You Belong at the WSOP

You Belong at the WSOP

  The 55th 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 Summer Poker Venues Compared

The Summer Poker Venues Compared

Horseshoe/Paris (WSOP): A lot of people are saying its a big upgrade over the Rio and they are probably right. Logistics have been reasonably smooth. Parking (you need platinum or better to park free) works pretty well but if you are trying to get out of the garage...

Game of Gold Episode 3

Game of Gold Episode 3

A couple of the hands I found most interesting in this episode were hands played by Maria Ho. If you do nothing else watch the AK vs AA hand here That hand is something else but before we break that down we'll talk about a Negreanu hand and another one of Maria's...

Game of Gold Episodes 1 & 2

Game of Gold Episodes 1 & 2

If you haven't had a chance yet you might like to check out some episodes from the new poker show Game of Gold. In my newsletter this week I talk about some of the reasons I think the show has been successful but here I want to take a deeper look at some of the...

Three Poker Books to Cram for the Summer

Three Poker Books to Cram for the Summer

Sometimes its hard to find the time or the will to study poker, playing is more fun. But as the WSOP approaches I always feel a sudden urgency to prepare. There's lots of ways to study and reading books is far from the only way. But if I was to grab three books to...

Card Talk on Milestone Satellites

Card Talk on Milestone Satellites

Testing out a new format with you guys. I want to be able to share more thoughts and ideas with you in a more personal way through video but in order to be able to do so at a frequency that is useful to you guys it kind of necessitates it being more quick and dirty...

Poker justice and Goha the “wise fool”

Poker justice and Goha the “wise fool”

Your current psychological state in poker is often influenced by your recent run of fortune or misfortune. Everyone knows about the normal version of tilt but sometimes being notably fortunate can negatively impact how you are playing. I experience this most in...

Combating Ghosting

Combating Ghosting

You may have noticed in the last couple years a dramatic increase in WSOP bracelets being given out for online events. These existed prepandemic but the last couple years have seen an explosion of them. Not just the collaboration with GGPoker to bring online bracelet...

Marginal spots at the WPT Prime event at the Wynn

Marginal spots at the WPT Prime event at the Wynn

Sometimes I like to share hands with you guys where I'm not sure I made the right play, hands I'm conflicted about. Often these hands resurface in my mind days, weeks or even months after playing them. Here are two from day 2 of the WPT Prime event. I enter day 2 on a...

We Can’t Stop Talking About Phil Hellmuth

We Can’t Stop Talking About Phil Hellmuth

I'm no exception, I can't stop talking about Phil Hellmuth. That, in a nutshell, is his superpower. I'll tell you the thing that infuriates me about Phil Hellmuth. It's not the whole poker brat shtick, though I am particular about good behavior at the table. The thing...

Reflections on the 2021 WSOP schedule

Reflections on the 2021 WSOP schedule

As you probably are aware the full schedule is now available. If you recall I had sent out a link to Kenny Hallaert's spreadsheet, you can find it here and he has already filled in all the WSOP details. As I explained before this is a live document and he updates it...

Poker in the Time of Cholera

Poker in the Time of Cholera

    Imagine you were part of a management team charged with planning for live poker in the coming year. Imagine your range of possibilities is on a scale of "shut it down till a vaccine" to "lets go ahead with the super seniors event". What would you do?...

Elasticity in Poker

Elasticity in Poker

My dad was an economics professor and I have the happy memory of taking a microeconomics class with him probably about thirty years ago. He taught me classic micro concepts like supply and demand, and diminishing marginal utility. But I also remember a concept called...

How to Win a WSOP Bracelet (a book review)

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...