Episode 208: Michael Bowling of CPRG

Michael Bowling of the University of Alberta Computer Poker Research Group, who has previously appeared on Episode 79 and on Episode 110 after “essentially” solving Heads Up Limit Hold ‘Em, returns to discuss the group’s latest work creating an AI that it claims can beat top human players at the far more complex game of No Limit Hold ‘Em. Can it? Join us Wednesday at 5PM Eastern on Twitch to find out as Nate and Andrew battle in real time against DeepStack. Links Tournament Poker Edge DeepStackAI Article in Science Timestamps 0:30 hello & welcome 4:20 strategy 36:30 michael bowling Strategy … Read more…

Episode 207: Nikolai Yakovenko on AI and Poker

Nikolai Yakovenko, poker player and computer scientist, returns to the podcast (he first appeared on Episode 155) to talk about recent advances in Artificial Intelligence, particularly with regard to poker. Links Tournament Poker Edge NYC Live Event with Just Hands Poker DeepStackAI Article in Science Timestamps 0:30 – hello 13:08 – strat 45:14 – nikolai Strategy Hand 1 60/120 Limit Hold ‘Em Button raises, Hero 3-bets ATo in SB, BN 4-bets, Hero calls. Flop (4.5 BBs) T42r. Check, bet, call. Turn (5.5 BBs) A. Check, bet, raise, call. River (7.5 BBs) T. Bet, fold. Hand 2 $1/$3 NLHE, $390 effective … Read more…

Episode 206: Pair Plus Draw

It’s all strategy this week, as Nate and Andrew review two hands in which the Hero flops a strong pair plus the nut flush draw. Links Tournament Poker Edge NYC Live Event with Just Hands Poker Timestamps 0:30 hello 12:36 strat Hand 1 $2/$5 NLHE, 9-handed, $500 effective stacks. UTG1 limps, Villain limps HJ, Hero raises to $25 with Ac Qs, SB and both limpers call. Flop ($105 in the pot) Qc 7c 3c. Checks to HJ, HJ bets $30, Hero calls, other two fold. Turn ($165) 8h. Villain bets $40, Hero raises to $120, Villain calls. River ($405) 8d. Villain bets $175, Hero? Hand 2 … Read more…

Episode 205: Ronnie Bardah

Ronnie Bardah has been a poker pro since before “The Boom”, and though he’s perhaps most famous for his five consecutive cashes in the WSOP Main Event, he’s a Fixed Limit Hold ‘Em player first and foremost. He shares his story growing up in and around casinos, experiencing the early days of no-limit hold ’em at Foxwoods, getting shut out of big private games in Florida, and eventually moving to Las Vegas to play Limit Hold ‘Em at Bellagio. Links Tournament Poker Edge NYC Live Event with Just Hands Poker Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 6:50 – Strategy: Top-Top … Read more…

Episode 204: Angela Bassa

Angela Bassa is the director of data science at iRobot and an occasional poker player with more than a passing interest in Libratus and its implications for artificial intelligence. In this interview, we talk about poker’s intersections with data science and artificial intelligence, as well as what’s going through a data scientist’s mind when she sits down for beer and poker with friends. Strategy this week comes to us from Nate’s recent play in a Foxwoods $1K! Links Coaching Carlos Tournament Poker Edge NYC Live Event with Just Hands Poker Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 11:38 – Strategy From … Read more…

Episode 203: The No-Longer-Homeless Poker Player

Carlos Welch is no longer homeless! At least for the moment, he’s living with Alexander Fitzgerald in Bullhead City, AZ, and Andrew is paying him a visit! We catch on Andrew’s travels, Carlos’ new digs, and strategy! Timestamps 0:30 = hello 23:05 = strat Strategy $2/$5 Hero ($700) opens to $20 UTG with AKo. Four callers, both blinds fold. Flop ($105) AQ9r. Hero bets $55, Villain raises to $175, rest fold, Hero?

Episode 202: Christian Harder

Christian Harder is a long-standing pro whose history with Nate and Andrew dates back to the early days of the 2+2 MTT forum. His most recent claim to fame is victory in the $5000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. We talk to him about his rise to the top, his friendship with Greg Merson, and the ups and downs of life as a (primarily) east coast tournament grinder. Follow Christian on Twitter! Timestamps 0:30 Hello and welcome 3:05 Interview For more information on our event with Just Hands Poker in NYC, March 25 and 26, click here.

Episode 201: Kyle Loman

Kyle Loman plays $1/$3 no-limit for a living, but it hasn’t always been that way. Years ago, he was grinding high-stakes with a six-figure bankroll. In this revealing interview, he talks about shot-taking, staking, bad loans, and coming to terms with his new life as a small stakes grinder. Timestamps 0:30 – hello 16:11 – strat 43:40 – kyle Strategy Hand 1 $200 MTT. Blinds 600/1200/200. Hero opens to 3000 with Ah As in early position, BB calls. Flop (8400) Kd 9s 3s. Check, 4200, call. Turn (16800) 3. Check, Hero bets 9200, call. River (34,400) 8s. BB is all … Read more…