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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.


Episode 118: Shaniac

Shane “Shaniac” Schleger is kind enough to grace us with his presence despite Andrew’s losing our last conversation. In this interview, we talk about depression, addiction, suicide, music, and, yes, poker. Even if heavy conversation isn’t your thing, be sure to tune in for two strategy segments, including one about limit hold ‘em!

We don’t have a P Funk playlist from Shane yet, but we’ll update this post when we get it.


0:30 hello & welcome
7:20 – limit HE strategy
18:27 – Slowplaying Aces
31:05 – Interview: Shane Schleger

Poker Stars, $0.91 Buy-in (75/150 blinds) No Limit Hold’em Tournament, 7 Players
Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager – The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

CO: 4,083 (27.2 bb)
BTN: 1,375 (9.2 bb)
Hero (SB): 3,290 (21.9 bb)
BB: 5,019 (33.5 bb)
MP1: 2,225 (14.8 bb)
MP2: 2,441 (16.3 bb)
MP3: 3,657 (24.4 bb)

Preflop: Hero is SB with Ad Ac
3 folds, CO raises to 375, BTN folds, Hero raises to 1,000, BB folds, CO calls 625

Flop: (2,150) 4h 3s 3h (2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets 1,075, Hero calls 1,075

Turn: (4,300) Qs (2 players)
Hero checks, CO checks

River: (4,300) Ah (2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets 2,008 and is all-in, Hero calls 1,215 and is all-in


Episode 117: Danielle “dmoongirl” Andersen

On April 10, 2001, Danielle “dmoongirl” Andersen was a professional poker player living happily in a small town in Minnesota with her husband and young son. The film Bet Raise Fold (which also featured former podcast guest Tony Dunst) shows how Black Friday turned her life upside down. Nearly four years later, Danielle is settled in Las Vegas, once again living with her family and earning a living as a poker player. In this conversation, she reflects on the last four years of her career, her relationship with Ultimate Poker, and her new life in Las Vegas.


0:30 hello
6:07 strategy
41:11 Danielle Andersen


I have AsKc in SB
Me: $170 in SB
OMR: $500 in MP
Reg: $700 in CO

OMR opens to $15
Reg calls.
I 3B to $45.
Both players call.

Pot $132 (after rake) Flop 2c 4s 8d
I bet $50, OMR folds, Reg calls.

Pot $232. Turn: 2c 4s 8d 3c.

I check, Reg shoves $75


Episode 116: Edoardo Riario Sforza

Edoardo Riario Sforza has moved up through the ranks to become a contender in some of the biggest MTTs on the Italian sites. The same ambition that helped him succeed at poker is now taking him on a 10-month backpacking trip around the world. Edoardo talks about what and how he learned along the way, the advantages and disadvantages of playing in the ring-fenced Italian online poker market, and the journey ahead of him. He also joins Nate and Andrew for some strategy talk, where a tricky final table situation leaves all three stumped.


0:30 Interview: Edoardo Riario Sforza
33:43 Strategy: Two tough final table decisions


Episode 115: “Professor” Ben Yu

Ben “ProfessorBen” Yu is an accomplished multi-table tournament player with three WSOP final tables to his name across a variety of games. He talks to us about ditching school to play poker, ditching poker to play Magic, and learning to play a variety of games. We also consider the possibly perverse nature of PLO tournaments, including strategy discussion of a key hand from the bubble of a WSOP event.

You can follow Ben on Twitter @professorben and read his articles in Cardplayer.


0:30 hello and welcome
6:00 strategy w Cyrus
43:21 Ben Yu


$2/$5 NLHE. Two limps in early position, one limp in late position, Hero makes it $30 with AJo in the BB, all call.

Flop ($115) J86r. Hero bets $70, first limper raises to $210, second limper calls all-in for his last $85, folds back to Hero, Hero calls.

Turn ($620 in pot) 2. Hero checks and folds to $150.

Edit: Corrected flop, should be J86.