FREE Strategy Video Featuring THE Carlos Welch

Here’s the first video published as part of my year-end fundraising campaign for the Bay Area Urban Debate League. I’m joined by the incomparable Carlos Welch, be sure to check him out on Twitch. To unlock more videos like this one and get a shot at some great prizes, please donate to the campaign now!

Episode 196: Catching Up With Jamie Kerstetter

Jamie Kerstetter, who first joined us on Episode 136, is back to talk about the latest poker Twitter drama, her new role as ambassador for the Borgata poker room, her dog Crouton, and the Humane Society of Atlantic County. You can follow Jamie on Twitter at @jamiekerstetter, and on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/jamiekerstetter. Watch her videos on Tournament Poker Edge! Nate’s new project is Gonfalon Bubble. Andrew would appreciate, and is offering prizes for, donations to the Bay Area Urban Debate League. Use our Amazon Affiliate links to support the podcast while you do your holiday shopping. Timestamps 0:30 – hellowelcome 10:41 … Read more…

What’s Your Play? Flush With Redraw Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in What’s Your Play? Flush With Redraw. I folded, and I don’t think it’s close. The short explanation is #TheyAlwaysHaveIt. Here’s a longer one: Is This a Bluff-Catcher? The first question to ask is whether Villain could be raising worse for value. If yes, he’s either making a huge mistake, or you should not fold. Here, I think it’s unlikely that worse raises for value. The only lower flushes possible are 52dd and 42dd, which are unlikely in a raised pot, and in any event would be awfully ambitious raises (the “huge mistake” exception. Some … Read more…

Change Lives and Unlock Free Strategy Videos!

As I did last year, I’m once again raising money this holiday season for the Bay Area Urban Debate League, a non-profit organization I’m deeply involved with as a Board member, volunteer, and donor. Debating in high school and college changed my life, and in the 15 years that I’ve been involved with the urban debate movement, I’ve seen it change the lives of hundreds of kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. If you enjoy listening to me talk about poker on the Thinking Poker Podcast or in my strategy videos, well, debate is the reason I can think as critically and analyze … Read more…

Episode 195: Getting Trumped with Matt Glassman

Political scientist and Congressional Research Service analyst Matt Glassman helped us put the 2016 Presidential Campaign into context a few weeks ago. Now that the election is over, we need him more than ever! We’ve got a great strategy segment, but the interview is really about trying to make sense of the current political situation in America, using frames of reference that poker players will understand. Were the polls wrong, or did Trump just run good? How might Trump govern? What do we as citizens do now? And what does this all mean for online poker? Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & … Read more…

What’s Your Play? Flush With Redraw

Edit: Fixed pot size on turn. Playing $5/$10 No-Limit at Maryland Live, a game that does not participate in the Bad Beat Jackpot and other promotions. I don’t have a lot of experience with either Villain, but there’s a good chance they know who I am (a lot of people at MDL, many of whom I’ve never spoken to, have turned out to be familiar with the podcast, blog, or Twitter account). At the very least, I expect they perceive me as a smart player who won’t take anything off of the table in terms of bluffs, hero calls, thin … Read more…

Deep Thinking

My latest poker strategy article, Deep Thinking, was just published in Two Plus Two Magazine. Does this sound like you? Playing with a short stack can be a good way to learn: it simplifies your decisions, minimizes the magnitude of your mistakes, and helps you focus on fundamentals like pre-flop hand selection and evaluating flop textures. However, it’s important to keep learning as you start playing in deeper games, because strategies that are at least reasonably effective when shallow often become liabilities. Check out the article, and please let me know whether it’s helpful to you!  

Episode 194: Danny Sprung

Danny Sprung is a trader and a long-time games player. He was a serious poker player even before the boom, and he’s also a world class bridge player. In this interview, we discuss how he relates poker to bridge and to trading, and how he’s working to get back onto the poker scene. Timestamps 0:30 – hello 2:25 – strategy 24:48 – danny Strategy 1/2 NLHE, 9-handed. Villain 1 raises UTG1 to $12, Villain 2 calls, Villain 3 ($105) in the CO calls. Hero ($220) calls with Ad Tc in the SB. Flop ($50) Jh Qh Ks. Hero checks, V1 bets $40, V2 … Read more…