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Poker program that tells you the best-known multistrategy in limit hold'em

Following up on an article I read in the NY Times I've learned that the best limit hold'em bots are better than the best humans. My understanding is that for each game state they reach these bots must ...
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What exactly happens when chip denominations are pulled in a tournament?

Let's say you're in a tournament and they are taking away the small denominations of chips. For example, if the blinds are 10,000 / 20,000 with a 2,000 ante and you still have chips worth 100. While ...
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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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Daily profit - how much do you consider enough [NLHE NL2]

i hope this question is not too vague, i think it's rather a common problem in micros where tiny money can be made or lost in relatively little time due to loose play or absurd aggression. I am ...
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Would someone adept at Online Poker be just as good at Casino Poker?

I have gotten good enough at "fake poker" that I would like to try my hand at putting real money down on a game at a Casino (in Pittsburgh). I play Online Poker using chips that have no value. So ...
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Preflop action when you hold good pocket pair or draw

Consider you have a made hand like a pocket pair, or a good preflop draw like two suited cards, would it be good to play aggressive, even go all-in, if you have i) a low stack, ii) a medium stack, or ...
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Odds of predicting the flop (twice!!)

At a weekly pub tournament game, final table, TD is dealing for the table. Hand 1, he calls out (predicts) the flop cards, values only, not suits. eg: 9, Queen, 3 He then turns over the flop cards, ...
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How to size an opening raise in a NLHE tournament with antes?

My goal as opener is to win before the flop, get heads up, and/or win on the C-Bet after the flop. My current understanding for sizing an opening raise before the flop is 3 to 5x the BB since less ...
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Evaluating tourneys on both rake and prize pool?

I play tourneys exclusively and live in Las Vegas. I have a dedicated poker bankroll to play tourneys in the $125-$150 range without any issue. When I play higher, I usually take on investors. I'd ...
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Why did I lose with a flush in Omaha?

I was holding an ace in my hand during an Omaha game. There were four clubs on the board. Why did I lose this hand?
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Tournaments: how to determine rankings if multiple players are knocked out in the same hand?

Imagine this Scenario: We have a Sit N Go tournament with 10 people, and top 5 win money. In the very first hand, all 10 players go all in (with the same amount of chips obviously), and 1 player ...
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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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Am I obligated to show my cards if I get called and we go to showdown?

There are two players left after the river card has been delt. Player 1 bets and player 2 calls. Does player 1 HAVE to show his cards, since it's HIS turn and he got CALLED, or is he allowed to muck ...
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Should I slow play a set?

$1-2NL, I am in UTG + 1. UTG raises to $7. I have 2-2 and call the $7 (questionable call considering I am down to about $150...should I raise? fold?) Couple other callers. Flop comes Q-8-2...two ...
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MTT - flush draw vs loose big'o'stack

So i am in the money on a 0.10$+0.01$ MTT with M=5 and playing tightly waiting for a decent hand to shove. I'm UTG in this hand. I had a recent, won shove and decided to just call A⋄T⋄ ...
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What happens if the last two live players fold at the same time?

In a no-limit hold em cash game, only two players remain live in the hand. Who claims the pot if both of these players muck their cards simultaneously? There are no verbal declarations - both players ...
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Who has advantage if one player is known to have an Ace?

Suppose that in a Texas hold'em heads up both player 1 and 2 know from the beginning that player 1 has an Ace. (This cannot happen in a normal game, of course.) Who has an advantage, player 1, since ...
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Pocket Tens vs Pocket Jacks

hi so I was playing a 1/2 NLH 9 players and I had pocket 10's last one to act ! (I had about 190 or less and he had close 800 and was running good all game) UTG +2 raised to 15 and it was folded ...
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What is the maximum number of players in Texas Hold'em?

I've been told the maximum number of players at a Texas Hold'em table is 10. Why?
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Final table shuffle in MTT

Last night I was playing in a MTT at the local casino and when the tournament was down to the final table, the players were shuffled. The floor managers gave us cards to pick with the position number. ...
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Nut flush draw shove

I tried finding an answer on a few sites first, but couldn't. Just wondering about nut flush draws on the flop. Hopefully I give enough info here, but I am just wondering if the following is the ...
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Should I have bet this river? - KK vs potential flush

Playing 2NL. Hero has only seen villain in one hand where he called some large bets with top pair mid kicker and got lucky on the river. Villain has 9$ and hero has $1.90. Preflop Hero is on button ...
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Is Christmas a good day to play poker? [closed]

I have always thought the games seemed kind of tight and most of the players a little grumpy. Playing or not have a merry Christmas.
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ZOOM FR NL2 - AA on wet board

This is a hand i played on ZOOM full-ring $0.01 - $0.02 I dealt bullets A♣A⋄ and was on MP. I raised the pot 3.5 BB ($0.07), got a call from CO. Flop came wet 7♠9♥8&...
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1answer
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Get all-in on a steal by a deep stack with avg hand

I played a play money MTT on Pokerstars and was wondering about a stealing situation. I was already In The (play) Money but had a short stack, specifically 3.53 BB with an M of 2. My opponent was a ...
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Good holiday gifts for poker players?

I run a poker discussion group where we all get together and talk about hands and help each other out with our games. It's a relatively new group but it's getting a lot of success. I consistently get ...
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Must you show your cards if you are playing the board?

I was curious, if you do like a monster bluff in hold em' and your hand is literally the board, someone calls you and its time to show your cards. Do you legally have to show your cards in this case, ...
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Correct way to play Three of a Kind in the flop

I had 100 chips and As4h, I only called the bet, 12, so I would see the flop. Flopped 7hAhAc. I bet 25. My opponent called. Turned 9h, I went all in. My opponent called. Turned 2h and he made a flush ...
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What is the correct calculation to make various combinations of Hold'em hands?

For example, if I hold two different cards, what's the probability I get a pair at river? Here is my calculation: (3/50 + 3/49 + 3/48 + 3/47 + 3/46)*2 Is it correct? How does one calculate 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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Do Odds Change if Count of Players at Table Change?

I must admit I am much more of a non-Poker gambler, but this question intrigued me. The more players that are at a table, the more likely it is that a given card will be in someone's hand and not "...
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Cost Effective Ideas for Promoting a Poker Wiki?

I live in Las Vegas and I am tired of relying on message boards and directories to provide current information on Las Vegas poker rooms. So I have decided to create a non-commercial venture and create ...
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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 "All-...
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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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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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how does zynga poker works

I know some rules of normal Texas Hold'em (I am a beginner of poker), but what I don't understand is the rules of zynga poker on facebook. It's absolutely normal there, that people with worse ...
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To steal the pot, how much should I bet if first to act post-flop?

Let's say we went to the flop. Damn, no hit. I'm first to act. I decided to 'steal' the pot, by raising high enough that people fold but not too high so I don't lose too much if somebody got a ...
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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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How precise is math in the heat of battle?

In the heat of a hand I have never really thought in the kind of precision that is used in this post to answer a question about playing on the bubble. Indeed I have seen other players doing so in ...
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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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What are the measures you should useto tell how well you're doing in a tournament?

I've noticed that on pokerstars mtt's there's a chip graph with the average stack, but I'm not convinced that your stack in comparison to the mean is the best average, because there may be a few ...
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Do odds depend the the number of hands folded preflop?

In a game with 8 players where 6 fold, two players went all in pre flop, one had JJ and the other had KJ. I know JJ means that you are ahead before the cards are played and the probability of winning ...
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Number of game tree nodes in HU

Is there a formula to calculate every possible betting/checking outcome in Heads Up situations at a given depth (stack/BB)?
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Are there any good strategies for dealing with relentless bettors?

Lately I've been experiencing heavily aggressive play a lot. It seems like there is always one player who raises preflop to 3BBs or more very frequently. They then follow up with a half pot or more ...
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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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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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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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Bigger than Big Blind

I was playing in a live LV tournament. Blinds were $50 and $100. The hold cards were dealt but the player in the big blind position had yet to put in his blind. The small blind had put in $100 as he ...
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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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