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Coaching Steven Begleiter for the 2009 WSOP Final Table

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Steve at the WSOP Final Table. Image © PokerNews
This is a “Retro Blog” from 11/8/2010 discussing the time I spent coaching 2009 WSOP Main Event final table member, Steven Begleiter.
Back when I initially made this post, I was a terrible writer. I decided to clean up the grammar and fix the typos. Believe it or not, but I used to be (and still am to some extent) a sloppy writer.
I have endless problems proofreading my own writing. I constantly struggle to not overlook countless minor, but obvious, mistakes in all forms of writing including books, blogs, twitter posts, emails, and text messages. Perhaps my brain is broken. Please know I try my best!
Getting the Job
Ylon Schwartz and I have never revealed that we spent three months coaching Steven Begleiter through his preparation for the final table of the 2009 WSOP Main Event.
I was initially introduced to Steve through a 2+2 forum member, Ben Lambert, who knew me from back in my sit n’ go days, where I had a considerable amount of success. Of course, my live success also got me on the radar. Given all final tables are essentially sit n’ go tournaments with funny payouts and stack sizes, he thought I would be an excellent candidate to transform Steve into a player with a better than average shot at taking home the bracelet.
It is worth noting that Steve won his way into the 2009 Main Event through a fairly high stakes local league. Ben also participates in this league, which is how he knows Steve.
Ylon Schwartz. Image © PokerNews
I should mention now that Steve is an extremely intelligent guy. I now look up to him as a mentor. He possesses an important life ability that many lack. He is aware that there are many things he doesn’t know and he isn’t afraid to seek help when he thinks he can improve.
Steve knew he wanted to hire a coach so he interviewed lots poker professionals to find the best fit. He narrowed his search down to me and Ylon Schwartz, a chess master who final tabled the WSOP Main Event in 2008. I had no experience with Ylon but shortly after meeting him, it became clear he had a solid grasp of poker.
I was fairly sure Steve was going to pick Ylon, mainly because both he and Ylon live in New York. At the time, I lived across the country in Vegas. I did some negotiating and succeeded in getting the job split between the two of us, which worked out quite well.
I ended up flying to New York three times, once for our initial interview and two other times to spend long weekends coaching Steve. During these weekends, we discussed and played poker constantly. Steve is a super busy guy with a hectic job and a full family life. Despite that, he always spent our time together working hard and quickly absorbed everything I taught him.
Most people, especially when it comes to poker, are stuck in their ways. They refuse to believe they might actually be bad at poker. Steve was the opposite, realizing that Ylon and I were on a different level than he was. He learned a lot from us because he had an open mind and wanted to learn.
Our First Trip
After our initial interview, we decided it would be a good idea for Steve to fly to Vegas and drive with me to Los Angeles to play the WPT event at the Bicycle Casino. We discussed poker during the entire car ride. I think we both learned a ton. I ended up cashing in the event but Steve ended up taking 9th place, which was really impressive considering the field was tough and we had just started working on his game.
Steve with fellow WSOP final tablist Kevin Schaffel at the Legends of Poker WPT event. Image © PokerListings
He claimed the advice I gave him allowed him to avoid going broke twice in the tournament whereas before our lessons, he would have busted early on the first day. That is a good thing! A lot of what I taught him was to control the size of the pot with his good, but not amazing hands, such as top pair with a marginal kicker. You will find it is quite difficult for your bets to get called on three streets by hands worse than top pair with a bad kicker. This means you need to check them at some point. You will find that checking often induces your opponent to either over value his worse made hand or try to bluff you off your “obvious” weak holding. By checking, you extract additional value you would normally miss by betting.
I learned from Steve that most amateur players simply do not pay attention to stack sizes. The concept that each stack size requires a vastly different strategy isn’t something they are aware of. Poker requires a very different strategy when you have 20 big blinds than when you have 100 big blinds. We worked hard on these two concepts and I think he became a much better poker player almost overnight. Steve was sad to take 9th place, but at the same time, he realized it was a great accomplishment.
Working Hard at Home
Back in New York, we ran numerous simulations where we would set up stacks according to the final table stack sizes and try to match up each stack with a player whose playing styles were similar to those of the actual final table players. Steve did reasonably well in most of these sessions, so that was encouraging.
After our first full NYC weekend, Steve decided to play the WSOP Europe. He was one of the chip leaders early in the first day but ran into a few unavoidable situations and was eliminated. While going broke is rarely a good thing, the fact that he is clearly capable of gathering chips means he always has a chance to win. You would much rather have large swings than break even in a poker tournament because in order to win, you have to get all of the chips. Hanging out, waiting for premium hands, is usually not a good idea, especially if your opponents play well.
Before meeting Steve, I assumed I would have to work hard on getting him in good physical shape, as most poker players are not in shape at all. Luckily, Steve was already in excellent shape. There is nothing worse than being technically sound at poker but crashing late in a session due to poor fitness. Once he made the final table, he was frequently in the gym and worked out much harder than I expected. I was, and still am, incredibly proud of his preparation, both on and off the felt.
I also made a point to ensure he was on the proper sleep schedule. If you get tired at midnight but you happen to be required to play until 4am, the wheels could easily fall off. I believe getting Steve on the proper sleep schedule also helped set him up for success.
That’s enough talk about the preparation. On to the final table!
Tackling the WSOP Main Event Final Table
Steve had one of the worst seats at the table, having Eric Buchman, the only other “known” world class player with a ton of chips, on his left. Also to Steve’s left was Joe Cada, who we assumed would play his short stack well, given that he had a ton of online experience. We assumed Antonie Saout, Jeff Schulman, Kevin Schaffel, and Darvin Moon would play fairly tight. We thought James Akenhead, Phil Ivey, and Joe Cada would look to mix it up a bit and try to double their short stacks. We assumed Buchman would try to go after Steve, due to his position, with numerous light calls and reraises.
You may be surprised that we did not assess Ivey as much of a threat, at least as the chips currently sat. Steve had position on Ivey, which automatically gave Steve a huge edge. Also, Ivey didn’t have many chips, meaning he would have to double up a few times before he got in contention. It is fairly difficult, even for Phil Ivey, to double up a few times. In all of the simulations we ran, I (playing in Phil Ivey’s seat) never really got too far off the ground. Starting with a small stack is a huge disadvantage.
It turned out we were generally correct in all of our assumptions except that Saout wasn’t too tight and Ivey was super tight. Early in the day, it looked like Schaffel was going to double through Buchman, which would have made the table much better for Steve because chips flow to the left and Steve had position on Schaffel, but his A-A couldn’t beat K-K.
This was the first crushing blow to our day that few people seemed to notice. It is really bad when a loose, aggressive player on your left gets lots of chips because he will use them to constantly apply pressure on you. That would have been fine if Steve could have made a strong trapping hand, but, if you have ever played poker, you will find you cannot rely on making strong hands.
A Few Minor Missteps
As for Steve’s play at the final table, I was completely satisfied with all of his decisions except two that came up near the end of the day.
In the first one, he raised with 8c-7c and Saout, who was certainly playing the best out of anyone else at the table, reraised from the big blind. Saout had been going after Steve a little, although not too much. I don’t recall the exact stack sizes but I think Steve had 44,000,000 and Saout had 23,000,000. The blinds were 250,000/500,000. Steve raised to 1,500,000 and Saout reraised to 4,500,000. Steve elected to call, which is fairly loose and likely bad given Saout’s relatively short effective stack size.  Saout checked on the 9h-8h-3c flop and Steve bet 5,250,000. I really dislike this bet because if Saout decided to go all-in, Steve would be getting decent odds to call with a fairly marginal hand. In general, you do not want to bet an amount that makes your decision difficult. You want to set yourself up to have easy decisions. A smaller bet or a check from Steve would have been much better. Anyway, Saout did push all-in and Steve made what was likely a “correct” call. Saout turned over a flush draw and won when a heart came on the turn.
It worked out pretty well for Joe Cada. Image © PokerNews
If you watched the coverage of this event prior to the final table, you likely know that Steve loves calling reraises with suited connectors. We worked hard to cut that out of his game, especially against good players who will not blindly stack off to you or when you are not getting large implied odds, but he still decided to take a flop in this situation. Despite that “error”, he got his money in with about 50% equity, so I suppose it wasn’t too bad. It is rarely a bad thing to be in a flipping spot where if you lose, you will still have a decent stack and if you win, you will have a gigantic chip lead. Losing this hand was the second major thing that went wrong for Steve.
The next hand Steve lost may appear to be fairly minor, but it had huge consequences, as it helped determine the champion. Joe Cada raised to 2.5 big blinds out of his 20 big blind stack from first position and Steve called from the small blind with As-3s. The flop came Ah-Jc-2s. Steve elected to be bet into Joe, a move which I despise. Cada decided to call the lead. They checked down the turn and the river, giving Steve a tiny pot. I would have much preferred to see him check-call with the intention of inducing Cada to bluff off his stack. Instead of having a realistic chance of inducing Cada to bluff by showing weakness, Steve won almost nothing.
The final bad thing that happened to Steve was actually a standard bad beat. Steve raised to 2.5 big blinds out of his 35 big blind stack from middle position with Q-Q and Darvin Moon pushed all-in from one of the blinds with A-Q. Steve, of course, called instantly. The flop came X-X-X-X-A and Steve was out. He busted in 6th place, collecting $1,587,160.
Life Goes On
Steve giving an exit interview. Image © PokerNews
Steve took his loss exceptionally well and gave a few excellent exit interviews. I do not know if I would have maintained my composure after running fairly bad during the entire final table. He is a strong man.
Steve was an absolute joy to work with. I don’t think anyone else at the final table would have been a better student. Even though he made a few mistakes, none of which turned out to be too costly in terms of equity, I firmly believe he made significantly fewer mistakes than he would have without coaching. If Steve had a desire to make it on the professional poker circuit, I am confident he could. That being said, he has an awesome job and life, which he has no desire to leave, so he will remain a world class weekend warrior.
When I first got the job to coach Steve, I was happy simply to get the job but I am now honored to have a friend for life. Hopefully someone decides to take the plunge with me again next year. I loved the experience. Better yet, I will try to make the final table myself.
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The Monster Stack WSOP Event

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That is a lot of people!© PokerNews
The 2014 WSOP introduced the concept of the “Monster Stack” tournament, which provides each player with a much larger starting stack than normal.
While it is a well-known fact among professionals that they have a larger edge with a larger stack compared to a smaller stack, the Monster Stack event was one of the largest of the series, attracting a whopping 7,862 players.
When I posted about my confusion on twitter, I was instantly faced with lots of people spewing blatant ignorance. Somehow over the last few years, amateurs got the idea stuck in their head that deep stacks are good for them!
In this blog post, I will explain why the Monster Stack event is bad for amateurs and what they can do to find events that give them the best chance for success.
Before I proceed, please know I am only trying to spread the truth. While it has become clear to me that countless people blindly believe incorrect concepts, if you are an amateur player who cares about money and you seek out deep stacked events consisting of a few professionals, you will quickly find your bankroll is gone.
Playing for Fun
The main reason most amateur players seem to favor deep stacked events is because they allow for “more play.” To them, this means they get to sit at the table for a longer period of time before going broke. This is, of course, correct, because they can lose more hands before becoming handcuffed by a short stack. Compared to normal $1,500 WSOP events, where you are often crippled after losing one marginally significant pot, having a larger stack in terms of big blinds will allow for longer periods of play at the table.
That isn’t a lot of chips!
I want to make it clear that sitting at the table for a long period of time should not be your goal when you enter a poker tournament, assuming you care about money. If you are only playing for entertainment, to complete a “bucket list” item, or for a story to tell your friends, this article is not for you. Those people value experience over money. There is nothing wrong with that at all. However, I try to help people who want to improve at poker, not those who blatantly do not care about knowledge and self-improvement.
In all aspects of life, you can usually find a way to trade money for experience. Most of the time for lunch, I have blended up spinach, kale, parsley, and other vegetables. Yum! However, on some days, I will go out to an overly expensive restaurant and eat fairly unhealthy (compared to raw veggies) food. When I go to a restaurant, I am voluntarily trading money, time, and health for a nice experience and pleasant tastes in my mouth. While I don’t do this too often, perhaps once per week, I enjoy it and will continue to do it.
This guy is clearly having fun.  © PokerListings
I think most amateur poker players who are playing poker for the experience view the Monster Stack event similarly to how I view going out to a fancy restaurant for lunch. There is nothing at all wrong with that. Trying to teach me about nutrition and getting a good value when it comes to dining out at lunch is futile because both of those things are not my goals in the least bit, just like some amateurs’ goals are not to win money in the long run.
I am not on the same page as those players looking for an experience at the poker table because we have vastly different goals. If I want to save money, time, and health, I eat spinach. If I want to spend money, relax, and eat cake, I go to lunch. If you want to maximize your equity, especially if it is certain to be negative (the goal, perhaps, should be to lose less), you should play shallow stacked events. If you want to play poker with the pros, sit at a poker table for a long time, and not instantly go broke, you should play deep stacked events. However, you must realize that you are sacrificing monetary equity for experience equity.
Of course, it is possible to have the best of both worlds, playing deep stacked with an edge, which is what the pros do, but you must accept that you will have to spend tons of time away from the table studying and at the table practicing to develop your skills. Most amateurs refuse to study away from the table and do not have adequate time to spend at the table. If you care about money, you must be realistic with yourself about your goals and your commitment to the game.
My problem occurs when someone tells me “I am playing the monster stack because the deep stack gives me an edge” and also “I play one poker tournament per year.” It is almost impossible for that player to be good at the game.  I am simply being honest and fighting ignorance. Sometimes the truth hurts.
Playing for Money
If you are playing with the intention of trying to not lose your buy-in, you must be perfectly fine with busting out at any point in a tournament. Some of my best days of the summer are when I bust out of within an hour because I get to take the rest of the day off. I would much rather bust one hour into a tournament than eight hours into it, assuming I am not in the money.
It is easy to make bad decisions with a huge stack. © PokerListings
Most amateur players use the extra time afforded to them by having numerous big blinds by waiting around for premium hands. The problem with this is that they often cultivate an overly tight image and fail to get action with their strong holdings. Waiting around for a nut hand is useless if you only win small pots. In order to succeed in deep stacked poker, you have to get at least a touch out of line and let your opponents know you aren’t playing with only the nuts. If they think you are capable of bluffing, you will get paid off much more often.
As an example, in the Monster Stack event, which I made a point to play due to my gigantic perceived edge, someone raised to 3 big blinds and a guy who had yet to reraise over the course of eight hours all of a sudden reraised to 12 big blinds from the button out of his 75 big blind stack. I looked down and found Q-Q. I folded it with little thought.  If my opponent was even the least bit active, I would have happily doubled him up. Instead, I lost nothing. I was not surprised at all to see him turn up A-A. For the record, in tournaments with strong players who play at least marginally aggressively, I don’t think I have ever open folded Q-Q in my life. My opponent’s play cost him around $1,000 in equity and he didn’t even realize it. He was simply happy to win the pot.
Some Math
Lots of other amateurs claimed they don’t like playing short stacked because they are forced to “flip”. While getting it all-in with around 50% equity is never ideal, you will find that if you can get all-in with around 55% equity or more you will crush the competition in the long run. Believe it or not, it is difficult to do once stacks get shallow.
I will demonstrate this concept using oversimplified, but hopefully enlightening, math. In these simulations, you are forced to go all-in every hand in a heads up match. Notice in an actual poker tournament, when you get all-in, it will frequently be against one player, which is a similar situation. You must recognize that if you are overly focused on getting your money in good, you will often be blinding off, making the math much worse for you because when you win, you will not bust your opponents. This gives them the opportunity to run their stack back up, occasionally busting you despite you initially winning almost all of their chips.
Hopefully you know that if everyone has a 50% chance of winning each all-in, in an eight-person heads-up tournament, everyone will win 12.5% of the time. However, if one guy has a 55% chance of winning his flips, meaning each of his opponents has 45% chance against him and 50% against everyone else, the player with 55% will win the tournament a 16.6% of the time, which provides a hefty 32% return on investment. This is because each of his opponents will only win 11.9% of the time.
If instead of only eight people, there were 64, the player with 55% will win 2.77% of the time, which might sound minuscule, but is huge compared to everyone else, who will only win 1.54% of the time. In that event, the player with 55% will have a 77% return on investment, which is more than most top tournament players expect to have in a tournament with many more people. Hopefully you immediately recognize that if you can consistently get your money in good, you will have a larger return on investment as the field size increases.
It is important to realize that when playing deep stacked, good players do not get all-in against an amateur without a hand that can reasonably beat good, but not amazing, postflop hands, such as A-A on 9-7-4-2. It might be hard to believe, but against someone who is a good poker player, you do not want to get all-in with most one pair hands in most situations when you have more than 150 big blinds.
To make matters worse for the amateurs, pros slowly grind up their stacks with minimal risk by stealing lots of pots that do not belong to them. This allows the pros to get all-in as a significant favorite with more chips than their opponents, killing the amateur’s chances in the long run. Notice in a 64 person flipping tournament, if a really good pro has 60% equity and everyone else is neutral, he will win 4.67% of the time with a gigantic 199% return on investment. If instead, all of the stacks are super short, perhaps the best a pro can hope for is to have around 53% equity on average, cutting his return on investment to 41%, giving the amateurs a realistic shot to win in the short run.
This is why deep stacks are devastating for amateurs, assuming they care about money. This is also why you see the same pros making deep runs in major deep stacked events on a consistent basis while they put up less than stellar results in short stacked events. The math is inexorable.
How Did the Amateurs Do in the Monster Stack Event?
If you look up all of the Monster Stack final table players on the Hendon Mob database, you will see that six of the nine players are what I would consider to be mediocre pros or complete pros in the $1,500 and smaller events. Two of the players, including the eventual winner, had almost no live results, but if you take a look at the events they were playing prior to this event, you will notice they were playing mostly high stakes European tournaments. This tells me they are almost certainly strong online players. If you are an online player who plays mostly on the internet and in Europe but you can find a way to come out to beautiful Las Vegas for the WSOP, you are probably excellent at poker. Only one of the players had relatively weak results and even then, he had some.
How did You Do in the Monster Stack Event?
© PokerListings
I got lots of “hate tweets” when I lost, saying that if pros have such a large edge, why didn’t I win? There is a relatively large amount of variance in any poker tournament. How any individual pro fared in the event is entirely irrelevant. You must look at how we did as a whole. Considering that most likely eight out of the nine final table players were at least mediocre pros, we likely did better than average.
That being said, I doubled my 15,000 starting stack to 30,000 without going to a showdown within the first two hours. From there, I got all-in for a giant pot with A-K as an 85% favorite in a spot where I was fairly confident my opponent had A-K, A-Q, or A-J on an A-T-8 board. He had A-Q and got a Q on the river, putting me back to 15,000. I again ground up my stack with no showdown to get to 30,000, and then I lost with A-K versus A-J all-in before the flop to bust. Within a few short hours, I got my money in as an 85% favorite for a two starting stack pot, as a 73% favorite in a four starting stack pot, and I ground up two starting stacks.
I am entirely happy with my performance. The actual outcome (I lost) is irrelevant. Remember, if you are playing poker for a living, you only care about winning equity. Money will come in the long run.
Which Events Should Amateurs Play?
So, which WSOP events should amateurs play, if they are looking for good value for their tournament dollar? They should play events that have the highest variance because those lead to the most flips. This means the typical $1,000 and $1,500 events that have shallow stacks. The Millionaire Maker event is an excellent option for such amateurs looking to play a WSOP event because the stacks are short and the prize pool is huge. If you are looking to gamble hard with at least some equity, that is the event for you. Before buying in, realize you have around a .014% chance of winning, assuming you are a break-even player.
If they play a conservative strategy, they should play events that do not punish being tight with a deep stack. Since pot limit events do not have antes, those are the ideal events for amateurs. Despite this fact, pot limit events attract some of the smallest fields of the series. This is another example of blatant ignorance at work.
My books are a good place to start!
Notice that the WSOP Main Event, which is a giant $10,000 buy-in event, attracts loads of players, and proudly boasts the deepest structure of all events played around the world. This is the one event amateurs should not even consider playing. Instead, they show up in droves.
Of course, the amateurs could spend their time learning the game well before tackling fairly large buy-in events, whatever stack size they provide. That would certainly be a much wiser use of their time and money. Luckily for me, most people find studying to be boring. Poker is alive and well.
Once professionals stop being short-sighted and accept that whatever is good for the amateurs, whether they know it or not, is good for the game, they will fight hard to spread the truth. Sometimes you have to ruffle a few feathers and viciously attack ignorance along the way. I am willing to fight the fight.
Thank you for reading. If you have any comments at all, feel free to share them.

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10 Aspects of a Successful Game

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I constantly hear immature poker players talk about how they hate poker and how they think it is intrinsically a bad game. In reality, poker is an outstanding game for numerous reasons.
I read very few weekly columns, but one I never miss is Mark Rosewater’s “Making Magic”. Although his articles are about Magic: the Gathering, a card game that is somewhat a mix between poker and chess, if you have any interest in game design, I strongly suggest you check it out as he is the premier game designer in the world.
One of his articles, “Ten Things Every Game Needs”, discussing the 10 aspects of a successful game, really hit home because, while there are aspects of poker I do not particularly enjoy, such as getting unlucky for huge amounts of money, I realize they are necessary for the game to thrive and survive in the long run.
In this blog post, I am going to go through his list and outline why I think poker is a superb game. My hope is that you see the game in a new light and appreciate it for the various nuances that make it amazing.
Before I get started, it is worth noting that Rosewater initially had 10 aspects of a successful game in his article. I will only be discussing nine of them because one of his aspects deals with selling a game to consumers. Seeing how poker is not sold in the traditional sense, I do not think it is worth discussion. Also, Rosewater mentions that in order to be successful, a game can be missing one of the 10 aspects. Interestingly enough, poker, in my mind, seems to be blatantly missing one of them although I bet quite a few people, particularly amateurs, would disagree.
I am going to briefly discuss a tic-tac-toe at the end of each section to contrast how poker, a good game, and tic-tac-toe, a bad game, differ. It is important to be able to look at all games and see why they work or why they do not. While those points will have nothing to do with poker, I think they are worth considering.
A Goal
All good games must have a goal. If the players have nothing to work towards, they will lose interest and stop playing. The goal of poker is to win money. Tournaments are a particularly engaging form of poker because you often have multiple goals, such as getting your first double up, getting in the money, making the final table, getting heads up and winning the whole thing. Poker also allows for other non-game related goals, such as socializing with your friends or getting a gambling high. Poker definitely succeeds in this category.
The goal of tic-tac-toe is to get three of your symbol in a row. This is clearly defined and concise.
A Clear Set of Rules
The basic rules to poker are easy to learn and understand. Pretty much everyone who plays even small stakes poker understands 95% of the rules. The learning of the basic, and even advanced, rules is not a terribly difficult task. If the rules to a game are too difficult, people will not want to learn to play. I believe one of the reasons Texas Hold’em is the most popular variant of poker is due to its simple rules. If you compare Hold’em to other poker variants, you will see the rules of the other games are much more complicated. While I do not think the rules of any poker game are enough to stop a hardcore gamer from playing, I can see how a novice would not want to learn Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Baducey.
Quite a few players do not know around 5% of the rules of poker, such as the “oversize chip rule” and the somewhat new “first card off the deck” rule. There are various rules in place to deal with a player who acts out of turn or slow the game down.  The Tournament Directors Association has done an excellent job in outlining these rules and implementing a progressive series of penalties for breaking the rules. They actually have a rules booklet that is 15 pages long. You can download it here.
When something happens at the table that is not covered in the rule book, which is extraordinarily infrequent, the floor man, who oversees each game, is given permission to use his judgment and make a rational ruling. While some less experienced floor men get some of these tricky decisions wrong, the best floor men in the world are almost always 100% correct and fair with their decisions. I think poker succeeds wonderfully in the “Rules” section.
The rules of tic-tac-toe take around 30 seconds to learn, allowing anyone to play with no prior experience. While having simple rules can be a good thing, the rules are so simple that the game quickly becomes stale.
For contrast, Chess and Magic: the Gathering both have fairly difficult rules to understand and master. Despite this, both games have a huge following because the price you pay by spending time learning the rules is more than paid back in the form of a lifetime of enjoyment. For example, the Magic rule book is currently a whopping 207 pages long. You can download it here.
That being said, almost no one actually “knows” all of the rules of Magic. The game is designed in a way such at most of the tricky rules are explained as the game progresses, allowing for clean, progressive accumulation of knowledge.
Interaction
Poker is filled with interaction. Since both players have the same goal in poker, winning each other’s money, both players must fight hard to make sure they have a reasonable chance to win. You must adjust your strategy to beat whatever strategy your opponent is currently or expected to be implementing. When you have the nuts, you have to figure out how to make your opponent put in his money with a lesser holding. When you have nothing, you have to either fold or figure out how to make your opponent fold a superior hand. This can be done in numerous ways, such as talking to your opponent, throwing your chips into the pot in a particular way, or simply remaining stoic, using your overall game plan and bet sizing to force your opponent to make an error. Poker clearly succeeds in this category.
There is very little interaction in tic-tac-toe. There is nothing you can say or do to influence your opponent’s decision to play fundamentally sound. You simply make your move and hope your opponent makes an error. That being said, you usually converse with your opponent, mostly due to the game being so boring, which I suppose is a minor redeeming factor.
A Catch-Up Feature
Anyone who has been brutally bad beat can attest to the fact that poker has an excellent catch-up feature build into it. A game will quickly become unplayable when weak players think they have no chance to win. The saying “a chip and a chair” has become famous because you always have some equity as long as you have some money in front of you at the poker table. I have personally watched a guy go from one ante chip with 18 players left in a WPT event to taking home the title. I have gone from having half of the chips at a final table to out in 7th place. Anything can happen in poker, which is one of the reasons people keep coming back to play.
Tic-tac-toe has no catch up feature. If you somehow find yourself behind, you will quickly lose unless your opponent makes an error.
Inertia
Inertia refers to something that drives a game towards completion. In tournaments, the constantly rising blinds ensure the game will end at a scheduled time. While everyone may start deep stacked and be able to play lots of hands after the flop, as the blinds increase, the game eventually evolves into a short stacked game dominated by preflop poker. Interestingly enough, deep stacked poker and short stacked poker require vastly different strategies.
Cash games are a bit different because they never end, assuming you are not playing fairly high stakes or at a casino that closes each night. High stakes games often break when the weak players quit. This unique dynamic often induces the good players to play way too many hands, hoping to win the weak player’s money before he quits for the day. Some players sit at the cash game tables until they are too tired to stay awake.
The best players are able to find a balance between always playing with weak players and playing while alert and focused. Sometimes the game is simply too good to pass up, forcing good players to play when they are overly tired and not playing their “A” game. This is a sacrifice they are willing to make. I think the total lack of completion is something that drives hardcore gamers to cash games because they can play as long as they want.
I think tournaments do an excellent job of bringing the game to a halt whereas cash games do a fairly poor job of it. For this reason, some poker players play exclusively cash games or exclusively tournaments. I believe this is a smart decision for the vast majority of amateurs as the games are totally different and appeal to different player types. There is no point in playing one variant of poker you don’t like as much as another, especially if you think you will have the same win (or loss) rate in both games.
Tic-tac-toe ends when someone gets three symbols in a row or there is a tie. This usually takes around one minute per game. Tic-tac-toe does a good job of ending the game quickly, although it likely ends the game too quickly.
Surprise
Believe it or not, people enjoy not knowing what is going to happen next. Why do you think poker television shows spend time displaying how the flop, turn and river run out after two players get all-in? Most people want to see who wins. You will find very few professionals actually care who wins once the money gets all-in. They simply care about who has the most equity and if both players played their hands in a fundamentally sound manner.
Poker offers a huge level of surprise to someone who thinks they lost a huge pot only to find out they won. On numerous occasions, I have witnessed someone get up from a table, thinking they lost a huge pot, cursing and screaming, only to be told they actually won the hand. Poker makes some people lose their minds.
I personally enjoy the surprise of playing a hand and getting an unexpected turn or river card when playing deep stacked. It is extremely exciting to me to have a well thought out plan for a hand that is forced to change because I did not factor something into my thought process. This forces me to rethink my plan and reminds me to think of all possible outcomes on future betting rounds, which is quite difficult to do all of the time. Poker excels in the surprise category.
The only surprising thing that can occur in tic-tac-toe is when your opponent makes a huge blunder.
Strategy
While there seems to always be a “luck vs. skill” debate raging in the government, I think everyone who has ever played poker for more than an hour realizes there is a huge amount of strategy involved. There must be a built in feature of a game that allows players to define and redefine their strategy as they become more experienced at the game.  You must be able to use your experience from the past to learn to play better in the future. Poker allows for this perfectly.
When someone first starts playing poker, they typically learn some basic strategy, such as “only put money in the pot when you have a strong hand.” Clearly, this does not require much actual strategy or thought. Later, those same players have their eyes opened to the fact that they can bluff, which leads them to think about what cards their opponent is holding. From there, they start thinking about how their hand appears to their opponent. This proceeds until the player learns a somewhat game theory optimal strategy. From there, they learn to think one level ahead of their opponents, adjusting their strategy as they see fit. The layers of strategy built into the game are limitless.
There are mounds of tools available on the internet that you can use to improve your game. There are lots of articles and books available on all subjects pertaining to poker that can help you improve. Some of the best players in the world produce training videos, exposing the plays they make that weaker players do not. If you cannot find excellent poker training material, you are not trying hard enough.
Poker is an engaging game because, at the table, you have to figure out your opponent’s strategy then adjust your strategy to beat their strategy. This means you cannot have a default strategy that will win a huge amount all of the time. The best you can do is develop some sort of game theory optimal strategy, but this will always win significantly less than if you varied your play based on your specific opponent’s tendencies. While you can spend as much time as you want to study the game away from the table, you must be able to think soundly and implement your flexible strategy at the table if you want to make money in the long run. Poker is dense. Dense games require a huge amount of strategy.
Tic-tac-toe has an easily discoverable basic strategy that requires only a few brain cells to figure out. Once you master this strategy, you will be unbeatable.
Fun
“Fun” is a difficult thing to define because different people enjoy different things. While some people enjoy wild fluctuations of the money in front of them, others have no desire to have any swings at all. Some people despise losing money. Some people love even the opportunity to win money. According to Rosewater, the real way to figure out if a game is fun is to ask the players at the end of a game if they would play again.  I have seen numerous players play marathon sessions of poker because they thoroughly enjoy it. I have seen players show up to their local casino at the same time every day to play a small, almost inconsequential, tournament. People love the act of playing poker.
Poker offers numerous avenues of enjoyment besides the act of playing poker. Some players enjoy conversing with other players at the table. Others like to get away from their “real” life and use poker to relax. Some people love to gamble and use poker as their game of choice. Others like to develop strategies and plays that allow them to push the boundaries of what is thought to be possible in the game, figuring out ways to run insane bluffs and make huge folds. While people use poker in different ways to have fun, they all keep coming back, at least until they are broke.
When you play tic-tac-toe, you frequently play for around five minutes then stop. This is because it is not a fun game.
Flavor
Flavor refers to the theme or story of a game. Candy Land, for example, is a race between players to find King Kandy. In reality, players are rolling random dice and moving through a grid of squares with no skill involved whatsoever, but kids love the game. The flavor of Candy Land is sweet!
In my opinion, poker completely lacks flavor although I think most amateurs would disagree. I do not think many people think in terms of the pocket cowboys drowning the two red Aces when their brother rides into town to save them at the river. However, in the past, poker was played in the backs of bars and pool halls. Poker games would frequently get robbed or raided by the police. Fights would break out over bad beats.
While this is not the case in today’s casinos, some players think they are doing something risky by playing poker. Other players associate poker with the Wild West, thinking they are like the old cowboys who could win or lose the farm, given the right amount of luck. I think these people associate poker with being macho. Lots of kids watch their dads go off to play poker and think that if you play poker, you must be a real man.
For those who did not know, the best poker players are overly intelligent people who spend countless hours studying the intricacies of the game, not the guys who show up in muscle shirts and try to beat people up. In my eyes, poker is a math game where you have to make adjustments based on the mistakes you think your opponents are likely to make. I do not think of back rooms, cowboys, or proving my masculinity while playing. I simply show up and do my best to make the best decisions possible. However, I realize I see the game much differently than most people because I have played it for so long. Overall, I think poker fails in this category once players become the least bit seasoned but initially, the game has gushes with flavor.
To continue hating on tic-tac-toe, it has no flavor at all.
Conclusion
As you can see, I think poker passes these nine criteria with flying colors. While cash games may have a bit of problem with inertia and I believe the game lacks flavor, the other aspects of the game more than make up for these minuscule flaws. Seeing how poker continues to grow at a staggering rate, especially in locations where the game has recently been officially and legally introduced, you can bet on it being around for a very long time.
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Wie ich 40 Pfund abgenommen habe und in die beste Form meines Lebens gekommen bin

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In diesem Blog-Beitrag werde ich Ihnen nicht nur erzählen, wie ich fett geworden bin, sondern auch erklären, wie ich in die beste Form meines Lebens gekommen bin. In diesem Beitrag werde ich Änderungen skizzieren, die Sie an Ihren Essgewohnheiten vornehmen können, um mit minimalem Aufwand in Form zu kommen. Meine Vergangenheit Als 12-jähriger Junge bestand meine Ernährung aus mikrowellengeeigneten Chicken Pot Pies, Gemüsekonserven und Coca-Cola. Manchmal hatten wir Glück und aßen Pizza oder chinesisches Essen. Da ich einigermaßen aktiv war, war ich als Kind nicht übergewichtig. Als ich älter wurde, forderte das Junk Food seinen Tribut. Ich aß dieselbe trashige Diät, die für die meisten Amerikaner ziemlich typisch ist, bis ich 19 wurde. Als ich im Alter von 19 Jahren anfing, professionell Poker zu spielen, wog ich ungefähr 150 Pfund und war nicht in guter Verfassung. Das Konzept der körperlichen Fitness war mir völlig fremd. Als ich 22 Jahre alt war, wog ich 185 Pfund und war offensichtlich fett. Anscheinend ist es kein guter Weg, um körperlich fit zu sein, die ganze Zeit herumzusitzen und Poker zu spielen. Meine „gesunde“ Ernährung Aufwachen Eines Tages wachte ich auf, schaute in den Spiegel und sah einen fettleibigen, ungesunden jungen Mann, der mich anstarrte. Etwas musste sich ändern. Ich entschied, dass es eine gute Idee wäre, gesund zu werden, indem man hauptsächlich gegrilltes Hühnchen mit BBQ-Sauce isst und Cranberrysaft trinkt. Ich nahm an, dass Hühnchen gesund sein muss, weil es fast kein Fett enthält, und Saft muss gesund sein, weil es aus Früchten hergestellt wird. Für diejenigen, die es nicht wissen, sind sowohl BBQ-Sauce als auch Cranberry-Saft mit Zucker gefüllt, was sie für Sie schrecklich macht. Diese milde Veränderung brachte mich jedoch auf den Weg zur Ernährungsaufklärung. Nachdem ich aufgrund meiner Ernährungsumstellung fast keine Ergebnisse gesehen hatte, entschied ich mich, einen Trainer zu suchen und regelmäßig ins Fitnessstudio zu gehen, was ungefähr zweimal pro Woche geschah. Der Trainer machte mich darauf aufmerksam, dass meine derzeitige „gesunde“ Ernährung tatsächlich unglaublich ungesund war. Er schlug vor, dass ich anfange, viel Fleisch, Erdnussbutter und Gelee-Sandwiches zu essen. Wie sich herausstellte, hatte er auch das Konzept einer „gesunden Ernährung“ falsch. Es gibt eine Menge Fehlinformationen darüber, was eigentlich gesund ist. Ratschläge, die funktionierten Dieses Buch hat mein Leben verändert. Nachdem ich ein bisschen hart trainiert und etwas gegessen hatte, was ich für ein paar Jahre für nahezu optimal hielt, ohne Ergebnisse, entdeckte ich zufällig Tim Ferriss ‘Buch The 4-Hour Work Week. Obwohl dieses Buch nichts mit Fitness zu tun hat, hat es mir viel über ein erfülltes Leben beigebracht. Ich verschlang das Buch und sehnte mich nach mehr. Wenig später veröffentlichte Tim sein zweites Buch, The 4-Hour Body, das mein Leben radikal veränderte. In diesem Buch skizzierte er eine Diät, die er als Slow-Carb-Diät bezeichnete und an die ich mich etwa ein Jahr lang strikt hielt. Ich sah schwindlig zu, wie 40 Pfund verschwanden, was mich in die beste Form meines Lebens brachte. Laut Diät sollte ich essen: Fleisch – Mageres Fleisch ist ideal, wenn es nicht mit Gras gefüttert wird. Fisch – Wild gefangener Fisch ist am besten. Eier Gemüse – Grünes Blattgemüse ist am besten, obwohl andere auch gut sind. Bohnen – Beachten Sie, dass Bohnen für manche Menschen schwer verdaulich sein können. Nüsse – Vermeiden Sie generell Erdnüsse. Stellen Sie fest, dass die meisten Nüsse einen hohen Anteil an gesunden Fetten haben. Essen Sie also in Maßen. Gesunde Öle – Zum Beispiel Kokosöl, Butter und Fischöl. Tee – Ich bevorzuge grüne, weiße, Oolong- und Pu’erh-Tees. Kaffee – höchstens zwei Tassen pro Tag. Wasser – Trinken Sie viel Wasser. Rotwein – Nur ein bisschen! Ich sollte nicht essen: Zucker – Zum Beispiel: Soda, Süßigkeiten, Eis, Kuchen, Schokolade, Karamell, BBQ-Sauce usw. Obst – Obst ist voller Zucker. Getreide – Auch wenn Getreide nicht nach Zucker schmeckt, wandelt Ihr Körper es in Zucker um, der schwer zu verbrennen ist, und verwandelt es schließlich in Fett. Auch Körner sind unglaublich schwer zu verdauen. Kartoffeln – Sie sind voller Kohlenhydrate. Transfette – Dies sind die ungesunden Fette, die in den meisten verarbeiteten Lebensmitteln vorkommen. Hochverarbeitete Lebensmittel – Wenn es in den mittleren Gängen des Lebensmittelladens verkauft wird, ist es wahrscheinlich schlecht für Sie. Pflanzenöle – Zum Beispiel: Rapsöl, „Pflanzenöl“, Sonnenblumenöl, Backfett, Margarine usw. Das Schönste an dieser „Diät“ ist, dass Sie an einem Tag pro Woche innerhalb eines angemessenen Rahmens essen können, was Sie wollen. Normalerweise hatte ich an meinem Betrugstag Pasta. Ich liebe Pasta! Meine Standardmahlzeiten, wenn ich mich strikt an die Diät hielt, waren: Zum Frühstück zwei Eier plus einen Salat oder eine Avocado. Chipotle! Zum Mittag- und Abendessen eine Burritoschale von Chipotle. Meine genaue Bestellung war Salat, schwarze Bohnen, Hühnchen, Pico de Gallo und würzige Salsa. Ich hatte diese Mahlzeit ungefähr zehnmal pro Woche. Es ist erwähnenswert, dass das Essen so vieler Bohnen irgendwann meinen Magen verletzt hat, also habe ich die Bohnen herausgeschnitten. Ich würde auch sporadisch gegrilltes Fleisch mit Gemüse zum Mittag- und Abendessen essen. Das war’s! Ich habe kein Obst, Saft, Brot, Dessert, abgepackte Lebensmittel, Cola usw. konsumiert. Nach einem harten Monat oder so habe ich aufgehört, diese ungesunden Lebensmittel zu vermissen. Jetzt mag ich nicht einmal Cola, das war das einzige Getränk, das ich getrunken habe! Es ist wichtig zu beachten, dass diese „Diät“ tatsächlich eine Änderung des Lebensstils darstellt. Mein Ziel war es, NICHT eine Menge Gewicht zu verlieren und dann zu den gleichen widerlichen Gewohnheiten zurückzukehren, die dazu geführt haben, dass man fett wurde. Mein Ziel war es, in Form zu kommen und in Form zu bleiben. Ich ging nie zurück zu Pot Pies und Cola. Mir wurde klar, dass ich nicht mehr aß, weil ich wollte, dass etwas in meinem Mund gut schmeckt. Ich habe gegessen, weil ich körperlich fit sein wollte. Wenn Sie verlangen, dass alle Lebensmittel, die Sie essen, fantastisch schmecken, müssen Sie erkennen, dass Sie wahrscheinlich nicht in Form sind. Manche Menschen bevorzugen es, Dinge zu essen, die gut schmecken, und andere bevorzugen es, in Form zu sein. Während einige gesunde Lebensmittel gut schmecken, werden Sie feststellen, dass die ungesunden Versionen oft besser schmecken. Als Ausgleich lege ich Wert darauf, beim Frühstück und Mittagessen fast perfekt zu essen. Wenn ich zum Abendessen etwas sehe, das ich will, esse ich es. Davon abgesehen möchte ich normalerweise nicht, dass etwas, von dem ich weiß, dass es offensichtlich ungesund ist, weil ich erkenne, dass der gute Geschmack in meinem Mund den Schaden, den sie meinem Körper zufügen, nicht wert ist. Sobald Sie feststellen, dass das Essen von Mist Ihren Körper in Mist verwandelt, möchten Sie keinen Mist mehr essen. Wenn Sie die oben genannten Richtlinien über einen Monat lang befolgen, werden Sie mit ziemlicher Sicherheit Gewicht verlieren. Der Schlüssel ist, dass Sie diszipliniert sein müssen. Wenn Sie ständig von der Diät abweichen, was die meisten Menschen zu tun scheinen, werden Sie nicht die gewünschten Ergebnisse erzielen. Wir haben den NYC-Marathon abgeschlossen. Nachdem ich 40 Pfund abgenommen hatte, beschloss ich, meine Trainingseinheiten zu beschleunigen und Muskeln aufzubauen. Ich muss zugeben, dass ich auch heute noch härter trainieren könnte als ich. Als ich anfing zu trainieren, erinnere ich mich, dass ich meinem Trainer scherzhaft gesagt habe, dass ich eines Tages einen Marathon laufen möchte. Amie, meine Verlobte, lief gerne kurze Rennen, und eines Tages beschloss ich, mich ihr anzuschließen. Im Laufe von drei Jahren haben wir hart daran gearbeitet, längere Strecken zu laufen. Schließlich absolvierten wir den NYC-Marathon und liefen 26,2 Meilen in etwas mehr als vier Stunden. Nach Abschluss des Marathons entschied ich, dass ich schnell sein wollte. Ich hätte viel lieber den Körper eines Sprinters als den Körper eines Distanzläufers. Als ich aufgewachsen bin, war ich nie schnell. Als Kind war es ein Kampf, eine 9-minütige Meile zu laufen. Also entschied ich mich natürlich dafür, dass es cool wäre, eine 5-minütige Meile zu laufen. Ich habe hart gearbeitet und hauptsächlich Intervalltraining mit hoher Intensität durchgeführt. Hier läuft man für kurze Zeit sehr hart und erholt sich dann. Ich kam dort an, wo ich leicht eine 6-minütige Meile laufen konnte. Probleme Darauf muss ich mich freuen! Dann begann mein Körper zu versagen. Sowohl meine Mutter als auch mein Vater haben Probleme mit ihren Beinen / Füßen / Knöcheln. Ich wurde mit den gleichen Problemen geboren. Ein Arzt sagte mir, dass ich die frühen Stadien der Arthritis in meinem rechten Fuß habe. Es tut momentan weh, mein rechtes Bein vollständig auszustrecken. Ich habe auch ein ordentliches Maß an Schmerzen in meiner linken Ferse. Der Arzt sagte, es sei nicht mehr intelligent für mich zu rennen. Bad Beat! Um mich nicht abschrecken zu lassen, verbringe ich jetzt den größten Teil meiner Trainingszeit damit, mein eigenes Körpergewicht auf verschiedene Arten zu heben. Die Idee, mein Gewicht als Fitnessstudio zu verwenden, hat mich immer interessiert. Ich habe in den letzten zwei Jahren gelernt, Handstände, Rückenbeugen, Klimmzüge usw. zu machen. Für einen reisenden Pokerspieler ist es von Vorteil, zu wissen, wie man von einem Hotelzimmer aus gut trainiert. Das Beste von allem ist, dass ich jetzt viel stärker bin als je zuvor. Durch Forschung habe ich gelernt, dass viel Muskelmasse viele Kalorien verbrennt, während Sie herumsitzen und nichts tun, was bedeutet, dass ich nicht annähernd so viel Herz-Kreislauf-Training absolvieren muss, um das Gewicht zu senken. Heute muss ich zugeben, dass ich in den letzten Jahren in Bezug auf meine Ernährung etwas nachlässig war. Ich esse zwar sauberer als fast jeder, den ich kenne, aber ich könnte es besser machen. Zum Beispiel trinke ich wahrscheinlich zu viel Wein. Es ist eine schwierige Frage für mich, weil ich entweder ein Glas oder weit mehr als ein Glas habe. Mir scheint die Disziplin zu fehlen, zwei Gläser zu haben. Ich habe hart daran gearbeitet, keinen Wein oder ein Glas zu haben. Ich habe auch meine Kämpfe! Mir geht es jetzt viel besser als früher. Inkrementelle Verbesserungen führen langfristig zu großen Veränderungen. Wenn ich zu Hause bin, besteht mein Frühstück und Mittagessen aus viel gemischtem grünem Gemüse und ungefähr der Hälfte einer Avocado. Ich gönne mir manchmal ein Abendessen, was ich nicht schlecht finde. Wenn ich reise, esse ich hauptsächlich Salate und Living Fuel Super Greens. Wenn ich viele grüne Smoothies esse, fühle ich mich absolut fantastisch. Ich habe mehr Energie und ich scheint klarer zu denken. Meine grünen Smoothies bestehen normalerweise aus Wasser, Spinat, Grünkohl, Alfalfasprossen, Salat und anderen verschiedenen grünen Blattgemüsen. Ich füge auch kleine Mengen Karotten, Paprika, blaue Beeren, Gogi-Beeren, Chiasamen und Leinsamen hinzu. Ein versteckter Vorteil der grünen Smoothies ist, dass Sie sie sehr schnell trinken können. Die meisten Menschen verbringen mindestens 30 Minuten damit, jede Mahlzeit zuzubereiten und zu essen. Die Zubereitung eines grünen Smoothie dauert ca. 3 Minuten und das Trinken 1 Minute. Es ist sehr vorteilhaft, jeden Tag eine zusätzliche Stunde Zeit zu haben, um zu tun, was immer Sie wollen. Ich lege immer noch Wert darauf, regelmäßig alle Arten von Getreide zu vermeiden. Ich habe festgestellt, dass das Essen jeglicher Art von Getreide meinen Bauch durcheinander bringt. Ich will keinen durcheinandergebrachten Bauch! Ich gönne mir ungefähr einmal im Monat eine Schüssel Nudeln. Ich habe gelegentlich Sushi, was mit meinem Magen übereinzustimmen scheint. Reis ist das einzige Korn, das mir nicht viele Probleme bereitet. Davon abgesehen habe ich wahrscheinlich ungefähr 5 Portionen Getreide pro Monat. Mein Gewicht schwankt derzeit zwischen 140 und 145 Pfund. Ich habe mich noch nie zu sehr mit Fitnessstatistiken beschäftigt, daher kann ich Ihnen weder meinen Körperfettanteil noch andere Zahlen mitteilen. Es scheint mir, dass viele der Statistiken, für die die Leute eine Menge Geld ausgeben, irrelevant sind, zumindest für meinen Zweck, in ziemlich guter Verfassung zu sein, ohne darüber nachzudenken. Mein Ziel ist es, weiterhin stärker zu werden, ohne zu viel geistige Energie für das Thema aufzuwenden. Ich erkenne, dass ich niemals ein Spitzensportler sein werde und ich glaube nicht, dass ich trainieren und mich auf eine solche Ernährung konzentrieren muss. Ich möchte jedoch ein langes, glückliches und gesundes Leben führen. Ich bin sicherlich kein Ernährungs- oder Fitnessexperte, aber wenn Sie Fragen haben, werde ich mein Bestes tun, um diese zu beantworten. Ich fordere Sie dringend auf, sich The 4-Hour Body anzuschauen. Das Anwenden der Informationen in diesem Buch hat mein Leben verändert. Ich hoffe es ändert auch deins. Wenn Ihnen dieser Beitrag gefallen hat, teilen Sie ihn bitte mit Ihren Freunden! Danke fürs Lesen. .

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10 Dinge, die Sie HEUTE tun können, um Ihr Pokerspiel zu verbessern

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In diesem Blog-Beitrag werde ich 10 Dinge auflisten und erklären, mit denen Sie heute beginnen können, um Ihr Pokerspiel zu verbessern. Selbst wenn Sie nur einen der unten aufgeführten Tipps anwenden, erhöhen Sie Ihre Gewinnrate. Es gibt nie einen besseren Zeitpunkt, um sich zu verbessern als heute. 1. Starten Sie die Reraising mit einem polarisierten Bereich. Vor dem Flop steigt die überwiegende Mehrheit der Amateur-Pokerspieler mit einem von zwei Bereichen auf. Die meisten Amateure reraisen einfach mit ihren Premium-Händen. Dies ist eine schreckliche Strategie, da alle Premium-Hände aufgedeckt werden und die Gegner callen können, wenn sie die richtigen impliziten Quoten erhalten, oder folden können, wenn sie nicht die richtigen impliziten Quoten erhalten. Wenn Sie Ihre Hand nach oben drehen, können Ihre Gegner perfekte Entscheidungen treffen, was Sie eine Menge Geld kostet. Sobald jemand merkt, dass das erneute Erhöhen mit nur Premium-Händen eine Verluststrategie darstellt, wechselt er normalerweise zum erneuten Erhöhen mit einem linearen Bereich, was bedeutet, dass er sowohl mit seinen Premium-Händen als auch mit Händen, die er als stark empfindet, wie AJ ​​und 7-7, erneut erhöht. Während dies eine großartige Strategie gegen Spieler sein kann, die Reraises mit leicht zu dominierenden Händen wie A-9 oder KT callen, ist es keine gute Strategie gegen Spieler, die Reraises nur mit Premium-Händen und Händen callen, die gegen eine Linearität gut abschneiden Bereich, wie 2-2 oder 6s-5s. Es gibt nur sehr wenige denkende Spieler, die sich dafür entscheiden, Reraises vor dem Flop mit Händen zu callen, die gegen einen linearen Bereich schlecht abschneiden, weil sie erkennen, wie schädlich es ist, regelmäßig dominiert zu werden. Meistens wird der ideale Reraising-Bereich polarisiert. Dies bedeutet, dass der Bereich aus den besten Händen wie AA, KK, QQ, JJ und AK sowie Händen besteht, die nicht gut genug sind, um eine Erhöhung zu callen, wie Ac-9d, Kd-5d und 9s-6s. Beachten Sie, dass Sie durch Callen, anstatt mit den meisten Ihrer guten, aber nicht erstaunlichen Hände wie AJ, KQ und Ts-9s zu reraisen, sehen können, ob Sie gut floppen, bevor Sie einen erheblichen Geldbetrag investieren. Wenn Sie vor dem Flop mit einem polarisierten Bereich erneut aufsteigen, können Sie auch aggressiv einen größeren Bereich spielen, was die Rentabilität Ihrer Premium-Hände drastisch erhöht. Wenn Ihre Gegner sich nicht sicher sind, ob Sie die Nüsse oder nichts haben, wird es ihnen furchtbar schwer fallen, gegen Sie zu spielen, was sie dazu zwingt, kostspielige Fehler zu machen. 2. Starten Sie die Fortsetzung der Wetten mehr in Heads-up-Pots. Während die meisten Amateurspieler wissen, dass sie auf dem Flop weiter setzen, wenn sich ihre Hand verbessert, scheitern sie oft daran, weiter zu setzen, wenn sie den Flop völlig verpassen. Wenn Sie gegen nur einen Gegner antreten, insbesondere bei Flops, die gut für Ihre Reichweite und schlecht für die Reichweite Ihres Gegners sein sollten, sollten Sie fast jedes Mal eine Fortsetzung setzen. Wenn Sie beispielsweise einen Preflop-Raise aus einer frühen Position machen und nur die Big Blind-Calls, wenn der Flop A-7-3, KQ-2 oder 8-4-2 kommt, sollten Sie jedes Mal eine Fortsetzung setzen. Zu den Flops, die Sie in Betracht ziehen sollten, gehören 8d-7d-2s und 6c-5c-4c, da diese im Durchschnitt für die Reichweite Ihres Gegners viel besser sein sollten als für Ihre. Davon abgesehen, wenn Sie von allen Positionen mit einem anständigen weiten Bereich erhöhen, wie ich in meinen Büchern vorschlage, können Sie mit Hochwetten auf fast allen Brettern einen hohen Prozentsatz der Zeit durchkommen, da jeder Flop möglicherweise mit Ihrer Hand verbunden sein könnte. Beachten Sie, dass Sie, wenn Sie nur mit einem engen Bereich von einer bestimmten Position aus erhöhen, weniger häufig auf bestimmte Flops setzen sollten, da gelegentlich klar ist, dass der Flop für Ihren Bereich schrecklich ist. 3. Starten Sie zwei weitere Fässer. Während sich viele Spieler mit Continuation-Wetten auf die meisten Flops einigermaßen vertraut gemacht haben, müssen sie erst noch erkennen, dass sie am Turn oft wieder schießen sollten, selbst wenn sie nichts haben. Da die Fortsetzung der Wette mehr zum Mainstream geworden ist, haben aufmerksame Spieler begonnen, sie mit einer größeren Reichweite zu callen oder zu erhöhen. Um Ihre Gegner zu bekämpfen, die Ihre Fortsetzungswetten mit einer großen Reichweite callen, sollten Sie den Zug mit einer großen Reichweite fortsetzen, zumindest bis sie zusätzliche Anpassungen vornehmen. Stellen Sie außerdem sicher, dass Sie fast immer wieder auf den Zug setzen, wenn sich das Spielfeld drastisch ändert, z. B. wenn ein offensichtlicher Draw abgeschlossen ist oder wenn Sie zusätzliches Eigenkapital aufnehmen, z. B. wenn Sie einen Flush Draw drehen, vorausgesetzt, Sie erwarten dies nicht Check-Raise bekommen. Sie werden überrascht sein, wie oft eine Turn-Wette den Pot stiehlt. 4. Machen Sie es sich nach dem Flop bequem. Wenn Sie zu höheren Einsätzen aufsteigen, werden Sie feststellen, dass die meisten großen Pots aufgrund von Wetten nach dem Flop auftreten. Das Problem dabei ist, zumindest für die meisten Amateure, dass sie nur Erfahrung vor dem Flop haben. Dies liegt daran, dass die meisten lokalen Casinos das Ziel haben, Turniere schnell zu beenden, damit die Spieler in Cash Games einsteigen können. Wenn Sie in der Welt des Turnierpokers aufsteigen möchten, müssen Sie es sich bequem machen, nicht Ihr gesamtes Geld vor dem Flop einzuspielen. Während dies zu mehr Situationen führt, in denen Sie sich über die relative Stärke Ihrer Hand nicht sicher sind, werden Sie feststellen, dass mit der Übung die Kurve und der Fluss dort werden, wo Sie den größten Teil Ihres Geldes investieren möchten. 5. Legen Sie Ihre Gegner auf eine Reihe von Händen. Wenn Sie Ihre Gegner nicht bei jeder Pokerhand, die Sie miterleben, auf eine Reihe von Händen legen, spielen Sie nicht richtig. Wenn Sie nur aufpassen, wenn Sie in einen Pot involviert sind, werden Sie keine wichtigen Messwerte für Ihre Gegner entwickeln, was Sie eine Tonne Eigenkapital kostet, wenn Sie einen Pot betreten. Wenn Sie nicht aufpassen, verpassen Sie auch die Zeit, die Sie damit verbracht haben, zu lernen, wie man Spieler auf Reichweiten bringt. Wenn Sie darauf achten, achtsam zu üben, wann immer Sie am Pokertisch sitzen, verbessern sich Ihre Fähigkeiten. Wenn Sie nicht aufpassen, erwarten Sie auf lange Sicht zu verlieren. 6. Fangen Sie an, andere Formen des Pokers zu üben. Besonders wenn Sie Pokerturniere spielen möchten, empfehle ich Ihnen dringend, sowohl Shorthanded als auch Heads Up zu lernen. Die überwiegende Mehrheit der Amateur-Pokerspieler hat Todesangst davor, gegen nur wenige Gegner zu spielen, weil sie gezwungen sind, Hände zu spielen, die sie als schwach ansehen. In Wirklichkeit verstehen sie nicht, wie sich Handwerte ändern. Dies führt dazu, dass sie entweder über- oder unterangepasst werden, was zu großen Fehlern führt. Während dieses Unverständnis kein großes Problem darstellt, wenn Sie ständig an einem vollen Tisch spielen, sind Sie bei Turnieren gezwungen, Shorthanded zu spielen, wenn das meiste Geld auf der Linie ist. Wenn Sie nicht wissen, wie man Shorthanded spielt, sind Sie im Nachteil. Cash Game-Spieler sind von diesem Konzept nicht ausgenommen. Die profitabelsten Möglichkeiten bei Cash Games ergeben sich oft, wenn Sie ein Spiel mit nur wenigen anderen Spielern beginnen können oder spät in der Nacht, wenn der Tisch kurz vor dem Bruch steht. Auf diese Weise können Sie gegen die schwächsten Spieler am Tisch viel mehr Hände als normal spielen, wodurch Sie eine enorme Gewinnrate erzielen. Wenn Sie sich weigern, Shorthanded zu spielen, werden Sie diese erstklassigen Verdienstmöglichkeiten verpassen. Ich schlage auch vor, dass Sie lernen, andere Spiele als No-Limit Hold’em zu spielen. Das Erlernen anderer Spiele zwingt Sie dazu, sich von jeglichen Standardgedanken zu befreien, die Sie möglicherweise über die Standard-Pokerstrategie haben. Verbringen Sie jedoch nicht zu viel Zeit mit den anderen Spielen, da sich die meiste Zeit auf das Spiel konzentrieren sollte, von dem Sie erwarten, dass es auf lange Sicht am profitabelsten ist. Das bin nicht ich, aber es ist nah genug. 7. Machen Sie sich fit. Die meisten Amateur-Pokerspieler denken, dass Poker nur auf dem Filz gespielt wird. Die meisten Spieler, die ganz oben im Spiel stehen, spielen die technischen Aspekte des Pokers erstaunlich gut. Was sie trennt, ist ihre geistige und körperliche Konditionierung. Wenn ein Spieler 8 Stunden und ein anderer 12 Stunden gut spielen kann, wird der Spieler, der 12 Stunden gut spielen kann, auf lange Sicht mit ziemlicher Sicherheit mehr Geld gewinnen. Wenn Sie in ausgezeichneter körperlicher Verfassung sind, können Sie länger spielen, ohne den mentalen Fokus oder die emotionale Kontrolle zu verlieren. Der naheliegendste Weg, um besser in Form zu kommen, ist regelmäßiges Training. Wenn Sie gerade erst anfangen zu trainieren, drücken Sie sich nicht zu sehr. Es ist nichts Falsches daran, langsam zu beginnen und allmählich zu einer anstrengenderen Routine überzugehen. Wenn Sie keine Ahnung haben, wo Sie anfangen sollen, mieten Sie einen Trainer oder lernen Sie das Thema online. Ich schlage vor, dass Sie vor jeder Ihrer Pokersitzungen mäßig trainieren. Dies wird Ihnen helfen, in die Zone zu gelangen, sodass Sie klarer denken können. Während das Training für die meisten Menschen offensichtlich ist, wird das richtige Essen oft ignoriert. Sie müssen sich bewusst werden, dass das, was Sie in Ihren Mund nehmen, Ihre körperliche Verfassung und Denkweise direkt verändert. Wenn Sie ständig Nudeln und Eis essen, sollten Sie mit einem trüben Urteilsvermögen und Übergewicht rechnen. Wenn Sie mageres Fleisch und Gemüse essen, werden Sie klar denken und in Form sein. Der Übergang von totalem Mist zu einer gesunden Ernährung hat mein Leben verändert. Ich empfehle Ihnen dringend, sich damit zu befassen. 8. Schlafen Sie richtig. Ich weiß, dass ich am nächsten Tag nicht mein bestes Poker spielen werde, wenn ich mindestens 7 Stunden pro Nacht nicht schlafe. So einfach ist das. Ich mache mindestens 7 Stunden Schlaf zu meiner höchsten Priorität, wenn ich weiß, dass ich am nächsten Tag Poker spielen werde. Wenn meine Freunde spät abends abhängen möchten oder ein geschäftliches Problem meine Aufmerksamkeit erfordert, ignoriere ich sie und gehe schlafen. Ich denke viel lieber mit klarem Verstand. Wenn ich am Pokertisch müde bin, habe ich in der vergangenen Nacht einen schweren Fehler gemacht. 9. Schreiben Sie Ihre Hände auf und überprüfen Sie sie. Wenn Sie Ihr Spiel am Ende der meisten Ihrer Sitzungen nicht überprüfen, verpassen Sie viel wertvolle Unterrichtszeit. Ich schlage vor, Sie tragen ein Notizbuch bei sich und schreiben jede wichtige Pokerhand auf, die Sie für den Rest Ihres Lebens spielen. Sie werden schockiert sein, wie Ihr Gedächtnis Sie versagen wird, wenn Sie versuchen, sich an alle Ihre Hände zu erinnern. Ich habe ein kostenloses Video erstellt, in dem genau erklärt wird, wie ich in den letzten Jahren alle meine Hände am Pokertisch aufgezeichnet habe. Sobald Sie Ihre Hände aufgezeichnet haben, können Sie sie mit Ihren Freunden und Ihrem Pokertrainer besprechen. Sie können sie auch am Ende des Tages überprüfen, um festzustellen, ob Sie eindeutige Fehler gemacht haben. An den meisten Tagen bin ich normalerweise mit ein paar Händen, die ich gespielt habe, unzufrieden. Ich lege Wert darauf, herauszufinden, wo ich falsch gelaufen bin, und passe mich entsprechend an. Mit der Zeit sollten Sie hoffentlich feststellen, dass Ihre Fehler abnehmen und Ihre Gewinnrate steigt. 10. Fangen Sie an, Poker zu lernen. Wenn Sie die meiste Zeit mit Poker verbringen und tatsächlich am Pokertisch sitzen, lernen Sie nicht genug. Bevor ich jemals eine Hand Poker um echtes Geld gespielt habe, habe ich fleißig über 10 Pokerbücher gelesen. Durch das Lernen vor dem Spielen hatte ich einen großen Vorteil gegenüber meiner Konkurrenz, die hauptsächlich durch Erfahrung lernte. Als ich anfing zu spielen, wurde ich exzellent im Spiel, indem ich ungefähr die Hälfte meiner Zeit mit Lernen und die andere Hälfte mit Spielen verbrachte. Heute können Sie leicht lernen, indem Sie sich Trainingsvideos ansehen und Bücher von den besten Spielern der Welt lesen. Ich habe eine Reihe von Büchern sowie eine Trainingsseite, FloatTheTurn.com, veröffentlicht, auf der ich regelmäßig Poker-Trainingsvideos veröffentliche. Natürlich schlage ich vor, dass Sie auch von anderen Weltklassespielern lernen. Ich bin Mitglied mehrerer Trainingsseiten und studiere regelmäßig Poker-Trainingsvideos. Schauen Sie sich meine Schulungsvideos an. Ich habe festgestellt, dass Live-Webinare ein viel besseres Lernwerkzeug sind als Bücher oder Standard-Schulungsvideos, da sie ein hohes Maß an Interaktion zwischen dem Publikum und dem Kursleiter ermöglichen. Interaktion ist der Schlüssel. Ich veranstalte ein monatliches Q & A-Webinar für alle FloatTheTurn.com-Mitglieder und erstelle ungefähr einmal im Monat ein Webinar, in dem ich ein bestimmtes Thema ausführlich diskutiere. Eine ausführliche Beschreibung eines bestimmten Themas ist eine hervorragende Möglichkeit zum Lernen, insbesondere für fortgeschrittene Spieler, die die grundlegenden Grundlagen des Spiels bereits beherrschen. Informationen zu meinen früheren Webinaren finden Sie auf meiner Produktseite. Um Informationen zu meinen zukünftigen Live-Webinaren zu erhalten, melden Sie sich für meine E-Mail-Liste an. Wenn Sie über die Ressourcen verfügen, empfehle ich Ihnen dringend, einen Pokertrainer zu engagieren. Sie werden feststellen, dass der kostengünstigste Weg, dies zu tun, normalerweise darin besteht, jemanden einzustellen, der etwas höhere Einsätze spielt als Sie. Wenn Sie normalerweise $ 2 / $ 5 in Ihrem örtlichen Casino spielen, stellen Sie jemanden ein, der die $ 5 / $ 10-Spiele schlägt. Wenn Sie $ 1.000-Turniere spielen, stellen Sie jemanden ein, der bei den $ 3.500-Turnieren regelmäßig gut abschneidet. Wenn Sie feststellen, dass Sie mit einem bestimmten Trainer nicht gut zusammenarbeiten, suchen Sie einen anderen. Als Kunde sollten Sie darauf achten, dass Sie alles, was Sie sich wünschen, aus einem Pokertraining herausholen. Ich hoffe, Ihnen haben diese 10 Tipps gefallen, mit denen Sie Ihr Pokerspiel verbessern können. Wenn Sie Vorschläge oder Kommentare haben, lassen Sie es mich bitte wissen. Danke fürs Lesen! .

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ในบล็อกโพสต์นี้ฉันจะเปิดเผยข้อบกพร่องที่ฉันมีในเกมให้คุณทราบ ฉันจะอธิบายขั้นตอนที่ฉันกำลังดำเนินการเพื่อแก้ไขปัญหา หวังว่าคุณจะสนุกกับรูปลักษณ์ที่ตรงไปตรงมาในใจของฉัน บอร์กาต้า! เมื่อเร็ว ๆ นี้ฉันมีความสุขที่ได้เล่นงาน Borgata Poker Open World Poker Tour มูลค่า 3,500 เหรียญ ฉันต้องยอมรับว่า Borgata ทำงานได้อย่างยอดเยี่ยมในการดูแลชุมชนโป๊กเกอร์ของพวกเขาและขยายเกมของพวกเขาอย่างต่อเนื่อง พวกเขาเป็นหนึ่งในคาสิโนแห่งแรกที่ลดการซื้อในกิจกรรมหลักของพวกเขาลงเหลือ 3,500 ดอลลาร์ทำให้ผู้เล่นที่อ่อนแอสามารถเข้าสู่กิจกรรมหลักได้ง่ายขึ้นมากทำให้งานนี้ทำกำไรได้มากสำหรับผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพแม้ว่าจะมีการซื้อที่ลดลงก็ตาม ใน. (เป็นหน้าสั้น ๆ สำหรับผู้ที่ไม่ทราบ: ผลกำไรที่คาดหวัง = ((ผลตอบแทนจากการลงทุน x ซื้อเข้า) – คราด)) ในวันที่ 1a และ 1b ฉันได้รับเงินจำนวนมากสำหรับสิ่งที่ดีและเพียงเล็กน้อยสำหรับ ไม่ดี ฉันพอใจกับสิ่งนั้น เชื่อหรือไม่ว่าฉันไปแบบ all-in กับชุดในทั้งสองวันและแพ้การเสมอกัน ครั้งตลก! ฉันคิดว่างานนี้เป็นการแสดงที่ดีที่สุดครั้งหนึ่งของฉันจนถึงปัจจุบัน ฉันจดจ่ออย่างดีและโดยทั่วไปอ่านอย่างระมัดระวัง อย่างไรก็ตามมีมือหนึ่งที่ฉันได้ฆ่าที่ฉันจะพูดคุยในภายหลังในโพสต์เหล่านี้ ฉันให้ความสำคัญกับการไว้วางใจการอ่านของฉันเป็นอย่างมาก ในการสัมมนาทางเว็บเมื่อเร็ว ๆ นี้ฉันเป็นเจ้าภาพร่วมกับผู้อ่านที่เก่งที่สุดในโป๊กเกอร์ Phil Hellmuth เขาพูดถึงว่าเขาเชื่อมั่นในการอ่านของเขามากแค่ไหน ที่ผ่านมาฉันกลัวเล็กน้อยที่จะเชื่อใจการอ่านของฉันแบบสุ่มสี่สุ่มห้าโดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่งเมื่อพวกเขาไม่ได้มีเหตุผลใด ๆ ด้านล่างนี้คือสองมือที่ฉันอ่านมากเกินไป ประการหนึ่งฉันเชื่อใจพวกเขาและอีกอย่างฉันปล่อยให้สมองส่วนวิเคราะห์ของฉันควบคุมการกระทำของฉันซึ่งนำไปสู่ผลลัพธ์ที่ทำลายล้าง บิ๊กคอลมือ 1 ฉันขึ้นจากอันดับ 2 เป็น 525 ด้วย As-Kc จากชิป 61,000 สแต็กที่ 100/200 ชายวัย 40 ปีที่อาจจะเคยนั่งแบบลีนจากกองชิป 21,000 ชิ้นจากที่นั่ง Lojack เป็น 1,500 ฉันเพิ่มเป็น 3,500 และเขาก็โทรมาทันที ใบปัดมา 7c-5c-4s ฉันเดิมพัน 4,000 และเขาย้ายทั้งหมดในทันทีเพื่อเพิ่มอีก 13,500 ฉันไม่คิดนานก่อนที่ฉันจะโทร. ฉันมีโฆษณาของเขาไม่ดี เขาไม่สามารถปรับปรุงได้และฉันก็ตักหม้อดีๆ คณิตสนุก! ทุกคนที่โต๊ะบอกฉันว่ามันเรียกว่าอะไรที่น่าทึ่ง แต่ในสายตาของฉันมันค่อนข้างง่าย ฉันต้องชนะประมาณ 32% ของเวลาที่จะคุ้มทุนตามอัตราต่อรองเงินกองกลาง หากคู่ต่อสู้ของฉันมีมือที่แข็งแกร่งเช่น QQ หรือ 6-6 ฉันมีส่วนแบ่งระหว่าง 23% ถึง 30% ซึ่งทำให้ฉันเรียกได้ว่าเป็นผู้แพ้เล็กน้อย ถ้าเขามีชุดฉันคงวาดแทบตายซึ่งจะเป็นหายนะ อย่างไรก็ตามฉันคิดว่าเขามักจะเล่นเซตช้าเกือบตลอดเวลา หากเขามีเน็คไทที่ไม่ได้จับคู่ฉันจะมีระหว่าง 45% ถึง 60% ซึ่งหมายความว่าฉันควรโทรหา ถ้าเขาสูญเสียความคิดของเขาด้วยมือที่ไม่ได้จับคู่แบบสุ่มฉันจะมีส่วนของผู้ถือหุ้นระหว่าง 75% ถึง 85% แน่นอนคุณไม่สามารถหาค่าเฉลี่ยตัวเลขเหล่านี้และดูว่าคุณยืนอยู่ที่ไหน คุณต้องหาว่ามือแต่ละประเภทอยู่ในระยะเอื้อมเท่าไร ตัวอย่างเช่นถ้าเขาเอื้อมมือมากเกินไปฉันจะมีรอยพับเดียว ถ้าเขาจับคู่และดึงฉันต้องโทรไปอย่างไม่เต็มใจ ถ้าเขาบลัฟมากฉันมีโทรศัพท์ง่ายๆ ดังที่กล่าวมามันยากที่จะทราบว่าคู่ต่อสู้ของคุณสามารถบลัฟฟ์อย่างบ้าคลั่งกับชิปทั้งหมดของพวกเขาโดยไม่มีเหตุผลที่ดีได้หรือไม่ โชคดีที่ฉันได้พัฒนาการอ่านที่ค่อนข้างแข็งแกร่งจากคู่ต่อสู้ของฉัน ก่อนอื่นเขารู้สึกประหม่าอย่างเห็นได้ชัด ดูเหมือนเขาจะเป็นคนที่คิดได้ซึ่งหมายความว่าฉันคิดว่าอย่างน้อยเขาก็รู้ว่าเขาหน้าตาเป็นอย่างไรสำหรับฉัน หลังจากที่ฉันกลับมาล้มเหลวเขาก็ย้ายเข้ามาทันที สิ่งนี้ทำให้ฉันคิดว่าเขามีมือระดับพรีเมียมเน็คไทหรือไม่มีอะไรเลย เนื่องจากฉันมีรูปร่างที่ดีทั้งที่ไม่ได้อะไรเลยและเสมอกันและมันเป็นเรื่องยากมากสำหรับเขาที่จะมีมือระดับพรีเมียมบนกระดานนี้การออลอินที่รวดเร็วของเขาทำให้ฉันคิดว่าอย่างน้อยมือของฉันก็อยู่ในรูปทรงเล็กน้อย ฉันแน่ใจว่าฉันได้หยิบเรื่องราวบางอย่างที่ไร้สติขึ้นมาซึ่งฉันไม่รู้ด้วยซ้ำ คุณจะพบว่าหลังจากเล่นโป๊กเกอร์ทุกวันเป็นเวลาประมาณห้าปีคุณก็แค่ “รู้” นี่เป็นหนึ่งในสถานที่เหล่านั้นที่ฉันแน่ใจว่าเขาเป็นคนบลัฟฟ์ (เกือบ) บิ๊กโฟลด์มือต่อไปนี้เป็นมือที่ถูกจับออกจากการแข่งขัน แม้จะเริ่มต้นวันใหม่ด้วยชิป 100,000 ชิป แต่ฉันก็พบว่าตัวเองกลับมาอยู่ในกองสั้น ๆ หลังจากไปเที่ยวและแพ้บ้านเต็มหลังจากนั้นก็แพ้ AK ไป 5-5 มือ 2 ในมือนี้ผมยกจาก 23,000 กองที่ 500 / 1,000 + 100 ด้วย Kh-9c จากเบาะจี้เป็น 2,200 LAG สุดยอดอายุ 40 ปีถูกเรียกจากคนตาบอดตัวเล็กและเด็กที่เห็นได้ชัดว่าเป็นมือสมัครเล่นที่เล่นสไตล์ที่ค่อนข้างแน่นและไม่โต้ตอบที่เรียกว่าบิ๊กบลายด์ ใบปัดมา Ks-Qd-4c คนตาบอดตัวเล็กตรวจสอบ คนตาบอดตัวใหญ่ครุ่นคิดอยู่สองสามวินาทีก่อนมอง ฉันคิดว่าเขากำลังจะวางเดิมพัน แต่ตัดสินใจที่จะตรวจสอบแทน ฉันตัดสินใจเดิมพัน 2,600 หวังว่าจะทำให้คนตาบอดตัวเล็กเป็นบ้าและลุกขึ้นสู้กับอากาศที่พวกเขาสามารถทำได้อย่างแน่นอน คนตาบอดตัวเล็กพับอย่างรวดเร็วและคนตาบอดตัวใหญ่คิดประมาณหนึ่งนาทีก่อนที่จะพูดว่า“ เพิ่ม” และเดิมพัน 5,000 ชิป เขาบอกให้ใช้ 5,200 ซึ่งเขาทำ ฉันตัดสินใจโทร. จุดเปลี่ยนคือ (Ks-Qd-4c) -8c คู่ต่อสู้ของฉันคิดสักพักก่อนที่จะถามว่าฉันเหลืออยู่เท่าไหร่ในกองของฉัน จากนั้นเขาก็ออลอิน ฉันโทรไปและแพ้ Kd-Qc ของเขา ฉันทำอะไรผิด? ในขณะที่มองย้อนกลับไปที่ฟลอปจะช่วยประหยัดเงินได้มากที่สุดฉันคิดว่ามันเป็นสิ่งจำเป็นที่จะต้องเดิมพันความคุ้มค่าการป้องกันและบางทีคนตาบอดตัวเล็กจะหลุดมือ เมื่อบิ๊กบลายด์มือสมัครเล่นแน่นขึ้นฉันควรจะพบว่าพับง่าย การตรวจสอบฟลอปแปลก ๆ ของเขาและการเพิ่มขั้นต่ำด้วยการคลิกผิดควรทำให้ฉันรู้ว่าเขาไม่ได้ยุ่ง หากคุณไม่รู้ตัวเมื่อมีคนพยายามเลี้ยงดูและตื่นเต้นมากที่พวกเขาไม่สามารถคิด 2,600 x 2 ได้ในใจพวกเขามักจะมีมือระดับพรีเมี่ยม ฉันเชื่อมั่นในตัวเองว่าเขาสามารถใช้แนวนั้นกับ AQ, QJ, JT หรืออาจจะและ K เห็นได้ชัดว่ากระบวนการคิดของฉันแย่มาก คู่ต่อสู้คนนี้ไม่เคยมายุ่งในจุดนี้ เมื่อได้รับสายล้มเหลวของฉันฉันคิดว่าการทำลายแม่น้ำเป็นเรื่องจำเป็นเล็กน้อย ฉันไม่ชอบ แต่ฉันคิดว่ามันเป็นเกมเดียวที่สมเหตุสมผลเพราะฉันคาดหวังว่าเขาจะเข้าร่วมในพื้นที่ตรวจสอบความล้มเหลวทั้งหมดของเขาซึ่งฉันคิดว่ามันแย่กว่าที่มีมือที่ฉันตี เป็นที่น่าสังเกตว่าคนที่ถามคุณว่าคุณเหลือเงินเท่าไหร่ก่อนที่จะย้ายทั้งหมดมักจะมีมือระดับพรีเมียม K-9 แพ้มือพรีเมี่ยมทั้งหมด บางทีฉันอาจจะช่วยชีวิตบิ๊กบลายด์ 13 ครั้งสุดท้ายได้ ก่อนที่ฉันจะปิดโพสต์นี้ฉันต้องการพูดถึงว่าทุกเกมต้องใช้ทักษะจำนวนมากอย่างไม่น่าเชื่อเพื่อระบุความแตกต่างระหว่างโชคร้ายกับเกมร้าย ในขณะที่มือที่จับไม่ได้ของฉันสามารถมองได้ว่าเป็นตัวที่เย็นกว่าซึ่งผู้เล่นส่วนใหญ่เสียทุกครั้ง แต่ฉันไม่เห็นว่าเป็นแบบนั้น ฉันถือว่ามือที่หักของฉันเป็นสถานการณ์ที่หลีกเลี่ยงได้อย่างหมดจด แม้ว่าการพับใบปัดจะช่วยให้ฉันมีสแต็คตาบอดขนาดใหญ่เพียง 18 ชิ้น แต่ฉันก็ควรพับและพยายามวิ่งขึ้นต้นขั้ว ฉันอยากจะบอกให้ชัดเจนว่าฉันไม่ได้มองย้อนกลับไปที่มือนี้และคิดว่า “ฉันเล่นผิดอย่างเห็นได้ชัดเพราะฉันแพ้” ฉันไม่สนใจว่าฉันจะเสียไพ่โป๊กเกอร์หรือไม่โดยไม่คำนึงถึงเงินเดิมพัน ฉันสนใจเฉพาะการตัดสินใจที่ดีที่จะนำมาซึ่งความยุติธรรมในระยะยาว ในขณะที่ฉันรู้สึกว่าฉันทำงานได้ดีเกือบตลอดเวลา แต่มือ K-9 ก็ผิดพลาดอย่างชัดเจน ฉันต้องชี้ให้เห็นว่าจะไม่มีการทำผิดซ้ำสอง ฉันเรียนรู้อะไรได้บ้าง? ฉันโทรได้ดีมากมายระหว่างทัวร์นาเมนต์นี้และสิ่งที่ฉันคิดว่าเป็นริ้วรอยที่ดี อย่างไรก็ตามฉันตระหนักดีว่าโดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่งในขณะที่สแต็คกำลังหดตัวฉันมีแนวโน้มที่จะตัดสินใจโดยอาศัยคณิตศาสตร์เพียงอย่างเดียวที่ฉันเรียนรู้ในฐานะเกมเมอร์ออนไลน์เมื่อหลายปีก่อน เมื่อคุณแทบจะไม่สามารถอ่านคู่ต่อสู้ของคุณได้สิ่งที่คุณต้องทำก็แค่ใช้คณิตศาสตร์ นี่ไม่ใช่กรณีของโป๊กเกอร์สด หากคุณมีกองบิ๊กบลายด์ 23 กองคุณแทบจะไม่พยายามพับคู่บนสุด เมื่อรู้ว่าคู่ต่อสู้ของฉันไม่ได้มายุ่งวุ่นวายฉันควรจะพับวินัย ออนไลน์ยกเว้นในสถานการณ์ที่หายากที่สุดคงเป็นไปไม่ได้ที่จะรู้ว่าคู่ต่อสู้ของฉันไม่ได้มายุ่งวุ่นวาย ชีวิตมันควรจะใส เนื่องจากฉันได้ทำงานอย่างหนักเพื่อพัฒนาทักษะการอ่านที่ค่อนข้างแข็งแกร่งซึ่งดูเหมือนจะแม่นยำกว่าไม่มากฉันจึงควรพึ่งพาพวกเขามากกว่านี้ ในอนาคตฉันจะพยายามทำให้ริ้วรอยใหญ่ขึ้น ปัญหาในการพับคือมักจะใช้เวลาส่วนใหญ่ในการพับให้ถูกต้องในขณะที่การโทรของคุณแทบจะไม่จำเป็นต้องถูกต้องเพื่อให้ได้กำไรเนื่องจากอัตราต่อรองของพ็อด ปัญหานี้มักจะทำให้ฉันต้องยกเลิกไปเล็กน้อยโดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่งกับผู้เล่นที่มีความกระตือรือร้น มีแล้ว! ฉันต้องมั่นใจมากขึ้นในการอ่านของฉันโดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่งเมื่อเป็นเรื่องของการย่น คาดว่าจะไม่พับอีกแล้วหลังจากทำมาให้ทุกคนได้อ่านกัน! หากคุณชอบการวิเคราะห์ด้วยมือประเภทนี้และต้องการมากกว่านั้นฉันขอแนะนำให้อ่านหนังสือของฉัน The Main Event with Jonathan Little ขอบคุณสำหรับการอ่าน. ขอให้โชคดีกับเกมของคุณ .

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Travel Rake

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In this blog post I will detail one of the most costly leaks that aspiring poker pros fail to comprehend or even acknowledge. I will also outline ways for you to plug this leak so it doesn’t destroy your bankroll. It should be noted that this post is for people who care about money. If you are super rich or simply do not care about money, ignore this post
I frequently get emails from my students detailing their poker trips. One of the most common mistakes they make pertains to how much time and money they spend to actually play a tournament series. It is not uncommon for someone to go on a poker trip for a weekend to play a $240, $340, and $550 tournament. The rake in these events is $40, $40, and $50, meaning they think they are paying $130 in rake. This could not be further from the truth.
Travel Rake
While you must pay the casino $130 when you buy into the tournaments, you must realize that you have to spend WAY more money than that to actually play the events, especially if you have to travel to play it. Travel rake, which I define as how much you have to spend to play a tournament, comes in many forms, including travel costs, hotel bills, food, and parking. You must account for ALL of your expenses beyond what you would normally incur while sitting at home when figuring out if a poker trip will be profitable.
For example, it is not uncommon for hotels to give a discounted poker rate of $100 per night, which feels like a decent deal. However, if you were initially looking at spending $1,130 for a poker trip in order to have $1,000 in action ($240 + $340 + $550, from above), you now have to spend an additional $200 for a room. You also have to pay for food that is slightly more expensive than normal, perhaps to the tune of $5 per meal. If you will have 9 meals, that is an extra $45. You also have to pay for either gas plus wear and tear on your vehicle or an airplane flight to get to the casino. While this cost varies significantly, let’s assume it is $100, which is on the low side. This means you now have to spend $1,475 to get $1,000 in action.
Realistically, if you are a WORLD-CLASS player, you should expect to win at roughly 100% ROI, meaning for every $1 you invest, you should win $1. So, if you are investing $1,000, you should win $1,000 profit in the long run. It is worth noting that the long run takes a long time to even out. Expect huge swings in your bankroll along the way. You will certainly not win anywhere near a set amount on each and every trip. You will usually lose most of your tournaments and occasionally win one. Do not fool yourself into thinking you will win on all, or even most, of your poker trips.
Notice that you do not win on your entire $1,475. The extra $475 simply vanishes. So on average, you should expect to go for this poker trip and win $525 over the course of three days. While this is reasonably acceptable to most people, effectively giving away 48 hours (3 days – 8 hours of sleep per day) at the rate of $10.90 per hour, it is certainly not a great deal.
You should notice that in the above example, I made a few assumptions that make this situation favorable for the player. In reality, most players are not world-class. Most “good” players win at roughly 25% ROI, meaning they will win $250 on the trip, resulting in a $225 loss for the trip. Most of the time travel costs are WAY more than $100. A high percentage of poker players gamble at casino games while traveling, also costing them some amount of equity. Others go out and party or drink at night, reducing their expectation at the poker table. It is quite easy to butcher your profits while traveling.
Some players realize that short poker trips are a bad idea and make a point to take longer ones. Assume that instead of a weekend trip, they go on 14 day trips. They fly to a tournament series and play an event somewhere between $500 and $1,500 each day. Let’s average it out to $1,000 per day. So, as a realistic example, they get to invest $14,000, which comes out to $1,000 per day plus $100 rake. They also have to pay $500 for a flight plus $100 per night for their hotel room and perhaps $100 extra for food. Their total “bill” comes out to $14,000 + $1,400 + $500 + $1,400 + $100 = $17,400. This means they must win at a win rate of at least 17,400/14,000 = 124%, or 24% ROI to break even. Obviously the goal is to win, not break even.  If the player is really good, winning at 50% ROI, he will win $3,600, which sounds pretty decent. However, once you realize the player had to devote two weeks of his life to win that amount while experiencing huge swings to his bankroll, it doesn’t sound like such a good deal.
High Stakes
In the high stakes poker world, the travel rake, which is often more costly in terms of dollars, is less significant compared to the total amount of money invested. For example, I recently went to Barcelona where I could invest roughly $50,000 in 10 days. I estimate the total travel rake was roughly $8,000. This means I had to win at 16% ROI (58,000/50,000) to break even, which I certainly think is possible for me.
More recently, I made the MISTAKE of going to the WSOP APAC in Melbourne, Australia. While I love the city and the venue, it is simply not worth it in terms of time and travel rake. I was going to play around $25,000 worth of events and had to spend $10,000 in travel rake. The math of 35/25 simply doesn’t work out because I have to win at 40% ROI to break even, which is tough in high stakes tournaments. I also had to invest 60 hours on an airplane. No thanks!
Variance
It is important to note that as your ROI diminishes, the amount of variance you will experience will go through the roof. If you consistently play with a 65% ROI, you will usually be on a fairly consistent upswing, but if you are playing with a 15% ROI, you will have gigantic swings, especially in the downward direction. Maximizing your ROI will help keep you sane because you will rarely go on devastatingly long downswings. I actually make a point to skip tournaments where I don’t expect to have a large ROI. I don’t play poker to gamble.
Time
It is important to realize that travel rake occurs EVERY time you play poker. Even if you roll out of bed and play online, where the travel rake is minimal, you must realize that you are spending some amount of time to play. Those hours could easily be spent doing other things that make you money immediately, improve your future earning potential, or improve your happiness. If you fail to value your time, you are making a serious mistake because time is the only resource you cannot get more of.
Experience
It is worth noting that most people enjoy traveling to play poker. They derive happiness from it. If you told most amateur poker players that they could play poker for two weeks with relatively little risk and no potential of winning money in the long run, they would be thrilled. Most players love traveling to exotic locations and experiencing new cultures. There is certainly value to all of these things.
When you travel, I strongly suggest you spend time away from the casino. While this means you will play slightly less poker, you will learn about the world and hopefully enjoy your time a bit more compared to sitting at a poker table. I made the mistake of not experiencing the world, despite traveling all over it, during my first few years as a poker player. All I did was play poker. I now realize how stupid I was. I wasted time I can never get back.
I got to travel around Australia!
You can realistically add some amount of equity onto your ROI to account for the happiness and increased knowledge of the world you get from traveling. On the other hand, you can also subtract some equity from your ROI when traveling to places you don’t like. There are a few poker venues I will almost certainly never visit again because traveling to them is difficult and the venues are not nice. Even if they ran a super-soft high stakes tournament, I would likely not attend. I value my happiness quite highly.
As for my Australia trip where I did not expect to gain much poker equity, I actually made a vacation out of it, greatly improving the perceived ROI of the trip. I realized that going to Australia (at least for an American) is not something I will get to do too often. I spent two weeks after the tournament traveling around the country with my fiancée and one of her friends. It was an amazing time that I am glad I got to experience. That being said, I do not expect to go back to Australia anytime soon. It is simply too “expensive” in terms of travel rake.
Keeping Travel Rake Low
When possible, simply do not travel to play poker. If you have your choice between a $340 local tournament or a $1,100 tournament you have to travel to, play the $300 local event. For some simple math, if you win at 50% in both events but the $1,100 event requires $100 in travel, $115 for hotel/food, plus six extra hours of your life, you will win $150 from the $340 tournament (minus some minimal amount for travel) and you will win $285 from the $1,100 event. Notice that six hours of your life is likely not worth $135, which is the difference in the profitability of the two trips.
You should make a point to share hotel rooms with your trustworthy friends. I spend around 90% of my poker travel time rooming with at least one other person. Not only does this drastically reduce your hotel bill, but it also gives you someone to talk to about poker. If you constantly discuss poker and question your strategies, you will improve, increasing your win rate. You may also be able to share a car ride with your friend, saving gas money.
Different than a hotel
I have recently started staying in private apartments instead of hotels, especially when traveling to expensive venues. For example, in Barcelona, I booked a place for the 10 days through airbnb.com at the cost of $100 per day. This was a huge discount compared to the hotel rooms at the tournament venue, which were $300 per night. It is also nice to get away from the poker area and enjoy the city on a daily basis. Just be sure to be safe!
This should be obvious, but you should not stay in gigantic suites or fly in first class. I have known many poker players who have gone stone broke because they thought they had to indulge in these luxuries. While splurging on these experiences is nice from time to time, if they become the norm for you, expect to watch your bankroll slowly diminish.
Make a point to sign up for frequent flier programs and hotel rewards programs. While these things will not bring in huge amounts of money, every little bit helps.
I have started traveling with some food, mainly because I am working hard to be healthy, but also to keep my expenses down. I usually have some form of a green smoothie for breakfast and lunch each day. Given the smoothie only costs around $5, I save at least $5 every time I have it instead of buying breakfast or lunch somewhere.
My water stash
When possible, get comps from the tournament director or casino host. Lots of casinos offer various discounts for poker players, such as cheaper hotel rooms and food vouchers. In Australia, I realized that the bottled water in the hotel room cost $5 each. I found a refrigerator in the tournament area that had free water. I stocked up each day and ended up with lots of water to drink in my hotel room. You will find that most hotel spas stock free fruit and nuts you can have as well.  In Barcelona, the EPT registration booth had coupons to get a gigantic spread of food at nice local restaurants for $13. It was an absolute steal.
I strongly suggest that you avoid all vices while on your poker trips. If you are out clubbing all night, you will be hung over and tired the next morning. If you spend your time, energy, and money gambling in the pit, you will certainly be a loser in the long run. If instead, you spend your time sleeping well, meditating, eating right, and working out, things are much more likely to go your way.
Assuming you are good at other forms of poker, such as satellites and cash games, you can spend your free time playing those. Even if you win only $100 per day, that will become significant in the long run. I typically play a decent amount of cash games (as long as the rake is low!) and also a few satellites. For example, during my trip to Australia, I spent around 15 hours playing satellites and cash games, winning $7,000. In Barcelona (where I won $6,000 on the side), I only played satellites because the cash game rake was gigantic.
If You Must Travel
I recognize that lots of people simply must travel in order to play poker because there is no casino in their town. Assuming you must play poker (no one ever said you MUST play), plan your trips intelligently and do the math ahead of time to see if you can realistically turn a winner. If it is simply not possible, there is nothing wrong with traveling to play with the understanding that you are going to lose in order to learn and to have a good time. You can also play online for tiny amounts of money to get experience. If you know that you are not going to win money from a poker trip, ask yourself why you want to go play it in the first place. The way you answer that question will determine your course of action.
Conclusion
While traveling the world (or region) playing poker can be fun, exciting, and rewarding, it can also be the unseen leak that slowly depletes your bankroll. Once you become mindful of your spending, you will discover numerous ways you can save money, allowing you to continuously grow your bankroll.
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My Podcast List

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I have been asked numerous times “What podcasts do you listen to?” For those who do not know, I spend a TON of time listening to podcasts. While most people spend their time listening to music, I try to learn things to better my life. I usually listen to podcasts while traveling, working out, and occasionally at the poker table, although that is not recommended because it makes concentrating on the game nearly impossible.
For those who don’t know, a podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player (such as a smart phone). Podcasts are typically available as a series. New installments can usually be received by subscribers automatically to their devices.
For example, you can listen to (and watch) my podcast, Weekly Poker Hand, on this website but you can also download it automatically through iTunes directly to your phone. Podcasts cover in a wide variety of topics. There is at least one podcast for pretty much any subject you can imagine.
Personally, I listen to podcasts through my iPhone’s Podcast app. I simply subscribe to the podcasts I want to listen to in the iTunes store and they download automatically to my phone whenever I am connected to wifi. When I finish listening to a podcast episode, I delete it from my phone. It is that easy!
I always listen to podcasts at either 1.5x or 2x the normal speed, which is a setting you can enable on most podcast programs. This will allow you to quickly devour the content. Remember, time is the only resource you cannot get more of! I keep my notepad open on my phone where I write down anything I hear that I may want to implement into my life. When I have free time, I go through my ever-growing list and start adding the concepts to my life. Some of them stick and some of them don’t, but either way, I am constantly growing and learning.
You will notice that I listen to podcasts on various subjects. Some of these may be interesting to you and others may be irrelevant. I hope you find this list to be helpful. If you find any of these to be useful to you, let me know!
Poker Podcasts
You may be surprised to discover that I don’t listen to many poker podcasts. Honestly, I think most of them are bad. I have tried listening to almost all of them with no luck. Most of them either cover poker news/gossip, which I don’t particularly care about, or have people discussing poker strategy who aren’t actually good at poker. That being said, there are a few amazing podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.
The Mindset Advantage Podcast
My Positive Poker co-author, Dr. Tricia Cardner and my mindset coach Elliot Roe teamed up to bring you this amazing weekly podcast. They interview world-class poker players and athletes, allowing you to see how they remain at the top of their games. This is by far my favorite poker podcast. I was honored to be one of their first guests. For more from Tricia and Elliot, be sure to check out their sections in my book, Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em.
 
The Mental Game of Poker Radio Show
Jared Tendler, author of The Mental Game of Poker, interviews people in the poker world and discusses topics not relating to the actual playing of poker. I love this type of content because it shows you who these poker players actually are. When you only encounter someone at the poker table, unless they are overly loud, you often don’t know much about them. It is easy to think someone who is quiet at the table is either a machine or a jerk. After an interview with Jared, you realize they are almost all kind, loving humans. For more from Jared, be sure to check out their sections in my book, Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em.
 
Weekly Poker Hand with Jonathan Little
Yes, I listen to my own podcast. I have to be sure I don’t say anything silly! In this weekly podcast, I review a hand I recently played. I try my best to pick fun but educational hands. Do not expect any bad beat stories. If you like my podcast or if you have other format ideas you would like me to try out, please let me know. I am willing to give anything a try! If you haven’t checked out Weekly Poker Hand, please do so and give me your honest feedback. You can watch the video version each week on this site, JonathanLittlePoker.com. 
 
Business
I am having a difficult time actually classifying the following podcasts because, in my mind, they are only somewhat related to business. To me, they are related to life. I have learned a TON of what I know from these podcasts. I am always excited when a new episode is released.
The Tim Ferriss Show
I discovered Tim a few years ago through his book, The 4-Hour Work Week. He put out the 4-Hour Body, which I diligently followed and lost over 40 pounds. He then put out The 4-Hour Chef, which taught me to cook better than I ever thought possible. He recently started putting out a podcast where he interviews influential people from all walks of life. Tim asks perhaps the most perfect questions to get actionable information from the brightest people in the world. It is amazing.
 
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
This is another interview-based podcast. I learned about this podcast because he had Daniel Negreanu on it and I decided to give it a listen. Ever since then, I have been hooked. He has interviewed lots of people who are at the top of their chosen craft. If you like inspirational stories from successful people who worked hard to get to the top, this is the podcast for you.
 
The Smart Passive Income Podcast
Pat Flynn, who I learned about from Tim Ferriss’ podcast, is an online marketer who has made lots of money through affiliate links. He gives away a TON of content for free. In each episode, he either discusses a specific topic, such as How to Start a Podcast, or interviews someone who has been successful at an internet business, usually using somewhat unconventional strategies. I actually designed this website, JonathanLittlePoker.com, shortly after discovering Pat’s podcast. He also inspired me to start writing this blog.. If I didn’t stumble on this podcast, this site would not be here. “No one ever got poor by giving.”
The James Altucher Show
I discovered this podcast when he interviewed professional poker player Ylon Schwartz on. I coached WSOP November 9’er Steve Begleiter with Ylon. This podcast is a series of interviews where James Altucher, who has had too many successes and failures to count, interviews fun people from all walks of life. This is quite similar to the Tim Ferriss podcast in terms of content. I learn a ton from this podcast, not only about things I should be doing, but also about things I should be avoiding.
 
Educational Podcasts
While these podcasts are all educational, you are probably not going to learn a ton of actionable information. However, I find all of these to be thoroughly entertaining and highly insightful.
Freakonomics Radio
This is a podcast by the guys who wrote Freakonomics, which was one of the first books that got me thinking about using math/economics in everyday life. They always have fun stories discussing various aspects of life that often leave me wanting more, which is a good thing. I actually emailed one of the authors of the books looking for life advice and he told me his wife was currently reading my poker book. How cool is that?!?
 

NPR: Planet Money Podcast
This podcast is quite similar to Freakonomics but is put out on a more consistent basis. The episodes are roughly 15 minutes long, compared to Freakonomics’ 30 minutes. They cover lots of stories on various topics, usually involving the economy, but not in a mainstream, fear-driven way.
 
Magic: The Gathering podcasts
I play a marginal amount of Magic: The Gathering online as my primary hobby. As with everything I do in life, I make a point to study it at least somewhat diligently. If you don’t know how to play Magic, these podcasts will be relatively useless for you. That being said, if you currently play or played Magic in the past, these are great.
 
Magic: The Gathering Drive to Work Podcast
Mark Rosewater, the head designer for Magic: The Gathering discusses numerous aspects of game design and being the head game designer of the best game in the world. Quite a few of the concepts discussed in my blog, including 10 Aspects of a Successful Game and Understand the Three Player Types came from knowledge I gained through his podcast.
 
Limited Resources
In this podcast, Marshall Sutcliffe, who is a poker player and commentator for the Magic Pro Tour, discusses the only format of Magic I play, Limited. With a cohost, he discusses each new set of cards and various strategies used to improve your Limited skills. Even though these podcasts tend to be quite long, there is never a dull moment.
 
That is all of them!
If you found this list to be useful, please let me know. If you fall in love with someone’s content, let them know I sent you. If you listen to any podcasts that you think I would enjoy, please share them with me. Thanks for reading!

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Australia Trip Report

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My view in Melbourne
As most of you know, I spent all of October, 2014 in Australia.  I decided to make the trip to play the WSOP APAC events even though EPT London, which turned out to be a much larger tournament, was going on at roughly the same time. I decided to travel much farther to Australia because Amie, my fiancée, wanted to take a vacation to Australia and I figured this would be our only opportunity to make the trip any time soon.  Our plan was for me to arrive on 10/1 and for Amie to come after the poker tournament was finished, along  with one of her friends.
Before you proceed, please know there will be very little poker information and a lot of talk about my travels in this post. If you want poker advice, please check out my other blogs.
Flying to Australia from NYC is rough. My total travel time was 31 hours. Even though most people complain about flights, I don’t mind them. I spent almost all 31 hours listening to podcasts, reading books, and hibernating. The flight went as smoothly as possible. Uneventful flights are nice.
I had the opportunity to spend six hours in the Hong Kong airport on the way to Melbourne. For some reason, seeing lots of things I view as strictly American in Chinese is funny to me. I somehow had dim sum at a relatively nice place and I also spent $50 on tea, mostly because I was too tired to figure out how to convert USD to HKD. I am a money conversion fish when I am tired!
It’s poker time!
I stayed at the Crown Casino, which is where the WSOP APAC was held. The venue is amazingly nice. That being said, I think it is about 50% overpriced. For example, in their food court, a salad is roughly $15. I ate a lot of salad because that was the healthiest thing I could find that was available whenever I wanted it. Also, the hotel rooms, at a discounted rate, are $400 per night. Maybe they give huge discounts if you play casino games? I decided to simply pay the $8,000 hotel bill. Ouch!
The other main issue I had was that the internet in the hotel did not work well at all. I planned to put in a decent amount of online volume, especially in the time between the end of the WSOP APAC and when Amie was set to arrive, but due to the awful internet service, I was afraid to play. I have no desire to play high stakes when I could get disconnected at any moment, costing me lots of equity.  I tried a few times with no luck. That was disappointing.
Poker went fairly poorly for me. I won a $10,000 main event seat in a $1,000 multi-table satellite early in the series but besides that, I lost everything else. I played a bit of $5/$10/$20 no-limit cash games and won a little. Poker-wise, the trip was not too good for me, but that is fine. You get used to bad trips when you play a lot of tournaments. When I hear tournament players discussing whether or not they won or lost during any individual poker trip, it makes me laugh because you probably should lose around 4 times out of 5 simply due to the payout structures of tournaments. If you care about your short term results, you will go crazy. I learned a long time ago to not let short term tournament results drive me crazy.
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I roomed with Scott Clements during the 15-day poker part of my trip. Scott is an excellent roommate. He never woke me up when he came home after I was already asleep and he didn’t wake me up when he left before I woke up. He was also not loud and didn’t mind discussing poker. When we went to the gym at the same time, he constantly inspired me to work harder. I would give him an A+ as a roommate.
I was drinking a bit too much during the series, mostly to help me fall asleep at night. I am fairly bad at getting on the right sleep schedule, especially when traveling to the opposite side of the world. Anyone who knows anything about drinking knows that while it will put you to sleep, it will often not keep you asleep throughout the night and when it does, you will have a hangover the next morning. Drinking is obviously not a +EV play for a poker player.
On October 10, I decided that I was going to stop drinking. After listening to a ton of inspirational podcasts, I came to the realization that I was not devoting myself 100% to poker. While I almost certainly do more than most poker players, I had glaring holes in my game, mainly off the felt. Drinking was the main problem and I am proud to say I haven’t had a sip of alcohol during the last month. I plan to never again get caught in the viscous cycle where I am drinking on a regular basis. When I have the urge, I simply say “I stopped drinking” and forget about it. I also realize that most poisons look and taste good to the animal being poisoned. In my mind, alcohol and sugar both fall in this category. I am also making a point to get off sugar unless I am feeling especially naughty. So far, this change in mindset has worked amazingly well. I am excited to see what the future holds.
Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one’s desires, but by the removal of desire. – Epictetus
I also wrote down my goals in life and poker as well as how I am going to achieve them. So far, things are progressing nicely. In one of my upcoming webinars, I am going to discuss all of my goals, including numerous things I am working on to get better at poker. I am also going to discuss some of the holes I have in my game and what I am doing to fix them. I will use numerous hand examples to show you spots where I made mistakes in the past and how I have improved. If you aren’t constantly improving, you are falling behind. Be sure to sign up for my email list on the side of this page to get updates about the date of the webinar (and to claim your free poker training video).
After all of that soul searching, Amie and her friend Courtney arrived.
It’s vacation time!!!
Day 1:
The ladies arrived in the middle of the day, so we didn’t have much time left before the sun went down. Amie and I tend to not party (we went to a total of 0 bars/clubs during our Australia trip) so we are usually not out too late. We spent most of our time walking around downtown Melbourne. We went to a Peking duck restaurant in Chinatown. They brought out a nice plump duck and promptly sliced all of its meat off for us to devour. It was delicious. Poor ducky!
Day 2:
Shrine of Remembrance

We had breakfast in the city at a nice little café (I almost always ordered the “Big Brekky”, which includes eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, and beans),  then went to the Shrine of Remembrance, which is an awe-inspiring building near the Royal Botanic Gardens. I thoroughly enjoy simply walking around and observing the sights. I find it to be calming. After that, we went to an amazing Malaysian restaurant, Mamak, which is a local chain. It was really good. They should try to bring it to NYC for sure . Before coming to Australia I was actually told by a few Australians that their food is crappy. I don’t think I had a bad meal the entire time.
Day 3:
 
We rented a car and drove along the Great Ocean Road. I was not a huge fan of this experience, mostly because it consisted mainly of us driving around in a car for 10 hours. I don’t enjoy sitting and doing relatively nothing for most of the day. Of course, we did see some amazing sights but I don’t think spending the entire day in the car was worth it. However, I did get to experience driving on the “wrong” side of the road for the first time. It took a while to get used to but I eventually figured it out. Now I am afraid to drive in America. I guess I forgot how.
Day 4:
We traveled to the Moonlit Sanctuary, which is basically a zoo where some of the animals roam free. We had the experience of petting a koala bear. That was fun. I felt bad for him because we clearly woke him up from his nap. Ohhh well.
We also got to hang out with some kangaroos. I didn’t realize this, but lots of people in Australia consider kangaroos to be pests, just as some people from the northeast United States consider deer to be pests, even though they are so cute. I always viewed kangaroos as cool animals. After searching the sanctuary for kangaroos and only finding one little wallaby, we found a section with about 15 kangaroos hanging out and relaxing. We decided to gamble a bit and hang out with them. We ended up petting and feeding them for almost an hour. They became our friends. They loved all of us, probably because we were feeding them. They would be relaxing and when you approached, they would walk over and see what you were doing. This was one of the best experiences of the trip for me.
After we left our new friends, we went to Phillip Island to watch the famous Penguin Parade. Every night, thousands of little penguins swim in from the ocean then walk inland to their homes in the sand. They were so cute! There is a giant boardwalk built so spectators can watch the penguins hang out before going to bed in their little holes in the ground. It was awesome watching them behave as if they were in their own little world.
Day 5:
We flew to Cairns, which is near the top of the east coast of Australia. We traveled to our hotel in Port Douglas and bummed around town during the first day and relaxed. Amie and I got the bright idea to go buy groceries. She put me in charge of navigating. Our 30 minute round trip turned into a 90 minute round trip because I can’t read a map. Sorry Amie!
Day 6:

We took a long boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkeling along the reef was amazing.  We saw tons of coral, fish, and even a shark. The water was fairly cold and they made us wear a body suit. I made the mistake of getting flippers that were a size too big and I ended up grinding blisters into my feet. When we saw the shark, I was worried about my feet bleeding into the water. Luckily the shark didn’t want to eat me.
After the Reef, we went to a local bar to watch cane toad racing. Cane toads are pests in Australia. The announcer claimed that the bloody Americans brought over 102 toads to Australia some number of years ago to take care of pests that were messing with the local sugar cane. The toads made boatloads of babies and now they are everywhere. In the race, people from the audience got on stage and blew party whistles at their selected toad to try to get them to jump off the table first. It was an enjoyable experience to witness.
Day 7:
Went to the Daintree Rainforest. I wasn’t even aware that Australia had a rainforest. The American school system failed me again! We were told by our guide, Dave, that the Daintree is the oldest rainforest in the world. There are lots of animals living there that are somewhat unevolved compared to other parts of the world. For example, there is a giant bird called a Cassowary that looks rather like an ostrich but is apparently quite vicious. We got lucky enough to see one of them! There are also little birds that bury their eggs in a giant communal nest on the ground, similar to how some reptilian dinosaurs were thought to lay their eggs.
We also saw tons of cool trees. Ever since relocating to NYC, I have fallen in love with trees. I constantly admire their beauty when I stroll through the parks. There is something about them that is awe-inspiring to me. They seem so peaceful. We got to see a wide array of trees. I loved it.
Dave enlightened us about many aspects of the rainforest. We learned that some of the land is saturated in salt water, which results in only specific types of trees growing in that area. We also got to lick the butt of an ant, which tasted like lemon juice. It was an interesting experience.
There is also a famous ice cream shop in the middle of the rainforest. They have a farm where they grow all of the foods they use to flavor their ice cream. Even though I am making a point to be a good boy when it comes to my diet, I had four small scoops. It was naughtily delicious.
Day 8:
We woke up at 3am to catch a shuttle to the airport, then flew to Hervey Bay, which is a little below Cairns, and rented a Land Rover plus camping equipment. We stopped at the grocery store to get our food rations for the next six meals. I came up with the genius idea of buying 12 side salads for Amie and me to split. She decided to be smart and buy some calories in the form of things to make s’mores.  Interestingly enough, they don’t have graham crackers in Australia. We bought similar-looking cookies instead.  I was super hungry while camping. Being hungry is good sometimes.
We then took a ferry to the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island. I had no clue what to expect going into this part of the trip except that I knew we would be camping. It turns out that the roads on Fraser Island are not really roads. You can go about 15 miles per hour on most of them. They were by far the most rugged “roads” I have ever driven on. They reminded me of riding in Hoyt Corkins’ jeep through the Red Rock Mountains in Nevada. We spent about 90 minutes driving across the island to where we planned to camp. Seeing how I am a southern boy and I was traveling with two ladies from NYC, I was in charge of setting up camp and making sure no one died.
We arrived at our camp site right as the sun was going down. I proudly got our two tents and chairs set up right as the sun dipped below the horizon. To be fair, it wasn’t all my doing. The ladies worked hard to make sure we got our camp set up. As I pulled out the propane grill (no wood fires are allowed on the island) to make our s’mores, two rangers drove up and told us that we had to relocate because a pack of dingoes attacked some people near our location a few days earlier. Bad beat!
We quickly packed up our camp and we drove a little ways down the beach. We set up our camp again. It is much harder to set up camp when there is no light. We eventually got it taken care of. We slept soundly.
Day 9:
I convinced the ladies that we should ditch the idea of having any sort of planned agenda while camping. My idea of camping is relaxing and doing whatever we have time for.  We drove our Land Rover up the east coast of the island. The west coast of the island is not safe to drive on due to the overly wet sand. If you try to drive there, your vehicle will surely get stuck.  Along the way, we saw a few landmarks but we ended up spending most of our time at a waist-deep creek filled with crystal clear water. The creek was SUPER cold. I drank lots of the water. I liked it! We met a few locals there and talked with them for hours. After that, we drove back to our camp. We saw a few dingoes walk by but they left us alone. We devoured our salad and s’mores, and then slept.
Day 10:
At around midnight, Courtney started yelling and woke us up. The flap on her tent that was supposed to keep out the rain blew off due to extremely strong winds. Since it was the middle of the night, I told her to get in our tent and we would figure everything out in the morning.
I woke up the next morning and looked outside to see Courtney’s tent already packed up. I was happy that she was being proactive and packing up the camp. In reality, the wind blew it away. Both of the girls were convinced it was gone. Amie started looking around and found it in a tree. I made the short trek to retrieve it. Before 5am, we had finished our salads, packed up our camp, and embarked on another long bumpy ride across the island.
Our primary destination was Lake McKenzie, which is an amazingly clear lake that is filled with rainwater. We arrived super early. There were only a few other people way down the beach, meaning we pretty much had it all to ourselves. I spent the next few hours swimming. I eventually got tired and took a nap. One of my feet was stuck out from under my multiple layers of protection and it got super burnt. It was toasty for the rest of the trip.
This is me taking a nap on the beach.
We took the ferry back to the mainland and returned our Land Rover and camping gear. We checked into a hotel in Hervey Bay, which was both seedy and homey at the same time. Since I was overly hungry, we decided to go to an Indian restaurant.  The food was amazing.
I was so hungry. I ordered tandoori chicken, aloo gobi, then when it was time to consider dessert, I ordered another order of tandoori chicken. It was so delicious. We got caught in a rainstorm and sat in the restaurant for around two hours. I really could have used a drink then but I abstained. The rain eventually stopped and we walked back to the hotel for the night.
Day 11:

We slept in a bit, had breakfast at a trendy-looking local café with fun food then flew to Sydney for the last leg of our journey. Every time I mentioned Sydney to a local Australian, they said, “You mean Shitney?” Apparently they think Sydney is shit. I was expecting the city to be an absolute dump. The airport seemed nice, but I was still skeptical.
It turns out that Sydney is awesome. At least in my mind, it is comparable to a clean NYC. There is great architecture, large parks, and great food. We spent our first day walking around the town. The ladies shopped a bit. While they were shopping, I read various books on my iPhone. I used to never read books. Now I am constantly reading. I have found that reading is much more beneficial than playing mindless games on my phone. I am a true genius, I know.
We took two ferry rides to various ports around the city. I wasn’t expecting much from a ferry ride, but in reality, these were fairly high speed boats that only carried humans. They seemed to be a surprising part of the local public transportation system. It was fun and relaxing. Seeing the Sydney Opera House was a great experience. I never thought I would be moved by a building, but I was. There is something special about it.
Day 12:

We woke up and had breakfast at a great place called Bobby’s that was a block away from our hotel. We ate breakfast there two more times while in Sydney. Obviously I had the Big Brekky every time. We walked around the city and the ladies shopped some more. I read some more. We did the touristy thing and climbed to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was actually much less intimidating than I expected. My only other experience climbing something I perceived as “scary” was climbing to the top of Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park in Utah. That actually was scary. The bridge climb was super safe. Everyone was strapped in. You would have to try really hard to fall off. The views from the top were great.
After that, we went to a local chain called Pancakes on the Rocks. I would have loved a gluttonous pancake topped with ice cream, chocolate, and Nutella but instead, I had a crepe that looked more like a salad. It was surprisingly good.
Day 13:
Impromptu work out

We spent our last day walking from Bondi beach to Coogee beach. The walk, which was supposed to take about 45 minutes, ended up taking about two hours because there was an amazing sculpture exhibit going on. We saw lots of interesting sculptures from various artists. In the evening, we walked around a part of Sydney that is comparable to Brooklyn. The area was a bit grungier than the main downtown area in a charming way. Amie loved the beautiful trees with purple leaves/flowers. She snapped a picture of me impromptu working out on a pole below one of them.
We had dinner at a fun place called El Loco. It was overly crowded when we arrived so we had to fight to get a table. Of course, there was no sort of waiting list. We eventually found a seat and had delicious food. I had fish, steak, and a “special” taco that was essentially a pile of goodness. It was great.
Day 14:
We woke up early and headed to the airport. We flew to Hong Kong, where we had a 40 minute layover. That was a bad beat because I wanted to play some more in the Hong Kong airport. An agent greeted us as we disembarked our flight and rushed us through all of the security lines to our final flight to NYC. Again, I listened to podcasts, read books, and hibernated the whole way.
All in all, I had a great time in Australia. I got to swim along the Great Barrier Reef, play with kangaroos, hang out in a rainforest, go camping, and spend time with Amie and Courtney. I would strongly suggest visiting the country if you have the opportunity. Perhaps most importantly, I learned a lot about myself and have developed a solid strategy for self-improvement. I am excited about the future! As much as I enjoyed the trip, I am happy to get back home and get to work. I have lots of new ideas to share with you.
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thanks for reading!
 

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Evaulating Top Pair

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Since top pair is the most common “value” hand you will make after the flop, it is important to fully understand how to play it. Despite the frequency with which you make top pair, most amateur players misplay this holding on a regular basis. It is important to realize that all top pairs are not created equal.

For example, Kh-Qh on a Ks-8c-3h board is much stronger than 9d-6d on a 6h-5h-4c board. If, in your mind, you think both of these hands are equally strong, you will make gigantic errors that cost you a lot of money in the long run.
Suppose someone with a 100 big blind stack raises to 3 big blinds from middle position, someone calls from the button, and you call with Qh-Th from the big blind. The flop comes Td-7c-5s.
You must first decide if you should check or bet.  While you may think that you should either always check or always bet in this situation, your play should depend entirely on how you expect your opponents to react. If you think they will play in a straightforward manner, raising with better hands and calling or folding with worse hands, leading is an excellent option. If you think your opponents will make your future decisions tricky by not playing in a straightforward manner, you should probably check.
If you check, the initial raiser bets, and the Button folds, you should either call or check-raise, depending on how you expect your opponent to react. If you think he will fold most worse hands to a check-raise, which will usually be the case against most competent opponents, calling is vastly superior to check-raising because check-raising will result in your opponent playing well. You never want your opponent to fold when he is drawing thin. By calling, you give him the opportunity to make additional mistakes on future betting rounds. If you think your opponent will assume you must be semi-bluffing when you check-raise, perhaps because he thinks you like to call with your marginal and strong made hands, check-raising becomes an excellent option because it will extract a huge amount of value from your opponent’s marginal made hands. Of course, you need to think about how you will proceed if your opponent re-raises your check-raise.
If you check, the initial raiser bets and the other player calls, you have to figure out if you should call, fold, or check-raise. You should usually call unless you have specific reads about your opponents’ tendencies. If you are confident that at least one of your two opponents has a strong hand, you should fold. For example, if one or both of your opponents happen to be overly tight, you should certainly fold because you are probably already crushed and if you aren’t, both of your opponents likely have a large number of outs. If both of your opponents are overly active, meaning they could have anything, it is probably smart to check-raise to an amount that worse made hands can realistically call. Notice that check-raising to a huge amount is not a good idea because it allows your opponents to easily play perfectly; continuing when they have you beat and folding when you have them beat. If you are unsure where you stand, calling is probably best.
Notice how all of this thought goes into playing what most players view as a mundane top pair situation. Imagine if instead of Td-7c-5s, the board was Td-7c-5d. The presence of the flush draw will make your opponents assume that you have a decent amount of draws in your range if you decide to take an aggressive line, completely changing the situation.
While you should probably play the hand with the Td-7c-5d flop as outlined above, you now have to consider the fact that everyone has some amount of flush draws in their ranges.  This greatly complicates things because your opponents may now assume your aggressive lines could also be semi-bluffs instead of mostly value bets.
As you can see, this is a tough situation. I strongly suggest you spend a significant amount of time away from the table formulating how you should go about playing this, and all situations, based on your image and overall game plan. If you are not constantly thinking about all of the intricacies that go into a hand, you will make costly errors in the long run, costing you a lot of money.
If you want to more information about how to master playing top pair, I strongly suggest you check out my advanced webinar, The True Value of Top Pair. I discuss numerous situations that will make it clear when to go for maximum value and when to pot control. If you learn to play this common situation correctly, you will see an immediate increase to your win rate. Check it out and let me know what you think on twitter @JonathanLittle. Be sure to check back next week for another educational blog post. Thanks for reading!

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