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In live play, why do poker players wait their turn before looking at their cards?

This can be seen in virtually any televised poker game: only when it's their turn do the players look at their cards. Why don't they look at them immediately after the dealer gave them ? Yes, you ...
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Are there well documented cases of winning tournament by someone who wasn't looking at his own cards?

I read long ago about one case, but I'm not sure if it was true. I can certainly imagine that kind of feat, by exploiting the fact that it is not so important what cards you have, as it is what others ...
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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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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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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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What's the optimum time to enter a tournament with late registration?

Lately there's been a significant growth in the number of tournaments that stay open for late registration. It's a good thing in that it allows a far greater number of entrants, and you don't have ...
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In Wsop, paying taxes depend on what?

When I'm looking for WSOP 2012 results payout structure, why some players paid taxes and some of them doesn't? Is their goverment getting this money from them? Is it about being illegal in their ...
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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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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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How good are the best poker bots?

What stakes are the best computer programmed bots currently capable of winning at? And is it considered cheating and is there ways to detect them? Bots will only get better, is this a problem for ...
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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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What is the proper betting procedure with 7 players after the first three players go all in before preflop?

Blinds are 300/600 in this game. Texas Hold'em No Limit., Seven players Player "A" first to bet goes all-in with a 600 + 150 raise for a total of 750. Player "B" second to play goes ...
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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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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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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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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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Trying to express NL betting rules formally, did I miss anything?

I'm writing a poker app and need to implement the betting logic for the no-limit games. The basic rules behind min-raise/reopen have been discussed here before and I'm trying to express them (semi-) ...
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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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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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NL100: 2-Pair In 4-Way Pot Facing OOP Lead @ Wet Flop

Villain is 21/14/1.5 AF over ~ 105 hands. It seems as though he understands position. He has mostly been quite passive postflop not making overly aggressive moves or traps. I haven't got a lot of ...
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How do you play at a table where everybody always goes all in?

Playing online texas hold em, sometimes I sit at a table where it seems like almost every hand, everyone goes all in right from the beginning. If I don't have that kind of risk appetite, how should I ...
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How do you determine a good online table to sit at?

How do you make a decision to play at any particular table online? The tables list stats like hands per hour, average pot, etc. Are those factors useful in determining which table to sit at?
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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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Is online poker still a profitable way to make money in 2014?

I knew back in the year 2005 to 2008 time-frame, online poker with mid stakes are profitable to play. I was wondering if one can still make money profitably by playing online poker game? The reason I ...
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The more advice I read - the worse I play. What am I doing wrong?

I have been playing online Texas Holdem for years. At first I was getting better all the time. Not good enough to make a living or anything but steadily accumulating money on the low stakes "penny" ...
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Pot odds with low chip stack

The concept of pot odds assumes that if you make a bet with favorable pot odds many times, you will win more than you lose in the long run. Does this logic apply in tournaments when your chip stack ...
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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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Moving from online to live games

What are the most important considerations in moving from online to live games? I usually play low stakes SNG with somewhere between 10-50 participants and want to try playing live tournaments with a ...
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Folding AA after the flop?

Hero in BB hits AA before the flop. BB is $600, there are 3 or 4 callers (I'm old and can never recall all the details), and hero doesn't like to see his AA busted by a runner-runner so he raises ...
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AKo all in v 57o?

BB is 6,000. 2 callers. I go all in (36,000) on the button with AKo. Also included in the bet are about 30,000 in bounty chips which can't be used till the final table. I'm fairly sure that was the ...
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Player very low on chips, can't pay Ante+BB. What happens?

Let's say three players, NLHE. Ante/SB/BB = 100/1000/2000. Player 1 (BB): 50 chips left Player 2 (Button): 10,000 chips Player 3 (SB) : 10,000 chips 100 chips Ante to be paid by everyone - but ...
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Do two or more players colluding against honest players gain on average more money, or not?

Lets say we have two or more players that collude together playing online poker against honest players. They have an obvious advantage of knowing about more cards that are in the play than they ...
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What was the fifth card of the dead man's hand?

What was the fifth card of the dead man's hand? Was there any proven information about fifth card of dead man's hand?
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What's a good strategy for playing overpairs post flop?

Here's the situation. Hero has pocket kings, raises before the flop and 1-2 people call. Flop comes up something like Q 10 7. How would you guys play this? And is it significantly different if your ...
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Raising after an all in

In this situation, the blinds are 200/400 in a No Limit tournament. First to act raises to 1600, next player calls, small blind folds, and big blind goes all-in with only 1800. Can the first player ...
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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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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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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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Talking during a hand

I am a newbie and would like clarification on something if that is possible. It relates to a "house SNG". There were 3 players left and since the first 2 would get paid, it meant we were on the ...
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NL600: River Decision OOP vs Thinking Regular At Very Wet Board

Opponent is a good, thinking semi-loose regular, capable of almost all the things you'd imagine. 28/21/2.5 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~1200 hands. This is early in this particular session although we've ...
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Tough decision on the turn

The tournament has 30 minute blind levels, everyone began with 10K in chips, and the play is 10 handed. At this point the blinds are 200/400 with a 50 Ante. Hero starts the hand with 7825 in chips ...
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What is the purpose of blinds?

I understand the purpose of an ante: it stops people from constantly folding until they get perfect cards. But what's the point of having different players bet different forced bet amounts? It just ...
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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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Is shoving all in with a weaker player the best strategy?

I'm heads up on the final of a tournament. I have around 1200 chips and my opponent around 4800, blinds 25/50. I'm on the small blind with A♥8♥, I go all-in since I've seen him make loose calls and ...
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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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Whats this “OFC” game that I keep seeing poker players talking about?

What is this "OFC" game that I keep seeing poker players talking about?
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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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Are There Good Points-Based Ways To Handicap Home Poker Tournaments?

Currently I am keeping points for my home tourney by assigning the following points: 1 point for play 1 point for each player knocked out before you 1 point for cashing 1 point for heads up 1 point ...
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Do previous bets count towards All-In raises?

Let's say 3 players are playing poker. Player A has $11, B has $10, C has $9 Player A opens by betting $3, leaving A with $8 Player B re-raises A "All-In" and C calls, going "All-In" as well. Player A ...
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NL100: Can I Call This River Shove?

Notes: Villain seemed timid, so I decided to play aggro vs him early on, expecting him to fight back with a weak range eventaully. I 3B him twice the 2 previous orbits, this was third time. He regular ...

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