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What is tightness? And where did it come from? To find the answers, we have to travel back in time, to the birth of poker. I wasn’t actually there, but I can imagine how it happened… Fred and Barney were playing cards for the very first time. “Let’s make up a game,” Fred said. “I’llRead more
Dear reader: Alfonzo and Charlie are characters in my book, Painless Poker. This story is not from the book. It comes after. Alfonzo Calibri threw an aggressive question at Charlie. “What, precisely, is a bad beat?” Charlie replied in his usual non-combative tone. “A bad beat is when you lose with a hand thatRead more
(Dear reader: These are the last two pages of Elements of Poker.) During bad times, we get unhappy. Let’s say we wanted to be less unhappy during bad times. We could train ourselves to do it, if we were to use our bad times as opportunities to practice getting better at getting over bad times.Read more