Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #349: Tommy Angelo and Lee Jones

By Robbie Strazynski
February 28, 2020

Bruce and Robbie welcome famed poker coaches Tommy Angelo and Lee Jones to the show to talk about their great new project called PokerSimple. They also have a short chat with Steve Fredlund, host of the RecPoker Podcast and rec.poker website, to welcome him and the show to the Cardplayer Lifestyle podcast family.

After some traditional home game recaps from our hosts, George Chao of BBO Poker Tables chimes in with a segment featuring all the information you always wanted to know about poker table armrests.

Finally, Ben Ludlow takes a look at the “important tradition of complaining” that some members of the poker community have in the lead up to the World Series of Poker each summer.

Time Stamps

1:21How Ya Runnin?
1:30Just one home game that Bruce attended since last show; a dealer’s choice limit game; Bruce had an over 50% ROI!
3:10Thanks to listener, Woody, who chimed in on Twitter with his appreciation for our previous show, #348.
4:15Just one home game for Robbie; once again the second-biggest winner in the game… for a grand total of about $10 profit after making a charity donation. Overall was playing very well, but there were a couple cooler situation hands against the big winner of the night. Still, better to win than lose…
8:54The hosts are joined by Steve Fredlund, host of the RecPoker Podcast. Steve tells us all about his show and its focus on building a positive poker community as we officially welcome Rec Poker to the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family.
15:22Poker Notes Live mobile app ad
16:00Our hosts welcome Tommy Angelo and Lee Jones to the show.
17:32Tommy talks about Lee’s poker background, goes through his history working in the poker industry, and Lee’s poker book Winning Low Limit Hold’em.
19:00Lee talks about Tommy’s poker background, having started with hand analysis in poker forums, having been a professional poker player for a number of years, and then proceeding to write Elements of Poker and two other very well received poker books called Painless Poker and Waiting for Straighters, along with thousands of articles.
21:40An introduction to Tommy and Lee’s PokerSimple project on YouTube – when and how the idea first took shape.
23:13Why Lee and Tommy opted for YouTube and videos rather than going the traditional podcast route. It has to do with wanting to produce well-edited episodes, and realizing – after watching numerous poker vloggers – that people really like watching other people talking about poker.
26:55How Tommy and Lee decide which topic to discuss in each video, and why the series is called Poker Simple.
31:40The target audience for Tommy and Lee’s PokerSimple videos is specifically home game poker players.
35:58How long does it take to edit each episode down to its typical 8- to 20-minute length?
42:30Tommy and Lee share some of their respective histories as musicians… they perform their own music that accompanies all of the Poker Simple videos.
44:05Will Lee and Tommy eventually branch out to cover non-Hold’em games in their videos?
52:00Lee and Tommy express their gratitude and appreciation for all their YouTube poker content producers and encourage the audience to express their support by Liking and Subscribing.
54:15Table Talk, with George Chao of BBO Poker Tables. George gives us all some expert insight about everything and anything related to poker table armrests.
57:31Ben 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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