How to Win a WSOP Bracelet (a book review)

    That grandiose title is going to need some quick clarifications for an understandably skeptical reader. First and foremost, this blog post is a book review of poker pro Dylan Linde’s new book, 'Mastering Mixed Games: Winning Strategies for Draw, Stud and...

Forced Changes That Helped My Poker Game

    Maybe you once experienced a big change in your life that had you stressed out but turned out just fine in the end? Maybe it turned out even better than before. Perhaps a job or career change, or perhaps you had to move to a different school, town,...

Where to Play Poker in the Seattle Area

  The Seattle area has seen a lot of changes in the poker scene in the last year or so. The trend has been the increased dominance of the smaller, non-tribal rooms at the expense of the tribal poker rooms. A few factors have conspired to make it this way. The...

GTO Like a Six Year Old

  Not to brag but I crush my wife at rock paper scissors. Somehow I pick up on her patterns and can employ an exploitative strategy that is +EV. So when my six year old wanted to play I imagined I would have similar success. I mean he's six, wtf does he know? To...

Poker Satellite Strategy

  Dara O'Kearney's strategy book devoted to poker satellites is a great bang for the buck. The kindle version is only $9.99. If you are someone who plays satellites, particularly the larger super satellites to bigger events like the WSOP it is not unreasonable to...

You Belong at the WSOP

  The 50th World Series of Poker is around the corner so it's time to start planning. I know some of you are regular attendees but some of you may think it's not for you. You are wrong. If you love poker then you should go, it's as simple as that. I think the...

The Last Poker Generation

  Live it up, we might be the last poker generation. Poker in one form or another has been played for a couple centuries. Maybe you assume it will last forever? There is a realistic case to be made that the game won't outlast our lifetimes. You guys know the...

Are You a Poker Pro in 2018?

  We all play poker right? So who gets to decide who is a poker pro and what that even means? In my first few years of making my living exclusively from poker I was a bit embarrassed to tell people I was a poker pro but I made a point of being open about my...

Poker in Paradise During the Boom Years

  Exactly ten years ago (the height of the poker boom) I decided to participate in the poker dream by flying to the Caribbean island of St Kitts for a series of poker tournaments. I'd won entry online, all expenses paid. Those opportunities were a dime a dozen...

“Coffee is for Closers”

That’s a famous line from the brilliant play, Glengarry Glen Ross for which David Mamet won a Pulitzer. Mamet’s great insights into human nature come across in the characters he creates and in his sharp dialogue. Apparently Mamet also played (and quite likely still...

What Can You Learn From 25 Cent Poker?

Since my last blog post was about playing in the $10k WSOP main event, I thought today we'd take a look at the other end of the spectrum. Is there anything you can learn from 25 cent poker? The answer may surprise you. Low stakes "fast fold" online poker is very...