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Episode 111: Nate and Andrew Talk About Some Hands

A quick show that almost didn’t happen, this one features Nate and Andrew talking through an online NLHE hand and a live NLHE hand.

You can hear Andrew and his grandmother talk about her brother on Episode 21.

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Strategy Hand 1

Villain raises to $3 from CO, BTN folds, Hero 3 bets to $10 from SB with AQcc, BB folds, Villain calls.

Flop: 7d 7c 8d
Hero bets $12.5 into $20 (after rake). Villain calls.

Turn Qh
Hero checks, Villain bets 24.5 into 43, leaving 64 behind. Hero shoves, Villain folds.

Strategy Hand 2

MP opens to $15, two calls, Hero calls 6c 5c in BB

Flop Ts 7s 4d. Hero bets 40 into 60, original raiser folds, one call, last player folds.

Turn 2s. Hero bets 80 into 140.

River brick. Both players check, Villain shows As 7h.


Episode 110: The Computer Poker Research Group Solves HULHE!

Dr. Michael Bowling and PhD candidate Mike Johanson from the University of Alberta Computer Poker Research Group, who first appeared on Episode 79 of the podcast, return to discuss Cepheus, their “essentially” unexploitable heads up limit hold ‘em AI and its implications for both poker and artificial intelligence. Plus Nate and Andrew discuss playing top pair on a draw-heavy board.


:30 Hello & Welcome
16:42 Strategy
44:24 Interview: Computer Poker Research Group


Episode 109: Ringing in the New Year with Leo Wolpert

Old friend Leo Wolpert joins us to talk about setting goals, taking breaks, and planning for the year. And strategy, of course!


:30 – Hello & Welcome; Planning and Goal Setting
34:42 – Strategy


Episode 108: David Einhorn

David Einhorn is the founder and president of Greenlight Capital. He’s made a name for himself in the poker world not only by competing in both of the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One For One Drop WSOP tournaments but by finishing 3rd in the 2012 tournament. Proving that he’s no one hit wonder, David also finished 173rd in the 2014 WSOP Main Event. We talk to him about the appeal that poker holds for him, why he chooses to compete against the best players in the world, and how he prepares for this challenge.

We’ve also got an extra-long strategy segment about playing post-flop in 3-bet pots.


0:30 – Hello & Welcome
6:47 – Strategy: Playing in 3-Bet Pots
47:33 – Interview: David Einhorn


PokerStars Zoom No-Limit Hold’em, $2.00 BB (6 handed) – PokerStars Converter Tool from

Hero (Button) ($228.51)
SB ($172.65)
BB ($223.63)
UTG ($215.56)
MP ($206)
CO ($200)

Preflop: Hero is Button with 10♠, K♥
2 folds, CO raises to $5, Hero raises to $13, 2 folds, CO calls $8

Flop: ($29) A♥, 10♦, Q♥ (2 players)
CO checks, Hero checks

Turn: ($29) J♠ (2 players)
CO bets $18.55, Hero calls $18.55

River: ($66.10) Q♠ (2 players)
CO bets $42.41, Hero raises to $196.96 (All-In), 1 fold

Total pot: $150.92 | Rake: $2.80


Episode 107: Kevin “Kevmath” Mathers

Kevin “Kevmath” Mathers’ job title is Manager of Poker Information for Bluff Magazine, but even before he had that position, he was known as the go-to guy for structure sheets, redraws, and just about anything you would want to know about the poker world. We talk to him about his career, his reclusiveness, and his passion for helping the poker world. All that plus straddling strategy!

You can (and should) follow @kevmath on Twitter. You can (and should) vote for the Thinking Poker Podcast in the 2014 Bluff Reader’s Choice Awards.


:30 Hello & Welcome
8:47 Strategy: On Straddling
30:23 Interview: Kevmath


Episode 106: Nick Wealthall

Nick Wealthall is a TV presenter, writer and broadcaster who works in comedy, poker and sports media. He’s got a long history in poker that predates the boom by several years. He shares his evolution from player to writer to presenter, opines on the current state of poker media, and even gazes a bit into the future.


0:30 – Hello & Welcome
6:05 – Strategy:
29:17 – Interview: Nick Wealthall


Villain ($240) limps UTG1. UTG2 ($150) raises to $8. BN ($80) calls. SB folds. Hero ($120) calls with 9s 8h in the BB. Villain calls.

Flop:  10s, 9h, 2d. Pot: $28 after rake. Hero bets $10. Villain calls and the other 2 fold.

Turn: Ks. Pot: $48. Both check

River: 10h. Pot: $48. Hero bets $18, Villain shoves.


Episode 105: Coaching Carlos

The second batch of Thinking Poker Premium Podcasts is now available, and tonight you’re getting the first episode FREE. Fresh off of a $1-$2 no-limit game, Andrew and Nate help Carlos Welch take his first steps from tourney donk to cash game crusher. The entire Coaching Carlos series is available for just $19 at


Episode 104: The Nate and Andrew Fun Time Strategy Hour

It’s an all-strategy episode as your hosts tackle spread-limit hold ‘em, value betting, and playing your image. Don’t forget to support the show this holiday season with the Thinking Poker Amazon Affiliate Link and the fine offerings at


UTG+2 limps. Hero raises to $25 with Tc 7c in MP2. SB calls, BB folds, limper calls.

Flop ($80) is Jc 9c X. Two checks, Hero bets $30, SB folds, UTG2 calls.

Turn ($140) Jc 9c X 8h. Check, Hero bets $65, UTG2 raises to $140, Hero calls.

River ($420) Jc 9c X 8h Qx. UTG2 bets $175, Hero calls.