Author page: Tommy Angelo

It’s All Well and Good

It’s All Well and Good

My mom was a word freak so that explains how I got this way. Like when I was playing poker with Izzy Gonyet, the relentless debater. Izzy snookered me real cute on a hand and tricked me into paying him off. “Nice hand,” I said. “You play good.” Izzy’s reply jerked me back to childhood,

If Only I Could Bottle This

If Only I Could Bottle This

Dear reader, I wrote this story right after it happened, around 2001, before no-limit holdem made its way into public poker rooms. Back then, the main game that grinders like me played was $20-40 limit holdem. This story is about me learning how to become a good quitter.   When I blow a grand at $20-40, it

Perpetual Commotion

Perpetual Commotion

Alex is a perpetual commotion machine. Wherever he goes, whatever he does, a sphere of mayhem surrounds him. Driving is a contest. Popcorn is an event. Every poker hand is an ordeal. Scott, the poker room manager at Lucky Chances, says Alex is “A good test for my floor staff.” Albert Einstein would have cited

Breath Taking

Breath Taking

Breathing in, I am aware that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I am aware that I am breathing out. In this way, I train myself.   Breathing in, I am aware that I am sitting at a poker table. Breathing out, I smile to the poker universe. Breathing in, I watch the cards being

Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure

The drunk guy has to pee again. But each time he begins to stand, he gets dealt in, so he sits back down, and raises. This time he is in the small blind. Someone raises. Someone else reraises. Our hero caps it. The flop comes Qc Js 3h. He bets out. It gets raised and

Waiting for Straighters

Waiting for Straighters

  The entire book is below. Waiting for Straighters is also available in ebook  and audiobook (Amazon, Audible, iTunes) Introduction   Introduction This article is about preflop play at no-limit holdem and pot-limit Omaha. It’s about basing some of your preflop decisions on whether or not you have a straighter. At holdem, a straighter is

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