Rank #1: Episode 303: Foxwoods Circa 2003 with Matt Glassman
Matt Glassman is an avid card player and a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute who frequently frames political discussions in terms of game theory and card strategy.
Matt Glassman reminisces about the early days of the Foxwoods poker room and discusses his love of the horse racing subculture and his recent trip to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. Plus Nate reviews the new Encore Boston Harbor.
Rank #2: Episode 229: Phil Galfond
Phil Galfond needs as little introduction as any guest we’ve ever had. He’s crushed at virtually all forms of poker at the highest stakes, he’s crushed in the poker training market, and now he’s preparing to crush in the real money poker site market. We talk to him about his rise through the ranks, the Ship It Holla Ballas, Rail Heaven, Run It Once, and his current efforts to launch a real money poker site. You can follow Phil on Twitter for more updates!
Rank #3: Episode 278: A Game Theory Primer
Andrew explains fundamental game theory concepts in terms that even a beginner can understand and addresses some common myths and misunderstandings.
Rank #4: Episode 222: Strategy From the Small Stakes
Andrew tackles the mailbox alone this week, reviewing three no-limit hands played in small stakes games.
I’m in MP with 9c9d, a stack of $5.56 and raise to 15c, it folds around to the SB with a stack of $5.96 who 3bet to 35c. It folds back to me and I make an easy call.
** Dealing Flop ** [ 7s, 5s, 6h ] Pot: 0.75c.
Villain bets [ $0.36 USD ]
hero calls [ $0.36 USD ]
** Dealing Turn ** [ 2d ] Pot: $1.47
Villain bets [ $0.70 USD ]
hero calls [ $0.70 USD ]
** Dealing River ** [ Jh ] Pot: $2.87
Villain bets [ $1 USD ]
I had 77 utg and limped. It limped around all the way to the button who just flatted.
Five players to the flop of k 7 4 rainbow. I checked checked all the way to button who bet 12. I just called 12. The cutoff also called.
The turn brings a 6 diamonds. 2 diamonds on the board.
I check. Check on cutoff and the button bets 35. I wait 30 seconds and then reraise to 100.
Cutoff hymns and haws and I put him in 75d and he calls after 1 minute or more. The button calls instantly.
River brings j diamonds. I check quickly and the c/o quickly moves all in for 210.
The button calls immediately for less – like 60.
1/2 game in Arizona. Hero has $350 effective, and is the big stack at the table. Both usual suspects limp, and hero checks his option from the BB with Ad 6s.
The flop comes all diamonds. T72. I bet $10, and one of the more laggy players three bets me to $25. The other one folds. I call.
Turn is the Jh. I check. Villain leads for $30. I call.
River comes JD, pairing the board but also giving me the nut flush. I lead for $25, Opponent clicks back pretty quickly, making it $50.
Rank #5: Episode 217: Exploiting Recreational Players with Matt Glassman
Matt Glassman and Nate Meyvis discuss spectating the World Series of Poker, executive privilege, the political consequences of impeachment, and how to exploit recreational players. Andrew makes a brief cameo to discuss his WSOP so far and how to have fun while playing ten-handed no-limit hold ’em. The book Matt recommended is A Man for All Markets.
Rank #6: 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.
0:30 Hello, Welcome, Thanks
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 is the author of 16 books about poker, gambling, and strategy. He has 3 WSOP bracelets and has consulted with several casino companies.
Rank #7: Episode 277: Mixing It Up
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).
0:30 – Hello & welcome!
12:43 – 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.
Rank #8: Episode 225: Taking the Variance out of Poker
Michael Bowling and Dustin Morrill of the University of Alberta Computer Poker Research Group return to the show to discuss the results of DeepStackAI‘s heads up matches against human players including Nate and Andrew! They also introduce AIVAT, their tool for measuring many of the ways in which luck contributed to the outcomes of the matches.
Michael Johanson and Dustin Morrill discuss Nate and Andrew’s play against DeepStackAI on Episode 210
Michael Bowling introduces DeepStack AI on Episode 208
CPRG Solves Heads Up Limit Hold ‘Em (Episode 110)
Introducing the Computer Poker Research Group on Episode 78
DeepStackAI Article in Science
Andrew and Nate battle DeepStackAI on Twitch
More DeepStackAI matches on YouTube
Timestamps0:30 – hello 5:46 – strategy 83:29 – CPRG Strategy
$1/$2 NLHE with a $4 straddle. UTG1 limps, HJ limps, Hero raises $24 with AThh on Button, Villain calls in BB, rest fold.
Flop ($56 in pot) Ac 5h 2d. Check, Hero bets $30, Villain calls.
Turn ($116 in pot) Td. Check, Hero bets $65, Villain raises to $155.
River ($426 in pot) 8h. Villain checks. Hero?
Rank #9: Episode 255: Bet That Set!
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.
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.
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.
Rank #10: Episode 213: Straight-Up Strategy
Don’t bet the under! Nate and Andrew manage to review three hand histories in barely an hour. There’s a four-barrel bluff from a NLHE tournament, a turn donk bet from a NLHE cash game, and even a spread-limit Omaha 8-or-better hand!
0:30 – Hello & Welcome
8:14 – Strategy
We’re on the bubble, with 20 players remaining and 18 to be paid. Blinds are 1500/3000, and I raise to 6000 UTG (7-handed) with Tc 8c. The only player at the table to have me covered 3-bets to 12K from HJ, and I call.
Flop (34K) Ks 9h 7h. I check, he bets 15K, I raise to 45K, he calls.
Turn (124K) 4h. I bet 45K, he calls.
River (214K) Qc.
$1/$2 NLHE, seven-handed, $300 effective stacks.
UTG+1 opens to $15. CO and BN call, Hero calls Qh 6h in the BB.
Flop ($55) Q97r. Hero checks, UTG1 bets $20, CO and BN fold, Hero calls.
Turn ($95) 6. Hero bets $35, UTG1 raises to $100, Hero shoves.
$2/$5 Spread Limit O/8 with a $100 Max Bet, 9-handed, $250 effective stacks.
Hero limps AA92 UTG, several calls, Button raises to $40. Folds to Hero…
Rank #11: Episode 246: Guess We’re Talking Strategy
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.
51:43 extra strat
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?
Rank #12: Episode 264: Ivey Bluffs It Off
Nate, in a special solo episode, dissects Phil Ivey’s bustout hand from the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
Rank #13: Episode 230: Christian Soto Live!
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.
Rank #14: Episode 254: Berk Brown
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.
0:30 Hello & Welcome
43:44 Berk Brown
$.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?
Rank #15: 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.
0:30 hello & welcome
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.
Rank #16: Episode 266: Andy Bloch
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.
0:30 – Hello & Welcome
11:48 – Strategy
34:40 – Andy Bloch
Rank #17: Episode 242: Your Strategy Questions Answered!
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.
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…?
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.
Rank #18: Episode 302: The Main Event
Andrew and Nate discuss Andrew’s 125th place finish in the WSOP Main Event.
Timestamps0:30 – hello and welcome
5:36 – bustout hand
71:32 – pocket fours
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.
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.
Rank #19: Episode 234: Carloose Welch
Carlos Welch has a new home (hotel), a new (used) van, and a new three-barreling range. We talk to him about living in Laughlin and driving across the country, and in our strategy segment, we get some insight into his “Carloose” style of play.
0:30 Carlos Welch
32:40 Carloose Welch (strategy)
8-handed NLHE tournament online, blinds 400/800/80. UTG (29K) limps, SB (5K) completes, Hero (35K) raises to 2400 with Ks Jc, UTG calls, SB folds.
Flop (6240) 7c 4s 2d. Hero bets 3120, Villain calls.
Turn (12480) 9s. Hero bets 5240, Villain calls.
River (24960) 8h. Hero shoves 17K effective, Villain folds.
Rank #20: Episode 211: Painless Poker with Tommy Angelo
Tommy Angelo returns to the podcast to discuss his new book, Painless Poker, as well as his writing process, his daily meditation practice, his new goals, and his sordid past.
In our strategy segment, we discuss why it matters how the money goes in, and what to do with a straight facing a big shove when the river pairs the board.
0:30 Hello & Welcome & Strategy
35:31 Interview: Tommy Angelo
Playing $0.25/$0.50 NLHE online. Villain has starting stack of $53.40, I have $43.69
Villain opens on the button to $1.10 (his standard open). I call in the BB with 8s8d
Pot is $2.45. Flop – 7d 6h 9c
I checked, he bet $2.50. I called.
Turn was 10h. I check he checks.
River was 6d. I bet $3.69 into $7.45 and then he shoves for $49.80 and has me covered.