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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Holy feedback Batman

We've got a ton of great emails the last few days. Thank-you everyone for your contributions.

I am currently in San Diego - a beautiful part of the world even for an East Coast guy at heart.

On the way down in the plane I had a chance to catch-up on my fave podcasts. I was finally able to give due listening time to the guys at Ante Up. I really enjoyed their show and love their conversational approach. Definitely in the same spirit as our show. I've said it before and I'll say it again - there is always room for good poker podcasts.

I am back in TO this weekend and all plans are go for another show.

Here is just one of the cool messages we received this week - this one from Pocono Drew...

Sean & Stacks,

First of all, I must tell you how much I enjoy your poker podcasts. It is nice to hear "regular" guys talking about their poker experiences and strategies. You both add some fresh insight to the topic and I can easily relate as I am in the same boat as you guys. (30's married, kids)

You had an interesting show recently about going on tilt. I have been a winning NLHE player for the past 18 months or so and I keep track of my online sessions carefully. One thing I noticed is that when I was having a losing session, I would play too long to try and "catch up". This would usually just get me stuck deeper as I was not playing my A game and making too many risky moves. This would lead to near catastrophic one-day losses (sometimes up to 30 % of my bankroll) I have since added a rigid stop-loss number. When I reach this specific number (say 5-10% of my bankroll) I call it a night. I find that I can usually make it back within the next couple of days and it prevents me from playing on tilt. As Sklansky has said in many of his books, it is all one long game.

Keep up the great work and keep those podcasts comin'.

-Pocono Drew


Sunday, February 19, 2006

emails from listeners...

I thought I'd share the full emails of those I read "on air" for show 63...

From Denver Steve:
Hey CC guys,
This was on the evening news yesterday here in Denver. The following synopsis was posted on Denver Post Online here ( ). I know you've mentioned things earlier about not seeing home games busted, and that still holds true. This was a couple of parlors that brought dealers down from a few mountain towns that allow limited stakes gambling. Still thought you might be interested if someone hasn't already forwarded it.
41 arrested in raids on clubs' poker games
State gambling investigators and Denver police arrested 41 people in connection with illegal gambling and seized almost $9,000 in cash at raids on poker games at two social clubs, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation announced Monday.
A three-month investigation conducted by the CBI led to the arrests Saturday at Hop Sing Tong, 4130 E. Colfax Ave., and Asian International, 7520 E. Colfax Ave.
The Colorado Division of Gaming learned that licensed dealers were involved in illegal poker games and notified the CBI in November, according to Bob Brown, agent in charge.
It is illegal for licensed gaming professionals to engage in poker games at nonlicensed locations, he said.

From Loren NY,

Hi Card Clubbers,
This is not a bad beat story. It's just a hypothetical hand. But I find this to be one of the hardest situations that I face in playing no-limit and was curious if you had any advice...
AA is a great hand pre-flop. We all know that. But how about after the flop. Some people get married to it, but most good players can lay it down when there is danger on the board, or when facing a huge reraise. But what do you do when facing a relatively safe board and a smooth caller?
You get AA (both red), under the gun, and you raise pre flop 3x the BB. You get a few callers and the flop is Js 9s 2c.
You don't like the flush draw, or the straight draw. So you make a bet. Maybe pot sized bet, or even more, and you get 1 caller. Someone you don't know and don't have a read on yet. Someone new to the table.
Turn is 5c. Now what? What did he call with? A draw? Maybe top pair? Or worse, a set or 2 pair. You have to fire again with your over pair. No free cards with so many draws out there, but what if he smooth calls again? How much trouble are you in ?
What do you do if the river is a blank? Do you fire again, with your 1
pair, hoping that he had a missed draw, or top pair? It seems certain that if you show weakness by checking he would be wise to come over the top, all-in.
So, whether you check or bet, when he then does move all in, can you get away from your AA. Were you crushed the whole way by a small set or 2 pair, or did he miss his draw?
I find these kinds of situations the worst ways to lose money. You have to bet to chase out the draws, thinking you are good with your over pair, but with the repeated smooth calls, what can you do on the river?
As always, thanks for a great show...
Loren in New York

Thanks very much to our listeners for the comments and feedback.


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Wow - thanks to Fred Bals for the heads-up on the Tivo decision to include podcast feeds.

Now our American friends can "see" us on the boob tube.

If only the Canadian PVR providers would jump on the wagon.


Sunday, February 12, 2006

Lou's email

More email for the show.
Brent and I received this email from Lou. We throw out our unworthy advice on this week's show.

Sean and Brent,

I sincerely look forward to your podcast every week! Keep up the
great work. If either of you make it out to Foxwoods in Connecticut,
please give me a heads up. I'd love to buy a round a drinks, and take
some money from the fish at the $4/8 game.

I have a question, though. Do you have any advice about breaking
through or staying positive during losing streaks? I love to gamble,
and poker is just one such outlet. Lately, I've been getting killed.
Bad beats, missing big draws with overlays, and going on tilt have all
contributed to losses. I'm even on a losing streak in my fun, loose,
micro-limit weekly dealer's choice home game where we play all kinds
of crazy wild-card games. I'm going crazy, so please help me!



Columbo Speaks

Columbo sent in a reply to our listener, Brandon's, hand...

Last weeks mystery hand:

6k in chips , 100/200 early and avg stack sizes

In BB with 5 limpers. This is a pot size of 1000 or 1100 before you bet.

sees AA

Raise to 1200 (a pot size pre-flop raise). I can see this, you are looking for a single caller.

1 caller (perfect)

9TJ rainbow (nasty board though, not because of the straight, but because of what I call TRAFFIC. He hit this board or he had no business in the hand. So now, how HARD did he hit it?)

Check, bet 1200, call <- CHECK? CHECK? ok, that is not so good unless you are going to let go of the hand, in which case its fine, but very weak. But then the CALL? WHY? WHAT? HOW?

3 (i.e. blank)

Check, all-in. (of course, he figures you for a sucker now)

what to do?


Early on , players are looking to double up, not push you with marginal hands. He has at least 2 pair, if not KQ. this is an easy fold.