Episode 134: Julie Anna Cornelius

Before Julie Anna Cornelius became a professional poker player, she was a ballet dancer and a flight attendant working in the fleet of one of the poker world’s most notorious characters. In this interview, she shares her story and reflects on the nature of dedication, competition, talent. and hard work.

You can follow Julie Annie on Twitter @LuckyJadeJules.

Thanks to PokerWomenNews for suggesting this guest. If you enjoy our interview with Julie Anna, be sure to check out theirs.


:30 – hello
20:55 – strat
45:42 – interview


Hero: 89.00 Villain: 86.00, Effective Stacks 170bb

Folds to Villain on BTN

Villain (BTN) raises to 1.50
Hero (sb) 3 bets to 5.50 with Jc10c
BB Folds
BTN calls

Flop: 2c7h8c pot: 11.50

Hero bets 5.75
Villain calls

Turn comes 9s, board is 2c7h8c9s pot: 23
Hero bets 11.50
Villain calls

River comes 9h board is 2c7h8c9s9h pot 46
about 65 behind

Hero bets 19.50
Villain shoves 65

What’s Your Play? Big Draw, Short Stack Results

Thanks to everyone who commented on What’s Your Play? Big Draw, Short Stack. It got a lot more attention than I expected!

Folding is an Opportunity, Not a Cost

Props to those of you who mentioned the relevant toy game from Mathematics of Poker. That was the first thing I thought of when playing this hand, and it was the impetus for my posting it.

For those who aren’t familiar, Chen and Ankenman demonstrate that when you have a big draw against a made hand, it can actually be correct for you to move all-in on the flop, knowing you are behind and have no fold equity, rather than give your opponent the opportunity to blow you off of your equity on blank turns.

The critical difference between that toy game and this hand is that in the toy game, we assume that the made hand knows his opponent is drawing and can play perfectly on the turn. In other words, not only can he force the draw out on blank turns, but he can also correctly check and fold on turns that sharply improve his opponent’s equity. No commenters suggested that Villain might check and fold a 6 or a heart on the turn with any hand that would have called a flop shove, and rightfully so.

Mailbag: Weak Draw on the Button

Q: I’ve got a hand that came up at Event 3 of the $40k Guarantee $200 buyin Deepstack event at The Bike (no rebuys, no add ons).

This is level 2 (150 – 300) and I ran the starting stack of 15k up to 28k. A player from middle position had 1 limper ahead of him and opened to 750. He just got to the table and has not played an orbit yet. This was his first hand. One person called and I called from the button holding 7h8d. The blinds call and so does the original limper. 6 players to the flop! Seeing 4+ people take the flop was the norm so far at this table. (BTW I’ve discussed this with a couple friends and they both said that it’s likely that 78off is not profitable even with stacks this deep and even knowing the table dynamic… Is this a situation that I should be passing up on often because I don’t often do it this early?)

Episode 133: Live From Las Vegas with Alex Fitzgerald and Carlos Welch

Alex “Assassinato” Fitzgerald and “The” Carlos Welch join Nate and Andrew in a room at the Gold Coast to talk about Las Vegas, getting better at poker, creativity, poetry, pre-flop raise sizing, and more. Don’t miss this rare treat, with two hosts and two guests all in the same place at the same time! We only get a few chances a year to do shows like this, and they are always a ton of fun.

The books mentioned on the show are Poetic Meter & Poetic FormHow to Rap, and Decoded. Alex contributed a chapter to Excelling at No-Limit Hold ‘Em.

What’s Your Play? Big Draw, Short Stack

I haven’t done one of these in a while, so here’s a simple little spot to get us thinking again. Playing $5/$10/$20 NLHE. UTG1 is a better-than-average player for the game but definitely on the nitty side. I’ve never played with BB before but he seems a little less straight-forward, in a good way, than your average live player, despite his very short stack. I don’t think he’s formed much of an impression of me.

UTG1 opens to $60 off of a $3000 stack. I call with 8h 7h on the button (I cover him). The BB squeezes to $160 with $300 behind. UTG1 folds, and I call.

Flop ($399 in pot) 5h 4h 2c. Villain checks. Hero?

Post your thoughts, questions, and preferred play here. I’ll respond to comments throughout the week and post my own thoughts along with results on Friday.

If you choose to check the flop, please consider your play facing a bet (probably a shove) on blank turns.

Thinking Poker Diaries, Volume 5

Depending on your definition of exciting, you might be interested to hear that my latest book has hit the digital shelves! The fifth volume of The Thinking Poker Diaries chronicles my 87th place finish the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Day by day, it introduces the situations and opponents I encountered as well as important hands that helped or hindered me along the way. Essays interspersed with the narrative discuss in greater detail the key strategic concepts that underlie these hands.

In this volume, you’ll find essays covering the following topics:

Navigating the Early Stages of a Tournament
Playing Your Image
Catching Bluffs
(Not) Talking at the Table
The Tournament Mindset

You can buy The Thinking Poker Diaries Volume 5 at www.nitcast.com (you’ll get Kindle, PDF, or EPUB versions) or in Kindle form on Amazon.

You certainly don’t need to have read the earlier volumes to make sense of this one, but if you need to get caught up, the first four books are available as a bundle at a discounted rate!

Episode 132: John the Lawyer Stays Home

John “The Lawyer” Larochelle is a consummate live cash game pro. He plays lots of games, he plays them well, and he plays them big. So why hasn’t he set foot in Las Vegas all summer? We talk about game selection, quality of life, ego vs. profit, and PLO strategy.

John’s first appearance on the podcast was Episode 64.


0:30 – Hello & Welcome
46:44 – PLO Strategy


10-10 PLO Live eight-handed game.
Stacks are about $4,000 each

UTG opens for $35, Hero raises to $75 with TsTd9d7c, SB calls, UTG calls.

So, I raise UTG’s $35 raise to $75. The small blind (competent player) calls my $75. UTG calls $75.

Flop (Pot = $235): Qd 8c 4s

Both opponents check to me. I bet $200. Both call.

Turn (Pot = $835): Qd 8c 4s 3d

Both opponents check to me. I elected to check behind.

River: Tc

Small blind bets $500.
UTG folds

WSOP Main Event Wrap-Up

Sorry I haven’t posted any Main Event updates. First I was competing, then I was apoplectic. I’ll start with the good news: Carlos Welch, Nate Meyvis, and Leo Wolpert all squeaked into the money but did not survive Day 3.

Nate folded to Queens to two shoves that turned out to be from AK and JJ; the story he’s sticking to is that both players were at the bottoms of their ranges and he would make the same fold again. Then he lost QQ to AA to get pretty short and then lost AQ < 87s if memory serves.

Leo jammed the nut flush draw into a made full house. He claims it was a punt but he’s harder on himself than any poker player I know, so probably it was just a cooler.

Although cashing the Main Event was clearly going to be a very significant notch in his belt, Carlos had the stones to stick his stack in twice near the bubble, once jamming KJ over a raise and once open jamming KK for 15 BBs very close to the money. Thankfully neither was called. Interesting question whether turning the Kings face up and eating a one-round penalty would be the most +EV play, but that’s neither here nor there. Ultimately he was busted after shoving 77 into a raise from a “mangy” Russian woman who slowrolled him with Aces. It was a poetic exit, at least!

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