Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #362: The Home Game Call of the Century

By Robbie Strazynski
September 03, 2020

Robbie and Bruce recap their home games, played both online and in person. Bruce hits a royal flush, while Robbie eked out a win with quarantined Kenny watching from the virtual rail. The game featured the (unofficial) home game call of the century, as Maurice and Moe squared off in badeucey; it’s a story you HAVE to hear.

George Chao of BBO Poker Tables talks about the future of live poker in the U.S., as rooms begin opening up, as well as home games re-starting after a lengthy hiatus. Plexiglass shields are becoming the norm.

Finally, Ben Ludlow brings the laughs and the heat in this episode’s One Outer as he recaps the 2020 summer of online poker, and what he misses from “real world poker.”

Time Stamps

00:29 Synopsis
1:07 How Ya Runnin?
1:31 Bruce played in a couple online poker home games on the Faded Spade Card Virtual Poker platform. In one of the games, playing Omaha hi/lo, Bruce managed to catch a royal flush and didn’t have to split the pot.
6:40 Bruce having a tough time getting a feel for online poker home game play; just not the same as playing with real chips and money in person. “The chips aren’t dollar for dollar; the money doesn’t feel real.”
7:50 Using Zoom in tandem with online poker home game play can be frustrating as well due to technical difficulties.
10:14 Bruce has been watching the NBA Playoffs, and found the bubble concept interesting. Wondering if the high rollers in poker might be interested in having a series run while in a bubble? Virtual fans could be on the rail…
19:18 A longtime listener from Washington State invented a Yahtzee-like poker game called Royal 9 Dice Poker and has sent complimentary copies to the co-hosts.
21:35 Robbie played outdoor in-person poker. Four-handed play with quarantined Kenny joining in the fun via Zoom.
25:29 Robbie ended up a winner, after being in the red for the first four hours of the session.
26:20 Discussion of using PayPal, Venmo, and the like to settle up after the game instead of cash.
28:15 The story of the Home Game Call of the Century, featuring Moe vs. Maurice.
35:08 Poker Notes Live mobile app ad
35:53 Table Talk with George Chao of BBO Poker Tables: What the future of poker looks like as live poker is starting to open up across the U.S. The plexiglass shield system is quickly becoming the standard. As such, it looks like the max will be 8-handed play.


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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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