March 16, 2010

Poker Podcasts

Just playing, basically grinding online at the moment. Don’t have that many insights right now on the game itself, which is why I want to delve into the area of Poker Podcasts for a few minutes with you.

Podcasts have been around for quite a while now. I remember back in 2004 or maybe 2005, when everybody with a recording equipment went around recording moronic stuff about their lives and podcasting about it to the world. It was the new blogging for lazy people. It took quite a while for good podcasts to establish themselves and weed out the worse or say less serious ones. It also took a while for podcasts to be established in poker. I remember in early 2006 the only podcasts that were available to the uninformed consumer like me were stuff like the NPR news and similar.

But then my baby was born. I remember distinctly searching for “poker” in the podcast crawlers out there, since I knew I was going to spend monotonous hours feeding and walking the baby to the park and stuff. There wasn’t much out there. The circuit was basically unlistenable “bla bla” by Mike Matusow. I joined some sports radio, which had a poker section (lol). The only one that was actually good at the time was Rounders Radio, which later became the Twoplustwo pokercast. And those I did listen intently. I remember listening to the Jamie Gold interview over and over again. Later they had Hoss talk a whole bunch about HULHE, Bobby Hoff about old times in Vegas. They were also the ones that were very quick on the Absolute scandal reporting about it since way before shit hit the fan in August of 2007.

Nowadays, the whole pokermedia has become so mainstream. With sites like Pokerroad catering for “pokertainment” as they say and the main Poker News outlets barraging us with videos, interviews and insights, I’m almost in full blown poker podcast overload. So I don’t download everything that has to do with poker anymore (phew), but I still listen to a lot (my work can be monotonous). Here is a sample from best (first thing I download and listen to as soon as I log on) to worst (like actually thinking of unsubscribing).

The Twoplustwo Pokercast : As I said, I’ve listened to this since very early on, Mike and Adam have actually been around since late 2005, when the radio station they were at decided to give some time to poker, because of the hockey strike going on back then (ah, Canadians). I like them very much and have met both in real life and they are much fun to be around. Adam is even a limit player, was a prop for Party Poker in the early days, then he dabbled in O8 a lot. Nowadays he’s more in the affiliate side of things. But he still knows his poker stuff and you can see they are fans of the game and its integrity and not the corporate stuff that goes on behind.

The Poker Beat : Part of the Pokerroad family, this started out as a hilarious take on the happenings in poker hosted by Huff and Haralabous. Haralabous was comedic gold, but I guess it didn’t hold his interests much. Nowadays it has become a respectable poker news outlet with a returning cast of reporters from various outlets calling in and discussing 2-3 topics of the week. Highly recommendable and other people seem to think so since it won the Bluff Reader’s Choice Award, which they mention every show :P

Deuce Plays : Well, gotta talk about the podcasts on this site, too, right? I can’t comment much on “Hey Ball!” yet as there have only been 3 episodes out, but it seems a little bit weird. But Deuce Plays is definitely an excellent podcast. It is a recast of the old podcast “Cash Plays” over at PokerRoad, but I must say it fits deucescracked much better. Now the guests or topics can be very hit or miss, but it depends on personal preference. I really don’t care about PLO ranges, when I get repotted on the turn. Same with the guests, while some day you’ll have a genius like Phil Galfond on, the next week you’ll have the asshole Limon on that can’t stop bragging. I like the hand analysis that Bart does, but only if it’s one or two concepts at the beginning of the show, otherwise it’s a little boring / monotonous. But the show gets a huge A for effort, poker strategy is definitely not easy to relate in audio format.

Hardboiled Poker Radio Show : Not a poker podcast per se. Rather old time radio shows, songs and stories about poker. You know Shamus is a fan of the game and he shows it. He talks you through each segment and gives the background information, mostly on an old radio show from like the 40s (it’s great to transport yourself 70 years back and hear how people thought and talked back then). Audio quality is a bit iffy, but a great listen on those long drives to Vegas!

Mediocre Poker Radio : This is a fun one. These guys sure know how to boost the ego of their guests. They go on and on how they are huge donkeys, yet are fans that actually put in the volume and hours and very much know what they are talking about when they ask the questions; the ultimate fans. They did a whole series on the Dang Brothers that was much fun. However, they do promote the whole frat house experience. The constantly want to prop poker players up as these geniuses that suddenly get to “bang the chicks and pimp the rides”… a bit off putting at times.

Pokerroad Radio : The main show from their website. A fun and goofy update on the tournament circuit. Lots of info and laughs especially around WSOP time. The interviews are quick and painless and sometimes give you a real insight into somebody just from the way they talk or tell a story. Most of the time it’s just a huge filler though and it’s something I listen to on the car maybe months after the event has already happened. The games they do on the radio are pretty lol, but it’s mostly poking fun at the degeneracy that goes on on the road. Never ever listen for strategy or news, just for entertainment.

Cash Plays : Another one from the Pokerroad family. Well, after Bart left, Jeremiah Smith took this one over. The show took a huuge nosedive from there, probably because his voice tilts me so much, I don’t know why. He does have some good guests from time to time, but most of the time I have to say, I fastforward a lot.

And that’s it. Enough, isn’t it? I left out a lot, I know, hey the day only has 24 hours, I can’t listen to everything! :P Have a great week!

Posted By bellatrix at 08:25 AM

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Joe Tall posted on March 16, 2010 at 17:09 PM

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Nice write up! But you gotta give Hey Ball! a try, esp if you are headed into the mix-game route.


merry posted on March 21, 2010 at 20:39 PM

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didn't even think about listening to a podcast till now...tx!


crazyfool1985 posted on April 26, 2010 at 14:40 PM

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awesome, thanks bella, must check out the dc podcasts. Any particular podcast you can think of for LHE that you thought were better


bellatrix posted on April 26, 2010 at 22:10 PM

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I know there was a "Cash Plays" with Adam Schwartz on LHE and absolute gold was DeathDonkey on Deuce Plays:

http://podcasts.deucescracked.com/deuceplays/Deuce_Plays_-_Episode_13_-_4-7-2009_-_Special_Guest_DeathDonkey.mp3

There is a Rounders and a Pokercast with HossTBF, but he's very reserved. There's also a Pokercast with TheBryce, which was really great.

Lots of hidden gems out there.


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