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Thinking Poker

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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Episode 312: Range Construction

Andrew goes solo to answer listener questions with an emphasis on range construction.Strategy #1$.02/$.05 NLHE $5 effectiveUTG opens $.15, SB calls, Hero calls 6h 4h from BBFlop ($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 #21500/3000/3000, 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.


18 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 300: David Sklansky

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.Timestamps0:30 Hello, Welcome, Thanks36:20 Strategy52:32 E-Mailed Stories60:37 Breyer’s Story62:12 Eric’s Story64:59 Carlos’s Story77:42 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.

2hr 47mins

24 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 302: The Main Event

Andrew and Nate discuss Andrew’s 125th place finish in the WSOP Main Event. Timestamps0:30 – hello and welcome5:36 – bustout hand71:32 – 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.

1hr 33mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 311: The Nuts

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 #1It 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: 2c8cJsI check. UTG bets 120 into 540 the HJ calls, I call. (Pot: 900)Turn: 4cI check again. UTG bets 450, HJ folds, I call.River: 6cI check, V bets 900.Strategy Hand #21/2/3 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 7s9d5hTsI 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.


4 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 296: Top Pair, Multi-Way

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.Timestamps0:30 hello & welcome14:17 strategyStrategy5/5 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.


14 May 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 297: Quick Strategy

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.Timestamps0:30 Hello8:07 StrategyStrategy$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.


27 May 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 295: Carlos Welch, Single Table Satellites, and More

CARLOs WELCHCarlos 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. Twitter Link Carlos and Andrew have a new set of highly-entertaining premium podcasts addressing strategy for single-table satellites. They discuss their summer plans and some interesting tournament hands.Timestamps0:30 hello22:10 strategy

1hr 6mins

7 May 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 314: Carlos in Cherokee

Carlos Welch joins Andrew live in Cherokee, North Carolina to discuss the WSOP-Circuit and his new ride.Timestamps0:30 Carlos Welch52:03 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. Twitter Link

1hr 25mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 294: Steven van Zadelhoff

Steven van ZadelhoffSteven van Zadelhoff is a Dutch poker player residing in Malta. Among his many accolades is a victory in the Main Event of the 2017 World Championship of Online Poker. Twitter Long-time poker pro Steven van Zadelhoff discusses the ups and downs of his career, how he copes with self-doubt, how he defines success, and his Viking mentality.Timestamps0:30 – Hello and Welcome13:16 – Strategy45:01 – InterviewLinksPremium podcasts with Carlos Welch coming this week! If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my newsletter now to ensure you get your discount code good for 20% off.StrategyUTG limps, Hero (~500) raises UTG+1 with KQhh to $12, V UTG+2 (290) Calls 12,  UTG+1 (~300) calls 12.(~36) Flop AKQ one heartUTG Check, Hero Bet $20, V Call 20, UTG fold(~74)Turn AKQ9 (not hearts)Hero bet 35, V call 35.(144) River AKQ99Hero check, V bet 75, Hero call

1hr 48mins

29 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 310: Brian Koppelman on Cheating

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.Timestamps0:30 – Brian Koppelman37:16 – StrategyStrategyThis 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 playersHand converted by Holdem Manager : http://www.holdemmanager.comMP: 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 2,400Pre Flop: (pot: 5,600) Hero has Qd QhHero raises to 5,040, 6 folds, BB calls 2,640 Flop: (13,280, 2 players) 7h 7d 2dBB checks, Hero checks Turn: (13,280, 2 players) 2cBB bets 5,209, Hero calls 5,209 River: (23,698, 2 players) 9hBB 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. Twitter Link

1hr 16mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 318: Nate Silver

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. Twitter Link

1hr 36mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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Episode 304: Straight Flush

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?Timestamps0:30 – hello16:00 – strategy Strategy6max 5/10 NL cash session:Effective Stacks $1200Folds to hero on button who opens to $25 with As3cBB defends. Pot $55Flop 234sss BB checks hero $20 BB calls. Pot $95Turn Tc check check. River 5s and BB leads for $335. Hero?


21 Aug 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 293: Thomas Pinnock

Thomas PinnockThomas Pinnock is a poker player and coach, a contributor to Upswing Poker, and a medical student at the University of Western Australia. He is the founder of Zenith Poker. Link Thomas Pinnock is a master of balance. Not only does he write about game theory for Upswing Poker and contribute strategy content to the Zenith Poker community, but he balances all of that with studying medicine! He and Andrew get deep into it, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of various software tools and common misunderstandings about and misuses of game theory.

1hr 8mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 88 (Rebroadcast): Andrew vs Nate

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 LeahThe Nitcast Store

1hr 17mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 301: Matt Matros

Matt Matros is a professional poker player and writer whose works include both fiction and poker books. He and Andrew discuss poker, writing, and writing about poker. In the strategy segment, Andrew discusses floating a flop check-raise deep in a WSOP event.Timestamps0:30 Hello5:00 Strategy29:15 Matt Matros MATT MATROS Matt Matros has three WSOP bracelets and an MFA in creative writing. He is the author of The Making of a Poker Player and The Game Plan: How Casual Players Become Threats in No-Limit Hold ‘Em Tournaments. Twitter Link

1hr 31mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 305: Private Games with Phil Galfond

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.Timestamps0:30 Hello3:03 Strategy23:43 Phil GalfondStrategyI’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.

1hr 8mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 319: Condensed Ranges

Andrew and Nate field listener questions, inspired by Play Optimal Poker, about playing condensed ranges. Sign up for LearnProPokerFREE Intro CourseRange Trainer ProStrategyHand 1:$22k stack at 600/1200/120 (9 handed).K9o in the small blind, folds to me and I call. Big blind checks.Flop is K4Qhsh (I have no heart). I check and villain bets min, 1200, and I call.Pot is 5,880 and the turn is a 9 of clubs. I check to him, and he bets 2340 (40%) and I call.River comes 10 of diamonds. Board is now K4Q9T rainbow. I bet 55% pot and he folded.Hand 2Ignition – $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) – Holdem – 6 playersHero (BB): $23.76 (95 bb)UTG: $29.93 (119.7 bb)MP: $33.47 (133.9 bb)CO: $25.42 (101.7 bb)BTN: $12.60 (50.4 bb)SB: $55.22 (220.9 bb)SB posts $0.10, Hero posts BB $0.25Pre Flop: (pot: $0.35) Hero has 9c Jc in BB. UTG raises to $0.75, 4 folds, Hero calls $0.50Flop: ($1.60, 2 players) Ad 8s 7sHero checks, UTG bets $0.51, Hero calls $0.51Turn: ($2.62, 2 players) 8dHero bets $2.00, UTG calls $2.00River: ($6.62, 2 players) 7cHero bets $9.50, foldResults: $6.62 pot ($0.33 rake)Final Board: Ad 8s 7s 8d 7c


17 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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Episode 316: Play Optimaler

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 stacksUTG 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.

1hr 5mins

3 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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Episode 86: WSOP Hands with Leo Wolpert

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.Check out our Weekend Warrior podcasts!

1hr 22mins

14 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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Episode 309: Scandal! Featuring Matt Glassman

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. Matt Glassman 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. Twitter Link

1hr 18mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #20