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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stalling as a strategy in real life tournaments?

I've seen and read about stalling in online poker, seems a bit rampant to me. What about stalling in real life tournaments? Is there a clock a player can repeatably timeout on in real life ...
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What to do when a third suited card appears on the river

9 player cash game. Blinds 1c/2c. I am UTG with K:hearts: K:diamonds: I raise to 8c. Everyone folds to the button who calls. SB and BB fold. The pot is 19c. Flop comes 9:spades: 2:spades: K:clubs:. ...
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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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Revealing a Friend's Tells

You have a friend with whom you play regularly. You want to help each other get better, and you frequently discuss strategy, hands, etc. You've picked up on a tell of his. Do you ... Tell him about ...
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Should I have went all-in with KK on this flop?

Game is $1/$3 NL Hold'em Hero is BB with $440. Villain is UTG with about $310. Pre-Flop: Villain raises UTG to $12. 4 callers. Hero happily discovers that he has KK and raises to 110. Villain ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it correct to go all-in when you have KK?

I was playing a cash game online and I got pocket Kings. If someone else keeps raising me pre-flop, should I go all-in or should I hold back in case he has pocket Aces?
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All-in, pre-flop with AK… twice. Was that a bad decision?

I was playing against a player who was going all in almost every hand pre-flop. So after waiting until I had something that I thought could beat a random hand, I went all in with AKo. LOST to Qx. BUY ...
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Should I call all-in here with bottom set?

Game is $1/$3 NL Hold'em Hero is in a middle position with $410. Villain is in an earlier position with approx $540. Pre-Flop: A few callers, including villain. Hero sees 22 and calls $3. In total, ...
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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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Systematic all-in

This is a theoretical question, following what I have seen in some low blinds cash games. You generally cannot buy-in more than 100BB. Say at some point, you reached 10,000 BB. All you adversaries ...
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How does Lo work in Omaha Hi-Lo

I have never really understood how the lo hand works. I understand that you have to have a qualifying lo hand but what does it take to qualify? Is it the best low hand or the worst?
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How to make the most of a very good hand when you've been playing conservatively?

The other day I was playing a game where I was playing relatively conservatively, waiting for a good hand. Then I got a pair of aces, and as soon as I bet just a couple of chips, everybody ...
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Is online poker safe?

I'm sure many of you remember the story of various poker websites being seized by the FBI back in 2011 (such as Full Tilt, Pokerstars etc.) and how the assets of many American players were frozen ...
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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 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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What are the most important elements of poker to model in a Monte Carlo simulation?

A few years back, I built a MC simulation with the following parameters: Betting wasn't simulated Fixed number of players Cards were dealt, and then flop/turn/river The best hand was recorded ...
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bluffing when somebody is all-in

I was in a small buy-in NLHE tournamet when a situation happened on the last two tables. I had T⋄9⋄. I called a standard raise. The small blind went all in for about three timed my ...
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Can you call when the pot odds don't favour you?

Say you're drawing to a made hand in a $10-$20 limit hold'em game and you have N outs. On the turn, one line of thought is that you should only call if the pot odds are in your favour, i.e. if there ...
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What do you do when you are running bad

I have been running pretty bad recently, I now feel that I have started to play worse as a result. What do you think is the best way to reset yourself so you can start to play better?
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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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How many chips do you have left?

In a live poker tournament, the opponent asks how many chips I have left to. Do I have to count my chips and answer his question? Is it poker etiquette to answer the question? Is it OK to just show ...
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What's the order for showdown?

I have a few questions about the showdown moment. I wanted to know how is supposed to be the showdown order after a poker hand, for instance in hold'em, do you follow the order, like first the small ...
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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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Defending a made hand, is it good to make a high bet?

Yesterday at the cash table with 7 opponents, the following happended. I got Q♥6♥ and betted 3BB pre-flop. Three opponents called on me, the flop was 7♠Q⋄8♣. Then I ...
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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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Finding leaks in your game

Having a sufficient number of hands recorder in your HUD, how am I supposed to find leaks in my game? What are the questions I have to answer in order to check my game? Which are the values of ...
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Distribution of Badugi Hands

I'd like to know when you're dealt a badugi in Badugi, where does that hand stand in relation to another random badugi hand? i.e. both hands have four different suits and ranks. Example 1: I'm dealt ...
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Joining an offline poker league - can being new be used to my advantage?

I plan to join a poker league at a local pub. I'm told roughly 10 to 15 players are involved each week, most of them regulars. While I played in a similar poker league in the same area in the past, I ...
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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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In deep stacked NLHE cash games, in what way do the implied odds of my starting hands change vs shallow stacked games? And why?

(Note: I consider ~175+bb stacks to be deep, and 50bb or less shallow) How should the depth of effective stacks change my... Starting hand range? (Tighter/Looser) Style of play? (more ...
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What determines who finishes in a paid position after Hand-for-Hand play?

I've currently been a witness to the following scenario in a MTT: Bubble play - 26 players still in play, 24 places paid. Player A gets eliminated on table 1. Player B gets eliminated on table 2 ...
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What tournament size is best to play if completely new to on-line playing Texas hold-em?

Should I be playing large tournaments ie 600 players for a very small buy-in to get more practice or small tables of 6 - 9 player for a slightly larger buy-in?
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Proper way to dispute a dealer's actions

I was recently in a poker room where I saw some unexpected behavior from a dealer. I don't want to call the place out, but I do want to make it clear that it's not a small-time or shady operation; ...
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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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Starting hands probability

The following is a passage from Wikipedia on starting hands probability: The 1,326 starting hands can be reduced for purposes of determining the probability of starting hands for Hold 'em—since ...
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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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