Episode 159: SuperDave

Love him or hate him, SuperDave is undoubtedly a legend at Foxwoods. With admirable candor, the high-limit stud player talks to us about his background, his code, his prop bets, his unique table presence, the difficulties he’s faced, and the challenges he’s still struggling with today. Timestamps 0:30 – hello & welcome 10:09 – strategy 50:40 – superdave  

Episode 158: Strategy with Jason Simon

Andrew and Nate discuss a live cash game hand submitted by a listener, and then fundraising contest winner Jason Simon joins them to discuss a hand he played in a live MTT. Timestamps 0:30 Hello & Welcome 4:45 Strategy Part 1 43:28 Strategy with Jason Simon Strategy Hand 1 $1/$2 NLHE at the Motown Casino. I open with A♥️ K♠️ in MP to $10, get five callers including both villains. Flop (six players, $55 after rake): K♦️ 9♦️ 3♦️. Checks to me. I bet $40, three folds, V1 in CO raises to $80, V2 in BB calls, Hero ?. Hand … Read more…

Episode 157: Michael “Gags30” Gagliano

Michael “Gags30” Gagliano is a teacher turned poker pro with a long-standing record of success as both a player and a coach. He even worked with world champion Joe McKeehen years ago! In this interview, he talks about his former life as a teacher, his slow but steady ascension of the poker ranks, getting used to live poker, representing Borgata Poker, and streaming on Twitch. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 7:47 – Strategy: 21:28 – Interview: Gags30 Strategy $1/$3 NLHE UTG limps, Hero ($600) raises to $16 with KsJs, V1 ($300) calls, V2 ($500) calls on the button, everyone … Read more…

Episode 156: T.J. Jurkiewicz

T.J. Jurkiewicz may have come from humble buildings, but it took the former security guard less than a year (and the help of Chad Power) to break into some of the biggest no-limit games on the east coast. Find out how he motivated himself to work harder every day at getting into peak mental and physical shape, and how he’s fared since striking out on his own bankroll. Timestamps 0:30 – hello & welcome 4:48 – strategy 30:28 – TJ Reading List The 2+2 Thread That Started It All Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker The One Thing by Gary Keller … Read more…

Episode 155: Nikolai Yakovenko

Nikolai Yakovenko is a highly accomplished poker player and computer scientist. We talk to him about artificial intelligence, his Open Face Chinese Poker app, playing in Bobby’s Room, preparing for the Annual Computer Poker Competition, and the Computer Poker Research Group. Plus PLO strategy (listen at your own risk)! Timestamps 0:30 – hello 33:24 – interview Strategy $5/$5/$10 PLO $1500 effective stacks Button opens $40, Hero calls Ah Kd 9c 4h in SB, BB calls, straddle calls. Flop ($160) Ad Qh 4d. Three checks, button bets $120, Hero calls, two folds. Turn ($400) 6h. Hero checks, Villain bets $340, Hero … Read more…

Episode 154: Martin Harris

Poker journalist and blogger Martin Harris, alternately (better?) known as Short-Stacked Shamus, was one of our very first guests. Now, 150 episodes later, he’s back to discuss poker’s evolving place in American culture. Also, horses. In the strategy segment, we discuss common mistakes and misunderstandings about short-stacked play. If you missed any of the recent interviews we discuss with Martin, you can catch up on Brian Koppelman and Brad Willis. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 8:57 – Strategy: The 20-40BB Stack 37:45 – Martin Harris

Episode 153: Danny Noseworthy

Danny Noseworthy may not be the first Tournament Poker Edge instructor we’ve had on the show, but he is the first Newfoundlander. We discuss his career, his coaching philosophy, and how practicing cash game poker can help you become a better tournament player. You can follow Danny on Twitter @DannyN13. Timestamps :30 – hello & welcome 4:22 – strategy 33:56 – dannyn13 Strategy Horseshoe Southern Indiana, 1/2NL, 8-handed, $270 effective stacks vs villain, hero has AdKs in MP1 -UTG+2 limps with $600 behind -hero raises AdKs to $10 in MP1 with $260 behind -MP2 calls with $180 behind -villain calls … Read more…

Episode 152: Neil Blumenfield and the $3 Million Consolation Prize

Neil Blumenfield, who took 3rd place in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, talked to us about making the final table on Episode 139. Now he’s back to talk about how he prepared, what he learned, the experience of playing for (and winning) millions of dollars, and what’s next for him. Timestamps :30 – hello & welcome 5:06 – strategy: getting paid with quads 34:47 – interview: neil blumenfield Strategy $1/$3 NLHE $800 effective stacks Villain opens to $15 from utg +2. Hero is next to act holding 5c5h and calls the 15. The button calls the 15 (stack 300 ish) The limper … Read more…