Episode 243: Jamal Hanson

Jamal Hanson introduces us to a high-stakes poker game we knew nothing about… because it’s played behind bars. Jamal, who graduated college at 16 but ultimately landed him in prison for selling crack cocaine, talks about learning to play, landing a whale, winning the tacit approval of the warden, and sorting out the logistics of payments and game integrity. He also explains how he studied law in prison, wrote and filed many of his own briefs, sued the government, and ultimately got his sentence commuted. It’s a revealing look at a fascinating corner of the poker world. The Washington Post … Read more…

Episode 242: Your Strategy Questions Answered!

Nate and Andrew enjoy some “alone time” and answer listeners’ strategy questions (and a programming question) from the mailbag. Here’s the online MIT Computer Science Course that Nate recommended. Strategy Hand 1 100 BB effective stacks  Dealt to Hero: Ks Ts UTG folds, Hero (MP) raises to 3BB, Villain (CO) calls, BTN folds, SB folds, BB folds. Flop: Qh 6s 4s (7.5BB) Hero bets 5BB, Villain calls. Turn: Td (17.5BB) Hero checks, Villain bets 13BB, Hero calls. River: Qs (43.5 BB) Hero… checks?, Villain bets 27BB, Hero…?  Hand 2 I have JdJc UTG+1.  Folds to me and I raise to … Read more…

Episode 241: The Crypto Show

Poker player and crypto assets trader @blaissezfaire joins us to explain what exactly crypto assets are, why the poker world went crazy for them in 2017, and what the future may hold. Timestamps 0:30 hello 11:08 strat 28:13 chris Links Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond Jameson @Lopp Nick Szabo (@NickSzabo4) on the Tim Ferriss Show Luke Martin @VentureCoinist @MarioSilvestri3 Strategy Hero is dealt AQdd UTG and raises to .60, folds to villain in SB who 3bets to $2, Hero calls. Flop is k104 diamonds. Villain checks and hero bets $3 into $4.2, Villain calls. Turn is … Read more…

2017 Podcast Countdown: First Place

I’m glad – blown away, really – that so many of you enjoy listening to the Thinking Poker Podcast. Ultimately, though, it’s a selfish endeavor (for me anyway, don’t want to speak for Nate here). I do it because it’s good for me. Poker is a stressful pursuit, and often a lonely one. It’s good for me to talk to people, to hear stories I can relate to, and to commiserate with others about the ups and downs. My interview with Christian Soto provided all of that at a critical moment, coming just hours after one of the more frustrating … Read more…

2017 Podcast Countdown: Second Place

Counting down my favorite Thinking Poker Podcast episodes of 2017. Details/retrospective here. In third place is Episode 220: Tommy’s Room. Tommy Angelo and Carlos Welch are among my all-time favorite guests, so getting them together on one show would have already had the makings of greatness. But what made it all the greater is that we got to record this in person, from Tommy’s suite at the Rio, which always makes for better on-air rapport. Tommy told stories from the pre-boom WSOP era and even engaged in a bit of honest-to-goodness poker strategy talk. The only thing that could have … Read more…

2017 Podcast Countdown: Third Place

Counting down my favorite Thinking Poker Podcast episodes of 2017. Details/retrospective here. In third place is Episode 199.5: Mississippi Grinding. Getting to enjoy the Thinking Poker Podcast as a listener, without have been involved in its creation, is a rare treat for me. So it’s possible that I’m biased, but I loved listening to Nate and Matt Sienkiewicz, who first appeared on Episode 103, talk about the movie Mississippi Grind and Nate’s then-recent experiences playing poker in Biloxi. It’s full of colorful characters and funny stories, most notably Nate getting berated by Sam Grizzle!

2017 Podcast Countdown: Fourth Place

Counting down my favorite Thinking Poker Podcast episodes of 2017. Details/retrospective here. I’m embarrassed to admit that I made an error that I’m sure is as familiar as it is unwelcome to folks with disabilities. In retrospect, I think I came into my interview with KL Cleeton assuming that he would be defined by his Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I was operating on an assumption something along the lines of “This is just some guy who likes poker who got a freeroll from Daniel Negreanu to play the WSOP Main Event because his disability makes for a compelling story.” Well, to … Read more…

Free Video: Bet Sizing on the River

Thanks to everyone who’s contributed so far to my Bay Area Urban Debate League campaign. Here’s the first of your free videos. It’s a one-hour look at river bet sizing in PioSolver. Not only will you learn the basics of under- and over-betting, but you’ll also get a glimpse at how to translate a solver solution into strategic insights that you can employ in real life poker situations.