Trapping With AJs

After reading Adam Junglen’s Monte Carlo trip report, I decided to set a little trap of my own with Ace-Jack. It was fairly early in a $50 freezeout on Poker Stars. The table chipleader had open limped from MP1, and then the action folded to me on the CO with AJs and 2300 chips. I figured I was ahead of MP1, and I contemplated a raise, but quickly realized that would put me in kind of an awkward spot. There were only 375 chips in the pot, so I didn’t want to shove my entire 2300 stack to pick them … Read more…

Former Urban Debater Spreads Debate in Liberia

I came across this pretty cool article about a student I worked with when I was an administrator for the Chicago Debate League. Chime Asonye was definitely one of the most ambitious and talented of the hundreds of debaters in that League, and even after I left Chicago and he had graduated from high school, he continued to seek me out to ask me questions about debate. I’m very excited to see that he’s been able to use his experiences to spread debate in post-war Liberia. You should click here to read the full article, but here’s an excerpt: “Asonye … Read more…

An Excellent Trip Report Well Worth the Read

A lot of you may have read this already, but for anyone who hasn’t, I encourage you to visit Adam Junglen’s blog and read his report from European Poker Tour Monte Carlo. I don’t want to ruin any of the suspense by saying more than this, but he is a great writer and poker player. The report is in three parts: Part 1Part 2Part 3

A Differently Played Big Draw

In my last post, I talked about playing a big draw and the importance of being the one who puts in the last bet. Today I’m going to look at a hand where I played a big draw in just the opposite way, betting the flop in a situation where stack sizes were such that if my opponent chose to proceed with his hand, he was likely to check-raise all in. After presenting the hand, I’ll talk about why I played it the way I did. First, though, I want to tell you about the table conditions. We were at … Read more…

The Last Bet

Even though it’s not from a tournament, this hand that I played last night illustrates a key concept from my recent article, “The Last Bet“, which appears in the April issue of 2+2 Magazine. In this hand, I flop two overcards and a flush draw against a somewhat short-stacked opponent on a very dry board. Here’s the hand, and then I’ll discuss why I played it the way I did: Full Tilt Poker No-Limit Hold’em, $4 BB (6 handed) Hand History converter Courtesy of PokerZion.com UTG ($167.40)MP ($706)Hero ($739.90)Button ($257.50)SB ($430.20)BB ($642.60) Preflop: Hero is CO with Jh, Kh. 2 … Read more…

Another Article in 2+2 Magazine

I’ve got another article in this month’s 2+2 internet magazine, entitled The Last Bet. Please take a look at it and let me know what you think either by leaving a comment here or by posting in my thread in the 2+2 Magazine Forum. In case you missed it, here’s my March article: Attacking and Defending Dead Money in Tournament Poker. The editor has indicated that he would like me to keep contributing regularly, so I’m starting to think about my next article. Ideas I’m currently considering: -Tournament Selection. This would be a discussion of the factors that go into … Read more…

Gavin Griffin Final Tables EPT Monte Carlo!!!

European Poker Tour Monte Carlo, with a 10,000 euro buy-in, boasts the largest prize pool ever in a tournament outside of the USA. Gavin Griffin used to post on the 2+2 forums years ago but largely stopped posting by the time I was a regular there. He’s gone on to have some big successes on the live poker scene, including a win in a $3000 PL Hold ‘Em event at the 2004 World Series of Poker. He comes to the Monte Carlo final table with 2.5 million chips, while none of his opponents have more than 2 million. I’ve never … Read more…