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The Thinking Poker Podcast is a weekly conversation where hosts Andrew "Foucault" Brokos and Nate Meyvis talk strategy, review books, and explore the culture of poker. Interviews with both famous and behind-the-scenes figures offer unique insights on the fascinating world of poker.

Andrew Brokos and Nate Meyvis

    • Jan 11, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
    • every other week NEW EPISODES
    • 1h 18m AVG DURATION
    • 146 EPISODES

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    Episode 369: Brad Wilson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 83:52

    Poker player, coach, and podcast host Brad Wilson joins Carlos and Andrew to discuss spades, poker soft skills, analyzing data, and what it means to chase poker greatness. Andrew was on Episode 68 and Episode 157 of Chasing Poker Greatness. ... Read more...

    Episode 368: Michael Lukich

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 66:56

    Data analyst Michael Lukich joins Carlos and Andrew to talk about taking a data analysis approach to solvers and game theory. His website is and his Solver School launches in January. Access courses from Michael, Andrew, and many others using ... Read more...

    Episode 367: Adapting to Change

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 63:04

    Carlos and Andrew go all in on strategy, discussing how to adapt to new rules and variants (like the new GG Poker final table rules) and how to play from the small blind versus limpers. Our earlier episode, recorded live ... Read more...

    Episode #366: A New Host

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 64:33

    It's the end of an era, as Nate Meyvis steps down as co-host and Carlos Welch takes up the mantle.  Our fullest accounting of the show's beginning and early days is on Episode 100 (which Carlos also co-hosted!). Carlos's first appearance ... Read more...

    Episode 365: Lost in the Shuffle with Shawn Farquhar and Jon Ornoy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 64:01

    Magician Shawn Farquhar and filmmaker Jon Ornoy join Carlos and Andrew to discuss their forthcoming documentary. Lost in the Shuffle is a film about the history of playing cards and the magicians who employ them. You can support the kickstarter and watch ... Read more...

    Episode 364: Deductive Logic

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 38:20

    Just a quick solo episode this week, with Andrew discussing the importance of open-mindedness and deductive reasoning for serious poker players. Logic puzzles like these can be a fun way to practice. Subscribe to Thinking Poker Daily Essential Poker Concepts ... Read more...

    Episode 363: ICM with Dara O'Kearney

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 74:59

    Irish poker pro and long-time friend of the show Dara O'Kearney joins Andrew to discuss his new book, Endgame Poker Strategy. The interview is packed with strategy discussion of final table play, ICM, and related concepts, plus a little James ... Read more...

    Episode 362: Chris Pavelchik

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 79:39

    Poker room manager Chris Pavelchik joins Andrew to discuss the logistics of opening a new poker room: hiring, training, marketing, and much more. In the strategy segment, Andrew talks about adapting to high-rake underground games (or really any loose-passive game). ... Read more...

    Episode 361: Aces

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 43:26

    Andrew delivers a pure strategy episode, answering two questions that get at larger issues about playing overpairs on coordinated flops with deep stacks. WSOP Home School Thinking Poker Daily Custom Strategy Videos

    Episode 260: Kathy Liebert

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 61:21

    Kathy Liebert, a true legend of the game, shares tales from the pre-Boom tournament circuit (including her stint as a prop player). She and Andrew compare notes on how an old-school pro can best make use of game theory and ... Read more...

    Episode 359: Guilherme Brasileiro

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 62:15

    Brazilian pro Guilherme “guix2x” Brasiliero joins Andrew to discuss the Brazilian poker scene, staking stables, the contemporary poker software landscape, and much more. Links Thinking Poker Daily The Daily Stoic Rich Dad, Poor Dad Relentless Guilherme Brasileiro Guilherme “guix2x” Brasileiro ... Read more...

    Episode 358: Carlos Wins a Bracelet

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 80:32

    Carlos Welch is the latest player to win a WSOP bracelet, thanks to a late-night victory in the “Crazy Eights” event on Just hours after the victory, he shares his excitement and reflects on the path that led him ... Read more...

    Episode 357: Santiago Garcia Mansilla

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 76:27

    Santiago has been working in the poker media from Argentina since 2009. He writes frequent articles and book reviews for Poker Logia and has provided live coverage of the WSOP Main Event in 2015 and 2019. He is the co-author ... Read more...

    Episode 356: Uri Peleg

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 70:59

    Professional poker player and former Magic: the Gathering World Champion Uri Peleg talks about game theory, exploitative play, making sense of solvers, frequency mistakes vs fundamental mistakes, showdown vs non-showdown winnings (i.e. red line vs blue line), and more. Thanks ... Read more...

    Episode 355: Ten Years of Carlos Welch

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 104:02

    Carlos celebrates the ten-year anniversary of his first WSOP, reflecting on his career and fondly recalling his former fishiness. Links Use discount code “Carlos” to get 25% off Exploiting Small Stakes Tournaments, in which Carlos teaches Andrew his best tricks ... Read more...

    Episode 354: Would You Like to Play a Game?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 45:08

    Nate Meyvis, in classic Nate Meyvis fashion, offers an extended reflection on what he learned from the various games with which he's been obsessed over the course of his life, most notably Bridge, Quiz Bowl, Poker, and Hearthstone. To learn ... Read more...

    Episode 353: ICM, PLO, and Tiny C-Bets

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 46:09

    In this all-strategy episode, Nate and Andrew discuss ICM and Risk Premium in non-hold ’em games, then Andrew talks about bluffing, bluff-catching, and tiny continuation bets. Episode 115: Ben Yu Support the podcast and get daily strategy segments at ... Read more...

    Episode 352: Byron Jacobs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 77:02

    Byron Jacobs is the B in D&B Poker, publishers of Modern Poker Theory and Why Alex Beats Bobbie at Poker among many other books. He and Andrew discuss the past, present, and future of poker publishing, the Rio convention center ... Read more...

    Episode 351: Political Correctness with Clayton Fletcher

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 89:12

    Comedian, poker player, and long-time friend of the show Clayton Fletcher talks to Andrew about creativity, freedom of expression, political correctness, and so-called cancel culture. This is an extremely low-poker-content episode. Rather, it’s a conversation between two friends who don’t ... Read more...

    Episode 350: Keith Dunlap

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 82:47

    Keith Dunlap is a poet, novelist, and memoirist took up poker after a cancer diagnosis whose chemotherapy treatment required him to quarantine before it was cool. We talk about why poker interests him, why he thinks it’s good for people, ... Read more...

    Episode 349: Duncan Palamourdas

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 134:01

    Dr. Konstantinos “Duncan” Palamourdas joins Nate and Andrew for a marathon conversation about playing poker, teaching poker, learning poker, and learning from poker.  DUNCAN PALAMOURDAS Dr. Konstantinos Palamourdas, otherwise known as Duncan, is a UCLA instructor, author, columnist and researcher. ... Read more...

    Episode 348: Tells and Going with your Gut

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 41:15

    In this solo episode, Andrew discusses multiway pots, bluff-catching, tells, and “going with your gut.” Become a Patreon patron to unlock daily episodes of pure Thinking Poker strategy. Zach Elwood’s books and videos on tells Strategy We are playing 2/5 ... Read more...

    The Mental Habits of Highly Effective Poker Players

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021

    In this solo episode, Nate Meyvis discusses the history of the podcast, his own history as a poker player, and what that all has to do with helping you get better at poker now.

    Episode 346: Clayton Fletcher Online

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 90:59

    Comedian, poker player, and long-time friend of the show Clayton Fletcher talks to Andrew about social media, missing the WSOP, online poker vs online comedy during the pandemic. Our first interview with Clayton was Episode 74. We discussed his 96th place ... Read more...

    Episode 345: Finding Your Own Leaks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 41:20

    Nate and Andrew go it alone, discussing processes for studying, finding your leaks, and continuing to grow and improve as a poker player. For more on this and many other poker strategy topics, support the Thinking Poker Podcast at ... Read more...

    Episode 344: The Game Theory of Political Violence with Matt Glassman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 107:47

    Card player, political scientist, and fan favorite Matt Glassman returns to the show to discuss the assault on the US Capitol Building and the game theory of political violence: what drives it, why does it happen, and how do we ... Read more...

    Episode 343: Matt Clark

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 68:49

    Marketing Manager of the World Poker Tour Matt Clark joins us to discuss the past and future of marketing poker to the masses. The book Matt recommended is Strokes of Genius. You can follow him on Twitter. You can support ... Read more...

    Episode 342: Sean Lango

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2020 74:41

    Sean Lango, professional musician/poker player and Thinking Poker’s very own audio engineer, joins us to discuss the podcast, playing poker online, playing music online, the best music of the year, and more. In the strategy segment, we discuss studying with ... Read more...

    Episode 341: Patrick McKenzie

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2020 81:38

    Patrick McKenzie, known as “patio11” on Hacker News and elsewhere, is a blogger, consultant, and all-around public intellectual on subjects related to software and business. He’s also, of course, a poker player. We talk to him about playing poker in ... Read more...

    TP Daily: Take Two

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2020

    Some people/platforms were having trouble with the MP3 I uploaded yesterday. I haven’t been able to figure out what caused that, but it’s a small enough file I’m going to try releasing the WAV as well and see if that ... Read more...

    Free Preview: Thinking Poker Daily

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2020 13:03

    Enjoy this free preview of the new Thinking Poker Daily podcast. To hear more of our all-strategy show, please sign up to support the podcast at Visit for 25% off the entire store, this week only!

    Episode 340: Farid Jattin

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2020 85:06

    Farid Jattin moved from Colombia to Miami to play baseball when he was 10 years old. Following an injury in college, he took his athlete’s mindset to poker, where he has become one of the most successful players on the ... Read more...

    Episode 339: A Few of Our Favorite Things

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2020 55:49

    In this special, listener-requested episode, Nate and Andrew discuss their favorite books, movies, shows, music, and podcasts (not necessarily poker related).

    Episode 338: The 2020 Election with Matt Glassman

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2020 98:04

    Card player, political scientist, and all-around great guest Matt Glassman joins for a special episode about using game theory to think about the upcoming presidential election, the Supreme Court, and more. In the strategy segment, Andrew explains why you can ... Read more...

    Episode 337: Winning Poker in 30 Minutes with Ashley Adams

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2020 89:11

    Ashley Adams, host of the House of Cards podcast and radio show (Andrew was a guest in 2010!)  and author of the new book Winning Poker in 30 Minutes a Day, returns to the show to discuss poker during Covid, ... Read more...

    Episode 336: Exploiting Small Stakes Tournaments

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2020 81:47

    Carlos Welch and Andrew have a new strategy video available in the Nitcast store, based on Carlos’s specialty: exploiting small stakes tournaments. The two discuss Carlos’s poker and romantic history, the basic principles of exploitative play, and some listener questions. ... Read more...

    Episode 335: Fold Equity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2020 59:27

    Playing aggressively isn’t just about bluffing more! Nate and Andrew answer listener questions about fold equity and equity denial.  Play Optimal Poker 2 is back in the Kindle store!

    Episode 334: Peter Alson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2020 97:16

    Peter Alson, author of the new poker novel The Only Way to Play It and coauthor of a Stu Ungar biography, joins us to discuss The Mayfair Club, poker in fiction, writing about poker for a general audience, working for ... Read more...

    Episode 333: Geeking, Grifting, and Gambling with David Sklansky

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2020 128:02

    Legendary poker author David Sklansky returns to the podcast to discuss his new book Geeking, Grifting, and Gambling Through Las Vegas. David first appeared on Episode 300. Timestamps 0:30 Strategy 34:18 David Sklansky Strategy I ($197) am dealt QcJd in ... Read more...

    Episode 332: Polarizing

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2020 59:52

    Nate and Andrew break down two hands submitted by listeners, with an emphasis on which player has the more polarized range and how that influences betting and bet sizing decisions. For more information about coaching, please visit Strategy Hand ... Read more...

    Episode 91: Brian Rast

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2020 91:13

    Brian Rast may not have the knack for self-promotion that some of the biggest names in the industry do, but he’s been quietly winning at the highest stakes, in a variety of formats, for years. In this interview, he talks ... Read more...

    Episode 331: PKOs with Dara O’Kearney

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2020 86:36

    Irish poker pro Dara O’Kearney joins us again to discuss progressive knockout tournaments, his new book, and David Bowie. Dara previously appeared on Episode 102, Episode 131, and Episode 218. Timestamps 0:30 Hello and Welcome 5:32 Strategy 23:34 Dara O’Kearney ... Read more...

    Episode 330: Jane Hitchcock

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2020 64:50

    Author and poker player Jane Hitchcock joins us to discuss her journey from high society to underground poker games, her new book Bluff, the real life crime that inspired it, and some PLO8 strategy. 0:30 Hello & welcome 3:17 Jane ... Read more...

    Episode 329: The Biggest Bluff with Maria Konnikova

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2020 89:37

    Professional poker player and best-selling author Maria Konnikova returns to the show to discuss focus, multitasking, the progress of her career, and her new book The Biggest Bluff. Maria’s first appearance on Episode 247 is one of our all-time favorite ... Read more...

    Episode 328: Mason Malmuth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2020 94:44

    Mason Malmuth, owner of Two Plus Two Publishing, joins Nate and Andrew to discuss the history of Two Plus Two, his new book The History of the World From a Gambler’s Perspective, and more. In the strategy segment, Andrew discusses ... Read more...

    Episode 327: Jason Su

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2020 78:08

    Jason Su, author of the new Poker with Presence, talks to Andrew and Nate about his background in tennis and debate, his poker career, and his new book. In the strategy segment, Andrew answers a tricky question about mixed strategies: ... Read more...

    Episode 326: Play Optimal Poker 2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2020 55:57

    Nate and Andrew discuss Play Optimal Poker 2: Range Construction, available now from Amazon (paperback/Kindle) or the Nitcast Store (all e-book formats). Includes chapter-by-chapter discussion of the book’s contents. The original Play Optimal Poker e-book is currently 67% off on ... Read more...

    Episode 325: People Want to Play Poker with Matt Glassman

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2020 97:54

    Long-time friend of the show Matt Glassman joins us for a discussion about the future of baseball, poker (he’s optimistic), Congress, and more. Subscribe to the Thinking Poker newsletter for the latest on Play Optimal Poker 2, coming May 25. ... Read more...

    Episode 324: Pandemic Poker with Ben Saxton

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2020 91:25

    Ben Saxton joins Andrew to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the poker world, from WSOP delays to poker apps to Zoom-based home games. In the strategy segment, they discuss playing out of position in multiway pots. Ben ... Read more...

    Episode 323: Dick Carson Returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2020 132:43

    Old-school gambler, pool hustler, bookie, and poker player Dick Carson returns to the podcast with more stories about the early days of poker, including an origin story for calling the clock. Dick first appeared on Episode 248. In the strategy ... Read more...

    Episode 322: Andrew Barber

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2020 94:13

    Economist and professional poker player Andrew Barber joins Nate and Andrew to discuss economic stimulus, changing minds, and betting on beliefs. He recommends Conversations With Tyler, EconTalk, and Wait But Why’s The Story of Us. In the strategy segment, Andrew ... Read more...

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