Poker Zoo 78: Scandal Therapy, with Dr. Robert Samuels

This week Dr. Robert Samuels returns to the Zoo to talk about the latest round of poker cheating accusations and scandals. Robert recently polished up an old solution – can the online game operators work together to fight cheats? Can there be a governing body to adjudicate poker? While I cynically don’t find this sort…

The Widening Gyro

It wasn’t always like this, I used to eat well. I was vital, even as I aged, but didn’t know why. Still, as things fell apart, my standards slipped. I became pudgy, then unhealthy, and finally, fat. Not high on success fat, either: fast food fat, poison fat. A purge is necessary, a clean-up. This…

An Immodest Proposal

It’s an auspicious moment to restart the blog. Quietly, though, under cover of scandals in our “field” (Lord help me if I say “community”). For one, nobody really writes about poker anymore. The great blogs are dead. Short Stacked Shamus hasn’t penned a non-promo in years. My friend Fernando likes to keep his so obscure…

Poker Zoo 77: Tight Ralph Raises His Game

We stay in the live streets this week and talk hands with Ralph B., a low-stakes cash game reg I know through Red Chip Poker. As for many players, Covid shook up Ralph’s poker life, and in his case, decided it was time to turn a break-even passetemps into a winning habit. Today, we find…

Poker Podcasts Guide 2022

You may not know much about the poker podcasts you don’t listen to. Most of the available guidance to the market is click-bait articles, dated click-bait articles, and corporate’s ineffective search algorithms. For instance, Google’s poker podcast summary and Spotify’s listings miss many of the best poker podcasts, yet both promote long dead pods, some…

Poker Zoo 75: That New Pro Life, with Nate Serisky

Vagabond vet DGAF called him “Tom Brady Jr.” but in reality, the story is more interesting than just always getting there at the right time. Las Vegas live pro Nate Serisky takes us through his year – well, not of living dangerously exactly, as he’s on stake and decent with money management – but of…

Poker Zoo 74: Thomas Against the Simps

Thomas Pinnock of Zenith Poker returns to the Zoo to review his most challenging year in poker. In addition to releasing a controversial new set of exploitative ranges and taking on a six-max challenge, Thomas kicked up a series of related kerfuffles with a video mocking many preflop ranges. Trouble followed on multiple fronts, and…

Poker Zoo 73: Hustler Shaun

Today we go behind the scenes and talk to Shaun Yaple, General Manager of the Hustler Casino in Gardena, California. I find out what it takes to run a card room and where does poker fits in. We discuss the unusual ecosystem of L.A. Poker, including some advice for all struggling card rooms and poker…

Poker Zoo 72: Michael Lukich’s Solver School

On the cusp of a new year, new ventures. One is returning guest Michael Lukich’s two-pronged effort to improve your game through better solver and data study, Solver School. It’s still in creation, but Michael has burned the ships: we find out that he has quit his day job and is committed to poker and…