Author: afitzgerald

What To Raise Preflop

January 15, 2019

Let’s say it gets folded around to you on the button. The big blind and small blind both have 35 big blinds. They are competent players, if not exactly exciting. You have Q-8d. There is an ante in play. What do you do? Now, let’s say this is the beginning of the tournament. You have […]

Options In Life And Poker

July 2, 2018

Nasdaq defines financial options as "… contracts through which a seller gives a buyer the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a specified number of shares at a predetermined price within a set time period. Options are derivatives, which means their value is derived from the value of an underlying investment." That’s […]

Raising Top Pairs For Value

June 25, 2018

Have you ever raised a top pair for value on the flop? Without going all-in? If you just answered, "no," then you have a big problem. It’s unlikely you raise on flops as a bluff enough because, well, almost no one does. That means almost any thinking opponent will be able to understand that when […]

Your Greatest Enemies In Poker

June 14, 2018

What are your greatest enemies in poker? Go ahead. Try to think of them. Okay, you got yours? Here are mine. One, your greatest enemy is yourself. It’s you who can behave like a damn child who doesn’t know they’re playing a game of chance. It’s on you to not fling your chips in without […]

The Talent Stack

June 12, 2018

On a recent podcast, we had a guy write in to us. He was making a decent wage from 100 NL. He was a profitable player and had the database to prove it. Still, he was working a job to get by. He wondered if he would ever make it, and if he should take […]

It’s Your Dream

June 5, 2018

I cannot remember a single person in my high school asking me where I wanted to go to college. Everyone just assumed I wasn’t going. In high school, I wore the same bummy oversized Adidas sweatshirt every day with holes in the sleeves. I was constantly zoning on one amphetamine or another. Given the medication […]

What Is The Point?

May 31, 2018

"Why do you even play this game?" Every time I play poker I want to ask this question to half a dozen people. You know the type. Huffing and puffing. Complaining. Shaking their head every time they lose the pot. Even more insufferable are the serious poker players. Every time I hear a bad beat […]

Read Nonfiction For Fun And Profit

May 30, 2018

Whenever a trader on Wall Street loses all his money, one of the most common criticisms you’ll hear from an experienced trader is that the gentleman spent all his time with other traders. You can always spot people within a bubble. Many poker players have severely dated strategies because they spend all their time with […]

Sleep Is For The Rich

May 25, 2018

“Sleep is for broke people,” I said disdainfully, after my girlfriend gave me a hard time for sleeping three hours the night before.

All Tilt Is Insecurity

May 18, 2018

When you see someone tilting, are you really watching an insecure child? I have wrestled with this question for years. I cannot tell you the exact answer. However, I can tell you that seeing tilt as insecurity is a profitable filter to fix upon one’s view of life. I have a storied history with tilt, […]

Treat Hard Days Like A Holiday

May 14, 2018

The smartest quote I ever heard about poker was from Chip Reese. "If you want to really get to know a poker player, watch him when things are going bad." Nassim Nicholas Taleb, one of the greatest thinkers of our era, says you shouldn’t trust an idea unless it’s been tested through the ages. Chances […]

Anger Is A Luxury

May 11, 2018

No Limit Hold’em is the most beautiful game in the world because it teaches empathy. Why do you think that is? Every time you do not understand a play, you have two options: You can either mock it or do your best to understand it. Most people take the former option over the latter. It’s […]

The Talker’s High

April 19, 2018

If there’s one thing I cannot stand it is a man who talks about what he’s about to do. In the words of one of the smartest football coaches on Earth. "Don’t tell me. Show me." There is another phrase. "Show me what you hate, and I’ll show you what you are." I hate the […]

Take Full Responsibility

April 10, 2018

I recently finished reading, "Extreme Ownshership." It was a book written by two Navy SEALs who now help people get their lives and businesses together in the outside world. It is well worth a look if you get the chance. What I really loved about the book was how empowering it was. At first, it […]


April 5, 2018

Marty Schottenheimer, for those of you who don’t know, was a head coach in the NFL for 21 seasons. He’s a beloved character to many, but what I always loved about the guy was his creation of "Martyball." What is Martyball? It’s a game he made for his players, a game that ensured he almost […]

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