Mailbag: Zoom Poker, Yay or Nay?

Q: I would love to hear your thoughts on zoom poker. It seems to me, at low stakes anyway, that the level of play is much higher than at regular cash tables at the same stakes. For some reason, it seems to attract much fewer fish and many more regs. At the same time, it enables you to play many more hands/hour very without having to multitable. How much of an edge do you feel like you’re giving away, if any at all, when playing zoom poker, instead of regular cash games? Would you recommend that those trying to build a … Read more…

Episode 184: Chris Moorman

Chris Moorman, with over $10 million in cashes, is widely regarded as the winningest player in online tournament poker. This wide-ranging interview covers his beginnings as a competitive bridge and pool player, his struggles with staking, his role as 888Poker Ambassador, and whether there was ever any truth to the scuttlebutt that he couldn’t hack it in the live arena. You can visit Chris Moorman’s website and follow him on Twitter. Timestamps 0:30 hello & strategy 22:44 chris moorman Strategy 2/5 table at the rio. I’m in the sb with AsQc. UTG limps for 5, UTG +1 raises to 15. Folds … Read more…

Rate Our Play

In an effort to blog a bit more often (about topics other than new podcasts), I’m going to try out a new sort of post that hopefully will be similar to but less time-consuming (for me) than a multi-street What’s Your Play?. 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 … Read more…

So Tempting…

The Backstory I’m currently in Maryland visiting family and have been to Maryland Live a few times. It’s been quite busy; even when I arrived around 4 yesterday there was already a long list for 5/10 and 10/25 and no open tables to start a new game. So, I ended up playing 2/5 for a while. Maryland Live’s poker room has two stories, and I was in a 2/5 game upstairs, which is annoying because when they call you for another game you have to go downstairs to lock up a seat (or try to get a floor’s attention upstairs, … Read more…

Episode 183: Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown is a professional-poker-player-turned-Wall-Street-trader. You may know him as the author of The Poker Face of Wall Street, but he’s got a lot to say about gambling, economics, and our favorite, the “old days” of poker in private games and smoky California card rooms. Timestamps 0:30 – hello & welcome 8:38 – strategy 26:37 – aaron brown interview Strategy This hand is from a $365 wsop circuit event. Re-entry. Level 2 blinds are 50/100. Starting stack was 10k and I have almost exactly that amount. Villian in the hand seems to be a competent player/circuit grinder type probably early 30s. … Read more…

Episode 182: It’s Better Than Nothing!

Technical difficulties and vacation schedules nearly kept the show off the air for two weeks running, but there’s no keeping Nate and Andrew down! We’ve got a short, strategy-only show to tide you over until we return with an awesome guest next week! Strategy $2/$5 NLHE Hero ($1000) limps JJ UTG. MP limps, CO ($900) raises to $30, Button ($900 calls), Hero raises to $125, MP folds, CO calls, Button calls. Flop ($375 in pot) Kh Qd Jh. Hero bets $175, CO calls, Button folds. Turn ($725 in pot) 7d. Hero bets $275, CO calls. River ($1275) 2s. Hero shoves … Read more…

They’re More Afraid of You

Sorry for the recent, worse-than-usual silence. Immediately after the WSOP, Emily and I moved out of our apartment (big job!) and then took a two-week vacation. There were also some technical difficulties with the latest podcast, though we hope to have resolved them and to be able to bring you an exciting guest very soon! In the meantime, my latest poker strategy article, “They’re More Afraid of You,” is now appearing in 2+2 Magazine. It’s about using fear to your advantage in poker, but with a particular focus on the WSOP Tag Team event that Nate and I played: no … Read more…

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