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The Lines
  • Bryce Harper, The Home Run Derby And Potential Problems For MLB On Sports Betting
    The Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper murdered a bunch of baseballs in the Home Run Derby on Monday night as part of the festivities at the All-Star Game. One little hiccup though: Harper and the pitcher throwing him batting practice — his Dad — apparently weren’t following the rules. I’m not here to breathlessly defend the rules of an event that’s just supposed to be a lot of fun. But it does have implications for the world of sports betting. Yes, there are rules for the HR Derby This might sh...

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 09:38 AM

  • Now That France Won, It’s Time to Start Looking Ahead To World Cup 2022
    The 2018 World Cup is a wrap. Late money on Sunday poured in on Croatia, meaning Vegas and Atlantic City sportsbooks were happy as frogs clams with the French win. Given the NCAA tournament level of randomness in this year’s World Cup, looking for value in futures for 2022 is as wise of an idea as dropping a grand on Kylian Mbappe scoring a goal against Croatia. cloudinary_imgMon, 16 Jul 2018, 03:49 PM
  • So … What Was Up With The FanDuel Sportsbook Vig On Opening Day?
    There was excitement when the FanDuel sportsbook opened at the Meadowlands over the weekend. The new sportsbook in East Rutherford, New Jersey is the closest to New York City. Since FanDuel is owned by European bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair there was a lot of anticipation for a new sportsbook operator to offer fair lines in the United States. That excitement diminished quickly when lines started to leak out. Yikes. FanDuel vig at the Meadowlands is steep. — David Payne...

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018, 11:39 AM

  • DraftKings Sportsbook Is Almost Here? Founders Tease Product On Twitter
    We are apparently close to having a DraftKings Sportsbook app. Two of the daily fantasy sports company’s founders — Jason Robins and Matt Kalish — tweeted about the planned launch of a sports betting app on Friday evening: Just testing out this new thingy that’s coming soon — Matt Kalish (@mattkalish) July 13, 2018 Wait you mean this thing? — Jason Robins (@JasonDRobins) July 13, 2018 DraftKings is close on sports betting The teases confirm w...

    Fri, 13 Jul 2018, 03:54 PM

  • TheLines Podcast Episode 12: FanDuel Beats DraftKings To Sports Betting
    FanDuel is set to launch its sports betting product on July 14 at The Meadowlands race track in NJ. Soon we’ll be seeing FanDuel sportsbooks popping up all over the country. What a difference a few years makes. In Episode 12 of TheLines Podcast, Matt Brown, Dustin Gouker and Eric Ramsey break down what to expect from the DFS giant in the new space, along with all of the biggest news in the sports betting industry from the past week. Show Timestamps  1:43 — STATE WATCH: The latest in Colorado and...

    Fri, 13 Jul 2018, 11:46 AM

  • Suspicions At Wimbledon Further Demonstrate Why Leagues Need Distance From Betting
    We love sports because of the game being played. Whether you’re a baseball, basketball or football fan you watch because you want to see a fair and competitive game. Sports has been this way forever. We expect a fair and honest game to unfold whether there’s money on the line or not. Integrity is important to the legitimacy of a sport regardless of gambling. Believe it or not, professional tennis has been at the forefront of integrity for professional sports. The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) is t...

    Thu, 12 Jul 2018, 02:46 PM

  • Tuning Out? The Carolina Panthers’ New Owner Thinks Sports Betting Will ‘Make Ratings Go Down’
    New Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is a smart enough guy. He did, after all, build a global hedge fund empire (Appaloosa Management) that resulted in him becoming an $11-billion man, according to Forbes. Still, during a press conference Tuesday following the finalization of his purchase of the Charlotte-based NFL franchise, Tepper made an observation about the influence of sports betting on the NFL. And it was … interesting: “I also think this thing that we talked about a little before, ca...

    Tue, 10 Jul 2018, 04:11 PM

  • Are Leagues And Colleges Ignoring Potentially Bigger ‘Integrity’ Issue?
    When discussing current technology, quite a few members of Congress come off as if they’re still living in an AOL world. Exhibit A – Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s April interrogation on Capitol Hill. Recently, the pro sports leagues – and increasingly, some colleges – seem to be walking a similar path. They’re railing about the need for integrity fees to help them detect when shady characters with bad wardrobes approach their athletes in dark alleys about throwing a game or shaving a few...

    Tue, 10 Jul 2018, 01:18 PM

Best Online Gambling Sites for 2018 – Expert Reviews
  • 6 Awesome Storylines That Would Make Rounders 2 Worth Making
    Some movies should never be touched. They’re greats for a reason, and it’s arguable they should be left alone. No remakes. No sequels. Just let them be. Then again, it’s always tempting to revisit those movies. The characters were so much fun. The original story was so captivating. The direction, the dialogue, and the suspense […]...

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 02:12 PM

  • Bitcoin Poker – The Future or Just a Fad?
    Bitcoin has been stealing more and more mainstream news headlines. Much of this has to do with its potential as an investment. But many online poker players have known about Bitcoin (BTC) long before the headlines. That’s because Bitcoin is a popular way to deposit at internet poker rooms. However, BTC has lost some of […]...

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 01:12 PM

  • Why Gambling with Bitcoin Can Be Dangerous
    For online gambling enthusiasts and cryptocurrency advocates alike, 2017 will always be remembered as the “Year of Bitcoin.” On the first of January last year, one Bitcoin (BTC) was valued at $1,019 in US dollars (USD). But by mid-December, the price had skyrocketed to its peak of $19,665, good for a gain of more than […]...

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018, 09:25 AM

  • Exciting Upgrades Coming for Online Gambling Industry Giants
    “I feel a change comin’ on,” – Bob Dylan That’s right Bob, you certainly do, but not the kind you’re singing about! These are exciting changes, and they’re being delivered by some of the biggest online gambling corporations on the planet, Bodog, and Bovada (as well as their partner brands). We don’t know what they […]...

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018, 08:49 AM

  • Why It’s Smart to Gamble with Bitcoin
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you have undoubtedly heard of Bitcoin by now. While it has been making headlines across the world for its insane price gyrations, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been steadily creeping into the world of online gambling. This really started taking off in […]...

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 06:07 AM

Best Poker Coaching
  • Danel – Coaching for Profits 6-Max 60K Finisher Interview
       Danel completed our NL 6-max Crusher Coaching program and earned €60,000 in profits in 1 year, 1 month and 6 days as our student.   “After working with BPC I can think about poker in a more realistic way and know in which areas I need to focus to make a good living out of the game” His graph: cloudinary_img He is now a coach in our NL 6-max Crusher program. The post Danel...

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 02:28 PM

  • Cryptocurrency: What Does It Mean for the Future of Online Poker?
    Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm over the last 12 months. As 2017 came to a close, Bitcoin hit new heights that nobody expected to see so soon. People who had previously been sceptical were now starting to believe. But what does this mean for the online poker industry? Let’s take a look at how this new technology could revolutionise the entire scene. cloudinary_img New Technology E...

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018, 01:52 AM

  • 60-Minute Master: PLO Part 10, Blockers
    When there are ‘obvious’ draws on the community card board in PLO – and you have the key cards required to complete them – there is the potential for a profitable bluffing opportunity. However, the loose and wild nature of online Omaha games can make this a potentially dangerous strategy. Here we look at the concept of ‘Blockers’ in PLO and assess whether these can be profitably played in online PLO poker games. Firstly and example to ensure we understand what is meant by PLO Blockers. You are i...

    Fri, 13 Jul 2018, 01:55 AM

  • Fredrik On Fire: Finishes €5k 6-max Micro
    Part of being a great poker player is putting in the work, being thorough, staying disciplined, and working to cross the finish line. Fredrik completed all of that recently by finishing his 5K 6-Max Micro contract. It’s a big accomplishment for this young player who’s got some big goals with hopes of moving up even more. Finishing the contract not only taught him a lot about poker but also has the dedication needed to really achieve success in the game. “The hardest part was to stay motivated,”...

    Mon, 9 Jul 2018, 01:02 AM

  • 60-Minute Master: NL 6-Max Part 6, Common Preflop Leaks
    Preflop is widely known as the easiest street to play in Hold’em. However, many players mistakenly assume that preflop decisions are super trivial, which is definitely not the case. This can lead to various preflop mistakes, some of which I’ll discuss below. PLAYING BY CHARTS Beginners use starting hand charts to help build a solid foundation. But following charts should only be a temporary solution. Using preflop hand charts as anything more than a temporary solution is where the problem lies.

    Fri, 6 Jul 2018, 03:41 AM

  • Tomas “Maestro” Review of NLHU Program
       Thomas “Maestro” finished our Heads-Up Coaching for profits program, and made €60,000 in profits at the tables as our student. You can read an interview about his success here. This is his graph: cloudinary_img Today, Thomas is a coach in our Heads-Up Coaching for profits program. The post Tomas “Maestro” Review of NLHU Program appeared first on Best Poker Coaching.

    Tue, 3 Jul 2018, 09:49 AM

  • The Dangers of Sitting: Ergonomics for Poker Players
    It’s no great secret in this day and age that too many of us are spending far too much time sat in front of a screen of some sort and doing very little physical exercise. As poker players we are more likely to be guilty of this than most other demographics. The dangers are extensive, and, to be frank, not to be taken lightly. As well as being aware of any problems we can develop, there are also some tweaks we can make to protect ourselves from ill health and premature aging, as well as streamlin...

    Mon, 2 Jul 2018, 01:26 AM

  • Why Motivation, Mindset and Productivity Coaching is a Scam
    Some quick facts: Only high performers really need high performance coaching . It is usually called “high performance” or “peak performance” coaching for a reason  Most people like to buy advanced programs that have nothing to do with their reality, but it makes them feel better about themselves because they do “advanced” things… it’s the same reason why NL10 and NL25 players like to do advanced hand analysis with flopzilla and other tools when in reality they have trouble getting the most basic...

    Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 03:56 AM
  • Why You Should Gamble Like a Stoic and How to Do It
    Stoicism was a popular line of philosophical thinking (and action) in the ancient Greek and Roman world. Much stoic thinking originated from thinkers like Zeno, Socrates, Heraclitus, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Stoicism focuses on morality, and a stoic’s goal is to seek happiness through living a good (virtuous) life. A stoic’s goal is to accept the present as it is, not as you wish it were. Your goal is to free yourself from pleasure-seeking and pain-avoidance. Instead, as a stoic, you’ll f...

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 07:17 AM

  • Accurate Thinking Versus Wishful Thinking in Gambling
    The premise of gambling is built upon the idea that you risk money in hopes of winning money. Many people believe that this activity is based on luck. They also think that you can get luck on your side by praying enough, wearing your favorite shirt, or simply being hopeful. A smaller percentage of gamblers know that the only true way to win money is by making the right decisions. Whether they realize it or not, this falls in line with the concept of accurate thinking. Famed self-help author Napo...

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 07:09 AM

  • Playing Tips and Strategies to Win at 7 Card Stud 8 or Better
    7 card stud 8 or better is also sometimes called 7 card stud high low (or hi-lo split). For most of this post, I’ll just call it “7 card stud 8.” The deal and betting action in these games are based on the rules for 7 card stud. The big difference is that at the showdown, the pot gets split between the highest hand and “the best low hand.” These games tend to have big pots because a lot of players see more potential in their hands than they would in a game where only the high hand wins. Not all...

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 07:06 AM

  • 2018 NFL Props: Which Head Coach Will Get Fired First?
    In less than a full month, the 2018 NFL season will unofficially return. Training camps will open up, fans will be highlighting their week-one preseason games, and before you know it, the regular season will arrive. It’s probably all just going to end in a New England Patriots title when it’s all said and done, but for the moment, all 32 NFL teams remain hopeful that they can vie for this year’s Lombardi Trophy. For those who can’t, it may be time to cut ties with the main man running their show...

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018, 11:18 AM

  • Playing Baccarat on the Internet for 2+ Days for Only a Hundred Bucks
    Baccarat started out as a game for the wealthy and elite. In fact, it was once difficult to find baccarat games where you could play for less than $100 per hand. You can still find these “big” baccarat tables at many popular land-based casinos. But this has since become a game that players of all bankrolls can enjoy. The rise of “mini” baccarat helped expand the game to a more diverse group of players. And you can now look forward to playing baccarat in many land-based casinos for as little as $...

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018, 10:17 AM

  • A Lineup of the Top Eleven Players Who Haven’t Won the World Cup
    The FIFA World Cup is by far the most popular tournament in soccer, and there’s barely a player who doesn’t dream of lifting the trophy. And yet, this is not an easy task. For a start, the World Cup is played only once every 4 years. This means even the best players out there realistically have 2 or 3 chances to become champions. On top of that, the competition’s format in the past allowed only a couple of teams to reach the finals, and it was even harder to win the World Cup. Other obstacles ar...

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018, 09:48 AM

  • What to Expect from the MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby
    Get ready to buckle up, folks. Starting tonight at 8:00 pm EST, we’re going to see 8 men slug it out to see who will be crowned as the 2018 Home Run Derby champion. All you have to do is tune into ESPN. You’ll be able to see the likes of Bryce Harper and Freddie Freeman smashing balls over the right-field fence at Nationals Park in our nation’s capital. ESPN’s own Karl Ravech and Mark Teixeira will be leading the coverage, along with MLB guru Buster Olney, who will be roaming around the field ta...

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018, 05:55 AM

  • Tiger vs. Phil for $10 Million – Is This Going to Happen or What?
    You have seen the news. You have heard the rumors. Word on the street is that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are on the verge of playing a heads-up match, and the winner is taking home a cool 10 million bucks. As an avid fan of the game and someone who has followed these two legends’ careers for the past 20+ years, I am salivating at the potential of this going down. What if I told you that you can bet on who will win this match? What if I told you that you can bet on if the match even takes pla...

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 06:43 AM

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 - card counter Ryemo
    This week our guest is Ryemo (pronounced RYE-mo), who is a family man who plays blackjack full time without a partner. Ryemo is on the road playing about 500 hours per year, and talks honestly about the difficulties of life on the road, and long losing streaks.podcast Click to listen - Alt-click to downloadShow Notescloudinary_img...

    Thu, 12 Jul 2018, 04:00 PM

  • Gambling With an Edge - Poker Pro, Tony part 2
    Bob and Richard visit with poker player Tony in the second of two back-to-back interviews. We speak of how the UIGEA and Bitcoin regulation are related, cheating in poker, online tells, and being clipped in a European strip club.podcastClick to listen - Alt-click to downloadShow Notescloudinary_img...

    Thu, 5 Jul 2018, 04:00 PM

  • Gambling With an Edge - Poker Pro, Tony
    Bob and Richard visit with poker player Tony in the first of two back-to-back interviews. We speak about how he got started, his WSOP bracelet, and his experience playing in Macau,  among other topics.podcastClick to listen - Alt-click to downloadShow Notescloudinary_img...

    Thu, 28 Jun 2018, 04:00 PM

  • 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

Poker Strategy Articles and Coaching
  • Venturing Into the Epic World of Sam Trickett
    High-stakes grinder Sam Trickett has launched a video series on YouTube detailing his rise through the poker ranks. The 32-year-old Brit is a popular figure in the poker world and is answering the call for some content on how he got to where he is today.Trickett starts part one of the series by speaking about how passionate he is for the game of poker, but that wasn’t always the case. His first life ambition was to play for Manchester United, but after several knee operations that dream died and...

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 01:20 AM

  • Main Event Runner-up Tony Miles Responds to Critics
    Main Event runner-up Tony Miles took to Twitter today to respond to the comments and criticism he received for his post-match mini-meltdown after losing out to John Cynn in an 8-hour battle for the ultimate prize in poker…One obvious troll was chief among those determined to cause mischief after Miles accused Cynn of slow-rolling him on the final hand, even as Cynn tried to explain he wasn’t……and others getting in on the finger-pointing act too……and the poker forums discussing the very same issu...

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018, 04:29 AM

  • Does Johnnie Vibes Have the Best Poker VLOG?
    Johnnie Vibes is a relative newcomer to the world of poker vlogging. Only eight months ago he arrived on the YouTube scene with the intention of recording his poker adventures in the glitz and glamour that Las Vegas offers. The job he has done so far has stunned vlogging fans throughout the poker community with his slick camera work and solid video editing skills. What makes his content stand out is the mix of “out and about” talking to the camera with some great hand analysis thrown in. He make...

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018, 01:40 AM

  • John Cynn Wins WSOP Main Event For $8,800,000
    John Cynn had 8.8million reasons to be happy in Vegas today as he defeated Tony Miles in an epic and record-breaking heads-up contest, taking down the gold bracelet and $8.8million to become the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event champion…It took 199 hands of heads-up play to settle the destination of the most-coveted title in the game of poker, and some of the biggest names in the game awake all night following the action and quick to praise the men involved…A massive field of would-be champ...

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 08:40 AM

  • The Best Celebrity WSOP Performances
    While most of us will be watching out for the big guns in this year’s World Series of Poker, let’s not forget about the celebrities out there that think they can turn up and show us how it’s done. Here’s a look back at some of the best celebrity runs in WSOP history.Telly Savalas “Kojak” was a TV and film star who also had a passion for poker. In between starring in classics such as The Dirty Dozen he loved to show up at the WSOP and play in many different events, including during the early year...

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 12:34 AM

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  • Messaging is money when it comes to casino marketing
    Does it really matter where your guest interacts with your offer? Yes, if you look at the costs of direct mail and decide you want to go digital. No, if we’re strictly talking about digital channels (but really yes since we always care about the context of where the viewing of the offers happens).

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 09:00 PM

  • Mechanical-reel games continue to carve out space on slot floor
    Slot machine developers are somewhat challenged integrating player-popular offerings like low-denom and multi-line games into mechanical-reel concepts. Next-generation cabinets are clearing the way for video game-like bonusing and other features for the stepper slot game experience.

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 09:00 PM

  • James Bond “Diamonds are Forever” Slot Machines—SCIENTIFIC GAMES
    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Hollywood debuted Scientific Games’ James Bond “Diamonds are Forever” video slot machines last month, becoming the first casino in the country to showcase the new game.

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 09:00 PM

  • Mystery of the Congo Video Slots—IGT
    Make room on your floor for IGT’s Mystery of the CongoVideo Slots. Housed on the CrystalDual 27 gaming machine, this 4x4 reel, 100 credit cost-to-cover game features the all-new Mammoth Reels.

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 09:00 PM

  • Nascent sportsbook operators must consider AML and BSA requirements
    Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018, each individual U.S. state and sovereign tribal nation is now able to offer sports betting in accordance with its own statutes and laws, unless otherwise prohibited by Congress.

    Thu, 12 Jul 2018, 09:00 PM

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  • Bet slip solution -- PLAYTECH
    Playtech has partnered with Ladbrokes Coral to deliver the industry’s first bet slip fully integrated into the Live Casino client.

    Tue, 10 Jul 2018, 04:32 PM

  • 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

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 499 - WSOP Main Event 2018: Hijinks and Drama!
    This week on the Pokercast: The most important tournament of the year is well underway and we’ve got more stories of bad behaviour from the one and only Poker Brat. To begin Terrence has been down in Vegas for a couple of weeks and has got a trip report, plus an upcoming fight to announce! In ICYMI we break down the main event so far including the amazing performance of Michael Mizrachi, the not-so-amazing performance of Phil Hellmuth and some twitter beef with Vanessa Selbst. The guys finish of...

    Mon, 9 Jul 2018, 12:33 AM

  • Pokercast 498 - Hellmuth Charges Too Much Markup, MSPT Venetian Final Table Controversy, Mailbag and...
    On this episode of the Pokercast - Phil Hellmuth sold a WSOP package on a staking site, but was the price right? Also, a couple make it down to the final 3 in a $5k tournament at the Venetian and a ton of ethics questions arise. To begin, Terrence is down in Vegas and gives us a live update of his WSOP then we get into the news:  Our top stories this week have sparked a lot of debate recently. Phil Hellmuth sold shares to a WSOP Turbo event at 1.8/1 and people were very upset, but was the outrag...

    Wed, 27 Jun 2018, 07:58 PM

  • 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

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. 130: Day 1a WSOP Main Event
    Tuck recaps day 1a of his championship run in the WSOP main event. Join us LIVE every Wednesday, from 4–5pm PDT on! Check out poker strategy podcasts at

    Sat, 14 Jul 2018, 11:00 AM

  • 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

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 88: Tim Simpson
    The latest UNLV Gaming Podcast has been posted: 88-July 6, 2018 Tim Simpson From Casino Wars to Casino Capitalism: Sovereignty and Gaming in Macau In this July 6, 2018 Colloquium Talk, Simpson discusses how the former Portuguese city-state, and now Chinese Special Administrative Region, of Macau has been transformed into the world’s most lucrative site of casino gaming, with annual revenues five times greater than those produced on the Las Vegas Strip. He positions Macau’s contemporary gaming in...

    Fri, 6 Jul 2018, 03:54 PM

  • 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

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  • Episode 262: Barney Boatman (feat. Josh Miller and Eric Keppler)
    Barney Boatman was a professional poker player in London before the poker boom. As a member of the Hendon Mob, he played in “spielers” and in tournaments across Europe. Andrew talks to him about England’s pre-boom poker scene, living in Madrid, and his contribution to the new poker-themed short fiction collection He Played For His Wife. In the introduction, Andrew chats with Josh Nixon about playing live poker for the first time and with Eric Keppler about making Day 3 of the WSOP Main Event for...

    Wed, 11 Jul 2018, 10:56 AM

  • Episode 261: Andrew Runs Deep
    Nate and Andrew discuss key hands from Andrew’s 13th place finish in the $2500 no-limit hold ’em WSOP event. Timestamps 0:30 hello 10:56 strat Strategy Hand 1 On the bubble, CO (16K) opens to 5k. Hero calls T9dd in the BB. Flop (13K) AQJd. Hero checks, Villain bets 5k, Hero calls. Turn (23K) 6. Both check. River (23) 3. Hero shoves for 6K, Villain folds. Strategy Hand 2 Blinds 5K/10K/1K. SB (500K) open limps, Hero (1.2M) raises to 30K with AdQh, SB calls Flop (68K) 542cc. SB checks, Hero bets 20...

    Mon, 2 Jul 2018, 11:19 AM

  • Day 3 of the $2500 NL!
    Gotta run soon but just wanted to give a heads up to those not following on Twitter that I’m 7/34 coming into Day 3 of the $2500 WSOP NLHE event. Follow @thinkingpoker on Twitter for the best updates (and scroll the timeline if you’re so inclined, there’s some good stuff on there IMO)!

    Sat, 23 Jun 2018, 10:35 AM

  • 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

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.
  • Check-Raise Strategy Quiz — Are Your Check-Raising Skills Razor Sharp?
    Do you have sweet check-raising skills? Do your opponents shake with fear before firing a c-bet? Let’s find out!  For each question, assume you have no solid reads on your opponent. And make sure you share your score at the end! Note: Just because an answer is ‘wrong’ doesn’t mean it’s a losing play. It means that, by comparison, that play either has less expected value (EV) or should be used less frequently than the other option(s). Question #1  Online $0.50/$1. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $100.

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 12:20 PM

  • Playing Blind vs Blind — 5 Tips to Help You Stack More Chips
    Sub-optimal blind versus blind play is a common leak among amateurs and professionals alike. Players often neglect this part of their game because blind versus blind situations seem infrequent. But they probably happen a more often than you think. In this article, we’ll discuss 5 tips for improving your blind versus blind strategy. We’ll look at what hands you should play preflop, and the effect those preflop ranges have on postflop play. Let’s get started! A quick word on chopping in live games...

    Fri, 13 Jul 2018, 12:28 PM

  • Poker Hobbyist Turns $7.50 into $94,901 on PokerStars
    As any tournament grinder can tell you, it’s the occasional ‘big scores’ that propel a career forward. And it’s every aspiring professional’s dream to parlay a small buy-in into a massive sum of money. Last week, Upswing Lab member Shaun ‘shaundmaster’ Densmore did exactly that. With an outstanding run in the Pokerstars Sunday Million, Shaun turned a mere $7.50 satellite buy-in into a whopping $94,901.70! We caught up with Shaun to ask about his career-best finish. First of all, congrats on a to...

    Thu, 12 Jul 2018, 01:40 PM

  • Who is Annette Obrestad? — 7 Top Poker Moments from Annette_15
    Norwegian poker pro Annette Obrestad is the youngest person to ever win a WSOP bracelet—a feat she accomplished at the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Main Event the day before her 19th birthday. The 29-year-old—also known as Annette_15 online and The Huntress—currently ranks second on Norway’s All-Time Money List and 285th on the All-Time Money List with just over $3.9 million in total live earnings. Today, she resides in Las Vegas and was recently named as ambassador to the Venetian...

    Thu, 12 Jul 2018, 12:33 PM

  • Brady Returns for Day 5 of the WSOP Main Event
    LAS VEGAS, NV—Today is moving day at the Rio, with less than 310 players remaining in this year’s WSOP Main Event. Among them is Mike Brady, Upswing Poker’s content manager par excellence, with a very respectable 686,000 chips. Heading into today’s play Mike reports that he feels “pretty good,” and that he’s “gonna get a massage to loosen up.” Other notable players moving on to day 5 include Antonio Esfandiari, Shaun Deeb, and Joe Cada. Cada is the only former WSOP Main Event winner remaining in...

    Mon, 9 Jul 2018, 12:23 PM

  • 15 Quick Poker Tips That Will Make You A Better Player In 7 Minutes
    Looking for quick, easy-to-remember poker tips to improve your win-rate? You’re in luck! Today we’ve compiled 15 tactics and strategies that will make you a more confident and profitable poker player. Now, this list won’t teach you how to win every time–not even the greatest poker players do that–but it will help you improve, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced player. Let’s dive in! This article has been updated to include more poker tips to help you improve your skills (originally publish...

    Fri, 6 Jul 2018, 12:33 PM

  • This Guy is Ready to Escape His 9-to-5 (with help from the Upswing Lab)
    Most of you are familiar with Doug, Ryan, Fried, and the other strategy wizards here at Upswing poker. They’ve built hugely successful poker careers, each in their own unique way, and some of them fairly recently. (Fried, for example, only began playing professionally in 2012—a year after Black Friday.) Their levels of success, though inspiring, can nevertheless feel out of reach for many of us. But today we have a nice reminder that studying and grinding does in fact produce results. We caught...

    Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 05:34 PM

  • When Should You Continue Barreling on a Brick Turn Card?
    If you’ve ever been confused on the turn after c-bet-bluffing on the flop, then this article is for you. Knowing whether or not to fire that second barrel will have a huge impact on your overall results. Today I’m going to help you understand when to continue barreling and when it’s best to surrender the pot. In this article, we will focus on “brick” turn cards–ones that do not significantly change the board texture. To help us build our turn c-betting strategy we’ll use our handy-dandy solver,...

    Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 11:41 AM

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