Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #359: Simon says, Bruce returns to poker, Jeff’s Vegas report, Gutterball and a Kenny-ism

Bruce is finally back playing poker after a four-month hiatus. Robbie was the big winner in his Dad’s home poker game, where they welcomes a special guest: Simon.

Our sound engineer, Jeff, joins us again to give us a trip report on his time in Las Vegas, sharing tales from the felt and the overall vibe of the city. Plus, we take a moment to discuss the importance of including the folks in more at-risk categories who aren’t playing poker during the pandemic; we can’t forget about ‘em!

George, from BBO Poker Tables shares that some poker players who prefer not to take the risk of playing in large groups have transitioned to playing board games.

Finally, we leave you with our first ever Kenny-ism!

Time Stamps

1:21How Ya Runnin?
2:51Robbie’s been on a big home game poker upswing during the few months the pandemic has been raging.
3:42In his latest home game with his Dad’s group, Robbie was joined by his friend Simon who was visiting Israel. After first meeting in the Bahamas and then again in Las Vegas, it was nice to actually play poker together and Simon blended into the group quite nicely.
7:25It takes a special kind of poker player to join and feel comfortable playing in Robbie’s Dad’s game. Dealer’s choice, changing the game every hand, dozens of games in the mix.
9:03Robbie talks about having his biggest home game win of the year, and what he did with his winnings.
10:35A second wave of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Israel means in-person home games might be back on hiatus for a while with the poker moving online once again.
16:10Shout out to Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family sister shows: The Rec Poker Podcast and the Bernard Lee Poker Show.
17:06Bruce finally played in a poker game again after a four-month break. Game was played online, a five game mix on the Faded Spade Virtual Poker platform.
21:05Bruce has been watching WSOP $50K HORSE final tables on PokerGO, specifically the one won by Scotty Nguyen back in 2008 (“one Michelob too many”).
23:20Settling up with Venmo and PayPal after the end of play money online home poker games.
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25:15Jeff, the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast’s sound engineer, joins us after having visited Las Vegas.
26:57Jeff explains how while the casinos were cautious during his visit, the patrons weren’t as much. He played in a 5-handed, plexiglass-free $4/8 mixed game at the Sahara poker room
31:33Jeff shares about the general vibe in the city of Las Vegas. Walking the Strip was busy, but not too busy. The Bellagio fountain show was running but no other shows in the city. Restaurants open, as was the pool, with some social distancing in place.
35:09Jeff talks about the home game poker he’s been playing online, with Zoom calls to add the social element, but “it’s still not the same thing as an in-person game.” He’s also played a little bit in person at a local home game in Salt Lake City.
39:07Lessons from Gutterball – sparing a thought for those folks in “at-risk” populations (older people and those with compromised immune systems) who aren’t playing poker right now during the pandemic.
 43:13Recommending that those who are still playing in home games should actively reach out to include those “sitting out” for social reasons and to keep them in the loop poker-wise as much as possible.
48:25Table Talk: George Chao of BBO Poker Tables shares an update on what poker players are doing in the middle of a pandemic. Many players are preferring to play at home instead of out and about in casinos and card rooms. Similarly, some prefer smaller groups of get-togethers, so they’re transitioning to board games.
51:33One Outer: Our first ever Kenny-ism!


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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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