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Top Pair Podcast 305: Interview with John Hesp

John Hesp
  • LISTEN: 9 months on, John Hesp reflects on his cult hero status to recreational players.

  • John Hesp reveals new details about his upcoming book and a planned movie about his life.

  • Charming, entertaining poker stories from the universally beloved John Hesp that'll make you swoon.

In episode 305 of the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast, Bruce Briggs and Robbie Strazynski interview John Hesp, the universally beloved fourth-place finisher at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. No less than a hero to recreational poker players, the dignified gentleman from the UK is a perfect guest for home game fans and aficionados to hear from.

Plus, Bruce is still enjoying double-digit ROI at the tables, while Robbie faced a dilemma about which home game to choose when he was recently invited to three of them on the same night!

The episode finishes off with a One Outer that’ll challenge your perception of the time-space continuum. Intrigued? Be sure to listen until the end.

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Show Time Stamps

1:10–9:51How Ya Runnin?
 Bruce: Still enjoying double-digit ROI in home games! The latest home game mix included Hold’em, PLO, PLO8, Scrotum, and Big O, Stud 8, and Kansas City Lowball (2-7 single draw).
 Robbie: A first-ever situation, having to make a choice between three home games being held on the same night. What factors ought to be the most important in making such a choice?
11:08–1:16:23 Look Who We’ve Found (Interview with John Hesp)
12:20How much time, on average, does poker (either playing or media-related items) take up in John’s weekly schedule?
17:32 John has a very distinctive look with the Panama hat and multicolored jacket. Does he wear them each time he heads out to play poker at the local casino? Has he considered his own clothing line?
24:16Does not having cashed in a poker tournament in a while bother John on a pure poker level?
27:40HendonMob profiles only record tournaments. Does John ever play in cash games? Do you play any non-Hold’em games?
33:58As a senior citizen, does John believe there’s any advantage or disadvantage to youth at the poker table? What are his thoughts on the “hoodie and headphone” look?
39:30Last year wasn’t John’s first trip to Las Vegas. He recounts his previous experiences in Sin City.
47:25Was John staked or self-bankrolled?
51:50John has a unique and fantastic Phil Hellmuth story. A magical dinnertime experience with legendary poker pros.
55:45John’s views on poker studying. Hit the poker books or chuck them and “go with your gut”?
1:01:15What tips does John have for recreational players who are thinking of heading to play in the Main Event for the first time?
1:04:51John doesn’t really play in any home games, but he’s working to try and organize a huge “home game style” tournament to his hometown’s Bridlington Spa in East Yorkshire in March 2019.
1:09:26The BBC reported about an upcoming book and film about John’s life. What events besides the WSOP final table run that he would want to be sure are included. Plus, John reveals some brand new details about the planned film.
1:16:27 One Outer – When exactly will the next poker home game be taking place?

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