Texas Hold'Em is a community-card poker variant in which each player receives 2 down cards.

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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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What is the best strategy once you are chip leader in a tournament?

I am talking about tournaments(MTT) with about 30-40 players.What should be the strategy: Go loose: Force other players to either go all in or fold, if you have slightly good cards Go tight: Let ...
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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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Who has the higher hand: 44 vs. A2 on a JJKK2 board?

I played with my friends yesterday and run into the following situation: player 1: 4 4 player 2: A 2 table: J J K K 2 Both players have two pairs: J J K K. However, player 1 have one pair in ...
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What is an open limp?

What is the difference between limping and an open limp? I know that when you just pay the bigblind on preflop it's called limping. But what is an open limp?
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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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Do I have to show my hand in an “All-In” situation?

This question is concerning Texas Hold'Em rules. If my opponent goes "All-In" and I call with more chips than he does, do I immediately show my cards? During a recent game, my opponent called ...
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What are the odds I will hit my flush? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I do to calculate my odds in a hand? If I have 2 cards of the same suit in the hole, and 2 board cards with those suits on the flop, what are the chances that ...
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What is the purpose of a continuation bet, and when is it best applied in Hold'em?

Please clarify what a continuation bet is in poker, what its purpose is. And if possible, when is it most useful within Texas Holdem?
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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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Complex split pot semantics for multiple All-In winners with differing amounts

I'm writing a Poker Server piece of software and well, I want it to be accurate... Basically I want to know what the correct way to deal with this following situation is: [ second round of betting. ...
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Have people been playing “40% strategies” in tournaments in the current century?

A so-called "40% strategy" is one that is theoretically unsound "heads up" because it is less than even money, but that can work very well if it hits. An example is going "all in" heads up, on the ...
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Start playing NL Hold'em or Limit Hold'em?

I am a novice who is beginning to take poker seriously and invest a fair amount of time into improving. Limit holdem seems to be a less complicated game than holdem and seems like it may be easier to ...
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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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Hand discussion: QJc vs A8o on A84 T K

I think that I played this hand (link to replay) quite well and my opponent did a mistake because he didn't protect his two pairs. If he would did a good raise or reraise on flop or turn, I would ...
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How to calculate expected value if I go All-in before flop with AK offsuit

1/2$ 6max NLHE game. I am UTG and I raised by 6$ with AKo. Everybody folded except BB who raised by 11$. Pot is now 20$. Now, if I go All-in my opponet will fold everthing except AA and KK in which ...
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Smallest Stack Size for playing 3bet/fold

Assume hero is playing a ring game with short stack. What is the smallest Stack Size you can 3bet a 3bb open raise without being committed. And what is the 3bet size to choose? To be more concrete: ...
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Holding pocket tens and flop in KQT suited in Texas Holdem 5 handed cash game

I played this hand that I thought was interesting, and wanted opinions on how I could have played it better. Texas Holdem with 5 players, sit-and-go cash game. Blinds are 2/4 and everyone has chip ...
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combinations from 2 hole card and 7 communal cards

If we have 5 communal cards and 2 hole cards, and its our turn to deal, Can we just select all the 5 communal cards for hand? or do we need to keep our 2 hole cards and only choose 3 communal cards ...
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Hillbilly texan

2 players in the hand. Does a player have to show, expose his/her hand if, at the completion of the river and final betting the calling player makes the mistake of exposing their hand first. The ...
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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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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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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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Easy to remember push/fold/callpush table/formula

I've tried to generate a push fold table that's easy to remember in my head. This is what I've got so far: Take the highest card: A = 10 K = 8 Q = 7 J = 6 T = 5 9-2 = Face value / 2 Add the ...
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Name of five card Texas Hold'em game?

I got shown this game during a break at a recent local tournament I was in that is just like Texas Hold'em except one is dealt five cards, not two. Then at the end of every betting round (pre-flop, ...
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Are there any good Poker hand history databases for free out there? [duplicate]

I'm doing a project on poker AI's for my senior thesis and I was wondering if anyone knows about any hand history data openly available? By hand history database I mean game logs where everything is ...
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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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Which hand wins: 23 vs. 9J on a AAKKQ board?

Ignoring any flush possibility, who would win? Board: AAKKQ Player 1: 23 Player 2: 9J I think both players split the pot in half because they both have two pairs and Q as kicker, but people keep ...
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What if you get a straight flush on flop?

What should be your strategy once you get a straight-flush [not to a high card as A♠or K♠] after the Flop itself. Keeping in mind the cards in the Flop are sequential. Should one start ...
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Position when joining a Texas Hold'em table

Is it allowed to join a Texas Hold'em table as the Dealer, the Small Blind or the Big Blind? If it is, are there any rules to avoid players having to pay the blinds twice?
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What if a home game player is physically unable to deal? Skip or substitute?

A friend has hand tremors that make him unable to deal the cards. Otherwise he's fully able to play. How best to include him in a home game? It seems the two options are to skip his deal or have ...
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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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How to maximize expectation with pocket aces and an Aces Cracked bonus running

I was playing $3-$6 Limit live Texas Hold'em and there was a $200 Aces Cracked bonus running - meaning if you have pocket Aces and lose, you get $200. The house rake is pretty steep - $3 per hand + ...
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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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What are the overall odds of winning a heads up, texas hold em hand?

I was wondering if anyone has the odds of a heads up hold em hand. I've done some searching and haven't exactly found the answer. I did try adding up the odds of winning for all 169 possible ...
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Difference in strategies with stakes?

What difference in strategies should occur as the stakes change. For example in a tournament(888.com| 24x7 Freerolls) , I have noticed that I have decent rank in the initial stage when the stakes are ...
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About Holdem Manager graphs

When I go to Opponents tab -> Summaries in down right corner I have Group Profile and have option to choose to look different states bar graphs, for example for VP$IP I have these: ...
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Tricky Tournament Bubble Situation

How (and why) do you play this hand as big stack on the bubble of a short-handed SNG? All players are reasonably skilled. BB has played pretty tight in the previous ~100 hands this tournament, and in ...
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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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What are the odds of getting the same four-of-a-kind twice in a row?

Several years ago, I was playing Limit Hold'Em at the Palms. I had pocket sixes, and ended up turning those into quads. Then, the very next hand -- from a different, auto-shuffled deck -- I got pocket ...
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Do you have favourite hole cards - and do these change over time

Bad as they are, I used to like playing Q8 off/on suit and more recently A & a low number card (say 9 or less) on suit. I know these cards are pretty raggy, but do any of you often find yourselves ...
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Player with 3 cards in Texas Hold'em. Now what?

We had a situation pre-flop where the UTG+3, when at his position to act, as he went to look to his cards, there were 3 cards total. At this point, the UTG had already raised, and the UTG+1 went all ...
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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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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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Heads Up NL Holdem: Best strategy against all in every hand

Assume you are playing a NL Holdem tournament heads up. What is the best strategy against these all-in scenarios, and what is the expected win percentage when implementing the best strategy against ...
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is there an open source algorithm for a fixed limit holdem

I'm looking for an AI algorithm in any programming language for studying. The simple - the better. I've read that Polaris is the best implementation for a fixed limit holdem so far. I'm looking for ...
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Most common freerolling situations in holdem?

Player1 K♣T♣ Player2 K♥T♥ Board is A♣ Q♦ J♥ 4♣ This one is most common, what are the few others(most common)?
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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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Why does 555 beat QQQ in this Doyle vs Elezra hand?

I am confused about this video: Doyle Brunson vs Eli Elezra Why does 555 beat QQQ? Or I am missing something?
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Interactive texas holdem learning

Could you advise a site to learn Texas Hold'em, interactively?