Turning a Pair Into a Bluff

I was hoping to post more hands during WCOOP, but detailed write-ups just aren’t what I’m in the mood for after a long day of playing. So, I’m going to start posting some hands without a lot of commentary. I already posted one from the $200 Warm-Up, so here’s one from the second event that I played, the $1K Sunday Million. It’s an example of a concept that came up in the discussion of the previous hand, which is when to turn a hand that you originally called with for showdown value into a bluff. Here’s an example where, although … Read more…

Episode 187: NLO8

Andrew’s busy with WCOOP, so he and Nate get straight to strategy, with a discussion of several hands from the No-Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better event. Timestamps 0:30 Hello & Welcome 10:42 NLO8 Strategy Hand 1 PokerStars – $300+$20|400/800 Ante 100 NL Hi/Lo (6 max) – Omaha Hi/Lo – 6 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com SB: 24.38 BB BB: 41.66 BB UTG: 35.74 BB MP: 48 BB Hero (CO): 23.1 BB BTN: 30.23 BB 6 players post ante of 0.13 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB Pre Flop: (pot: 2.25 BB) Hero has 4c Kc … Read more…

Rate Our Play: Blind Battle Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in Rate Our Play: Blind Battle. I hope you benefited from thinking about this spot. Blind battles and other spots where players have very wide ranges are tricky because, if you just try to apply heuristics and experience from other situations, you’re going to get them very wrong. Simple rules like “no pair means no showdown value” don’t apply. Here are my thoughts on each of our decisions: DP1: A6o is a tough hand to play, even when only a single opponent with a random hand remains. Raising denies the BB some equity and reduces … Read more…

Rate Our Play: Blind Battle

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 the week to post my own thoughts about the most controversial points. The Game: $200 6-max WCOOP Event (Sunday Warm-Up Replacement). Blinds 1600/3200/400. Villain has 145K, Hero has 175K. Reads/History: Assume each player knows the other to be a successful and experienced tournament … Read more…

Never Forget

I was not directly effected nor especially traumatized (no moreso, that is, than the vast majority of humans who were horrified by the suffering, death, and destruction) by the attacks of September 11. Far more traumatic, for me, was what took place in the weeks that followed, specifically the adoption of the Patriot Act, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the declaration of a “War on Terror”. It’s not so much that I thought these were all bad ideas, although I did – it’s that it didn’t seem to matter, to anyone, whether they were bad ideas. There was this grinding inevitability … Read more…

Coming to Montreal

Sorry for the lack of posts here. As you’ll see, I’ve had a busy few weeks. It started nicely, with a trip to visit some old friends. As much as Emily and I have enjoyed living in San Francisco, there are some downsides, most notably the fact that most of our family and friends are on the east coast. Conveniently, we’re from the same suburb of Baltimore, so it’s easy enough to visit with both of our families during our time there. (Also conveniently, my mother lives about 20 minutes from Maryland Live!) After a few weeks of that, though, … Read more…

Episode 186: Alan Boston (fixed)

Alan Boston has long been known as a sports better, but now he’s back on the east coast, making a living in the Foxwoods Poker Room. Alan tells his stories with characteristic bluntness and candor, from Stu Ungar and 1980s Las Vegas up to modern-day no-limit hold ’em. Timestamps Intro 0:30 Strategy 4:17 Interview 33:27 Strategy 1/1/2 NLHE effective stacks $300 Here raises to $6 in the CO with 7h8h, Button calls, makes it $22 from the big blind. Hero calls and the button folds. Flop ($49) 10c 8c 6c. Villain bets $20, Hero raises to $85, Villain calls Turn ($219) 2d. Villain checks, Hero … Read more…

Episode 185: Billy Sharkey

Billy Sharkey’s poker career has been a roller coaster that led him to mindfulness meditation, and that helps… except when it doesn’t. In this revealing interview, Billy discusses dealing with losses, the complex politics of high stakes home games, his struggle with pit gambling, and how he makes sense of it all. Billy’s latest adventure is stand-up comedy. You can check out his work on Facebook and Instagram. Timestamps 0:30 -hello 3:20 -2NL flopped FD 27:17 -billy Strategy 2NL 6 max on ACR. Effective stacks $2.60. I am UTG with KcJc and open $0.06. Villain calls on Button. Flop comes 8c … Read more…