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How to Play Pocket Jacks

What’s the secret to playing pocket jacks? This is probably one of the most common questions in poker, and yet no one seems to have come up with a satisfactory answer to the question. Here, I’m going to examine why that is, and give you my own take on the answer.Read more »

A Portrait of the Artist as a Mid-Stakes Grinder

Today I’ve edited and cleaned up a post that I wrote many years ago. Back then, I was a solid 3/6 6-max grinder. I was the biggest winner on the PokerStars 6-max games and put in tons of volume, but I could never move up to 5/10. Every time I tried, I’d get smashed and […]Read more »

How to Live as a Poker Player, Part 2

We concluded the first part of this article series with a discussion on structuring your poker life and career. But being a poker player is about more than merely playing poker—it is also in how you conduct your life around it. It is no secret that poker is an unwieldy horse. It is stubborn, unpredictable, […]Read more »

The Poker Community

Poker cannot be played alone. For a game to be dealt, you must have other players to battle, to deceive, to outmaneuver, to control. And yet, every hand of poker you are ever dealt you will play alone. No one else is in your corner. You may find sympathy in others, encouragement, words of wisdom. […]Read more »

The Limits of Poker Theory

“Poker theory” is inherently seductive. In a game full of chaos and uncertainty, poker theory beckons to us, promising comprehensibility and control. But while theory is powerful, it is not a panacea. That’s not to say that theory in and of itself is flawed—rather, that we are. Human beings are only boundedly rational. We are […]Read more »

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