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1/2 NL: Call this villain's all-in with top pair, ace kicker?

Game is $1/$2 NL Hold'em at the Venetian Hero (~$200) - Been playing TAG for the first couple hours and went up about $100. Then switched to loose play since I've been wanting to improve that skill ...
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What is the protocol for dealing the “draws” in “draw poker”?

In draw poker, you will initially deal out, say eight hands of five cards each (40 in total), leaving 12 "unseen" cards. Some players will fold, others will choose to draw. In "The Education of a ...
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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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Why Prahlad Friedman's hand called dead againist Ted Bort on WSOP 2010?

First of all, watch this video; WSOP ME Controversial Hand - Friedman vs Bort (2010) I really don't understand why Friedman's hand called dead. He said "call" in his last second exactly but the ...
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Name for limpers that call a pre-flop raise?

I've been watching some videos over at pokerstars.tv and the commentators have a name for limpers that call a later pre-flop raise. I think it was the name of the first (american?) tournament player ...
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665 views

Short stack play - best way to deal with it?

Short stack play - the extreme measures/adaptive game-plan a short-stacked player will undertake to stay in the game. The characteristics of this effect/game-plan tends to include higher levels ...
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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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115 views

Best playing style for MTT's

When I read the question Quantifying the amount of luck required to win a tournament and the answer to that question I started thinking about different playing styles. Could this method of calculating ...
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Adjusting strategy for MTT

I've been playing low stakes SNG's (10-50 participants) for a while and learned to beat the game to such a degree that I can play profitably. However, when I attempt playing in MTTs I rarely make it ...
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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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Should you use average value or marginal value when deciding which hands to play?

This example comes from Sklansky: Suppose you are in a very loose wild limit game, where seven players (other than yourself) call for the maximum four bets on every hand. Sklansky then asserts that ...
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Is it possible to make profit from Online games? How? [closed]

Is it realistic to think that I can put time on online casinos, invest my money on poker and be always the winner and have profits? In case, your answer is yes, please tell me how? Is there any books ...
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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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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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Short stack strategy

In Bodgan's answer to Is it advantageous to buy into a NL cash game at the maximum amount? I read: There is even a known, mechanical strategy, called short stack strategy, designed to play if you ...
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Is it advantageous to buy into a NL cash game at the maximum amount?

Is there an inherent advantage/disadvantage to having a larger stack than your opponent in a cash game? I know it can affect tournament play. I would think if you expect to have a skill advantage over ...
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Quantifying the amount of skill required to win a tournament

I was thinking about this topic: Quantifying the amount of luck required to win a tournament And I wondered if there is a way to quantify the relation between skill and final place. It's seems hard ...
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Heads Up NL Holdem: Best strategy against all in every hand

Assume you are playing a NL Holdem tournament heads up. What is the best strategy against these all-in scenarios, and what is the expected win percentage when implementing the best strategy against ...
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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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79 views

Difference in strategies with stakes?

What difference in strategies should occur as the stakes change. For example in a tournament(888.com| 24x7 Freerolls) , I have noticed that I have decent rank in the initial stage when the stakes are ...
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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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876 views

Easy to remember push/fold/callpush table/formula

I've tried to generate a push fold table that's easy to remember in my head. This is what I've got so far: Take the highest card: A = 10 K = 8 Q = 7 J = 6 T = 5 9-2 = Face value / 2 Add the ...
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Strategy Against Aggressive, Maniacal Player

I have just lost 5 buyins against a very lucky aggro monkey (87/65/33). 3 All-In's starting very much a favourite and lost, and a plethora of coolers left me completely tilted. I don't want this to ...
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Start playing NL Hold'em or Limit Hold'em?

I am a novice who is beginning to take poker seriously and invest a fair amount of time into improving. Limit holdem seems to be a less complicated game than holdem and seems like it may be easier to ...
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What is the D on table and the terms defining players?

Please tell me what is The coin like thing on table [playing online]with written D on it?It keeps on circulating, after every pot it is passed beside next player. Also tell me if the terms like ...
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What if you get a straight flush on flop?

What should be your strategy once you get a straight-flush [not to a high card as A♠or K♠] after the Flop itself. Keeping in mind the cards in the Flop are sequential. Should one start ...
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Definition of “lead”

According to Wikipedia lead is defined as The player who makes the last bet or raise in a round of betting is said to have the lead at the start of the next round. Can also be used as a verb ...
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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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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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Equity calculation at brick and mortar poker

Pokerstove is very usefull tool for online players, but when you play live you simply can't use it. Does exist (even aproximate) an algorithm in order to estimate your equity against the range of your ...
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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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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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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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Poker etymological dictionary

Is there a Poker etymological dictionary out there that explains the origin/history of the poker terms? There are many terms in Poker with meanings that are not immediately obvious and it'd be nice to ...
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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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Are there any 5-card-draw games with the joker online?

I used to play a lot of this in gardena before holdem became popular. I did find some draw without the joker at poker stars a few years ago, but there were very few games. Is there any 5-card-draw ...
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Pocket pair starting hands vs. probability of opponent having a pocket pair

According to Wikipedia, the probability of being dealt any pocket pair as the starting hand is ~6% (78/1326=0.0588), but yet the probability of facing another player holding a larger pair when holding ...
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441 views

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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Straight w/ 4 board cards: Reacting to a Nit

I am interested in thoughts about what Hero should do at this point, but I am even more interested in thoughts about alternate lines to lead to a better outcome. The villain (BTN) in this hand plays ...
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Position/order of dealing post pre-flop

During pre-flop I understand that one has position over others who are seated in an earlier position than him; and one is out of position to players seated at a later position than himself, but this ...
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Is Colin Moshmans Book Still A Relevant Micro SNG Reference

I am looking for a book specifically about micro SnG games. Everywhere I look people are saying that I must get Colin Moshmans book SnG strategy but this book was written in 2008. Given that poker is ...
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How do you calculate side-pots when all-in on ante? [duplicate]

Could you please help me, i would like to know how to calculate main and side pots in tournament, when stacks of players less then ante + one/all of this players on sb/bb. For example: Blinds ...
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Converting Backdoor Draws Into Equity

During a session, most of the flops you play, you miss. Most of the times that you connect with the flop it's a weak connection, often with "backdoor" outs, i.e. Having to hit multiple cards, over ...
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Number positions in Poker table

When reading online, sometimes I find people talking of positions with numbers. I know UTG, BB, SB... But what about numbers? What would be position 1? And position 2 starts counting to the right or ...
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562 views

Site with beatable PLO rake?

I've just started getting into PLO but have quickly realized the low-stakes games are next to unbeatable because of rake. Apparently paying 2buyins/1k hands in rake is not uncommon. An example of a ...
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Rivering a full house

Context: Cash game (0.50$ / 1$), live. 6-max, but one player was sitting out at the time. SB: 90$ (fairly straightforward player) BB: 250$ (loose canon, bluffs too much) UTG: 100$ (loose canon, ...
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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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Why is the term “action only” called “action only”?

This is the definition of action only from Pokernews.com: In many card rooms, with respect to an all-in bet, only a full bet is considered a legitimate wager, in terms of whether this constitutes ...
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Mathematical Derivation of the Chen Formula

I was wondering if anyone knew how the Chen formula was mathematically derived and moreover what it is exactly that it is calculating? I always find it very strange that it gives +2 for suited hands ...
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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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