Poker Stories Podcast: Lara Eisenberg Is A Doctor By Day, Poker Champ By Night

Poker Stories is a long-form audio podcast 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.

Dr. Lara Eisenberg is not a professional poker player, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her results. She has already scored a WSOP Circuit ring, and a World Series of Poker bracelet, taking down the Ladies Championship in 2021. Then in December, she pocketed a career-high $481,500 for finishing runner-up in the WPT Prime Championship.

The 54-year-old has found a lot of success for someone who only competes on the circuit part time. When she’s not staring down the pros at the table, she is usually running her own radiology practice out of her home in Maryland, or enjoying her other hobby, competitive skydiving. In fact, she even has a world record!

Highlights from this interview include being destined for medicine, why she chose not to be a surgeon, her time as a pool hall hustler, jumping out of a plane on a blind date, landing in a Thailand driving range, becoming a world record holder, being an early gamer, her time in poker bootcamp, being FOMO about poker education, studying with ‘apestyles,’ a profitable decision to late register, donating $30,000 of her winnings, looking for tells, hiking in the Pyrenees, Trinity costumes, the hat lady, and being confused for an astronaut.

Catch up on past episodes featuring notables such as 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 more. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes automatically when they are released.