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Top Pair Podcast 311: WPT TOC, SHRB, Short Deck, and Bad Beats Aplenty

  • A fan's perspective on attending the WPT TOC at Las Vegas eSports Arena & SHRB at PokerGO studio!

  • LISTEN: What the poker fan experience is like in two brand new state-of-the-art Vegas poker venues

  • PODCAST: What happens to a home game regular in Vegas gets shared with loyal podcast listeners

In episode 311 of the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast, Bruce Briggs and Robbie Strazynski talk about the newly in vogue poker variant “Six Plus Hold’em,” a.k.a., “Short Deck” and they discover a site that actually WANTS to know about your bad beats. Plus, a detailed recap of Robbie’s trip to Vegas for the World Poker Tour Season XVI Tournament of Champions and 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.

Bruce talks Salt Lake City home game crackdowns and about the beauty of “triple draw,” while Robbie fills you in on his 30+ hours worth of Vegas poker sessions.

Finally, this episode’s One Outer is certainly a “family affair.”

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

Show Time Stamps

1:02–38:12How Ya Runnin?
 Robbie: Full recap of Las Vegas trip to cover the Bobby Baldwin Classic, World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions, and Super High Roller Bowl. Description of the new Las Vegas eSports arena and PokerGO studio, two amazing brand new “homes” for poker that are FREE for poker fans to visit! The fan experience: getting to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in poker and see Phil Ivey for the first time. 30+ hours of poker in half a dozen rooms, ending up in the red, but overcoming psychological demons and getting a pep talk from poker legend Eli Elezra.
25:44Announcement: “PokerNews Network Podcast Night” - Tuesday June 26 at 7pm at the Treasure Island Poker room, $150 tournament, meet the hosts and guests of your favorite podcasts!
 Bruce: Removing Badugi from the “alphabet” game and a home game debate on the exact meaning of “triple draw.” The 9:30 rule revisited and possibly instituting a “penultimate hand of the night” rule so as not to leave the game upstuck. Rumors re: the Salt Lake City poker scene being a bit wary of getting undesired visits by law enforcement officials.
39:30–51:12Dealer’s Choice (a look at an unconventional poker variant)
40:20An introduction to short deck (i.e., Six-plus hold’em). Popular in Asia and recently featured in tournament format during the Triton Poker Series in Montenegro. Noting the important differences between short deck vs. regular Texas Hold’em.
48:31An interesting new website called Positive Poker Insiders, an online home for poker rants and confessions. They actually want to hear your bad beat stories!
52:50One Outer – You don’t ALWAYS have to follow in your father’s footsteps at the poker tables…

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