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 ran a story about Jamal shortly after his commutation.
0:30 – Hello & Welcome
5:50 – Strategy
35:35 – Interview: Jamal Hanson
This is 2-3 NLH game (9 handed). There is a $6 straddle for this hand. It’s folded to me in middle position and I raise to $17 with the KdQh. The button calls and the straddle calls. Effective stacks are $300.
Straddler checks, I bet $30 into the $50 pot. Button calls and the straddler folds.
Turn: KhJc6d 9d
I check The button quickly bets $60 into $110. I call.
River: KhJc6d 9d 10s