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Small Pairs on early and middle positions

I'm still uncertain about best way to play small pairs on early or middle positions. 22, 33, etc. even up to 99. Straight and Flush possibility are low, and even if you catch one of these - someone ...
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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 Can I Tell If My Opponent Is Aware Of My Image/Range?

I was wondering what information is most relevant to finding out how aware my opponents are of my image and my range in certain scenarios. For example, say I have a loose-passive player on my right, ...
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(Simple?) 3-bet Scenario

This is a copy of a question from a (relatively) well known strategy thread authored by Phil Galfond. I thought it would make for interesting answers considering the format of SE. From watching ...
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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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1answer
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NL100: Overpair vs Loose Passive @ Wet Flop. Is The Prior Action Relevant?

Villain is 53/11/3.6 Post-Flop AF; 3% PF3b; over ~60 hands. I saw villain call a few one-barrel cbets with bottom pair/underpairs at wet flops and make it to showdown passively. Also, I saw this ...
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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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1answer
493 views

How to improve betting skills without losing too much money in the process

I've been playing poker for a while, and against casual players, I'm fairly good. When I mean casual players, I mean co-workers (even those that are "serious" about poker), random poker parties, ...
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191 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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Poker Academy Pro or an alternative

Several years back I trained with a copy of Poker Academy Pro. I played tens of thousands of hands and did a lot to improve my game. I changed computers to an iMac some time ago and never ...
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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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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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1answer
141 views

NL200 Zoom: Top 2-Pair Deepstacked @ Wet Board

Villain is 29/21/1.6AF; 6% 3bet; Fold to 3Bet 13%(1/9); Steal from BTN 67%(10/15), 41% overall steal (16/39); over ~160 hands. I believe he's positionally aware and aggressive. I think he's at least ...
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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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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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Texas Hold'em and pocket ace

What are the overall chances that a single pocket ace in texas hold'em will be the winning hand, regardless of the other card?
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Starting a Friendly Poker Ring

Not sure if this is applicable to the decorum of Poker.SE but here goes: What is a reasonable way of getting a regular ring together? I have a group of 6-8 friends at work who are fairly interested ...
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2answers
234 views

Poker Tools : Recording Hands / Outcomes

Not really looking for a bank manager as I've already looked at: Tools for Managing Bankroll, Income and Losses and it's not what I'm looking for. I want to know if you guys have any tools that ...
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11answers
13k views

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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4answers
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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
95 views

Is Manipulating Your Own Table Image Beneficial?

There really are only two perspectives here to think about: Online and Live. In both scenarios you can alter what someone perceives about your playing style at any moment, but by how much? and how ...
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940 views

Is There Any Standard Rule of Buy-in Chips?

I just want to know if there is any standard rule of min and max buying chips? What I have noticed in Zynga poker is that the max buy-in chip is 200x of the big-blind. Meaning, for 5-10 blinds it is ...
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3answers
143 views

Can A Qualifying Low Hand Also Win The High Hand Pot?

For example, I was playing with a group of friends and one of the guys ended up with A-2-4-5-7 suited. He did win the low, but since it was also a flush he won both high and low pots. So my question ...
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3answers
378 views

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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2answers
389 views

Best way to play poker online for playchips

I got hooked to holdem poker on fulltiltpoker.com a few years back. They were shutdown for some financial irregularities. Since then I've been playing on facebook with zynga poker but it's not that ...
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2answers
296 views

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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Thoughts on Chen's formula

These days I came across this post describing the Chen's formula. The Chen formula is a system for scoring different starting hands in Texas Hold'em. It was created by Bill Chen for use in the ...
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2answers
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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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412 views

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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Are seat re-assignments random in multi-table tournaments?

During multi-table tournaments, players are re-assigned to other tables in order to keep minimum number of tables and to have them as balanced as possible. Are there any rules as to which table to ...
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1answer
2k views

Readless Preflop Strategy for Pokerstars HU Hyperturbo SNGs?

I ran into several materials about hyperturbo heads-up SNGs from different sources, and their preflop ranges readless are really different. Some reccomend open raising 90-100% hands, others limping ...
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5answers
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What software to use when playing online?

I want to use some software for online play that would help with better information about my opponents. I think I saw over the years some screenshots with such software, but I don't know their name. ...
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359 views

What mnemonic rules are helpful in poker calculations?

Given that precise EV calculations require one to operate with rather uncomfortable numbers, approximations are used along with simplified models. For instance, the rule of 4 and 2 allows you to ...
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3answers
186 views

NL400: Big Slick IP vs C-Bet In 3-Bet Pot

Opponent relatively unknown, only ~35 hands. They're playing VPIP:51 / PFR:31 / 3bet:6% (1/17 opportunities). Currently he has a postflop AF of 2.7, which is above the ~2.0 average. What would you ...
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4answers
184 views

Interactive texas holdem learning

Could you advise a site to learn Texas Hold'em, interactively?
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6answers
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Why is “Let There Be Range” so expensive ? Is it worth that money?

I saw this book on the Internet today called one of the best poker books. Price is unbelievable. $947.00 I made some little search and I found this comment. Very expensive, but again, there are ...
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Micro Stakes, playing Big Aces pre-flop against multiple very loose opponents

I'm kinda new to poker online so i'm sorry if my question is kinda silly. I decided to start building my bank-roll by start playing from micro-stakes, where i'm more comfortable in having some losing ...
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Straight + Flush draw on flop, is all-in worth to play?

Effective stack 80% max buy-in. Villain (UTG) bets 3xBB, Hero (Big Blind) calls with 5d 4d. Flop 6d 7d Ac.Action: Hero checks, Villain bets 3/4 pot. Hero goes all-in. Is it all-in good move ...
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270 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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Profitability of re-buys/add-ons when allowed

If you are not familiar with the format: such tournaments are (at least) available online, mostly in form of satellites to other tournaments etc. Basically the standard satellite structure with 1 ...
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3answers
496 views

Heads up NLHE, is it harder to beat rake then full ring?

I don't play HU but tried to play one game at 10NL. I can't remember exact numbers but we both started with 10$ stack and played many hands until I took his all stack. I left table with ~14-15$. Is it ...
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1answer
300 views

Maximizing profit post-bubble

Had a few pleasant games in a particular tourney format: 9max NL normal speed/structure; NTT S-M field (~150); M-L buy-in (~$300); this runs often enough for me to have accumulated a sample of just ...
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5answers
2k views

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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3answers
146 views

Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board

One of my students was practicing at the super-low stakes online games, and he came across a hand that ended up a lot more interesting than it seemed on face value. I have my own conclusions that I'll ...
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246 views

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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1answer
718 views

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 ...
5
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2answers
345 views

Minimum number of hands required to establish a conclusion about win-rate?

What is minimum number of hands required to establish a conclusion about win-rate at particular level (10NLHE, 30NLHE, etc)? e.g. You can play 1000 hands and have a win-rate of 53bb/100 but that is ...

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