Episode 215: Catching Up With Chantler

Gareth Chantler, who first appeared on Episode 6, once again graces us with his presence. This time around, we discuss James Joyce, Syria, SCOOP, and, begrudgingly, a bit of Limit Hold ‘Em strategy. Timestamps 0:30 Hello and welcome 52:44 Strategy Links Gareth Chantler on Twitter Gareth’s Stories From Syria Hassan Hassan on Twitter Iyad El-Baghdadi on Twitter Samar Yazbek’s A Woman In the Crossfire Mustafa Khalifa’s The Shell Strategy PokerStars – 500/1000 (6 max) – Holdem – 6 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com Hero (UTG): 8.06 BB MP: 3.26 BB (VPIP: 27.23, PFR: 15.57, 3Bet Preflop: 5.26, Hands: … Read more…

Episode 214: Daniel “Clarence” Wolf

Daniel Wolf AKA Clarence AKA Baby Dick is a professional poker player. Originally from Pittsburgh, he now lives and plays in Maryland. We talk to him about having fun at the table, jumping back and forth between 2/5 and 25/50 no limit, and wearing a Necromancer costume on Poker Night in America. Plus, in honor of Pittsburgh, our strategy segment features Andrew donking around in a 5/5/10 PLO game at the Rivers Casino. Links Episode 140 with Chad Power Daniel’s Poker Night in America episode Daniel on Twitter Timestamps Strategy 5/5 PLO with a $10 Button straddle Hero is BB … Read more…

Games With Kids

My latest poker strategy article, Games With Kids, is now appearing in 2+2 Magazine. It’s on a subject I’ve discussed before on the podcast, playing games with my cousin’s three young sons. This article recounts a few specific stories and reflects on some of the things I’ve learned from playing with them: Perhaps the biggest thing I’ve learned from them is that their reasons for playing games are quite different from my own. Because I enjoy strategic thinking and find game theory interesting, my favorite games (like poker) involve lots of nuance and meaningful decisions with uncertain outcomes. Of course, … Read more…

Episode 213: Straight-Up Strategy

Don’t bet the under! Nate and Andrew manage to review three hand histories in barely an hour. There’s a four-barrel bluff from a NLHE tournament, a turn donk bet from a NLHE cash game, and even a spread-limit Omaha 8-or-better hand! Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 8:14 – Strategy Strategy Hand 1 We’re on the bubble, with 20 players remaining and 18 to be paid. Blinds are 1500/3000, and I raise to 6000 UTG (7-handed) with Tc 8c. The only player at the table to have me covered 3-bets to 12K from HJ, and I call. Flop (34K) Ks … Read more…

Learning to Spot and Use Poker Tells

To stay competitive in poker, you must constantly be learning and improving. Of all the things I’ve learned about poker in the last few years, I don’t think any has made me as much money as learning to pay attention to and exploit live tells, the things that people say and do at the poker table that reveal valuable information about the cards they hold. Until you learn to see it, it’s hard to believe just how much some players give away. Zach Elwood’s books were – continue to be, in fact – almost single-handedly responsible for upping my “tell … Read more…

Episode 212: Matt Bodnar

Matt Bodnar is an investor, the host of The Science of Success podcast, and an avid poker player. We talk to him about his experiences in poker inform his work in investing and vice versa, and how what he’s learned from “The Science of Success” can help poker players. In our strategy segment, we discuss bluffing at the micro-stakes. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 9:58 – Strategy 37:40 – Interview: Matt Bodnar Recommended Reading Mindset: The New Science of Success by Carol S. Dweck Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig Getting Things Done by David … Read more…

Second in the WPTDS $570

There’s a World Poker Tour Deep Stacks series running at Maryland Live right now, and last night I managed to take second in one of the prelim events, a $570 multi-flight NLHE tournament. This was despite a shaky start where a questionable (Who am I kidding? There’s no question about it; it was bad.) decision at the end of Day 1 to four-bet-call it off with AK vs one of the other tournament chip leaders left me re-starting Day 2 as the shortest of 27 remaining players, with just 11 big blinds. Fortunately, I managed to win the first few … Read more…

Episode 211: Painless Poker with Tommy Angelo

Tommy Angelo returns to the podcast to discuss his new book, Painless Poker, as well as his writing process, his daily meditation practice, his new goals, and his sordid past. In our strategy segment, we discuss why it matters how the money goes in, and what to do with a straight facing a big shove when the river pairs the board. We encourage you to buy Painless Poker and Tommy’s other books directly from him, in order to get your free autograph and e-books. If you do buy from Amazon, though, please use our affiliate link. Tommy previously appeared on … Read more…