What’s Your Play? Flush With Redraw

Playing $5/$10 No-Limit at Maryland Live, a game that does not participate in the Bad Beat Jackpot and other promotions. I don’t have a lot of experience with either Villain, but there’s a good chance they know who I am (a lot of people at MDL, many of whom I’ve never spoken to, have turned out to be familiar with the podcast, blog, or Twitter account). At the very least, I expect they perceive me as a smart player who won’t take anything off of the table in terms of bluffs, hero calls, thin value, etc. UTG1 is a pro … Read more…

Deep Thinking

My latest poker strategy article, Deep Thinking, was just published in Two Plus Two Magazine. Does this sound like you? Playing with a short stack can be a good way to learn: it simplifies your decisions, minimizes the magnitude of your mistakes, and helps you focus on fundamentals like pre-flop hand selection and evaluating flop textures. However, it’s important to keep learning as you start playing in deeper games, because strategies that are at least reasonably effective when shallow often become liabilities. Check out the article, and please let me know whether it’s helpful to you!  

Episode 194: Danny Sprung

Danny Sprung is a trader and a long-time games player. He was a serious poker player even before the boom, and he’s also a world class bridge player. In this interview, we discuss how he relates poker to bridge and to trading, and how he’s working to get back onto the poker scene. Timestamps 0:30 – hello 2:25 – strategy 24:48 – danny Strategy 1/2 NLHE, 9-handed. Villain 1 raises UTG1 to $12, Villain 2 calls, Villain 3 ($105) in the CO calls. Hero ($220) calls with Ad Tc in the SB. Flop ($50) Jh Qh Ks. Hero checks, V1 bets $40, V2 … Read more…

Double Your EV!

Edit: I originally reported a donor match that is apparently not happening. Very sorry about that, but I hope you’ll contribute anyway! Edit2: Sorry for all the confusion. The match is apparently on and good for the rest of November (so, Tuesday and Wednesday). Donations made to the Bay Area Urban Debate League today (Giving Tuesday) and tomorrow will be doubled! As an added #nitcast bonus, Razoo is not charging any fees for donations made on Giving Tuesday (November 29). Click here to donate now! The Bay Area Urban Debate League is a non-profit organization with which I’m deeply involved, as … Read more…

Episode 193: Ryan LaPlante Returns

Ryan LaPlante, who joined us on Episode 95, won his first WSOP bracelet this summer in the $565 Pot-Limit Omaha event. In this interview, he talks about his emotional victory speech, why winning matters so much to him, and the importance of being “out and proud”. You can follow Ryan on Twitter and get more information about him and his coaching from his website. He recommends reading The Red Rising Triology. Timestamps 0:30 hello 12:01 strategy 41:29 ryan laplante Strategy Full ring, $1-$2 NL. I have $350 in the BB and the main villain, on the button, has $600. Other … Read more…

Episode 192: More Tommy Angelo

Tommy Angelo is back to talk about “speech play”, stalling, and other ways your opponents can annoy you at the table, if you let them. Plus we’ll get an update on his latest book, Painless Poker, and his meeting with Carlos Welch. Be sure to check out Tommy’s new and improved website and follow him on Twitter. His earlier appearances on the podcast are here and here.

Why So Much?

Sorry to say there’s no new podcast this week. However, we recorded a great interview (is there any other kind?) with Tommy Angelo this morning that we’re excited to share with you soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, here’s my latest strategy article for 2+2 Magazine, entitled “Why So Much?“: [T]here are many situations where very large (or small, for that matter) bets don’t have to mean anything in particular. They can easily be made with a balanced range, in a way that does not cost the bettor anything with any individual hand in that range relative to a … Read more…

A King Among Men: Gun Ownership

This was a surprising little moment for me in reading The Autobiography of Martin Luther King: King was a gun owner prior to and in the early days of his involvement with the Montgomery bus boycott! After a bomb exploded on his front porch, his friends and family urged him to keep an armed guard and/or carry a gun. He says that he went so far as to apply for a license to carry a gun in his car, but that this was refused (he doesn’t say why). He goes on to say, How could I serve as one of … Read more…