Tommy Angelo

Book Review: The Mental Game of Poker 2

I just got done reading Jared Tendler and Barry Carter’s follow up to their ground-breaking book The Mental Game of Poker, . As one might expect based on the title, TMGP2 extends what Tendler and Carter [...]

The Nearly Infallible Under-Over Line for No-Limit Hold’em by Tommy Angelo

The Nearly Infallible Under-Over Line for No-Limit Hold’em At sports betting, there’s this thing called an over-under line. One feature of betting the “over” at sports is that if the game goes over, it’s over. You [...]

A Rubber Band Story and Other Poker Tales by Tommy Angelo

I am very tardy.  Very, very, tardy. Tommy Angelo sent me a copy of his latest book “A Rubber Band Story and Other Poker Tales” several months ago and I haven’t gotten around to reviewing it [...]

Tommy Angelo, Gratefulness, Buddhism, and Becoming a Better Poker Player

Guest poster on Bill’s Poker Blog, Tommy Angelo, read my post Holidays Overseas and sent me a link to something he had recently written that he thought was relevant. In his blog post, In Gratitude of [...]

You No Gamble by Tommy Angelo

From an old folder, here’s a poker hand from 2002: I was playing $20-40 limit hold’em at Lucky Chances during the thinning hours. The game had gone from too-loose when it was full, to just-right when [...]

The Second Worst Play Ever by Tommy Angelo

In 2003, I intentionally folded pocket aces before the flop in a live, $20/40 limit hold’em game. It was, according to my meticulous calculations, the worst play ever. But that wasn’t the only reason I did [...]

The Blue Marble by Tommy Angelo

I was 14 years old in 1972 when astronaut Harrison Schmitt aimed a Hasselblad camera out the window of the Apollo 17 spacecraft on its way to the moon and took a photograph of the full [...]

Assume the Position by Tommy Angelo

You’re playing live poker and you just folded before the flop. You’ve got a minute or two, maybe longer, before you get more cards. What to do? What to do? You could watch TV. You could [...]

On the EV of Mouse Smashing by Tommy Angelo

I just got off the phone with a mouse smasher. Or you could call him a mouse masher. (It sounds the same either way, whether you are saying it, or doing it.) I’m going to call [...]

Why I Don’t Talk About Hands When I’m Playing by Tommy Angelo

I’ve made a new friend at Lucky Chances. His name is Django. (Pronounced Jango.) He’s a young, instantly likable player, very sharp and well-respected. The first dozen times we played together was in early 2007 when [...]

Breath Taking by Tommy Angelo

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 [...]

How to Tilt

By Tommy Angelo My mom used to tell me, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” This is such a profound and righteous philosophy. And I’ve stuck to it. For example, when I eat popcorn, [...]

The Butoff By Tommy Angelo

Words lag behind what they label. For example, the blogosphere was well past infancy before the word “blogosphere” existed. Bad beats were around long before the term “bad beat” was. And “the universe” was here for [...]

You Smell Good by Tommy Angelo

My friend Jack is from China. When he speaks English, he does so with a very heavy accent, and his word selection has on occasion caused me to reach for my pen to capture the moment. [...]

Minimum Wager by Tommy Angelo

When I play no-limit hold’em, sometimes I’m a minimum wager wagerer. And I don’t mean minimum wager wagerer as in ‘one who tries to bet the smallest amount that will get them to fold if they [...]