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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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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…) …

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 …