Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Hard-Boiled Poker Radio Show, Episode 14: The Hot Hundred Grand Caper

Shamus with headphonesThose of us who like to listen to poker podcasts have a lot to choose from these days. Wasn’t all that long ago when there were really only a couple producing regular shows. There was Card Club on Lord Admiral Radio. And Ante Up! and Card Player’s The Circuit. And that was pretty much it.

Now, of course, there are probably 30 or more shows out there regularly churning out new content for us to download onto our iPods or iPod-like devices. I’ve listed the ones with which I try to keep up over on the right-hand column, though have to admit there just ain’t enough time during the week to listen to every minute of every one.

So I know by producing my own podcast -- which I’ve been doing intermittently for nearly a year now -- I’m becoming less and less special as time goes by. Sort of like I’ve built and have been slowly furnishing a tiny little shack over on the far side of the busy poker podcast landscape. Still, I hope those of you who have given The Hard-Boiled Poker Radio Show a try have enjoyed it as something a little different from the rest of the many good podcasts we now have available to us.

Finally got that Episode 14 together and posted today. This one focuses a bit more directly on the “hard-boiled” side of things, with the two great novelists Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett being primarily featured. I start out with a short anecdote about Chandler and poker, then talk a bit about Hammett before playing an old episode of The Adventures of Sam Spade.

You can listen to the show by clicking here (or right-click and “Save As” if you wanna download the sucker). Head over to the show’s blog to read the show notes. You can also get the HBPRS through iTunes, which is how I like to get podcasts these days.

Leave feedback here, at the show’s blog, a review on iTunes, or via an email to shamus at hardboiledpoker dot com. All thoughts and suggestions are welcome.

The Hard-Boiled Poker Radio ShowIn fact, one idea I have been considering is perhaps to invite folks to contribute audio segments to the show, if they’d like. The podcast is primarily devoted to storytelling, with the stories all focusing on poker and/or gambling. The only real restriction I’ve given myself on the show is to try to ensure all of the stories are somewhat “timeless” -- that is to say, a new listener can go back and download earlier shows and enjoy them as much today as when they were first posted.

So if you think you have an interesting story to tell that might fit with the show’s format and would like to share it, drop me a line. (Indeed, having others contribute now and then may well make it easier for me to produce shows more frequently.)

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Blogger Erwin Blonk said...

Your show is unique. Every other show I know has a focus on news and strategy. Classic storytelling is nowhere to be found, at least I haven't seen it. Ante Up! is unique in its active fanbase. And although only partly poker (with the other content more in less in adjacent fields) is the Gambler's Bookclub, possibly the only other podcast that has a good amount of storytelling.
Oh, and it was another great episode.

3/23/2009 8:35 AM  

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