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Breaking down the A9 call of Russell Thomas

October 30, 2012 | 4:35 am | Derk

I have been working with Russell Thomas the past couple of months on short stack play and ICM issues.  I am doing an entire series of videos about my work with him over on PokerVT.com where I make poker training videos. You can also check out more of his training he did with Jason [...]

Big One for One Drop final table strategy

July 4, 2012 | 3:55 pm | Derk

While watching and listening to the broadcast for the Big One for One Drop there was a lot of interesting analysis from very high level pros, but there was a pretty big mistake that several of them made.  I heard them say a couple of times that once it got to the final table and [...]

Gambling theory problem/puzzle solution

June 1, 2011 | 2:07 pm | Derk

I originally posted a problem about a week ago here and an update with a hint here. If you haven’t read those, please do and give it a try before reading the solution.
Here’s a restatement of the problem:
You deposit $400 in an online casino and are given a $100 bonus immediately, so you have [...]

Theory problem update

May 30, 2011 | 11:49 am | Derk

It’s been a few days since I first posted my puzzle. If you missed it, you can find it here. Aside from the comments there, there is also some discussion about it going on over at Poker VT which you can see here (no account needed). People have also talked to me [...]

Interesting gambling theory question/puzzle

May 27, 2011 | 9:01 pm | Derk

I saw a discussion the other day that reminded me of a problem I came up with and I posed it to a bunch of friends. None of them were able to get the right answer and reasoning, so I figured it would make a good blog post.
I originally thought of this [...]

Variance in SNGs

May 23, 2011 | 11:29 am | Derk

So, one of the cooler videos I did for Poker VT a while back was on variance.  I don’t think most people truly appreciate how crazy variance can get.  In one of my earliest videos I showed off a program written by RVG (who later went on to create HEM) that was an ROI simulator.  [...]

Strategy blog forthcoming

April 11, 2011 | 1:26 am | Derk

I’ve cleared a lot of old posts and I’m going to be making this a SNG strategy blog in the future.  I’ll be going over a lot of stuff related to SNGs, ICM, and plenty of theory.   A lot of it will probably be the same type of stuff I go over on my “Strategy [...]

Wow shut up please JCarver

December 29, 2010 | 7:52 am | Derk

Help JCarver is writing all these posts and taking over the website!!!
No really they’re worth reading, so be sure to go check them out.
I’ve got some interesting stuff in the pipeline, one is a review of probably the first poker book I’ve read in almost 2 years, and it’s not me making fun of T. J. [...]

A few truths about double-or-nothing SNGs

December 9, 2008 | 4:13 am | Derk

In one of my previous posts, I discussed folding aces.  The conclusion was that only in situations such as a satellite tournament or double-or-nothing SNG is it correct to do so.  In a regular SNG or tournament structure you gain too much equity from calling with aces for folding them to be correct.  However with [...]

Sit-and-go calculations and edge

December 2, 2008 | 8:50 pm | Derk

When you play sit-and-gos, one of the key things to understand is the math behind your decisions. Even bad players have a general idea about what is good and what isn’t. Doing calculations using ICM and opponent modeling is an important way to verify your play and improve it. The remainder of [...]