Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Hard-Boiled Poker Radio Show, Episode 5: The Queen of Spades

The Hard-Boiled Poker Radio ShowPosted a new episode of the show yesterday. I see it has already turned up over in iTunes.

This one begins with the Poker Grump regaling us with some humorous stories about drunks at the table. Then there’s an old Robert Johnson song with a poker theme. Finally, the feature presentation is an episode of Mystery in the Air called “The Queen of Spades” starring Peter Lorre, an adaptation of an Alexander Pushkin short story. The game of faro is central to the story, and at the end of the episode I come on and talk about the game a bit and how you can play it online.

That makes five episodes so far. Won’t be producing any new ones until I get back home from Vegas in mid-July.

If you haven’t heard any of the older episodes, you can always go back. Have had a couple of people here in Vegas who have heard the show tell me it reminds them a little of This American Life. That is probably because unlike other podcasts which focus on news, interviews, or strategy, this one mainly presents stories and examples of “audio theater.” And I suppose we are always pursuing a theme (like they do on This American Life), namely poker and/or gambling. So if you like poker and are at all into old time radio and/or storytelling, check it out!

And if you have any feedback, you can leave comments here or over on the show’s blog.

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Blogger Random Table Draw said...

Well, I likes it...keep it up.

6/25/2008 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found myself caught up in the story, can you believe that? The old commercials are a riot :)

Again, thanks Shamus, for digging this up and for the rest of the show (the songs, the grump etc).

6/25/2008 5:11 PM  
Blogger Short-Stacked Shamus said...

Thx, guys. Yea, I liked that one, too, Erwin. Lorre is terrific.

6/26/2008 5:08 PM  

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