Episode 169: Matt Berkey

Matt Berkey shares his remarkable story of growing up in a small steel town with a drug addicted mother, pouring himself first into baseball and then into poker, and ultimately rising through the ranks to play as big as $300/$600/$1200 no-limit in Ivey’s room. We also discuss the Solve For Why coaching academy and Infinite Jest! Edit: How did I forget to link Matt’s excellent blog? He writes a lot about poker and his life at thevoicewithin.me. Timestamps 0:30 – hello & welcome 6:49 – strategy 25:21 – matt berkey Strategy This hand is from a WSOPc Main Event and … Read more…

Episode 168: Benjamin Reason

Benjamin Reason began playing the violin at the age of 4. It wasn’t so long after that that he discovered poker, and although the latter eventually subsumed the former, he remains a music aficionado (“a recovering music snob”, as he puts it). We talk poker, coaching, staking, traveling, Buddhism, literature, teaching music, and listening to music. You can follow Benjamin on Twitter @Reasons14 and watch his instructional videos at Tournament Poker Edge. He recommends reading Sapiens and The Four Hour Work Week and listening to Sigur Rós, Denali, Portishead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Radiohead. Timestamps 0:30 – hello and welcome 4:33 – PLO8 strategy … Read more…

Episode 167: Christopher George

Christopher George is a long-time poker professional, but his focus on Stud and other non-hold ’em games sets him apart from your average twenty- or thirty-something online grinder. You wouldn’t think it from his demeanor, but the swings he’s experienced set him apart as well. As he puts it, “I live my life like I should play poker and play poker like I should live my life.” You can follow @CeeGeePoker on Twitter and, if you’re really lucky, catch him streaming high stakes mixed game action. More reliably, you’ll find his training videos on Deuces Cracked. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & … Read more…

Episode 166: Collin Moshman

Collin Moshman is a widely respected sit-and-go player and coach and author, but he’s no one-trick pony. We talk to him about his background in Theoretical Mathematics, why he initially focused on sit-and-goes, how and why he branched out into other games, how he got into staking, how he manages his stable, and why on Earth he chose to marry a poker player! Collin is also the author or co-author of three poker books (Heads-Up No-Limit Hold ‘Em, Sit-and-Go Strategy, and The Math of Hold ‘Em) as well as co-author, with his wife Katie Dozier, of The Superuser. He produces … Read more…

Episode 165: Max Silver

When Max Silver isn’t busy crushing the UKIPT, the EPT, the WSOP, or a Super High-Roller somewhere, you’ll probably find him in the kitchen or on Twitch streaming one of his many online MTT wins. We talk to Max about his rise through the ranks to some of the world’s highest stakes MTTs, the massive downswing that nearly caused him to quit, and the future he envisions for himself after poker. We also talk about his new app, SnapShove, and his optimism about the future of technology. Max’s app, SnapShove, is a great way to practice your short stack skills while on … Read more…

Episode 164: Follow the Queen

In this pure strategy episode, Nate and Andrew talk about home game strategy and meta-strategy (e.g. how to get invited back), as well what you can learn from “silly” games like Baseball and Follow the Queen. Plus a microstakes strategy hand! Strategy No Limit Hold’em $0.10/$0.20 Winamax Poker 3 players Formatted by pokercopilot.com – Mac OS X hand history analysis and tracking Stacks: BTN – BTN ($20.72) SB – Hero ($34.73) BB – BB ($7.80) Preflop: ($0.30, 3 players) Hero is SB with Q♥ A♦ BTN raises to $0.40, Hero raises to $1.60, 1 fold, BTN calls $1.20 Flop: J♥ … Read more…

Episode 163: Gareth Chantler Interviews Syrian Refugees

Gareth Chantler talks about his latest writing/journalism project interviewing Syrian refugees in Turkey. Fair warning: there’s not much poker talk in the interview itself, this one is for all the Gareth fans out there! If you don’t know who Gareth is, be sure to check out his previous appearances on the show. There’s a reason he has fans! If you’d like a copy of the interviews we discuss during the show, please write me at andrew (at) thinkingpoker (dot) net and I’ll send you one. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello and Welcome 5:20 – Strategy 40:39 – Gareth Strategy This week’s … Read more…

Episode 162: Cate Hall

Cate Hall, a former classmate of Vanessa Selbst’s at Yale Law School, walked away from a promising legal career to seek her fortune – and more importantly her happiness – in the poker world. With two final tables and five cashes on the World Poker Tour so far, she’s off to a hell of a start. She talks to us about the introspection that led to her career change, how she’s grown so quickly as a poker player, and her experiences trying to convince Poker Twitter that sexism is a problem worth addressing. You can follow Cate @catehall on Twitter, and … Read more…