Geoff Manning

published on 10/17/08 at 8:14 am

Geoff ManningDiscovering an informative poker website is like looking for a needle in a haystack. It can be a very trying and time consuming venture! That is why Geoff Manning’s Complete Poker Rules provides the substance lacking in other websites. The categories tell it all; Hand Analysis, Resources, and Strategy. All three provide detailed articles that allow a poker player to grab the concepts and immediately use these concepts at the poker tables. A tough process to complete but one that Geoff accomplishes with brilliance.

What made you start a website devoted to poker? Was there something missing online?
I have learned the most, whether it is about poker or technology, in a forum setting. There are many poker forums that do an excellent job at this and I didn’t want to recreate the wheel. So I decided to create a poker strategy site with the community as the focal point. All of the articles are open for comments and we have had some great discussions in the short time the site has been around.

Do you feel your education and/or professional background has helped you in poker?
I am an IT professional so I am used to researching methods for solving problems. When I first began playing poker I took the same approach. I bought every book I could get my hands on; listened to every podcast dedicated to poker; downloaded and started tracking my play with PokerTracker; and in general just geeked out about learning to play the game.

What advice would you give a beginner attempting to play in their first game?
The most important piece of advice that I could give to beginning players is to understand position. In games like Texas Hold’ Em, where the betting order is set by the movement of the dealer button, your position relative to the button is vital. You should be tight and play less hands when in early position, and looser and play more hands in late position. You can then build upon that understanding to formulate the selection of hands that you want to play that fits your playing style. But understanding position is a building block to that goal.

Do you play mostly online? Any live games? Stakes? All Holdem? Hours a week?
I mostly play online, though I take the occasional trip to Foxwoods or play in local charity tournaments. I am a small stakes no limit hold’ em junkie. I am currently 4-tabling $25NL and try to play at least 10 hours a week. After taking a beating at $50NL I had to move down. I am not sure if it was better competition, or variance, but my bankroll dictated the move down!

What types of reads/patterns do you notice with online players?
The average online players fold to aggression unless they have the goods. Be the one forcing the action when you are in position and if you get played back at, reevaluate the situation. If the player is skilled he may just be trying to keep you honest. If he isn’t, then he likely has the goods.

Who do you currently rank as the best overall poker player? Why?
I would say it’s Phil Ivey. He is skilled at so many games and beats the highest stakes available. He just has an uncanny ability to read people. He could beat an average player heads up without looking at his cards.

Many poker players have a nickname, do you? If not, what would you like it to be and why?
I actually don’t have a poker nickname, but if I did, it would definitely be “Hot Dog”. Unfortunately, the explanation is long and only funny if told while drinking.

What is your biggest poker pet peeve?
To be honest, I can’t think of a pet peeve in poker. Some would point to “donks” calling pot sized bets and hitting their obvious flush draw. Or calling and hitting a one-outer on the river. But that is where the money comes from. More often than not, they aren’t going to hit the hand and you are going to win. You always remember the suck outs, but those are the exceptions, not the rules.

Come to think of it, Open folding is a pet peeve of mine. I see it more often than you’d imagine.

What is the best piece of advice you have received from a player or a book that has helped you improve your game?
Not to be results oriented. Do not let prior results affect your current decision. The fact that your have had your AA’s cracked three times in the last 2 days should not stop you from stacking off with them this time.

Eric “Rizen” Lynch sums it up well:

The key to evaluating your game and not letting short-term fluctuations lead you to alter your game in negative ways is being able to evaluate situations and hands after they’re over without being results-oriented. Have confidence in your game and look back at the decisions you made. If you believe they were correct, move on even if the result wasn’t positive.

In the next few years, where do you see yourself in the world of poker?
I hope to be grinding it out at $100NL. But I also want to expand my game, perhaps into PLO8 and Razz. I also hope to grow the community over at Complete Poker Rules, host some tournaments, perhaps start a league. That would be ideal.

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3 Responses to “Geoff Manning”

  1. Jim L

    Oct 17th, 2008

    Good stuff Geoff, very nicely done.

    Jim Ls last blog post..The one tip that helped me play better no limit holdem this week.

  2. Grundy

    Oct 18th, 2008

    Nice interview, I agree that Phil Ivey is a beast at the table. People who really know poker fear him, he is underestimated among the rest.

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