This is John Anhalt, I decided to start a blog with this reasons in mind.

1) I like to write.

2) I have tons to say.

3) I want to get better about sharing my experience.

I’ve always been a pretty private person, so my hope is that this will push me to open that part of myself up, grow, and add some entertaining reading to those who stop by and check it out.

About Me

For those that don’t know me, my name is John Anhalt. I’ve been a professional poker player for over 10 years now. I started the company Ace Poker Solutions 6 years ago in hopes of evolving my own game, having a stable income source for my family, and teaching others a trade that they can use throughout their life.

It’s been a fun ride this past decade. Lots of ups and downs, that’s for sure. Black Friday being a really big down for poker players, and in my case it was a bit of a double whammy since my bankroll was lost and my business eventually cut in half.

I’m now 40 years old, and just got married a little less than a year ago. My one year anniversary is coming up in June. I have two children, Destan (boy age 5), Jadyn (girl age 9) from a previous relationship. I was not married legally, but more or less was. I wasn’t sure I really wanted to get married ever, but that did change when I finally met the right person, my wife Susan.

Currently I’d consider myself a part time poker player. I play enough to keep up with the games, but I’m not playing at a level that I used to. Even though the games are much tougher than they used to be a few years ago, I’m playing way under where I probably should for a couple of reasons. 1) I don’t want to lose my roll again (I’m considering it lost forever at this point, it was a nice chunk of change on absolute poker), 2) I almost thought I lost my second roll post black friday when it took me 11 months to cash out my bankroll from another site. So… now I mainly play 100nl/200nl 6-max and full ring cash games. I don’t have to keep a lot online to play at those stakes, and I can play very casually and not think too hard. 🙂

My hopes for this blog:

Provide some life anecdotal stories… hopefully some fun and inspiring things.

Give some good poker tips and lessons.

Discuss some hands and tricky spots.

Share the in’s and out’s of the business of being in business.


Feel free to contact me, comment, and send me money. Especially the last part. 🙂 Cheers to blogging…. hope to hear from you soon!



What we’re all about at Ace Poker Solutions

We offer the highest EV poker software, and training tools available on the net, recommended and used by today’s top poker players are the world. We’ve been doing this since 2009 with the emphasis on offer unique and creative poker software that will help any level of poker player be a more thoughtful and successful player at the table. We’d invite you to check these titles out:

leak busterLeak Buster Software – Leak Buster is poker software that interfaces with your Holdem Manager or Poker Tracker database, and extracts key statistics about your play in order to find your largest poker leaks. It’s unique scoring algorithm weighs the impact of your leak against average win-rates, and suggests ways to correct those leaks through the use of videos (over 50) and written modules.

DriveHUD – DriveHUD is a poker database and HUD for your online poker play. It will overlay a HUD on your online poker tables, and display vital stats about each of the opponents on your table. It will track and record all of the hands you play online, allow to you to review, re-play, filter, graph and analyze all of the hands you’ve played so you can improve your poker game.

ace poker drillsAce Poker Drills – Ace Poker Drills is a poker training software that gives you a “flash card” style training for Odds and Outs, Equity, and Pre- Flop play. The Pre-Flop trainer will help you to easily recognize which hands to play in different positions. Odds and Outs trainer will get you to quickly calculate your odds and outs in various situations. Equity Trainer will quiz you on equity calculations for different hands, so that knowing your equity in a given scenario will be.