The Overlay a poker podcast

The Overlay a poker podcast

Two serious poker players from the midwest talking about the poker industry in America from home games and charity poker to the top poker rooms and casinos in Las Vegas. We cover cash games, tournaments, rules questions, current events, online poker, and overall degeneracy that all gamblers love.... Show More

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July 8, 2020 48 min

In this episode, we talk about short-handed cash play and how to be Game Theory Optimal (GTO) while playing with fewer players.  Specifically, we talk about the lack of UTG, UTG+1, and UTG+2 and how you must open your ranges in order to be a successful short-handed player.  While most games are now played short-handed due to safety procedure from COVID-19 we want our Overlay listeners to up their game by "winning pots w...

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In this episode, we sit down with Pat the Nit, a long time CCG regular & poker grinder, our local poker marketing expert, and part-time poker professional.  We talk to Pat about his ability to balance school, work, and other hobbies all while playing poker at a serious professional level.  Learn about his biggest wins, his biggest loss, how he became a nit, and his 2nd place finish in a professional FROLF tournament. 

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The Overlay podcast talks about the current state of poker, focusing on live poker reopening across the USA at the end of June 2020. In the self-proclaimed "LAST" episode about COVID-19 we go over the new online WSOP, how poker has been affected so far, and is still being changed daily by this new disease.  Plus Ken goes on a pretty long rant about how COVID-19 has effected him and something about a plane crash. This might ...

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In this bonus episode, we interview Joe L a long time CCG player and an avid amateur poker player. We go over Joe's biggest win, how he got started in the game, playing poker while on vacation, and the ins and outs of playing poker at a serious level but keeping things in the recreational section of the pocketbook. 

Plus we get to hear a blackjack story from Ken, and those never end well. 

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The who what why when and where of Mixed Games.  We go over Limit Holdem, Omaha 8 or better, RAZZ, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High/Low, Duece to 7 triple draw, Badugi, Badacey, Baduecey, 5 Card Omaha, BIG O, Dramaha... Learning Mixed Games can be a daunting task, but we try to cover as much or each game as possible to help introduce our listeners to some of the different poker games.

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Poker Culture 201: Poker culture and how it pertains to American society, a 200 level course. Poker players have their own language, terminology, shorthand, code words, and unwritten laws. In this episode of the Overlay, we talk about culture in a poker room as it pertains to chopping a tournament, staking poker players, and what poker players wear in a poker room. All this and more in this week's episode of the Overlay a poker...

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The Overlay podcast talks about the current state of poker, focusing on live poker reopening across the USA at the end of May 2020. We cover and talk about poker rooms opening or not opening in Texas, Florida, Las Vegas, Maryland, Indiana, and Illinois. Plus the new safety procedures and protocols that poker rooms are implementing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The episode is dedicated to prop bets, side actions, money dares, and basically all the things you can gamble on when you are not actively in a hand. Prop bets are meant to keep our poker minds busy while waiting for those premium poker hands.

Learn all about different types of prop bets to play while playing poker, sports prop bets, DFS side action, and the wild things poker players will gamble on when on a break or just plain bor...

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The Overlay podcast describes ICM and how to apply ICM theory to your final table play as it pertains to the big stack, middle stacks, and short stacks. ICM stands for the Independent Chip Model. This model is a means to convert tournament players chip stacks into their money equity (as a percentage of the total or remaining prize pool). It may sound difficult but Brandon breaks it down for us so recreational poker players can unde...

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Learn how to exploit your fellow poker players when the bubble approaches. The Overlay podcast boys go over how to play a big stack, a medium stack, and a small stack when the money bubble is approaching. Do you change your play when the bubble approaches? Do you have a bubble specific game plan? When the bubble bursts which side will you be on? 

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Poker Culture 101: Poker culture and how it pertains to American society, a 100 level course. Poker players have their own language, terminology, shorthand, code words, and unwritten laws. In this episode of the Overlay, we talk about culture in a poker room and different poker player stereotypes.  What makes a good poker game? How does the poker ecosystem work? How can you apply this to your game to make you a better player? All t...

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The trifecta of poker player problems: How to manage your bankroll, How to deal with variance, and how to get through the downswings. The Overlay covers al three this week with tips, tricks, and stories on how to deal with the big three of playing poker like a pro. Plus Brandon's number 1 tip of all time... ps he hopes you do not listen to this episode if you play PLO with him at the Horseshoe. 

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The boys from the Overlay are still quarantined at home in the Midwest, and they are going a little stir crazy.  We talk about the WSOP being postponed until the fall, how sports are dealing with COVID-19, at-home testing, the NFL draft, poker apps, and Ken has a pretty good freak out in the last ten minutes of the show. 

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In this episode, we talk to a two-time WSOP champion Jordan Helstern.  Jordan has over $200,000 in tournament winnings, several top ten finishes, lots of close calls at final tables, and ultimately two WSOP circuit event rings. Jordan is currently in the points race for the 2020 Global Casino Championship set for August. Jordan talks about his life on the poker tournament road, how he copes with stress and navigates the poker grind...

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April 15, 2020 40 min

Everyone has a bad beat story to tell that no one wants to hear. However, this episode is about the flip side to the bad beat... run good stories.  Ken and Brandon talk about a DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) run from $100 free play up to a $17,500 payday. Along with a sick PLO story from Texas where the hero hits every card that he needs and every river holds for a $7,500 winner in a $1-2PLO game. Plus how to play when you're runni...

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April 8, 2020 34 min

How the poker world is transitioning away from No-Limit Texas Hold'em and into Pot Limit Omaha. A lot of poker players consider NLH to be a solved game, where PLO is the wild west just waiting to be tamed by poker's best players. 

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I am lucky enough to have special guest Jaman Burton of the Drawing Dead VLOG on the show to talk about his start in poker, his meet up game in Texas at Paramount Social Club, and his recent nomination for a 2019 Global Poker award.  Be sure to check out Jaman's vlogs on YouTube Thanks for Listening. 

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April 1, 2020 31 min

Re-entry, Re-buy, or Freezeout poker tournaments.  This episode the Overlayboys go over the pros and cons of a re-entry tournament. What it is, Who it benefits, who is at a disadvantage, and why you should care about re-entry poker tournaments. 

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April 1, 2020 19 min

This episode is all about bad beats, how to take them, how to tell them, when you should tell them, and how much to charge your friends when listening to their bad beats. Plus we get to hear our hosts talk about the absolute worst beats they have taken in their gambling careers. 

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The boys from CCG poker are stuck at home, with no live poker to be played. We go over the current state of poker while most of the nation is on a voluntary self-quarantine (March of 2020).  We cover how live poker has been effected, where the game is headed, and what is going to happen post COVID-19.  We also cover what is going to happen with the WSOP 2020 and the rise of the poker app. 

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