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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


May
13
comment is there an open source algorithm for a fixed limit holdem
@o.v. Ok - converted :)
May
6
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
I based my statement about how players at these stakes play on what I and a half dozen instructors at Grinderschool see from the collective view of coaching several dozen microstakes players and playing these games a fair amount in order to record videos over them. Games at $0.10/$0.25 and above have gotten tougher (though I don't think it's to the extent you indicate). Games below that level have not appreciably changed much. I do believe your take on AF is correct.
May
6
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
Small point, but that's actually 19% of hands, not 15%. Position might make villain call wider than I allotted for in my answer, but it's not going to make him open up this much, especially against an early-position opener. Should it? Absolutely, especially given stack sizes. But thinking that an opponent at the lowest stakes will make that adjustment is a really bad assumption.
May
6
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
My range is based on the stakes and the stats we have on how this opponent is playing. Players at this level are not adjusting their ranges based on stack sizes. Ever. His range could be wider on the button, but probably not by much - the super-low stakes online full ring games tend to lead tight players to play very tight vs a raise, and that's actually pretty profitable for them.
May
5
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
Both my student and I agree that villain is not bluffing. However, that doesn't make this a fold. What hands is villain playing that he can bet for value? How do we stack up against those hands?
May
5
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
There are straight draws and flush draws and both get there. That's starting out wet and then turning into a flood..
May
4
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
@AlG: Hero ended up timing out trying to decide what he could beat on a board that looks so ugly at face-value.
May
4
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
I like that you're distrustful of stats. I think you might have gone a bit overboard on what hands to include for a player playing as tight as we see here, but on the other hand, I think I took it too much at face value. The one other criticism I have here is the assumption that a player at $0.02/$0.04 is a competent player able to adjust to deep stack dynamics. I have no doubt that this is absolutely not the case for 99% of the players playing below $0.10/$0.25 online.
May
4
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
You and I have very different reasoning, but reached the same conclusion about every single street. Fascinating.
May
3
comment is there an open source algorithm for a fixed limit holdem
The resources and info in this Stackoverflow question may help with this: stackoverflow.com/questions/506167/…
May
2
comment How to calculate expected value if I go All-in before flop with AK offsuit
@SoboLAN: It's pretty common for someone to fold everything but AA/KK to a 4-bet preflop. It's opponent dependent, but this is a relatively easy read to develop if you've spent some time playing with him. Even more so if you have stats in online play.
May
2
comment How to calculate expected value if I go All-in before flop with AK offsuit
Are you saying that you were UTG and raised with AKo, or that there is another player in UTG who also has AKo?
Apr
5
comment Is online poker legal or not in the United States ?
John, is there anyway that you could edit to correct your paragraph about the UIGEA? The transaction is only illegal if some other law is broken (e.g. money laundering is involved or the gambling activity it is funding is in-and-of-itself illegal).
Apr
5
comment Is online poker legal or not in the United States ?
@jacknad, that distinction may not matter. As below, in most states playing poker is not illegal. In states like Washington (Seattle, not D.C.) where online poker is written into law as a felony, I would not make the assumption that "free" makes it ok.
Mar
26
comment pair of K, low kicker, out of position
@SoboLAN that's why I said that I didn't understand the question about "was it correct to play the blinds." There was no choice made, so that was where my question came in. Also, he said that it was fake money but a low buyin. To me, that doesn't mean play money; that means a low buyin tournament.
Mar
21
comment Is shoving all in with a weaker player the best strategy?
Calling with 75o is definitely incorrect. Pushing with it depends on a lot of factors, most notably what hands your opponent is likely to call with. Against the villain in this hand, pushing with 75o is a bad play. Against the hero in this hand, it might be a good play.
Mar
16
comment Which requires more skill, cash game or tournament poker?
That's true, Chad. Tournaments can definitely be more demanding from an endurance perspective.
Mar
15
comment Is shoving all in with a weaker player the best strategy?
Ignoring the fact that he called with 75o (as that does prove your point), what makes you conclude that this opponent is a weaker player? Often in Heads-up tournament play, the best strategy is to play A LOT of hands and play them very aggressively... I'll continue this in my answer...
Mar
15
comment SNG or cash games, what is the best type of games for regular income
I think you're simplifying it way too much to look at the two this way. You are not going to have the same winrate at SNG vs cash games, and ultimately that will make your decision. Also, SNGs are far easier to multi-table without effecting your level of play, meaning that while individual return may be lower, the overall winnings spread across all tables may be more. The bankroll requirements are so different that this effect is furthered. There are too many considerations to make this a cut-and-dry evaluation. As Ivan said, try both and see which you do better at (or enjoy most).
Mar
15
comment Which requires more skill, cash game or tournament poker?
While it is true that cash games involve more postflop play, this overlooks the fact that in tournaments, there are a lot of ChipEV vs $EV considerations and many many complications created by differing stack sizes (both for you and your opponents) and by the state of the tournament.