Episode 173: Getting Better at Poker

Isn’t that what all of our shows about? Kind of, but this time around we’re more explicit than usual. It’s just Nate and Andrew, talking about some specific, concrete, active (not just reading books or watching videos) ways to study poker. Plus we review bluffing and bluff-catching strategy in an illustrative example of one of the toughest spots in poker, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of slowplaying against a maniac. Timestamps 0:30 hello and welcome 11:30 strategy Strategy Hand 1 2/5 game at the Aria. I have a stack of about 1400. Villain covers. Villain raises from UTG+1 to … Read more…

Episode 172: Elena Stover

Elena Stover has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, and her studies focused on risk and decision-making, so when she decided not to pursue a career in academia, poker was a natural fit for her. We talk to Elena about her research, how it informs her thinking about on and off the felt, the short-comings of academia, her gradual transition into poker, her post-Black Friday life as a poker nomad, and more! Plus, in our strategy segment, we discuss playing Kings when that dreaded Ace turns. Elena plays on PokerStars as “thegroupie”, which is also her Twitter handle. Her blog contains a … Read more…

Episode 171: Andrew Moreno

Andrew Moreno is a professional poker player who is also married to a professional poker player. His wife, Kristy Arnett, has mentioned him enough times on the show (including Episode 170!) that we figured it was about time he came on to speak for himself! Andrew discusses the pluses and minuses of sharing this unconventional career with his spouse, as well as setting ambitious goals, taking risks, Choice Center, and more. Timestamps 0:30 – hello & welcome 10:59 – strat 32:05 – andrew moreno Strategy MP limps, the button makes it $5, and I raise to $16.5. MP calls and the … Read more…

Episode 170: Kristy Arnett on Learning From Poker

Kristy Arnett returns to the show, and this time she’s the one dishing out the advice. She talks about her recent trip to Korea, what she’s learned from Choice Center, and the things she’s learned from poker have helped her elsewhere in life. She even gives out relationship advice! You can read and see more of Kristy on Twitter, her website, her YouTube channel, or her Under Armour Facebook page. Timestamps 0:30 – hello & welcome 17:28 – strategy 39:22 – kristy arnett Strategy This is from a NLHE home cash game. The blinds are $0.50/$1.00. I have about $500 … Read more…

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…