Episode 228: Jose Pachon

Jose Pachon is a professional poker player based out of Providence, Rhode Island, but his story begins in the 1970s in Pablo Escobar’s Colombia. We discuss his childhood in the turbulent country, how he came to America, and how he ended up playing poker professionally. Plus, Nate makes a return to the show! And a strategy discussion about flopping a straight on a monotone board! Timestamps 0:30 – Hello and Welcome 3:50 – Strategy 16:31 – Jose Pachon 24:49 – Nate’s back! Strategy UTG + 1, MP, CO, button, and SB limp. Hero checks 5h 4d in the BB. The … 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…

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…

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…