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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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Most important tells

I would like to start to play poker at casino near my home. I usually play on line. I would like to know which are, in your opinion, the most important tells to take care at brick and mortar poker.
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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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Why is Texas Hold'em Poker so popular in worldwide not just US?

Texas Hold'em Poker is popular in almost all countries. Is there any technical reason for this? Is it because Texas Holdem is better than other poker games? For example, there is a poker variation ...
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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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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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Is trash talking legal in WSOP?

In 2012 wsop rules pdf file, I couldn't find any information about trash talking. Is it legal or illegal in world series of poker? From 2006, I find a video called Jamie Gold talking with trash talk ...
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What is the meaning of “D” near with players name?

I have been watching these WSOP 2012 videos. Sometimes there is a D letter near the player's name. What does that mean? Look at the right side of the Robbin's name.
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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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Name of five card Texas Hold'em game?

I got shown this game during a break at a recent local tournament I was in that is just like Texas Hold'em except one is dealt five cards, not two. Then at the end of every betting round (pre-flop, ...
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Position when joining a Texas Hold'em table

Is it allowed to join a Texas Hold'em table as the Dealer, the Small Blind or the Big Blind? If it is, are there any rules to avoid players having to pay the blinds twice?
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How to best teach poker to a novice in 1 month?

Note: I am interested in playing NLHE. Short version: I live near a large casino. I would like to eventually get good enough to play there and consistently win money. However, the lowest stake table ...
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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 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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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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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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Is This a Bet or a Raise?

Assuming more than 3 players at the table in no limit game. SB and BB just places blinds. Next to act is UTG1. Which of the following options is terminologically correct? Call, Bet, Allin, Fold ...
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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 is the odd of hitting flush when you have nothing

What is the odd of filling 4 suited cards by river to make a flush? This would be starting from the "flop" in hold 'em, and starting from the fourth card, all of which are suited, in seven card stud. ...
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701 views

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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117 views

Teach poker in a home game

I am a huge poker fan. I played on the Internet for a long time, before my free time completely ran out, however my love for poker didn't and I still enjoy playing the game, and I feel that the best ...
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111 views

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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Have people been playing “40% strategies” in tournaments in the current century?

A so-called "40% strategy" is one that is theoretically unsound "heads up" because it is less than even money, but that can work very well if it hits. An example is going "all in" heads up, on the ...
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422 views

The groups of Sklansky starting hands

Which criterion did Sklansky use when dividing starting hands in groups? Computer generated starting hands seems to show a subjective grouping by Sklansky, doesn't it?
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295 views

Check Raise vs Donk Bet

I am confused. What is the EV difference between a donk bet and a check raise? In which cases is it better to be donk betting and in which cases is it better to check raise?
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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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What is the maximal pot bet if one of the players has less chips than minimum raise

Assuming 3 players in a pot limit game. Dealer has 1000$ in chips SB has 1000$ in chips BB has 100$ in chips blinds are 100/200 SB puts 100, BB is all in with 100 (instead of 200). if Dealer ...
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195 views

Are there times when your bets are more important than your cards at poker?

I heard about some players will bet without considering the cards they hold in poker. Can this be true? That is, can they soundly bet against their opponents' cards if they sense weakness and still ...
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Inactive player problem: Where should the money be distributed in this situation?

Immagine the situation: Texas Holdem, No Limit. 5 players at the table. At some point in the betting, Player 3 makes a raise and suddenly leaves the table. So, betting may looks like this: Player 1 ...
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2answers
153 views

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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110 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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342 views

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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323 views

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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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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101 views

Does a poker party always end with one player winning all the chips? [closed]

I've seen some guys playing Texas Hold 'em and each time it ends with one of them taking all the chips on the table. Does it always work that way, or are there some limits?
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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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729 views

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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642 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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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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1answer
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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Do I need to change my tactics playing pocket rockets (AA) to maximize their potential? [closed]

When playing AA to maximize the potential return, I tend to bet a lot pre flop but that often leads to just stealing the blinds. Given this fact, should I limp and reraise if I can, given that I've ...
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124 views

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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73 views

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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1answer
92 views

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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123 views

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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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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160 views

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 ...
5
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2answers
1k views

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 ...
2
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2answers
82 views

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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136 views

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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