Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #354: When and How Will Live Poker Return?

Bruce and Robbie discuss when live poker home games are likely to return – it depends not only on the public data and statistics, but also on people’s personal comfort level. Plus, the back story of how Robbie finally got the opportunity to interview Doyle Brunson.

Our hosts then get into a lengthy discussion about the planned return for live poker in Nevada, discussing the merits and pitfalls of four-handed play as well as when home poker game players might be ready to hit the tables again.

Finally, Ben Ludlow ends off the show with another great One Outer with loads of laughs and a brand new array of MUST-HAVE online poker products.

Time Stamps

00:22 Synopsis
1:10 How Ya Runnin?
2:08 April was a record-setting month for Cardplayer Lifestyle; almost 40 new articles and over 25,000 visitors!
5:22 Robbie not yet back to playing live home game poker, but his group is at least discussing a possible date to get back together. The time is finally nearing. Meanwhile still enjoying some nice H.O.R.S.E. tournaments via private online poker home games once in a while and making new friends.
9:07 Bruce not yet seeing how home games are practical yet in Salt Lake City. Different people have different personal comfort levels at this stage.
11:57 Robbie got to interview Doyle Brunson, and shares the back story of how that opportunity came about, as well as a time when an interview almost happened a couple years ago after being introduced to Doyle by Jan Fisher.
19:35 Bruce getting his poker fix hanging out with his good friend Gutterball and watching PokerGO, but not yet back to home games.
20:54 Mourning the closure of famed Las Vegas restaurant Ricardo’s after 40 years of operations, which hosted the Wednesday Poker Discussion Group for well over a decade.
22:55 Reminder about Red Chip Poker’s CORE offering, a bargain at just $5 a week, to learn how to become a better No Limit Hold’em poker player. Podcast listeners can sign up and claim one week free!
25:15 Reminder to check out the other shows in the Cardplayer Lifestyle family of podcasts: the Bernard Lee Poker Show and the Rec Poker podcast.
27:18 Poker Notes Live mobile app ad
28:05 Poker Talk – Discussing the regulations issues in Nevada for the return of live poker.
30:30 A max of four-handed play at poker tables mandated in Nevada according to regulations for reopening the casinos.
32:10 Reopening is a good thing, but the new regulations seem to take the fun out of the game of live poker. Also questioning how Nevada authorities settled on four-handed play in particular.
33:40 In all likelihood the regulations for reopening live poker in Las Vegas are temporary, until it’s deemed necessary to take the next step forward back to the live poker we’re used to.
35:15 A reminder that each US state will make its own regulations as far as the reopening of live poker, so things will differ from one jurisdiction to another. Also discussing whether a decreased max capacity in poker rooms due to social distancing is financially viable, and whether Las Vegas can still provide that “fun loving experience” visitors crave.
42:10 A letter from our listener, Cody, sharing some nice potential options for private online home game as alternatives to PokerStars. There are also a bunch of new apps out there with agents who set up private poker games: caveat emptor. Also a shout out to Tom Wheaton, who has started Faded Spade Virtual Poker.
50:25 Games seem to have gotten a lot softer online, so the grinders are reaping the benefits of the (temporarily?) larger poker player pool.
54:00 Ben Ludlow’s One Outer: Ben brings loads of laughs with his new lineup of essential online poker products.


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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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