Author page: Tommy Angelo

Pro for an Hour

Pro for an Hour

(Dear Reader: This story took place in 2004 when I was grinding limit and no-limit full time.)   My buddy Alex offered me $22/hour to play poker with his money. I took the job. Then I quit after one hour. Here’s how it all started, and ended. It was a typical Wednesday afternoon with Alex. Lunch

Zero Sum Minus Some

Zero Sum Minus Some

A core group of five of us started playing poker together in high school and we didn’t stop until their babies started. We played at my place because among us, I had the best stereo, the best album collection, and the only official octagonal brown-vinyl-topped poker table with the wooden perimeter specially designed to hold

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

The Path of Least Resistance

The Path of Least Resistance

Dear reader: This book excerpt is from Elements of Poker. (Now available in audiobook)   129. The Path of Least Resistance There’s good resistance and bad resistance. When we resist harming ourselves and others, that’s the good kind. When we resist reality, that’s the bad kind. What we want to do then is apply the good kind of

“They’d be even greater.”

“They’d be even greater.”

Dear reader, In this excerpt from Painless Poker, I am lecturing about good posture at poker.   “Hey!” said Charlie. “I think I might have just toggled myself. In Elements of Poker you said something like, If your hands are on your face, you should lower your hands, or raise your face, or both. I just caught

How to Write Really Good  /  Lesson 1: Adverbs

How to Write Really Good / Lesson 1: Adverbs

I was writing the first draft of a poker piece for publication and this sentence showed up on the screen… When Bob said, “I raise…” the limper and I folded nearly simultaneously before he could say a number. The next time I came across that sentence, I deleted “nearly.” When Bob said, “I raise…” the limper and

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