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seen Dec 15 at 2:13

In a past life I was a profitable No Limit Texas Hold'em player on Full Tilt at the NL25 level (that's a dime and a quarter for blinds; the top... of microstakes :)). Between 2008-2010 I played just shy of 300,000 hands.

In 2010-2011 I played live poker for over 600 hours at 1-2 and 2-5 in Foxwoods, Las Vegas, and a few other casinos.

Since then (and since graduating college) I've moved on to another stage of my life, but still enjoy thinking and playing occasionally on weekends, when time permits.


Oct
9
comment Texas Holdem Scenario… Is this possible?
This Texas Hold'em Situation is not possible.
Sep
25
comment Do you have any “in-hand” thinking procedures?
@ChrisFarmer I agree; I was thinking on the order of 10 seconds.
Sep
10
comment Research on the effect of a screen name or avatar in online poker
I'm not sure if I agree with the premise, but some of the top online pros have also followed this strategy: Tom Dwan is known as durrrr, and Phil Galfond is known as OMGClayAiken. Phil specifically chose this name so that others would be "embarrassed to lose to him": youtube.com/watch?v=NUUx0wcn29A
Apr
7
comment Site with beatable PLO rake?
The number of hands and rake paid are not based only on those 25 people; the above screenshot is probably totalling everyone in your DB for those numbers. If you add the rake paid for the 25 players, it's not equal to the total shown.
Mar
28
comment What mnemonic rules are helpful in poker calculations?
I've heard a similar rule; the rule of 10&20. If the ration of effective stacks to pot is less than 10x, it's usually a fold; it they are greater than 20x it's usually a call, and anywhere in between you should rely entirely on other factors (bet-size, stack-size, and opponent tendencies)
Mar
20
comment How is Poker a game of skill?
This alone doesn't prove skill; Phil Hellmuth could still be the luckiest player alive. If you ha a standard deviation, you could "prove" this with a very large confidence interval.
Mar
6
comment How do you calculate side-pots when all-in on ante?
Wow, it's rare someone beats me to an answer while I'm typing it on poker.stackexchange.com :). Weird timing!
Feb
23
comment When to fold AA pre-flop?
The problem with this angle on the question is that not being willing to risk your stack should stop you from sitting in the game, not change the way you play it. If you aren't comfortable calling 1 million times the big blind, you shouldn't have 1 million times the big blind in front of you.
Jan
9
comment What's the best book to read to understand this site?
@LeeGrey I take it back; the best place to understand this site is probably to post questions to this site. If we could bootstrap the site itself with a decent corpus of questions and answers, it may become more useful than it currently is.
Jan
9
comment Inactive player problem: Where should the money be distributed in this situation?
@MinimeDJ When you are trying to talk to someone around here, you can use the "@" symbol instead of the "2" like you were doing above; that way they get a notification and know that you are talking to them.
Jan
6
comment Heads-Up And The Logic Of The Blinds
Good answer. Do you have any additional thoughts on why it's not profitable to min-raise as the button 100% of the time? Naively, it seems optimal; you are pretending you are the big blind while being the button, and that you are playing for double the stakes. When you are not the big blind and your opponent folds instead of raising, you win a little extra than you would if he was naturally the big blind for double.
Jan
4
comment Positions in Poker
Interesting, I agree with this, but I always add the Cutoff (CO) and Hijack (HJ) first (so a five player game is Dealer, Small blind, Big blind, Hijack, Cutoff). The reasoning is that with a 5 player game, the first position after the big blind acts a lot like the Hijack in a 9 player game, and not much like Under The Gun would act in a 9 player game.
Sep
8
comment What's the best book to read to understand this site?
It's a little against the idea of this site, but forumserver.twoplustwo.com/69/micro-stakes-pl-nl has people many FAQs and general strategy posts that should get you bootstrapped.
May
6
comment What metrics do you use to evaluate your own live play performance?
This is very interesting, thanks for the idea.
May
6
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
Hmm, it appears I'm out of touch with players at this limit.
May
6
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
Hmm, seems like it's been too long since playing real money online (USA), and I'm overestimating the player. Carry on...
May
5
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
I'm also not sure how the AF is calculated these days; I had thought the old algorithm was (bet or raise)/(call), which doesn't include folding, which means that we can't take it to mean "he always raises therefor he bluffs", we can only take it to mean "he raises rather than calling, therefor he plays draws quickly or not at all". But I may be dated on this stat.
May
5
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
I'm surprised at your preflop range; I wouldn't think it would be so top-heavy given stacks and both players positions. Possible though you are going off the fact that he is too inept an opponent to notice.
May
5
comment Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board
I disagree that players this low aren't competent these days; seems like the .02/.04 players from today are the .10/.25 players from 3 years ago, who are the 1/2-3/6 players from a few years before that. Running 12/8 are pretty solid stats for full ring, if a little nitty, and that leads me to believe he's good enough to at least notice deep stacks and his position.