Episode 177: Alex Sutherland

Alex Sutherland is a professional poker player and software designer, responsible for inflicting Table Ninja and GTO Range Builder on the poker world. We talk to him about transitioning back and forth between these worlds, common misunderstandings about the application of game theory to poker, and what working with a GTO solver has taught him about poker. Alex recommends reading The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu. Timestamps 0:30 – hello 6:11 – strategy 50:40 – alex sutherland Strategy This week’s strategy discussion uses GTO Range Builder to investigate the hand first discussed in Episode 176.

Episode 176: Lukasz Grabowski

Lukasz Grabowski has had a fair bit of success playing Spin-and-Gos as “grasiu”, but he’s very clear that poker is only a means to an end for him. In this interview, we talked about his lapsed Catholicism, his interest in Buddhism and meditation, and why there’s more to Live Action Role-Playing than most people realize. Books mentioned during the show include Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein and Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges. This episode is sponsored by Shark Clock and Tournament Poker Edge. Timestamps 0:30 – hello & welcome 12:26 – strategy 38:22 – lukasz grabowski Strategy Hero – Ac5c … Read more…

Episode 175: Christian Soto

Christian Soto is a professional poker player and a video producer at Red Chip Poker. He is the co-author, with Doug Hull and James Sweeney, of Late Position. Learn how, with the help of Matt Berkey, the “Big Papi of Poker” went from selling phones at MetroPCS to reading souls in Atlantic City. This episode also features a cameo appearance by Chris Moon and a strategy hand from a $5/$10 game at the Bellagio. Timestamps 0:30 hello and welcome 5:45 strategy 46:24 christian Strategy $5/10 at Bellagio Pre-flop: UTG+1 raised to $15 (sic). I was hijack $800 stack holding AcQs. I … Read more…

Episode 174: Nate and Carlos Doing God Knows What

I wasn’t around for the recording of this episode and haven’t listened to it yet, so for the time being this is a mystery episode! But with Nate and Carlos Welch hosting, how bad can it be?

Episode 173: Getting Better at Poker

Isn’t that what all of our shows about? Kind of, but this time around we’re more explicit than usual. It’s just Nate and Andrew, talking about some specific, concrete, active (not just reading books or watching videos) ways to study poker. Plus we review bluffing and bluff-catching strategy in an illustrative example of one of the toughest spots in poker, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of slowplaying against a maniac. Timestamps 0:30 hello and welcome 11:30 strategy Strategy Hand 1 2/5 game at the Aria. I have a stack of about 1400. Villain covers. Villain raises from UTG+1 to … Read more…

Episode 172: Elena Stover

Elena Stover has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, and her studies focused on risk and decision-making, so when she decided not to pursue a career in academia, poker was a natural fit for her. We talk to Elena about her research, how it informs her thinking about on and off the felt, the short-comings of academia, her gradual transition into poker, her post-Black Friday life as a poker nomad, and more! Plus, in our strategy segment, we discuss playing Kings when that dreaded Ace turns. Elena plays on PokerStars as “thegroupie”, which is also her Twitter handle. Her blog contains a … Read more…

Episode 171: Andrew Moreno

Andrew Moreno is a professional poker player who is also married to a professional poker player. His wife, Kristy Arnett, has mentioned him enough times on the show (including Episode 170!) that we figured it was about time he came on to speak for himself! Andrew discusses the pluses and minuses of sharing this unconventional career with his spouse, as well as setting ambitious goals, taking risks, Choice Center, and more. Timestamps 0:30 – hello & welcome 10:59 – strat 32:05 – andrew moreno Strategy MP limps, the button makes it $5, and I raise to $16.5. MP calls and the … Read more…

Episode 170: Kristy Arnett on Learning From Poker

Kristy Arnett returns to the show, and this time she’s the one dishing out the advice. She talks about her recent trip to Korea, what she’s learned from Choice Center, and the things she’s learned from poker have helped her elsewhere in life. She even gives out relationship advice! You can read and see more of Kristy on Twitter, her website, her YouTube channel, or her Under Armour Facebook page. Timestamps 0:30 – hello & welcome 17:28 – strategy 39:22 – kristy arnett Strategy This is from a NLHE home cash game. The blinds are $0.50/$1.00. I have about $500 … Read more…