This week Jim Reid and the RecPoker RECing Crew welcome Tommy Angelo back on the show to talk about his book Waiting For Straighters – and if you are listening to this episode before the end of October, you can claim a free copy! Learn how at the end of the show.
Tommy gets right into sharing how he came to write the book. He offers some immediate benefits to Hold’em and Omaha players that follow his guidelines for a happier, less stressful, more profitable poker game. They discuss the potential downsides of playing fewer hands, and Tommy makes an argument that a lot of those downsides are really upsides in disguise. They talk about Omaha specifically, and how it’s a difficult game to make preflop charts for, but how Waiting For Straighters as a philosophy can make a big difference in playing Omaha hands – with a few caveats and exceptions for paired or Ace hands.
Tommy (or ‘Tony’ as Jim likes to call him) answers some questions from the YouTube chat about playing tight in private games and the trade-offs we should be willing to make to get invited back. He also talks about his own poker pleasures and philosophy. The group shares a few other strategic features of Tommy’s book before giving away a few copies to the YouTube chatters – and the listening audience, if you are hearing this in time! Finally, they play “Stake/Study/Stack” with Jason Su, Phil Galfond, and Brad Willis before Tommy plays along in our inaugural segment of “Closing The Action”. Join us LIVE on YouTube next Monday at 7:30 ET for free to ask our guests questions in real time, and you can win too!
Tommy’s site: https://www.tommyangelo.com/
Waiting For Straighters at Tommy’s site: https://www.tommyangelo.com/waiting-for-straighters/
Waiting For Straighters at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Straighters-Experiment-No-Limit-Pot-Limit-ebook/dp/B07J2Q6KPP/
Elements of Poker at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Poker-Tommy-Angelo-ebook/dp/B06XJ81Q8N/
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|00:15||Welcome & Introduction|
|03:03||Introduction to Tommy Angelo|
|03:36||Tommy shares the process of writing Waiting for Straighters|
|06:54||The mix of the strategic elements of making more money and enjoyment|
|12:18||Challenges in Omaha and Hold’em in the same book|
|19:45||Tommy on playing 83 off suit|
|25:47||Is there a downside to overfolding?|
|30:01||Playing a long-time game: handling the pressure of private games|
|32:00||Tommy reviews Jim’s hand|
|40:50||How Tommy closes the gap between knowledge and application|
|42:15||Tommy on Eric Gin’s Stake, Study, or Stack segment|
|51:59||John: Home Game Result updates|