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The Lines
  • How Does Golf Explain Phil Mickelson’s U.S. Open Behavior To Sports Bettors?
    It’s too bad Phil Mickelson overshadowed the premium performance of Brooks Koepka winning his second U.S. Open in as many years. Mickelson committed a bizarre penalty during Saturday’s third round when he putted a ball a second time before the ball had stopped moving. The infraction earned Mickelson a two-stroke penalty, but many believe he should have been disqualified, including PGA Tour pros. And of course, the USGA’s decision to allow Mickelson to continue his round affected tickets for inte...

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 09:31 AM

  • Pennsylvania Badly Needs A Sports Betting Intervention
    Everyone has a Chad in their friend group. Chad, always one to impress with how he met one of Drake’s security personnel at the club last night, albeit met with a tinge of skepticism from the group. Always continuing to one-up stories by making his case with ridiculous claims of now having an in for a party with Drake, now met with eye rolls and scoffs. Pennsylvania is the Chad for legalized sports betting. Always one to impress At one time, the Keystone State was considered one of the odds-on f...

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 04:41 AM

  • Canada Has Every Reason To Follow US In Legalizing Single-Game Sports Betting
    You may have heard some recent scuttlebutt about the U.S. allegedly getting ripped off by its neighbors to the north for years. Apparently, some in Washington really take that old South Park credo of “blame Canada” to heart. But on the sports betting front, it’s Canadians who are poised to increasingly get the short end of the stick moving forward. That is, unless their government eventually opts to walk in the legislative footsteps of its neighbors to the south. Canada’s single-game sports wage...

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 09:49 AM

  • 2018 NFL Betting: CG Technologies Releases Win Totals, Player Props, Playoff Odds
    Football season never ends. The NFL has cleverly created a calendar that keeps the league in the news even when games aren’t being played. Sportsbook operators know that the majority of sports bettors are fans first and keep up with this calendar. Almost as soon as there’s news about games released you can head to the sportsbook and place some wagers. The NFL announced the schedule in April and a couple sportsbooks had Week 1 lines ready to go right away. There is more money wagered on football...

    Sat, 16 Jun 2018, 11:23 PM

  • Sour Grapes: Calling Foul On Justify’s Triple Crown Victory At Belmont
    When Justify captured the Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes last weekend, he secured his place in racing history as the 13th Triple Crown champion and just the second to be undefeated at the time of his triumph. But following the race, some accusations of ‘foul play’ surfaced as Justify’s stablemate Restoring Hope was accused of being a ‘blocker’ for Justify and keeping speed horse Noble Indy from getting an early front-running position to challenge Justify. Repole stable creates contro...

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018, 01:22 PM

  • Lights On: Vegas Soccer Club Partnering With Sportsbook Is The Future
    On Wednesday, Major League Baseball told sportsbooks and casinos that their ad dollars aren’t welcome on their TV network. Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, a United Soccer League team welcomed a sportsbook operator to the party. The Las Vegas Lights Football (soccer) Club announced a partnership with sportsbook operator William Hill. When professional soccer comes to Vegas, only fitting you can bet on each match….. IN THE STADIUM! As part of our partnership with @WilliamHillUS, fans can also earn a $5 w...

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018, 12:27 PM

  • TheLines Podcast Episode 8: Live From New Jersey!
    June 14 was another historic day in U.S. sports betting as New Jersey became the second state post-PASPA to accept a legal sports bet. This week, Eric Ramsey from Legal Sports Report joins the podcast from New Jersey where the first bet was placed at Monmouth Park on Thursday. Ramsey paints the scene in the Garden State ahead of the official launch. Plus, Dustin Gouker provides an update on some of the other states trying to advance sports betting here in 2018, and the whole crew picks on Mike F...

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 09:45 AM

  • Bill Bradley Is Stuck In The Past And Still Saying Stupid Things About Sports Betting
    William W. Bradley was a US senator for nearly 20 years. He’s Princeton-educated. He’s an inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was a two-time NBA champion with the New York Knicks, the AP College Player of the Year and the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player while at Princeton in 1965. Now, however, Bradley has become Grandpa, listing away in his favorite porch rocking chair, a few whiskeys deep, telling his youngins detailed stories about his time in Nam after he wa...

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 07:12 AM

Best Online Gambling Sites for 2018 – Expert Reviews
  • 5 Hacks You Can Start Using Today to Get More Comps
    Casino gamblers face a certain dilemma whenever they place a wager – we want to win, but we also know the odds are stacked squarely in favor of the house. And sure enough, you’ll wind up losing far more bets than you win, simply based on the odds against you. If people judged their experiences […]...

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 01:38 PM

  • The 10 Coolest Things I’ve Learned About Gambling
    I’ve been gambling (and reading and writing about gambling) for almost a quarter of a century. In that time, I’ve learned a lot of cool things. Some of them can help you win. Some of them are just interesting. What I’ve tried to do with this post is list the coolest facts and insights I’ve […]...

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 10:11 AM

  • 5 Tips for Dominating in Video Poker
    There’s a reason video poker machines are among the games that have been around for ages. People simply love them for the low house edge and exciting gameplay. Your decisions have a huge impact on your long-term results, unlike other popular casino games. This is why you should build a solid strategy that will help […]...

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 12:56 PM

  • Should Gamblers Try to Attend G2E?
    The automobile industry has the Woodward Dream Show, the electronics industry has the Consumer Electronics Expo, and gambling has the Global Gaming Expo (G2E). The Global Gaming Expo was started in 2001 as an annual gaming trade show. And the Las Vegas-based event has grown to epic proportions since its humble beginnings. This is a […]...

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 11:54 AM

  • 2018 NFL Draft: Futures Betting For Offensive Rookie Of The Year
    American football is one of few sports in which offense is always in the spotlight. In baseball, the pitcher – technically a defender – is charged with the most responsibility. Goalkeepers in soccer must sometimes worry about their personal safety after making a losing mistake. As for ice hockey? As Tom Barrasso once put it, […]...

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018, 12:28 PM

Best Poker Coaching
  • Player Profiling and Tracking
    Knowing our opponent is crucial in No Limit Hold’em. We perhaps face so many opponents on a regular basis that it can be difficult to keep track of them all along with their tendencies. An efficient approach can go a long way toward solving this problem. There is very little decent material on the topic, however, so the average player is uninformed regarding how to best do this. Here will discuss tip and tricks for “profiling” and “tagging”. Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 01:29 AM
  • The Only Question You Should Ask a Poker Coach (before hiring him)
      – 99% of coaches are not worth their money and have not earned the right to call themselves a coach – Here is the magic question, and really the only one that matters. Everything else is not important and only a distraction. I assume that when you hire a coach, you’re not looking for a “nice guy to be your friend” or “theoretical expert”. You want to make more money and to be coached by somebody who can help you to achieve this goal. So here is the ONLY question you should ask your coach: Have...

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018, 03:56 AM

  • On The Move: Javi Completes €5k Nl 6-max Micro
    “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”   That quote from famed artist Pablo Picasso can also certainly apply to the poker tables. For Javi, recently finishing the €5k NL 6-Max Micro program was a huge goal accomplished and now he has his sights on even more. “For me, it was a personal goal just to finish and prove to myself that I can win online,” he says. “5k isn...

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018, 01:32 AM

  • Taiwan Titan: Chris Working Through 30k Zoom With Best Month Yet
    Name: Chris Age: 25 Hometown:  Taipei, Taiwan Games and Stakes: FR 2/4 Sites you play on: Pokermaster   It’s a classic story. A poker player finds success playing the game in high school and college. He then dumps the college classroom and heads out to play poker instead. Maybe Las Vegas, maybe some private games, and a bunch of hands online. Even poker legend and winner of the 1978 World Series of Poker Main Event Bobby Baldwin dropped out of business school at Oklahoma State University to purs...

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 01:58 AM

  • The Dark Back Room: When Casinos Go Rogue
    Welcome To Saipan If someone were to ask you where in the world casinos held the most sway, what is the first place you’d think of? and the second? Depending on which hemisphere you inhabit your first thought might be Paradise City, Nevada the place that is home to the Las Vegas strip. Or the less Western-centric player might propose Macau, China’s offshore gambler’s Utopia. The sharper among you, expecting some sort of trick answer, might rack your brains for one of the big licensers of online...

    Mon, 11 Jun 2018, 01:51 AM

  • Return Performance: After Recent Big Finishes, Phil Ivey Returns To World Series Of Poker
    “No Home Jerome” is back at the World Series of Poker. BPC players may know one of their poker idols better as Phil Ivey – one of the biggest names in the game.   After sitting out the WSOP last year and playing sporadically the last few years, Ivey recently announced that he’s ready to get back to Las Vegas and playing tournament poker. He recently told PokerNews: “I plan on playing this year. I want to start playing some more tournaments; I kind of announced that at the beginning of the year.

    Fri, 8 Jun 2018, 01:34 AM

  • Monthly Recap: Poker Camp, Top Finishers, Coaching Clinics, and More
    May was a huge month for BPC with plenty of additions, improvements, and increased access for players. Some major news was the announcement that Poker Camp is coming soon and players can book their trips now. Here’s a quick look at some of the things that happened at BPC in May.   Card Camp Mark the calendar and book your flight, the annual BPC Poker Camp will be held Sept. 13-16 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Once a year, BPC offers a chance for the community to meet and hang out in real life, make new...

    Mon, 4 Jun 2018, 01:09 AM

  • When to use the Combo Bluff
    When to use the Combo Bluff The combo bluff (bet turn + river after the flop gets checked around) is a very powerful move it can generate you 1bb per hand, according to the data gathered by our database analyst, Alan Jackson. Of course, this is not a move you can use 100% of the time (wouldn’t be bad if you use, though), so in the video below, Alan Jackson himself, will go through a few hands with a student to find exceptions in the use of the combo bluff: [avia_codeblock_placeholder uid= 0 ] In...

    Fri, 1 Jun 2018, 03:56 AM
  • Assessing the English Premier League Schedule – Early Odds and Picks for the 2018/9 Season
    In theory, the schedule of the English Premier League (EPL) shouldn’t matter much. At the end of the day, each team will face the rest twice, once at home and once away. However, we all know that the fixture list often impacts the final standings. A rough start could be the end of the title hunt for some teams or the beginning of the end for the smaller clubs. This is why it’s always a good idea to consider the schedule when making a bet. And since it’s out, this seems like a good moment to chec...

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 10:01 AM

  • Soccer World Cup Group E: Round 2 Preview and Betting Picks
    Brazil is one of the main favorites for the soccer World Cup but was held by Switzerland in the first round. The South American giant will have to improve a lot and certainly showed some weaknesses. Still, it’s early days, and the match against Costa Rica provides a good opportunity to take a huge step towards the last 16 with a win. In the other game of Group E, Serbia will face Switzerland. Both teams will be happy after the 1st round, but there’s a lot of work to be done. A loss here would si...

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 09:58 AM

  • Why the Suns Shouldn’t Draft DeAndre Ayton #1 Overall
    The #1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft looks to be locked up. DeAndre Ayton seems to be quite confident he’ll be picked by the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, while just about every NBA mock draft suggests the same. Just about all of the top NBA betting sites agree, too. Ayton is the consensus top pick across the board, but with -1500 odds at BetOnline to hear his name called ahead of all other prospects, there isn’t a whole lot of value in wagering on it. Instead, it might be worth your time to cons...

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 07:49 AM

  • Weekly PGA Tour Betting Preview – The 2018 Travelers Championship
    Are you guys ready to get on board with my picks yet or what? I locked in a chunky profit at the FedEx St. Jude Classic two weeks ago and again was on point at the U.S. Open this past week. The summer is just getting started, and I plan on continuing to pad my wallet while I watch these PGA Tour events play out. It’s really a lot of fun. I suggest you start doing the same. I’ll even make it super easy for you for the event on tap starting this Thursday: the Travelers Championship. No, you don’t...

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 12:52 PM

  • Soccer World Cup Group D: Round 2 Preview and Betting Picks
    A lot of people, myself included, find the soccer World Cup Group D fascinating. Iceland continues to surprise the world with its performance during big international tournaments. The Vikings showed a lot of heart against Argentina and would certainly give their best to qualify for the last 16. I wish them luck because the game needs teams like Iceland. At the same time, Croatia has impressed against Nigeria so far, which confirms my expectation that the team has the potential to surprise a lot...

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 11:34 AM

  • 5 Trades That Could Go Down in Round 1 of the 2018 NBA Draft
    The 2018 NBA Draft arrives on Thursday night, finally ending speculation over who will go #1 overall to the Phoenix Suns (BetOnline says it’s DeAndre Ayton at -1500 odds). Phoenix earned the right to choose between DeAndre Ayton or Luka Doncic (+500), as they finished with the NBA’s worst record a year ago and later won the draft lottery. Saying “earned” in a sentence with the Suns is difficult to do without laughing. Either way, Phoenix has a shot to make a big pick that could go a long way in...

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 11:32 AM

  • Soccer World Cup Group C: Round 2 Preview and Betting Picks
    The expectations for a tight group C of the soccer World Cup came true during the 1st round. Both games were close, and I think we will see more of the same. France will have the chance to progress if they manage to beat Peru, but the South Americans will fight hard to survive and keep their hopes for the last 16 alive. Elsewhere, the brave Australians will try to do the same against a disciplined Danish side that managed to win against Peru. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at the 1st...

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 09:07 AM

  • Soccer World Cup Group B: Round 2 Preview and Betting Picks
    Group B of the soccer World Cup produced one of the most entertaining games after Spain and Portugal drew 3-3. This is a decent result for both of the favorites, who will now have a good chance to win their first game in the competition. Portugal will play Morocco, who is on the brink of elimination and needs at least a point. In the other game in this group, Spain will face Iran, who now has 3 points after a surprising win. It’s curious to see if the Asians could do something interesting despit...

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018, 11:26 AM

Doug Polk Poker
Learn to Gamble With an Edge from authors, and professional gamblers Bob Dancer and Richard Munchkin. We aim to make you a better gambler tomorrow than you were yesterday.
  • Gambling With an Edge - Tax Adviser Russell Fox
    Our guest this week is tax adviser Russell Fox.  Russell is a tax adviser with many professional gamblers as clients.  We talk about the new tax laws, and how they effect both professional gamblers, as well as the recreational player.podcastClick to listen - Alt-click to downloadShow Notes cloudinary_img...

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 04:00 PM

  • Gambling With an Edge - Super host Steve Cyr
    Bob and I talk to super-host Steve Cyr. We received many questions for hosts from our listeners, and many of them made it into the podcast. We will have Steve on again in the near future to address more of your questions. You can always submit questions to us at  podcast Click to listen - Alt-click to download Show Notescloudinary_img...

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 04:00 PM

  • Gambling With an Edge - Listener emails
    We have no guest this week.  Bob and I answer listener emails, and then discuss lessons we learned about gambling from starting out in backgammon.podcastClick to listen - Alt-click to download Show Notescloudinary_img...

    Thu, 7 Jun 2018, 04:00 PM

  • Gambling With an Edge - The Big Blackjack Team
    This week we are joined by Thea and Theo, a brother-sister combination who talk about the early days of their blackjack team-playing experiences. This pair went on to run one of the biggest and most successful blackjack teams in history.podcastClick to listen - Alt-click to downloadShow Notes[00:46] Origin story[07:37] The expansion of the team[19:25] Getting away with it[21:35] Being a female player and Backoffs[30:06] Stories before the team became big[33:45] 150+ hrs losing streak and early l...

    Tue, 5 Jun 2018, 11:43 AM

  • Gambling With an Edge - Sports betting coming
    Bob and Richard are joined by four sports betting experts to discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing sports betting across the country. Anthony Curtis, Frank B, Captain Jack, and Jake (aka The Chairman) all chipped in with their opinions. podcastClick to listen - Alt-click to downloadShow Notes[01:35] The situation with the union and the strike.[05:04] The integrity fee, royalties, and the leagues.[12:36] Is the new change good for the AP?[18:58] Anticipating which state will legalize...

    Tue, 5 Jun 2018, 11:41 AM

  • Gambling With an Edge - Maria Konnikova
    Bob and Richard are joined by Maria Konnikova, a writer and psychologist who contracted with poker star Eric Seidel to teach her enough tournament poker so she could write a book about it. Turns out she was pretty good at poker. The book has been delayed as she pursues poker full time.podcastClick to listen - Alt-click to downloadShow NotesMaria's website Confidence Game, 31 May 2018, 04:00 PM
  • Gambling With an Edge - Seth Palansky, WSOP 2018
    This week Bob and Richard interview Seth Palansky, Vice President of Communication for the World Series of Poker, which begins later this monthpodcastClick to listen - Alt-click to downloadShow Notescloudinary_img...

    Thu, 10 May 2018, 04:22 PM

  • Gambling With an Edge - guest attorney Bob Nersesian
    Our guest this week is attorney Bob Nersesian. The primary source of questions for Mr. Nersesian were emails from our listeners.  If you have questions you would like Bob Nersesian to answer on future shows please send them to us at to listen - Alt-click to download Show Notes[00:43] For a non-US citizen who is mistreated, are his rights different than a US citizen?[02:17] If a passenger in a driver's car has substances, is he in a legal jeopardy due to...

    Wed, 9 May 2018, 12:15 PM

Poker Strategy Articles and Coaching
  • Phil and Farah Galfond Are Expecting A Baby!
    Phil Galfond has had every player waiting with baited breath for updates on his long-awaited addition to the poker world – and when it came - it was an entirely unexpected one… he’s going to be a daddy!While his much-anticipated RunItOnce poker site is set to launch stage one this summer, the man behind the ambitious plans has evidently been busy elsewhere, wife Farah – also a fanatical poker player – also tweeting the great news, with the humorous hashtag #itsPhils tacked on!Little baby Galfond...

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 01:11 AM

  • Dan Bilzerian Plays $1/$2 Versus Poker Vlogger Brad Owen
    Having a bit of fun at low stakes poker action at the Red Rock Casino was none other than Dan Bilzerian, with a few of his friends in tow that included model Sofia Bevarly.The King of Instagram and the stunning model have been an item for awhile now, Bevarly apparently the only woman alive that could put an end to Bilzerian's playboy lifestyle. Joining them at the $1/$2 cash game was poker vlogger Brad Owen, who recaps several of the hands played in his latest YouTube video.Anyone hoping to get...

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 03:01 AM

  • Nirvana Producer Steve Albini Beats Ferguson and Lisandro For $105,629
    The final table of Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud had plenty of reasons to be watched closely. There was a post-“apology” Chris Ferguson making his first final table of this series, a pull for fans and foes alike. There were also  two ladies in the final nine, adding to the general sense than despite the overwhelmingly male fields in poker, there’s no glass ceiling in this game.But the amateur’s favourite at the table was Steve Albini. We all love a good on-any-given-Sunday story, but when yo...

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 02:48 AM

  • Bicknell and Foxen Accused Of Softplaying!
    The remarkable one-two by Kristen Bicknell and her boyfriend Alex Foxen at the MSPT Venetian $5k event this week has been marred by accusations of soft-playing, Aussie pro James Obst the most vociferous in his condemnation…Bicknell and Foxen found themselves 3-handed with Obst’s friend and fellow Aussie Kahle Burns, an awkward situation with so much on the line - $559,000 to be shared between the top 3 as well as the Deepstack Trophy for the tournament win, which Foxen eventually took down…...bu...

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018, 05:09 AM

  • Alleged Winamax Botters Invited to Play in Paris to Prove Innocence
    Alleged botters were in the spotlight this week as French poker site Winamax suspended two accounts, inviting the players behind them to visit their offices in Paris to play a live session to prove their innocence…Suspicions and complaints about the two accounts – ‘twopandas’ and ‘VictoriaMo’ have been rife over the past two years, playing on the Winamax Expresso SitNGo tables, with French poker forums, in particular Club Poker, discussing the unbelievably high rakeback of both accounts, as well...

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018, 01:59 AM

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  • Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa enters new era of sports wagering entertainment
    MGM Resorts International's Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa recently became the first Atlantic City casino to accept a legal sports wager under New Jersey's new sports betting law, bringing MGM Resorts' decades of sports book experience and industry-leading operations to the Garden State.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 02:31 PM

  • AGS acquires Gameiom Technologies
    AGS recently announced it has acquired Gameiom Technologies Limited, a UK and Gibraltar licensed iGaming aggregator and content provider for real-money gaming and sports-betting partners.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 02:20 PM

  • DraftKings applies for sports betting license in New Jersey
    DraftKings Inc.recently announced that the company has officially applied for a state license to offer sports betting in New Jersey. ...

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 05:12 AM

    Gaming Laboratories International recently announced that it has released its draft technical standard specifically for event-wagering operations, GLI-33: Event Wagering Systems. ...

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018, 09:00 PM

  • Scott Wiegand joins Brownstein
    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck recently announced that Scott Wiegand, former senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary at Caesars Entertainment Corporation, joined the firm as a shareholder in the corporate department. ...

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018, 08:39 AM

  • Incredible Technologies to offer wagers on Golden Tee 2018 World Championship
    Incredible Technologies (IT) recently announced that the Nevada Gaming Control Board has granted approval for licensed NV sportsbooks to offer wagers on the winner of the company’s Golden Tee 2018 World Championship.

    Thu, 24 May 2018, 05:30 AM

  • Sports betting testing and consultancy services -- GLI
    GLI is using its years of sports-betting expertise to help prepare legislators and regulators of sovereign tribal nations, aspiring sports betting operators, software suppliers, and U.S. states to effectively implement and regulate legal betting on sports across the nation. ...

    Thu, 24 May 2018, 04:15 AM

  • $2 Million Pro Football Frenzy online customer engagement promotion -- ENGAGED NATION
    Engaged Nation recently announced its redesigned and enhanced $2 Million Pro Football Frenzy online sports program that leverages the entire professional football season to drive customer acquisition, engagement and bottom-line revenue.

    Wed, 23 May 2018, 09:14 AM

Two Plus Two is the leading publisher of poker strategy and advantage gambling books. Now, Two Plus Two is bringing that same level of expertise and quality to audio in the form of poker podcasts, the...
  • Pokercast 497 - WSOP 2018 and The Ferguson Apology with Lance Bradley
    On this episode of the Pokercast: After an extended break the guys return to update you on what’s been happening in the poker world, and a lot has been happening! Adam was down in Vegas for the beginning of the WSOP while Terrence is about to head down there. We get a trip report from Adam including a live hand review of some high stakes action in Bobby’s Room and the guys explain the long break. In ICYMI: Lance Bradley joins the show to break down Chris Ferguson’s weak apology video and controv...

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 03:52 PM

  • Pokercast 496 - Legal US Sports Betting, High Stakes Action and RIO Poker
    On this episode of the Pokercast: We’re back again to catch you up on all of the news from the Poker/Gambling world, and there’s a lot to catch you up on! To begin the guys talk about what they’ve been up to and why it took so long to do a show, plus we see where we stand on the Yanni/Laurel debate. In the news: Sports Betting has been deemed legal by the US Supreme Court and the guys talk about what this could mean as states begin to regulate sports betting and hopefully poker. Gordon Vayo sues...

    Fri, 18 May 2018, 12:34 AM

  • Pokercast 495 - China Bans Poker and US Online Shared Liquidity
    On this episode of the Pokercast: As of May 1 there will be a larger player pool for legal online poker in the USA! To begin the guys talk about the Staples brothers new weight bet with Bill Perkins and WPT puts out a casting call for a final table audience. In ICYMI: We are joined by Steve Ruddock of to talk about the new shared liquidity for NV, NJ and DA, and how China is going to shut down the online poker sites/apps that have been popular there. We’ve also got some con...

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018, 06:27 PM

  • Pokercast 494 - Heartland Poker Tour Not Winning Many Hearts and Mailbag! 
    On this episode of the Pokercast: We dive in to all of the great mail you’ve been sending that got backed up the last couple of weeks! To begin the guys chat about how this is the best time of the year for sports, Terrence moving into the wilderness and the upcoming WSOP. In the news: Heartland Poker Tour scheduled a tournament at the Westgate in Vegas and attempted some shady practices, Adam and Terrence break down what they did and the reaction from the community. Also, Pokerstars debuted a ne...

    Thu, 12 Apr 2018, 11:50 PM

  • Pokercast Pokercast 493 - “Sia Layta” To Play WSOP Dressed As A Male and Alan Boston Returns!
    Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - On this episode of the Pokercast: Alan Boston got pocket dialled by us so we begin the show with an impromptu interview! Alan talks about his lock and the other bets he made during the tournament as well as his opinion on the final. Adam's back from his cruise as well and has some stories of weight gain and the cruise ship casino. The guys also talk about the Staples brothers weight bet completion and all the media attention it garnered. In the news: A female...

    Mon, 2 Apr 2018, 06:42 PM

  • Pokercast 492 - Alan Boston 2018 and The Craziest Televised Fold Of All Time?
    This week on the Pokercast: The always entertaining Alan Boston is back with his first round March Madness picks and more! We begin with Alan because he’s on a tight schedule and get into the yearly snubs from the tournament, Alan’s lock of the year and some chat about sports betting theory. We also talk about a poker hand that has gone viral this week, which may be the sickest fold ever televised. Plus Gus Hansen returns to Vegas and Poker After Dark! We have a few funny tweets and Mailbag subm...

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018, 05:37 PM

  • Pokercast 491 -  Poker Awards, Trip Report and Weight Bet Completion! 
    This week on the Pokercast: A Schwartz completes the weight bet! Plus a trip report from the American Poker Awards and LA cash games. To begin Adam and Terrence break down the final stages of the 150 challenge, the celebration and plans for the future. Adam also made a quick trip to Beverly Hills for the poker awards where we were nominated for best poker podcast. He reviews the awards and also the all night cash session with some hand review from PLO, NLH and LHE games. Then we’ve got some twee...

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018, 11:28 PM

  • Pokercast 490 - WPT Niagara Falls Controversy and Doyle Turned Down $230M?
    On this episode of the Pokercast: An interesting controversy arose from WPT Niagara when Mike Leah “chopped” the tournament heads up. We begin with Adam’s weigh in/binging updates and T’s farm plans plus a Bunner story!  In the News: The guys explain why the “chop” between Mike Leah and Ryan Yu at WPT Niagara Falls became such a controversy, and their opinions. Plus other stories including Doyle Brunson tweets that he turned down $230M for Doyle’s room back in 2006!? We also have a spirited disc...

    Sun, 18 Feb 2018, 04:27 AM

Under the Gun with David Tuchman is Tuck’s take on life, poker, sports, beer and whatever the fuck he wants to talk about Join us LIVE every Wednesday, from 6–7pm PDT on! Check out p...
  • Under the Gun podcast No. 129: Valentin Vornicu is UTG
    12-time WSOP ring winner, Valentin Vornicu, joins Tuck to discuss a little tournament strategy Join us LIVE every Wednesday, from 4–5pm PDT on! Check out poker strategy podcasts at

    Sat, 9 Jun 2018, 11:00 AM

  • Under the Gun podcast No. 128: Kane Kalas is UTG
    Kane Kalas joins Tuck this week to discuss the big 2 milly pot he was involved in, his bearish call on Crypto, what exactly is short deck hold'em and why he decided to move to Puerto Rico Join us LIVE every Wednesday, from 4–5pm PDT on! Check out poker strategy podcasts at

    Sat, 26 May 2018, 11:00 AM

  • Under the Gun podcast No. 127: NFL Draft Recap with Sam Monson
    Three poker hands played in same session against the same opponent and we wrap up the NFL draft with Pro Football Focus' Sam Monson Join us LIVE every Wednesday, from 4–5pm PDT on! Check out poker strategy podcasts at

    Sat, 12 May 2018, 11:00 AM

  • Under the Gun podcast No. 126: Evaluating Decision Making
    The NFL draft and a few tweets inspires Tuck to address the decision making process and how it's flawed to judge decisions by the eventual result Join us LIVE every Wednesday, from 4–5pm PDT on! Check out poker strategy podcasts at

    Sat, 28 Apr 2018, 11:00 AM

  • Under the Gun podcast No. 125: Nine minutes with Norm
    Tuck talks poker strategy before catching up with the legend, Norman Chad Join us LIVE every Wednesday, from 4–5pm PDT on! Check out poker strategy podcasts at

    Sat, 14 Apr 2018, 11:00 AM

  • Under the Gun podcast No. 124: Ryan Laplante and PLO Tournaments
    Tuck talks large field PLO tournaments and making a big fold in NLH with Laplante Join us LIVE every Wednesday, from 4–5pm PDT on! Check out poker strategy podcasts at

    Mon, 26 Mar 2018, 08:15 PM

  • Under the Gun podcast No. 123: Stop being so negative Doug!
    Tuck talks decision-making vs results, Bucharest, his AK vs Moorman's AA and pleads with Doug Polk to stop being a prick. Join us LIVE every Wednesday, from 4–5pm PDT on! Check out poker strategy podcasts at

    Sat, 10 Mar 2018, 05:48 PM

  • Under the Gun podcast No. 122: Poker Awards and LAPC review
    Tuck talks about the American Poker Awards, how to rate a table and a couple of interesting LAPC 10k hands Join us LIVE every Wednesday, from 4–5pm PDT on! Check out poker strategy podcasts at

    Sun, 25 Feb 2018, 01:55 AM

The Chirp Herm Show with host Mark Herm (aka Chirp Herm, aka Dipthrong), brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge, discusses everything from dating and relationships to spirituality to recovery...and o...
  • The Chirp Herm Show - Matt Glantz
    On this episode of The Chirp Herm Show, Mark chats with professional poker player and Poker Night in America Producer Matt Glantz.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017, 12:00 AM

  • The Chirp Herm Show - Nick Petrangelo
    On this episode of The Chirp Herm Show, Mark chats with high stakes grinder and #2 GPI ranked player Nick Petrangelo. They discuss selling action for high stakes tourneys, the swings of tournament poker and Altcoins.

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 12:00 AM

  • The Chirp Herm Show - Cate Hall
    On this episode of The Chirp Herm Show Mark chats with controversial poker pro Cate Hall. She talks in detail about her drug use, her sex life and her thoughts on being a woman in poker. Also, if you've ever wanted to ask Cate, F#*K, Marry, Kill: Donald Trump, Mike Dentale, Matt Glantz? this episode is for you.

    Tue, 29 Aug 2017, 12:00 AM

  • The Chirp Herm Show - Scott Blumstein
    On this episode of The Chirp Herm Show, Mark chats with 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Scott Blumstein.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017, 12:00 AM

  • The Chirp Herm Show - Darren Elias
    On this episode of The Chirp Herm Show, Mark chats with professional MTT grinder Darren Elias.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017, 12:00 AM

  • The Chirp Herm Show - Elliot Roe
    On this episode of The Chirp Herm Show, Mark chats with hypnotherapist and poker metal game coach Elliot Roe.

    Mon, 8 Aug 2016, 12:00 AM

  • The Chirp Herm Show - Chirp Goes Solo
    On this episode of The Chirp Herm Show, Mark goes solo and discusses the current state of his sobriety, his inferiority complex in poker, his WSOP experience and the what to expect on upcoming episodes.

    Sun, 24 Jul 2016, 12:00 AM

  • The Chirp Herm Show - Jared Jaffee
    On this episode of The Chirp Herm Show, Mark is joined by Jared Jaffee to share some fun stories from PCA, discuss picking up women, and talk about issues in the poker community. Plus we get a Jared Jaffee confession!

    Sun, 17 Jan 2016, 12:00 AM

Lectures from the Gaming Research Colloquium Series and interviews with gaming authors, industry figures, and researchers.
  • UNLV Gaming Podcast 87: Michelle Malkin
    Just uploaded on the Podcast page: 87-June 8, 2018 Michelle Malkin “Gender and Gambling Motivated Crime” In this June 8, 2018 Colloquium Talk, Malkin examines the social, economic, and legal consequences of problem gamblers, with a focus on gender. Starting with an exploration of problem and women's gambling in history, she analyzes how the approaches to possible criminal consequences of gambling motivated crime challenge traditional criminal justice assumptions about gender and crime. Listen to...

    Fri, 8 Jun 2018, 03:56 PM

  • UNLV Gaming Podcast 84: Kim Manh
    Just posted to the Podcast page: 84-December 13,2017 Kim Manh The Determinants of Gaming Policy Diffusion and Expansion In this December 13, 2017 Colloquium Talk, Manh builds on current policy diffusion literature to disucss the evolution of gaming policy adoption for both commercial and tribal jrusidictions. Listen to the audio file (mp3)...

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017, 05:38 PM

  • UNLV Gaming Podcast 83: Colleen O'Neill
    Just posted on the Podcast page: 83-October 20, 2017Colleen O'Neill Jobs and American Indian Sovereignty: The Challenge of Gaming In this October 20, 2017 Colloquium Talk, O'Neill discusses the conflicy between labor unions and Native American tribes over the issue of Indian gaming and labor in 1990s California. Listen to the audio file (mp3)...

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017, 03:07 PM

  • UNLV Gaming Podcast 82: Massimo Leone
    Just posted on the UNLV Gaming Podcast page: 82-September 8, 2017 Massimo Leone Praying and Gambling In this September 8, 2017 Colloquium Talk, Leone Listen to the audio file (mp3)...

    Fri, 8 Sep 2017, 02:59 PM

  • UNLV Gaming Podcast 81: Kelli Wood
    The latest UNLV Gaming Podcast has been uploaded: 81-August 4, 2017 Kelli Wood “A History of Play in Print: Paper Games from Cards to Candyland” In this August 4, 2017 Colloquium Tlak, Wood considers the history of printed games, focusing her discussion on two printers, Milton Bradley of 19th century America and Giovanni Antonio de Paoli of 16th century Rome. Listen to the audio file (mp3)...

    Fri, 4 Aug 2017, 05:11 PM

  • UNLV Gaming Podcast 80: Mark Johnson
    Just posted, a new UNLV Gaming Podcast: 80-July 14, 2017 Mark Johnson Comparing the Professionalization of Pro Gamblers and Pro Video Game Players In this July 14, 2017 Colloquium Talk, Johnson dicusses the commonalities and differences in the practives and lives of professional gamblers and professional video game players. Listen to the audio file (mp3)...

    Fri, 14 Jul 2017, 05:01 PM

  • UNLV Gaming Podcast 79: Stefan Al
    Just posted on the podcast page: 79-March 22, 2017 Stefan Al In this March 22, 2017 phone interview Stefan Al discusses his new book, The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream.\\In this March 22, 2017 phone interview Stefan Al discusses his new book, The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream. Listen to the audio file (mp3)...

    Wed, 22 Mar 2017, 03:24 PM

  • UNLV Gaming Podcast 78: Jessalyn R. Strauss
    Just uploaded: the latest UNLV Gaming Podcast. A must for anyone who is curious about casino public relations: 78-January 26, 2017 Jessalyn R. Strauss “Promoting Las Vegas: Stories and Strategies of Casino Press Releases” In this January 25, 2017 Colloquium Talk, Strauss discusses how casino press releases reflected the efoorts of PR professionals to secure coverage for their organizations. Listen to the audio file (mp3) View the flyer (pdf)...

    Thu, 26 Jan 2017, 10:49 AM

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  • Episode 260: WSOP Live 2018
    Nate got barely 72 hours in Las Vegas this summer, but he was kind enough to spend a few of them recording with Andrew and Carlos in his Gold Coast hotel room. The three talk about their summer plans, the dealer’s choice event, and all of the delightful weirdos in Las Vegas. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello and Welcome 34:50 – Strategy...

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 11:19 AM

  • Episode 259: Christian Holden
    Christian Holden is a professional musician and poker player who lives in an anarchist collective in Worcester, Massachusetts. In this in-person interview, he and Andrew discuss his music, his poker, his politics, and the staking deal he almost had with Martin Shkreli. Plus they talk about game theory and deep-stacked no-limit poker strategy! You should check out Christian’s band The Hotelier and follow him on Twitter @moldyfish. Timestamps 0:30 Hello and Welcome 54:53 Strategy...

    Tue, 12 Jun 2018, 09:15 AM

  • On You, Lou
    My latest piece for the Two Plus Two Magazine is more of a story than a strategy article. It’s about a friend of my grandmother’s who was a small-time gambler and a few conversations we had about poker: “I saw you on ESPN,” he tells me once he’s made his left out of the parking lot. “I seen where one of them guys went out before you made about eighty thousand dollars.” There’s no question mark, but I know what he’s asking. “That’s about what I made.” His hands, already drumming the wheel, quicke...

    Thu, 7 Jun 2018, 04:37 PM

  • Nitcast Meetup
    The 2018 Las Vegas Nitcast Meetup will be be held on Saturday, July 7 from 10AM – Noon at the Gold Coast bowling alley. This is Day 3 of the Main Event, so if I’m still in it, my own participation may be brief, but if past years are any indication there should be plenty of listeners as well as some past guests enjoying good conversation and bowling alley coffee regardless. Hope to see you there!

    Sun, 3 Jun 2018, 08:43 AM

  • Episode 258: Fake News with Zach Elwood
    Zach Elwood is the author of Reading Poker Tells, Verbal Poker Tells, and Exploiting Poker Tells. Our first interview with him was on Episode 14. He’s quoted in this New York Times article (Edit: and this Washington Post article) about fake Facebook accounts. You can read his Top 7 Signs a Facebook Account is Fake. Plus Zach sticks around to discuss some tells Andrew observed during a recent MTT. Timestamps 0:30 – Hello and Welcome 6:53 – Zach Elwood 56:27 – Strategy...

    Tue, 29 May 2018, 04:22 PM

  • Good Morning From Las Vegas!
    I landed in Las Vegas yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, two days earlier than I’d originally planned. I’ve got a house for the summer that I can move into on Friday, but Matt Berkey had an empty seat in his inaugural Solve4Why MTT Academy and offered it to me, so I came out a few days early and took advantage of a comped (so, $35/nights with resort fee) room at Bally’s. Shortly after I arrived, Jimmy Fricke picked me up and we got dinner, where we were joined by LiveGreenVegetation (not sure his...

    Thu, 24 May 2018, 10:13 AM

  • Episode 257: Gareth Chantler on Canada’s Missing Syrians
    Thinking poker legend Gareth Chantler recently published a major exposé of flaws in Canada’s refugee approval process. He discusses the piece, which was the product of years of research, as well as his work more generally with the Syrian community in Turkey. Gareth is also raising money to bring one Syrian family in particular to Canada, and donations are more than welcome. Timestamps 0:30 hello and welcome 76:01 underrated/overrated...

    Mon, 21 May 2018, 07:20 PM

  • The Ideological Turing Test
    I recently published an essay called Your Information Diet that summarizes my frustration, informed/inspired by the 10+ years I spent immersed in the world of competitive debate, about the current state of political discourse in America (and quite possibly elsewhere – I’m not qualified to speak to that one way or the other). It’s about the importance of challenging your views, not simply with any old ideological opponent, but with the most compelling advocates of opposing views. One source I’ve...

    Wed, 9 May 2018, 05:01 PM

Poker strategies and courses, brought to you by two of the world's best poker players, that will take your own poker skills to the next level.
  • Which Draws Should You Semi-Bluff With?
    Bluffing is an indispensable part of the game—as Doug likes to say, “Bluffing is life in poker.” In this article, we’ll discuss how to go about choosing hands to semi-bluff, and we’ll break down the process that every elite player uses to fine-tune this aspect of their game. What makes a good semi-bluffing hand? There are two criteria a hand must satisfy to be a good candidate for semi-bluffing on the flop: No showdown value. You should generally lean towards checking with any hand that has pote...

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018, 11:41 AM

  • 3 Hand Histories That Highlight a Sneakily Crucial Poker Concept
    With so much postflop play, it might seem like cash games are more difficult than tournaments. The best tournament players, however, are adept at playing every street across a range of different stack depths.  In this article, we’re going to learn about stack-to-pot ratio (SPR) and how it affects postflop play. We’ll be looking at three examples with different SPRs: A deep SPR of ~10 A medium SPR of ~5 A short SPR less than 2.5 Let’s get started! What is Stack-to-Pot Ratio? Stack-to-pot ratio (S...

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018, 11:55 AM

  • Only 20% of Poker Players Will Ace This C-Betting Quiz
    Are you a c-betting-boss? We’re about to find out! For each question, assume you have no solid reads on your opponent. Some questions have more than one correct answer. Editor’s note: The questions in this quiz assume you are using a polarized c-betting strategy, but there are other valid c-betting strategies. So, you may get a question “WRONG” even though your answer is valid as a part of your strategy. Keep this in mind when reviewing your score at the end–you may deserve more points than you...

    Tue, 12 Jun 2018, 12:28 PM

  • 3 Heads-Up Rules Drawn from a $20,000 Buy-In Match
    Let’s talk heads-up poker! Today we’ll dive into a $100/$200 cash game match between Doug Polk and Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky – world-class heads-up players who have faced off many times.  Doug recorded the match and analyzed notable hands in an 11-part video series for his advanced heads-up training course. I’ve watched the first few parts of the series, and put together 3 heads-up “rules” that will help you dominate opponents. Note that these rules assume a 100 big blind effective stack, and are le...

    Fri, 8 Jun 2018, 03:03 PM

  • 3 Aggressive Tactics Winning Regulars Already Use
    Hoping to gain insight into where good aggressive players take advantage of their opponents, I recently watched Fried “mynameiskarl” Meulders play $5/$10 Zoom in the Upswing Lab. Fried is an absolute cash game beast who crushes Zoom on PokerStars–some of the toughest poker games in the world. Here’s his results from a 100k hand sample this year: cloudinary_imgTue, 5 Jun 2018, 01:13 PM
  • Chris Ferguson Issues Black Friday Statement: Too Little, Too Late?
    On 23 May, Chris Ferguson issued a statement via Vimeo in regards to Black Friday. As we previously reported, Ferguson and Howard Lederer were partially responsible for the Full Tilt Poker fiasco seven years ago. In his 42-second address, Ferguson stated, “I deeply regret not being able to prevent Black Friday from happening.” While this may be true, the poker community and his customers probably would have preferred his issuance of a statement when the scandal occurred—not seven years after the...

    Mon, 4 Jun 2018, 05:23 PM

  • Baffling ‘More Rake Is Better’ Billboard Paints Las Vegas Sky
    LAS VEGAS, NV—Typically overlaid with advertisements for personal injury lawyers and “intimate product” retailers, a billboard adjacent to the Rio Hotel and Casino now bears a more intriguing message: More Rake is Better. Apparently aimed at poker players, and particularly those who plan to compete in this year’s World Series of Poker, the billboard’s message is also somewhat perplexing. Traditionally understood, rake is how casinos and online card rooms generate income to pay operating expenses...

    Fri, 1 Jun 2018, 05:55 PM

  • 7 Tips You Can Learn from 1 High Stakes Online Poker Hand
    Have you ever wondered what the end bosses of poker are doing that makes them so much better than everyone else? If you’re like me, then you most certainly have. Lucky for us the end bosses at Upswing listen to what the people want, and have dedicated an entire Upswing Lab module to breaking down hands that took place in the toughest high stakes games on the planet. In this article we’ll take one of those hands and analyze it street by street. I’ll include bits of Doug Polk and Ryan Fee’s though...

    Fri, 1 Jun 2018, 11:39 AM

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