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In memory of Gary Carson

In early March poker author Gary Carson passed away.  I didn’t know him personally, but his impact on my thinking about how I approached the game of poker was profound.  I’m very sad to learn that he’ll never write another brilliant poker book.  To adequately explain to a non-poker player …

Playing pairs in Limit Texas Hold’em

I caught a cold over the weekend and had just about enough energy to lay in bed, but not to get up.  (Not entirely true, since on day one of the cold I painted four rooms of the house, but that's probably why I was bed-ridden the next two days…) …

I continue to improve against Sparbot

At my coach's urging, I have been playing heads up battles against University of Alberta poker bot, Sparbot.  It's the dumbest of their algorithms, playing a heads up hold'em game that's perfectly balanced without taking into account any opponent tendencies.  I'm playing it with it's configurable parameter set to "passive". …

Combinatorics in Texas Hold’em Limit Poker

Combinatorics is the mathematical technique of enumerating and analyzing combinations of objects.  If you've ever had a pair of pocket Aces preflop and had an opponent bet his whole stack against you, you did a form of this analysis in your head.  Presumably your reasoning went something like this:"I have …

Heads Up Poker Hand Selection

So for my Internet poker practice I’ve been almost exclusively playing heads up limit Texas Hold’em lately.   I don’t claim to be particularly good at it yet.  I’ve written before about my efforts to beat sparbot, an AI that plays a perfectly balanced game theory variant of Hold’em, but playing …

Poker coaching

So at the beginning of September 2008 I asked a poker player who had never coached before to be my coach.  The rate we agreed upon is in line with what I've seen others coaching, in fact a little less.  Since he's never coached before, we sort of made it …