman and I wanna do that, but that may just be a summer home or something like that.

How much time is invested in planning your show on a day to day basis?

I generally spend an hour for every hour I’m on the air. I’ll do three hours of prep for the show, but now we’ve added a fourth hour. That hour is basically taken up with some interviews. Typically, I’ll get home and after dinner I’ll put some games on. I have an office at home and it has a TV in it. I’ll sit down and watch some games while doing the outline for the next day’s show. I hit on things I need to hit on and I’ll update the websites. Things like that. I spend probably an hour to hour and a half on this show. I come in around 7:30 in the morning and I’ll spend an hour or so flushing out the show. Then around 1 o’clock I’ll get into what I call the “final prep”  for the show. It’s on my calender as “final prep!” It’s where I get anything thjat’s happened in the last few hours built into the show. All together it’s three to four hours for a three hour show.

So does the house have multiple TV’s like the studio here?

Unfortunately no (laughing) ! I’ve got a really nice one in the office or man cave if you will. It’s a good sized room with a couple of couches in there. My sons will come in and plop down and I turn the TV so it’s facing my desk. Rarely do I ever just sit down and watch a game idly. If I leave my desk and sit in a chair to watch the game, I’ll have a reporters notebook next to me. I’m always jotting down things as I watch the games. People always joke that I put my wingtips on, put my feet up and go to work.

Jumping around a little, I read in your bio that you have a wrestling background. Mixed martial arts are gaining in popularity as boxing seems to be falling off. Are you a fan of either?

The Thom Abraham Experience: Part 2 0f 3

Sports Radio 560 WNSR’s own Thom Abraham sat down on Wednesday, September 28 with JD Deckard of Average Guy Poker to discuss a number of topics. Throughout this three part interview Thom will give his thoughts on family, local competitors, the future of Nashville sports and much more. He is a proud husband and father with strong opinions and an open mind. Thom answered any question thrown at him with complete honesty, holding nothing back. It is with great honor and privilege that AGP presents The Thom Abraham Experience!

Part 2 of AGP’s 3 part interview with Thom Abraham focuses on local sports talk competition, Nashville’s sports future along with his own future plans.

Recently George Plaster left his station after it was sold to new ownership. What you you like to see from your perspective George do next?

He’s very unique to this market. Unlike me to a certain extent because I’ve bounced around a little. Plaz is a guy that’s all about middle Tennessee and all about Nashville. He went to Vanderbilt, BGA and so on. He has been very, very viable broadcaster over the years and he’s a good guy. We get along, we speak , we talk. People want to build up a rivalry between us, but there is no rivalry. He is who he is and I am who I am. we are certainly two different flavors. I fully anticipate within weeks of the time we are doing this interview, if not less, George will be back on the air probably doing afternoon drive. That doesn’t bother me because we’ve been going head-to-head for a long time anyway. So I expect that it will happen and people will continue to have that choice of listing to The Thom Abraham Show and what I bring to the table or George Plaster and what he brings to the table. We’ll all just keep on keepin’ on.

So is the relationship between you, George, Clay Travis or other local sports people cordial?

The Thom Abraham Experience: Part 1 of 3

Sports Radio 560 WNSR’s own Thom Abraham sat down on Wednesday, September 28 with JD Deckard of Average Guy Poker to discuss a number of topics. Throughout this three part interview Thom will give his thoughts on family, local competitors, the future of Nashville sports and much more. He is a proud husband and father with strong opinions and an open mind. Thom answered any question thrown at him with complete honesty, holding nothing back. It is with great honor and privilege that AGP presents The Thom Abraham Experience!

Part 1 of AGP’s 3 part interview with Thom Abraham focuses on his family, nickname and concussions.

This is JD with Average Guy Poker talking to The Big Dawg himself, Thom Abraham from 560 WNSR. This is more awesome for me than it is for him, trust me (Thom is laughing at me already)! Anyway, I’ve got what looks to be about twenty questions to go over right quick with you. Just give your quick opinion, long opinion or whatever you want. You can carry the interview for all I care (Thom laughing at JD again)! First one I wrote down just a few minutes ago. I began thinking about your nickname “The Big Dawg.” You are an Alabama fan, but Georgia (nobody considers MSU) is the Dawgs. Is this not something you’ve ever thought about?

Yeah, I have actually. It was interesting. When I got to Florida, Southwest Florida at the time, there was a “Big Dog” on the radio in Tampa named Steve Duemig. In Miami there’s a “Big Dog” named Joe Rose who used to play for the Dolphins. There was a “Big Dog” in the Ft. Myers/Naples area and I was affiliated with the station in Miami. So we had Miami, Tampa and Ft. Myers with Big Dogs! People would always be confused and ask, “Do you do that show in Miami too? Tampa?” The origin of it came from my coaching days. It was something that my players called me. Believe it or not, as big as I am now, I was fifty pounds bigger back then. I had that Rex Ryan kinda look! I was coaching defensive line and special teams. When I would come wallowing out to the field the guys would say, “Here comes the Big Dawg!” I had an English bulldog that would follow me around and that’s how it stuck.

Talking about moving around, nine kids…

(smiling) Yeah.

How did all that moving around affect them?