From the origins of poker to the future of the game, Ben and Merv journey through the past, present and future, musing on chapter 9 of Ben's book Poker and Everything. Wherever you are, whenever you are, you should check out the stratchat hand Merv played recently (26:26) featuring one of those devilishly wet flops 345 of hearts. Ben dislikes Merv's play, but is he right? How would you have played it?
Long-time patron of the show, lawyer and social democrat Armin Voss joins us from Germany for an interesting and entertaining discussion about poker and politics, inspired by chapter 8 of the free ebook Poker and Everything. He also brings a strat-chat hand (44:29) from a 5K tournament he played in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic, after winning a seat through a Party Poker satellite. Our hero Armin is faced by the imposing villain Chris Hunichen.
A male-dominated crew discuss the male-dominated world of poker and search for the causes and solutions. There are two strat-chat hands (31:44) taken from the final table of Vanessa Kade's recent win in the Pokerstars 15th Anniversary of the Sunday Millions.
A recent lack of travel options seems to have sent our trusty duo into a dream-like state, as plans are formed for a 2025 PPP Poker Party Bus Tour. Merv celebrates another live win and after a discussion on chapter 6 of the free ebook Poker and Everything, the strat-chat hand (29:28) comes from the exotic location of Paradise Island, the Bahamas.
Merv returns after a 6-day trip reporting for pokernews.com on the 2021 Poker Palace Summer Championships. Thankfully, he's back in his rightful seat with fresh stories to tell. We talk about chapter 5 from Ben's ebook Poker and Everything, which handles the subject of mental health. The strat-chat hand (32:29) is a real cracker and it comes from the main event that Merv recently reported on. https://uk.pokernews.com/tours/poker-palace-summer-championships/2021-poker-palace-summer-championships/main-event/chips.304934.htm
Triton Poker Tables are announced as our latest sponsors (please check out their website tritonpokertables.com) and we dive into chapter 4 of the ebook Poker and Everything, which is all about emotional control. The stratchat (25:43) features Phil Ivey, who is left seething with anger at the conclusion of the hand.
Chapter 3 from the free ebook Poker and Everything is all about the transferable skills you can develop as a poker player or in working life. Ben even wears a shirt for the occasion. The dynamic duo discuss the new game format Flip & Gos and tackle a hand (37:49) from Postflop Volume 1 featuring a pair of unnamed queens on an Ace Ten Ten flop.
Merv and Ben return for a new year and announce the release of the audiobook version of Poker and Everything, available for free download at postfloppoker.com. We discuss a few themes from the second chapter, transferable skills developed at the poker table, which also help in everyday life. The stratchat hand (34:01) features a river decision, where amazingly the hero chooses not to raise with his straight flush! Was he right?
We begin an 11 episode journey through the 11 chapters of Poker and Everything starting with chapter 1, Poker and Me. Merv asks Ben questions about his poker journey and Ben expands upon the content from that opening chapter. The strat-chat (42:06) features a hand from Postflop Vol 2 Chpater 10, as Ben compares his evidence-based advice with modern GTO theory.
After a short discussion on one of Merv's favourite themes, prime numbers, Ben provides some information about his new book Poker and Everything, which is due for release in early December. Two strat-chat hands follow: one tournament (18:39) and one cash (41:00). We wrap things up with a minor rant from Ben on the 2020 WSOP Main Event hybrid format.
Double strat-chat awaits! First, NIck Oakley from the Fish to Final Table Podcast sends in a colourful hand (11:48) and then we feature a hand from listener Jorden Dobson (43:57). Find out where they sit on the fishiness scale!
Host of the fantastic "Chasing Poker Greatness" podcast and cash game specialist Brad Wilson joins us for an entertaining and informative 76 minutes. He tells us about his future plans working with Jonathan Little and also the development of his website chasingpokergreatness.com. We discuss the current Covid-induced trend towards 6-max and both poser and stratchat are centred around 6-max cash. Enjoy.
Don't miss this fascinating interview with James, a smart young software developer and founder of the exploitative solver, Algoholdem. We discuss the product as well as AI in poker generally, then we launch into a poser, which asks about what recommendations AlgoHoldem has for lower stakes players! Finally, the strat-chat hands (36:32) come from some high stakes online cash games in September.
In this episode we discuss the twelve to twenty big blind zone, touching on some of the things we should be considering at this stack depth. There's a strat-chat hand (26:52) featuring two time WSOP bracelet winner Fedor Holz, which highlights how it is still possible to play some postflop poker even at short stack depths.
To satisfy Merv's preoccupation with numbers, the legend Tommy joins us for a third time, having previously been on the show in episodes 36 and 72. And yes, he's pencilled in for E144! We talk about Tommy's past and future youtube projects, Pokersimple and Poker Words respectively. Watch this space. There are two stratchat hands (12:50 and 40:50) where Tommy provides bountiful nuggets of golden advice, one of which he calls LMIP, but you'll have to listen in to find ...
Merv and Ben return with another double down episode featuring two posers and two stratchat hands. Would you call a 4-bet shove with AK suited for your tournament life at 35 big blinds? What are reverse implied odds? The two hands are at 40:48 and 58:57 and both were sent in by listeners.
There's two of everything in this episode, as Merv and Ben tackle two posers from listeners. The first concerns how to construct a preflop 3-betting range and the second features our good friend Ace King. We follow this up with two stratchat hands (24:52 / 48:00) one from one of Merv's post-lockdown live tournaments in Sydney and the other from PPP listener Jorden in Perth.
How often do you stop to consider which games you should be playing? In an increasingly changing world, poker games are evolving rapidly. In this episode we tackle the subject of game selection and how to go about it. To round things off there's a strat-chat hand (26:00) from a home game where our hero flops the nuts, but fails to fold after one of the worst possible run outs.
There has been demand for more hand analysis, so in this episode we celebrated the SCOOP with a hand bonanza. All four hands were taken from the final table of Event 15M, the Sunday Millions (10:43), (23:58, (32:55), (44:10).
Guest Steve Fredlund of Rec Poker joins us for a loquacious lockdown lecture as we all come to terms with the current covid conditions and a lack of live poker. Our topical poser comes from listener John Kent who asks for advice on handling micro cash games with many multiway pots. The strat-chat (46:15) hand features just such a hand when a set is much weaker than it might at first appear.
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