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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.

iTunes Ratings

252 Ratings
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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

252 Ratings
Average Ratings
224
14
7
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 Oct 19, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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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Rank #9: Episode 249: Dick Carson, Part 2

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This is a continuation of our massive interview with Dick Carson (Part 1 here). In this episode, you’ll hear stories about the Binions, Bobby Baldwin, Chip Reese, Anthony Spilotro, and more. Thanks to  John the Lawyer for all his help both before and during the interview! And thanks to Gordon Wilcox and the Tip Tap Room for hosting us.

Mar 12 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #10: Episode 250: Dick Carson Part 3

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This is the conclusion of our epic three-hour interview with living legend Dick Carson (Part 1, Part 2), featuring stories from his pool hustling days and memories of Frank Rosenthal.

Timestamps

0:30 Hello
4:07 Strategy
29:45 Dick pt iii

Strategy

2/5 NL. My Stack is about 770 and all players involve cover. Two limps and I raise to 25$ in HJ with Ks2s. Button 3 Bets to 70$, both limpers call, and I call.

Pot is 287 -rake Flop Comes: AcKc2h

Checks to Button who bets 125, both original callers fold, Hero raises to 300, Button calls.

Turn: Ad

Both check.

River: Qd

I check, He shoves 400.

Mar 19 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #11: Episode 295: Carlos Welch, Single Table Satellites, and More

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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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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.

Timestamps

0:30 hello
22:10 strategy

May 07 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #12: Episode 252: Josh Nixon

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Josh Nixon was a student in the Boston Debate League when Andrew was the director. In the years since then, he’s been a serious Magic: The Gathering player is now taking an interest in poker. In this interview, he talks about the difficulty of being a smart kid in a not-particularly-challenging school, how debate and his debate coach rekindled his interest in school, the “game” of debate, similarities between Magic and poker, and the relationship between luck and skill in a variety of games.

In the strategy segment, Andrew address tangling with the chipleader and making thin value bets at the final table (or rather, about not doing those things).

Timestamps

0:30 – Hello & Welcome
6:12 – Strategy
25:34 – Josh Nixon

Strategy

Six players remain at a final table. Payouts are:
$4000
$2700
$2000
$1460
$1020
$900

Stacks:
LJ 360K
HJ 273
Hero (CO) 558K
BN 393K
SB 231K
Ian Simpson (BB) 749K

Blinds 4500/9000/1125
Hero opens 22,500 in the CO with Qs 5s.

Flop (56K in pot) Js 4c 5h
BB checks, Hero bets 22,500, BB calls.

Turn (101K in pot) 2c
Both check.

River (101K in pot) 7h
Villain checks. Hero?

Apr 02 2018

1hr 43mins

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Rank #13: 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.

Timestamps

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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Rank #14: Episode 294: Steven van Zadelhoff

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Steven van Zadelhoff

Steven 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.

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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.

Timestamps

0:30 – Hello and Welcome
13:16 – Strategy
45:01 – Interview

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Premium 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.

Strategy

UTG 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 heart
UTG Check, Hero Bet $20, V Call 20, UTG fold

(~74)Turn AKQ9 (not hearts)
Hero bet 35, V call 35.

(144) River AKQ99
Hero check, V bet 75, Hero call

Apr 29 2019

1hr 48mins

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Rank #15: Episode 259: Christian Holden

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Christian Holden is a professional musician and poker player who lives in an anarchist collective in Worcester, Massachusetts. In this in-person interview, he and Andrew discuss his music, his poker, his politics, and the staking deal he almost had with Martin Shkreli. Plus they talk about game theory and deep-stacked no-limit poker strategy! You should check out Christian’s band The Hotelier and follow him on Twitter @moldyfish.

Timestamps

0:30 Hello & Welcome
54:53 Strategy

Jun 12 2018

1hr 31mins

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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: Episode 251: Helen Ellis

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Helen Ellis is a proud housewise and poker player and the author of the novels Eating the Cheshire Cat and The Turning Book, the short fiction collection American Housewife, and the What I Do All Day Twitter account. Her poker playing was featured in this New York Times article.

Timestamps

0:30 Hello & Welcome
3:47 Strategy
21:46 Helen Ellis

Strategy

1/2 NL

Villain straddles, I raise AdQd to $16 from MP and get 2 callers, Villain raises to $40.

I look at his stack and see what looks like $60ish in red with a $100 bill. I call, other two fold.

Flop AsKc6s (pot $112)

Checks to me and I bet $70. He raises all in and I learn he has two hundred dollar bills and it’s $140 more to me…

Mar 26 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: 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?

Timestamps

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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Rank #20: Episode 293: Thomas Pinnock

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Thomas Pinnock

Thomas 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.


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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.

Apr 23 2019

1hr 8mins

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