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Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #365: Our Final Show

After 11 years on the air, the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast has recorded its final episode, #365. Co-hosts Bruce Briggs and Robbie Strazynski take an hour to reminisce about all the highlights, favorite moments, and top tier interviewees, and to thank guests, contributors, and listeners. Bruce shares the story of how the show began, with then-co-host Eric Nelson. Robbie talks about how he joined as the new co-host in 2014. This episode is the first ever time Robbie ...

Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #364: Short and Sweet

In this short, but sweet episode of the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast, Robbie recaps his final in-person home game before the proverbial walls of Israel’s lockdown closed in. Bruce reflects on the beauty and blessings of having a number of home game buddies that he can call good friends off the felt as well. The show ends off with a curtain call from Ben Ludlow, who’s got his farewell One Outer segment.

Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #363: The Tilt Boys

Robbie and Bruce recap their home games, played both online and in person. Bruce lost two whole dollars, while Robbie’s Dad came back to the home game after a on over 6-month-long hiatus. Two of poker’s legendary Tiltboys, Dave Lambert and Paul Swiencicki join the hosts for a wonderful interview about the history behind their home game, over 25 years of playing poker together, the many amazing stories they have to share, and a book that chronicled their adventures over ...

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

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 ...

Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #361: Steve Fredlund and Jim Reid

Robbie finally played in an in-person home game again. Bruce has been watching both old and new poker content, specifically High Stakes Poker on PokerGO and The Orbit on Twitch. The hosts are joined by Steve Fredlund and Jim Reid of Rec Poker and the pair discuss everything their podcast and community of poker players is all about in an extensive conversation. Finally, our One Outer features a home game host who absolutely insists that the lights be turned off ...

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

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 #TheOrbit, 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 ...

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

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 #TheOrbit, 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 ...

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. We take a moment to discuss the importance of including the folks in more at-risk categories who aren’t playing poker during ...

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. We take a moment to discuss the importance of including the folks in more at-risk categories who aren’t playing poker during ...

Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #358: Chad McVean

Bruce and Robbie welcome longtime listener and poker podcast superfan Chad McVean to the show to discuss his home game history, what he loves so much about poker podcasts, and all things poker. We’ve also got a “reporter in the field”, our sound engineer Jeff, who’s visiting Las Vegas, reporting from “ground zero” of what the poker scene and the city in general are like in this time of limited reopening. Robbie’s also got some home game recaps to share, ...

Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #358: Chad McVean

Bruce and Robbie welcome longtime listener and poker podcast superfan Chad McVean to the show to discuss his home game history, what he loves so much about poker podcasts, and all things poker. We’ve also got a “reporter in the field”, our sound engineer Jeff, who’s visiting Las Vegas, reporting from “ground zero” of what the poker scene and the city in general are like in this time of limited reopening. Robbie’s also got some home game recaps to share, ...

Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #357: Poker Potpourri

Bruce and Robbie welcome home game host Cody back to the show to discuss how online home poker games have become quite different than in-person home games among the same group of friends. The hosts also discuss the reopening of poker rooms across the US. Plus, George Chao from BBO Poker Tables has a great “al fresco” edition of Table Talk, and Ben Ludlow’s got another great virtual WSOP top 10 list for this week’s One Outer that’ll make you ...

Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #357: Poker Potpourri

Bruce and Robbie welcome home game host Cody back to the show to discuss how online home poker games have become quite different than in-person home games among the same group of friends. The hosts also discuss the reopening of poker rooms across the US. Plus, George Chao from BBO Poker Tables has a great “al fresco” edition of Table Talk, and Ben Ludlow’s got another great virtual WSOP top 10 list for this week’s One Outer that’ll make you ...

Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #356: James "Splitsuit" Sweeney

Bruce and Robbie welcome well-regarded poker coach and co-founder of Red Chip Poker James “Splitsuit” Sweeney to the show. James shares his personal poker journey, specifically how he started out playing and then transitioning into coaching. He also discusses the massive upgrade to Red Chip Poker’s CORE offering (2.0) and how the training materials can best help home game players The hosts also speak with longtime listener and Salt Lake City home game host Chad who describes hosting and attending ...

Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #356: James "Splitsuit" Sweeney

Bruce and Robbie welcome well-regarded poker coach and co-founder of Red Chip Poker James “Splitsuit” Sweeney to the show. James shares his personal poker journey, specifically how he started out playing and then transitioning into coaching. He also discusses the massive upgrade to Red Chip Poker’s CORE offering (2.0) and how the training materials can best help home game players The hosts also speak with longtime listener and Salt Lake City home game host Chad who describes hosting and attending ...

Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #355: Tadas Peckaitis

Bruce and Robbie welcome poker coach and strategist Tadas Peckaitis to the show. In his first-ever audio interview, Tadas shares how he discovered poker in Lithuania, got into the game, and eventually ended up coaching students. He also shares some great home game strategy tips. The hosts also discuss the slow restart of post-pandemic live poker on the home game front as well as in Las Vegas and other poker rooms around the world. BBO Poker Tables’ George Chao has ...

Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #355: Tadas Peckaitis

Bruce and Robbie welcome poker coach and strategist Tadas Peckaitis to the show. In his first-ever audio interview, Tadas shares how he discovered poker in Lithuania, got into the game, and eventually ended up coaching students. He also shares some great home game strategy tips. The hosts also discuss the slow restart of post-pandemic live poker on the home game front as well as in Las Vegas and other poker rooms around the world. BBO Poker Tables’ George Chao has ...

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 ...

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 ...

Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #353: Linda Johnson & Jan Fisher

Bruce and Robbie welcome back the very first guests to ever have appeared on the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast, Jan Fisher and Linda Johnson. Jan and Linda are individuals who have practically been synonymous with the game of poker for decades now. Both of them are founding members of the TDA (Tournament Directors Association) and members of the inaugural class of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, and Linda is also a WPT Honors recipient and member ...