Betting strategies are the application of various betting options (check, bet, raise, call, fold) and amounts to achieve a desired result.

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To steal the pot, how much should I bet if first to act post-flop?

Let's say we went to the flop. Damn, no hit. I'm first to act. I decided to 'steal' the pot, by raising high enough that people fold but not too high so I don't lose too much if somebody got a ...
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How Gus Hansen came up with 30%?

Taken from Every Hand Revealed. Here's the scenario: Gus hand was A♣ 4♣ It was mentioned that the flop was 4-handed. The flop was: 2♥ 5♦ K♣ A bet was made, Gus and one villain stays. The road ...
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How to deal with people who randomly go all-in

In many free or low buy-in tournaments some people just goes all-in every time or bet too high for no reason. This is a bit annoying because it scares me a bit, but also it might be an opportunity I ...
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Maximizing post oak bluff rate

Apart from the ones mentioned by Dan Harrington, what are some situations in which post oak bluffs are most successful? For example, against what kind of opponents against what kind of range we ...
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Number of game tree nodes in HU

Is there a formula to calculate every possible betting/checking outcome in Heads Up situations at a given depth (stack/BB)?
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Are there any good strategies for dealing with relentless bettors?

Lately I've been experiencing heavily aggressive play a lot. It seems like there is always one player who raises preflop to 3BBs or more very frequently. They then follow up with a half pot or more ...
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what would be the minimum and maximum bets be in 7-card stud with a pot of $1000?

I am writing a short story, set circa 1979, about a home game of 7-card stud. I am familiar with the game and the rules, but I do not know how to state the limited bet structure. This is to be a big ...
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What's the best book to read to understand this site?

I've always been a decent poker player. I typically win and understand probabilities and money management from life experience and trading. I'm an engineer, so I naturally approach things with a ...
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Main differences between Limit and No Limit Hold'em

I have some No Limit experience, but this hasn't stopped me from getting fleeced at Limit games, which I started playing out of curiosity. What are the strategic adjustments that must be made to move ...
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bluffing when somebody is all-in

I was in a small buy-in NLHE tournamet when a situation happened on the last two tables. I had T⋄9⋄. I called a standard raise. The small blind went all in for about three timed my ...
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Best strategy you know of for winning at texas hold'em [closed]

I host a local texas hold'em games at my house every friday. However, I always lose money while my friends are usually win some/lose some. How can I increase my odds of winning? I don't know much ...
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mathematical profit

Mathematically speaking, if you make the right bet (call) every time the outs and pot odds are in your favour and fold when they're not, shouldn't you have about 95% chance of making profit in the ...
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How do you know that you “got your money in good”?

I always hear players talking about "getting your money in good" and to no be worried about the results. My poker coaches tell me that it's OK to take a bad beat as long as you "got your money in ...
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How do you bet pre-flop when there's no action, you're on the button, and you have pocket rockets?

In a no limit cash game, if I'm sitting on the button pre-flop with pocket aces and no one has bet ahead of me, I usually don't want to limp because I don't want to offer free opportunities to draw to ...
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How to make the most of a very good hand when you've been playing conservatively?

The other day I was playing a game where I was playing relatively conservatively, waiting for a good hand. Then I got a pair of aces, and as soon as I bet just a couple of chips, everybody ...
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In Texas holdem, how should my betting change as my stack of chips changes?

In tournament style Texas hold-em, how should the amount of chips I have left affect my play? Should I become more conservative as my stack declines and more risky as my stack grows? Does my ...
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Is there a situation where just calling is justified with AK on a QKA suited flop?

Suppose you raised pre-flop with the AK and have one caller, so you go heads-up to the flop. On the flop comes QKA which are all spades. This is clearly a very draw-heavy board, and your two pair AK ...
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Why some people all-in in the VERY first hand?

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 ...
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What kind of plays could I make to convince my opponents that I have a polarised hand range?

In other words: What actions could I use to make it harder for my opponents to figure out what I'm calling, raising or folding with? Aside from chucking a curve ball at them, i.e. an oddly ...
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How do I Calculate Expected Value of Shoving, including Fold Equity, in heads up play?

How do I calculate my expected value of shoving, including Fold Equity, in heads up play? I know several factors are involved Pot Size My Stack His Stack My chance of winning if he calls His ...
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When to bet/check with the pot very big?

I played this one on my cellphone so I won't have the perfect hand history but I'll try my best. NL10 - 6 players Veeery loose table at 888, with 1 player raising and 3beting almost anything, as I ...
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What Is The Rationale Behind A Check-Raise?

A "check raise" consists of a check (in early position) followed by a raise after a later position player bets. In my opinion, check-raising seems to be viewed in rather a pejorative way. I ...
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When do you need to think more than 1 decision ahead in limit hold'em?

Say you're in a $10-$20 limit hold'em game holding A♥8♥ against a flop of K♥3♥6♣ so you have a nuts flush draw against an opponent who bet pre-flop, and has just bet ...
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How does the strategy for Omaha and Hold Em vary pre-flop? [closed]

Is it as simple as picking two cards out of the four that would make a decent Hold Em starting hand or is the playable range completely different?
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How to identify low sets against top pair top kicker? (Online Poker)

When I get busted it is because I did not identify that my opponent held a set and I thought my top pair with top kicker is best. I often run in situations where I held something like ...
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Set Mining: betting pre flop with 22+

When I set mine I usually raise pre flop with my pocket pair to build a large pot. I use the 10 to 1 rule for stack size to bet ratio when calling with a small pocket pair, but when you're raising ...
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How can I use a player's decision to check blindly on the flop as a tell?

I was recently at a table with a player who often yelled "check blind!" before the flop was dealt when he was to be first to act after the flop, and he had called a pre-flop raiser. I'm guessing ...
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What % of tournament winners do it without going all in

Are there any stats I could mine for this (and other) information? I want to get an idea of how much winners go all in, compared with for example me.
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How to improve betting skills without losing too much money in the process

I've been playing poker for a while, and against casual players, I'm fairly good. When I mean casual players, I mean co-workers (even those that are "serious" about poker), random poker parties, ...
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Thoughts on Chen's formula

These days I came across this post describing the Chen's formula. The Chen formula is a system for scoring different starting hands in Texas Hold'em. It was created by Bill Chen for use in the ...
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Are there times when your bets are more important than your cards at poker?

I heard about some players will bet without considering the cards they hold in poker. Can this be true? That is, can they soundly bet against their opponents' cards if they sense weakness and still ...
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Short stack play - best way to deal with it?

Short stack play - the extreme measures/adaptive game-plan a short-stacked player will undertake to stay in the game. The characteristics of this effect/game-plan tends to include higher levels ...
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Do I need to change my tactics playing pocket rockets (AA) to maximize their potential? [closed]

When playing AA to maximize the potential return, I tend to bet a lot pre flop but that often leads to just stealing the blinds. Given this fact, should I limp and reraise if I can, given that I've ...
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Short stack strategy

In Bodgan's answer to Is it advantageous to buy into a NL cash game at the maximum amount? I read: There is even a known, mechanical strategy, called short stack strategy, designed to play if you ...
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How does one combat “casual” gameplay habits in “professional” games?

I have been away from home for some time and have not been able to attend my weekly or bi-weekly poker cash rings at the local pub. On my extended business trip, I filled that void with some of the ...
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When Is It A Good Tactic To Slowplay A Hand?

I was looking through some hand histories and recognised a few situations where I might improve my decisions regarding slowplaying hands. Generally, understanding that slowplaying is often worse than ...
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Why is it forbidden to check-raise in some Casino?

I've heard that check-raising isn't allowed everywhere. What is the reason behind that?
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When should you defend your big blind in tournament play?

Should you defend your blinds differently at different stages of a tournament? Meaning in the early stages should you defend a lot tighter and then get a bit looser as the tournament goes on. The ...
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Why do people make the following call, check, call round the table?

I play in a work tournament usually 2 tables of 6 or 7 for a set time period with the top 3 chip counts on each table moving to a final table to win the prize. It is largely amateurish but with ...
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Folding AA after the flop?

Hero in BB hits AA before the flop. BB is $600, there are 3 or 4 callers (I'm old and can never recall all the details), and hero doesn't like to see his AA busted by a runner-runner so he raises ...
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Bet with Ax3x3x on river?

From the small blind on a 1-2nl cash game, hero calls ($1) with Ax3x. About half the table has called so there is about $10 in the pot. Everyone checks on the flop and turn. The river is a 3x so now ...
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Small Pairs on early and middle positions

I'm still uncertain about best way to play small pairs on early or middle positions. 22, 33, etc. even up to 99. Straight and Flush possibility are low, and even if you catch one of these - someone ...
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Dealing with Rookie / Novice Players

Having played NLHE and LHE for some time, I am very aware of all the aspects that go into "playing the game". I am fairly good at the NLHE as my online and casino stacks often show, recently (as seen ...
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Poker Tools : Recording Hands / Outcomes

Not really looking for a bank manager as I've already looked at: Tools for Managing Bankroll, Income and Losses and it's not what I'm looking for. I want to know if you guys have any tools that ...
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Is just calling the big blind a poor strategy?

I came across this quote concerning the Chen Formula: Just calling the big blind is not a profitable way to play NL Hold'em for the most part. He is basically saying that you should always ...
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Micro Stakes, playing Big Aces pre-flop against multiple very loose opponents

I'm kinda new to poker online so i'm sorry if my question is kinda silly. I decided to start building my bank-roll by start playing from micro-stakes, where i'm more comfortable in having some losing ...
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SB raise in preflop in no limit TH

please correct me if I am wrong: No Limit Texas Holdem 5 players at the table. Each has bankroll of $1000. SB = $1. BB = $2. Player1 = BTN Player2 = SB Player3 = BB Player4 = UTG1 Player5 = MP1 ...
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Is shoving all in with a weaker player the best strategy?

I'm heads up on the final of a tournament. I have around 1200 chips and my opponent around 4800, blinds 25/50. I'm on the small blind with A♥8♥, I go all-in since I've seen him make loose calls and ...
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How does an opponent's all-in range change after showing an all-in bluff in an online heads-up tournament?

Just to clarify something: I am talking about Online heads-up. (I believe in real life this trick is not used that frequently). In online heads-up tournaments, you barely know how your opponent ...
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How should I play blind vs. blind late in tournaments against unknown players?

One type of situation has troubled me when I've faced various versions of it. In the later stages of tournaments where the blinds are significant, I find myself wondering what to do when it comes ...