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Top Pair Podcast 303: Interview w/ New Home Game Player Shannon Mack

  • LISTEN: Do you remember your first home game? We interview Shannon Mack, who has just played in his!

In episode 303 of the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast, Bruce Briggs and Robbie Strazynski interview Shannon Mack, who has just played in his first ever home poker game after years of playing in casino poker rooms.

The hosts also dig into the mailbag to share some amazing letters from a couple of really fantastic longtime listeners, who have some great home game stories to share. Moreover, the colorful “Jimmy the Chair” pays a visit, along with a funny One Outer.

And, of course, Robbie and Bruce will catch you up on how they’re faring at the home game tables in the always entertaining “How Ya’ Runnin’?” segment, which includes a heartwarming story about playing poker… in the hospital.

Top Pair thanks their sponsors, J Design Cards and the Poker Notes Live mobile app, for their support. Be sure to check ‘em out!

Show Time Stamps

1:09–18:49How Ya Runnin?
BruceEnjoying 20% ROI in home games! Also, an interesting and unique hand situation in which the “verbal is binding” rule is put to the test.
RobbieEnjoying a three-game winning streak, plus taking part in a very special “home game” that took place in the hospital. Also, traveling to Los Angeles to attend the American Poker Awards…and play in the big LA card rooms.
19:22–35:40Congrats, You Made the Show!
19:47An email from Adam from Columbus, Ohio. Falling in love with poker all over again post-2017 WSOP after a years-long break, specifically thanks, in part, to the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast.
28:39An email from Cody, from Nashville, Tennessee. Input on tracking poker stats, why and how it’s beneficial, and recommending the RunGood poker results tracking app.
36:24–58:07Just a Few Folks Coming Over (Interview with a home game player)
36:32Interview with Shannon Mack, from Minnesota. He’s been part of a local MeetUp group for over four years, has been studying poker theory for years, and has played in many brick and mortar casino poker rooms… but on Super Bowl Sunday he attended a home game for the first time! We hear all about his experiences.
51:40The story of “Jimmy the Chair,” a great home game-esque tale, brought to you by Lee Jones, of PokerStars.
58:15One Outer – Who gets the extra chip? Your stack of quarters ...

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