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The Thinking Poker Podcast is a weekly conversation where hosts Andrew "Foucault" Brokos and Nate Meyvis talk strategy, review books, and explore the culture of poker. Interviews with both famous and behind-the-scenes figures offer unique insights on the fascinating world of poker.


Episode 227: Talal Shakerchi  

Talal Shakerchi just might be the best amateur poker player in the world. Playing as “raidalot” on PokerStars, he’s won, among other things, the $10,000 Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event. The hedge fund manager discusses what may be driving PokerStars’ controversial business decisions as well as his own involvement with poker and with philanthropy. Plus, Nate is helping to raise money for flood relief in Houston. Email him at backing (at) fastmail (dot) fm a receipt for $5 or more donated to any Houston-related charity and receive free copies of his e-books. You can also send him Ace-King hands to ... Read more...

Episode 226: Nipun Java  

Nipun Java made history when, along with Aditya Sushant, he won India’s first ever WSOP bracelet, in the $1500 NLHE Tag Team event. He capped off his summer with a second bracelet in the $1000 Online event. Nipun and Andrew talk about what the state of poker in India and Nipun’s journey to becoming a professional poker player in the United States. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & welcome 4:34 – Satellite strategy 19:18 – Nipun Java

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. Links 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 ... Read more...

Episode 224: KL Cleeton  

KL Cleeton was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, but that hasn’t kept him from playing poker both live and online. In 2017, he won a contest sponsored by Daniel Negreanu and lived his dream of playing in the WSOP Main Event, ultimately cashing for over $16,000! He and Andrew discuss the adaptations that enable him to play, the online poker communities he’s a part of, and some key hands from his Main Event. Links Twitch Twitter Joe Ingram Interview Timestamps 0:30 – hello 4:45 – KL 62:49 – strat

Episode 223: E-Tay  

Esther Taylor, better known as E-Tay, is a mixed game player who also knows how to kick ass in no-limit hold ’em tournaments. Andrew talks to her about learning new games, being a poker-playing mom, and more. Plus Carlos Welch and his alter ego Carloose join for strategy discussion! Timestamps 0:30 – hello 8:29 – strat 46:20 – etay Strategy NLHE tournament, 2000/4000 with a 400 ante. I had the big stack at the table, at about 280k or so. The villain in this hand was second in chips with 235k. There were roughly 36 players left, with 32 getting ... Read more...

Episode 222: Strategy From the Small Stakes  

Andrew tackles the mailbox alone this week, reviewing three no-limit hands played in small stakes games. Strategy Hand 1 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 ] ... Read more...

Episode 221: Benny Glaser  

Benny Glaser is a mixed games specialist from the United Kingdom. With three WSOP bracelets to his name, he is finally getting some recognition as a world-class mixed games expert. We talk to him about why he chose to focus on games that, especially in the UK, are played far less frequently than no-limit hold ’em, why these games haven’t taken off in popularity, how he stays on top of so many different games, and the threat that artificial intelligence poses to non-hold ’em games. Plus, a big announcement from Nate, and Andrew discusses a big call down he made ... Read more...

Episode 220: Tommy’s Room  

Tommy Angelo invites Andrew and Carlos into his suite at the Rio while Nate joins by Skype to discuss Tommy’s history at the WSOP (dating back to 1987!) and some rare card-playing strategy with a man known primarily for his “mental game” coaching! Timestamps 0:25 Hello and Welcome 16:00 Strategy

Episode 219: Carlos in the House!  

Carlos Welch and Andrew are rooming together in Las Vegas, and Nate joins by Skype to discuss the WSOP and Carlos’ $600 phone bill. Timestamps 0:30 – hello and welcome 34:43 – strategy

Episode 218: Dara in the House!  

Andrew and Dara O’Kearney are roommates for the WSOP this summer. They talk with Nate about the start of their series, their plans for the summer, and Andrew’s hopes for Day 2 of the Colossus and the Tag Team event with Carlos Welch.

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.

Episode 216: WSOP Prep with Clayton Fletcher  

Clayton Fletcher fills in for Nate Meyvis this week, and he and Andrew discuss plans and preparation for the World Series of Poker. Clayton previously discussed his deep run in the WSOP Main Event on this show. Follow Clayton on Twitter@claytoncomic and learn more about his upcoming shows from his website. His podcast is Broadway Comedy Club Radio. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 29:09 – Strategy WSOP Prep Tournament Poker Edge Zach Elwood on poker tells Strategy Playing £1/£2 NLHE with £420 effective stacks. Hero opens to £8 with Ad 4d on the Button. Small blind folds and villain calls in ... Read more...

Episode 215: Catching Up With Chantler  

Gareth Chantler, who first appeared on Episode 6, once again graces us with his presence. This time around, we discuss James Joyce, Syria, SCOOP, and, begrudgingly, a bit of Limit Hold ‘Em strategy. Timestamps 0:30 Hello and welcome 52:44 Strategy Links Gareth Chantler on Twitter Gareth’s Stories From Syria Hassan Hassan on Twitter Iyad El-Baghdadi on Twitter Samar Yazbek’s A Woman In the Crossfire Mustafa Khalifa’s The Shell Strategy PokerStars – 500/1000 (6 max) – Holdem – 6 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: Hero (UTG): 8.06 BB MP: 3.26 BB (VPIP: 27.23, PFR: 15.57, 3Bet Preflop: 5.26, Hands: ... Read more...

Episode 214: Daniel “Clarence” Wolf  

Daniel Wolf AKA Clarence AKA Baby Dick is a professional poker player. Originally from Pittsburgh, he now lives and plays in Maryland. We talk to him about having fun at the table, jumping back and forth between 2/5 and 25/50 no limit, and wearing a Necromancer costume on Poker Night in America. Plus, in honor of Pittsburgh, our strategy segment features Andrew donking around in a 5/5/10 PLO game at the Rivers Casino. Links Episode 140 with Chad Power Daniel’s Poker Night in America episode Daniel on Twitter Timestamps Strategy 5/5 PLO with a $10 Button straddle Hero is BB ... Read more...

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! Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 8:14 – Strategy Strategy Hand 1 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 ... Read more...

Episode 212: Matt Bodnar  

Matt Bodnar is an investor, the host of The Science of Success podcast, and an avid poker player. We talk to him about his experiences in poker inform his work in investing and vice versa, and how what he’s learned from “The Science of Success” can help poker players. In our strategy segment, we discuss bluffing at the micro-stakes. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello & Welcome 9:58 – Strategy 37:40 – Interview: Matt Bodnar Recommended Reading Mindset: The New Science of Success by Carol S. Dweck Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig Getting Things Done by David ... Read more...

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. We encourage you to buy Painless Poker and Tommy’s other books directly from him, in order to get your free autograph and e-books. If you do buy from Amazon, though, please use our affiliate link. Tommy previously appeared on ... Read more...

Episode 210: Michael Johanson and Dustin Morrill  

The Computer Poker Research Group’s Michael Johanson and Dustin Morrill discuss Andrew and Nate’s recent battle with their heads-up no-limit hold ’em AI, DeepStack. Johanson has previously been our guest on Episode 79 and Episode 110. Before the match, we discussed DeepStack with Michael Bowling on Episode 208. Follow @DeepStackAI on Twitter for details of their upcoming Twitch matches as well as links to replays of past matches and other news. Strategy PokerStars – $150/$300 NL (2 max) – Holdem – 2 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: Hero (SB): 69.67 BB Hero (BB): 63.67 BB Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, ... Read more...

Episode 209: Patrick “patio11” McKenzie  

Patrick McKenzie, known as “patio11” on Hacker News and elsewhere, is a blogger, consultant, and all-around public intellectual on subjects related to software and business. He’s also, as it happens, an avid if occasional poker player. We talk to him about why poker merits any of his limited spare time, what he’s learned from and about it, and his advice for poker players interested in software development. We also discuss our recent match against DeepStack. If you missed it, you can hear our (most recent) interview with Michael Bowling of the Computer Poker Research Group and check out a replay of the ... Read more...

Episode 208: Michael Bowling of CPRG  

Michael Bowling of the University of Alberta Computer Poker Research Group, who has previously appeared on Episode 79 and on Episode 110 after “essentially” solving Heads Up Limit Hold ‘Em, returns to discuss the group’s latest work creating an AI that it claims can beat top human players at the far more complex game of No Limit Hold ‘Em. Can it? Join us Wednesday at 5PM Eastern on Twitch to find out as Nate and Andrew battle in real time against DeepStack. Links Tournament Poker Edge DeepStackAI Article in Science Timestamps 0:30 hello & welcome 4:20 strategy 36:30 michael bowling Strategy ... Read more...

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