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In some Facebook game, (in tournament game, where all player starts with the same stack), I always notice that in the VERY first hand (before the flop) , people blatantly all-in. Unfortunately,not just 2 or 3 people out of 8 decides to all-in, but in some extreme condition, 5 or 6 people all-in (So the winner usually ends up with $5000 or $6000)

The question

1] Why people do this? Does people regularly does this in real-life?

2] What kind of hand will made all-in this situation a good bet? (Or it's a simple, Dont Do This?) Why?


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Wasn't there a book out there that advocated this? I didn't read it, but if I remember right, isn't this one of the "Kill Phil" strategies out there. Having said that, I do agree with the other answers, play money is nothing like real life. – Jim Beam Jul 7 '14 at 16:50
For one simple reason: Any two hole cards, however bad, can win. – Robbie Dee Jul 18 '14 at 15:24

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This sounds like a play money game, am I correct?

If so, then I can assure you these same people would not be doing this in a real money game in almost all typical circumstances, except maybe a tournament structure where the blinds are very high relative to stack sizes.

The simple answer to your second problem is, a better starting hand than your opponents. Ideally the fewer opponents you're up against the better, as your relative hand strength will be superior than in situations as you describe, with multiple all-ins. A simple starting hand chart should give you a good point to begin from when making these decisions. In general, just pay attention to your opponents hands that they show, and adjust your own all-ins accordingly to take advantage.

I suggest depositing a very small amount of money into a real money account on a major poker site and playing very small stakes. You could even just watch a few games after downloading the software to get a feel for what it's like.

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You're right, playing some real-money games (even if they're microstakes) will let you see how it's done in the real world, not on some Facebook game where no one knows what they're doing... – Radu Murzea Jul 7 '14 at 4:50
I agree with Toby. These people are treating poker like a roulette wheel. Now you do occasionally see this happen on micro satellite tourneys where the buy-in is so nominal that people just chuck it in for an edge but pretty much all other games are played properly. – David Hirst Jul 7 '14 at 9:26

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