That Tiny Turn Bet

I knew that my small turn bet in the recent Rate Our Play post would be controversial, and although I had reasons for doing it, they weren’t particularly exploitive, and I hadn’t actually used GTORB to look at the EV of betting larger. It turns out that even if you give Hero the option to make larger bets (75% of pot or all in), he doesn’t use those options. Of course that could be dependent on my assumptions about both players’ ranges, which are that Hero has a lot of Ax in his pre-flop range and is never check-raising the … Read more…

Rate Our Play Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in the inaugural Rate Our Play. I’ll take the blame for the low attendance, as I haven’t been actively blogging lately. That should change once WCOOP gets underway. DP1: Uncontroversial. DP2: Uncontroversial at this stack depth. With deeper stacks, this is a reasonable BB vs BN 3-betting candidate, but with 100BB a 3-bet will just isolate the stronger part of Villain’s range without the opportunity to put pressure on him with draws. DP3: I don’t see a case for a leading range. This is a really static board, which means protection isn’t much of a concern, … Read more…

Mailbag: Zoom Poker, Yay or Nay?

Q: I would love to hear your thoughts on zoom poker. It seems to me, at low stakes anyway, that the level of play is much higher than at regular cash tables at the same stakes. For some reason, it seems to attract much fewer fish and many more regs. At the same time, it enables you to play many more hands/hour very without having to multitable. How much of an edge do you feel like you’re giving away, if any at all, when playing zoom poker, instead of regular cash games? Would you recommend that those trying to build a … Read more…

Episode 184: Chris Moorman

Chris Moorman, with over $10 million in cashes, is widely regarded as the winningest player in online tournament poker. This wide-ranging interview covers his beginnings as a competitive bridge and pool player, his struggles with staking, his role as 888Poker Ambassador, and whether there was ever any truth to the scuttlebutt that he couldn’t hack it in the live arena. You can visit Chris Moorman’s website and follow him on Twitter. Timestamps 0:30 hello & strategy 22:44 chris moorman Strategy 2/5 table at the rio. I’m in the sb with AsQc. UTG limps for 5, UTG +1 raises to 15. Folds … Read more…

Rate Our Play

In an effort to blog a bit more often (about topics other than new podcasts), I’m going to try out a new sort of post that hopefully will be similar to but less time-consuming (for me) than a multi-street What’s Your Play?. It’s called Rate Our Play. I’m going to post a hand featuring multiple decisions points for both myself and my opponent(s). Your job will be to comment on any mistakes (or choices that surprised you in a good way) that you think either of us made. I’ll participate in the comments as I can and return later in … Read more…

So Tempting…

The Backstory I’m currently in Maryland visiting family and have been to Maryland Live a few times. It’s been quite busy; even when I arrived around 4 yesterday there was already a long list for 5/10 and 10/25 and no open tables to start a new game. So, I ended up playing 2/5 for a while. Maryland Live’s poker room has two stories, and I was in a 2/5 game upstairs, which is annoying because when they call you for another game you have to go downstairs to lock up a seat (or try to get a floor’s attention upstairs, … Read more…

Episode 183: Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown is a professional-poker-player-turned-Wall-Street-trader. You may know him as the author of The Poker Face of Wall Street, but he’s got a lot to say about gambling, economics, and our favorite, the “old days” of poker in private games and smoky California card rooms. Timestamps 0:30 – hello & welcome 8:38 – strategy 26:37 – aaron brown interview Strategy This hand is from a $365 wsop circuit event. Re-entry. Level 2 blinds are 50/100. Starting stack was 10k and I have almost exactly that amount. Villian in the hand seems to be a competent player/circuit grinder type probably early 30s. … Read more…

Episode 182: It’s Better Than Nothing!

Technical difficulties and vacation schedules nearly kept the show off the air for two weeks running, but there’s no keeping Nate and Andrew down! We’ve got a short, strategy-only show to tide you over until we return with an awesome guest next week! Strategy $2/$5 NLHE Hero ($1000) limps JJ UTG. MP limps, CO ($900) raises to $30, Button ($900 calls), Hero raises to $125, MP folds, CO calls, Button calls. Flop ($375 in pot) Kh Qd Jh. Hero bets $175, CO calls, Button folds. Turn ($725 in pot) 7d. Hero bets $275, CO calls. River ($1275) 2s. Hero shoves … Read more…