Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #360: Back to Our Roots

By Robbie Strazynski
August 06, 2020

Bruce plays more home games (2) than Robbie (0) for the first time in ages, so which WSOP Main Event champion reached out to empathize with Robbie’s plight? Also, the hosts discuss the debut of The Orbit, an innovative new concept in poker media showcasing a panel discussion of poker experts.

We get back to our roots, reviewing an excellent article about home games from the PokerStars blog.

Finally, Ben Ludlow wraps up the show with another must-listen One Outer on the imminent Polk vs. Negreanu grudge match!

Time Stamps

1:05How Ya Runnin?
1:20Bruce has been playing low-stakes cash games online on the Faded Spade Virtual Poker platform. He sent in both the buy-in and re-buy in advance, essentially guaranteeing he’d have to re-buy.
3:50Online poker with Zoom is great, but it’s just not the same. At least it’s a fun mix of games, and not just “boring old Hold’em.”
6:07Bruce has been re-watching the first two seasons of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO. He talks about a couple of the most memorable moments and hands, featuring Ted Forrest and Doyle Brunson. It still has that “home game” feel!
11:45Bruce talks about watching the Duel match between Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari.
12:30Robbie had no home games to play in… a month without any poker. Lamenting the pandemic making in-person home games difficult.
13:50Robbie tweeted about missing his in-person home games. Chris Moneymaker responds to do Zoom games online, but it’s like getting a Pepsi when what you really want it a Coke.
16:30Shout out to Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family sister shows: The Rec Poker Podcast and the Bernard Lee Poker Show.
18:00Discussing the debut of The Orbit, a new innovation in poker media on Twitch, featuring Robbie as moderator with a panel of high-profile poker personalities. Giving the back story of how the show came together.
25:35Poker Notes Live mobile app ad
26:20Cards in the Air: Improving the home game experience for hosts and guests alike
26:40Discussion of a new article on the PokerStars Blog, by Matthew Warburton all about home game play. So important to keep creating new, interesting content for beginners to get into the game.
30:55Home games give small communities of players the chance to grow together as players as well as develop friendships over time.
36:00A good home game is also a breeding ground for success for any player, if it’s competitive and featuring an eclectic cast of characters, playing styles, and poker variants.
38:19One Outer: Ben Ludlow is back from his US road trip and has LOTS to say about the upcoming grudge match between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk!


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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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