Episode 225: Taking the Variance out of Poker

Michael Bowling and Dustin Morrill of the University of Alberta Computer Poker Research Group return to the show to discuss the results of DeepStackAI‘s heads up matches against human players including Nate and Andrew! They also introduce AIVAT, their tool for measuring many of the ways in which luck contributed to the outcomes of the matches. Links Michael Johanson and Dustin Morrill discuss Nate and Andrew’s play against DeepStackAI on Episode 210 Michael Bowling introduces DeepStack AI on Episode 208 CPRG Solves Heads Up Limit Hold ‘Em (Episode 110) Introducing the Computer Poker Research Group on Episode 78 DeepStackAI Article in Science Andrew … Read more…

Episode 224: KL Cleeton

KL Cleeton was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, but that hasn’t kept him from playing poker both live and online. In 2017, he won a contest sponsored by Daniel Negreanu and lived his dream of playing in the WSOP Main Event, ultimately cashing for over $16,000! He and Andrew discuss the adaptations that enable him to play, the online poker communities he’s a part of, and some key hands from his Main Event. Links Twitch Twitter Joe Ingram Interview Timestamps 0:30 – hello 4:45 – KL 62:49 – strat

Episode 223: E-Tay

Esther Taylor, better known as E-Tay, is a mixed game player who also knows how to kick ass in no-limit hold ’em tournaments. Andrew talks to her about learning new games, being a poker-playing mom, and more. Plus Carlos Welch and his alter ego Carloose join for strategy discussion! Timestamps 0:30 – hello 8:29 – strat 46:20 – etay Strategy NLHE tournament, 2000/4000 with a 400 ante. I had the big stack at the table, at about 280k or so. The villain in this hand was second in chips with 235k. There were roughly 36 players left, with 32 getting … Read more…

Head Hunting

My latest poker strategy article, Head Hunting, is now appearing in 2+2 Magazine. It’s an attempt to, not solve, but build some intuition around how to value bounties in knock-out tournaments. The trickiest problem of all is that you can only collect bounties if you have more chips than your opponents, which means that there must be some disjuncture in chip value. To understand this, consider that everyone else has 7,500 chips and you have 7,499. How much would you pay to be able to add a single chip to your stack? I don’t know to put an exact number on … Read more…

Episode 222: Strategy From the Small Stakes

Andrew tackles the mailbox alone this week, reviewing three no-limit hands played in small stakes games. Strategy Hand 1 I’m in MP with 9c9d, a stack of $5.56 and raise to 15c, it folds around to the SB with a stack of $5.96 who 3bet to 35c. It folds back to me and I make an easy call. ** Dealing Flop ** [ 7s, 5s, 6h ] Pot: 0.75c. Villain bets [ $0.36 USD ] hero calls [ $0.36 USD ] ** Dealing Turn ** [ 2d ] Pot: $1.47 Villain bets [ $0.70 USD ] hero calls [ $0.70 USD ] … Read more…

Episode 221: Benny Glaser

Benny Glaser is a mixed games specialist from the United Kingdom. With three WSOP bracelets to his name, he is finally getting some recognition as a world-class mixed games expert. We talk to him about why he chose to focus on games that, especially in the UK, are played far less frequently than no-limit hold ’em, why these games haven’t taken off in popularity, how he stays on top of so many different games, and the threat that artificial intelligence poses to non-hold ’em games. Plus, a big announcement from Nate, and Andrew discusses a big call down he made … Read more…

Episode 220: Tommy’s Room

Tommy Angelo invites Andrew and Carlos into his suite at the Rio while Nate joins by Skype to discuss Tommy’s history at the WSOP (dating back to 1987!) and some rare card-playing strategy with a man known primarily for his “mental game” coaching! Timestamps 0:25 Hello and Welcome 16:00 Strategy

Episode 219: Carlos in the House!

Carlos Welch and Andrew are rooming together in Las Vegas, and Nate joins by Skype to discuss the WSOP and Carlos’ $600 phone bill. Timestamps 0:30 – hello and welcome 34:43 – strategy