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The Myth of Poker Talent - an extract

Capped Boards

We have discussed capped boards previously, but here we are going to add some details as we analyze them more extensively. If you a recall, a “capped” board is a flop where typically the caller’s range is limited to one pair or worse. This provides ample opportunities to bluff on complicating turns.

Poker in the Board Room

In early 1988, Warren Buffett wrote his annual letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the multinational holding company for which he served as chairman and CEO. It was an especially tense time in the investment world, just a few months removed from the “Black Monday” crash that saw markets plunge precipitously around the world. On that day (October 19, 1987), the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 22 percent, the largest single-day decline in the history of the index.

“Maverick” (from “Poker on Television”)

As central as poker is to Old West storytelling, poker was often only a tangential (and frequently negative) element in the worlds portrayed by televised westerns….

Mastering Mixed Games - an extract

The book Mastering Mixed Games is due to be published by D&B Poker in the summer. This will be the first serious book on mixed games for a long time and will be essential reading for anyone interested in these games. The variants that will be featured are: 2-7 No Limit Single Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, Badugi, Badeucey and Badacey, Limit Hold ’em, Omaha 8 or Better, Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better (40bb), Razz, Stud and Stud 8 or Better.

Poker in the Movies

Later this year we will be publishing Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game, by Martin Harris. Here is a short extract:

“Poker in the Movies”

The representation of poker in films likely has had more to do with forming opinions about the game than has any other variety of American popular culture. One could argue that when it comes to shaping ideas about poker, John Wayne, W.C. Fields, and Paul Newman have exerted more influence than anyone who has played the game.

Why Game Theory Optimal (GTO) play is a means and not an end

Anyone following the content on our site and in this magazine will know that we are very excited about our upcoming book, Modern Poker Theory by Michael Acevedo. We are certain that this book will become a modern classic. The core theme behind the book is to give the reader an understanding of what GTO play entails.

Risk Versus Reward

As I’ve noted here before, the subject of poker in popular culture is kind of a bottomless well. There’s no end to examples of poker turning up in “mainstream” contexts like feature films, radio and television programs, music, literature, magazines, paintings, and elsewhere.

Indeed, practically all of the chapters in my forthcoming book Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game could be expanded much further to full length books themselves.

Take the topic of poker in the movies, for example…

Modern Poker Theory Nearing Completion

At D&B we get excited about all our books. We love to put out high-quality productions that have the best poker information available in book form. However, we think that the upcoming Modern Poker Theory by Michael Acevedo will be something quite special and undoubtedly become a classic…

New Winner - ADVICE competition

People occasionally complain that (for example) $35 is a lot of money to spend on a poker book. My stock reply is that if you learn JUST ONE THING from a book that you subsequently put into practice, then you have almost certainly got your money back. If you learn dozens of things from a book, then… well, you do the maths…

Researching 'Poker & Pop Culture' at the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV

Work continues on my forthcoming book for D&B Poker, Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game, due to appear next summer in time for the World Series of Poker. I am looking forward to being in Las Vegas during the WSOP for the launch of the book. Thanks to those who have already preordered a copy!

In fact, I am actually writing from Las Vegas right now where I am currently spending time at the University of Nevada Las Vegas doing some additional research for the book at the Center for Gaming Research.

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