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Welcome to Pondering Poker.com. I will be closing this website in November 2015. Please find all podcasts at http://ponderingpoker.libsyn.com/webpage or via iTunes. Thanks for your support, see you on the felt. Tweet me @Ponderingpoker. Enjoy!

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Poker is a game about proper decision-making and developing situations that encourage your opponents to make difficult and, when possible, incorrect decisions.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hello listeners, I plan to close this webpage in November 2015 however I'll continue to support the podcasts. Not sure if or when new podcasts will be made. See you at the tables.
Take care, Mary

Friday, September 20, 2013

Part 3 Chit Chat with Greg

In this third and final episode Greg and I talk about WSOP, coaching and staking.  Enjoy.  Music by Marimba.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Part 2 Chit Chat with Greg

Part 2 of my chat with Greg.  Stay till the end if you'd like the actual closing stock prices of half dozen gaming stocks.  Enjoy.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

2013 Chit Chat with Greg (Ugly Tuna) Candido

In this first of a multi-episode podcast Greg discusses how it came to be that he won a seat into the 2013 WSOP Main Event.  Enjoy.  Music by Dave Seagrim, How It Is, courtesy of Mevio Music Alley.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Poker Reads 43: Managing Losses (M. Caro)

In this episode I read from Caro's Most Profitable Hold'em Advice by Mike Caro.  I read from Chapter 8:  Treating Hold'em as a Business and the from the section called Managing Losses.  No music this episode.  Also in this episode is a list of Reasons to Stay and Reasons to Leave a Table.  Enjoy.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Poker Reads 42: Poker Face by Judi James

In this episode I read from Chapter 5 of Poker Face by Judi James. This section deals with the gremlins that may be in effect and cause us to lose.  Motivations for playing are reviewed and afirmations and visualization encouraged.  Music by Willie 14, Real and Free.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Matt Matros Ponders Poker

In this episode I speak with Matt Matros, poker pro, WSOP bracelet winner x3, author and general all-round decent fellow. Throughout the discussion Matt covers a variety of poker and poker pro issues. He discusses his journey from player to pro, his book(s), an idea of his tournament preparation and more. From a big WPT win in 2004, he has continued his poker player prowess and progress winning bracelets in 2010, 2011 and 2012. I met Matt at a charity event last month where we were seated at Table 2 together and played for a number of hours. Through our chit chatting at that event I found Matt to be both friendly, intelligent, humble and easy-going. There's no doubt in my mind that you'll enjoy what Matt has to say about a wide variety of poker topics.

Matt is the author of 'The Making of a Poker Player'. I'll read from the book in an upcoming episode of Poker Reads.

As a coach for Card Runner you may be quite familiar with Matt's coaching and strategy work. He also coaches players individually. Find Matt's website at www.MattMatros.com and on twitter @Matt_Matros.

Music by Al Phillips and the Woo Team, Reasonably Well Occupied.

Write to me at Mary@PonderingPoker.com, or @PonderingPoker on Twitter.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Poker Reads 41: Hand Odds and Money Management (How to Win by M. Goodman)

In this Poker Reads episode I read from an old book from my bookshelf called How to Win by Mike Goodman.  The book was first written in 1963 and covers many forms of gambling including blackjack, dice, roulette and horse racing.  The book also includes a short chapter on hand odds for both five card stud and five card draw - that's one of the two chapters I read.  The other chapter is on Money Management.  Music courtesy of the Mevio Music Alley and the Podsafe Music Network.  Songs include Chocolate Box by Played all the Wrong Games and So Big F Warning by Acide 42.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Poker Reads 40: Cash (Harrington)

In this episode of Poker Reads, I read from sections of Harrington on Cash Games Vol II.  Music by Ed Roth, The Biggest Part of Me.  Thanks for listening... please consider buying this book, it's filled with a lot of good suggestions!  Volume II starts out with play after the Turn and River.  Reads on this podcast involved Personal Tells, Bankroll management and reasons to stay or leave a game.  Enjoy.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Poker Reads 39: More about PLO8 (Hwang)

Continued reading from Jeff Hwang's book 'Pot-Limit Omaha Poker'.  Music by general fuzz, detached reality. 

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Poker Reads 38: Pot Limit Omaha 8 (J. Hwang)

In this episode I read from Jeff Hwang's book Pot Limit Omaha Poker, The Big Play Strategy.  In preparation for an upcoming PLO 8 or better tournament, I review concepts from Mr. Hwang's section on PLO split, Chapter 9.  Music by Dave Perce, No Turning Back (a good reminder when trying to decide what to do in Pot Limit), and Diane McCorry, I Blame You for the Smile upon my Face!  Both songs courtesy of the Mevio Music Alley (Podsafe Music Network).

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