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...

The Summer Poker Venues Compared

The Summer Poker Venues Compared

I've been here a couple weeks, covered a lot of ground and will share some thoughts. More than any summer I can remember there are so many tournament poker options this year. The venues are not all created equal though. Ballys/Paris: A lot of people are saying its 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...

Where to Play Poker in the Seattle Area

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

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

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...