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Top Pair Podcast 325: Home Game Stories from Norm Macdonald et al. at the #PSPC


In episode 325 we’ve got a special treat for you, legendary stand-up comic Norm Macdonald, as well as 2010 WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela, WSOP bracelet winner Chad Holloway, and veteran poker commentator and funnyman Joe Stapleton share their most memorable home game stories.

Plus, a recap of our hosts' home game experiences to start 2019, more talk about “bomb pots,” and Robbie recapping some of his experiences covering the PSPC in the Bahamas.

Finally, good old Gutterball leaves us in stitches with his latest outburst.

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Show Time Stamps

1:12–26:47How Ya Runnin?
 Bruce: “Breakeven Bruce” stays consistent through another three home games. Fun times dealing poker out of a blackjack shoe and incorrectly folding quads, as well as needling a home game host who tends to be a bit skimpy on the refreshments. Talk of Ryan Laplante offering the “ultimate home game poker experience” at a recent Wednesday Poker Discussion Group in Las Vegas.
 Robbie: Running well in the first home game of 2019. Enjoying January’s beautiful 75-degree weather in the Bahamas at the PokerStars Players Championship. Talking about the amazing PSPC vibe, rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in poker, and enjoying the excitement that 320 Platinum Pass winners helped create at the event.
28:05–32:19Congrats, You Made the Show – Questions from a Listener
 Adam gets in touch with some feedback about “bomb pots.” More discussion from our hosts about whether bomb pots should be scheduled at specific times or randomized throughout a home game session.
33:44–50:38Look Who We Found – Home Game Stories from the Pros @PSPC
35:30Chad Holloway shares a fun “double legger” home game story about Adeline, who used to work at the gas station.
38:34Joe Stapleton talks about inviting Daniel Negreanu to his home game, and the shocking reaction from one of the regular players when Daniel wins.
41:14 Frank Kassela dishes on what it’s like to play in a mid-stakes private Hollywood home games and how one goes about getting an invite…
43:40Norm Macdonald brings us closure by giving us his perspective on a notorious home game “declare” incident from a few years back involving Norman Chad (we heard the latter’s perspective back in March 2017).
50:44What the *#&^ Did Gutterball Say? – Open mic night at the felt?

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