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November, 2011

$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…

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…

Game Theory: Rochambeau to Poker (Part 2)

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Even an expert can pick up a new trick or two. For the KillerEV faithful who’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to for the past two weeks, I was recently in Florida visiting HerschelW from The focus of the trip was to put together some videos about short-stacked play in multitable tournaments (MTTs) [...]

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 everybody [...]

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, 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.) [...]

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