College is a Trap: The Advantages of a Poker Education

Professional online poker is a vocation unique to the early part of the 21st century. It didn’t exist prior to 1998 when Planet Poker opened it’s virtual card room to players with dial-up internet access.

As a child of the new century, online poker feels transient, impermanent, always on the brink of fading away. Whether it be due to the threat of impending government regulation, the perceived dwindling supply of fish or the saturation of knowledge (Sorry guys!) every year players opine that the games are soon going to die.

It is rare to find a player who expects poker to […]

By |2017-04-21T18:38:47+00:00December 5th, 2016|

Hard-hitting Data: Why Metrics Matter

I reviewed video footage of a student playing a PLO session recently and a seemingly innocuous hand caught my eye. The student had raised the betting pre-flop and been called by a player in the big blind. The flop came down:


His opponent checked, my student bet and his opponent raised. My student raised the betting again, his opponent raised the betting once more in response and my student folded his bluff. From my student’s perspective that was all there was to it.

I have omitted one piece of information that I was privy to as the viewer: my student […]

By |2017-04-10T13:22:55+00:00January 27th, 2015|

Online poker is the first real-time ‘Data Sport’

Poker is not just a game of cards.

Modern online poker is played over multiple virtual tables simultaneously, with decisions for significant sums of money taking place every second of every day. In Pot-Limit Omaha poker, my game of choice, we play 70 hands per table per hour. The average pot size each hand in a $2/$5 stakes game is around $200. If you play 7 tables at once, a minimum for many professional players, you will play 500 hands an hour, and make at least 1 decision per hand. A professional poker player makes thousands of micro-decisions per hour for […]

By |2017-04-10T13:22:57+00:00August 18th, 2014|