The second e-book in the Thinking Poker Diaries series is now available at www.nitcast.com or in the Amazon Kindle Store! It follows the same format as the first book, combining a trip report from the 2007 WSOP Main Event with present-day essays considering strategy topics that come up in the narrative.
If you don’t have the first book yet, now is the time to pick it up. It’s on sale for just $0.99 at www.nitcast.com through the end of the weekend!
The second volume of the Thinking Poker Diaries, which will focus on the 2007 WSOP Main Event, drops on Friday. If you still haven’t read Volume One, now is your chance. Now through Sunday, it’s available for just $0.99 at www.nitcast.com!
Matt Sienkiewicz is an assistant professor of communications and international relations at Boston College. He’s also a film buff and a poker fan. Matt puts Andrew’s knowledge of Foucault to the test with his analysis of key scenes from Rounders as well as a discussion of power dynamics in the poker world.
0:30 Hello & Welcome
1:45 Strategy: Deepstacked NLHE for Advanced Players
37:39 Interview: Matt Sienkiewicz
Q: In episode three, at around the 10 minute mark, you describe how open raise sizes should be a function of the pot size, which in turn means a function of the ante and blind sizes. Then you offer an answer to the question “why do we therefore tend to sometimes 2.5-3x in the very early stages and tend towards minraise at the later stages?” and the answer is that stack sizes come into play, meaning that at the later stages, even though the pot is nice and huge, everyone tends to have significantly less BB in their stack to work with/everyone must protect their stacks more. This makes sense, and you do continue to say that if stack sizes were not hugely different once antes are introduced, you would still open raise with sizing as a function of pot and ante sizes. Do I have this all correct?
If so, my question is – is this a good example of what you describe:
Dara O’Kearney went pro somewhat later in life than your average grinder, but his background in bridge, chess, backgammon, and most recently ultramarathoning made him a natural. He’s also a natural raconteur and an excellent writer. We talk about his unconventional background, the Irish poker scene, his staking business, and more. For even more stories, follow Dara on Twitter or check out his excellent blog.
0:30 – Hello & Welcome
8:29 – Strategy: a hand that will haunt you for the rest of your life
45:33 – Interview: Dara O’Kearney
Blinds 6K-12K with a 2K Ante. Villain (350K) opens to 25K, Hero (500K) calls ATo on the button, everyone else folds.
Flop As 8s 6h. Villain checks, Hero bets 75K into 84K, Villain calls.
Turn 3h. Villain checks, Hero shoves, Villain calls.
The World Poker Tour has been kind to our podcast guests this week. Faraz Jaka won the WPT South Africa High Roller over one million rand (about $100,000), and Ryan van Sanford won the Bounty Scramble in Jacksonville for $421,068 (plus some bounties, presumably)! Ryan’s achievement is even more impressive when you learn that he’d been twenty-one for just three days. Way to go guys!
Jim Greer, founder of Kongregate, is an avid poker player. Now he’s using game theory to combat “dark money” in American politics through CounterPAC, an organization that threatens to outspend candidates who accept anonymous donations. He joins the show to talk about his “gamesplaying” approach to campaign finance reform and the threat that Sheldon Adelson and others pose to American democracy.
:30 Hello and welcome
3:38 Crazy happenings at the poker table
8:31 Strategy: out of position with a set in a multiway pot
23:51 Interview: Jim Greer
bovada 20+2 tourney
villain 1 stack 6344
villain 2 stack 3393
hero in BB stack 7575
Villain one opens to 280 from middle position and action folds to small blind who calls.
Hero looks down at two black 3s and completes for 200.
pot goes to 840
all checks around
we turn a set and the small blind checks to us
hero bets 528 and villain one calls with villain 2 folding
river comes 6c
final board run out
hero holds 33 for a set and bets 766
Episode 101 of the podcast is coming this week, hopefully tonight. It may be a bit delayed, but it will be out soon.
In the meantime, you need to check out this great article from Carlos Welch, where he talks about cruising Las Vegas with some folks that regular podcast listeners and blog readers will recognize: Keone Young, Piefarmer, and Breyer. Needless to say, I’m beyond flattered to see this blog credited with bringing them together, though I’m also grateful to them and the many other regular commenters here who have contributed to this sense of community.
I know that posts here have been scant since WCOOP ended. Now that I’m more settled in San Francisco, I expect to resume more substantive posting. Thanks to you all!