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…

A Thin Shove

My latest poker strategy article, A Thin Shove, is now appearing in Two Plus Two Magazine. It covers in great detail a large pot that I briefly mentioned on Twitter, in which I won a big pot by three-betting TT and then going bet-bet-shove with an overpair after the flop. In addition to an in-depth analysis of the using CREV, I also speculate a bit about loss aversion: I suspect, though, that even if we were to give the Hero a slightly stronger holding, such as QQ, many people would still be reluctant to shove. Why is this? I believe … Read more…

Battling DeepStack

Nate and I had the great privilege of participating in the premiere broadcast of a series of matches between DeepStack, a state-of-the-art heads up no-limit hold ’em Artificial Intelligence, and human professionals. We found DeepStack to be a really tough competitor that left us questioning our play in both large and small pots I’m sure we didn’t play nearly as well as heads up specialists would have, but it was great fun to try, and hopefully we did a good job of sharing the experience with the audience on Twitch. If you missed it, here’s a link to the replay! .Next … 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…

Episode 206: Pair Plus Draw

It’s all strategy this week, as Nate and Andrew review two hands in which the Hero flops a strong pair plus the nut flush draw. Links Tournament Poker Edge NYC Live Event with Just Hands Poker Timestamps 0:30 hello 12:36 strat Hand 1 $2/$5 NLHE, 9-handed, $500 effective stacks. UTG1 limps, Villain limps HJ, Hero raises to $25 with Ac Qs, SB and both limpers call. Flop ($105 in the pot) Qc 7c 3c. Checks to HJ, HJ bets $30, Hero calls, other two fold. Turn ($165) 8h. Villain bets $40, Hero raises to $120, Villain calls. River ($405) 8d. Villain bets $175, Hero? Hand 2 … Read more…

Episode 205: Ronnie Bardah

Ronnie Bardah has been a poker pro since before “The Boom”, and though he’s perhaps most famous for his five consecutive cashes in the WSOP Main Event, he’s a Fixed Limit Hold ‘Em player first and foremost. He shares his story growing up in and around casinos, experiencing the early days of no-limit hold ’em at Foxwoods, getting shut out of big private games in Florida, and eventually moving to Las Vegas to play Limit Hold ‘Em at Bellagio. Links Tournament Poker Edge NYC Live Event with Just Hands Poker Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 6:50 – Strategy: Top-Top … Read more…