Episode 231: Peter Chi

Peter Chi is an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Ursinus College teaching an undergraduate statistics course revolving around poker. He’s using this textbook and documenting the experience on his blog. You can also follow him on Twitter @PeterBChi. Timestamps 0:30 – hello 3:49 – strat 33:19 – peter Strategy Hero ($280) has AsQh UTG, opens to $10. 3 callers, including Villain on the button. Flop comes Ad4c2c. Pot is $35 after rake. Checks to Villain who bets $25, Hero calls, rest fold. Turn is Kc. Pot is $85. Hero checks to Villain who bets $50. Hero calls. River is 9s. Pot is $185. Hero checks … Read more…

WCOOP Day 22 ($5200 Main Event, $1050 Warm-Up, $530 NLHE)

Although I didn’t play any poker on Thursday either, Saturday actually felt more like a proper birthday celebration. I’ve got this friend Luis who lives in Montreal, with whom I’ve always met up once or twice whenever I was in town. Not getting to see him was one of the biggest downsides of going elsewhere in Quebec for WCOOP. Fortunately Luis was willing and able to take a train out from the city to come visit for the weekend! Emily found a great French restaurant in Val David where we had an excellent meal. Even Luis was impressed by it, … Read more…

WCOOP Day 20 ($500 6-Max)

My birthday always falls during WCOOP, so it’s been a long time since I took it as a vacation day. But this year’s events felt more skippable than usual (the only thing I was really tempted to play was the $2100 PKO, and even then, the mid-week $2K events just weren’t that great – this wasn’t the only one I skipped). As it happened, Thursday was the day Phil Galfond suggested for a podcast interview, and because we’d been trying for months to find a good time, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. So it wasn’t quite a … Read more…

WCOOP Day 18 ($500 6-Max PKO)

I know it’s been a while, but I’m so close to finishing this review I figure I might as well go the distance. The only WCOOP event I played on this particular Wednesday was the $500 6-Max Progressive Knock-Out. I scored some early bounties, including with flush over flush and this one here: PokerStars – 300/600 Ante 75 NL (6 max) – Holdem – 6 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com SB: 40.77 BB (VPIP: 34.18, PFR: 20.25, 3Bet Preflop: 7.89, Hands: 79) BB: 36.24 BB (VPIP: 20.94, PFR: 14.34, 3Bet Preflop: 4.35, Hands: 277) UTG: 58.62 BB (VPIP: … Read more…

Episode 230: Christian Soto Live!

Christian Soto and Andrew meet in-person in Baltimore, hours after playing together in the World Poker Tour main event at Maryland Live!, to commiserate and talk about some key hands. This interview was tremendous fun to record and hopefully will be tremendous fun to listen to as well. To learn more from Christian you can follow @ChristianSoto08 on Twitter and sign up for his I’ll Name This Strategy Later II seminar.

Progressive Knockout Examples, Part 1

My latest poker strategy article, Progressive Knockout Examples Part 1, is now appearing in 2+2 Magazine. It’s a follow-up to a previous article, using some real examples from progressive knockout tournaments to explore some theory about how to make decisions about chasing bounties.

Maryland Live and Podcast Pride

I know I haven’t quite finished the WCOOP review here. I got sidetracked by WPT Maryland, and after three long days of playing that (I finished 32nd), WCOOP feels like a distant memory. I’m going to make a series for Tournament Poker Edge with key hands from the WPT, so I probably won’t be posting a lot more about it here. It was a great experience in a lot of ways, but one that I want to highlight as to do with the Thinking Poker Podcast. One of our goals from the beginning was to showcase a much broader spectrum … Read more…

Episode 229: Phil Galfond

Phil Galfond needs as little introduction as any guest we’ve ever had. He’s crushed at virtually all forms of poker at the highest stakes, he’s crushed in the poker training market, and now he’s preparing to crush in the real money poker site market. We talk to him about his rise through the ranks, the Ship It Holla Ballas, Rail Heaven, Run It Once, and his current efforts to launch a real money poker site. You can follow Phil on Twitter for more updates!