Top Pair Poker Podcast Ep. #352: More Online Poker Home Game Talk

By Robbie Strazynski
April 10, 2020

Online poker home games continue to surge in popularity in the Coronavirus era. Bruce and Robbie speak with two home game poker hosts, Robert and Chad, to learn how they handle cash games, tech issues, funds tracking, and more, plus some interesting ideas – like a private “March Madness” style bracket competition for online poker home game aficionados.

George Chao of BBO Poker Tables speaks about the importance of family bonding while playing board games (not just poker) and Ben Ludlow caps off the show with a One Outer showcasing a number of unique and interesting online poker products he’s developed that’ll surely give you a good chuckle.

Time Stamps

00:24 Synopsis
1:13 How Ya Runnin?
3:00 The idea of moving home poker game online continues to be a major theme, and we’ll be discussing this quite a bit on this show, with two home game hosts sharing their experiences.
4:00 PokerStars seems to really be the platform of choice for most folks running a private home game, and using Zoom is a fun, helpful component to keep things friendly and social.
7:20 The pros and cons of having home games online.
9:35 With more people having extra time on their hands, poker study is becoming a lot more common. One great option is Red Chip Poker’s CORE offering, at just $5 a week. Podcast listeners can sign up and claim one week free!
15:30 Shout out to listeners who’ve sent in emails, Cody and Martin.
18:06 Poker Notes Live mobile app ad
18:54 Cards In The Air: Two home game hosts join us, Robert and Chad, to talk about their experiences hosting home games online during the Coronavirus era.
19:45 Home game host Robert joins the show.
20:45 Running a cash game, and the issues that arise when using Play Money to track buy-ins. Monitoring who plays and trusting all participants in private online home games.
22:45 Using Venmo and other payment apps to track buy-ins, keeping funds in trusted hands for disbursement, and tracking things via spreadsheets plus screen recording for security purposes.
29:30 Using the “Sit Out” feature to ensure the games start and end at the same time so as to properly track wins and losses with Play Money.
33:20 Play money chips work out approximately to one-tenth of a penny; works out relatively easily for calculations and gives a direct feel for the money.
34:20 The importance of verbalizing your action in online poker home games (using Zoom conference call technology). Only works well in single-table games though.
37:50 Play Money games are raked; how to account for that in cash game play and disbursement of funds when the session ends.
42:35 Home game host Chad joins the show.
44:08 For Chad, tournaments work a lot better than cash games. He uses the MeetUp platform to set up the game and Venmo to manage payments.
46:30 The visual component is key to keeping that “home game type fun”. Zoom and WebEx really add so much. Best to have a “dual host approach” one person in charge of funds and the other in charge of the tech parts.
50:20 Chad talks about his friend Dustin’s online poker $25 64-person heads-up challenge, bracket-style competition.
53:50 Does the immediate availability of home game online poker mean Chad has increased the amount of time he dedicates to playing? Also, how the rake is handled in cash games.
1:00:30 General discussion with Chad on “stop losses” and max buy-ins (caps) in home games so as to keep the game fun and competitive without the money getting too out of hand.
1:05:36 Table Talk: George Chao of BBO Poker Tables talking about how it’s good for our collective mental health during the Coronavirus era to play all sorts of games in the nuclear family setting (not just poker). A great time to teach kids how to play poker and give them the skill set that comes with getting good at strategy-based games.
1:11:53 Ben Ludlow’s One Outer: More people playing online poker than ever before. Ben has developed got some unique and fun online poker products for you to try.


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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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