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Live NLHE Tournament Chip Denominations

I'm planning on playing in a live NLHE tournament soon, and I was wondering what the procedure is for requesting, for example, ante chips? Let's say the ante is 500, and I have an average-sized stack, ...
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1/2 NL Decision

1/2 NL Hero has been sitting with Villain for a little while. His preflop numbers seem pretty tight. He's limped here or there and only seen him play a small handful of raised pots in a couple ...
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Table talk strategy [closed]

In the live poker games I've been playing, there has been lots of table talk. Everyone gets involved. Some questions they ask include: Do you want me to call that bet? Do you have the flush? Do ...
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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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various small questions

no matter where I've looked I've failed to grasp the concept of position/blinds, what's advantageous of a certain seat of the blinds and dealer button are going to change every turn anyway? Can you ...
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How much must Hero bet for Villain to fold?

Game is $1/$3 NL Hero (~315) - Been playing TAG; up $115. Played villain in one earlier hand; villain folded on river (I filled a straight, which he may have discerned). Villain (~140) - Seems like ...
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Are non-standard verbal declarations such as “same bet” or “I put you all-in” binding?

Obviously verbal declarations using standard language (e.g. "I bet $20") is binding in most casinos. However, sometimes players get a little "cute" with their choice of language. For instance, when ...
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Bet denied after having hit the table pre-river

First to bet after turn, bets pot ($1300) in PLO. One folds, last player takes a long time to call. Bettor immediately hits the table with his fist, nothing verbal. After the river, the bettor, ...
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Stalling as a strategy in real life tournaments?

I've seen and read about stalling in online poker, seems a bit rampant to me. What about stalling in real life tournaments? Is there a clock a player can repeatably timeout on in real life ...
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In live play, why do poker players wait their turn before looking at their cards?

This can be seen in virtually any televised poker game: only when it's their turn do the players look at their cards. Why don't they look at them immediately after the dealer gave them ? Yes, you ...
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Most important tells

I would like to start to play poker at casino near my home. I usually play on line. I would like to know which are, in your opinion, the most important tells to take care at brick and mortar poker.
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Determining the proper play on the turn

This hand came up in a local WPT event (not the main event for the series) that had a $340 buyin. Everyone started the tournament with $15K in chips and the structure was good with 40 minute blinds. ...
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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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1/2 NL: Call this villain's all-in with top pair, ace kicker?

Game is $1/$2 NL Hold'em at the Venetian Hero (~$200) - Been playing TAG for the first couple hours and went up about $100. Then switched to loose play since I've been wanting to improve that skill ...
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What happens when you break the “No talk rule”?

I just read the Is trash talking legal in WSOP? question and answer and it made me wonder, what kind of punishment would you get for breaking the no talk rule? Also, I wonder, do casinos have similar ...
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Moving from online to live games

What are the most important considerations in moving from online to live games? I usually play low stakes SNG with somewhere between 10-50 participants and want to try playing live tournaments with a ...
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Joining an offline poker league - can being new be used to my advantage?

I plan to join a poker league at a local pub. I'm told roughly 10 to 15 players are involved each week, most of them regulars. While I played in a similar poker league in the same area in the past, I ...
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Tough decision on the turn

The tournament has 30 minute blind levels, everyone began with 10K in chips, and the play is 10 handed. At this point the blinds are 200/400 with a 50 Ante. Hero starts the hand with 7825 in chips ...
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How to best teach poker to a novice in 1 month?

Note: I am interested in playing NLHE. Short version: I live near a large casino. I would like to eventually get good enough to play there and consistently win money. However, the lowest stake table ...
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How many chips do you have left?

In a live poker tournament, the opponent asks how many chips I have left to. Do I have to count my chips and answer his question? Is it poker etiquette to answer the question? Is it OK to just show ...
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Simple final table tournament play including push/fold

I've had a look at this table here as a guide of what to do heads up, and made a rough approximation of how to play various hands based on stack sizes, such that I can remember them and don't have to ...
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Should I call all-in here with bottom set?

Game is $1/$3 NL Hold'em Hero is in a middle position with $410. Villain is in an earlier position with approx $540. Pre-Flop: A few callers, including villain. Hero sees 22 and calls $3. In total, ...
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Should I have went all-in with KK on this flop?

Game is $1/$3 NL Hold'em Hero is BB with $440. Villain is UTG with about $310. Pre-Flop: Villain raises UTG to $12. 4 callers. Hero happily discovers that he has KK and raises to 110. Villain ...
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Could I have won more money with top set on the flop?

$1/$2 NL Hero is in late position with about $260 and picks up 10♣ 10♠ . During pre-flop, Villain raises to $10 in middle position. Villain seems tight; more passive than aggressive, thus making the ...
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How to play QQ live tournament?

Not playing too long so I probably won't provided all the detail needed. Blinds are at $200/400. Hero has QQ. Villain raises to $800 pre-flop. Hero and a few others call. Hero recalls villain has made ...
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How do you play AQ or AK (off or suited) on $1/$2 Live?

This week I had this peculiar situation. The villain is 60+ old black woman who came and sat next to me with about 100$ on $1/$2 and ofcourse with a stone-cold grim-poker-face with no smile. She ...
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$1/$2 Live - Bottom set on flop and facing 3bet

I play weekly at my casino and at $1/$2 they have buy-in of $60 min-$200 max. This is one of my hand I played last week and I am interested in seeing how you would play this hand when you have a top ...
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$1/$2 Live - Turned top two pair facing heat (line check)

Playing some 200nl at a casino in New Mexico. The place is a local joint so the vast majority of players are tight-passive regulars who are typically older men. The villain in this hand is a typical ...
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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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Should you make your choice of gaming location based on the promotions or the players?

I have a few years experience playing in the South Florida area and have over heard several locals make the choice of gaming location based off the promotions the particular casino offers. Personally, ...
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Should I call opponent's flop re-raise with trips?

I'm looking for some advice on a particular hand I played last night. 1/3 NL. Villain (~$350) - Playing loose aggressive and seemed like a reasonable/good player overall. Definitely raises more ...
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What metrics do you use to evaluate your own live play performance?

What metrics do you use to evaluate your own live play performance? For example, would you record big blinds won per hour at a cash game? Or do you rather try to understand if you are playing well ...
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In Omaha, Is it allowed to only show two holecards at showdown when claiming the pot?

I was watching Poker After Dark 2011, the cash game Pot Limit Omaha weeks. And it looks like once in a while the winner only shows the two cards making the best hand and not the two other cards. Is ...
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Online vs live tournament pace

How would the two generally compare in terms of hands per blind level etc.? Context: I'm planning to buy into a live regional event later this year, which historically had ~125 players. I find myself ...
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Online vs Live problem

I am having somewhat of a problem, I read books, I study hands, and I do everything a growing player should do, and I can see my progress when playing poker online. I am confident and I would like to ...
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NL400: Live Hand vs Semi-Loose Passive Player At Dry Board. What Would You Do?

This is a live hand in a London Casino. The place was a little busier than the norm. The regs seemed to be drinking more than usual (Tough week perhaps?!). The atmosphere was more playful, less ...
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Las Vegas: Best casino for 1-2 no limit?

I would like to know where an intermediate player stands a chance of not losing their shirt playing 1-2 cash game in Vegas. :) What would be your choice for a casino?
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What's the order for showdown?

I have a few questions about the showdown moment. I wanted to know how is supposed to be the showdown order after a poker hand, for instance in hold'em, do you follow the order, like first the small ...
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Optimal Win Rate Standard Deviation

I've been tracking my live sessions for some time now. After 35 sessions (about four hours a session) my win rate is 34.42 an hour. My win rate standard deviation is 157.67. This seems high to me. ...
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5/5 NLHE Flop decision against maniac and solid player

Not my hand... Villian 1, complete spewtard, he is down ~2K, been raising like an idiot preflop to 30-50 when the table is opening to 15-20. In total gamble mode. Villian 2, Prob the best ...
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Call river all-in after missing flush-draw but hitting AK?

The villain just sat down a few hands prior to this, so neither of us should have had any reads on the other. $1/2 NL (10 handed) SB Villain (~$190) BB Hero (~$300) Normalish stack sizes for ...
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Where can I find information on local legal poker tournaments

I just found out that there are some relatively nearby casinos that host some low entry tourneys (<=$200 buy in) Is there a site that has a relatively comprehensive listing of these tourneys? If ...
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In a private live game, how do you deal with severe violations of table etiquette?

In some of the early cash games I played, we had one player who would consistently hold his cards below the table, out of sight. It was a group of friends, so the assumption was that he was not ...
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What is the usual ruling on an aggressor folding on the river?

Suppose the following sequence of events occurs on the river: Alice, acting first, checks. Bob bets Alice calls Alice shows her hand without waiting for Bob (who, as the last aggressor, should show ...
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How do you sniff out a set NLHE?

This question may well be subjective and may well be closed for it but it's a question i've been dying to ask since this site was proposed: What are some signs that you're up against a set. Let me ...
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Do I call a turn all-in with KK with against a possible flush?

I don't recall all the details about this hand, but here's what I do know. Some folds and possibly some limps; I forget exactly. $1/$2 NL Villain (Has hero easily covered) in Seat 1 Hero (~$450) ...
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Should I call this river overbet with an overpair?

1/3 at Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh Pa. Villain is a Hines Ward lookalike - he started out playing as a seemingly competent LAG, playing lots of hands fairly aggressively, putting opponents in tough ...
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How wide should my 3-bet range pre-flop be in low-stakes NL live play?

When playing $1-$2 NL live, many players do not 3-bet very frequently pre-flop. Although important in theory, I rarely do so with less than QQ. Is this likely to be exploited at this level, or is it ...
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How do you hide your tells?

How can you identify what your physical tells are, and hide them? Once you've identified your tells, should you work at suppressing them, or is it better to deliberately give your tells at strategic ...