Episode 177: Alex Sutherland

Alex Sutherland is a professional poker player and software designer, responsible for inflicting Table Ninja and GTO Range Builder on the poker world. We talk to him about transitioning back and forth between these worlds, common misunderstandings about the application of game theory to poker, and what working with a GTO solver has taught him about poker. Alex recommends reading The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu.

This episode is sponsored by Shark Clock and Tournament Poker Edge.


0:30 – hello
6:11 – strategy
50:40 – alex sutherland


This week’s strategy discussion uses GTO Range Builder to investigate the hand first discussed in Episode 176.

4 thoughts on “Episode 177: Alex Sutherland

  1. RE the strategy hand:

    Nate said that you wouldn’t want to bet big with good hands and smaller with weaker hands. That is probably correct in the way he meant it…

    But, I think GTO probably does consist of multiple bet sizes and multiple ranges. This may be too hard to implement in practice but I don’t think it is correct to say that there is one range and one bet size in GTO play. In other words – you probably have multiple bet sizes in most situations. Each bet size would have its own appropriately balanced range.

    • And, of course, Andrew did a great job explaining this exact thing 5 minutes after I’d stopped listening. 8)

  2. FWIW, The Three-Body Problem was the winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best (science fiction) Novel. So it’s gotten a fair amount of acclaim over the past year. (The original Chinese novel was serialized in 2006 and published as a novel in 2008; the English translation is what won the award.) There are two sequels, the first of which is already out in the US.

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