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Episode 103: Matt Sienkiewicz

Matt Sienkiewicz is an assistant professor of communications and international relations at Boston College. He’s also a film buff and a poker fan. Matt puts Andrew’s knowledge of Foucault to the test with his analysis of key scenes from Rounders as well as a discussion of power dynamics in the poker world.

To bask in more of Matt’s podcasting prowess, check out the Interpreter Magazine Podcast that he cohosts. You can also follow Matt on Twitter.


0:30 Hello & Welcome
1:45 Strategy: Deepstacked NLHE for Advanced Players
37:39 Interview:  Matt Sienkiewicz


Episode 102 Dara O’Kearney

Dara O’Kearney went pro somewhat later in life than your average grinder, but his background in bridge, chess, backgammon, and most recently ultramarathoning made him a natural. He’s also a natural raconteur and an excellent writer. We talk about his unconventional background, the Irish poker scene, his staking business, and more. For even more stories, follow Dara on Twitter or check out his excellent blog.


0:30 – Hello & Welcome
8:29 – Strategy: a hand that will haunt you for the rest of your life
45:33 – Interview: Dara O’Kearney


Blinds 6K-12K with a 2K Ante. Villain (350K) opens to 25K, Hero (500K) calls ATo on the button, everyone else folds.

Flop As 8s 6h. Villain checks, Hero bets 75K into 84K, Villain calls.

Turn 3h. Villain checks, Hero shoves, Villain calls.


Episode 101: Jim Greer

Jim Greer, founder of Kongregate, is an avid poker player. Now he’s using game theory to combat “dark money” in American politics through CounterPAC, an organization that threatens to outspend candidates who accept anonymous donations. He joins the show to talk about his “gamesplaying” approach to campaign finance reform and the threat that Sheldon Adelson and others pose to American democracy.

:30 Hello and welcome
3:38 Crazy happenings at the poker table
8:31 Strategy: out of position with a set in a multiway pot
23:51 Interview: Jim Greer

bovada 20+2 tourney
blinds 40/80
villain 1 stack 6344
villain 2 stack 3393
hero in BB stack 7575
Villain one opens to 280 from middle position and action folds to small blind who calls.
Hero looks down at two black 3s and completes for 200.

pot goes to 840
flop 4d9c2d
all checks around

turn 3d
we turn a set and the small blind checks to us
hero bets 528 and villain one calls with villain 2 folding

pot 1896
river comes 6c
final board run out
hero holds 33 for a set and bets 766


Episode 100: Nate Meyvis and Andrew Brokos

This landmark episode sets a new bar for navel-gazing, as guest hosts Carlos Welch and Gareth Chantler turn the tables on guest guests Andrew and Nate and ask about their lives, their poker careers, and their work together on the podcast.


Episode 99: Ben Sulsky

For a guy who’s played $500/$1000 no-limit, Ben “Sauce123″ Sulsky is a surprisingly nitcast-appropriate guest. He talks about his background in philosophy, his low-rolling lifestyle, how he arrived at the heavily game theoretic style he plays today, and how he thinks artificial intelligence will shape the future.

The Thinking Poker Diaries

As announced on the show, The Thinking Poker Diaries Volume 1 now available at and will be available on Amazon on October 23 (the latter is actually a slight clarification from what was announced on the show).


0:30 – Hello & Welcome
10:23 – Mailbag: Locking up a win
23:04 – Interview: Ben Sulsky


Episode 98: Chris Moon

Chris Moon, a border-straddling tournament pro and Tournament Poker Edge instructor, is on the show this week talking about Detroit, economics, data science, five-betting light, and searching for a post-poker career.


0:30 - hello and welcome
6:00 - Strategy: An O/8 hand
35:27 – Interview: Chris Moon

I have 80K and I am on the Cutoff.

I have Ad 2d 4d 10c
Folds to me and I raise to 20K
Fold to BB and he calls.

Flop comes QAA
BB checks. I bet 10K
He raises to 20K. I call.

Turn is 6h
BB bets 20K I call

River is Jc
BB bets 20K


Episode 97: Kristy’s Back

On Episode 77, we spoke to Kristy Arnett as she was about to embark on a career as a professional poker player. Now she returns to the show to talk about her first WSOP, the frustrations of her first few months, and her goals for the future. You can read and see more of Kristy on Twitter, her websiteher YouTube channel, or her Under Armour Facebook page.

This is our final episode on the iBus Media Network. The Thinking Poker Podcast will once again be available on its original feed, which you can subscribe to here, by using the links on the right-hand side of this page, or by searching Thinking Poker Podcast in your podcast player of choice.


Episode 82: Ari Engel

On this episode of the Thinking Poker Podcast, Nate and Andrew set the location for the meet up in Las Vegas, break down a cash game hand that listener Jason played at Maryland Live! Casino, and talk withAri Engel about how to travel the circuit profitably, the difficulties of multi-tabling online, and the value of live tells.

The 2014 Nitcast Las Vegas meet-up will be from 10AM – 1 PM on Saturday, July 5 at the Gold Coast bowling alley. Please stop by to meet Andrew, Nate, Carlos, and lots of other Thinking Poker Podcast listeners and guests.

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  • 0:00 — Intro
  • 3:14 — Thinking Poker meet up information
  • 11:14 — Breaking down a cash game hand from Maryland Live!
  • 44:15 — Interview with Ari Engel