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A decade after riding high on popularity in the international poker fraternity, the TwoPlusTwo PokerCast may soon be shelved. Putting the podcast on an indefinite suspension, proprietor Mason Malmuth announced at the TwoPlusTwo forums on Tuesday that the 499th episode of the TwoPlus Two PokerCast would be the last show, for now.
Malmuth explained that the TwoPlusTwo has been struggling with finances for some time now. He recounted how the idea for the PokerCast took root ten years back over a lunch meeting between him, Mat Sklansky and Steven McLoughlin.
“Unfortunately, times have changed and the poker world has slowed down a great deal,” he wrote. “Eric Holder’s Justice Department, which was part of the Obama administration, did a great deal of damage to our industry and to our show when they shut down the major internet poker sites in 2011. So that today I’m officially announcing the suspension of the Two Plus Two PokerCast.”
Debuting on January 2, 2008 with Mike Johnson and Adam Schwartz as hosts, the TwoPlusTwo PokerCast is part of the ‘Two Plus Two Publishing’ company and has focused on both online and live poker.
Episodes of the weekly PokerCast released on Wednesdays via the iTunes Store and the TwoPlusTwo website. Over the years, the show has canvassed guests that include popular poker personalities like Jaime Staples, Joe Ingram and top players including Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Fedor Holz. The PokerCast peaked in September 2012 with 4 Million downloads when Howard Lederer appeared on the show.
In 2014, Terrence Chan replaced Johnson as the co-host. Chan continued till July 9 when the 499th show was aired, during the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.
Reacting to the suspension, TwoPlusTwo co-host Schwartz recalled the good times on the show and thanked producer Ross Henry. “Who knows what the future holds, but I will look back on my time hosting a podcast at TwoPlusTwo with nothing but fond memories,” Schwartz wrote.
Chan also thanked show’s listeners for making it worthwhile. “Any time anyone on this forum, on Twitter, or in person made the effort to let me know they appreciated the show, it felt great,” he said.
Malmuth however, didn’t rule out completely, that the 500th episode may come out some day.
“Now suspension doesn’t mean that it is over for good, it could come back some time in the future with the same hosts or different hosts. But it does mean that PokerCast show #499 will be our last show for now. I know that many of you, including those of us in TwoPlusTwo management, are highly disappointed to hear this, but all good things come to pass,”he elaborated.
While many poker fans and regulars on the TwoPlusTwo forum expressed disappointment with the PokerCast’s suspension, many still hope that TwoPlusTwo will bounce back some time, in the near future.