Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #348: ¡Viva Madrid!

By Robbie Strazynski
February 12, 2020

Bruce and Robbie are back for another fun-filled show, and they’ve both taken poker trips! Bruce headed to Wendover, Nevada to step foot inside a brick and mortar poker room for the first time in years, while Robbie flew abroad to cover the 888poker LIVE festival in Madrid.

After recapping their action at the felt, and Robbie sharing some fascinating “Madrid poker rules”, Bruce talks Oscar night betting strategies.

Finally, in the spirit of awards season, Ben Ludlow’s One Outer tackles some notable (and perhaps somewhat less notable) Global Poker Award snubs.

Time Stamps

00:24 Synopsis
1:00 How Ya Runnin?
1:30 Robbie’s doing his 1,000km Running Well Challenge once again during 2020 to benefit Save a Child’s Heart, donating $1 per kilometer. Also happy to accept pledges from anyone else interested in supporting the cause; close to $2,500 pledged thus far!
4:45 Robbie flew to Spain to do media coverage at the 888poker LIVE event in Madrid. It’s good to speak Spanish again!
5:40 Madrid’s a beautiful city and Casino Gran Via is an amazing, beautiful poker venue right in the center of town.
7:20 A few things that distinguish an 888poker LIVE festival, plus getting to interview ambassadors like Ana Marquez and Dominik Nitsche.
8:37 Strange opening hours for the casino and the poker room. Even the sun “is lazy” and rises and sets late.
12:13 Madrid cash games are dealt COUNTERCLOCKWISE! Yet, tournaments are dealt normally (clockwise). To say that this messes with your mind is a huge understatement.
17:51 Managed to make mucho dinero playing in two cash game sessions; 7.5 hours of play resulting in €890 profit!
21:10 What it’s like to play poker with four Spaniards and four Israelis, and nobody at the table realizing that I speak both Spanish and Hebrew.
23:18 Reminder that the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast (along with the Bernard Lee Poker Show) is now part of the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family.
28:07 Dry spell on the home game front for Bruce, so it was time to take a poker road trip with Gutterball. Headed 90 minutes over the Utah state line into Wendover, Nevada for the first time in YEARS!
30:20 Nothing besides no limit hold’em spread for close to a decade in Wendover, Nevada. Four tables of action running, so Bruce got in a couple hours of poker play.
32:04 Treading water for 2.5 hours, Bruce down a few dozen bucks playing $1/2. Managed to take down the very last hand of the session which got him … all the way back to breakeven for the day.
36:02 What does it feel like to be back in a proper brick and mortar poker room after so many years (of only playing home games)?
36:45 Bruce takes part in an annual family get together for Academy Awards night. We get the skinny on all the different things the family bets on, plus Game Theory Optimal strategy for making the right picks in the general pool to determine all the winners.
38:55 How to calculate EXACTLY how long the entire Academy Awards broadcast will be and what it feels like to root for speechmaking winners to wrap it up… in order to win a bet!
40:45 When speeches are twice as long as normal due to foreign language interpretation, it’ll cost you a $100 Amazon Gift Card.
43:55 Thanks to our listener “Martin from Malta” who shares some more about the mixed games he runs in his home game and that have just started running at Casino Malta.
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45:51 Ben Ludlow’s One Outer: As it’s awards season, and Ben wants to give a shout out to all the great people, online poker rooms, and events in the poker world that seem to have gotten snubbed by the Global Poker Awards voting panel.


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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded Cardplayerlifestyle.com in 2009. A veteran member of the poker media corps, in addition to writing and video presenting, Robbie has hosted multiple poker podcasts over the years, including Top Pair, the Red Chip Poker Podcast, The Orbit, and the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of Poker Hall of Famer Eli […]


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