Shove River?

I never just post hands any more! I am curious in your feedback, but I don’t have a lot more to say about the hand myself, so I’m not going to construct it as a What’s Your Play? But here’s the situation: Playing $2/$5 NL. Effective stack $600. Villain is a woman in her mid-20s, has a pro-ey vibe to her. I don’t know that we’ve played together before but I see her around Maryland Live a lot. Don’t remember ever seeing her in bigger games even when they were going at MDL. She always has full buyin+ in front … Read more…

MORE Free Poker Strategy With Matt Berkey

In December of 2016, the Thinking Poker community raised over $8000 for the Bay Area Urban Debate League, and I’m so grateful to everyone who contributed! This hour of free poker strategy, with very special guest Matt Berkey, is part of my thanks to everyone who contributed. If you didn’t donate during the campaign, please enjoy the video and then donate whatever you feel it was worth to you. Thanks! The first half of my conversation with Matt is available here.

Episode 203: The No-Longer-Homeless Poker Player

Carlos Welch is no longer homeless! At least for the moment, he’s living with Alexander Fitzgerald in Bullhead City, AZ, and Andrew is paying him a visit! We catch on Andrew’s travels, Carlos’ new digs, and strategy! Timestamps 0:30 = hello 23:05 = strat Strategy $2/$5 Hero ($700) opens to $20 UTG with AKo. Four callers, both blinds fold. Flop ($105) AQ9r. Hero bets $55, Villain raises to $175, rest fold, Hero?

What’s Your Play? Facing an Overbet on River Results

Thanks for all the comments on What’s Your Play? Facing an Overbet on River. Time for Some Game Theory It’s probably impossible to find a game theoretically optimal betting strategy for me on the flop, and likewise a calling strategy for Villain, as there are more than two players in the game. The river, however, is a different situation. It’s quite likely that I’m playing a capped range after checking the turn (which may be sufficient reason not to check). If – and this won’t necessarily be the case, we’ll return to that question – Villain arrives at the river … Read more…

Free Poker Strategy Video With Matt Berkey!

In December of 2016, the Thinking Poker community raised over $8000 for the Bay Area Urban Debate League, and I’m so grateful to everyone who contributed! I promised a free half-hour of strategy video for every $500 we raised, and after releasing videos with Carlos Welch, Jamie Kerstetter, and Nate Meyvis, I fell a little behind. Today, I hope to more than make up for it by bringing you the first of two videos I made with the amazing Matt Berkey! If you didn’t donate during the campaign, please enjoy the video and then donate whatever you feel it was … Read more…

Episode 202: Christian Harder

Christian Harder is a long-standing pro whose history with Nate and Andrew dates back to the early days of the 2+2 MTT forum. His most recent claim to fame is victory in the $5000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. We talk to him about his rise to the top, his friendship with Greg Merson, and the ups and downs of life as a (primarily) east coast tournament grinder. Follow Christian on Twitter! Timestamps 0:30 Hello and welcome 3:05 Interview For more information on our event with Just Hands Poker in NYC, March 25 and 26, click here.

What’s Your Play? Facing an Overbet on River

Playing a 9-handed 5/10 game last week at Bellagio, effective stacks $1500. Decent recreational player opens to $40 UTG+2, mediocre pro calls MP, good pro calls HJ, I call with 9s 8d (Edit: added suited to clarify that I don’t have a heart) on Button (a little questionable, but can’t be too bad if blinds don’t squeeze much), BB calls. Flop ($205) Jc 8h 6h. Checks to me, I bet $100, folds back to good pro in HJ who calls. Turn ($405) 5d. Both check. River ($405) 2s. Villain bets $600. Hero? Post your thoughts and preferred play in the … Read more…

Episode 201: Kyle Loman

Kyle Loman plays $1/$3 no-limit for a living, but it hasn’t always been that way. Years ago, he was grinding high-stakes with a six-figure bankroll. In this revealing interview, he talks about shot-taking, staking, bad loans, and coming to terms with his new life as a small stakes grinder. Timestamps 0:30 – hello 16:11 – strat 43:40 – kyle Strategy Hand 1 $200 MTT. Blinds 600/1200/200. Hero opens to 3000 with Ah As in early position, BB calls. Flop (8400) Kd 9s 3s. Check, 4200, call. Turn (16800) 3. Check, Hero bets 9200, call. River (34,400) 8s. BB is all … Read more…