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The Stall Bluff

Friday, December 30th, 2011
Without a doubt, the highlight of last Friday's session came from the fun $1-$2 table. Some hyper-aggressive player opened to something like $22 from early position. Action folded to a player in middle position. This player was PLOWED...

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.

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...

WPT Raw Deal Casting: Vote for Me!

Sunday, August 8th, 2010
It takes more than temperatures exceeding 110 degrees Fahrenheit to stop me (though I guess keeping my place air conditioned at 82 degrees Fahrenheit softens the blow a bit)! I haven't had time to play poker since the +$813.66 session I had last Wednesday. However, UB has been keeping me busy, I've been making final arrangements for the ...

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; ...

Time…the Most Valuable Resource!

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
Time is something we can never get back. Yet, I seem to be very good at losing track of it. I've spent the past 2 weeks plugging content into the backend of the new version of, taking care of my clients, playing a bunch of online tournaments, and trying to take poker tournament theory to the next level. I've ...

Enjoying Life as a Vegas Local!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
It's been about 10 days since my last blog post. Time flies when you're taking care of business Tsunami style! I thought I'd catch up with all the KillerEV faithful via a lighthearted post, mostly talking about life away from the felt. Last Week's Edition of Killer Poker Analysis If you missed the 3/19/2010 edition of Killer Poker ...

Exploitative Play vs. Non-Exploitable Play: Airport Baggage Claims

Monday, March 8th, 2010
These days, I find my poker discussions gravitating towards exploitative play versus non-exploitable play. Today, I thought I'd talk about an exploitative play that's currently available away from the poker tables. On Saturday, 2/26/2010, I returned to Las Vegas from a business trip in Costa Rica. The first leg of my journey was from San Jose to Dallas Fort ...

The EV in KillerEV – Expected Value and Utility

Saturday, February 20th, 2010
Before getting into the meat of this blog post, I'd like to make a quick announcement. The 2/12/2010 edition of Killer Poker Analysis is available for download. Topics covered include: 1.) Taking a slightly +cEV coinflip the first hand of a multitable tournament 2.) Check-raise bluffing (and check-raising in general) 3.) Defending against aggressive opponents It's Saturday evening, ...

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 ...

How to Treat Your Poker as a Business: Expected Cash Game Win Rates

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
Happy holidays everybody! It's almost Xmas, meaning that I'm in CT visiting my family. It's damn cold here...I miss Vegas! I've been trying to keep up with work, and I also managed to squeeze in some online poker two nights ago. Topping today's to-do list are the following items: 1.) Work for CEREUS 2.) Analysis for a ...

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 ...

Live from Vegas!

Saturday, December 5th, 2009
My move from So. Cal to Las Vegas has been relatively successful so far. Many people seem to think that my move was poker-related. It wasn't. Commerce Casino (world's largest poker room) and all the other poker rooms around LA make So. Cal the live poker capital of the disrespect meant to the many great poker rooms in ...

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