Matt Bodnar from the Science of Success podcast joined us to discuss his insights into the science and psychology of success in poker and in life. A venture capitalist as well as an avid poker player, Bodnar’s podcast features interviews with luminaries in many different fields, from neuroscience to business. He talks about tilt, ego, goals, planning and mental game topics any winning poker player will appreciate.
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When your opponent picks up on the fact that you’re exploiting their frequencies with aggression, how should you react? James “SplitSuit” Sweeney breaks down the common reactions you’re likely to face from thinking villains, and how to adjust to their adjustments. He explains how to stay one step ahead and continue exploiting their reaction to your 3-bets and other aggression.
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Today we are joined by Fausto Valdez, one of the most aggressive Red Chippers out there. Fausto opens up about his journey through poker, moving between limits, and how his naturally-aggressive style has impacted his game. Zac and Fausto have a great discussion about the differences between stakes and all sorts of powerful advice for players considering poker as a profession.
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Should you get that seat change button? Should you leave this table and look for another one? Is this the right game for you? James “SplitSuit” Sweeney and Doug Hull sit down and discuss this subject. Topics include what makes a good vs bad game, changing seats, socializing to create good situations, and more.
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Today we answer two questions that we commonly get from players newer to cash games. James and Doug discuss buying in with a smaller stack sizes and then wrap up the conversation by answering a question about cashing out (when, why, etc.). If you are a seasoned cash game player you can likely skip this episode, but if you aren’t 100% sure on this, tune in and enjoy!
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Poker is a complex game, but even outside of general strategy there are things many players do that just leave money on the table. Doug and James sit down and discuss some of the common ways they see players leaving value on the table through the lens of things like straddling, checking dark, rebuying, etc. If you play live poker especially, this episode is a must-listen before your next session.
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Ever notice that a few chips get taken from each pot you play? That’s called the rake, and it’s how the house (or room spreading your favorite poker game) makes money. In this episode Doug Hull discusses the good, bad, and ugly of the rake. Topics include rake structures, promotional drops, rake back, and more. If you don’t know if your game’s structure is beatable – listen to this before playing another hand.
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Big O is quite possibly the greatest Omaha variant to date. The game is pot limit Omaha 8 or better with 5 cards. James “SplitSuit” Sweeney explains how the game typically runs and then dives into some strategy to make sure your first time in the game is as fun and profitable as possible. Topics include playing for the scoop, when to play big draws aggressively vs passively, and how to think about your preflop strategy. If you are looking for a break from NLHE games, pay attention to this episode!
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Very few poker players are playing for a living. Most are actually playing just to have fun at the table, gamble a bit, and socialize. Zac Shaw sits down with Steve “ChipXTractor” Catterson to discuss his poker life, how studying poker fits into his day-to-day, and to see poker from a very social lens. If you want the other side of the coin, insights from a professional, check out episode 42 called Insights From A Full-Time Pro.
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When you play against smarter players you need to be very aware of what range you represent. Doug Hull sits down and explains how to think about the actual hole cards you have and how they fit into your overall range. This is especially powerful against other hand readers and a vital part of moving up and playing against tougher opponents.
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Poker is a game of incomplete information, but some players take that to the extreme and won't make any decisions unless they have perfect information. James "SplitSuit" Sweeney sits down and discusses the concept of perfect information and explains why this is a major excuse for many. This entire conversation is started by a comment left on our Preflop Quiz which you can take here: http://redchippoker.com/preflop-poker-quiz/
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Today we are joined by professional poker player and Red Chipper extraordinaire Persuadeo. He opens up about playing full-time, what his study routine looks like, how the forum has been beneficial, and more. Persuadeo also shares some excellent strategy around a hand where he cold-4bet 88 and got a fold from JJ including the tells and other information that lead him to this…
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We receive a lot of poker questions - and overtime we see the same ones over and over. Zac has been helping new PRO Members jump right into videos that will help them solve their specific leaks and decided to share his advice and video suggestions for some of the most common questions we see. Topics like aggression, blind play, planning, and hand reading are discussed.
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Back from his first WSOP, Zac recaps his week in Vegas and discusses everything from RCP events to the size of RIO’s poker rooms. He breaks down some hands from RIO cash games and shares the pros/cons of some of his lines. And then Zac opens up about the ever-famous RCP trip to Live At The Bike in LA where variance was the name of the game.
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Do you play with a short stack or against players who don’t buy-in for full stacks? This episode was meant for you! Doug and Ed sit down and discuss short stack play, how hands quickly shift in value once stack sizes change, and how to visualize short vs deep play.
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Sit down in any live poker game and you’ll see a variety of bet sizes ranging from super small to absurdly large. Doug Hull and Ed Miller dive right into a discussion about pointless bet sizes including preflop opens, raising over limpers, and postflop sizes like the over-pot CB and the small donk bet. Learn how good players visualize these sizes and why you may not want to implement these sizes in your strategy!
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Since we are in the midst of tournament season, it’s not shocking that we’ve been getting a lot of MTT questions lately. James “SplitSuit” Sweeney sits down and answers some common tournament questions about things like chip accumulation, hand reading, differences between cash and MTTs, etc. If you are playing MTTs or are thinking about playing more of them – make sure to listen to this episode first.
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Every poker player has leaks in their game – some are big, some are small, and some are very specific – but we all have them. James “SplitSuit” Sweeney breaks down a model for finding and fixing your leaks to help you constantly grow as a player. The FLASHED model is all about Finding leaks, Listing them, Assessing, Studying, Homework, Executing, and Demoting each leak you spot.
If you are serious about improving, you may want to listen to this episode twice!
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PokerRanger is a powerful piece of poker software that combines all the important features from various tools into a single application. Michael, the developer, sits down and walks us through some of the major highlights of the software along with his own journey that lead him into developing this tool.
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Host James “SplitSuit” Sweeney gets interviewed in this episode. Sky asks great questions about coaching, playing, common leaks, and leads a great discussion about hand reading.
This is a rebroadcast of the interview originally featured on the Smart Poker Study podcast. A special thank you to Sky for both hosting the interview and allowing us to share it directly with Red Chippers!
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GTO Range Builder is a world-class poker tool for mapping out game theory optimal decisions. Today we sit down with Alex Sutherland, the creator of GTORB, to pick his brain on GTO and understand how his software helps poker players make better decisions.
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Do hands like 65s, A4s, and 97 get you a little excited, or alittle nervous? Doug Hull and Ed Miller lead today’s conversationand discuss the driving factors behind playing these handsprofitably. They go on to discuss the power and misconceptionsbehind small pocket pairs and explain why folding gutshots toooften is leaving money on the table. Nits beware!
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New players love to say "tight is right" - but nits take this to the extreme. James "SplitSuit" Sweeney spends this episode discussing why being a nit is a bad idea. Concepts include why nits have awful frequencies, why a lack of showdowns is a bad thing, and why nits actually become targets to good players. If you know any nitty players, make sure to share this episode with them as well!
Sick of constantly min-cashing in your poker tournaments? Doug Hull and Gareth James sit down to discuss ways to avoid the min-cash and explain how to start playing for the win more often. They discuss restealing strategies, open-shipping stack sizes, and more MTT-specific advice to help you perform better in your next tournament series.
Thinking about coming to Las Vegas for the WSOP? Doug Hull leads today's conversation to discuss ways to save money on your Vegas trip. Doug breaks down common travel costs, money-saving tactics, and what you need vs don't need in Vegas. If you want to keep more money in your bankroll and keep your trip under $2,000 - this episode is a must.