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ANNOUNCING:  Poker & Pop Culture

Hello, readers! I’m excited to share with you news about 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.


Dr. Patricia Cardner discusses 3 steps to increase your motivation.

Have you ever watched Floyd Mayweather fight?

It’s the most boring thing in the world to watch.

His defense is flawless. His form is impeccable. The other fighter can never land a punch. Floyd just sneaks in there, throws a flurry, and gets out. Every. Single. Time. He gets his points and runs. And that’s why he’s undefeated through 50 prize fights…


Dr. Patricia Cardner discusses applying discipline to your skills.

Book Excerpts

Telling lies at the table

In 2015 I played two very low buy-in events at the WSOP. Although I’d probably played half a million hands online prior to that, it was my first ever experience of live play. I busted out of both events and there is only one hand that I remember. There is one very specific reason why I remember it and it has nothing to do with the hand itself being of any great interest.

I was recently told about a hand from the final table of a live $300 buy-in tournament that illustrates a few key mistakes that many players make when playing short stacked. With blinds at 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 big blind ante, everyone folded to the small blind who started with 150,000. He was the shortest stack at the final table, but there were a few other players with between 17 and 25 big blinds. The blind was a loose, aggressive player with 50 big blinds.

How to Rewire Your Poker Brain

You raise from the button with QJo. Your opponent calls you from the big blind. You both are 50 BBs deep.

The board comes 9-6-2 rainbow. Your opponent checks to you. There’s 6 big blinds in the middle.

What do you do?

I was recently told about an interesting situation from a $2/$5 game that you should strive to avoid. A somewhat loose, weak player with $200 limped from middle position and our Hero found Q7 in the cutoff with a $500 stack. Hero decided to raise to $25.

I was recently told about an interesting hand from a $1/$2 no-limit cash game that illustrates a few key points that you should always consider while at the table

I was recently reviewing the hands of one of my new students who plays primarily $1/$3 no-limit cash games in live, local casinos. Today I will share with you a mistake he made that many amateur poker players make on a regular basis.

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