Hit and Run: Podcast Edition! (Ep. 6 – A Matter of Time)

Alex Weldon : May 16th, 2016


The PartTimePoker podcast talks to Justin Hammer from Commerce Casino about experimental structures including his new “Time’s Up!” format. Mustapha Kanit makes a bizarre river jam with a marginal hand, and we try to figure out what he’s thinking. Jason Somerville final tables a SCOOP event in front of 30,000 Twitch viewers. Mike McDonald narrowly beats Steve O’Dwyer for EPT player of the year and Donnie Peters isn’t happy about it.

Podcast Episode VI – A Matter of Time

Andrew and I had so much fun talking to Olivier Busquet in Episode IV, we decided we should have a guest on most weeks, if possible. This time around, it’s Justin Hammer, the tournament coordinator at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. We talk to him about his new Time’s Up format, and the innovation process at Commerce, where he and Matt Savage are granted considerable leeway in playing around with formats and structures.


We then go on to revisit Spin-and-Go satellites to the EPT Grand Final in Monaco, a subject which first came up in Episode II of the podcast. The results are now in, so we did a little post-mortem on who got in and how they did.

To finish up the news segment, we talk about the refunds being received by PokerStars players for some of the money they’ve lost in $60 Spin-and-Go’s. The site’s security team can’t reveal what terms of service breach is responsible for the accounts in question being seized and the money reimbursed to players, but I have a few ideas, while Andrew just finds it impressive that such refunds happen at all.

What was Kanit thinking?

For strategy, we talk about a hand posted to Twitter via BOOM! Player by Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” Kanit, from a $2,100 Progressive Super-Knockout SCOOP tournament.

In the hand in question, Kanit flops top pair with Ace-Ten out of position in a multiway pot, but takes an unusual line with it on the final street. With the board reading 96TQQ and facing a large bet from the under the gun preflop raiser, Kanit elects to go all-in.

I selected the hand because although Kanit was confident he’d played the hand well, other players seemed unsure of whether he was going for extremely thin value with what he felt sure was the best hand, or turning a good hand into a bluff because he was sure he was beat. To hear Andrew’s opinion, you’ll have to tune in, but we do get into the subject of “Schrödinger’s Bets,” a term we’d both coined independently, to mean a bet which simultaneously stands some chance of getting called by worse or getting a fold out of better.

Podcast Links

The following are the relevant PartTimePoker articles and other online materials related to the subjects covered in the podcast.

Quick Hitters

- Donnie Peters at PokerNews feels that Steve O’Dwyer should have been EPT Player of the Year, and Mike McDonald’s photo finish victory points to a flaw in the ratings system being used.

- CardPlayer reports that Caesar’s Interactive Entertainment (CIE) is entertaining the notion of accepting an offer of around $4 billion for its acquisition. Although the parties involved are reportedly interested primarily in the company’s mobile games, the fact that CIE owns the World Series of Poker makes a potential change of ownership very interesting to the poker world.

- Speaking of the WSOP, Lee Davy had some nuanced advice to offer those considering applying for a new credit card with the intention of using it to pay their WSOP tournament buy-ins. My own article on the subject consists of a single word: “Don’t.”

- Online player Rob Tinnion has decided to enter the already fairly saturated world of poker training sites. If you’re an avid PTP reader and Tinnion’s name sounds familiar, you might be remembering the statistical look we took at his two-time PokerStars Sunday Million win last year.

- Also in online news, Jason ‘jcarverpoker’ Somerville managed to final table SCOOP-13-H while streaming on Twitch. Although he busted out in 9th, he still managed to draw a peak viewership of over 30,000, his second highest total to date.

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