John Henry “Doc” Holliday was one of the best poker players of his era in the 1870’s and 1880’s, in addition to being an award-winning dentist and gunfighter. He moved … Continue reading Classic Western Shootout
Last night, whilst playing Texas Holdem in a house poker game of course, I took an informal poll. If I were to write a poker book, which I’m not, but … Continue reading They Always Get There
It was Saturday night, which means I’m playing poker in someone’s garage. Just about everybody is a regular player, so we get to do some higher level thinking. Level 1, … Continue reading Great Flop for Me
NOTE: This entry was originally posted on a different site on February 24, 2017 and has been slightly edited prior to re-posting here. I don’t like getting bluffed and hate … Continue reading Tilting in My Favor
In poker, variance is a bitch. But she’s our bitch, so try not to be mad at her. In a cash game yesterday, I find myself in a 3-way all-in … Continue reading Variance is a Bitch
NOTE: This entry was originally posted on a different site on January 3, 2017 and has been slightly edited prior to re-posting here. My previous blog entry explored turning a … Continue reading Facing a Shove on the River With Just One Pair
NOTE: This entry was originally posted on a different site on June 16, 2016 and has been slightly edited prior to re-posting here. I played this hand at a private … Continue reading Math, Combinatorics and Frequencies
This is all about the question that was asked several minutes after the hand was over. In the spirit of “beginning with the end in mind” I’ll go to the … Continue reading But you would never do that!
I may have been too nitty on this hand last night. When this happened, I was having a bad night, having tried to turn KK into a bluff and having … Continue reading Too Nitty?
No limit Texas Hold’em is a game played with incomplete information. Unlike chess, where are the pieces are visible and all of your opponents moves can be evaluated with full … Continue reading Winning the Information War
One of the best poker books ever written is Elements of Poker, by Tommy Angelo. One of the author’s charming qualities is his invention of words, that heretofore didn’t exist, … Continue reading Bliscipline
Last night I was playing in a $1/2 holdem cash game at a friend’s house. I was down a little bit when this happened. I have Kd Qd in the … Continue reading Table Talk