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Tune in each week to hear our panel of recreational poker players talk about strategies, tips, etiquette, and more in the popular RecPoker Podcast. Enjoy interviews with top players, who share stories and insights about playing their favorite card games as they relax with the gang to relive their most exciting poker moments and memories.

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Episode 515: Chats: Lara Eisenberg on Skydiving, Work vs Play, and Winning a Bracelet!

This week our own Ben Enslow is stepping into the hosting chair and we are throwing back to another great interview in Kim Kilroy’s Poker Empowerment series – featuring WSOP bracelet-winner Lara Eisenberg! Recorded a while ago, Lara shares some memories about her recent run at the WSOP, what led to her success at the tables, what its like balancing poker with a rich, full professional life, and some experiences she’s faced as a woman player in a game dominated by men.  Plus of course we give away a free prize at the end for folks in the YouTube chat. Join us LIVE on YouTube next Monday at 7:30 ET for free to ask our guests questions in real time, and you can win too!

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We also go over this week’s home game results and discuss these topics:
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00:14 Welcome & Introduction
02:10 Introduction to Lara Eisenberg
04:13 Lara talks about the ratio of women in skydiving vs. poker
06:20 Women getting into poker: what obstacles are keeping them
10:36 Lara shares uncomfortable circumstances as a woman
13:38 Lara on how she won the bracelet
21:26 General tips for players on an ICM
27:33 Making the final table at the WSOP vs. skydiving
35:13 What does the poker world need to do better
39:29 Getting deep in the tournament without laying a bad beat on someone
44:23 John: Home Game Result updates

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Episode 516: Forums: ‘Punting’ with Abby Merk

This week, Jim Reid and the RecPoker RECing Crew are joined by recent Chats guest @‌AbbyPoker34 Abby Merk! While battling it out against each other in the nightly home game, Abby and the panel discuss two hands Abby thinks she could have played better: they get into cash game strategy, limped pots, monotone boards, blocker bets, etiquette about disclosed cards, player types and how to exploit them, and more! Come sign up for a free account at today to see all the great comments and replies – and you can post a question of your own in the forum for the panel to review! Link:

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Forums: Early Tournament Stages (Chris)
Chats: Jesse Fullen on Exploring the Poker World
Forums: Blind vs Blind with Only One Five (Chris)
Chats: Zak Zimbile on Taxes for Poker Players
Forums: Final Table Chop (Phil)
Chats: Maureen Bloechlinger on Globetrotting Poker Ladies!
Forums: Slowplay? (Ben)
Chats: TJ Reid on Reporting, Playing, and Loving Poker
Forums: GTO Practice (OutFocusMetal)
Chats: Abby Merk on Playing, Reporting, and…Karaoke?!?!
Forums: Positional Names (Eric)
Chats: a Deep Dive into Player Reads
Forums: Monster Stack Hands (Jim)
Chats: Ruth Hall on playing live and loving it!
Forums: Rob and Chris Cross the River
Chats: Joseph and Toni from The Poker Oasis!
Forums: Low Stakes C-bet? (DJ)
Chats: WSOP Catchup!
Forums: My HUD Told Me To (Rob)
Chats: Gareth James on The Final Table!
Forums: Thin River Value (Binkley)
Forums: Risk Premium (Rob)
Chats: Garry Gates on Poker.Org, Sharing Hands, and Spending Time
Forums: ICM Bluff (OutFocusMetal)
Chats: Sean McCormack on being The Poker Boss
Forums: Live Tell Response (Keith)
Chats: Merv Harvey on Postlop Poker and…Bingo?!?
Forums: Pre-, Mid-, and Post-Game Routinesr
Chats: David K. Lappin on Playing Within the Poker Industry!
Forums: Pregame Playlists and Prep (Dingo)
Chats: Paul and Heather Gearan on Poker Pilgrims!
Forums: KQ Overplay? (Aceragoff)
Chats: Victoria Livshitz and Dayanna Ciabaton from Pocket Queens!
Forums: Tricky River Spot (Chris)
Chats: Kevin Mathers on WSOP: Prep and Profit!
Forums: Punt or Cooler? (DaChiwaiian)
Chats: Elizabeth Bennett-Martin on Winning as a Rec!
Forums: Final Table Flub (Black_Spruce)
Chats: Xuan Liu on Empowerment, Learning, Playing, and Teaching Poker!
Forums: Hand Reading (Sky)
Chats: Mark Praschan on Tourneys, Structures, and PokerFAX!
Forums: Turn Strategies (Chris)
Tara Smith on the WPA, Purple Tie Guys, Women’s Resources, and more!
Forums: Bread and Butter (Sky)
Chats: Wesley Cannon on His Ongoing Ascent from Rec to Pro!
Forums: Streets of Value (Marcel)
Chats: Tom Bower on RFID Streams, Tells, Training, and Fun!
Forums: Soft Play (Eric)
Chats: LoriAnn Persinger on her WPT Score, Game Shows, Streams, and the Power of Enthusiasm!
Forums: Extracting Value OOP (Dingo)
Chats: John Barrows on Structures, Shot Clocks, Penalties, and Fun!
Forums: C-bet Sizing Theory (Chris)
Chats: Steve Davy on Leagues, Wagers, and Fun at the Tables!
Forums: Shoving TT? (Mikey_Aces)
Chats: Luke Hannah on fun, game selection, and adjustments!
Forums: Nut Flush Draw Turn (ImaLouigi)
Chats: Brendon Rubie on “The Australian Poker Mindset”!
Forums: Multiway KT (Ben)
Chats: RecPoker Community Updates!
Forums: Freerolls With Add-ons
Chats: Shannon Van Den Berg on the virtues of Mixed Games!
Forums: “Buckets” (Rob)
Chats: Jon Pardy on Streaming, Travel, Poker Fun, and More!
Forums: Goals (Roger)
Chats: Chad McVean on Podcasts, Social Media, PSPC, and more!
Forums: Multiway Hand Example (Rob Gardner)
Chats: Jaime Staples on Streaming, Fun, Tips for Recs, and More!
Forums: Multi-way Concepts (Rob Gardner)
Chats: Angela Jordison on Fun, POY Races, Mixed Games, Online vs Live Play, and more!
Forums: Facing an Overbet (Ben E)
Chats: Nick Howard on Poker Detox, Data-Analysis and Tips for Recs!
Forums: Suited Connectors in a Limped Pot (John C)
Chats: Sammie G on Florida, Math, Chasing Rungood, and more!
Forums: Triple Up Tourney (Buchr)
Chats: Jason Su on Presence, Flow, and Playing in the Zone!
Forums: Heads Up and Getting Paid (Taylor)
Chats: James “Splitsuit” Sweeney on playing against limpers!
Forums: ICM Shove? (Chris)
Chats: Troy Chapman and Ben Enslow Join the RECing Crew!
Forums: Responding to 3-bets
Chats: Gareth James on Training and Playing Like the Pros!
Forums: ICM Strategy (Rob)
Chats: Sky Matsuhashi on studying and responding to 3-bets!
Forums: Monkie-ing around with Ace-Queen
Chats: Ryan Laplante on LPP, RTP and responding to 3-bets!
Forums: Three MTT Hands from Black_Spade
Chats: Allen Kessler on mixed games, food, travel, and (of course) tournament structures!
Forums: 3-Betting Concepts
Chats: Sarah Herring on Hosting, Interviews, Moms, and New Horizons!
Forums: The Importance of Sizing (Ben)
Chats: Maanit Madan on playing with RFID protocols and streaming technology!
Forums: Draw-Heavy Boards (Black_Spruce)
Chats: Kevin Rabichow on playing heads up, postflop savvy, 3-betting, and more!
Forums: Facing Limpers (John)
Chats: Dr. Alex Chauran on practicing witchcraft, writing, teaching poker, and more!
Forums: Defending against C-bets with Carlos Welch (part 2 of 2)
Chats: Matt Berkey on learning, misconceptions, and nut flush draws!
Forums: Defending against C-bets with Carlos Welch (part 1 of 2)
Chats: Dan Ross on radio, writing, and over a decade of covering poker!
Forums: KJs IP (Ben)
Chats: Veronica Brill on fun, fear, and her new life in poker!
Forums: 3-Betting with KTx in the main event
Chats: Rob Washam on getting started, meeting Steve, and more!
Forums: WSOP Travel Plans? (Eric)
Chats: Norman Chad on mixed games, fun in the booth, and a lot more!
Forums: JJ in a tough spot (ImaLougi)
Chats: Rob Gardner on Creating, Playing, Learning, Teaching Poker!
Forums: Blind vs. Blind (Chris)
Chats: The WSOP experience, a Day 1 hand, and some strat chat!
Forums: Range Advantage (Rob)
Chats: Ace Poker on vlog life, recording live, limping, and more!
Forums: Downswings (Jacob)
Chats: Clayton Fletcher on TPE, bricking June, feedback, and more!
Forums: Fold Top Set? (John)
Chats: Sarah Stefan on Poker Power, teaching, railing, and more!
Forums: C-betting Out Of Position
Chats: Chris Fox” Wallace on HORSE, writing, cash games, and more!
Forums: WSOP Contest week 2
Chats: We’ve Got Matt Matros on “The Poker Brain”!
Forums: WSOP Contest week 1
Chats: John, Rob and Jim Catch Up on the Holiday Weekend!
Forums: Straddles (Tommy)
Chats: Kara Scott on The Heart of Poker – and more!
Forums: Thin OOP (Tommy)
Chats: Grant Denison and Jonathan Levy from The Breakdown!
Forums: King Jack Off (Chris)
Chats: Brad Wilson on Chasing Poker Greatness!
Forums: ICM (Rob)
Chats: Andrew Brokos on learning, playing, teaching, and Thinking Poker
Forums: Continuation Betting
Chats: Ian Simpson on turning pro, the value of community, travel, and more!
Forums: Bluffing (John)
Chats: Tommy Angelo on Poker Pain, Gurus, and…Star Trek?!
Forums: Slowplay? (John)
Chats: Dnegs on WSOP, pro vs. rec style, how to learn poker, and more!
Chats: Alec Torelli on getting the most out of poker!
Forums: Hand Reading (John)
Chats: Drew “BetOnDrew” Gonzalez
Forums: Early Tourney Spot (Rob)
Chats: David K Lappin on playing, writing…and cheating in poker!
Forums: Struggling with Volume (Weeeee)
Chats: Chad Holloway on PokerNews, WSOP, poker scandals. and more!
Forums: Blind vs Blind (Chris)
Chats: Chris “Fox” Wallace on writing, photography, and recreational poker players!
Forums: Live Reads (Taylor)
Chats: Dara O’Kearney on ICM, international play, and more!
Forums: 88 OOP (Rob)
Chats: Mike Patrick on reporting, WSOP, Ontario, and more!
Forums: Levels (John C)
Chats: Sky Matsuhashi on how to study, harnessing your passion and more!
Forums: Betting For Protection (Jack)
Chats: Evan “Gripsed” Jarvis on cash vs. tournaments, his many poker roles and his book!
Forums: Weird Action Shove (Stoyvind)
Chats: Jim Reid on a life of games, Steelers, stoicism, RecPoker, and more!
Forums: Busted Draws (Mark)
Chats: Kyna England on being the MSPT Player of the Year, Poker Power, and more!
Forums: Aggression with Equity (Mark)
Chats: Jake Hershfield on Unshuffled, Mixed Games, Challenges, and more!
Forums: JJ in a weird spot postflop (Rob)
Special Edition: Kevin Mathers on the WSOP Schedule Release!
Chats: Ryan Laplante on life in Vegas, chasing #1, and combating RTA!
Forums: AK in the UK
Chats: Karina Karagaeva on mindset, mental game, and poker in life!
Forums: Playing Your Range or Your Hand? (John)

Chats: Robbie Strazynski on a life of loving poker!!
Forums: QQ vs. the World (Chris)
Chats: Joe Stapleton and Josh Wilson on Comedy and NFTs!
Forums: Flopped Trips Multiway
Forums: Calling with AK (@7high11)
Forums: Weak TP OOP
Forums: Calling with AK (@7high11)
Chats: Gareth James on Coaching MTT Poker
Forums: Flop Strategy from Gareth James
Chats: Taylor Maas on meeting Steve, improving as a player, and growing into RecPoker!

Chat: John Somsky on AnteUp, RecPoker, and his love of games!
Forums: Our Range’s Runout (Taylor Maas)
Chat: Matt Savage on WPT, TDA, Vaccinations, and Community
Forums: Weird Action (Troy)
Chats: Jamie Kerstetter
Forums: Even MORE ICM Talk (Keith B)
Chat: Kevin Mathers on WSOP protocols, tips for new players. shooting your shot, and more! 
Forums: PokerTracker and Study Tools (Eric A)
Chats: Ben Yu
Forums: Final Table Hand (Chappo)
Barry Carter on Writing Poker
Forums: Facing a 3-Bet (MonkieSystem)
Chat: Joe Stapleton Shares His Story and What’s Next
Forums: Tightening Up and ICM (Monkiesystem)
Chat: Year in Review since launch of website
Forums: Open Raise Sizing (MaxChaos)
Chat: Carlos Welch on WSOP Bracelet, Buying a House for his Mom & more
Forums: Live Late Stages (Jacob)
Chat: Mike Patrick on Mixed Games, PokerNews Reporting, and the WSOP
Forums: Blind vs. Blind (ARW)
Chat: Dara O’Kearney on WSOP, Satellites, and ICM
Forums: Stueyy Strong Draw OOP
RecRoom: Jim and Matt part 3
Chat: Martin Jacobson, 2014 WSOP Main Event Champion
Forums: Hubs Bankroll
Chat: Bernard Lee on the WSOP, COVID-19, and “Poker Satellite Success”
Forums: Greedy on the River (PetVet)
Chat: Bernard Lee on the WSOP, COVID-19, and “Poker Satellite Success”
Forums: Greedy on the River (PetVet)
Chat: Jason Su on Presence & Profit 
Forums: Dealing with Limpers (Chappo)
REC Room: Taylor and Chris
Chat: Sarah Herring on the WSOP, Motherhood, Dan Blizerian, Vanessa Kade and More
Forums: Hold’em Variations (MarblesJam)
Chat: Ashley Adams on the Stories Collected Playing Poker Around the World
Forums Big Blind Defense (FiveByFive)
Chat: Chris Jones sharing about the Post-Flop Betting Lines Seminar
Forums Isolation Shove (@Chappo)
Chat Elliot Roe on the Intentionality of Developing a Winning Mindset
Forums Overbets (@FiveByFive)
Chat Tommy Angelo on Playing Out of Position, His Best Day and Harmonicas
Forum on Final Table Set (@Gloves1010)
REC Room: Study and Game Selection – Jim and Troy
Jonathan Little on Exploiting Low Stakes Tournaments 
Forum on Big Tournament Review
Panel Discusses Board Texture, A Review of the February Seminar
Forum On Autopilot Error (@Rabman50)
Maria Ho
Forum On Turn Equity (@Chappo)
Starr Valdez
REC Room: HUD and Hand Review – Jim and Matt
Ryan Laplante and Playing Live Again
Forum on Taking a Shot (@Jamin96)
Tells and Reads, A Review of the January Seminar 
Forum On TT Preflop (@Chappo)
Duncan Palamourdas on Mathematics of poker
Forum on JJ Preflop (@Michael)
Lexy Gavin
Forum on Monotone Flop Shove (@MonkieSystem)
Chris and Taylor in the REC Room: ICM Spot
Farid Jattin
Forum on Polarizing Actions (@MonkieSystem)
Seminar on Playing Draws
Forum On Scary Action With A Set (@Veaner85)
Samuli Sipila On PLO Strategy
Forum on Bet Sizing (@EANDERSON85)
Sky Matsuhashi
Forum on Donking (@PetVet)
Big Announcement about Farid Jattin Training & Community Chat
Forum on Flipping (@MonkieSystem)
Matt and Jim in The REC Room Small Blind Value
Michael Acevedo
Forum on Facing Aggression Postflop (@Jamin96)
3-Betting Seminar Sample
Forum on QQ PreFlop
Robbie Strazynski & Bruce Briggs
Reacting to Our Mistakes (@ARW)
Jonathan Little
High Frequency C-Bets (@MonkieSystem)
Dara O’Kearney
Preflop Craziness in Cash Game (@Binkley)
Chris ‘Fox’ Wallace
The River Bluff (@TaylorMaas)
Lynn Gilmartin
ICM Considerations at Final Table (@CaptainWalleye)
Matt Matros
Forum on Betting Patterns Blind vs Blind (@Jim)
Dutch Boyd
Forum on Value Sizing (@Yamel)
Ryan Laplante
Chad Holloway
Forum on River Bluff – Catching (@ARW)
Jack Laskey & Zach Resnick
Forum on Facing Microbets (@MonkieSystem)
Matt Hunt (Part 2 of 2)
Forum On Note – Taking (@Wojami)
Matt Hunt (Part 1 of 2)
Forum on Hand-Ranging (@Raisy_Daisy)
Blake Bohn
Clayton Fletcher
Maria Konnikova
Gareth James
Jason Su
New Website & the RecPoker Community
Adam Friedman
Christ Moneymaker
Bluffing – from the RecPoker July seminar
Facing frequent shoves in online tournaments
Ben Hayles & Merv Harvey from Postflop Poker
Nate Meyvis on Philosophy and AQ from Early Position
Jen Shahade
Zach Elwood Talks Tells
Pandemic Check-In & ACR AK Hand by RecPoker
Hand From Russia SHRB
Elliot Roe
Online Poker
Brad Wilson
Bernard Lee
Strategy and RecPoker Day
Maria Ho
Ed Miller
K L Cleeton
Dara O’Kearney
Fedor Holz
John Reading
The Poker Guys
BONUS – Lynn Gilmartin And Australian Brush Fires
Hand History, Straight Draws, and 2020 Plans
Listener Questions, MSPT
Ryan Laplante 
Listener Questions & Hand Histories
Poker League of Nations
Adam Friedman – Mixed Games – Part 1Part 2
Tommy Angelo amd Lee Jones
Alec Torelli
Hands from the Fall Poker Classic
Daniel Negreanu
Jonathan Little
Content Sampler
Matt Hamilton Ax Suited From Blinds
Free Poker Network (FPN) Crushers
Steve Fredlund & the RecPoker Vision
Andrew Brokos – Facing Limpers
The Future of RecPoker
Greg Raymer
Tommy Angelo: Part 1Part 2
Matt Matros
Women in Poker parts 1-6: Lexy Gavin & Tiffany LeeEileen SuttonDaiva Byrne, Jen Shahade, Part 5: Sarah Herring, Katie Stone, Maureen BloechlingersKasey Lyn Mills
Jared Tendler
Andrew Brokos discusses strategy & a hand history
Peyton Smith Discusses Hands
Community Chat – Various Topics
Matt Stout & Lexy Gavin with CSOP
Flopping Trips then facing tricky spots
James “SplitSuit”” Sweeney hand review & discussion
Robbie Strazynski
Sky Matsuhashi hand review
Discussion group on variety of topics
Emanuel & Group AK, TT
Community Group discussing JJ hand & satellites
Sky Matsuhashi playing JT
Hand History: Chris “Fox” WallaceSky MatsuhashiBrian SojaSarah HerringKenna James
Sky Matsuhashi Interview
Community Groups & Expert Hand Review
Chris “Fox” Wallace from iNinja talking about c-betting & resurrection
Player Panel with Max, Matt, Ian & Alan
Steve’s Enhanced Pre-Flop Ranges
5 Ways to Destroy Tournament Results
Approaching a Tournament
Strategy Build – Playing StyleDeep Stack Size, UTG RangeGTO vs. ExploitativeUTG, GTO Preflop SourcesBerkey on GTOOpening Ranges in Preservation PhaseReactions to Opening RangesResponse to LimpersPreflop with Raise Before,
Complete Pre-flop Summary
Sheree Bykofsky
Kenna James
Fox & The INinja Resurrection
Craig Casino
Mike Schneider again Part 1 & Part 2
Sara Herring & Vegas Recap
Alec Torelli
James “Splitsuit” Sweeney
Dr. Tricia Cardner
Jordan Young
Gareth James
Jonathan Little Part 1 & Part 2
Matt Berkey Part 1 & Part 2
No Limit Tournament Paradigm
Staking & Investing Plus Tipping
Post-Flop Bet Sizing
Pre-Flop Bet Sizing At A Loose Table
Adjusting for Fast, Small Buy-In Tournaments
Steve’s Running Aces Pot O’ Gold Experience
Big Stack End of Day 1 & on Bubble
Big Stack Early & Middle of Tournament
AK In A Weird Spot
KQ Full House Tough Spot
AQ Suited UTG Scenario
A5 Suited Scenario
KQ Suited Scenario
Toughest Spots
Steve’s Key Learnings
Small Pocket Pairs
Suited 97 from Jason
Tilt Control
Steve Butchers KJ
Wearing Sunglasses & Hoodies
Post Flop as a pre-flop caller
Preflop Considerations: Part 1Part 2Part 3
Nearing The Bubble
Jonathan Little Book: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5
Chris Hanson, Jim LeVoir
Kou Vang Interview
Mark Hodge Interview
Q&A with Rec Players
Steve Olson Interview
Hand review 666 on scary board
Hand review AQ button with 3-bet before
Hand review AJ in BB with 2 limpers
Continuation Betting (Rec Discussion)
Brian Soja Interview
Chris “Fox” Wallace Interview
Zach Elwood Interview
Hunter Cichy Interview
Mike Schneider Interview
Jonathan Kim Interview
Aaron Johnson Interview
Jason Seitz Interview
Vlad Revniaga Interview
All-In For Africa VI Recap
All prior episodes are available through iTunes and SoundCloud.


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