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Marketing Manager of the World Poker Tour Matt Clark joins us to discuss the past and future of marketing poker to the masses. The book Matt recommended is Strokes of Genius. You can follow him on Twitter. You can support the podcast and receive DAILY strategy segments at www.patreon.com/thinkingpoker. Timestamps 0:30 Hello 3:45 Strategy 22:27 Matt…
 
Sean Lango, professional musician/poker player and Thinking Poker’s very own audio engineer, joins us to discuss the podcast, playing poker online, playing music online, the best music of the year, and more. In the strategy segment, we discuss studying with a solver. Sean first appeared on Episode 49, though if you count his music he’s been on the …
 
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, of course, a poker player. We talk to him about playing poker in Japan, mental health challenges, and being a high-output public intellectual. Patrick previously app…
 
Farid Jattin moved from Colombia to Miami to play baseball when he was 10 years old. Following an injury in college, he took his athlete’s mindset to poker, where he has become one of the most successful players on the high roller circuit. Timestamps 0:30 hello 21:08 interview Strategy NLHE tournament with antes. HJ, with 42bb, opened to 2.2bb. CO …
 
Card player, political scientist, and all-around great guest Matt Glassman joins for a special episode about using game theory to think about the upcoming presidential election, the Supreme Court, and more. In the strategy segment, Andrew explains why you can lose to a GTO strategy even if though you can’t beat one. 0:30 hello and welcome 5:07 stra…
 
Ashley Adams, host of the House of Cards podcast and radio show (Andrew was a guest in 2010!) and author of the new book Winning Poker in 30 Minutes a Day, returns to the show to discuss poker during Covid, finding underground games in foreign countries, and more. In the strategy segment, Andrew discusses why betting into draws is overrated. Timest…
 
Carlos Welch and Andrew have a new strategy video available in the Nitcast store, based on Carlos’s specialty: exploiting small stakes tournaments. The two discuss Carlos’s poker and romantic history, the basic principles of exploitative play, and some listener questions. Purchase Exploiting Small Stakes Tournaments: Subscribe to the Thinking Poker…
 
Peter Alson, author of the new poker novel The Only Way to Play It and coauthor of a Stu Ungar biography, joins us to discuss The Mayfair Club, poker in fiction, writing about poker for a general audience, working for a bookie, and more. Peter recommends buying from Bookshop.org. Douglas Stewart was our guest on Episode 237. Other novels mentioned …
 
Legendary poker author David Sklansky returns to the podcast to discuss his new book Geeking, Grifting, and Gambling Through Las Vegas. David first appeared on Episode 300. Timestamps 0:30 Strategy 34:18 David Sklansky Strategy I ($197) am dealt QcJd in the BB. UTG ( $165) limps, HJ ($710) limps, CO ($168) limps , button folds, SB ($72) completes a…
 
Nate and Andrew break down two hands submitted by listeners, with an emphasis on which player has the more polarized range and how that influences betting and bet sizing decisions. For more information about coaching, please visit http://www.thinkingpoker.net/coaching/. Strategy Hand 1 It’s a home game, 7 handed, $5/$5 blinds, BT vs BB. Pre: Hero r…
 
Brian Rast may not have the knack for self-promotion that some of the biggest names in the industry do, but he’s been quietly winning at the highest stakes, in a variety of formats, for years. In this interview, he talks about discovering Macau, the social dynamic of nosebleed live games, and how he balances his work and family life. Oh and that ca…
 
Irish poker pro Dara O’Kearney joins us again to discuss progressive knockout tournaments, his new book, and David Bowie. Dara previously appeared on Episode 102, Episode 131, and Episode 218. Timestamps 0:30 Hello and Welcome 5:32 Strategy 23:34 Dara O’Kearney Dara O'Kearney Dara O’Kearney is a professional poker player from Dublin, Ireland. He ho…
 
Author and poker player Jane Hitchcock joins us to discuss her journey from high society to underground poker games, her new book Bluff, the real life crime that inspired it, and some PLO8 strategy. 0:30 Hello & welcome 3:17 Jane Hitchcock Jane Hitchcock Jane Stanton Hitchcock is a New York Times bestselling author, playwright, and screenwriter, be…
 
Professional poker player and best-selling author Maria Konnikova returns to the show to discuss focus, multitasking, the progress of her career, and her new book The Biggest Bluff. Maria’s first appearance on Episode 247 is one of our all-time favorite shows! We’ll be donating all June proceeds from The Nitcast Store to Give Directly. Get yourself…
 
Mason Malmuth, owner of Two Plus Two Publishing, joins Nate and Andrew to discuss the history of Two Plus Two, his new book The History of the World From a Gambler’s Perspective, and more. In the strategy segment, Andrew discusses range construction in multiway pots. We’ll be donating all June proceeds from The Nitcast Store to Give Directly. Get y…
 
Jason Su, author of the new Poker with Presence, talks to Andrew and Nate about his background in tennis and debate, his poker career, and his new book. In the strategy segment, Andrew answers a tricky question about mixed strategies: if a solver recommends a mixed strategy but takes one action 95% of the time, does that make it “better”? We’ll be …
 
Long-time friend of the show Matt Glassman joins us for a discussion about the future of baseball, poker (he’s optimistic), Congress, and more. Subscribe to the Thinking Poker newsletter for the latest on Play Optimal Poker 2, coming May 25. Join the Play Optimal Poker Facebook group to discuss both books. Timestamps 0:30 hello & welcome 11:38 stra…
 
Ben Saxton joins Andrew to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the poker world, from WSOP delays to poker apps to Zoom-based home games. In the strategy segment, they discuss playing out of position in multiway pots. Ben previously appeared on Episode 281. The Collected Short Stories of Anton Chekhov LeVar Burton Reads podcast Affiliate …
 
Old-school gambler, pool hustler, bookie, and poker player Dick Carson returns to the podcast with more stories about the early days of poker, including an origin story for calling the clock. Dick first appeared on Episode 248. In the strategy segment, Andrew discusses listener questions about range construction. The new Weekend Warrior – Tournamen…
 
Economist and professional poker player Andrew Barber joins Nate and Andrew to discuss economic stimulus, changing minds, and betting on beliefs. He recommends Conversations With Tyler, EconTalk, and Wait But Why’s The Story of Us. In the strategy segment, Andrew explains why set mining is overrated and addresses a common misunderstanding about gam…
 
Carlos Welch joins Andrew and Nate from Bullhead City, Arizona to talk about how he’s handling social distancing, his latest score, a tournament hand, and more. The new Weekend Warrior – Tournament Strategy premium podcasts are available at www.nitcast.com. Andrew’s book Play Optimal Poker is now available in a Large Print Edition. Affiliate Links …
 
Dave Denholm, radio play-by-play announcer for the LAFC, joins Andrew and Nate to discuss poker soccer, games of the future, and the state of poker commentary. He recommends Club de Cuervos, Victory, Diego Maradona, and Caging Skies. Andrew’s book Play Optimal Poker is now available in a Large Print Edition. Affiliate Links Learn Pro Poker Range Tr…
 
Andrew and Nate field listener questions, inspired by Play Optimal Poker, about playing condensed ranges. Sign up for LearnProPoker FREE Intro Course Range Trainer Pro Strategy Hand 1: $22k stack at 600/1200/120 (9 handed). K9o in the small blind, folds to me and I call. Big blind checks. Flop is K4Qhsh (I have no heart). I check and villain bets m…
 
In this long lost episode from 2014, Tony “Bond18” Dunst joins the Thinking Poker Podcast to talk about wearing suits, interacting with fans, and treating poker like a job. Sign up for LearnProPoker FREE Intro Course TONY DUNST Tony Dunst is the host of the World Poker Tour on FoxSports. He’s also an accomplished poker player, with a WSOP bracelet …
 
Nate Silver joins us to discuss his former career as a professional poker player, why he still plays, and how poker influenced his current career as an editor and forecaster at FiveThirtyEight. In the strategy segment, Andrew offers an intuitive explanation of ICM and bubble/final table tournament play. More information on custom videos and other c…
 
Adam “Roothlus” Levy discusses the early days of online poker, his friendship with Chad Battista, MTG, e-sports, studying with solvers, making smaller circles, intuition and feel. The Art of Learning Timestamps 0:30 Hello & Welcome 17:24 Strategy 42:32 Adam Levy Adam Levy Playing as “roothlus”, Adam Levy was once of the top tournament players in th…
 
Andrew goes it alone, discussing concepts from his recent Two Plus Two Magazine article and the forthcoming sequel to Play Optimal Poker. He then discusses range construction in the context of a hand where a listener 4-bets with AK and misses the flop. Strategy $2/$5 NLHE, 7-handed, $1400 effective stacks UTG opens $20, LJ raises to $65, Hero raise…
 
Happy new year! Nate and Andrew are finally back on the mic to discuss why you never know how you’re running, when entire poker rooms go on collective tilt, and how to fold a set. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello and Welcome 13:15 – Strategy Strategy Bovada 25nl 6 max zone poker. Hero UTG/Lojack: 119.16bb ($29.79) Villain 1 Hijack: 214.84bb ($53.71) Villain…
 
On this long-lost episode from 2014, Gareth Chantler joins Nate Meyvis from Istanbul, Turkey. Contribute to the Bay Area Urban Debate League at https://www.baudl.org/. Visit the Thinking Poker store at www.nitcast.com. Gareth Chantler Gareth Chantler is a globe-trotting poker player, writer, and independent journalist who has appeared on the podcas…
 
Carlos Welch joins Andrew live in Cherokee, North Carolina to discuss the WSOP-Circuit and his new ride. Timestamps 0:30 Carlos Welch 52:03 Strategy CARLOs WELCH Carlos Welch is a “professional poker student” and long-time friend of the show. He plays, coaches, and studies poker, lives in a van, and substitute teaches. He first appeared on Episode …
 
Tommy Angelo and Lee Jones discuss their friendship and their collaboration on PokerSimple. Tommy previously appeared on Episode 2, Episode 29, and Episode 192, Episode 211, and Episode 220, and Episode 292. Lee Jones was our guest on Episode 9. The new Weekend Warrior 2 podcasts are now available at www.nitcast.com, where everything is 25% off thi…
 
Andrew goes solo to answer listener questions with an emphasis on range construction. Strategy #1 $.02/$.05 NLHE $5 effective UTG opens $.15, SB calls, Hero calls 6h 4h from BB Flop ($0.35) Qh Td 4c. Two checks, UTG bets $.13, SB folds, Hero calls. Turn ($0.61) 4s. Hero bets $0.45, Villain calls. River ($1.51) 6d. Hero bets $1.20, Villain raises to…
 
Andrew and Nate break down hands that were submitted from the audience. One is a cash game hand from an underground joint in New York, and the other comes from a tournament. Nate and Andrew also discuss a hand they played against one another at Red Rock after they both busted the World Series of Poker Main Event. Episode 87 with Mike Leah The Nitca…
 
In this all-strategy episode, Nate and Andrew discuss the importance of drawing to the nuts in PLO8 and why pot odds can be deceptive. Then Andrew talks about how to make bluffing decisions based on blockers. Strategy Hand #1 It is level 6 (60/120) of a PLO8 tournament, starting stacks are 5k. UTG, HJ and CU limp to hero in the BB with 7s5c3h2s. I …
 
Rounders co-creator Brian Koppelman, who first appeared on Episode 149, joins us with his own thoughts on the conversation about cheating in poker that began with Episode 309. In the strategy segment, Nate and Andrew debate post-flop play on the bubble. Timestamps 0:30 – Brian Koppelman 37:16 – Strategy Strategy This is an online tournament on ACR.…
 
Travel back to 2014 with the Thinking Poker archives. Nate’s left Las Vegas, but Andrew and Leo Wolpert sit down during Day 6 of the Main Event to talk about their own deep runs in the WSOP as well as some key hands from their 2014 tournaments. Leo Wolpert was one of our first guests way back on Episode 10. Check out our Weekend Warrior podcasts!…
 
Fan favorite Matt Glassman is back to discuss Mike Postle, impeachment, Twitter strategy, the shortcomings of prediction markets, and building his own poker table. Matt Glassman first appeared on episode 191. Nate’s original trip report from the 2011 WSOP is still on Two Plus Two. The Weekend Warrior premium podcasts are now available. Matt Glassma…
 
Jacki Burkhart, mother, dental hygienist, and “serious recreational” poker player, joins Andrew to discuss her life, her career, and her attempts to keep a low profile while high rolling. In the strategy segment, the two review a hand Jacki played in a $2500 no-limit event. The new Weekend Warrior premium podcasts are available from The Nitcast Sto…
 
After a cross-country drive, Andrew has finally reunited with Nate in Las Vegas for the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event! The two are joined by Carlos to talk about a few hands Nate played in a preliminary 10-game event, low-stakes tournaments in Vegas, and much, much more. Carlos Welch Carlos Welch is a “professional poker student” and long-t…
 
Vlogger Matt Vaughan joins Andrew to discuss content creation, building and feeding an audience, meet-up games, and more. Timestamps 0:30 Hello & Welcome 2:07 Strategy 33:26 Matt Vaughan Strategy 2/3$ (9 handed) We start the hand with 450ish, oppo covers us. A couple of limps from EP, and then a guy shoves his remaining 10$ (he lost an all in the p…
 
Nate and Andrew discuss Mambo Stud, some innovative policies at the new Encore Boston Harbor casino, and two interesting strategy hands. Timestamps 0:30 Hello & Welcome/Encore/Mambo Stud 16:56 Strategy Strategy Hand 1 1/2 NLHE. Hero has $750 8 handed. Main villain has $300. Hero in BB with Kd5s, four limpers, checks. $8 AsKh10s blinds check button …
 
Phil Galfond, who previously appeared on Episode 229 and Episode 288, discusses delegating, the online poker economy, and the trend towards private and semi-private casino games. Follow Phil on Twitter and check out Run It Once. Timestamps 0:30 Hello 3:03 Strategy 23:43 Phil Galfond Strategy I’m in EP and raise to $12 with black aces. Villain calls…
 
Nate and Andrew discuss the Commerce Casino, the new Encore Boston Harbor, and when to sit in the biggest game in the room. In the strategy segment, Hero rivers a straight flush, but is it strong enough to raise? Timestamps 0:30 – hello 16:00 – strategy Strategy 6max 5/10 NL cash session: Effective Stacks $1200 Folds to hero on button who opens to …
 
Alex “Assassinato” Fitzgerald joins Nate and Andrew to talk about his childhood in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, winning and losing a fortune, abusing drugs and getting clean, and his new life in Costa Rica. Alex Fitzgerald Alex Fitzgerald is a poker player, author, and coach. He is the author of Exploitative Play in Live Poker and The Myth of …
 
MATT GLASSMAN Matt Glassman is an avid card player and a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute who frequently frames political discussions in terms of game theory and card strategy. Twitter Link Matt Glassman reminisces about the early days of the Foxwoods poker room and discusses his love of the horse racing subcult…
 
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