Episode 230: Christian Soto Live!

Christian Soto and Andrew meet in-person in Baltimore, hours after playing together in the World Poker Tour main event at Maryland Live!, to commiserate and talk about some key hands. This interview was tremendous fun to record and hopefully will be tremendous fun to listen to as well. To learn more from Christian you can follow @ChristianSoto08 on Twitter and sign up for his I’ll Name This Strategy Later II seminar.

Progressive Knockout Examples, Part 1

My latest poker strategy article, Progressive Knockout Examples Part 1, is now appearing in 2+2 Magazine. It’s a follow-up to a previous article, using some real examples from progressive knockout tournaments to explore some theory about how to make decisions about chasing bounties.

Maryland Live and Podcast Pride

I know I haven’t quite finished the WCOOP review here. I got sidetracked by WPT Maryland, and after three long days of playing that (I finished 32nd), WCOOP feels like a distant memory. I’m going to make a series for Tournament Poker Edge with key hands from the WPT, so I probably won’t be posting a lot more about it here. It was a great experience in a lot of ways, but one that I want to highlight as to do with the Thinking Poker Podcast. One of our goals from the beginning was to showcase a much broader spectrum … Read more…

Episode 229: Phil Galfond

Phil Galfond needs as little introduction as any guest we’ve ever had. He’s crushed at virtually all forms of poker at the highest stakes, he’s crushed in the poker training market, and now he’s preparing to crush in the real money poker site market. We talk to him about his rise through the ranks, the Ship It Holla Ballas, Rail Heaven, Run It Once, and his current efforts to┬álaunch a real money poker site. You can follow Phil on Twitter for more updates!

WCOOP Day 17 ($215 6-Max Rebuy, $530 Courchevel, $44 Bounty Builder)

There was a $2100 Super Tuesday WCOOP, but I ended up not playing because I began my session at 7AM with the $215 6-Max Rebuy, and because other things were going well, I’d been playing straight through from then until the start of the $2100 and didn’t think I would still be sharp towards the end. Plus my experience from SCOOP was that mid-week $2Ks were not particularly good value, so I didn’t have too much FOMO. I’m struggling to find an interesting hand from the $215. This is the best I came up with. It may look like a … Read more…

WCOOP Day 16 ($530 NLHE, $109 NLHE Day 2)

Monday was going to be a day off, but since I was going to be playing Day 2 of the $109 anyway, I decided to reg a few other tournaments, including the $530 NLHE WCOOP. That one got off to a good start, but I soon ended up in a tricky spot that I’m pretty sure I misplayed. PokerStars – 175/350 Ante 45 NL – Holdem – 9 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com Hero (BB): 183.45 BB UTG: 165.5 BB (VPIP: 23.81, PFR: 16.67, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 42) UTG+1: 129.36 BB (VPIP: 25.42, PFR: 19.64, 3Bet Preflop: … Read more…

WCOOP Day 15 ($2100 Sunday Million, $215 NLHE, $215 Progressive Knockout)

I planned my schedule around the $2K (naturally), so I registered the warm-up quite late. That gave me time to go for a bike ride and a pastry in town before starting work for the day. I got off to a good start in it but then lost AK to AK. In the $215 PKO, I got quite ambitious in an early pot. I’m still not sure what to think of it – it’s so hard to decide how to value accumulation vs survival in these events. It doesn’t look great, but I think looking at each decision in a … Read more…

Episode 228: Jose Pachon

Jose Pachon is a professional poker player based out of Providence, Rhode Island, but his story begins in the 1970s in Pablo Escobar’s Colombia. We discuss his childhood in the turbulent country, how he came to America, and how he ended up playing poker professionally. Plus, Nate makes a return to the show! And a strategy discussion about flopping a straight on a monotone board! Timestamps 0:30 – Hello and Welcome 3:50 – Strategy 16:31 – Jose Pachon 24:49 – Nate’s back! Strategy UTG + 1, MP, CO, button, and SB limp. Hero checks 5h 4d in the BB. The … Read more…