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Poker Podcasts: The Hard-Boiled Poker Radio Show


Continuing in my poker podcast series, it's time to post about the first poker podcast I ever listened to, The Hard-Boiled Poker Radio Show by Short-Stacked Shamus.  First off I'd like to offer a little more insight into Short-Stacked Shamus (3S for simplicity sake) and his Hard-Boiled Poker blog.  I've yet to meet 3S in person, but as can happen in blog writing and reading, I feel like I already know him.  In an odd way, reading a persons blog and hearing their voice in a podcast can yield a false sense of entitlement.  Still, I feel like if/when I get the chance to me 3S, it will be as if we've known each other for some time.  That seems to happen quite often in the poker blogging world...indeed a good group of people.


Hard-Boiled Poker is no doubt one of the best poker blogs written today.  3S always puts forth extra effort in his posts to bring quality to each; where so many blogs miss the point, including my own, 3S hits the spot.  He rarely strays from discussions of poker, but when he does it stays interesting.  He doesn't try to purport himself to be something he is not.  Like his moniker suggests, he is a small stakes player who is not afraid to show it.  He began blogging in 2006, but decided to fire up a poker podcast in April of '08.


So on to the podcast shall we?  Shamus puts out one of the most creative poker podcasts out there in The Hard-Boiled Poker Radio Show.  It truly is one of a kind.  The focus of his podcast is  vintage radio shows involving gambling and poker as well as other classic books and tales of old.  He will sometimes read from books and discuss historical situations that lead into the main classic radio show of the podcast.  In addition, during some podcasts, he will play a poker/gambling themed song.


In general when you download a poker podcast you are expecting to hear about the latest poker news or maybe general gaming strategy.  The last thing you would expect to hear is a random radio show from 1945.  That's what separates THBPRS show from the rest.  It wouldn't work for most people, but somehow it fits perfectly for 3S.  You can tell from his writing and his spoken word, it is a passion of his.


3S manages to take it one step further with his podcast by giving fully detailed show notes for each episode on the his THBPRS blog, specifying what you can expect he'll be talking about and often delving deeper into the topic at hand with additional links to more information.  Take a look at his first episode notes as a great example of this.  I can't say enough about the detail that 3S puts into this recreational, but top notch offering.


I will finish up by saying this podcast is not for everyone.  For the same reason that some will absolutely love the uniqueness of the show, a select few will probably crave the action style podcast that is inherent with a game like poker.  If you are someone looking to learn about strategy or the latest Phil Hellmuth tard ass news, this probably isn't for you; however, if you are looking for a unique take on the timeless game of poker, give this show a go.





I'll end this post by noting the first comment 3S ever received on his THBPRS blog:


Keith said...
Never stop podcasting.  Ever ever ever.
Thanks.


Indeed, Keith, indeed.


Until next time, may the felt be with you.

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