Episode 243: Jamal Hanson

Jamal Hanson introduces us to a high-stakes poker game we knew nothing about… because it’s played behind bars. Jamal, who graduated college at 16 but ultimately landed him in prison for selling crack cocaine, talks about learning to play, landing a whale, winning the tacit approval of the warden, and sorting out the logistics of payments and game integrity. He also explains how he studied law in prison, wrote and filed many of his own briefs, sued the government, and ultimately got his sentence commuted. It’s a revealing look at a fascinating corner of the poker world. The Washington Post … Read more…

Episode 242: Your Strategy Questions Answered!

Nate and Andrew enjoy some “alone time” and answer listeners’ strategy questions (and a programming question) from the mailbag. Here’s the online MIT Computer Science Course that Nate recommended. Strategy Hand 1 100 BB effective stacks  Dealt to Hero: Ks Ts UTG folds, Hero (MP) raises to 3BB, Villain (CO) calls, BTN folds, SB folds, BB folds. Flop: Qh 6s 4s (7.5BB) Hero bets 5BB, Villain calls. Turn: Td (17.5BB) Hero checks, Villain bets 13BB, Hero calls. River: Qs (43.5 BB) Hero… checks?, Villain bets 27BB, Hero…?  Hand 2 I have JdJc UTG+1.  Folds to me and I raise to … Read more…

Episode 240: Jordan Young

Jordan Young has been a professional poker player for well over a decade, but only somewhat recently has he hit a stride that seems attainable. We talk about bankroll management, painkiller addiction, the Solve for Why Academy, and how to get under your opponents’ skin without ever saying a word. Timestamps 0:30 Hello & Welcome 15:32 Strategy 41:00 Jordan Young Links Softcenter.band Solve for Why Academy Bay Area Urban Debate League Fundraising Campaign

Episode 239: Cory Mikesell

Cory Mikesell is a professional poker player, a chess master, a writer, and the author of 3Bet Pots Game Theory and Practice. We talk about his struggles, his successes, and how thoroughly he’s thrown himself into everything he’s done. Run It Once Thread Support the Bay Area Urban Debate League! Timestamps 0:30 – hello and welcome 7:57 – strategy 29:36 – guest Strategy $1/$2 NL Hero opens to $12 with Th Td in the HJ, BN calls. Jd Jh 5c. Both check. 6d. Hero bets $15, Villain calls. 7h. Hero bets $15, Villain raises to $65, Hero?

Episode 238: Brad Willis

Brad Willis is the head of blogging for PokerStars and the author of the excellent Rapid Eye Reality blog. We talk to him about politics at the poker table, raising sons, and living as a progressive in the American South. Plus we extract more music recommendations from him! Brad’s previous appearance was Episode 150. Support the Bay Area Urban Debate League! Timestamps 0:30 Hello & Welcome 8:24 Strategy 18:17 Brad Willis Reading and Listening Recommendations Tyler Childers John Moreland Turnpike Troubadors Blake Mills Americana Music Festival Chris Stapleton Margot Price Julius Goat Bubbles David Joy Ron Rash George Singleton Scott … Read more…

Episode 237: Douglas Stewart

Douglas Stewart is an avid amateur poker player who plays in live tournaments whenever his schedule allows, but makes his living as a literary agent in New York City where he focuses on working with novelists as well as with a few select children’s book writers. We talk about poker, literature, poker in literature, and how a New York literary agent fits in (or doesn’t fit in) at an Atlantic City poker room. Timestamps 0:30 – hello and welcome 7:43 – strat 41:17 – douglas Links Palmyra FAQ Softcenter.band The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak The Silver Linings Playbook by … Read more…

Episode 236: Tapiwa Gwaze

“Tapi” was born in Zimbabwe and lived in Scotland and Canada for several years before ultimately coming to the United States. Professional poker player may not have been the career that his parents envisioned for him, but after a few false starts, he’s making it work. And he’s got bigger plans for himself as well. Timestamps 0:30 hello & welcome 3:56 interview

Episode 235: Politics at the Poker Table with Matt Glassman

Matt Glassman is back with a new job (senior fellow at the Government Affairs Institute), a new podcast (Congress, Two Beers In), and as usual some refreshingly wonky insight into what’s really going on in Washington. Plus when is it OK to talk politics at the poker table, and should you ever enter another flight if you’ve already bagged? Matt’s previous episodes (before and after the 2016 election, and once as a guest host filling in for Andrew) are among our most popular, and we’re excited to have him back! For more great insight from Matt, be sure to follow … Read more…