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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Aces cracked promotion, good for the collective or good for the individual dilemma?

I was reading this related question How to maximize expectation with pocket aces and an Aces Cracked bonus running. While I do not like Aces cracked promotions, when you find one you should play ...
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Squeeze Play - What and How [closed]

What is a squeeze play? When and how do you execute it?
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Pot Odds Paradox in Short Stack

Most if not all poker books/tutorials suggest that a good play is one that causes your opponent to do mistakes regardless of whether you end up winning the hand. For example, after the turn, you have ...
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Bet size according to the chances, is it a correct approach?

Given a flush drawer and two same color cards on the flop in this example, I would have ~33% chance to get the flush on the turn or river. If there's a 160 chip pot, I bet 60, always about 33%. Does ...
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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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Beginner tips and tricks [closed]

I've started playing poker (specifically texas hold em) and i've had a string of good luck but still dont profit that much and i want to know some tips, tricks or things to consider while playing that ...
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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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Raise/ Re-raise in No Limit Hold Em?

My confusion is simple. Please tell me if I am right in thinking the following things:- 1. In a 1/2 NL game, if the conversion factor is 2x ( w.r.t Big Blind), then a person can only raise (at least) ...
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Rockets in the BB position, 6 handed, table folds

Obviously, this is a dead rubber - but how statistically relevant is it? How much more likely is this to happen than say, 72o? If this regularly happens in a session with your monster hands, how ...
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Is Small Ball Poker In Cash Games A Good Strategy?

I have read Daniel Negreanu's book on small ball poker strategy in tournament play. Essentially, small ball poker involves playing a wider range of starting hands more aggressively, but only ...
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Bluffing on a two player table

Is bluffing more useful and effective in a two player game, compared to bigger tables? When playing one single player, the possibilities of your opponent having good cards is smaller than if playing ...
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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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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 much should you bet to bluff a huge nuts?

Recently, I bluffed someone with four of a kind, bluffing I had pocket aces. My hand was 2♣ 7♠ the flop was A♣ A♥ Q♦ the turn came Q♣ My stack was $75, my opponent had $100. Blinds: 2/4 ...
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Looking for advanced poker tutorial strategies

I have been playing poker for a while and I want to advance to a higher level and understand different strategies for the games. Do you know some good video tutorial or resources about how to advanced ...
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VPIP at Micro / Freeroll Stakes

Playing some lower stakes tournaments and freeroll tournaments, I play pretty loose. I track my VPIP (or whatever its called, Voluntary Put in Pot Pre-Flop I believe is the long form) for just the ...
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How to deal with a table that always calls?

In my no-limit Texas hold'em home games, players are allotted approximately $2500 worth of chips. The starting blinds are $5/$10, and are increased everytime the button has moved around the whole ...
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Betting strategy based on full information

What I am asking is actually how should one bet if he knows the cards of the opponents. Since the question is too broad I would to know what is the best action in the following scenario, but if there ...
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Bluff psychology

The usual advice given when you think you have the best hand, is to value bet both the turn and the river. The reasoning behind this is that you want your opponent to call. Now, on a bluff, you ...
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Specific Hand recommended action

I am fairly new to the game (about 1 month in) but have been playing a ton recently. I would love for some input on a specific hand that came down last night and any advice for how to avoid the ...
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Why would a player ask how many chips another player has during a hand?

Have seen this multiple times, in both cash games and tournaments. Just wondering when is this an important factor? How does it affect strategy?
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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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Defending a made hand, is it good to make a high bet?

Yesterday at the cash table with 7 opponents, the following happended. I got Q♥6♥ and betted 3BB pre-flop. Three opponents called on me, the flop was 7♠Q⋄8♣. Then 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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Preflop action when you hold good pocket pair or draw

Consider you have a made hand like a pocket pair, or a good preflop draw like two suited cards, would it be good to play aggressive, even go all-in, if you have i) a low stack, ii) a medium stack, or ...
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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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Should I have bet this river? - KK vs potential flush

Playing 2NL. Hero has only seen villain in one hand where he called some large bets with top pair mid kicker and got lucky on the river. Villain has 9$ and hero has $1.90. Preflop Hero is on button ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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.