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What is the“Top Five Cards” rule and how does it apply to splitting pots?

Before you answer the question I will give a scenario that confused me thus prompting this question. The other week I was playing a game and we had this scenario : 8 players - down to me and a pal ...
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How are side pots built?

While playing online, in a lot of situations side pots are built. This happens if one or more players goes all-in but I can't figure out the rules on which these side pots are built. The only thing I ...
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8answers
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Is there a comprehensive source for poker terminology?

I've been playing for years at small cash games and in casinos, but not online. Yet I'm seeing a fair amount of terminology and abbreviations I haven't seen before. While "Hero" and "Villain" are ...
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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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2answers
878 views

Tools for Managing Bankroll, Income and Losses

What professional grade tools available for managing a poker bankroll, and trending income and losses? Web, desktop, and phone applications are all welcome.
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What can I do to calculate my odds in a hand?

How do I calculate the odds of making my hand for any given game of poker?
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2answers
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Looking for the BB/M math to build good NLHE Tourney Blind Structures

I'm running a home game and I want to better design NLHE Tourney Blind Structures. So far the auto generators I've found either bias slow build up or long tourney times.
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Calculating Poker Outs

Hi this is probably going to seem like a dumb question but I don't fully understand how you calculate outs and feel I must be missing something. Say I have 2⋄ 2♣ and the flop is ...
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Four to a flush with suited hand and two community cards, opponent raises, what to do?

I had two suited hole cards in a nine-handed cash game, 50 chips entrance. The flop opened up with two more cards of the same suit, meaning I had four cards to a flush. My opponent raised six on the ...
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What are best books, programes and sites to improve Texas Hold'em (Limit and No Limit) skills? [closed]

What are best computer programes and web sites one should use to upgrade Texas Hold'em (Limit and No Limit) skills? There are thousands of books, hundreds of web pages a many programes to teach poker. ...
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Publicly available poker stats

Are there any sources of poker hands, including how they play out with betting etc... I am imagining the log files of some poker site somewhere. I am looking for complete hand histories - and ...
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7answers
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Classic Books for Texas Hold'Em

What are the classic books for learning Texas Hold'Em, off- or online? Books that every good player should, at least, know the gist of?
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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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1answer
369 views

Online play analysis software

What software would you recommend for analyzing one's game? I'm talking detailed number-crunching after the session, not online databases like sharkscope or in-game odds calculators (meh). Is there ...
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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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10answers
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Effect of number of players in the probability distribution of poker hands

We have this official rank of hands. I have a theory (which I do not know how to prove) that the number of players in a texas-hold-em table will affect the probability distribution of the hands. ...
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5answers
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What is the min-raise and min-reraise in Holdem No Limit?

When I play with friends live poker we always ask ourself what are the min-raise and min-reraise rules in Holdem No Limit?
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4answers
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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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3answers
627 views

What is a straddle bet?

I've seen this term used in various questions, but have no idea what it means, so could someone please define or explain it for me please?
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What is a proper starting bankroll?

I know that people have different metrics for different stakes. From what I read it's usually 200x the big blind of the stakes you're playing at. I'm about to start saving again to build a Proper ...
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2answers
331 views

Can a bettor concede his hand without showing it?

Let's say someone bluffs on the flop, turn, and river with "nothing", (maybe he has AK), and is called all three times, by someone who probably has a small pair. In theory, he is supposed to show his ...
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8answers
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Is it possible to play for real money online in the US?

I know that after "Black Friday" many online poker sites didn't allow U.S. Players to play for real money anymore. I've heard/seen that it's possible to play via bitcoins and/or other proxy methods. ...
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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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2answers
561 views

What tie breakers exist?

There are cases that a tie might arise in Poker. In many of those cases the ending point of the straight or the highest number in a pair wins. For example Straight to 9 beats straight to 8. Two ...
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What are Pot Odds, and how do I determine them?

I understand this is the relative value of playing vs. winning, but how do I determine the values? Am I supposed to count the pot? Does the cost of playing include hands already played, or just the ...
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2answers
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Minimum re-raise in Hold em

What is the minimum re-raise in Texas hold em? I have heard both that you need to double the previous bet and that the minimum raise is the big blind. Which is it?
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4answers
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What are some examples of good, free poker tournament software?

I'm looking for a good and free software that will help me setup a poker tournament structure. The idea is to keep simple stats about the game in a screen available for everyone to see during the ...
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7answers
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Is online poker legal or not in the United States ?

I am just starting to learn Texas holdem, and I've heard that online poker is not legal, and also that it is. Which is it?
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5answers
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Poker Rooms Comparison

I am playing at Pokerstars only. Basically there are a lot of tournaments/cash games at PS according to any taste and bankroll. I am thinking of creating an account in some other poker rooms. So ...
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1answer
299 views

What topical resources do you often use to learn more about poker?

To get information that's usually considered cutting edge, it's often good to discuss topics more candidly with experts forging new thoughts on well established theories. Books of course mostly deal ...
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3answers
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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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3answers
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What is a 'wet board'?

What is a 'Wet board'? First time I saw it was on this SE thread and it's not in the terminology thread either.
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4answers
272 views

How can I keep my skills sharp without online real-money poker?

As a player residing in the United States, what is the best way to keep my poker skills sharp without access to real-money online play at sites like PokerStars or FullTilt? What if I live in a state ...
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2answers
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Hold'em hand history with hero

I'm looking for a significant number of hold'em hands with hero as I'm doing some specific statistical analyses and having hole cards only when they are shown at showdown creates some significant bias ...
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2answers
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Forums with lot of hand history analysis by other players

Can you give me some links please to forums with lot of hands history analized by other players, like this one: link I've come across several forums with same purpose but there seems to be too small ...
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2answers
265 views

What are best books for newbie, medium and advanced level players in order to learn no limit Texas Hold'em?

There are too much books about no limit Texas Hold'em. One can not read them all. There are some good books in this question. I would like to know more specific about which of them are good for ...
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11answers
907 views

How do you recognize when you are playing “on tilt”?

Whether it's from a series of bad beats or comments made at the table, sometimes we start playing on tilt, and let our emotions get the best of us. This leads to sloppy play, poor decisions, and ...
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4answers
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Is it advantageous to buy into a NL cash game at the maximum amount?

Is there an inherent advantage/disadvantage to having a larger stack than your opponent in a cash game? I know it can affect tournament play. I would think if you expect to have a skill advantage over ...
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1answer
554 views

How big an edge can you have on a tournament field ? ROI vs edge question

The situation: You are playing a deep stack tournament with 300BB starting stack. Let's suppose you have exactly 300% ROI in this field, in this specific tournament. UTG goes all-in on the first hand, ...
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When to fold AA pre-flop?

Let's simplify the situation: you have pocket aces (AA) cash game all players but one have folded (heads-up) the remaining player goes all-in. we are pre-flop Is there a situation where folding ...
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2answers
411 views

Implied odds meaning and usage

What is exactly implied odds, and how to calculate it correctly, in which situations should someone use this tool, and in which situations should someone avoid it? Thanks.
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9answers
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What to do if we suspect online poker server is cheating

This question applies to both free to play or paid servers. It is very much possible that the online poker host can cheat by playing intelligent bots. I suspect Zynga Poker is all time big cheater. ...
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1answer
383 views

Why did I lose this hand?

I was playing hold 'em and there was a show down. The board was: K:diamonds: 2:diamonds: J:diamonds: 8:diamonds: 6:diamonds: My opponent had: 9:diamonds: T:diamonds: and I had: 7:spades: ...
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2answers
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How do you determine which player needs to show their cards first?

When all the cards are out and betting is done, which player is required to show their cards first? Does it vary based on whether or not there was betting in the final round? Is there a standard ...
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1answer
219 views

Are Poker Books Trust Worthy?

I have recently began reading Dan Harrington's Book on Tournament Texas Hold'em Volume 1. Dan wrote this book, while still participating in professional poker, and won the WPT in 2005, the same year ...
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2answers
2k views

Quantifying the amount of luck required to win a tournament

If we disregard deals, players accidentally mucking winning hands, and time-limited tournaments, in order to win a poker tournament, you must win the very last hand of the tournament. In order to win ...
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1answer
151 views

Raising and multiple All-Ins

After reading the following links about raising after an all-in in NLHE, there was still a scenario I wasn't sure about when multiple all-ins occur. Links: ...
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3answers
1k views

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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5answers
4k views

What are recommended computer programs for learning No Limit Texas Hold'em?

Are there a good computer programs one could use for learning No Limit Texas Hold'em? Many responses say that best way is to play with real oponents but I would like to learn without losing any money ...
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2answers
255 views

Is a semi-unlimited stack a significant advantage?

I've been playing in a "home" game (NLHE $1/$3 with a min/max buy-in of $60/$300) from time to time and I've noticed that one player has taken it upon himself to be the banker. He doesn't buy-in per ...

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