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Podcast Episode 10 Featuring Leo Wolpert

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Dec 04, '12


Leo Wolpert, a true grinder and a good friend, joins us on the 10th episode. Leo has a WSOP bracelet, a law degree, a Quiz Bowl pedigree, and a Jeopardy! appearance to his name, and he finished 50th in the 2012 WSOP main event. He’s also got a few hands from the Palms Heartland Poker Tour event for our strategy segment!

0:21 — Hello!
6:00 — Leo Wolpert on living in Vegas, staying sharp at poker, law school, Quiz Bowl, Jeopardy! strategy, and more.
47:30 — Strategy with Leo: two hands from the Heartland Poker Tour. Brief reflections on the psychological challenges of cash games.
1:31:58 — Interview recap.
1:37:16 — Good-bye! Please rate and review us.

We’ve had some requests for hand histories corresponding to the strategy segment since the action can be hard to follow.

Hand 1

Blinds 600/1200/200

UTG (80K) opens to 2600, MP (80K) flats, Hero (75K) raises to 8600 with Kc Qs in middle position, folds back to UTG who calls. MP folds.

Flop (22,500) Qc 6d 2h – UTG checks, Hero checks

Turn (22,500) 6c – UTG bets 9100, Hero calls

River (40,700) 3d – UTG checks, Hero bets 18,300, UTG shoves for 50K, Hero folds

Hand 2

Blinds 150/300

Joe Tehan opens to 700 in HJ, Hero (55K) calls Kh Jh in CO, SB (35K)  calls, Bernard Lee calls in BB.

Flop (2800) Qh 7c 6s – Hero bets 1400, SB calls, others fold

Turn (5600) 3h – SB bets 2000, Hero raises to 5600, SB calls

River (16,800) 8d – SB checks, Hero bets 12,300, SB folds


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