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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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How is Poker a game of skill?

First of all, I'm a newbie so excuse my stupid question but I have to know :( I notice a lot of people say this, especially those who play a lot of poker. I'm not really a poker player, but I know ...
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Burning cards in home games

Do you burn cards in home/friendly games? As far as I am concerned, it's pretty much just a complication with no merits to us. There's no risk for the cards to be marked and the stacks we play with ...
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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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Do you have any “in-hand” thinking procedures?

i'm kinda new to poker and i have problem with making too fast decisions. Do you guys have any standard "in-hand thinking procedures"? For example, when you're in hand, do you always think in the ...
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Texas Holdem poker software for LAN

Is there any free/paid multi-player (in LAN) poker software available? Please suggest a good one you know.
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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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Is it against the rules to show a hole card during play?

In our home game, players will sometimes reveal a card with two players remaining in the hand to entice the other player to call or fold. For example, with 3 clubs on the board after the river a ...
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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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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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Best way to put your poker learning into a cohesive plan?

I am a tourney player exclusively and I want to improve my poker significantly in 2015. I'm also a person that likes to put a plan/goals into place in order to measure myself against that progress. ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Does the “top 5 cards” rule apply to a flush?

Okay, so the scenario is: 7♥ 8♥ 9♥ T♥ and 3♠ on the table Alice has a 5♥ Bob has a 4♥ Who wins? Both of them have a flush to 10, right? Does the sum of the entire 5 cards count in this case?
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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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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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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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Should I have called an all-in with KK against a TAG?

The game is 1-3 NL. Hero has ~$250 as does villian. Villain is directly to the hero's right; I don't exactly recall button position but neither hero nor villain was on the button. Pre-Flop: A couple ...
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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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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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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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Optimal Win Rate Standard Deviation

I've been tracking my live sessions for some time now. After 35 sessions (about four hours a session) my win rate is 34.42 an hour. My win rate standard deviation is 157.67. This seems high to me. ...
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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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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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looking to see what card would have come

Whilst playing texas holdem, two players are left in a hand - one as the dealer, on the turn the other player bets, and the dealer folds meaning the other player has won the hand - but the dealer out ...
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Why is comparing hands based on how often they win a showdown or on their poker “hand rank” worse than worthless?

From No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice p124 In deep stack no limit, preflop hands derive most of their value from how well they extract money after the flop from your opponents. ...
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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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Equity calculation

Flop = T♥ 7♥ 6♥ Player 1 = 4♠ 3♥ Player 2 = 5♥ 2♠ Whats the equity of Player 1 on this flop ? Equity calculators give it 43.54% (18.5% for tie and ...

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