Interview with Paul “Vulcans” Ratchford

Paul RatchfordMy latest guest on the Mental Game of Poker Podcast is Paul “Vulcans” Ratchford. He’s a prolific coach for and is author of a new book “Exploitive No Limit Holdem.” Before Paul entered the poker 6 years after the great recession took him from his corporate job at JP Morgan. In poker he’s a cash game player who’s averaged a 7BB/100 winrate since 2009 at a mix of stakes from $2/$4 up to $25/$50, and has won another $100k in live tournament winnings.

He’s a thoughtful and smart guy who has a lot of interesting things to say. In today’s show we discuss:

  • His take on All-in EV (he thinks it’s awesome)
  • Why he doesn’t care to calculate variance
  • Understanding the subtle difference in his tilt
  • How he maintains a high level of performance when he shows up to work and doesn’t get paid
  • Why confidence isn’t enough to be successful

If you’d like to learn more about Paul or his new book, check out his website, and follow him on Twitter: @PokerCapitalist

Finally, I would really appreciate it if you subscribed to this show on iTunes. I have more big guests lined up, and recent shows you may have missed include Vanessa Selbst, ElkY, Jason Mercier and Eugene Katchalov.

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4 Responses to “Interview with Paul “Vulcans” Ratchford”

  1. Dilan Gupta June 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm


  2. Hi!
    Thank you for this blog. It is very interesting to hear what the top pros have to say. Keep it up!
    There is no link to download the podcast of Paul Ratchford.

  3. Hi Spidy, some weird formatting thing happened where the download link went behind the player. It’s fixed now.



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