Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #350: Ashley Adams

Bruce and Robbie welcome popular veteran poker strategy author Ashley Adams to the show to talk about his new book Winning Poker in 30 Minutes a Day, published by D&B Poker. They discuss the book’s target audience, main messages, and Ashley’s goal of having written it, his third book on poker.

Robbie’s home game recap includes an interesting situation regarding what to do in a declare game when having both a strong high and low hand and there’s also plenty of talk about the world’s “topic du jour” – all things Corona virus-related – and how that ought to affect home game poker (or not).

George Chao of BBO Poker Tables brings a great segment to the show about the poker table shape and whether a racetrack and cup holders are preferred or not. Finally, we end off with a One Outer featuring a couple of great off-the-cuff remarks overheard at some of our latest home games.

Time Stamps

1:18How Ya Runnin?
2:00Just in case you haven’t been overloaded yet with coronavirus talk, Robbie and Bruce share their thoughts on it in general and as relates to poker. Plenty of puns, chuckles, and non-medical prescriptions for maintaining calm in the storm.
9:30Speculation regarding what’s likely to happen as far as the World Series of Poker vis a vis the current coronavirus situation.
12:38What sort of precautions should poker players be taking in home games to stay virus-free and maintain proper hygiene?
17:30Robbie’s home game recap: on a winning streak, a few small wins in a row. Reviewing a hand from a game called “numbers” – how to handle a situation in a declare game when you’ve got a really strong high and low hand but aren’t sure which way to declare.
24:35Poker Notes Live mobile app ad
25:19Look Who We Found – Welcoming Ashley Adams to the show.
26:40Having met Ashley in person at his home in Massachusetts, talking about Ashley’s amazing home poker room, unique décor, and equipment; a shrine to the game we all love.
28:05How often does Ashley host home games? Has it been affected by the opening of the new Encore Boston Harbor poker room?
29:15Home games are the best venues for mixed games; that’s something poker rooms don’t offer too often for the lower stakes.
30:20How Ashley goes about finding home games throughout the United States: the synagogue network!
33:10Discussing Ashley’s new book Winning Poker in 30 Minutes a Day. Does it relate to all poker variants or just No Limit Hold’em? Who is the target audience and what’s the book’s goal? Working with the publisher D&B Poker.
36:55Reading a short excerpt from the book.
38:30The book truly resonates with serious recreational low-stakes players. It’s filled with many simple, short exercises to test that you’ve truly internalized what you’ve read and learned.
43:20How long did the process take from the formulation of an idea until Ashley’s book was published?
46:00Will there be an audio version of Ashley’s book?
50:05What, if anything, did Ashley learn about his own poker game as a result of having produced the book?
52:08Having read the book’s first chapter totally upended Robbie’s view of game and table selection.
57:40Ashley’s plans to be at the WSOP, might include an autograph signing, and final words of encouragement to poker players.
1:01:38Table Talk, with George Chao of BBO Poker Tables. A discussion of the most controversial characteristics and features of a poker table: table shape, whether a racetrack is warranted, and cup holders.
1:05:49One Outer: Some funny, laugh-out-loud lines from our latest home games.


Ashley Adams

Ashley, in his home poker room in Roslindale, Massachusetts



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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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