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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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Complex split pot semantics for multiple All-In winners with differing amounts

I'm writing a Poker Server piece of software and well, I want it to be accurate... Basically I want to know what the correct way to deal with this following situation is: [ second round of betting. ...
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Should I call 3 bet when having two pair?

I have recently played following hand: iPoker - £0.02 NL - Holdem - 6 players BTN: 132 BB (VPIP: 22.60, PFR: 16.95, 3Bet Preflop: 7.81, Hands: 358) Hero (SB): 109.5 BB BB: 129 BB (VPIP: 48.28, ...
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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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How does one combat “casual” gameplay habits in “professional” games?

I have been away from home for some time and have not been able to attend my weekly or bi-weekly poker cash rings at the local pub. On my extended business trip, I filled that void with some of the ...
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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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Can A Qualifying Low Hand Also Win The High Hand Pot?

For example, I was playing with a group of friends and one of the guys ended up with A-2-4-5-7 suited. He did win the low, but since it was also a flush he won both high and low pots. So my question ...
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Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board

One of my students was practicing at the super-low stakes online games, and he came across a hand that ended up a lot more interesting than it seemed on face value. I have my own conclusions that I'll ...
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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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Does the % of winning when someone goes all-in count cards in hands which have been folded?

In poker, when someone goes all-in, and another player calls, they both reveal their cards, and on TV or internet poker websites, they show the percentage each player has of winning. For example: ...
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How to size an opening raise in a NLHE tournament with antes?

My goal as opener is to win before the flop, get heads up, and/or win on the C-Bet after the flop. My current understanding for sizing an opening raise before the flop is 3 to 5x the BB since less ...
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What is the correct calculation to make various combinations of Hold'em hands?

For example, if I hold two different cards, what's the probability I get a pair at river? Here is my calculation: (3/50 + 3/49 + 3/48 + 3/47 + 3/46)*2 Is it correct? How does one calculate the ...
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What if a home game player is physically unable to deal? Skip or substitute?

A friend has hand tremors that make him unable to deal the cards. Otherwise he's fully able to play. How best to include him in a home game? It seems the two options are to skip his deal or have ...
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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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PLO100 - Top Two Facing Turn Aggression on Wet Board

Pot-Limit Omaha, $1.00 BB (6 handed) Limited time at the table, so not a lot of history with anyone. As far as I can tell, MP plays straight-forward and is a bit weak/passive. In one hand in the last ...
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Why is it easier to make a flush than a straight with four cards already matching?

In draw poker with five cards, if I have four cards with an open-ended straight draw, why is it a lower probability to get the fifth card for the straight than if you have four cards in a flush and ...
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Questionable Tournament Rule With Two Players Left

I have never heard this rule before but my cousin swore it is real: When a Texas Hold Em Tournament is down to only two players, each player is dealt their first two cards. If one of the players goes ...
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Question of declaration in Texas Hold em

If a player whom is considering a call says, "I want to call..." ambiguously as he is deliberating, is this considered a binding declaration in Hold em?
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Multiple Chip Betting TDA rule 43

The other night at our NLH tournament (Las Vegas Casino)the betting went like this, 500 bet with one 500 dollar chip, a 500 dollar raise with 2 five hundred dollar chips, then one more raise with one ...
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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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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 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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Should I call opponent's flop re-raise with trips?

I'm looking for some advice on a particular hand I played last night. 1/3 NL. Villain (~$350) - Playing loose aggressive and seemed like a reasonable/good player overall. Definitely raises more ...
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Where can I find information on local legal poker tournaments

I just found out that there are some relatively nearby casinos that host some low entry tourneys (<=$200 buy in) Is there a site that has a relatively comprehensive listing of these tourneys? If ...
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Smallest Stack Size for playing 3bet/fold

Assume hero is playing a ring game with short stack. What is the smallest Stack Size you can 3bet a 3bb open raise without being committed. And what is the 3bet size to choose? To be more concrete: ...
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Bankroll Management on a Monthly Budget

There's lots of advice for managing your bankroll from a starting balance, but I don't have much in the way of an actual bankroll. What I do instead is set aside a monthly budget ($100) just for ...
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Is Harrington's zones strategy still valid at the end of a MTT tournament?

Yesterday in a MTT Online tournament I found myself in a situation in which the M-zones strategy "felt wrong" to me. But being at best an average player it's me that is probably wrong, I just would ...
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Phil Gordons Ace - x rule

What are your thoughts on Phil Gordons Ace-X rule? Basically Phil suggests that in a tournament when you are short stacked (10bb or less) and find yourself with an Ace X type hand (A9 - A2) that you ...
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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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Do PokerStars take a cut when you cash out

I want to start playing Real money poker on PokerStars. I'm pretty sure PokerStars takes a cut on every pot. Do they take a percentage or a cut when you cash out or to your bank account or card?
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Hand discussion: QJc vs A8o on A84 T K

I think that I played this hand (link to replay) quite well and my opponent did a mistake because he didn't protect his two pairs. If he would did a good raise or reraise on flop or turn, I would ...
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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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NL100: Turn Two-Pair at Wet Board Facing Small Bets

note: I don't have a great deal of experience with "Speed Poker" but I can see that the table dynamics are significantly different from regular 6max. Villain is 20/17/10% 3bet. AF 3. Over 93 ...
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How to calculate expected value if I go All-in before flop with AK offsuit

1/2$ 6max NLHE game. I am UTG and I raised by 6$ with AKo. Everybody folded except BB who raised by 11$. Pot is now 20$. Now, if I go All-in my opponet will fold everthing except AA and KK in which ...
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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 does a wild card (53rd) affect the odds of making the standard poker hands?

By standard poker hands I mean: high card one pair two pair three of a kind straight flush full house four of a kind straight flush EDIT: five of a kind I'm curious if the ranking of hands should ...
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What is the nature of Omaha starting hands?

When I first started to play Omaha coming from a Hold em back ground it seemed to me that the nature of a four card hand was different then the nature of two a card hand. It seemed that at a very ...
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Formula for making a single pair on the flop

I'm trying to get the probability of pairing only one hole card on the flop. According to this calculator, ...
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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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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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How do I structure the blind levels of a tournament to run for a certain length (on average)?

I'm hosting a poker tournament with 10 people and want it to go on for 3-4 hours. I'm bringing a 500 piece poker set for the event (5 colors). What blind structure should I use for this? In general, ...
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How to learn a new poker game ?

I wanted to know what are the steps you take in order to learn a new game. I am not talking about the basic rules; more on the strategies and statistics of the game. I always start playing the "play ...
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Raising and multiple All-Ins

After reading the following links about raising after an all-in in NLHE, there was still a scenario I wasn't sure about when multiple all-ins occur. Links: ...
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A Hand history: Navigating QQ

Below is a hand history from a short session I played this morning. I got dealt QQ in UTG+1 and was raised by CO pre-flop. I don't have much information on CO as it was early in the session and never ...
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Revealing hand thinking bet was covered

In tournament heads up, pot is 16000... river gives player A top straight who bets 4000, while Player B who has lower straight pushes allin 4800. Player A who has 5000 chips left thinks the bet is ...
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How do I calculate the odds of making a four of a kind by the river given I have a pair?

Given: My hand is any pair How do I calculate the probability of making a four of a kind by the (flop, turn, &) river?
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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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Could I have won more money with top set on the flop?

$1/$2 NL Hero is in late position with about $260 and picks up 10♣ 10♠ . During pre-flop, Villain raises to $10 in middle position. Villain seems tight; more passive than aggressive, thus making the ...
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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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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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