Glacially Fun Poker Is About To Start – Sign Up Now!


Every year about this time, the Worldwide.Rec.Gambling Poker Tournament (WRGPT) kicks off its annual poker-by-email tournament. This is a free, very fun, and very educational poker tournament to play in, and I highly encourage you to consider joining.

Run every year since 1991, the WRGPT is arguably the world’s largest and oldest email-based poker tournament. It starts each year around October and typically finishes in July. There are no entry fees and there are no prizes awarded–so the whole thing is strictly for fun. The structure is modeled after a typical $10,000 entry fee No Limit Hold’em tournament, like the WSOP Main Event. You can read more about the tournament here:

Years ago, my friend Mr. Multi christened this tournament the “glaciers” event because the event takes so long to complete. Heck, a single hand can take days to play out. At first blush, this doesn’t sound like a good thing, but it actually is. You’re given something like half a day to act whenever it’s your turn, which means you have time to really work through and analyze each hand. You can run the math, discuss tactics with a friend, run what-if scenarios, hone reads, etc. If you’re a serious student of the game (or even if you’re not) this is a tourney that can and will help you get better. And did I mention it’s free to join?

The bad news is the practice round has already kicked off. The good news, however, is there’s still time to sign up for the real tournament, which will start in a few weeks. You can get into the game here:

I hope to see you at these glacial tables!

Grand Delusions

The importance of reviewing your sessions--including the winning ones.

“If you look back at a ‘good session’ and think you’ve only made 1-2 mistakes, frankly… you’re being delusional.” -@PhilGalfond

I want you to re-read the quote above and seriously think about what Phil Galfond is saying. Don’t worry, I’ll wait while you do so.


The Fifth Factor That Turned Me Into A Winning Poker Player

I learned the power of Fear...

“Be afraid. Be very afraid.” – Geena Davis in The Fly

The fifth secret uncovered on my path to poker success occurred when I learned to fear at the poker tables. Yes, fear. Terror, fright, fearfulness. Also known as alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, consternation, and/or distress. Or: worry, angst, unease, uneasiness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, nervousness, and general foreboding. The creeps. The shivers. The willies. The heebie-jeebies, jitteriness, twitchiness, and so on. Yep, good old fashioned Fear, with a capital F.

Fear of what? 

Glad you asked: Fear that the bad guy actually has what he is representing. Fear that he has a better hand than me. Fear that I am beaten. Fear of losing my hard-won money. Fear of losing my precious, precious chips.


Sky Matsuhashi’s Smart Poker Study Podcast

Give Sky a Try!

Smart Poker Study

Long time reader’s of this blog know that I’m an avid podcast listener. Subscribers to the newsletter also know that I’m a huge fan of Sky Matsuhashi’s Smart Poker Study ‘cast, and I rarely miss one of his weekly episodes. You shouldn’t either. Sky’s advice on poker is always well reasoned, very solid, super linear, and often very funny, too. I highly recommend you give his podcast a listen….

…especially today’s episode! Sky took my recent Winning Factor #3 blog post and added in some seriously good comments, suggestions, and advice to the article. You can check it out at any of the following links:

Give Sky a Try!

The Fourth Factor That Turned Me Into a Winning Poker Player

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The Third Factor That Turned Me Into a Winning Poker Player

I Learned to Get Inside The Villain’s Head

“The fatal errors of life are not due to man’s being unreasonable… They are due to man’s being logical.” -Oscar Wilde

The third major thing I did on the road to poker profitability was learning to get inside my opponents’ heads. More specifically, I realized that the bad guys all use logic. No, it may not resemble my own brand of poker logic—nor may it even be close to good poker—but it’s still logical—to them. Except for perhaps the most ignorant Level-0 player, all opponents have reasons for the plays they make. Yes, even the drunk maniacs. If you can figure out what the bad guy is thinking, you’re going to crush their souls at the poker tables.

What's going on inside your opponent's head? Figure this out, and you'll soon own his chips.

What’s going on inside your opponent’s head? Figure this out, and you’ll soon own his chips.

The Second Factor That Turned Me Into A Winning Poker Player

Learning to hate, hate, HATE being OOP

The second most important thing I did on my path to winning poker was learning to sleep, eat, and breathe position. Yes, position. Good ‘ole boring preflop position. And, yes, I know; I can hear you sighing. Sorry. Everyone understands position is important, right? What’s the big deal? Well, let me explain…

Position Disadvantage

The 10 Steps That Made Me A Winning Poker Player – Factor #1

RDM, or When Losing Can Be Winning In Disguise

Yes, it’s true. I’m that rare, mythical beast: a long-term winning poker player. I primarily play No Limit Texas Hold’em (NLHE) at small- and mid-stakes online. For years now, I have earned a consistent average of $65 per hour at these tables. I also play online Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) at the micro-stakes tables, earning (a high-variance) $12-$15/hour. In total, I’ve played in excess of two million hands of poker. I have coached and advised dozens of blog readers and students to profitability, including two who are now full-time professional players. In all, I’ve been a serious amateur player for close to 15 years and have been consistently profitable the majority of that time. Looking back, I can identify ten specific factors that have contributed the most to my success. Today, and in the next few subsequent posts, I’m going discuss these ten steps I took in my poker education, starting with one of the most basic and powerful of all: Accepting RDM.

Poker Profit Path