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Weekly poker podcast featuring interviews with both famous and behind-the-scenes figures from the poker world, as well as a poker strategy segment.

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Weekly poker podcast featuring interviews with both famous and behind-the-scenes figures from the poker world, as well as a poker strategy segment.

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The hidden side of poker

By Birds look nice to me - Nov 20 2019
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Not your usual poker show, always thoughtful and thought provoking

Must listen poker podcast

By Short stack Ninja - Oct 25 2019
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Intelligent, thoughtful interviews and in-depth, theory-based strategy segments in every episode.

iTunes Ratings

238 Ratings
Average Ratings
213
13
5
4
3

The hidden side of poker

By Birds look nice to me - Nov 20 2019
Read more
Not your usual poker show, always thoughtful and thought provoking

Must listen poker podcast

By Short stack Ninja - Oct 25 2019
Read more
Intelligent, thoughtful interviews and in-depth, theory-based strategy segments in every episode.
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Thinking Poker

Latest release on Feb 24, 2020

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Weekly poker podcast featuring interviews with both famous and behind-the-scenes figures from the poker world, as well as a poker strategy segment.

Rank #1: Episode 312: Range Construction

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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 $3.20.

Strategy #2

1500/3000/3000, Hero is SB with 175K. Villain covers and opens to 7K UTG2, Hero calls Qh Jh, BB calls.

Flop (24K) 3h Th 5c. Checks to UTG2, she bets 10K, Hero raises to 33K, BB folds, UTG2 calls.

Turn (90K) 2h. Hero bets 42.5K, Villain calls.

River (175K) 7h. Hero checks, Villain shoves for a bit over 90K.

Nov 18 2019

54mins

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Rank #2: Episode 264: Ivey Bluffs It Off

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Nate, in a special solo episode, dissects Phil Ivey’s bustout hand from the 2018 WSOP Main Event.

Jul 31 2018

59mins

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Rank #3: Episode 255: Bet That Set!

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Nate and Andrew talk strategy for BB Ante tournaments, play a round of “Underrated or Overrated”, and discuss two hands where players flop sets and end up facing tough decisions later.

Timestamps

0:30 – hello
8:08 – strategy

Strategy Hand 1

Effective stack: 22K

Blinds: 300/600, 100 ante

I was under the gun with pocket tens and raised to 1500. I was called by a guy who looked to be in his mid twenties, an middle aged guy on the button, and an older gentleman directly to my right in the big blind.

Pre-flop Pot: 7300

Flop comes Kd/8h/10h. The bb checks to me and I bet 2500. The two callers fold and the bb calls.

Flop Pot: 12,300

The turn was a 2 of clubs. BB checks, I bet 4500. He calls.

Turn Pot: 21,300

The river was a 9 of diamonds. He thought for about 20 seconds and then bet 5K.

Strategy Hand 2

$2/$5 NL. I open raise in mp to $20 with JdJh. One caller on button.

Flop JcQh2s

I bet $35, he calls.

$111 in pot, turn comes 9c. I bet $65, he raises to $200 total, I call.

$511 in the pot, river is a 5d.

I check. He bets $200.

Apr 30 2018

1hr 26mins

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Rank #4: Episode 300: David Sklansky

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Legendary poker author David Sklansky is our guest for Episode 300. We discuss his long career in gambling and writing about gambling, his new book The Theory of Poker Applied to No-Limit, and more. Plus real-time strategy from the WSOP and poker stories from you the listeners. It’s all part of the nearly-three-hour Episode 300 Extravaganza!

Man of the People is the article referenced in the story about Scotty Nguyen.

Timestamps

0:30 Hello, Welcome, Thanks
36:20 Strategy
52:32 E-Mailed Stories
60:37 Breyer’s Story
62:12 Eric’s Story
64:59 Carlos’s Story
77:42 David Sklansky

DAVID SKLANSKY

David Sklansky is the author of 16 books about poker, gambling, and strategy. He has 3 WSOP bracelets and has consulted with several casino companies.

Jun 24 2019

2hr 47mins

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Rank #5: Episode 261: Andrew Runs Deep

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Nate and Andrew discuss key hands from Andrew’s 13th place finish in the $2500 no-limit hold ’em WSOP event.

Timestamps

0:30 hello
10:56 strat

Strategy Hand 1

On the bubble, CO (16K) opens to 5k. Hero calls T9dd in the BB.
Flop (13K) AQJd. Hero checks, Villain bets 5k, Hero calls.
Turn (23K) 6. Both check.
River (23) 3. Hero shoves for 6K, Villain folds.

Strategy Hand 2

Blinds 5K/10K/1K. SB (500K) open limps, Hero (1.2M) raises to 30K with AdQh, SB calls
Flop (68K) 542cc. SB checks, Hero bets 20K, Villain raises to 75K, Hero calls.
Turn Qs. SB bets 135K, Hero shoves 270K more, SB calls A3.

Jul 02 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #6: Episode 246: Guess We’re Talking Strategy

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It’s one strategy segment… followed by another strategy segment, after an interview needs to be rescheduled. Nate and Andrew discuss playing from the Small Blind and playing tricky hands like top pair with a bad kicker.

Timestamps

0:30 hello
9:35 strat
51:43 extra strat

Strategy

Hand 1 – 3/5 NL

Couple of limps, CO raises to $25, BN calls, Hero calls Ah 6h in the SB, one MP limper calls.

Ac 2h Ks. Checks to CO who bets $55, BN folds, Hero calls, MP calls.

8h ($280 in pot). Checks to CO, CO bets $125, Hero calls, MP calls.

8d ($655 in pot). Checks to CO who bets $285. Hero?

Hand 2 – Tournament, effective stacks 35bb

CO opens 2.5bb, Hero calls 9d 8d in the SB.

9s 5h 4d (8.5b in pot). Checks to CO, who bets 9bb. Hero calls.

5s (26.5bb in pot). Both check.

Js (26.5bb in pot). Check, CO shoves, Hero?

Feb 12 2018

1hr 28mins

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Rank #7: Episode 242: Your Strategy Questions Answered!

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Nate and Andrew enjoy some “alone time” and answer listeners’ strategy questions (and a programming question) from the mailbag. Here’s the online MIT Computer Science Course that Nate recommended.

Strategy

Hand 1

100 BB effective stacks 

Dealt to Hero: Ks Ts

UTG folds, Hero (MP) raises to 3BB, Villain (CO) calls, BTN folds, SB folds, BB folds.

Flop: Qh 6s 4s (7.5BB)

Hero bets 5BB, Villain calls.

Turn: Td (17.5BB)

Hero checks, Villain bets 13BB, Hero calls.

River: Qs (43.5 BB)

Hero… checks?, Villain bets 27BB, Hero…? 

Hand 2

I have JdJc UTG+1. 

Folds to me and I raise to 15.Folds to main villain in CO who flats, SB folds, BB flats.

Flop ($50) 9c 7d 4s: SB checks, I bet $35, CO thinks not too long before calling, SB calls $35.

Turn ($155) 8h: BB checks, I check, CO seems like he’s about to check then grabs a stack of reds, counts $85 and pushes it forward. BB folds. I call.

River ($325) 3d: I check, CO bets $175.

Jan 09 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #8: Episode 277: Mixing It Up

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Nate and Andrew put out an hour of pure strategy, brought to you by our friends at Tournament Poker Edge. Topics include limp-raising, thin value three-betting, donk betting, overbetting, and mixing up your play (or not).

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Timestamps

0:30 – Hello & welcome!
12:43 – Strategy

Strategy

It’s a 2c/5c NLHE zoom poker game, 6 handed, on Bovada. I have $10.50 in my stack and villain has me covered, so we are at 210 blinds effective.

I am first to act with black QQ. I elect to limp and immediately get raised to 20c by UTG +1. It folds back around to me. I call.

We go to the flop with 47 cents in the pot. Qd Jc 9d. I check, and villain checks back.

Turn is an offsuit Jack, I check Villain bet 33c into 47c, and I raise pot, making it $1.46 to go. He calls.

We go to the river with $3.39 in the pot and about $8.80 in effective stacks. River is the 5 of hearts. I elect to overbet about 1.5x pot, $5.18.

Dec 03 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #9: Episode 278: A Game Theory Primer

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Andrew explains fundamental game theory concepts in terms that even a beginner can understand and addresses some common myths and misunderstandings.

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Dec 10 2018

50mins

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Rank #10: Episode 254: Berk Brown

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Berk Brown has spent decades in the world of poker and seen it from the perspective of a floorperson, a dealer, and a professional player. He’s full of great anecdotes and insights about staking, longevity (of games, rooms, and professional careers), game integrity, and more.

You can follow Berk on Twitter @BerkBrown, and you can listen to our interview with Andrew Moreno for more details on the coaching/staking arrangement Berk mentions.

Timestamps

0:30 Hello & Welcome
13:53 Strategy
43:44 Berk Brown

Strategy

$.50/$1 NLHE 6-Max

Hero opens to $3 UTG, Villain 1 calls UTG1, Villain 2 calls on Button.

Flop ($10.50) 7h 5h 4s. Hero bets $5, both call.

Turn ($25.50) 8h. Hero checks. Villain 1 bets $1, Villain 2 raises to $15, Hero calls, Villain 1 folds.

River ($56.50) Qs. Hero checks, Villain 2 bets $30.75, Hero?

Apr 16 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #11: Episode 230: Christian Soto Live!

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Christian Soto and Andrew meet in-person in Baltimore, hours after playing together in the World Poker Tour main event at Maryland Live!, to commiserate and talk about some key hands. This interview was tremendous fun to record and hopefully will be tremendous fun to listen to as well.

To learn more from Christian you can follow @ChristianSoto08 on Twitter and sign up for his I’ll Name This Strategy Later II seminar.

Oct 10 2017

1hr 38mins

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Rank #12: Episode 266: Andy Bloch

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Andy Bloch is a long-time professional poker player and computer programmer who was one of the pioneers at the intersection of these fields. He was also a member of the MIT Blackjack team that was the subject of Bringing Down the House and Twenty-One and an owner of Full Tilt Poker. His current project is ESC Games.

Bloch discussed Full Tilt Poker and Black Friday at length with Diamond Flush Poker. We discussed the subject, and The Lederer Files, with Matt Parvis on Episode 7.

Timestamps

0:30 – Hello & Welcome
11:48 – Strategy
34:40 – Andy Bloch

Aug 27 2018

1hr 43mins

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Rank #13: Episode 296: Top Pair, Multi-Way

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Nate and Andrew discuss the new premium podcasts, Andrew’s forthcoming book, and a tricky hand where the Hero makes top pair, top kicker in a four-way pot.

Timestamps

0:30 hello & welcome
14:17 strategy

Strategy

5/5 NLHE, $1500 effective

Hero raises $25 5 off the button with AdKc, villain calls 2 off the button, BTN and blinds call

Flop (120)  As6d5h. Check to us, we bet 70, villain calls as do both blinds. 

Turn (400) 2c. Check to us, we bet 150, only Villain calls.

River (700) Ks. We bet 250, villain raises to 850.

May 14 2019

55mins

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Rank #14: Episode 228: Jose Pachon

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Jose Pachon is a professional poker player based out of Providence, Rhode Island, but his story begins in the 1970s in Pablo Escobar’s Colombia. We discuss his childhood in the turbulent country, how he came to America, and how he ended up playing poker professionally.

Plus, Nate makes a return to the show! And a strategy discussion about flopping a straight on a monotone board!

Timestamps

0:30 – Hello and Welcome
3:50 – Strategy
16:31 – Jose Pachon
24:49 – Nate’s back!

Strategy

UTG + 1, MP, CO, button, and SB limp. Hero checks 5h 4d in the BB.

The flop comes 367ddd. SB checks, Hero bets $20, UTG + 1, CO, and SB all call.

The turn comes the 7s. SB bets $25. Hero raises to $60, UTG + 1 raises to $250. Action gets folded back around to SB who calls instantly. Hero?

Sep 19 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #15: Episode 260: WSOP Live 2018

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Nate got barely 72 hours in Las Vegas this summer, but he was kind enough to spend a few of them recording with Andrew and Carlos in his Gold Coast hotel room. The three talk about their summer plans, the dealer’s choice event, and all of the delightful weirdos in Las Vegas.

Timestamps

0:30 – Hello & Welcome
34:50 – Strategy

Jun 18 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #16: Episode 311: The Nuts

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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 check. (Pot: 540) Hero has 5,430 in chips, the main V is UTG with the effective stack of 3,995.

Flop: 2c8cJs

I check. UTG bets 120 into 540 the HJ calls, I call. (Pot: 900)

Turn: 4c

I check again. UTG bets 450, HJ folds, I call.

River: 6c

I check, V bets 900.

Strategy Hand #2

1/2/3 NL Holdem ($2/$3 blinds, $1 on the button). I’m effective $440 with the villain who is in EP. I’m in the BB.

Villain limps in EP, MP raises to $10, one caller, I call from the BB with KdJc, Villain calls

$40 pot after rake. Flop is 7s9d5h.

I check to the original raiser, and it checks through.

Turn is the Ts, board is 7s9d5hTs

I bet $30. Villain raises to $60, it folds back to me, I call.

$160 in the pot. River is the 5d, final board is 7s9d5hTs5d.

I check to the villain, who bets $75, for $235 in the pot in total. Villain has $305 more behind.

Nov 04 2019

42mins

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Rank #17: Episode 302: The Main Event

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Andrew and Nate discuss Andrew’s 125th place finish in the WSOP Main Event.

Timestamps

0:30 – hello and welcome

5:36 – bustout hand
71:32 – pocket fours

Strategy

Hand 1

30K/60K HJ (9M) opens to 120K, Hero (5.5M) calls from BB.

Flop (330K) Kh Jh Td. Hero checks, HJ bets 105K, Hero calls.

Turn (540K) 4c. Hero checks, HJ bets 560K, Hero calls.

River (1.64M) 5d. Hero checks, HJ bets 2.03M, Hero calls.

Hand 2

8K/16K Hero (2M) opens to 32K with 44h UTG, CO (1.3M), BN (1M), and BB (600K) call.

Flop (152K) Qh 6s 3h. BB checks, Hero bets 55K, BN raises to 125K, Hero calls.

Turn (402K) Th. Both check.

River (402K) Js. Hero bets 300K.

Jul 15 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #18: Episode 240: Jordan Young

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Jordan Young has been a professional poker player for well over a decade, but only somewhat recently has he hit a stride that seems attainable. We talk about bankroll management, painkiller addiction, the Solve for Why Academy, and how to get under your opponents’ skin without ever saying a word.

Timestamps

0:30 Hello & Welcome
15:32 Strategy
41:00 Jordan Young

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Dec 25 2017

1hr 48mins

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Rank #19: Episode 286: Luke Vrabel

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Luke Vrabel (@SlayAbides) began his career as bdbeatslayer, one of the top “female” MTT players online, eventually winning a bundle of cash and a Lamborghini in the 5th Anniversary PokerStars Sunday Million. Since Black Friday, though, he’s had a rocky transition into live poker. We discuss the arc of his career, his feuds with poker luminaries like Daniel Negreanu, Eric Lindgren, and Cliff Josephy, and how he copes with distraction and insecurity.

Timestamps
0:30 – Hello and Strategy
27:05 – Luke Vrabel

Strategy

I’m in BB at 1/2K level (2k bb ante). Villain opens to 5200 at 1/2K. I have ~60-65K, he covers, but not by much. He is in CO. Folds to me, I raise to 15K, he calls.

Flop is A10Kr. I bet 15.2K. He calls.

Turn is J. No flush draws. I bet 17K, he goes all in.

Feb 25 2019

1hr 29mins

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Rank #20: Episode 297: Quick Strategy

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Andrew’s working furiously to finish his book, so there’s no guest this week, just a quick strategy segment where he and Nate discuss whether to slowplay top set.

Timestamps

0:30 Hello
8:07 Strategy

Strategy

$2/$5 at Turning Stone in upstate NY. We’re six-handed.

I have $950 and JJ UTG. Villain (UTG+1) has $450 and BB, who has shown trash cards after big pre-flop bets several times, has $700. I open to $10. Villain and BB each call.

Flop is rainbow 2/5/J with $32 in the pot. BB checks. I check. Villain bets $25 into $32 and BB folds. I call.

$82 in pot. Turn is a 6. The board now reads 2/5/J/6, all of different suits. I check. Villain bets $50. $132 in the pot. I check-raised to $110. He folded.

May 27 2019

37mins

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Episode 318: Nate Silver

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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 coaching options is available at www.thinkingpoker.net/coaching.

Nate Silver

Nate Silver is a former professional poker player and the Editor-in-Chief of @FiveThirtyEight and the author of The Signal and the Noise.


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Feb 24 2020

1hr 36mins

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Episode 317: Adam Levy

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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

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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 the internet. He now crushes in the live arena and puts on gaming events with Games N’ Grooves.

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Feb 17 2020

1hr 50mins

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Episode 316: Play Optimaler

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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 raises to $150 with Ac Kc in the SB, LJ calls.
($327) 4c 9d 3h. Hero checks, Villain bets $100, Hero calls.
($527) 6c. Both check.
($527) 9s. Hero bets $350.

Feb 03 2020

1hr 5mins

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Episode 315: 2020

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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 2 BB: 73.48bb ($18.37)

Hero opens 7d7c to $.60 or 2.4bb.

Villain 1 3-bets to 7.6bb ($1.9). BB calls and Hero calls. Pot 23.2bb $5.80

Flop: 7h Kh 9c
-BB check, Hero Check, Hijack check

Turn: 10h
-BB leads 11.04bb ($2.76), Hero calls, hijack calls.
Pot (56.32bb) $14.08

River Ac
-BB all in for 54.84bb ($13.71). hero?

Jan 20 2020

48mins

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Episode 89: Gareth Chantler, Istanbul Corresondent

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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 podcast many times.


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Dec 30 2019

1hr 18mins

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Episode 314: Carlos in Cherokee

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Carlos Welch joins Andrew live in Cherokee, North Carolina to discuss the WSOP-Circuit and his new ride.

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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 39.

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Dec 17 2019

1hr 25mins

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Episode 313: Tommy Lee

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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 this week!

tommy angelo

Tommy Angelo is a writer, musician, poker player, and coach. He is the author of Elements of Poker, Painless Poker, Waiting for Straighters, and more.


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Lee Jones is the former Card Room Manager of PokerStars and Cake Poker and COO of Card Runners. He is the author of Winning Low-Limit Hold ‘Em.


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Nov 28 2019

1hr 17mins

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Episode 312: Range Construction

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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 $3.20.

Strategy #2

1500/3000/3000, Hero is SB with 175K. Villain covers and opens to 7K UTG2, Hero calls Qh Jh, BB calls.

Flop (24K) 3h Th 5c. Checks to UTG2, she bets 10K, Hero raises to 33K, BB folds, UTG2 calls.

Turn (90K) 2h. Hero bets 42.5K, Villain calls.

River (175K) 7h. Hero checks, Villain shoves for a bit over 90K.

Nov 18 2019

54mins

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Episode 88 (Rebroadcast): Andrew vs Nate

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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

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Nov 11 2019

1hr 17mins

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Episode 311: The Nuts

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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 check. (Pot: 540) Hero has 5,430 in chips, the main V is UTG with the effective stack of 3,995.

Flop: 2c8cJs

I check. UTG bets 120 into 540 the HJ calls, I call. (Pot: 900)

Turn: 4c

I check again. UTG bets 450, HJ folds, I call.

River: 6c

I check, V bets 900.

Strategy Hand #2

1/2/3 NL Holdem ($2/$3 blinds, $1 on the button). I’m effective $440 with the villain who is in EP. I’m in the BB.

Villain limps in EP, MP raises to $10, one caller, I call from the BB with KdJc, Villain calls

$40 pot after rake. Flop is 7s9d5h.

I check to the original raiser, and it checks through.

Turn is the Ts, board is 7s9d5hTs

I bet $30. Villain raises to $60, it folds back to me, I call.

$160 in the pot. River is the 5d, final board is 7s9d5hTs5d.

I check to the villain, who bets $75, for $235 in the pot in total. Villain has $305 more behind.

Nov 04 2019

42mins

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Episode 310: Brian Koppelman on Cheating

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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. It’s a $1.10 rebuy and a $2,000GTD. We are roughly 6-10 players from the money at this hand.

Yatahay Network – 1200/2400 NL – Holdem – 8 players

Hand converted by Holdem Manager : http://www.holdemmanager.com

MP: 28,204 (11.8 bb)

MP+1: 12,110 (5 bb)

CO: 34,800 (14.5 bb)

BTN: 22,515 (9.4 bb)

SB: 48,296 (20.1 bb)

BB: 80,635 (33.6 bb)

Hero (UTG): 56,565 (23.6 bb)

UTG+1: 43,585 (18.2 bb)

8 players post ante of 250, SB posts 1,200, BB posts 2,400

Pre Flop: (pot: 5,600) Hero has Qd Qh

Hero raises to 5,040, 6 folds, BB calls 2,640

Flop: (13,280, 2 players) 7h 7d 2d

BB checks, Hero checks

Turn: (13,280, 2 players) 2c

BB bets 5,209, Hero calls 5,209

River: (23,698, 2 players) 9h

BB bets 11,528, Hero ??

Brian Koppelman

Brian Koppelman is the co-creator and showrunner for the Showtime series Billions as well as the co-writer of the films Solitary Man, Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen, and Jimmy Connors. He hosts the podcast The Moment and somehow also finds the time to take his poker pretty damn seriously.

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Oct 21 2019

1hr 16mins

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Episode 86: WSOP Hands with Leo Wolpert

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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.

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Oct 14 2019

1hr 22mins

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Episode 309: Scandal! Featuring Matt Glassman

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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.

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Matt Glassman is an avid card player and a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute adept at explaining politics through the lenses of game theory and card strategy.


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Oct 07 2019

1hr 18mins

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Episode 308: Jacki Burkhart

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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.

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0:30 – Hello & Welcome
4:22 – Jacki Burkhart
33:33 – Strategy

Strategy

This is a live $2,500 buy in tourney. We are in the middle levels, still a long ways from the money. I have about 160k (135bb) good for 2nd biggest stack at my table.

It folds to my CO and I have KhJd I make it 2,700 at 600/1,200/1,200 bb ante. Only the bb defends and this is also the only player at the table that covers me. He has about 150bb.

Pot contains 7,200. Flop is AcJs9s. He checks and I check back.

Turn is the 8d. Pot still contains 7,200 and he bets 2,000. I call

River is the Js. He tanks for longer than average and then leads 24,000 into the 11,200.

Jacki Burkhart

Jacki Burkhart is a mother, dental hygienist, and “serious recreational” tournament player. She is an ambassador for Cards Chat.

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Sep 30 2019

56mins

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Episode 85: Finally in Las Vegas!

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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-time friend of the show. He plays, coaches, and studies poker, lives in a van, and substitute teaches. He first appeared on Episode 39.


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Sep 23 2019

1hr 32mins

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Episode 307: Matt Vaughan

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Vlogger Matt Vaughan joins Andrew to discuss content creation, building and feeding an audience, meet-up games, and more.

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0:30 Hello & Welcome
2:07 Strategy
33:26 Matt Vaughan

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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 previous hand). Oppo calls from CO and I look at KdKc in the BB and make it 45$. Limpers fold and oppo calls.

Flop: QThh6. I bet 60, he calls.

Turn Ah. I Check. He checks back.

River 3h. I check, he bets 135.

Matt Vaughan

Matt Vaughan is a poker player, vlogger, and coach.

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Sep 17 2019

1hr 40mins

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Episode 306: Encore!

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Nate and Andrew discuss Mambo Stud, some innovative policies at the new Encore Boston Harbor casino, and two interesting strategy hands.

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0:30 Hello & Welcome/Encore/Mambo Stud
16:56 Strategy

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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 bets $10, only Hero calls.

Turn $28 5h I decide to lead here for $30. Button calls.

 River $85 4h I bet $120. Villain shoved for remaining $270.

Hand 2

I was playing £1/£1, eight-handed, live at Dusk til Dawn in Nottingham. I’m
UTG with JhTh. We are £200 deep.

I open to £3. CO, Button and BB call.

The flop is KcQs2d. I bet £8 into £13. After two folds, BB raises to £24. I call.

The turn is Kh. He bets £35 into £61. I call.

The river is Tc. He bets £50 into £131. I have about £120 behind.

Sep 10 2019

1hr

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Episode 305: Private Games with Phil Galfond

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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.

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0:30 Hello
3:03 Strategy
23:43 Phil Galfond

Strategy

I’m in EP and raise to $12 with black aces. Villain calls from the cutoff with ~$140, as do the button, with a bigger stack than mine, and the BB, with ~$100. The pot is ~$45.

Flop comes 9s-7c-5s. Checks around.

Turn is a 3c. BB checks again. I bet $25. The villain calls pretty quickly and the button thinks a bit and also calls. The BB folds. Pot is $120. I have about $210 remaining.

River is a Qs. I check. The villain shoved all in for $102 and the button folded.

Sep 05 2019

1hr 8mins

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Episode 304: Straight Flush

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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?

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0:30 – hello
16:00 – strategy

Strategy

6max 5/10 NL cash session:
Effective Stacks $1200
Folds to hero on button who opens to $25 with As3c
BB defends. Pot $55
Flop 234sss BB checks hero $20 BB calls. Pot $95
Turn Tc check check. River 5s and BB leads for $335. Hero?

Aug 21 2019

45mins

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Episode 84: Alex Fitzgerald (Re-Broadcast)

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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.

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Alex Fitzgerald is a poker player, author, and coach. He is the author of Exploitative Play in Live Poker and The Myth of Poker Talent.


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Aug 12 2019

1hr 15mins

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The hidden side of poker

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Not your usual poker show, always thoughtful and thought provoking

Must listen poker podcast

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Intelligent, thoughtful interviews and in-depth, theory-based strategy segments in every episode.