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Know Stack Depths When Playing Live

Friday, June 17th, 2011
Lesson from a hand I played in a recent WSOP single table satellite.

Exploiting Players Who Shove too Wide Preflop

Monday, May 30th, 2011
When action is jam/fold preflop in no-limit hold'em, I'm very cautious about playing exploitatively. With my knowledge of non-exploitable jam/fold play, it's just very difficult for me to justify playing guessing games regarding opponents' preflop ranges. However, I recently played a hand in a live cash game where I called an all-in a tad lighter than the equilibrium calling range...

3 Tips for Reviewing Your Play with Poker Tracker 3

Sunday, December 19th, 2010
Here are three tips that will help you get the most out of Poker Tracker 3 when reviewing your own play.

My Non-Exploitable Shove Cheat Sheets are Now Publicly Available!

Friday, July 30th, 2010
The past week has been extremely eventful. The biggest news of all is that I made my non-exploitable shove cheat sheets available to PokerPwnage members. My non-exploitable shove cheat sheets give approximate non-exploitable jamming ranges (with respect to cEV) for stacks ranging from .5 big blinds to 27 big blinds...both without antes in play and with antes ...

Why Open-Limping is Generally a Bad Idea

Friday, July 16th, 2010
It's been quite a week since my last blog post. I've been doing quite a bit of programming for three different things I've been working on. The hours have been long, I haven't played any poker, and I'm a bit tired, but I've really enjoyed this past week. Improving one's skills at something is always a rewarding experience! Aside ...

How a True Poker Player Evaluates a Line of Play

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
The key to effectively evaluating a line of play is to ask the following three questions: Question #1: What's the entire range of hands that I'm taking this line of play with? Question #2: What are the alternative lines in this situation? Question #3: How tough would it be for my opponent to beat me if I were to ...

Game Theory: Rochambeau to Poker (Part 1)

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
The first time I heard the term, Rochambeau, it was in reference to a one-on-one pain contest between two men. Competitors take turns kicking each other in the balls, and as in all pain contests, the winner is the player who doesn't concede. As much as I love testing my mettle, I've never engaged in such a game of Rochambeau ...

Determining the Conversion Rate of VIP Program Points: The Turbo Takedown at PokerStars

Friday, February 26th, 2010
On last week's edition of Killer Poker Analysis, I covered the following topics: 1.) Open shoving distributions from the small blind in tournament situations when antes are around 12.5% of the big blind 2.) Knowing when to start playing in bigger games 3.) Heads-up play I also announced that I won't be doing a podcast today. I'll miss ...

How to Employ Turn Check Raises in No-Limit Hold’em Tournaments

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
Another weekend; another Pokerstarsathon! This has been my 3rd consecutive weekend of logging 20+ hours on PokerStars. The past two Mondays, I felt horrible despite pulling in some nice profits. Yesterday, I felt a bit more chipper even though I netted a loss for the weekend. I'm proud of being a bot whose physical and mental states are outcome-independent and ...

Poker Tournament Strategy Made Simple

Monday, February 8th, 2010
First off, if you didn't catch Killer Poker Analysis last Friday, I covered the following topics: 1.) The squeeze play in no-limit hold'em 2.) My opinions on Full Tilt's Rush Poker now that player tracking HUDs work with it (I haven't tried it out, but it seems to be word on the streets) 3.) Implied ...

$530 Tournament Ticket for Only $400 at PokerStars!

Thursday, January 28th, 2010
I woke up today to a pleasant surprise: today's discount item in the PokerStars VIP Store is a $530 tournament ticket for 25,000 FPP (at $.016/FPP, that comes out to only $400). I was disappointed a few days ago when the $285 cash bonus didn't have an exchange rate of at least $.016/FPP, but PokerStars made up for it today. ...

Reflecting on my 2009 Poker Results: Into the Mirror Black

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
The strengths of my poker game are my theoretical understanding and my ability to dissect nuanced scenarios. I was chatting on AIM with a friend of mine today. As he put it, "you definitely have the most rigorous understanding of the game out of anyone i know/or even read about...except maybe sklansky. haha" These strengths have made me ...

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