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Oct 19 2020

Episode 337: Winning Poker in 30 Minutes with Ashley Adams

Ashley Adams, host of the House of Cards podcast and radio show (Andrew was a guest in 2010!) and author of the new book Winning Poker in 30 Minutes a Day, returns to the show to discuss poker during Covid, ... Read more...

Oct 12 2020

Episode 336: Exploiting Small Stakes Tournaments

Carlos Welch and Andrew have a new strategy video available in the Nitcast store, based on Carlos's specialty: exploiting small stakes tournaments. The two discuss Carlos's poker and romantic history, the basic principles of exploitative play, and some listener questions. ... Read more...

Sep 29 2020

Episode 355: Fold Equity

Sep 29 2020 Published at Thinking Poker under tags  bluff nlhe podcast

Playing aggressively isn't just about bluffing more! Nate and Andrew answer listener questions about fold equity and equity denial.

Sep 14 2020

Episode 334: Peter Alson

Peter Alson, author of the new poker novel The Only Way to Play It and coauthor of a Stu Ungar biography, joins us to discuss The Mayfair Club, poker in fiction, writing about poker for a general audience, working for a bookie, and more. Peter recommends buying from Stewart was our guest on Episode 237.Other novels mentioned were The...

Sep 04 2020

Episode 333: Geeking, Grifting, and Gambling with David Sklansky

Sep 04 2020 Published at Thinking Poker under tags  chip reese david sklansky podcast

Legendary poker author David Sklansky returns to the podcast to discuss his new book Geeking, Grifting, and Gambling Through Las Vegas. David first appeared on Episode 300.Timestamps0:30 Strategy34:18 David SklanskyStrategyI ($197) am dealt QcJd in the BB. UTG ( $165) limps, HJ ($710) limps, CO ($168) limps , button folds, SB ($72) completes and I check my...

Aug 17 2020

Episode 332: Polarizing

Aug 17 2020 Published at Thinking Poker under tags  podcast poker poker strategy

Nate and Andrew break down two hands submitted by listeners, with an emphasis on which player has the more polarized range and how that influences betting and bet sizing decisions.For more information about coaching, please visit Hand 1It's a home game, 7 handed, $5/$5 blinds, BT vs BB. Pre: Hero raises to $15 on the button with Qc7c, BB...

Aug 06 2020

Episode 91: Brian Rast

Aug 06 2020 Published at Thinking Poker under tags  podcast poker

Brian Rast may not have the knack for self-promotion that some of the biggest names in the industry do, but he’s been quietly winning at the highest stakes, in a variety of formats, for years. In this interview, he talks about discovering Macau, the social dynamic of nosebleed live games, and how he balances his work and family life. Oh and that call...

Jul 20 2020

Episode 331: PKOs with Dara O’Kearney

Irish poker pro Dara O'Kearney joins us again to discuss progressive knockout tournaments, his new book, and David Bowie. Dara previously appeared on Episode 102, Episode 131, and Episode 218.Timestamps0:30 Hello and Welcome5:32 Strategy23:34 Dara O'Kearney Dara O'Kearney Dara O'Kearney is a professional poker player from Dublin, Ireland. He hosts the The Chiprace podcast and is...

Jul 07 2020

Episode 330: Jane Hitchcock

Author and poker player Jane Hitchcock joins us to discuss her journey from high society to underground poker games, her new book Bluff, the real life crime that inspired it, and some PLO8 strategy. 0:30 Hello & welcome3:17 Jane Hitchcock Jane Hitchcock Jane Stanton Hitchcock is a New York Times bestselling author, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for her mystery novels....

Jun 23 2020

Episode 329: The Biggest Bluff with Maria Konnikova

Professional poker player and best-selling author Maria Konnikova returns to the show to discuss focus, multitasking, the progress of her career, and her new book The Biggest Bluff. Maria's first appearance on Episode 247 is one of our all-time favorite shows!We’ll be donating all June proceeds from The Nitcast Store to Give Directly. Get yourself a Weekend Warrior or Play...

Jun 16 2020

Episode 328: Mason Malmuth

Mason Malmuth, owner of Two Plus Two Publishing, joins Nate and Andrew to discuss the history of Two Plus Two, his new book The History of the World From a Gambler's Perspective, and more.In the strategy segment, Andrew discusses range construction in multiway pots.We’ll be donating all June proceeds from The Nitcast Store to Give Directly. Get yourself a...

Jun 09 2020

Episode 327: Jason Su

Jun 09 2020 Published at Thinking Poker under tags  podcast

Jason Su, author of the new Poker with Presence, talks to Andrew and Nate about his background in tennis and debate, his poker career, and his new book.In the strategy segment, Andrew answers a tricky question about mixed strategies: if a solver recommends a mixed strategy but takes one action 95% of the time, does that make it "better"?We'll be donating...

May 26 2020

Episode 326: Play Optimal Poker 2

May 26 2020 Published at Thinking Poker under tags  game theory optimal gto podcast

Nate and Andrew discuss Play Optimal Poker 2: Range Construction, available now from Amazon (paperback/Kindle) or the Nitcast Store (all e-book formats). Includes chapter-by-chapter discussion of the book's contents.The original Play Optimal Poker e-book is currently 67% off on Amazon or

May 19 2020

Episode 325: People Want to Play Poker with Matt Glassman

May 19 2020 Published at Thinking Poker under tags  jai alai podcast poker apps

Long-time friend of the show Matt Glassman joins us for a discussion about the future of baseball, poker (he's optimistic), Congress, and more.Subscribe to the Thinking Poker newsletter for the latest on Play Optimal Poker 2, coming May 25.Join the Play Optimal Poker Facebook group to discuss both books.Timestamps0:30 hello & welcome11:38 strategy24:24 matt glassman Matt Glassman...

Apr 28 2020

Episode 324: Pandemic Poker with Ben Saxton

Ben Saxton joins Andrew to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the poker world, from WSOP delays to poker apps to Zoom-based home games. In the strategy segment, they discuss playing out of position in multiway pots. Ben previously appeared on Episode 281.The Collected Short Stories of Anton ChekhovLeVar Burton Reads podcastAffiliate LinksLearn Pro PokerRange...

Apr 20 2020

Episode 323: Dick Carson Returns

Old-school gambler, pool hustler, bookie, and poker player Dick Carson returns to the podcast with more stories about the early days of poker, including an origin story for calling the clock. Dick first appeared on Episode 248. In the strategy segment, Andrew discusses listener questions about range construction. The new Weekend Warrior – Tournament Strategy premium podcasts are available at

Apr 06 2020

Episode 322: Andrew Barber

Economist and professional poker player Andrew Barber joins Nate and Andrew to discuss economic stimulus, changing minds, and betting on beliefs. He recommends Conversations With Tyler, EconTalk, and Wait But Why's The Story of Us.In the strategy segment, Andrew explains why set mining is overrated and addresses a common misunderstanding about game theory.The new Weekend Warrior – Tournament...

Mar 31 2020

Episode 321: Social Distancing With Carlos Welch

Carlos Welch joins Andrew and Nate from Bullhead City, Arizona to talk about how he's handling social distancing, his latest score, a tournament hand, and more.The new Weekend Warrior - Tournament Strategy premium podcasts are available at's book Play Optimal Poker is now available in a Large Print Edition.Affiliate LinksLearn Pro PokerRange Trainer ProTimestamps...

Mar 23 2020

Episode 320: Dave Dehnolm

Dave Denholm, radio play-by-play announcer for the LAFC, joins Andrew and Nate to discuss poker soccer, games of the future, and the state of poker commentary. He recommends Club de Cuervos, Victory, Diego Maradona, and Caging Skies.Andrew's book Play Optimal Poker is now available in a Large Print Edition.Affiliate LinksLearn Pro PokerRange Trainer Pro...

Mar 17 2020

Episode 319: Condensed Ranges

Mar 17 2020 Published at Thinking Poker under tags  podcast poker polarized range

Andrew and Nate field listener questions, inspired by Play Optimal Poker, about playing condensed ranges. Sign up for LearnProPokerFREE Intro CourseRange Trainer ProStrategyHand 1:$22k stack at 600/1200/120 (9 handed).K9o in the small blind, folds to me and I call. Big blind checks.Flop is K4Qhsh (I have no heart). I check and villain bets min, 1200,...