Episode 181: Ian Simpson

Ian Simpson is a former (and future) teacher in the United Kingdom. His fourth place finish in the 2012 Paddy Power Irish Poker Open proved literally life-changing, not only because of the money but because it presented the opportunity to spend a year playing poker professionally. Success bred success, and that year has turned into four years, leaving Ian wondering whether and when he’ll return to the teaching career he still loves. You can follow @IanSimpsonPoker on Twitter and read his blog. Timestamps 0:30 hello and welcome 3:43 Ian Simpson

Episode 180: The WSOP Main Event!

Andrew, Nate, and THE Carlos Welch gather in a hotel room at the Gold Coast to discuss their first day in the WSOP Main Event. There’s loads of strategy talk, as Nate bet-folds the river, Carlos gets full value from a set, and Andrew navigates some dicey situations with AK. Plus, Andrew discusses his encounter with Chris Ferguson. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello and welcome; words with Ferguson 25:25 – Strategy from WSOP Main Event

My Main Event Starts Today

I’m playing Day 1C, starting a little over an hour from now! This will be my 11th WSOP Main Event, and although I can’t claim to be as excited as I was for my first, I don’t think I’ve been this pumped about poker since this time last year. You can follow along in near-real time on Twitter @ThinkingPoker. Unfortunately, this does mean there won’t be a new podcast today, and probably not this week. We’ve got good stuff on the horizon, though, so no worries about that! Speaking of the podcast, congratulations are due to Tony Dunst, our guest … Read more…

WSOP Tag Team Event

Nate and I played this together, what a great event. Nate said, and I agree, that this was one of the most fun tournaments he’s ever played. There was such a great mix of types of teams! Of course in some cases it was just a few great players who happened to be friends playing together, but lots of people were playing with family members (George Danzer, his girlfriend, and his father were at our table for a while!), and in perhaps my favorite story from the event, Niall Farell, who lost heads up to Safiya Umerova in the $1500 … Read more…

$1100 Venetian Deepstack

This was a fun tournament and a great value. My starting table was amazing, and I managed to nearly double up with a set in the first few orbits. I was particularly proud of myself for not making a mistake I’ve been guilty of in the past, which is getting “greedy” against amateurish players. Many of them are not particularly sensitive to pot size or odds and consequently will overfold to bets that are large relative to their stack, even if they are reasonable compared to the pot. On the river, I could have put Villain all in for his … Read more…

Episode 179: Andrew at the WSOP

The WSOP is obviously a busy time, so we just recorded a quick conversation this week, covering some general stuff about the World Series of Poker and a few of the first events/hands Andrew played. Please note that this was recorded before Nate arrived in Las Vegas, and before Andrew played with Chris Ferguson.

WSOP $1500 NLHE

My plan for Sunday was to play the $1500 NLHE and, if I busted early, to register the $1500 PLO8. I ended up busting the no-limit shortly after the dinner break around 8PM, and I wasn’t in the mood to play another 8 hours or whatever of poker, so I didn’t end up entering the PLO8 at all. I got off to a good start in the $1500 but ran into some annoying spots. At 150/300, the CO, the weakest player at the table, opened to 1000, and I had KJs on the button. Based on the size of his … Read more…

Words With Ferguson

After busting Flight A of the Crazy 8s WSOP event on Friday yesterday, I took another shot at Flight C yesterday. I ended up with a shallow cash and there were one or two moderately interesting hands, but I’ll cut to the chase: about halfway through the day, Chris Ferguson arrived at my table. My Personal History with Full Tilt Poker I had more than $60,000 on Full Tilt Poker on Black Friday, and although I eventually (after more than two years) got it all back, for a long time I had no idea what was going to happen to … Read more…