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By day I work as a programmer/CEO/one-man-show at a small software development company called Interware Innovations. In my spare time, I'm the CEO of an online poker training site: Grinderschool.com


Aug
19
comment Is it possible to play for real money online in the US?
Technically, it is not even illegal for banks to make the transfers. The law sets up penalties for financial institutions which process payments for "illegal online gambling transactions." However, except in states where online poker is actually illegal, that does not apply. However, banks don't want to chance it. They mostly refuse to process online poker transactions as a just-in-case approach, so that they do not have to worry about the specifics of what is legal where.
Aug
19
comment Is it possible to play for real money online in the US?
Pokerstars (and Full Tilt, and Ultimate Bet, and Absolute Poker) were part of a legal action by the US Government in April 2010. Each of them was involved in some sort of criminal activity (mostly various methods of tricking banks into accepting their transactions without knowing it was a poker transaction, which the US deemed to be financial fraud). It is the fallout from those activities that currently prevents Pokerstars from operating in the US.
Sep
2
comment How are side pots built?
When player E calls, he calls a bet of $100. He still has $25 in his stack. It is not returned to him, because it never left his stack in the first place.
Apr
15
comment Considering Weighted Ranges
Frankly, this is overlooked because it complicates matters. Most analysis sticks too close to the generic. I routinely remove some combinations of hands when performing these types of calculations, as that is the only way to get a real picture of where you are at. You are definitely right to take this into account.
Mar
29
comment Poker Rooms Comparison
It's kind of a toss-up. In my opinion, policies at Black Chip and Lock are more player-friendly, but the software at Carbon is a bit better. For me, better software doesn't overcome the policies, but for some people it might.
Mar
9
comment Site with beatable PLO rake?
What specific rake rates are you seeing? It has been a few years since I took a detailed look at micro stakes PLO, but I have recent students who have moved from the $5 buyin games to the $50 buyin games showing a significant net profit at each level. Usually rake is a simple fraction of the pot, and frankly most sites I have seen host tons of players who are bad enough to let a good player do significantly better than the rake rates.
Mar
2
comment Do two or more players colluding against honest players gain on average more money, or not?
It would be awesome for answers to this to also factor in the risk of players getting caught and losing all the funds in their accounts. Sure, the likelihood is low, but there is a huge amount lost if it were to happen!
Mar
2
comment Mathematical Derivation of the Chen Formula
I will move some of the discussion to meta, but I reopened this question and edited a bit to clarify what hmmmm is looking for. This is exactly the type of question that will interest true poker savants, so we can't be closing them. We need to help make them clear, and ultimately get more questions like this.
Mar
2
comment Why is this a poor play?
The math doesn't really support this. You aren't going to make two pair anywhere close to often enough for it to be pofitable to call preflop if the only way you profit is by stacking him on boards you both hit.
Sep
19
comment NL100: 2-Pair In 4-Way Pot Facing OOP Lead @ Wet Flop
Yeah, I wasn't clear on that the first time I saw it either. NL100 is another way of writing $100nl, or $0.50/$1.00 NLHE cash.
Sep
19
comment NL100: 2-Pair In 4-Way Pot Facing OOP Lead @ Wet Flop
I agree with pretty much everything here. I definitely go for a small value bet on the river there.
Sep
19
comment NL100: 2-Pair In 4-Way Pot Facing OOP Lead @ Wet Flop
Just making a note...this is not a tournament.
Aug
26
comment (Simple?) 3-bet Scenario
Awesome question. I don't have time to do it justice right now, but I will try to return with a well-developed answer. My hand preference is going to depend a bit on my reads on my opponent and what range he would bet/call with here.
Aug
26
comment Small Pairs on early and middle positions
This makes sense for limit. For no limit, you don't need this many players in the pot to have enough "set equity"
Jul
28
comment Classic Books for Texas Hold'Em
@moteutsch I said it was a good book if you wanted to get a solid foundation on other games. It's not good if all you want is info on NLHE. Brunson's writing may have a lot to be desired, but the stuff from many of the other authors is pretty darn good. You can play Razz profitably the second you're done reading that chapter, for instance.
Jul
17
comment Tricky Tournament Bubble Situation
It sounds like you're very slightly in favor of a fold, but consider it a very fine line. I'm slightly in favor of getting it in, but also consider it a very fine line. Either way, I agree that my student screwed up on bet-sizing here. Full pot as a c-bet commits his stack sufficiently to make this an easy call. I assume that's your thought here as well?
Jul
4
comment Is it possible to play for real money online in the US?
I realize that you added an edit to show that you were wrong, but this would be far better edited if you removed and/or added strikeout to the first few lines.
Jun
23
comment Minimum re-raise in Hold em
@StevenRoose: Yes, that's the minimum. Any amount over the minimum is also allowed (no specific increments required).
Jun
20
comment Are seat re-assignments random in multi-table tournaments?
It's been a couple of years since I played in any of those. Honestly, I do not recall what method they followed.
Jun
20
comment Best way to play poker online for playchips
You're right - you can play for play money. Though you can't do freerolls. I'll update accordingly.