Private games hosted outside casinos, typically in a host's residence. Table rules, stakes, and pay quality will vary wildly. Questions may involve hosting, blind structures, game styles, amateur tourney moderation.

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Talking during a hand

I am a newbie and would like clarification on something if that is possible. It relates to a "house SNG". There were 3 players left and since the first 2 would get paid, it meant we were on the ...
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Teach poker in a home game

I am a huge poker fan. I played on the Internet for a long time, before my free time completely ran out, however my love for poker didn't and I still enjoy playing the game, and I feel that the best ...
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Is there an app for managing invitations to a home poker game?

I would like to automate the following process: I send out invitations to our regular players for a poker tournament with a fixed time and place, along with an RSVP deadline. A player either: ...
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Is there an optimum formula for deciding chip denominations?

I play in a $1-2 NL game where they use chips in values of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50. I feel like it's tedious to try to keep track of the values of 6 different colors of chips. If you have a 5 and a 20 ...
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Does a bounty chop?

In a poker tournament with a bounty on a player, the all in player was against two others at the table. The two remaining players chopped the hand and beat the all in. We split the side pot and the ...
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Handling “running it twice” situations

When players agree to "run it twice" (or more times), should any additional cards be burned before each replayed step? Also, shouldn't the cards turned in the first run be shuffled back into the deck ...
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Burning cards in home games

Do you burn cards in home/friendly games? As far as I am concerned, it's pretty much just a complication with no merits to us. There's no risk for the cards to be marked and the stacks we play with ...
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At what point does poor etiquette turn into cheating?

Similar to How do you deal with severe violations of table etiquette, I ran into a situation at a recent game that threw me. A player I was not familiar with kept doing really odd things. For example: ...
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Are There Good Points-Based Ways To Handicap Home Poker Tournaments?

Currently I am keeping points for my home tourney by assigning the following points: 1 point for play 1 point for each player knocked out before you 1 point for cashing 1 point for heads up 1 point ...
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How can I gain an advantage in a weak no-limit Omaha Hi-Lo game?

I know that Omaha Hi-Lo is normally played for limit or pot-limit stakes and I think I remember there being specific reasons, but I play in a home game that occasionally plays Omaha Hi-Lo at no-limit ...