WCOOP Day 3 ($215 Rebuy, $530 Super Tuesday)

The $215 rebuy started with a bang, as I got all in on the flop on the very first hand holding KJ vs QJ on JJT, only to get rivered for a stack. Not really a big deal, it was a $215 bad beat, but it set that “every damn time” tone early. My plan was not to double buy (that is, to rebuy 10K chips for $215 rather than 20K chips for $430), because the add-on buys 20K chips for $215, which means that buying that extra 10K during the rebuy period is quite expensive. Your initial chips are expensive … Read more…

WCOOP Day 2 ($215 PLO 6-Max, $1050 PKO, $530 8-max NLHE)

Emily and I did some extensive grocery shopping in the morning, returning in just enough time for me to squeeze in a quick workout before the start of the $1050 Progressive Knock-Out. I late registered the $215 PLO around the same time. I’m barely competent at PLO, but I do want to get better at it, and this seemed like a good and fun opportunity. I probably made a zillion small mistakes and a few big ones, but here’s a hand I’m proud of: PokerStars – 500/1000 PL Hi (6 max) – Omaha Hi – 6 players Hand converted by … Read more…

Episode 227: Talal Shakerchi

Talal Shakerchi just might be the best amateur poker player in the world. Playing as “raidalot” on PokerStars, he’s won, among other things, the $10,000 Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event. The hedge fund manager discusses what may be driving PokerStars’ controversial business decisions as well as his own involvement with poker and with philanthropy. Plus, Nate is helping to raise money for flood relief in Houston. Email him at backing (at) fastmail (dot) fm a receipt for $5 or more donated to any Houston-related charity and receive free copies of his e-books. You can also send him Ace-King hands to … Read more…

WCOOP Day 1 ($200 NLHE, $1000 NLHE, $500 6max PKO)

I’m once again in Quebec for the World Championship of Online Poker. This year, though, Emily is with me, and instead of Montreal, we’re in the Mont-Tremblant region, which is a sort of resort area in the mountains west of Quebec. We took a few days to drive up from Maryland, staying overnight in Plattsburgh on Saturday night in order to arrive the next morning in time to play the Sunday events on the first day of WCOOP. Upon our arrival, I got probably my best opportunity ever to use all that French I studied some fifteen years ago. My experience … Read more…

Episode 226: Nipun Java

Nipun Java made history when, along with Aditya Sushant, he won India’s first ever WSOP bracelet, in the $1500 NLHE Tag Team event. He capped off his summer with a second bracelet in the $1000 Online event. Nipun and Andrew talk about what the state of poker in India and Nipun’s journey to becoming a professional poker player in the United States. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & welcome 4:34 – Satellite strategy 19:18 – Nipun Java

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…