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Folding
Folding

I played poker for ten years before I discovered folding in 1984. That’s when I met Bobby. He had a big belly, a big beard, and a big laugh. Bobby was like Santa Claus, minus the giving. He just kept throwing his hand away, and he didn’t seem to mind. Then he would carry the

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The World Series of Pain
The World Series of Pain

  “How could you forget your swimsuit?” said the big-bellied bald guy to his portly wife. We three and sixty others were lined up to board Southwest Airlines flight 1691, bound for Las Vegas, Nevada, the true center of the known universe, despite what Neil Degrasse Tyson says. The husband’s question made the wife tilt,

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Reciprocality: The Cause of Profit at Poker
Reciprocality: The Cause of Profit at Poker

  Before anything flows, there must be a difference. Between different elevations, water flows. Between different pressures, air flows. Between different poker players, money flows. In the world of reciprocality, it’s not what you do that matters most, and it’s not what they do. It’s both. Reciprocality is any difference between you and your opponents

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The Good, The Bad, and The Neutral
The Good, The Bad, and The Neutral

Dear reader: In this scene from Painless Poker, the discussion at the Painless Poker Clinic turns to neutralizing ourselves for profit, and that leads to the appearance of the chalkboard, and the first mention of mindfulness.    Back at the poker table, before everyone was seated, I picked up where we left off. “Alfonzo, your

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How to Not Stress over Not Meditating (by Phil Galfond, sort of)
How to Not Stress over Not Meditating (by Phil Galfond, sort of)

Dear reader, I coached Phil Galfond in 2005 and 2006. Back then, we had this email exchange, about meditation: Phil wrote: I started meditating, and I did it for 10 minutes every morning for 2 weeks. Then I stopped. I could tell the difference. I know I was better off doing even that little bit

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Poker Nicknames Extravaganza!
Poker Nicknames Extravaganza!

If you get a kick out of poker nicknames, this article is for you. If you enjoy the whimsy, transience, and candor of our peer-given monikers, then read on. If, on the other hand, you find names such as Uncle Stinker and Vinnie Beans to be neither amusing nor intriguing, then you might as well

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