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Holiday Shopping and the Power of Compound Interest

Monday, November 28th, 2011
The typical US adult is likely to be a horrible role model when it comes to managing money. And if an opportunity exists to mess up financially, the holiday season certainly qualifies...

$EV vs. Utility

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Whether it's poker playing, business, or personal finances, it's easy to be seduced into thinking that the goal is mere maximization of $EV. After all, money buys everything from fancy electronics to the time of others. However, other considerations exist. It's important to realize that utility is more than simply $EV...

The Breaks: Bad Beat Psychology

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
Not much remains to be said about bad beats in poker. Investing emotional capital in results outside one's control is illogical. 'Nuff said - I'm not going to waste hundreds of words flogging that dead horse. However, as one who likes to theorize and generalize, I think it's important to understand bad beat psychology (and the converse, which I creatively call reverse bad beat psychology)...

Quick Life Update

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
How time flies! I realize it's been almost a month since my last blog post and my last Killer Poker Analysis recording. I've heard from some great fans during this time, and I thought I should just write something to say that I'm getting back into the groove soon...

Appearance on Keep Flopping Aces

Sunday, June 26th, 2011
The 6/23/2011 edition of Keep Flopping Aces is now downloadable. Keep Flopping Aces is a podcast hosted by Lou Krieger and Shari Geller, and I appeared as a guest on the 6/23/2011 show...

The Kentucky Derby: A Day of Reflection for US Online Poker Players

Saturday, May 7th, 2011
Why the Kentucky Derby should anger online poker players in the US.

Should US Players Hit Merge, Bodog, or Cake Following Black Friday?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
Why I'm not currently putting money into Merge, Bodog, or Cake. Why putting money into Merge, Bodog, or Cake doesn't make much sense unless you don't have easy access to live poker.

Black Friday: A Wakeup Call for a Broken Nation

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
My thoughts on Black Friday and how the US should begin thinking about legislation in order to move forward from its current broken state

Exploiting Players Who Don’t Play Pot-Proportional No-Limit Hold’em

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Here are some exploitative adjustments you can make against players who don't think about money relative to the size of the pot.

Setting Goals (Poker and Beyond) for 2011

Friday, January 7th, 2011
With my desires clearly defined, my mind feels unburdended and prepared to tackle whatever challenges 2011 throws my way. Regardless of where your goals are directed this year, I hope that you also feel prepared for the new year. Together, let's have a killer 2011!

Holiday Poker Gifts (For Yourself)

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
If you're not crushing poker games the way today's top players are, here are some gifts that you should consider getting for yourself this holiday season...

How I Built a High-End Computing Environment for $2,628.50

Friday, November 26th, 2010
Do you feel like your current computing environment is hampering your ability to multitable? Have you priced PCs and Macs and thought that a high-end machine was out of your price range? If so, then you should consider an alternative route: building your own computer.

An Infinite +$EV Opportunity?

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Following a family trip to Brunei and Malaysia, I returned to my mother-in-law's place in Taiwan and found an email from one of my Caltech friends entitled "mildly interesting thought experiment" in my inbox...

Maximize Your Effectiveness (Poker and Beyond)

Monday, October 18th, 2010
Poker strategy is complicated. Measuring your effectiveness at poker isn't. Your effectiveness as a poker player is defined by one number - which we can conveniently call your poker hourly...

Ain’t No Shame in My Game: Chick Drinks at Stripburger

Friday, July 9th, 2010
Killer Poker Analysis is my weekly poker strategy podcast on Rounder's Radio. It airs live on Fridays at 5:00PM PT. If you missed last week's edition of Killer Poker Analysis, I covered: 1.) Playing AA in 3-bet pots in no-limit hold'em 2.) Mistakes to avoid when playing live poker 3.) Thinking beyond Harrington's M Value

ATVing with Team Moshman

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
I finally had a chance to catch up with Collin Moshman and some members of Team Moshman over the weekend. If you don't know who Collin is, you probably live in a deeper cave than the one I live in. Okay, I'll admit that was a tad harsh. However, Collin has written some great poker books, and ...

Today’s (6/25/2010) Edition of Killer Poker Analysis

Friday, June 25th, 2010
I'm back from my cruise. If you haven't been on an Alaskan cruise, you should strive to change that as soon as possible. The cruise was exceptional! We saw glaciers, whales, bald eagles, remnants of the gold rush era, and a lumberjack competition. And Princess Cruises provided excellent on-board service. I'm feeling extremely refreshed. Maybe it was the cruise; ...

A Tale from the Ghosts of Poker Past

Friday, December 25th, 2009
Merry Xmas! I fell asleep last night while watching Wargames, the classic hacker movie from 1983 starring Matthew Broederick...complete with a Galaga arcade scene, dot matrix printers, and dial-up modems. It's a bit cheesier now than it was when I saw it as a kid. But some of the stuff in it is just classic: 1.) School ...

Interesting No-Limit Hold’em Tourney Spot: MP + FD + Monotone Flop = ?

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
Evelyn and I are still settling into the new place. I finally unpacked my video games, and I introduced Evelyn to Duck Hunt for the original NES. (Yeah, I still own an original NES...and it still works thanks to the replacement 72-pin connector that I installed a few years ago). We also hosted some friends from CA for two fun-filled ...

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