Podcast Episode 14 Featuring Zachary Ellwood

Zachary Ellwood is a former professional poker player and author of “Reading Poker Tells“. We recorded this episode on the assumption that I would have already published a review of the book, which unfortunately I haven’t gotten around to doing yet. I don’t think it will matter terribly much, but I will say briefly that I quite liked the book both in terms of its content and how it was written, and that was a big part of the motivation for having Zach on the show. Zach also blogs and tweets about poker tells. This post about Pius Heinz is … Read more…

Podcast Episode 13 Featuring Russ Fox

Russ Fox is an Enrolled Agent and author of the Taxable Talk blog, which often addresses issues related to poker and gambling. With Scott Harker, Russ is the author of Why You Lose at Poker and Mastering No-Limit Hold ‘Em, and with Nick Christenson, of Winning Strategies for No-Limit Hold ‘Em. His latest book is Tax Strategies for the Small Business Owner. 0:23 Introduction 2:23 Strategy: Open-Limping the Small Blind 36:18 Russ Fox on poker and taxation 1:27:59 Andrew joins Tournament Poker Edge! Sign up here for his latest poker strategy videos. 1:29:30 Thanks and happy new year!  

Podcast Episode 12 Featuring Adrienne “Talonchick” Rowsome

Our guest is PokerStars Team Online member, occupational therapist, and all-around delightful poker player Adrienne Rowsome. She talks to us about getting more women into the game, getting everyone to have more fun at the table, taking a shot at a 300/600 Omaha 8-or-better game, and meeting her husband through poker. For all things Talonchick on the web: Website Team Online Short Film Twitter Facebook  00:24 Intro, a few thoughts on PLO8 and jackpot games 08:30 Tipping on jackpot and tournament wins 17:50 Security inside the casino and at the table 27:10 Strategy segment: Playing against a strong range 55:35 … Read more…

Podcast Episode 11: Strategy, Strategy, Strategy!

Due to some logistical conflicts we found ourselves without a guest this week, but what you get instead is lots of strategy talk and a cameo from Gareth Chantler. Here’s what to expect and when: 0:23 — Hello! Nate on preparing to defend his dissertation concept. 8:22 — Thoughts on our first 10 episodes. 17:21 — RIP Lou Krieger. Get well soon Theo Jorgensen. Security for poker players. 29:30 — Mailbag: which games to play, and where, and how to make the decision. Analysis of a hand submitted by a listener. Here’s the Quantitative Poker post on Optimal Game Selection … Read more…

Podcast Episode 10 Featuring Leo Wolpert

Leo Wolpert, a true grinder and a good friend, joins us on the 10th episode. Leo has a WSOP bracelet, a law degree, a Quiz Bowl pedigree, and a Jeopardy! appearance to his name, and he finished 50th in the 2012 WSOP main event. He’s also got a few hands from the Palms Heartland Poker Tour event for our strategy segment! 0:21 — Hello! 6:00 — Leo Wolpert on living in Vegas, staying sharp at poker, law school, Quiz Bowl, Jeopardy! strategy, and more. 47:30 — Strategy with Leo: two hands from the Heartland Poker Tour. Brief reflections on the … Read more…

Thinking Poker Podcast Episode 9 Featuring Lee Jones

Lee Jones joins us on the show to talk about the past, present, and future of poker and PokerStars. Lee’s an interesting guy with an interesting story, and his PokerStars blog is pretty interesting too. You can learn more about the Rec.Gambling.Poker Usenet group at the RGPFAQ page. I was wrong on a few details of the Gigabet post I describe in the strategy segment. The Villain was actually Dan Harrington, not Eric Haber, and Gigabet actually bet-folded, not check-folded, the flop. For a great example of thought-provoking Gigabet mysticism, see Theory of Stack Sizes. And for rumors surrounding Gigabet’s … Read more…

Thinking Poker Podcast Episode 8 Featuring Ben Wilinofsky

Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky is an MTT superstar with an EPT title and over $3 million in online tournament cashes, but that’s not why we asked him to come on the show (though it is why we asked him to stick around for the strategy segment, which is by far the highest-level strategy discussion we’ve had to date). Ben has recently started blogging about his struggles with anxiety and depression and is participating in the Movember campaign to raise money for men’s mental health issues. In our interview he talks about his own experiences wrestling with these challenges and the stigma … Read more…

Thinking Poker Podcast Episode 7 Featuring Matt Parvis

Matt Parvis of Poker News joins us to talk about how his interview with Howard Lederer came about, how he prepared for it, and what he wishes he’d done differently. Matt’s excellent blog post on the same subjects is what inspired us to invite him on the show. For a lighter take on the subject, check out this “I Don’t Know” montage that we mentioned on the air. After his interview with Matt, Howard answered more questions on the Two Plus Two Pokercast. After initially agreeing to an interview with blogger Diamond Flush, Howard cancelled that interview. Diamond Flush has since … Read more…