Big Girl Poker Chat Episode #11: Ashley Adams

Ashley Adams joins your poker mindset coach Donna Blevins in this episode. Ashley is a poker player, author, poker talk show host, writer and self-described “poker adventurer.” Poker surrounds Ashley and he shares his knowledge and experience with you.

Ashley Adams, adorned in some of his poker attire.

Ashley is so accustomed to being the host rather than the guest, he managed to turn the chat around and focus on Donna for a few minutes. At the beginning you’ll get a short glimpse of how The Big Girl of Poker got started in poker!

Later, Ashley and Donna break down a hand starting with the play and then dive into the importance of mindset in poker.

You’ll hear Ashley talk about:

  • His book for low buy-in cash games, Winning No Limit Hold ‘Em – why he wrote it and who should read it
  • The changes in poker that Ashley has seen over the years – not just the players but the geography of the games
  • How Ashley got started playing poker
  • Moving from online poker to live poker

Some of Ashley Adams’ poker tips in this podcast:

  • Learn the basics
  • How your position matters to your hand strength
  • Learn how to increase your aggression and hands you play based on reading players

More about Ashley Adams

A self-described “poker adventurer” and poker personality, Ashley Adams has been playing poker for 40 years and has played the game in almost all of the 50 United States as well as many other places around the world.

After learning poker from his grandfather, Ashley played recreationally in high school and college before cracking a poker book and hitting the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut just after the poker room opened in 1995. He focused first on 7 Card Stud, and then literally wrote the book on it in 2003 called Winning 7-Card Stud: Transforming Home Poker Chumps into Casino Killers.

Since then Ashley Adams wrote a book for Hold ‘Em low buy-in players, and he is a frequent contributor to Poker Player Newspaper and Poker News. On top of that Ashley broadcasts his poker talk radio show, House of Cards, on eight different terrestrial radio affiliates. After his broadcasts, he makes them available as podcasts.

Ashley Adams Links

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Until next time, remember Donna’s motto…

“If you can’t raise, don’t call.”

Donna Blevins
Poker MindSet Coach

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