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Episode 126: The Great White North

Andrew and Nate talk about Andrew’s recent friction entering Canada to play online poker, then review two hands from early Spring Championship of Online Poker events.


Hand 1

PokerStars – $1000+$50|30/60 Ante 5 NL – Holdem – 9 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

Hero (BB): 104.08 BB
UTG: 15.88 BB (VPIP: 17.20, PFR: 12.09, 3Bet Preflop: 5.56, Hands: 93)
UTG+1: 75.53 BB (VPIP: 23.19, PFR: 14.49, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 70)
MP: 66.27 BB (VPIP: 21.43, PFR: 11.43, 3Bet Preflop: 6.67, Hands: 70)
MP+1: 24.83 BB (VPIP: 19.48, PFR: 10.67, 3Bet Preflop: 6.06, Hands: 78)
MP+2: 130.37 BB (VPIP: 23.19, PFR: 13.04, 3Bet Preflop: 6.25, Hands: 70)
CO: 83.53 BB (VPIP: 27.54, PFR: 17.39, 3Bet Preflop: 3.45, Hands: 69)
BTN: 129.33 BB (VPIP: 21.74, PFR: 15.94, 3Bet Preflop: 6.45, Hands: 69)
SB: 138.13 BB (VPIP: 38.24, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 68)

9 players post ante of 0.08 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 2.25 BB) Hero has Kh Th
UTG raises to 2 BB, fold, MP calls 2 BB, fold, fold, CO calls 2 BB, fold, SB calls 1.5 BB, Hero raises to 8 BB, fold, fold, CO calls 6 BB, SB calls 6 BB


Episode 125: Angela Jordison

Angela Jordison made headlines when she won the first three events of the Spring Poker Round-Up at Oregon’s Wildhorse Casino. Her poker accomplishments run a lot deeper than that, though. Angela is also one of the founders of the modern Oregon poker scene and a regular in what has to be one of the world’s only consistently running high-stakes PLO8 cash games.


:30 Hello & Welcome
4:06 Strategy
15:29 Interview


$1/$2 Spread Limit Hold ‘Em

Hero opens for $8 UTG with A9o. MP and SB call.

Flop (~$26 in pot) A98 with two spades. SB bets $17, Hero calls, MP raises to $57, SB calls, Hero?


Episode 124: Reid Young

Before Black Friday, Reid Young was one of the most successful no-limit hold ‘em players on the internet. Now, he’s turning his attention to how the game is taught. In this interview he talks about his career, his new project, and the philosophy background he shares with Nate and Andrew. Plus, he sticks around for a strategy discussion about playing a big draw in a multi-way pot.

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0:29 Interview: Reid Young
44:38 Strategy: Big Draw in a Multi-way Pot


Blinds 100/200
UTG+2 raises to 600, I’m next to act with Ks Qs and call, folds, button calls, SB folds, BB calls.

FLOP: Js 9s: 6s (pot 2500)
BB checks, utg+2 bets 600. I just call, button folds, BB raises to 2500 total, utg+2 tank calls, hero jams for 10,000 total.


Episode 123: Carlos Ascendant

Gareth Chantler joins Andrew in San Francisco to talk to Carlos Welch about his career-changing win in the Bovada $100K Guarantee. Learn how Carlos became the player he is today, the strategy that carried him to victory, and how this win will change his career and his life.

Carlos’ “Fight for Poker” video is well worth watching at


3:09 – hello and welcome; carlos welch
50:30 – strategy time


*** Starting Chips ***
Dealer: 7486
Small Blind: 3831
Big Blind: 4693
UTG: 10095
UTG+1: 4670
UTG+2: 4710
UTG+3: 3164
UTG+4 [ME]: 5777
UTG+5: 5649

*** Hero Cards ***
Hero Cards: Kc,Qc

*** Blinds/Antes ***
Small Blind Posts: 75
Big Blind Posts: 150

*** Hand Action ***
UTG Folds
UTG+1 Folds
UTG+2 Folds
UTG+3 Folds
UTG+4 [ME] Raises 300
UTG+5 Call 300
Dealer Folds
Small Blind Folds
Big Blind Folds

*** Flop ***
Flop: [Jc,2h,5h]

UTG+4 [ME] Bets 412
UTG+5 Raises 999
UTG+4 [ME] All-in 5065
UTG+5 Folds AsTc


Episode 122: Ethics and Strategy

Nate and Andrew field some mailbag questions related to both poker strategy and ethics, including collusion, what exactly a “guaranteed” prize pool should entail, when to rebuy, and how to add more aggression to your game.


Villain #1 opens to $4 from the hijack. His stack is ~$100. Villain #2 calls. His stack is ~$450. The button folds, the SB folds and raises to $12 with Ts Th. Both players call, so it’s $37 in the pot going to flop (no rake).

The flop is 6c-7c-8s. Hero bets $24. HJ shoves for $70 more. CO raises another $100 on top. Hero folds.



Episode 121: Joe Giron

Joe Giron has been photographing the World Series of Poker and other major poker events for nearly ten years, and in that time he’s learned a lot about poker and the people who play it. Before that, he worked as a newspaper photojournalist and a music photographer. We talk to him about the art of photography, his unique perspective on the poker world, his experiences with some of the world’s biggest rock musicians, and how technology is changing his industry.

You can follow Joe on @joegironphoto. You can (and, if you’re a music fan, definitely should) check out his gallery of both poker and music photography.


0:30 hello
16:04 baltimore red
37:30 joe giron


This hand stack sizes are 42k for her and 58k for me. Blinds are 250-500 ante 50

8 way play

Hero is on the button with 10s10h. UTG folds. Villain raises to 1500, folds to Hero, Hero 3 bets to 3700, villain calls.

Flop AsKc7d

she checks, hero c-bets 4500, she calls

turn Kh

she checks, hero checks behind

river 3h

she checks, hero bet $9000…


Episode 120: Matt Savage

Matt Savage, tournament director extraordinaire, talks shop about it takes to put on a great tournament series. We discuss the Tournament Directors’ Association, some of its more controversial rules, and Matt’s role as its public face and mouthpiece, as well as the delicate balancing act required to accommodate the interests of professional players, recreational players, and the casinos themselves. You can and should follow Matt on Twitter @savagepoker and pester him with all of your rules questions, whether mundane or arcane.


0:30 hello and welcome
13:28 strategy
33:12 matt savage


Live Holdem NL Level 1 Blinds 25/50
First hand of the tournament so everyone has 15k in chips
Hero is dealt KsKh
SB posts 25
BB posts 50
(Hero) UTG raise to 150
UTG+1 raise to 325
UTG+4 call
SB call
BB fold
(Hero) UTG call

Flop (1350): 9s4h6s
SB check
(Hero) UTG check
UTG+1 check
UTG+4 check

Turn (1350): 4s
SB bets 600
(Hero) UTG call 600
UTG+1 fold
UTG+4 fold

River (2550): Jd
SB bets 1200
(Hero) UTG call 1200


Episode 119: Jimmy Fricke

Jimmy Fricke, once known as “Gobboboy”, was one of the early stars of the internet poker book. After a short stint traveling the live circuit, he chose to settle in Las Vegas, while most of his friends and peers continued traveling to compete. In this interview, he reflects on that decision, how it’s affected his life for better and for worse, and how he pursues his passions in the face of depression. Jimmy also sticks around to talk Omaha Eight-or-Better strategy!

You can follow Jimmy on Twitter @jvfricke. For the best dining in Las Vegas, be sure to check out his blog JimmyEatsVegas.


0:30 – hello and welcome
42:24 – food segment (happened to mark this time stamp, so feel free to include it if you wish)
57:24 – strategy segment


The O/8 hand is the one from this thread – we reference some of the discussion in the thread as well.