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Episode 138: Homeless, Jobless, and Alone

Carlos Welch is on the show with his most aggressive cost-cutting idea yet: living in a van! Find out how he’s managing it and how his first few weeks have been, then be sure to watch him on Twitch and read his new blog for the latest updates.


0:30 Hello & Welcome
38:31 Strategy


$5/$10 NLHE, $3000 effective stacks. UTG opens to $50, Hero calls 9d 7d UTG1, SB and BB call.

Flop ($200) 6h 5s 4c. Check, check, UTG bets $100, everyone calls.

Turn ($600) 8h. Three checks, Hero bets $300, SB raises to $1000, two folds, Hero shoves, SB calls.


Episode 137: Ron Upshaw

Ron Upshaw hosts the Don and Ron Show on KIRO radio in Seattle, and is one of the people behind The Poker Academy. We talk to him about the radio game, the poker training game, and even the beekeeping game.


0;30 hello & welcome
17:00 strategy
34:54 ron upshaw


Three limps, I make it 30 on the button with JxJx, BB calls, two limpers call.
120 in the pot: Qx6d4d. k/k/k/60/snap-c/f/f
240 in the pot. Kx. k/k
240 in the pot. 6x. 190 / ?


Episode 136: Jamie Kerstetter

Jamie Kerstetter is a lawyer-turned-poker-pro with a long and colorful career. She talks about her decision to go pro, her first experiences playing live poker, moving to Mexico after Black Friday, the East Coast poker scene, the New Jersey online poker scene (she represents Party Poker), and sexism in poker.

You can follow Jamie on Twitter at @jamiekerstetter, and on Twitch at If you’re in New Jersey, you can play with her on Party Poker. Watch her videos on Tournament Poker Edge! You can read Barry Hutter’s comments about female players here. And most importantly, be nice to each other!


0:30 Hello and welcome
7:35 Strategy: A PLO hand
33:00 Interview: Jamie Kerstetter


$5/$5 PLO home game w $10 button straddle, I have $1350 (all villains cover), I oeld AcKc8h7h on the button (&straddle). Both blinds call, good aggressive player raises to $50 UTG, 2 players call, I call, blinds fold.

Pot is $210. Flop is Jc9c4h. UTG bets $200, one of the two interim players calls, I call.

Turn is 6h. UTG bets $400. Interim player fold. I call.

River is the Kd. UTG bets $800. I fold.


Episode 135: Alex Weldon

Alex Weldon is a game designer and a writer for Part Time Poker. In this interview, we discuss what makes poker unique among games, how to strategize for unfamiliar poker variants, the art and business of game design, and how computers have changed the nature of gaming.

You can find Alex’s digital games and more information about his tabletop games at This is the article about journalistic integrity mentioned in the interview, and this is his post about Courchevel strategy (discussed in greater detail on Episode 48 of the Thinking Poker Podcast). The game designer Alex recommended is Vlaada Chvátil.

Here’s a follow-up article about Duck Flush.


0:30 hello & welcome
6:13 strategy: constructing ranges
20:25 interview: Alex Weldon


Episode 134: Julie Anna Cornelius

Before Julie Anna Cornelius became a professional poker player, she was a ballet dancer and a flight attendant working in the fleet of one of the poker world’s most notorious characters. In this interview, she shares her story and reflects on the nature of dedication, competition, talent. and hard work.

You can follow Julie Annie on Twitter @LuckyJadeJules.

Thanks to PokerWomenNews for suggesting this guest. If you enjoy our interview with Julie Anna, be sure to check out theirs.


:30 – hello
20:55 – strat
45:42 – interview


Hero: 89.00 Villain: 86.00, Effective Stacks 170bb

Folds to Villain on BTN

Villain (BTN) raises to 1.50
Hero (sb) 3 bets to 5.50 with Jc10c
BB Folds
BTN calls

Flop: 2c7h8c pot: 11.50

Hero bets 5.75
Villain calls

Turn comes 9s, board is 2c7h8c9s pot: 23
Hero bets 11.50
Villain calls

River comes 9h board is 2c7h8c9s9h pot 46
about 65 behind

Hero bets 19.50
Villain shoves 65


Episode 133: Live From Las Vegas with Alex Fitzgerald and Carlos Welch

Alex “Assassinato” Fitzgerald and “The” Carlos Welch join Nate and Andrew in a room at the Gold Coast to talk about Las Vegas, getting better at poker, creativity, poetry, pre-flop raise sizing, and more. Don’t miss this rare treat, with two hosts and two guests all in the same place at the same time! We only get a few chances a year to do shows like this, and they are always a ton of fun.

The books mentioned on the show are Poetic Meter & Poetic FormHow to Rap, and Decoded. Alex contributed a chapter to Excelling at No-Limit Hold ‘Em.


Episode 132: John the Lawyer Stays Home

John “The Lawyer” Larochelle is a consummate live cash game pro. He plays lots of games, he plays them well, and he plays them big. So why hasn’t he set foot in Las Vegas all summer? We talk about game selection, quality of life, ego vs. profit, and PLO strategy.

John’s first appearance on the podcast was Episode 64.


0:30 – Hello & Welcome
46:44 – PLO Strategy


10-10 PLO Live eight-handed game.
Stacks are about $4,000 each

UTG opens for $35, Hero raises to $75 with TsTd9d7c, SB calls, UTG calls.

So, I raise UTG’s $35 raise to $75. The small blind (competent player) calls my $75. UTG calls $75.

Flop (Pot = $235): Qd 8c 4s

Both opponents check to me. I bet $200. Both call.

Turn (Pot = $835): Qd 8c 4s 3d

Both opponents check to me. I elected to check behind.

River: Tc

Small blind bets $500.
UTG folds


Episode 131: Runner Up with Dara O’Kearney

Fresh off a second-place finish in WSOP Event #45 ($1500 NLHE), Dara O’Kearney, who first appeared on Episode 102, returns to the show to talk about the mixed emotions that result from a near-victory at the WSOP and why he chose the WSOP over the softest online tournaments of the year.

You may not be a Super Razzdugi player, but please don’t skip the opening strategy segment! Nate’s “meditation” is a delight. Here are rules for Razzdugi. The “Super” qualifier means that players get four down cards and discard two of them on third street.


:30 – hello & welcome; short meditation from Nate
9:52 – dara o’kearney