Episode 234: Carloose Welch

Carlos Welch has a new home (hotel), a new (used) van, and a new three-barreling range. We talk to him about living in Laughlin and driving across the country, and in our strategy segment, we get some insight into his “Carloose” style of play. If you aren’t familiar with Carlos, you can hear his full story starting with our first interview on Episode 39. You can follow Carlos on twitter @HipHop101Trivia and watch him stream live on Twitch. Timestamps 0:30 Carlos Welch 32:40 Carloose Welch (strategy) Strategy 8-handed NLHE tournament online, blinds 400/800/80. UTG (29K) limps, SB (5K) completes, Hero (35K) raises … Read more…

KL Cleeton Hand History Review on Tournament Poker Edge!

The first installment of latest poker strategy videos series just went up at Tournament Poker Edge. It’s one I’m especially excited about because it’s the first time I’ve ever done a member hand history review (well, excepting the time that Carlos and I looked over his big Bovada win together). I chose to review a hand history from KL Cleeton, who we featured on the podcast a few months ago. The great thing about this kind of review is that the hand examples come from the smaller stakes tournaments that most members play, which provides plenty of opportunity to talk … Read more…

Episode 233: Andrew Therriault

Andrew Therriault is the Chief Data Officer for the City of Boston. He’s also an enthusiastic poker player and the former Director of Data Science for the Democratic National Committee. We talk to him about how big data and artificial intelligence are shaping poker, politics, and government. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello and Welcome 4:12 – Andrew Thierrault 72:00 – Strategy Strategy $150 NLH WSOP Circuit event at the Bike, Dec 2015. Near the end of level 8 (300/600 + 75 ante), I was UTG 8-handed with about a starting stack (10.7k) I raise to 1500 with Jd Jc. Folds around to … Read more…

Episode 232: Carlos Chadha

Carlos Chadha has been a professional poker player for nearly 15 years, and in that time he’s mastered everything from Seven Card Stud to Heads Up No Limit Hold ‘Em to Multi-Table Tournaments. He’s also had to master his own ego as he battled downswings and a yearning for the limelight. Timestamps 7:20 – Ego 22:20 – 7 Card Stud 63:30 – International Relations 70:45 – Heads Up NLHE 84:45 – Multi-Table Tournaments

Episode 231: Peter Chi

Peter Chi is an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Ursinus College teaching an undergraduate statistics course revolving around poker. He’s using this textbook and documenting the experience on his blog. You can also follow him on Twitter @PeterBChi. Timestamps 0:30 – hello 3:49 – strat 33:19 – peter Strategy Hero ($280) has AsQh UTG, opens to $10. 3 callers, including Villain on the button. Flop comes Ad4c2c. Pot is $35 after rake. Checks to Villain who bets $25, Hero calls, rest fold. Turn is Kc. Pot is $85. Hero checks to Villain who bets $50. Hero calls. River is 9s. Pot is $185. Hero checks … Read more…

WCOOP Day 22 ($5200 Main Event, $1050 Warm-Up, $530 NLHE)

Although I didn’t play any poker on Thursday either, Saturday actually felt more like a proper birthday celebration. I’ve got this friend Luis who lives in Montreal, with whom I’ve always met up once or twice whenever I was in town. Not getting to see him was one of the biggest downsides of going elsewhere in Quebec for WCOOP. Fortunately Luis was willing and able to take a train out from the city to come visit for the weekend! Emily found a great French restaurant in Val David where we had an excellent meal. Even Luis was impressed by it, … Read more…

WCOOP Day 20 ($500 6-Max)

My birthday always falls during WCOOP, so it’s been a long time since I took it as a vacation day. But this year’s events felt more skippable than usual (the only thing I was really tempted to play was the $2100 PKO, and even then, the mid-week $2K events just weren’t that great – this wasn’t the only one I skipped). As it happened, Thursday was the day Phil Galfond suggested for a podcast interview, and because we’d been trying for months to find a good time, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. So it wasn’t quite a … Read more…

WCOOP Day 18 ($500 6-Max PKO)

I know it’s been a while, but I’m so close to finishing this review I figure I might as well go the distance. The only WCOOP event I played on this particular Wednesday was the $500 6-Max Progressive Knock-Out. I scored some early bounties, including with flush over flush and this one here: PokerStars – 300/600 Ante 75 NL (6 max) – Holdem – 6 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com SB: 40.77 BB (VPIP: 34.18, PFR: 20.25, 3Bet Preflop: 7.89, Hands: 79) BB: 36.24 BB (VPIP: 20.94, PFR: 14.34, 3Bet Preflop: 4.35, Hands: 277) UTG: 58.62 BB (VPIP: … Read more…