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I am an independent developer interested in startups, gambling software (especially poker), and web technologies. I write mostly JavaScript these days, most recently multiplayer games leveraging Web Sockets.


Oct
8
comment How to play online horse tournament when you lack knowledge in one of the games?
It's certainly possible to do well at Stud Hi-Low and poorly at regular Stud. I'm not sure we can think of the Hi game as a completely separate component in Hi-Low, enough to say studying one automatically improves the other. (It helps to know the rules, though :).) Your question answers itself: either avoid putting in a lot of money against better Stud players, or get better at Stud (how to do this is too broad of a question).
Oct
8
comment NL200 Zoom: Top 2-Pair Deepstacked @ Wet Board
moteutsch, I think you're right about 98, but I now think check-calling is best even with 98 calling 100% of the time because Villain only needs to bluff with the given air range a third of the time, which would need to be very overestimated to make check-calling worse than a turn ship. That is to say, shipping is +EV, but I believe check-calling the turn planning on check-calling the river gains you 20-30BB in comparison. OP you should probably unaccept my answer, as I wouldn't want a flawed analysis checkmarked :).
Aug
31
comment How to count the power of cards in hand?
That's a bold statement, although any effort to improve hand evaluators is great even though the code out there now is plenty fast :). Some areas of poker I think could use more tools are Omaha Hi (data visualization and user interface), Holdem game tree analysis (improvement on CardRunners EV and the now-defunct Pokerazor), and better poker mobile apps.
Aug
30
comment Raising after an all in
Note that in Limit games, there is a half-size rule where betting reopens if the all-in raise is at least half the minimum. This rule is sometimes wrongly applied to No Limit games by casino floors, which would wrongly allow further raises in your example had the big blind gone all-in for 2200.
Aug
30
comment How to count the power of cards in hand?
I think the "strength of a hand" part of your question is fine, but it can be asked in a more focused way which makes it easier to answer a specific concept - otherwise there's too much territory to cover.
Jul
31
comment Is there an optimum formula for deciding chip denominations?
The asker's game might be using chips with "$20" printed on them. Otherwise I agree the standard casino denominations work nicely.
Jul
20
comment Texas Hold'em and pocket ace
Those are the odds of receiving aces (or any specific pair), which is just 6 combinations {AcAd,AcAh,AcAs,AdAh,AdAs,AhAs} divided by 1,326 possible (52 choose 2). Depending on how you read the question, the odds of winning with AA against one random hand are 85.204% and with Ax against one random hand are 61.14%.
Jul
17
comment Tricky Tournament Bubble Situation
Yeah, any bigger of a bet and we can't fold here.
Jul
17
comment Tricky Tournament Bubble Situation
Nevermind, just noticed the total is 10k :).
Jul
17
comment Tricky Tournament Bubble Situation
Are those stacks after or prior to posting?
Jul
16
comment Complex split pot semantics for multiple All-In winners with differing amounts
Your method is error-prone and difficult to maintain. Check my answer :).
Jul
15
comment What is a 'wet board'?
Yeah, it's kind of arbitrary semantics, but from a teaching perspective texture comes way before ranges (at least a deep understanding), so it might be overload to take what is essentially "How scary is this board?" and turn it into a multi-step mental exercise. I think advanced players talk about action logic more than board categorization anyway.
Jul
15
comment What is a 'wet board'?
I mean that I prefer to use the term wet solely to describe the texture property of a board irrespective of opponent ranges. Otherwise it's confusing to call a board like [9d 8d 7s] dry in, say, a 4-bet pot where Villain can only have {AA-QQ,AK}. In those cases I simply say, "The board is wet but misses Villain's range."
Jul
15
comment How does an opponent's all-in range change after showing an all-in bluff in an online heads-up tournament?
Ordinarily there is a Bayesian way to think about this, but with the psychological dynamic (Villain knows he showed a bluff) there isn't going to be a non-speculative answer to this question without further play to figure out your opponent. More relevantly, when you see a similar move, the range of hands Villain can credibly have (and thus represent) depend on the previous action and the board.
Jul
15
comment Profitability of re-buys/add-ons when allowed
Sorry, but this is not accurate in two ways. First, you can't talk about money per chip without considering the effects of survival odds. Secondly, for an arbitrary field size the money equity does not depend on the payout structure even for winner-take-all tournaments (but the variance does).
Jul
14
comment Is there a comprehensive source for poker terminology?
pokerterms.com is user contributed and includes a lot of informal terms, so it should be pretty comprehensive.
Jul
13
comment How to maximize expectation with pocket aces and an Aces Cracked bonus running
I hope the last bit clears up the turn line. Sorry about the mess of a post - I came in with a bias about this type of bonus.
Jul
13
comment How to maximize expectation with pocket aces and an Aces Cracked bonus running
In light of my last edit I'll rethink the hand and post a more appropriate answer if I should come to one. Where I used to play there was a $50 Aces Cracked bonus in a $1/$2 no limit game, in which it was seldom the correct strategy to throw the hand.
Jul
13
comment How to maximize expectation with pocket aces and an Aces Cracked bonus running
You'll find the river analysis applied to the turn is consistent with the notion of pot odds since pot odds is just shorthand thinking for expectation, i.e. pot * odds_win - bet * (100% - odds_win) > 0 simplifies to odds_win > bet / (pot + bet). The bonus value is largely irrelevant unless your strategy prevents a losing showdown.
Jul
13
comment How to maximize expectation with pocket aces and an Aces Cracked bonus running
Sorry, halve all my bets. I play no limit, so the big bet and the big blind are the same. In that case, the $200 bonus is a really good deal when you have aces, but a really crappy deal if a drop is taken for it. I'll update my post later :).