Author page: Tommy Angelo

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 article 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 a

What Goes Up Might Come Down

What Goes Up Might Come Down

Meet Joe. Joe has been playing poker for two years. The only game he has ever played is $1-2 limit hold’em online. Joe has paid his dues. He has worked hard on his game. He reads books and articles and he is active at online forums. Joe lost steadily his first year, then he broke

A Rubber Band Story

A Rubber Band Story

I was at my usual casino, with the usual players, at the usual 5:30 in the morning, when an unusual man joined the game. We were playing $20-40 limit hold’em. The game had been four-handed ever since the bar closed. It wasn’t the best game – even Isaac wasn’t getting out of line much –

Buy the Button: A Perfect Rule

Buy the Button: A Perfect Rule

Dear reader: This article was first published in the early 2000s (in Poker Digest). After that I was involved in some forum discussions, and emails with some major-poker-room managers, including the Bicycle Club and Foxwoods. Those rooms adopted the rule, and over the next ten years it became ubiquitous. I’m happy to have played a

Sympathetic Vibrations

Sympathetic Vibrations

The opera singer slowly strokes the rim of her crystal glass. The glass rings a pure tone. The singer stops and fills her lungs. The glass waits. The singer softly sings a certain note. The glass sings along in unison. The singer’s voice crescendos. The glass wiggles. The singer reaches top volume. The glass, not

From Ray to Zee

From Ray to Zee

I’d feel the same way even if he wasn’t famous and even if he didn’t have that unfortunate hair. Ray Zee is (the) nuts. He is the nuts as a player and person. And he is nuts for letting me write about him. Ray and I met in 2001 when he came to the Bay

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