Top Pair Podcast 300: Sean Chaffin Talks 'True Gambling Stories'
In episode 300 of the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast, Bruce Briggs and Robbie Strazynski welcome longtime poker writer Sean Chaffin to the show. Sean will soon be joining us on the PokerNews Podcast Network with his own monthly show, called True Gambling Stories. Sean tells us all about that as well as about some great home game stories from his youth, when he started to get into poker.
This episode’s How Ya’ Runnin’? segment features a Molly’s Game review, learning about poker from Amazon Echo’s Alexa, and a fascinating hand from a 5/5 PLO home game run by a grandma in her 60s. Plus, a laugh-out-loud “One Outer” you won’t want to miss.
Show Time Stamps
00:23 – Synopsis
1:07–35:21 How Ya Runnin?
Robbie: Breaking even over three home games. Invitation to my first ever 5/5 PLO home game, being run by a grandmother in her 60s. Crazy hand; did I make the right fold?
Bruce: What it was like to watch a sneak preview of Molly's Game with 30 other home game enthusiasts. Thoughts about the movie. Also, learning how to play poker from… Amazon Echo’s Alexa!
36:41–59:55 Look Who We’ve Found (Interview)
37:00 Sean Chaffin introduction and background in home games; his own games and his father’s games.
42:14 Did you ever see yourself as a professional player or a member of the poker media corps? How did you start working for PokerNews?
44:05 What are your favorite poker features/articles you’ve written over the course of your career?
47:04 Sean’s book, “Raising the Stakes: True Tales of Gambling, Wagering, and Poker Faces” What’s it’s about and how it inspired the new True Gambling Stories Podcast on the PokerNews Network.
50:10 How do you make the transition from poker writing to hosting a poker podcast for the first time? + preview of first couple episodes of the True Gambling Stories Podcast.
59:05 Where to find more info about Sean and the projects he’s working on; @gamblingpod + @pokertraditions on Twitter.
1:00:04 – One Outer – Amazon Echo’s Alexa has… a sister?
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In this Series
- 1 Top Pair Podcast 297: Welcome to PokerNews; Sarah Herring Interview
- 2 Top Pair Podcast 298: Mixed Games - The Rules of... "Scrotum"
- 3 Top Pair Podcast 299: Interview with Bernard Lee
- 4 Top Pair Podcast 300: Sean Chaffin Talks 'True Gambling Stories'
- 5 Top Pair Podcast 301: When a Poker Noob Wins a Bad Beat Jackpot
- 6 Top Pair Podcast 302: Interview with Chris Moneymaker
- 7 Top Pair Podcast 303: Interview w/ New Home Game Player Shannon Mack
- 8 Top Pair Podcast 304: For a Successful Home Game, Just Stay Calm!
- 9 Top Pair Podcast 305: Interview with John Hesp
- 10 Top Pair Podcast 306: Who's At Your Ultimate Fantasy Home Poker Game?
- 11 Top Pair Podcast 307: Interview with Scott Blumstein
- 12 Top Pair Podcast 308: The Ultimate Ladies Home Poker Game
- 13 Top Pair Podcast 309: Home Game Dealing, Shuffling, and Tipping
- 14 Top Pair Podcast 310: Interview With Lupe Soto
- 15 Top Pair Podcast 311: WPT TOC, SHRB, Short Deck, and Bad Beats Aplenty
- 16 Top Pair Podcast 312: Interview with Aria Poker Room's Mike Williams
- 17 Top Pair Podcast 313: Behind the Scenes at the 2018 WSOP Main Event
- 18 Top Pair Podcast 314: Interview with Faded Spade Playing Cards founder Tom Wheaton
- 19 Top Pair Podcast 315: What American Poker Players Can Expect in Europe