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How to identify low sets against top pair top kicker? (Online Poker)

When I get busted it is because I did not identify that my opponent held a set and I thought my top pair with top kicker is best. I often run in situations where I held something like ...
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What happens if the card wasn't burned?

I understand the purpose of burning the cards - so that one cannot possibly use any marks to see the next card in deck. But in home games, sometimes the dealer will forget to burn a card on the flop, ...
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How to behave in crowded pots

I noticed that in small stakes tournments and freerolls, the early stages of pots are very crowded. What is the best strategy in this kind of situation? Limp in the hope to flop somthing? or what?
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NL200: Many possible lines to showdown in this 3-bet pot

Villain is a semi-loose regular for 6 max. He's solid enough, but generally straight-forward OOP. 27/16/2.5 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~180 hands. $2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players SB: $180 BB: $211 UTG: ...
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What I did was right?

I'm a newbie in Poker and so I would like you to judge the rightness of my actions on the following hand: Yesterday I was playing NL Hold'em and my cards were a premium hand, K♣ K♦. We were playing ...
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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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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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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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Main differences between Limit and No Limit Hold'em

I have some No Limit experience, but this hasn't stopped me from getting fleeced at Limit games, which I started playing out of curiosity. What are the strategic adjustments that must be made to move ...
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Storing Bankroll On Poker Site(s)

Is it a good idea to store your money and winnings on a poker site? I was watching a little documentary about the Poker Black Friday thing in the US and somebody had quite a lot of money within their ...
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Did I play this correctly? $1-2 NL Holdem

I'm in the Big Blind with about $180. I get 44's. 5 limpers. I raise to $13, 2 callers (UTG+3 & the Button). Flop comes [A,K,4] I raise $25. Both call. Turn is a K. I raise $35. Both call ...
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Texas Hold'em: Heads up pre-flop probabilities

Has anyone calculated the probabilities of winning/losing heads up matchups of all combinations of two players preflop hands in Texas Hold'em, and if so, can they provide a reference? I could write ...
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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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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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Is it bad etiqutte for the whole table to agree to let someone blind out?

There is probably no wrong or right answer to this just wondered what the general opinion is. To set the scene. I was just playing in a tourney where we got down to the final 6 and 5 paid. The chip ...
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Doubt in expected value calculation of Bill Chen book

I am studing The mathematics of poker of Bill Chen, and I am at the chapter of pot odds and implied odds. I have this doubt: Everyone who have a little background on probability knows that the ...
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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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How to play online horse tournament when you lack knowledge in one of the games?

I really like play h.o.r.s.e and I am pretty good at it. my problem is that I am a mediocre player at stud. In all the other games I am pretty good (I think I am above average in Holdem, Stud hi/low ...
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How to count the power of cards in hand?

I don't want to get the results, but to calculate them by myself. I am a C++ programmer and I want to make for fun a program to calculate the power of cards held in hand (described as "odds"?). It's ...
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WSOP 2011: -1% badge - what it is for?

Can you please explain what does this -1% badge some WSOP players wear do? Thanks
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NL200: Difficult River Situation; Whether To Bluff Or Not?

Villain is a TAGgy regular. 24/17/2.1 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~270 hands. $2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players SB: $161 BB: $218 UTG: $63 MP: $157 Hero (CO): $290 BTN: $245 Pre Flop: Hero on CO has ...
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How can I use a player's decision to check blindly on the flop as a tell?

I was recently at a table with a player who often yelled "check blind!" before the flop was dealt when he was to be first to act after the flop, and he had called a pre-flop raiser. I'm guessing ...
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Quantifying the amount of luck required to win a tournament

If we disregard deals, players accidentally mucking winning hands, and time-limited tournaments, in order to win a poker tournament, you must win the very last hand of the tournament. In order to win ...
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Play in position against BB preflop raiser

I'm on the button, with AJ unsuited. Blinds 3000/6000. Folded to me, I raise the pot, BB calls. My stack before the start of the hand is around the 110000 mark, slightly lower than the caller. Flop ...
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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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What are the most important things to consider when choosing a poker coach?

To me there seems a lot of noise coming from the poker community about coaching best practices. Particularly about what makes a coach valuable to someone. How is this value judged? Is getting a coach ...
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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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Basic Strategy for Pokerstars ZOOM?

Edit: With moderator's comment in mind, I'd like to rephrase the question. What would be some of the basic strategy adjustments and exploitable quirks you would focus on when playing ZOOM? ...
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Bank Roll Management @ Multiple Tables

I'm curious, how do the basic rules of bankroll management apply to multi-table play? For example, I'm about to join a new poker site where I will be play 5cent/10cent NLH. Because I know the players ...
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What do you do when you get junk in draw poker?

In draw poker, you swap cards with the deck in order to build your hand. Now obviously, if you've got a pair or the beginnings of a flush, you'll keep those cards. Speaking as a complete poker novice, ...
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What % of tournament winners do it without going all in

Are there any stats I could mine for this (and other) information? I want to get an idea of how much winners go all in, compared with for example me.
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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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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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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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NL600: River Decision IP vs TAG 3 Barrel

Opponent is a TAG. 23/19/2.8 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~600 hands. He's opening ~23% from MP. I've been playing slightly tighter, around 20/15/1.7 which given our table dynamics, I believe I looked less ...
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How to choose new dealer when some new players have joined and some previous players have left the table?

Suppose these are the players on a table on which a game has just finished. A1 B2 C3 D4 [E5] F6 [E5] was the dealer. But now [D4] [E5] [F6] left, and [G7] [H8] joined. A1 B2 C3 __ [__] __ {G7} ...
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What happens when you break the “No talk rule”?

I just read the Is trash talking legal in WSOP? question and answer and it made me wonder, what kind of punishment would you get for breaking the no talk rule? Also, I wonder, do casinos have similar ...
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Considering Weighted Ranges

When reading about range analysis in books and looking at range analysis tools online it always seems that the ranges are not weighted, is there some reason for this? What I mean here is that say ...
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What is the best strategy once you are chip leader in a tournament?

I am talking about tournaments(MTT) with about 30-40 players.What should be the strategy: Go loose: Force other players to either go all in or fold, if you have slightly good cards Go tight: Let ...
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Simple final table tournament play including push/fold

I've had a look at this table here as a guide of what to do heads up, and made a rough approximation of how to play various hands based on stack sizes, such that I can remember them and don't have to ...
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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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Online Poker League

I have played in a live poker league, which hosts a game each week, and players accumulate points based on their positions in the tournament. The top 10 at the end of the month from each venue ...
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Who has the higher hand: 44 vs. A2 on a JJKK2 board?

I played with my friends yesterday and run into the following situation: player 1: 4 4 player 2: A 2 table: J J K K 2 Both players have two pairs: J J K K. However, player 1 have one pair in ...
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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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Possible cheating in Online Poker (by the dealer)

It sure seems at times that the hands are dealt specifically to enhance betting. I am wondering if any of these sites might try to set up hands. For tournament play it wouldn't seem to be an advantage ...
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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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Which requires more skill, cash game or tournament poker?

Cash games and multi-table tournaments require different styles of play. But which one requires more skill to be good at?
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What is an open limp?

What is the difference between limping and an open limp? I know that when you just pay the bigblind on preflop it's called limping. But what is an open limp?
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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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Determining the proper play on the turn

This hand came up in a local WPT event (not the main event for the series) that had a $340 buyin. Everyone started the tournament with $15K in chips and the structure was good with 40 minute blinds. ...

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