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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


Mar
15
comment Is shoving all in with a weaker player the best strategy?
More important than the immediate EV of the shove is the overall state of the tournament. If he's playing tight, by the time he finds a more significant advantage than is offered in this hand, he will have lost so much in blinds that he is only able to get back to his current stack.
Mar
15
comment Is shoving all in with a weaker player the best strategy?
I believe you, like John, are overlooking the fact that Hero is heads up at the end of a tournament, with 24 big blinds. He doesn't have time to play as many hands as possible with a villain who is loose/aggressive. By the time he finds a more significant advantage than is offered in this hand, he will have lost so much in blinds that he is only able to get back to his current stack.
Mar
15
comment Is shoving all in with a weaker player the best strategy?
I believe you are overlooking the fact that the two of them are heads-up at the end of a tournament. At this point in the game, with stack sizes as small as they, avoiding a "big pot" is a recipe for trouble when you have all of 24 big blinds in a heads-up match.
Mar
15
comment Is shoving all in with a weaker player the best strategy?
John, they are heads-up at the end of a tournament. His opponent has shown that he is an aggressive player who is not letting go of hands preflop or postflop. It's not results-oriented to think that he needs to win some big pots to have a shot here - it's common sense. He is not able to outplay villain postflop and doesn't have enough chips to let himself be whittled down trying to find a spot to take advantage of villain overplaying his hands. Taking a stand with a way-above average hand IS the right thing to do here.
Mar
6
comment Ante + BB all-in, what can the BB win?
I apologize if my comment came off like a criticism. Rather, I saw that the other question wasn't featured in the related questions, so I wanted to connect the two. Both do look at unique situations, but either could be relevant to readers looking into the other one.
Mar
5
comment Ante + BB all-in, what can the BB win?
This is essentially the same questions as poker.stackexchange.com/questions/462/how-are-side-pots-built
Feb
29
comment How often will pocket aces lose to 4 flush or set after the flop?
+1 for correctly noting that opponent's hand here included a pair with the flush draw. Care to update a bit more to include the fact that two pair is another potential improvement that will lead him to beat us (since that will happen much more often than him hitting trips)?
Feb
29
comment How often will pocket aces lose to 4 flush or set after the flop?
Technically speaking, he didn't make a set. He made trips. A set, by definition, involves a pocket pair. Also, he wasn't just drawing to the flush and trips - he was also drawing to two pair. That changes things significantly, as he makes that two pair twice as often as he makes his trips.
Feb
27
comment Classic Books for Texas Hold'Em
Good point, John. Updated.
Feb
16
comment How are side pots built?
Can you clarify what you mean with your first bullet about rules/percentages?
Feb
16
comment Is online poker legal or not in the United States ?
As of February 2012, there are a number of steps being taken toward making it firmly legal. Grinderschool did a 13-minute video last weekend that takes a look at the current progress toward legislation: youtube.com/watch?v=cVaZ6m8Nl5I
Feb
16
comment Is online poker legal or not in the United States ?
Also...Stars, Tilt, and Cereus were involved in money laundering and fraud. They had shell companies to process payments and backroom deals with banks. Those are the charges that the DOJ has prosecuted them on, not the practice of hosting online poker.
Feb
16
comment Is online poker legal or not in the United States ?
The UIGEA does not make financial transactions to online poker sites illegal. It makes financial transactions to "illegal online gambling" illegal for banks to process, and sets up heavy penalties for violations. Those penalties are enough that virtually no bank wants to risk entering into the grey area that is online poker.
Feb
12
comment NL200: Deep Stacked IP; 4Bet pot
What kind of history has the table had? In these kinds of super-deepstack situations, lots of 3-betting and 4-betting can be common. Obv I'm most interested in Villain's history here, but I'm also interested in the table as a whole, since that could impact Villain regardless of his specific history.
Feb
11
comment How to learn a new poker game ?
For beginning the process with 7-card stud, the related chapter in either super system or ss2 is decent. There's also good info in the Full Tilt Poker tournament book. The best book I have found though is definitely the book by David Sklanksy and Ray Zee. Though if you have other resources, it might be better to just pick up Ray Zee's split-pot-poker book and take the bits it has on stud along with what you find from other books. That way you'd have something to get you starting in some Omaha variants as well.
Feb
7
comment Are WSOP hand logs available to the public?
Yeah, I agree - a final-table-only record is much more possible (to the point of being relatively likely), though I don't know of anywhere that actually does it.
Feb
7
comment Texas Holdem poker software for LAN
As an aside, how much would you consider a fair price if someone were to do this well?
Feb
4
comment Insurance in cash games. In which situations is it a good idea and for how much -EV?
Barring a stake or money you have specifically set aside as funds you are happy to lose, you should never play games you are under bankrolled for. Part of the reason for that is to avoid losing EV to situations that you shouldn't be in.
Jan
25
comment Handling “running it twice” situations
I think that part of the intent in running it twice is often to have the odds differ, reducing or increasing the likelihood of a draw hitting the second time based on whether it did or did not hit the first time around.
Jan
25
comment Is Small Ball Poker In Cash Games A Good Strategy?
"Are you advocating that big-ball style is preferable to small-ball style in tournament poker?" That's going to depend on the structure of the tournament, who your opponents are, and how likely you are to have your table break in the near future. In the early/middle stages of a $10k deep stacked tournament, small-ball makes a lot more sense than in the same stages of a $200 event with a shorter structure. And it may be worth noting that most online tournaments represent a relatively short structure with a high likelihood of table breakage.