Episode 194: Danny Sprung

Danny Sprung is a trader and a long-time games player. He was a serious poker player even before the boom, and he’s also a world class bridge player. In this interview, we discuss how he relates poker to bridge and to trading, and how he’s working to get back onto the poker scene. Timestamps 0:30 – hello 2:25 – strategy 24:48 – danny Strategy 1/2 NLHE, 9-handed. Villain 1 raises UTG1 to $12, Villain 2 calls, Villain 3 ($105) in the CO calls. Hero ($220) calls with Ad Tc in the SB. Flop ($50) Jh Qh Ks. Hero checks, V1 bets $40, V2 … Read more…

Episode 192: More Tommy Angelo

Tommy Angelo is back to talk about “speech play”, stalling, and other ways your opponents can annoy you at the table, if you let them. Plus we’ll get an update on his latest book, Painless Poker, and his meeting with Carlos Welch. Be sure to check out Tommy’s new and improved website and follow him on Twitter. His earlier appearances on the podcast are here and here.

Episode 191: Matt Glassman

Matt Glassman is a Congressional Research Service analyst, Political Science PhD, and perhaps most importantly, one of Nate’s college buddies. We talk about how poker can help us to understand politics (including the 2016 presidential election, of course!), how horse racing can help us to understand why gambling markets are overvaluing Trump, and even some Stud strategy! For more awesome and articulate insights, follow Matt on Twitter. The book Matt mentioned during the interview is Political Realism: How Hacks, Machines, Big Money, and Back-Room Deals Can Strengthen American Democracy by Jonathan Rausch.

Episode 190: The SEMI-Homeless Poker Player

Is Carlos Welch settling down? Not quite. He’s still got the van, but he’s also got himself a new routine in Las Vegas that involves more live poker than ever before! Join us as we catch up with all-time favorite guest Carlos Welch. Be sure to follow Carlos on Twitter and Twitch. Timestamps 0:30 – hello and welcome 19:22 – donk bets with justin Strategy Hero (covers) raises to 12 UTG with AcKc folds to button ($230) calls BB ($300) calls. Flop ($33 after rake): 5x7c8c BB: leads for $20, Hero calls, Button Folds. Turn (~$70 after rake): Kh BB leads for … Read more…

Episode 189: William Kassouf

William Kassouf will be familiar to you if you’ve been watching the World Series of Poker on ESPN. His constant chatter attracted plenty of attention and controversy during the final days of the Main Event. In this interview, we discuss his background in poker, how he evolved his unique style, the method behind his madness, and whether his behavior is really within the rules. Timestamps 0:30 Hello & Welcome 18:29 Strategy 41:25 William Kassouf Strategy $2/$5 No-Limit Hold ‘Em HJ ($2000) opens to $20. Hero ($1200) raises to $40 with Kd Kh. Button ($2000) calls, as does the small blind ($1500). Flop … Read more…

Episode 188: Into the Mailbag

With WCOOP still going on (at the time of recording), Nate and Andrew get together to answer some strategy questions from the mailbag. 0:30 – hello 11:06 – strategy Strategy Blinds 300/600/75. Hero opens to 1500 UTG+1 with AA. Folds around to the villain, who flats on the button. Blinds fold. Pot is about 4500 with antes. The Flop: KJT rainbow. Hero bets 1500, Villain raises to 4500, Hero calls. The Turn: Pot is now 13500 and the turn is the rainbow 2. Hero checks, Villain bets 7500 with 17K behind, Hero?

Episode 187: NLO8

Andrew’s busy with WCOOP, so he and Nate get straight to strategy, with a discussion of several hands from the No-Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better event. Timestamps 0:30 Hello & Welcome 10:42 NLO8 Strategy Hand 1 PokerStars – $300+$20|400/800 Ante 100 NL Hi/Lo (6 max) – Omaha Hi/Lo – 6 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com SB: 24.38 BB BB: 41.66 BB UTG: 35.74 BB MP: 48 BB Hero (CO): 23.1 BB BTN: 30.23 BB 6 players post ante of 0.13 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB Pre Flop: (pot: 2.25 BB) Hero has 4c Kc … Read more…

Episode 186: Alan Boston (fixed)

Alan Boston has long been known as a sports better, but now he’s back on the east coast, making a living in the Foxwoods Poker Room. Alan tells his stories with characteristic bluntness and candor, from Stu Ungar and 1980s Las Vegas up to modern-day no-limit hold ’em. Timestamps Intro 0:30 Strategy 4:17 Interview 33:27 Strategy 1/1/2 NLHE effective stacks $300 Here raises to $6 in the CO with 7h8h, Button calls, makes it $22 from the big blind. Hero calls and the button folds. Flop ($49) 10c 8c 6c. Villain bets $20, Hero raises to $85, Villain calls Turn ($219) 2d. Villain checks, Hero … Read more…