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What would happen in a professional tournament if a player was obviously taking performance enhancing drugs?

Recently I stumbled across the field of nootropics. I don't know anywhere near enough to say whether they really work, and I'm not willing to try any of the unregulated drugs unless a regulatory ...
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What do you study for poker? What do you focus on?

As the title says I would like to know what do you most focus when studying poker. Math? Human behavior? MTT strategy? Poker theory? Analyse session errors? Cash games strategy? Videos of live/online ...
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Studying poker math - is it worth it?

I've done some studying, learned about ranges for stealing, raising, calling, positional play etc. but I get bored with all that theory. I don't really care about my odds and outs and I probably make ...
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What is the nature of Omaha starting hands?

When I first started to play Omaha coming from a Hold em back ground it seemed to me that the nature of a four card hand was different then the nature of two a card hand. It seemed that at a very ...
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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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Do you have any “in-hand” thinking procedures?

i'm kinda new to poker and i have problem with making too fast decisions. Do you guys have any standard "in-hand thinking procedures"? For example, when you're in hand, do you always think in the ...
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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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Simplified poker games

Is there a list of simplified poker games - preferably ones for which there is either a complete solution (ie the optimal strategy for all players is known) or at least some extensive analysis, either ...
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A TAG LAG paradox?

In every reference book of poker, I have found that the more exploitive strategy against a loose player is to play tight. Conversely, the more exploitive strategy against a tight player is to play ...
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In what situations will you lose the low-pot in Omaha Hi/Lo while holding Ace-Deuce?

In Omaha hi low, will holding an Ace and a Deuce card automatically give you the "nut low" hand in the event of a qualifying low hand?
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Pot odds for chasing a flush against unknown opponent

Consider 2 scenarios, in which a flop has given you an approx. 33% chance of making an Ace high flush by the river. The pot size is currently 600 and there is 1 player remaining. It costs 200 to ...
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Balanced Continuation Bet range

Assume a 100bb NL game 6max game. Hero is on the Button on Open raises 3BB with a 55% range The BB calls (25% range). On a Board Axx a lot of players cbet a large portion of their range (60% - 90%) ...
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Expected Value for SB und BB in NL HU (GTO)

Lets consider a NL HU Match 100BB deep (no rake). Both players are playing GTO (game theoretical optimum). Lets assume in the GTO Strategy the SB open limps or open raises r times and open folds f ...
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Why is it easier to make a flush than a straight with four cards already matching?

In draw poker with five cards, if I have four cards with an open-ended straight draw, why is it a lower probability to get the fifth card for the straight than if you have four cards in a flush and ...
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Postflop play books references

I feel quite comfortable playing pre flop, but I feel that I am weak in post flop play. I lack the big picture of post flop play. Can anyone give me a good reference for post flop play?
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Question on Strategy Calculation (from Bill Chen's Book Math of Poker)

I have a question regarding an example from the book Mathematics of Poker by Chen and Ankenman. There on p. 48 he gives Example 4.1 Two players play headsup limit poker on the river. Player A ...
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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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Calculating the Probability of Reaching a Certain Amount of BB vs Hero

I'm looking for help to build a statistic in excel or just mathematically. What I want to figure is the chance of another player (villain) increase his stack with X BBs when I estimate his BB/100 to ...
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When to call all-in in heads-up game? [closed]

When to call all-in in heads-up game? if I've a A/4, and my opponent raise all-in, is a good idea call? PS: I have the same amount of chips than my opponent.
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Can the optimal strategy for low stakes holdem be considered simpler as a general rule?

It appears that some of the subtleties of the game of poker are actually counterproductive against weak players. For example, raising is better than calling in many situations because it provides you ...
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How to use (or not use) Chen formula valuation in different scenarios?

Let's say that using Chen's formula and a bit of practice one calculates the score of his hand preflop very quickly when playing. The problem is that I'm sure you shouldn't act in the same way in ...
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Can you call when the pot odds don't favour you?

Say you're drawing to a made hand in a $10-$20 limit hold'em game and you have N outs. On the turn, one line of thought is that you should only call if the pot odds are in your favour, i.e. if there ...
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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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Fictitious play for multiway hand in push or fold regime

I know the theory behind the push or fold in heads up (Is well explained in The mathematics of poker of Chen & Ankenman). I know that exists software (e.g. ICM trainer) that computes the push or ...
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Simplest Way to Explain EV to Beginners

I've recently been teaching a few of my friends to play poker, and I've explained various facets of poker play to them, now I want to explain Expected Value. It's not a simple concept and I don't ...
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Final Table of Tournament - Hand History Example

I was recently at the final table of a 40 person freeze out tourny and wonder if I played the following right. Background: When this hand came up I was 3rd in chips out of 8 players on a final table. ...
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Add-on value and “bubble factor”

Bubble factor represents the value ratio of winning X chips versus losing X chips in a given tournament - and is named so because the ratio grows steeply as the money bubble approaches. An exaggerated ...
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Some Mathematical Poker Questions (Discrete Math)

Mathematically speaking, I have two questions: How many ways can a 5-card draw-poker hand be dealt? How many 5-card draw-poker hands exist? Thanks!
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What data should you keep track of to improve your game?

If you wanted to improve your poker game, what statistics should you track? Do players that keep a track of how much they have won/lost and where do better than players who don't? I play online (for ...
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Texas Hold 'Em possibilities

Suppose you have been dealt “4♡, 5♡”. Suppose you have one opponent. What is the conditional probability that you will win, given these two cards in hand, and that the board is “3♢, 4♢, 4♣, 4♠, 5♢”? ...
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How to Decide Whether to Buy the Add On or Not in Rebuys

Sometimes rebuy tournaments go very well at the beginning and I accumulate a lot of chips, when I've already got lots of chips it seems silly to pay more money for the add on - usually costing the ...
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What I did was right?

I'm a newbie in Poker and so I would like you to judge the rightness of my actions on the following hand: Yesterday I was playing NL Hold'em and my cards were a premium hand, K♣ K♦. We were playing ...
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How is Poker a game of skill?

First of all, I'm a newbie so excuse my stupid question but I have to know :( I notice a lot of people say this, especially those who play a lot of poker. I'm not really a poker player, but I know ...
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Pocket Aces in 9-handed

This should be a happy thing when you get pocket aces, but lately I feel bad just looking at the hole cards A♢ A♥, for example. According to what I read and everyone's advice I should bet strong with ...
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What different types of poker game are there? [closed]

How many different types of poker game are out there? I know of Texas Hold'em and a few others which names escape me... what are the rules to these other poker games? because as much as I enjoy Texas ...
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Names of positions? [duplicate]

Reading What I did was right? I see reference to Hijack, Cut-Off, and Villain. I assume these are positions? Which positions?
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Are WSOP hand logs available to the public?

Are there any textual logs available to be read? Obviously there are the video records, but that's not really what I seek here. My search turned out nothing, so I am skeptical there are any. I would ...
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Is This a Bet or a Raise?

Assuming more than 3 players at the table in no limit game. SB and BB just places blinds. Next to act is UTG1. Which of the following options is terminologically correct? Call, Bet, Allin, Fold ...
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The groups of Sklansky starting hands

Which criterion did Sklansky use when dividing starting hands in groups? Computer generated starting hands seems to show a subjective grouping by Sklansky, doesn't it?
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Check Raise vs Donk Bet

I am confused. What is the EV difference between a donk bet and a check raise? In which cases is it better to be donk betting and in which cases is it better to check raise?
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Equity calculation at brick and mortar poker

Pokerstove is very usefull tool for online players, but when you play live you simply can't use it. Does exist (even aproximate) an algorithm in order to estimate your equity against the range of your ...
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Should you use average value or marginal value when deciding which hands to play?

This example comes from Sklansky: Suppose you are in a very loose wild limit game, where seven players (other than yourself) call for the maximum four bets on every hand. Sklansky then asserts that ...
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Outs counting correction

When we counts outs, we are making the assumption that the outs are not already dealt. This can be correct in the heads up, but I guess that in the full game this will not be correct (due to the ...
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Gap concept and pot odds

In his book "The Theory Of Poker", David Sklansky states that in order to call an early open/raise you should hold at least the same or a tighter range than the open/raiser opponent. Sklansky called ...
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Position advantage on the table and odds

Is it possible define position advantage on table on terms of correction to odds? Namely, is it possible to quantify the effect of position on a players equity?
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Converting Backdoor Draws Into Equity

During a session, most of the flops you play, you miss. Most of the times that you connect with the flop it's a weak connection, often with "backdoor" outs, i.e. Having to hit multiple cards, over ...
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Position/order of dealing post pre-flop

During pre-flop I understand that one has position over others who are seated in an earlier position than him; and one is out of position to players seated at a later position than himself, but this ...
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How to behave in crowded pots

I noticed that in small stakes tournments and freerolls, the early stages of pots are very crowded. What is the best strategy in this kind of situation? Limp in the hope to flop somthing? or what?
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Positions in Poker

I'm somewhat perplexed on the positions in poker. As I browse, some websites give different/contradicting versions on the description of the positions. For example, some sources say the early ...
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The right bluff frequency

In the book of Bill Chen, "The mathematics of poker", there is a formula to calculate the right frequency of a bluff action. The formula has been calculated in a simplified version of poker. Even ...