Episode 22: André Coimbra

André Coimbra is a member of PokerStars Team Online and the 2009 Magic: The Gathering World Champion. In 2013, he withdrew all but $100 from his PokerStars account, asked support to reset his VIP status to Bronze Star, and set about trying to raise $100,000 for charity. Coached by yours truly, he’s off to a great start, and he gives us all the whys and hows. You call follow André on Twitter @andrecoimbra. (Edit: Andre’s Twitter handle is @andrebcoimbra, not @acoimbra as I mistakenly had it). Book Club Today we discuss Ed Miller’s Playing the Player, specifically the Introduction and Part I: Tight … Read more…

Episode 21: Tubby Boots

Something different today: Andrew interviews his grandmother about her brother, a 400-pound cross-dressing stand-up comedian with a love for all things gambling. The result is a moving, inspiring portrait of a life well-, if strangely, lived. Plus, some exciting announcements! Tubby Boots was a performer with an ecclectic, eccentric career that spanned four decades. At the height of his popularity he played the biggest hotels in Miami and Las Vegas and released four albums: Tubby Boots Goes Topless (available on YouTube), Out of This World, Songs for Swingers, and Thin May Be In – But Fat’s Where It’s At. You … Read more…

Episode 20 Featuring Steve Day

Steve Day, better known in some circles as “SteveD” and in others as “ackbleh”, is Manager of VIP, Team Online, Ring Games, and Sit-and-Go tournaments at PokerStars. He takes us behind the scenes at PokerStars to talk about how major decisions, from the introduction of new games to the redesign of the lobby, get made. Speaking of big changes at PokerStars, you can now play on Facebook! You can follow Team Online member Andre Coimbra in his quest to turn $100 into $100,000 on his blog. While you’re there, keep an eye/ear out for references to yours truly, as I’ve … Read more…

Episode 19 Featuring John Wray

John Wray, co-creator, director, and co-writer of The Micros, talks about the origins of the show and his early vision for it. We also delve into John’s own origin story, from his studies at film school to his stint at Disney Studios to his plans for introducing Star Wars to his kids. You can follow John on Twitter at @JohnAWray. If and when there’s news about the Micros, you can get it @TheMicros and on Facebook. More of John’s work, including , is available from his YouTube channel. I especially recommend The R4v3n and Seiborg. John recommends watching the Stars Wars films in … Read more…

Episode 18 Featuring Isaac Haxton

“Ike” Haxton, the newest member of PokerStars Team Online joins us for one of our most wide-ranging interviews, covering his lifelong love of games, his first job in a spring factory, his days as a limit hold ’em grinder, his current life as a poker refugee, The Mathematics of Poker, and even a little poker strategy. For more Ike, follow @ikepoker on Twitter. You can follow Phil Ivey, sometimes, @PhilIvey. Timestamps 0:01:33 Mailbag: “Cheating” dealers 0:16:39 Strategy: To race or not to race with AK early in a tournament 0:32:29 Interview: Isaac Haxton 1:16:47 Outro: Ghostwritten celebrity twitter accounts Strategy … Read more…

Podcast Episode 17 Featuring Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall has a full-time job teaching high school in Ontario, but that hasn’t stopped him from staying on top of the MTT world for six years and counting. Ryan has amassed more than $2 million in online winnings and an FTOPS title playing mostly on weekends and school holidays. In this interview he talks to us about teaching Earth Sciences, balancing that with his family and poker career, and his brief foray into staking (including some of his former students!). Ryan is an instructor at PokerXFactor, where the code HALL4995 will get you $70 off of your sign-up fee. … Read more…

Podcast Episode 16 Featuring Derek “Killingbird” Tenbusch

Derek “Killingbird” Tenbusch is a founder and owner of Tournament Poker Edge, the video training site for which I now make videos, and a host of the Tournament Poker Edge Strategy Podcast. Tournament Poker Edge Live and The Chirp Herm Show round out TPE’s podcast offerings. Congratulations to Vanessa Selbst for winning the $25K PCA High Roller. As Nate mentioned, you can watch her performance online. Nate’s top pick for best free strategy material on the internet is the final table of the 2011 $50K WSOP Players’ Championship. If you’re more interested in Minecraft strategy videos, check out xXidol’s YouTube channel. Timestamps … Read more…

Podcast Episode 15 Co-Hosted by Gareth Chantler

Edit: Some people reported difficulty playing/downloading this episode, so I’ve re-uploaded and re-published it. If you had trouble before, please try again now and let me know whether it’s working for you. Gareth Chantler fills in for Andrew while your regular host is busy nitting it up at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Nate and Gareth catch up on Gareth’s travels in Colombia and Peru, discuss three no-limit hold ’em hands in depth, and then zoom out to talk game selection and big-picture thinking. Timestamps 0:23–Hello from Nate and Gareth; Where in the World is Gareth Chantler This Week? 7:27–A 2-5 NL … Read more…