Category Archives: Poker Thoughts


An Overdue Update

Bloggers are supposed to be consistent. Guess I’ve failed there; been about four weeks since my last blog. I’ve been busy. Mostly playing poker. Anyway, here’s an update on my activity over the last month. Playing Poker On April 5th, ACR changed the way the money is taken for the Beast. This changed everything for me. Playing poker is no longer a pure race of putting in massive amounts of hands. I have green numbers in my database. I’ve cut my tables down to about 30 (normally between 27-32) instead of the 45 I used to play. I’ve retooled my … Continue reading An Overdue Update


Why Think About GTO Poker?

I received a Facebook PM from a player the other day: “How can working on your frequencies can be better than working your hands through CardrunnerEV and making the most +EV plays based on your assumptions?” If you’ve followed my work through the years, you know I’ve said little about GTO/Balance. I’ve always focused on pounding away on my opponents’ weakness. If there are no/little weaknesses present, I find greener pastures. Over the last eight months, I’ve spent much time on GTO ideas, and I think this focus is surprising to many of my readers. So…a public answer to this … Continue reading Why Think About GTO Poker?


GTO Mental Pitfalls

GTO mental pitfalls…I’m an expert in this topic as I think I’ve fallen in every mental pitfall available on my current, unfulfilled journey to understanding this topic. In 2007, The Mathematics of Poker was published, and I’ve been confused ever since. Recently, a wave of poker literature hit the market about game theory and unexploitable poker strategies. I’ve read these books, discussed the ideas with others, and I’m making progress in grasping concepts. Let’s get some semantics out of the way. When players say GTO, they typically mean playing an unexploitable strategy (specifically, the most +EV unexploitable strategy). That’s how … Continue reading GTO Mental Pitfalls


Frequencies in a Haystack

Through personal work, I’m convinced frequencies truly are king. I did some work tonight with PokerSnowie Coach. The goal was to find some patterns in frequencies so I could estimate the correct-at least ballpark-frequencies based on patters in the changing factors. Unfortunately, this goal seems perhaps unattainable. I’m hoping Snowie is wrong with these numbers. Here’s what Snowie told me in these two simple situations. This is incredibly discouraging to me. I’m not finding any pattern or rule of thumb remotely useful. The number of situations seems incredibly daunting; too many and too far apart to use rounding based on … Continue reading Frequencies in a Haystack

A Co-author for Poker’s Postflop Course Part 2

I’m excited to announce I have a co-author for Poker’s Postflop Course Part 2. Multistreet ideas are more involved than river play, and I don’t want to tackle this one on my own. In my search for a co-author, I looked for someone with great teaching skills, good writing skills, loves to dig in numbers, and a long track record in poker. Last summer, I spent a couple months at DeucesCracked gleaning from a few great video series there. Meanwhile, I spotted a DC coach who has the qualities I was after in a co-author. I used to post with … Continue reading A Co-author for Poker’s Postflop Course Part 2


Ed Miller’s Poker’s 1%

Two nights ago, I purchased Ed Miller’s latest ebook, Poker’s 1%. I finished reading it yesterday. Before I offer my opinion on Ed’s book, I’d like to provide some background of my learning process with GTO so far. I’ve spent a good deal of time and effort in GTO land over the last six months or so. I’ve struggled with the most basic concepts since I first read Mathematics of Poker in early 2007. When learning new things, I often frustrate teachers and my learning process because I find difficulty moving forward unless I feel I thoroughly understand every detail … Continue reading Ed Miller’s Poker’s 1%


Poker is Hard

“Playing strong exploitive poker is hard; it requires that you gather information in situations where that information is highly ambiguous and often misleading, calculate the inference from that information, and not expose yourself to counter-exploitation too much. But playing near-optimal poker is hard as well. Considering situations rather than hands and ensuring that one’s play is balanced among the various alternatives is very difficult.” – The Mathematics of Poker page 274. No getting around it; poker is hard. Poker is difficult to learn, difficult to implement, and difficult to deal with the variance. Those coming to poker for a quick … Continue reading Poker is Hard


Losing Poker Players and Winning Poker Players

“I haven’t been a winning poker player in 3 years.” “I have to be a winner at 25nl before I move up to bigger stakes, right?” I recently heard those two statements. Something about poker muddies the water for otherwise common sense concepts. In theory, at this moment, breathes a worst poker player in the world and a best poker player in the world. The worst we may call a losing player; the best we may call a winning player. Every poker player in between determines whether they’re a winning or losing player. The second worse player in the world … Continue reading Losing Poker Players and Winning Poker Players


Hero Vs. Villain Misnomer

Week or so back, I posted about the players against whom I’ve won and lost the most. Doing some more digging in those numbers, I saw things that didn’t make sense. So, I made a post in PokerTracker’s forums to see what was going on. For example, Villain opened, I 3bet, the big blind shoved, villain folded, I called. The big blind won the hand, and that shows up as a large loss in this list. However, this villain didn’t take my money; the big blind took my money. A similar example: Villain was in the small blind and I … Continue reading Hero Vs. Villain Misnomer


Exploitive NLHE: An Expert’s Insight on How to Become a Winning Poker Player

Last night I finished Paul Ratchford’s book, Exploitive NLHE: An Expert’s Insight on How to Become a Winning Poker Player. An excellent book I recommend to serious poker players. I found the subtitle perfect. The sound game plan in this book reminds me of Joey Knish’s scolding to Mike McDermott, “I was giving you the playbook I put together from my own beats.” Exploitive NLHE is a treasure of advice and ideas to any person looking to take poker seriously. Paul covers a large range of material in a relatively small space. Typically, I’m not a fan of this shotgun … Continue reading Exploitive NLHE: An Expert’s Insight on How to Become a Winning Poker Player