Thinking Tournament Poker Volume Two

Nate Meyvis’s latest book, Thinking Tournament Poker Volume Two, which covers his second day of play in the 2014 WSOP Main Event, has just hit the virtual shelves! It features Nate’s own analysis of virtually every pot he entered that day, plus additional commentary from myself, Leo Wolpert, and Gareth Chantler. Nate’s thoughts alone are eye-opening in terms of just how much there is to think about and pay attention to at a poker table, and the opportunity to see top players discuss tough spots and what factors would swing their decisions one way or the other is really valuable as … Read more…

Mailbag: Playing With a Stop-Loss

Q: Do you, personally, use any kind of loss limit for a given session?  Do you have a cap on the max you will lose before going home?  I know this is not consistent with thinking of each hand independently, so I’m guessing the answer is no, but still curious. A: Your guess is correct. That doesn’t mean that I don’t see a use for such a thing, but it’s a personal decision. Ideally you would be unaffected by short-term losses, but if you believe you will play less well after losing $X, then I can see why you might want … Read more…

Episode 169: Matt Berkey

Matt Berkey shares his remarkable story of growing up in a small steel town with a drug addicted mother, pouring himself first into baseball and then into poker, and ultimately rising through the ranks to play as big as $300/$600/$1200 no-limit in Ivey’s room. We also discuss the Solve For Why coaching academy and Infinite Jest! Edit: How did I forget to link Matt’s excellent blog? He writes a lot about poker and his life at thevoicewithin.me. Timestamps 0:30 – hello & welcome 6:49 – strategy 25:21 – matt berkey Strategy This hand is from a WSOPc Main Event and … Read more…

Nitcast Meet-Up

Nate Meyvis and I will once again host a podcast meet-up in Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker! We’ll be at the Gold Coast bowling alley from 10AM until at least Noon on Sunday, July 10 (Day 1B of the Main Event). You’re welcome to hang out for two hours or just stop in and say hello to us, some of our guests, and other listeners. It’s too soon to make promises about exactly which celebrities will be there, but Carlos Welch is a safe bet, and if you’ve never met him in person, you’re in for a treat! See … Read more…

Episode 168: Benjamin Reason

Benjamin Reason began playing the violin at the age of 4. It wasn’t so long after that that he discovered poker, and although the latter eventually subsumed the former, he remains a music aficionado (“a recovering music snob”, as he puts it). We talk poker, coaching, staking, traveling, Buddhism, literature, teaching music, and listening to music. You can follow Benjamin on Twitter @Reasons14 and watch his instructional videos at Tournament Poker Edge. He recommends reading Sapiens and The Four Hour Work Week and listening to Sigur Rós, Denali, Portishead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Radiohead. Timestamps 0:30 – hello and welcome 4:33 – PLO8 strategy … Read more…

Episode 167: Christopher George

Christopher George is a long-time poker professional, but his focus on Stud and other non-hold ’em games sets him apart from your average twenty- or thirty-something online grinder. You wouldn’t think it from his demeanor, but the swings he’s experienced set him apart as well. As he puts it, “I live my life like I should play poker and play poker like I should live my life.” You can follow @CeeGeePoker on Twitter and, if you’re really lucky, catch him streaming high stakes mixed game action. More reliably, you’ll find his training videos on Deuces Cracked. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & … Read more…

Episode 166: Collin Moshman

Collin Moshman is a widely respected sit-and-go player and coach and author, but he’s no one-trick pony. We talk to him about his background in Theoretical Mathematics, why he initially focused on sit-and-goes, how and why he branched out into other games, how he got into staking, how he manages his stable, and why on Earth he chose to marry a poker player! Collin is also the author or co-author of three poker books (Heads-Up No-Limit Hold ‘Em, Sit-and-Go Strategy, and The Math of Hold ‘Em) as well as co-author, with his wife Katie Dozier, of The Superuser. He produces … Read more…