Poker and gambling
Teaching kids to play poker: lesson 1, learning the rank of poker hands
My niece Zoe learning the ranks of poker hands the afternoon before her first adult game The first step of learning poker is to learn the rank of hands. Teaching this has got to be more carefully done that shoving a list in someone’s face. You want to drill these into the child…Read More
Teaching kids to play poker
My niece and poker student Zoe scoops in one of many pots If you are the sort of person that thinks teaching kids to play poker will lead them to a life of depravity,consider that they will also learn strategy and tactics, psychology and the power of observation, as well as some math and statistical…Read More
The only white guy at the poker table
I was sitting at Lucky Chances last night at a $3/$6 Limit hold'em table next to a Hispanic self-claimed combat veteran who chattered constantly. He was obnoxious in every way. He berated other players for losing to him. He antagonized the table by calling for time before he showed his cards, not before any decision,…Read More
Full Tilt Poker’s new “Rush” Poker
If you haven’t tried it out yet, Full Tilt Poker’s new “Rush Poker” is pretty cool. For people not familiar with Internet poker, it’s way faster than live poker. At a live poker table you can see 20-25 hands per hour, and you can only play one table at a time. Online you can see…Read More
Phil Ivey on ESPN
I suppose its awesome to be the best poker player in the world, a fact agreed upon by all the other top players in the game. It's also good to have an enormous income stream from an online poker site that makes it easy to ignore the money at stake.Read More
Vegas trip report, October 2009
Though I live near card rooms in the Bay area, I like to go to Vegas occasionally as a sort of personal poker camp. The time purely devoted to poker allows me to experiment with my game in a way that leads to deep analysis for a prolonged period of time. Also with someone along…Read More
Would a Buddhist bluff at poker?
I'm around a number of Buddhists, though I'm not one myself. (Or, you could say, I'm an awful Buddhist who drinks, smokes, eats meat and denies being a Buddhist.) Recently, the lead teacher at the Insight Meditation Center, where I took their meditation course and occasionally attend while practicing my own form of bad Buddhism,…Read More
Profit by position: What would you pay to be psychic in poker?
So for several weeks I've been doing an experiment that Andrew and I came up with. I ran the math on all limit hold'em hands, and then constructed a set that I thought were playable for one bet, and another set playable for two bets. With a roughly repeatable preflop and postflop strategy, I set…Read More
Poker results for 2008 (last 5 years)
So after booking a big win playing live poker in 2007, I looked forward to making even more money by moving up stakes in 2008. I didn’t really move up in stakes, and played live for the first half of the year until through a combination of losing at the tables and the need to…Read More
Poker and parenting, right now.
First, a new baby: And now, a screen shot of a $0.25/$0.50 LIMIT Texas Hold'em game I was in this weekend online. Look carefully at the player in seat 3. He's sitting on a stack of $10,000+ chips. Now he can't possibly lose it all at once, but I found this hilarious. He sat down…Read More