About me

I always wanted to be a writer when I grow up. And a musician. And a poker player. And that’s how it turned out. I made my living in the 80s playing drums and piano. Then for 15 years I was a professional poker player, dabbling in writing. And now I write full time. Though I must say, I still don’t feel like I’ve grown up yet.

Painless Poker is my third book with the word Poker in the title, and likely my last. Next I want to try to write novels.

The reason I feel qualified to write about the dark side of poker, and ways to brighten it up, is because I have coached 100 poker players, mostly professional players, on all the most delicate aspects of the game, such as self-destruction, table presence, and convincing your mom that you’re not insane for dedicating your life to a card game.

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Recent Blogs
The Happy Loser
The Happy Loser

Dear reader: Alex Rosenberg is a producer and writer at CNBC, and a poker player. He invited me to write an article for CNBC, and we’re both glad he did!   The Happy Loser: In poker and in trading, a big loss can be a big win   I have played one million hands of

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QQ vs 53 Hand (me vs Mick Stanley) from <em>Painless Poker</em>
QQ vs 53 Hand (me vs Mick Stanley) from Painless Poker

In between folds, my thoughts kept drifting back to seat seven. I’d get an urge to say something across the table to Mick, and just as fast, the impulse vanished, and all I wanted was to play poker. A dozen oscillations later, I hit a peaceful patch. I stopped speculating about Mick’s fall from glory,

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Books

Elements of Poker

A Rubber Band Story

Painless Poker

Popular Articles
How to Tilt
How to Tilt

My mom used to tell me, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” This is such a profound and righteous philosophy. And I’ve stuck to it. For example, when I eat popcorn, I think it’s worth doing, so I do it well. With the fingertips of one hand, I can pick up a surprisingly

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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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