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On episode #43 of the CardsChat podcast, we have the pleasure of welcoming Greg Raymer. Greg is of course best known for winning the 2004 WSOP Main Event for $5M, but has since proven to be one of the most consistently successful players on the tournament circuit, with almost $3M in winnings since. He is one of the most successful players in the history of the Heartland Poker Tour, where in 2012 he won FOUR main events in the span of less than 5 months! He is also a successful cash game player, a proficient mixed game player, a published poker strategy author, and an overall great ambassador for the game of poker. On this show, we get to know the ‘Fossilman’ a little better.
First Flag - Greg Raymer - Episode 25 - GPITHM Podcast Network
GPI/THM Poker Podcast Network
Anthony continues the World Series of Poker Main Event Champion streak by sitting down with 2004 winner Greg Raymer. The Fossilman talks about his poker start on the California coast, his unprecedented 5 Heartland Poker Tour wins and where he'd like to collect his next flag.
The question of what makes for a successful casino poker room has been on my mind because it has to be: I’ve been running the unusual Sahara deep-stack game and trying to reseed low stakes PLO as well. Hence this series of podcasts dedicated to questions about the industry including Steven Pique, Mason Malmuth, and Fernando Ortiz, each of whom represent a different but critical role in live poker. So, it’s a no-brainer to extend the conversation with Greg Raymer. The WSOP champ can’t help but have a wide and rich experience to draw from; even better, it turns out Greg is a game creator and host himself. Over the course of the interview, I use some of Mason’s ideas to get at what matters in growing and sustaining live poker. In fact, the question of “luck and skill” that Mason Malmuth and David Sklansky think is at the heart of the game’s success has been specifically on my mind. As a general prescription, it’s hard to argue with or even dispute, but I think there are some wrinkles. After running a private game for years, and now games in the casino, I don’t think we entirely understand the poker economy nor do we give enough respect to the choices of the so-called “recreational players” who essentially fund poker. As I wrote in my update at Red Chip Poker: The game has not cannibalized the 1/2 games at Sahara, which are on the rise, in spite of Mason and others’ concerns. In fact, what I have seen is players seem to behave like more or less rational actors, and include or exclude themselves without much confusion or regret. When it is the case that a noticeably weaker player comes in and gets stacked more than once, he/she tends not to return and potentially risk more. Games and stake levels, it seems, sort themselves out perhaps even more nicely than we might expect, despite fear over “recs” busting and leaving poker. Thanks again to Mr. Raymer for coming on, and to Marc Reeves for helping make arrangements. To be specific, David Sklansky and I feel that the proper balance of luck and skill will allow a strong player to win two out of three four-hour sessions, and the moderately weak player to win one out of three four-hour sessions. So, that’s a rough guideline when this book talks about a proper balance of luck and skill. And for a poker room to be successful, this idea of a proper balance of luck and skill can’t be stressed enough. But there’s another important point that statistical theory tells us. It’s the fact that over time the short-term luck factor will dissipate and the expectation (win rate for the experts and loss rate for the recreational players) will dominate, and this is exactly the way it’s supposed to be. But when saying “supposed to be,” I’m also referring to those games in which the expectation of the experts and the luck factor is in sort of a balance. That is, to say it again, the experts will be sure of doing well after a reasonable amount of playing time, and the recreational players will have their winning sessions to remember. And when this is the case, you can expect the games to thrive in a well-run poker room. Furthermore, games like this are the type of games that the poker room management should strive for. It’s also the type of games that the experts should want to play in to maximize their long-term success, even if it means even if it means that their expected win in their current session might be lower. -from Cardrooms The post Poker Zoo 64: Greg Raymer on the Cardrooms appeared first on Out of Position.
#97 Greg Raymer: 2004 WSOP Main Event Champ and Author of “Winning Tournament Strategies”
Chasing Poker Greatness
Today’s guest on the Chasing Poker Greatness podcast is the winner of the 2004 WSOP Main Event and Author of “Winning Tournament Strategies” Greg “Fossilman” Raymer.Before I dive too deep into the intro, big thanks for D&B Poker publishing for putting this interview together (As well as the current & future CPG episodes with Amanda Botfeld, Ashley Adams, and Tricia Cardner).In the world of poker, “Fossilman” is a living legend. I remember the exact moment in time I was watching the 2004 WSOP Main Event with my old roommates. The Moneymaker boom had just begun and the WSOP was primetime must-see-TV on ESPN.That was the year David Williams burst onto the scene, Josh Arieh became a household name if your household loves poker, and “Action” Dan Harrington went to back-to-back Main Event final tables.It was a great year for poker.Something that may be a little underappreciated today is Greg’s 2005 ME run one year later where he nearly defended his title but ultimately finished in 25th place.I hope you’re ready and chomping at the bit to take a trip back to the golden age of poker.In today’s episode, you’ll learn:Why Greg thinks limit poker is underappreciated and wishes more limit games were spread.Greg’s hilarious poker origin story after first learning how to count cards playing Blackjack.Why Greg believes theory ought to be learned before tactics.And much, MUCH more!So without any further ado, I bring to you the patent attorney turned poker legend Greg “Fossilman” Raymer.New CPG Cash Game Courses!Preflop Bootcamp: https://bit.ly/Preflop-BootcampFish in a Barrel: http://bit.ly/fish-in-a-barrelNeutralize Flop Leads: https://bit.ly/2OkN8Yt
Ep 42 - Unhealthy Weekends, The Legend Of Greg Raymer's Fossil, The King of Kong, Zillion Beers Update, Do You Need A Good Memory To Be Good At Poker?
Jake recaps his trip to Mexico City (0:00-5:40) and Nate recaps his unhealthy weekend (5:40-10:30). Then we talk some poker; Galen Hall and Cakes' deep runs in the Potomac Main Event (10:30-16:40), getting a shoutout on PokerGo during a live broadcast (16:40-18:40), Zillion Beers update (18:40-22:30), if you need a good memory to be good at poker (22:30-28:00), Jake drops a BOMBSHELL about Greg Raymer (28:00-33:20), Jake's bad beat of the week (33:20-36:10), and we wrap up the show (36:10-end). Enjoy!
PokerNews Podcast: Five-Time HPT Champ Greg Raymer & Another Win for JC Tran
Chad Holloway joins Jeff Platt as co-host for the latest episode of the PokerNews Podcast. This week they welcome guest Greg Raymer, who is fresh off winning his record fifth Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) title. Jeff & Chad also discuss the latest Aussie Millions news, talk Doug Polk's perceived snub in the Global Poker Awards, and break down the World Series of Poker Circuit Thunder Valley stop, which includes winner interviews with Jaime Haletky and JC Tran. This week's sponsors: Run It Once and Oddschecker US!