Learning to Spot and Use Poker Tells

To stay competitive in poker, you must constantly be learning and improving. Of all the things I’ve learned about poker in the last few years, I don’t think any has made me as much money as learning to pay attention to and exploit live tells, the things that people say and do at the poker table that reveal valuable information about the cards they hold. Until you learn to see it, it’s hard to believe just how much some players give away. Zach Elwood’s books were – continue to be, in fact – almost single-handedly responsible for upping my “tell … Read more…

Episode 212: Matt Bodnar

Matt Bodnar is an investor, the host of The Science of Success podcast, and an avid poker player. We talk to him about his experiences in poker inform his work in investing and vice versa, and how what he’s learned from “The Science of Success” can help poker players. In our strategy segment, we discuss bluffing at the micro-stakes. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 9:58 – Strategy 37:40 – Interview: Matt Bodnar Recommended Reading Mindset: The New Science of Success by Carol S. Dweck Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig Getting Things Done by David … Read more…

Second in the WPTDS $570

There’s a World Poker Tour Deep Stacks series running at Maryland Live right now, and last night I managed to take second in one of the prelim events, a $570 multi-flight NLHE tournament. This was despite a shaky start where a questionable (Who am I kidding? There’s no question about it; it was bad.) decision at the end of Day 1 to four-bet-call it off with AK vs one of the other tournament chip leaders left me re-starting Day 2 as the shortest of 27 remaining players, with just 11 big blinds. Fortunately, I managed to win the first few … Read more…

Episode 211: Painless Poker with Tommy Angelo

Tommy Angelo returns to the podcast to discuss his new book, Painless Poker, as well as his writing process, his daily meditation practice, his new goals, and his sordid past. In our strategy segment, we discuss why it matters how the money goes in, and what to do with a straight facing a big shove when the river pairs the board. We encourage you to buy Painless Poker and Tommy’s other books directly from him, in order to get your free autograph and e-books. If you do buy from Amazon, though, please use our affiliate link. Tommy previously appeared on … Read more…

Episode 210: Michael Johanson and Dustin Morrill

The Computer Poker Research Group’s Michael Johanson and Dustin Morrill discuss Andrew and Nate’s recent battle with their heads-up no-limit hold ’em AI, DeepStack. Johanson has previously been our guest on Episode 79 and Episode 110. Before the match, we discussed DeepStack with Michael Bowling on Episode 208. Follow @DeepStackAI on Twitter for details of their upcoming Twitch matches as well as links to replays of past matches and other news. Strategy PokerStars – $150/$300 NL (2 max) – Holdem – 2 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com Hero (SB): 69.67 BB Hero (BB): 63.67 BB Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, … Read more…

Episode 209: Patrick “patio11” McKenzie

Patrick McKenzie, known as “patio11” on Hacker News and elsewhere, is a blogger, consultant, and all-around public intellectual on subjects related to software and business. He’s also, as it happens, an avid if occasional poker player. We talk to him about why poker merits any of his limited spare time, what he’s learned from and about it, and his advice for poker players interested in software development. We also discuss our recent match against DeepStack. If you missed it, you can hear our (most recent) interview with Michael Bowling of the Computer Poker Research Group and check out a replay of the … Read more…

A Thin Shove

My latest poker strategy article, A Thin Shove, is now appearing in Two Plus Two Magazine. It covers in great detail a large pot that I briefly mentioned on Twitter, in which I won a big pot by three-betting TT and then going bet-bet-shove with an overpair after the flop. In addition to an in-depth analysis of the using CREV, I also speculate a bit about loss aversion: I suspect, though, that even if we were to give the Hero a slightly stronger holding, such as QQ, many people would still be reluctant to shove. Why is this? I believe … Read more…

Battling DeepStack

Nate and I had the great privilege of participating in the premiere broadcast of a series of matches between DeepStack, a state-of-the-art heads up no-limit hold ’em Artificial Intelligence, and human professionals. We found DeepStack to be a really tough competitor that left us questioning our play in both large and small pots I’m sure we didn’t play nearly as well as heads up specialists would have, but it was great fun to try, and hopefully we did a good job of sharing the experience with the audience on Twitch. If you missed it, here’s a link to the replay! .Next … Read more…