Episode 214: Daniel “Clarence” Wolf

Daniel Wolf AKA Clarence AKA Baby Dick is a professional poker player. Originally from Pittsburgh, he now lives and plays in Maryland. We talk to him about having fun at the table, jumping back and forth between 2/5 and 25/50 no limit, and wearing a Necromancer costume on Poker Night in America. Plus, in honor of Pittsburgh, our strategy segment features Andrew donking around in a 5/5/10 PLO game at the Rivers Casino. Links Episode 140 with Chad Power Daniel’s Poker Night in America episode Daniel on Twitter Timestamps Strategy 5/5 PLO with a $10 Button straddle Hero is BB … Read more…

Episode 213: Straight-Up Strategy

Don’t bet the under! Nate and Andrew manage to review three hand histories in barely an hour. There’s a four-barrel bluff from a NLHE tournament, a turn donk bet from a NLHE cash game, and even a spread-limit Omaha 8-or-better hand! Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 8:14 – Strategy Strategy Hand 1 We’re on the bubble, with 20 players remaining and 18 to be paid. Blinds are 1500/3000, and I raise to 6000 UTG (7-handed) with Tc 8c. The only player at the table to have me covered 3-bets to 12K from HJ, and I call. Flop (34K) Ks … Read more…

Episode 212: Matt Bodnar

Matt Bodnar is an investor, the host of The Science of Success podcast, and an avid poker player. We talk to him about his experiences in poker inform his work in investing and vice versa, and how what he’s learned from “The Science of Success” can help poker players. In our strategy segment, we discuss bluffing at the micro-stakes. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 9:58 – Strategy 37:40 – Interview: Matt Bodnar Recommended Reading Mindset: The New Science of Success by Carol S. Dweck Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig Getting Things Done by David … Read more…

Episode 211: Painless Poker with Tommy Angelo

Tommy Angelo returns to the podcast to discuss his new book, Painless Poker, as well as his writing process, his daily meditation practice, his new goals, and his sordid past. In our strategy segment, we discuss why it matters how the money goes in, and what to do with a straight facing a big shove when the river pairs the board. We encourage you to buy Painless Poker and Tommy’s other books directly from him, in order to get your free autograph and e-books. If you do buy from Amazon, though, please use our affiliate link. Tommy previously appeared on … Read more…

Episode 210: Michael Johanson and Dustin Morrill

The Computer Poker Research Group’s Michael Johanson and Dustin Morrill discuss Andrew and Nate’s recent battle with their heads-up no-limit hold ’em AI, DeepStack. Johanson has previously been our guest on Episode 79 and Episode 110. Before the match, we discussed DeepStack with Michael Bowling on Episode 208. Follow @DeepStackAI on Twitter for details of their upcoming Twitch matches as well as links to replays of past matches and other news. Strategy PokerStars – $150/$300 NL (2 max) – Holdem – 2 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com Hero (SB): 69.67 BB Hero (BB): 63.67 BB Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, … Read more…

Episode 209: Patrick “patio11” McKenzie

Patrick McKenzie, known as “patio11” on Hacker News and elsewhere, is a blogger, consultant, and all-around public intellectual on subjects related to software and business. He’s also, as it happens, an avid if occasional poker player. We talk to him about why poker merits any of his limited spare time, what he’s learned from and about it, and his advice for poker players interested in software development. We also discuss our recent match against DeepStack. If you missed it, you can hear our (most recent) interview with Michael Bowling of the Computer Poker Research Group and check out a replay of the … Read more…

Episode 208: Michael Bowling of CPRG

Michael Bowling of the University of Alberta Computer Poker Research Group, who has previously appeared on Episode 79 and on Episode 110 after “essentially” solving Heads Up Limit Hold ‘Em, returns to discuss the group’s latest work creating an AI that it claims can beat top human players at the far more complex game of No Limit Hold ‘Em. Can it? Join us Wednesday at 5PM Eastern on Twitch to find out as Nate and Andrew battle in real time against DeepStack. Links Tournament Poker Edge DeepStackAI Article in Science Timestamps 0:30 hello & welcome 4:20 strategy 36:30 michael bowling Strategy … Read more…

Episode 207: Nikolai Yakovenko on AI and Poker

Nikolai Yakovenko, poker player and computer scientist, returns to the podcast (he first appeared on Episode 155) to talk about recent advances in Artificial Intelligence, particularly with regard to poker. Links Tournament Poker Edge NYC Live Event with Just Hands Poker DeepStackAI Article in Science Timestamps 0:30 – hello 13:08 – strat 45:14 – nikolai Strategy Hand 1 60/120 Limit Hold ‘Em Button raises, Hero 3-bets ATo in SB, BN 4-bets, Hero calls. Flop (4.5 BBs) T42r. Check, bet, call. Turn (5.5 BBs) A. Check, bet, raise, call. River (7.5 BBs) T. Bet, fold. Hand 2 $1/$3 NLHE, $390 effective … Read more…