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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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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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463 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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319 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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201 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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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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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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371 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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363 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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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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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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2answers
702 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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445 views

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
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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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129 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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77 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
97 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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140 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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163 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 ...
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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 ...
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2answers
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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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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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1answer
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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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Outs counting correction

When we counts outs, we are making the assumption that the outs are not already dealt. This can be correct in the heads up, but I guess that in the full game this will not be correct (due to the ...
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1answer
591 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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187 views

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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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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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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76 views

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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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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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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1answer
188 views

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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Gap concept and pot odds

In his book "The Theory Of Poker", David Sklansky states that in order to call an early open/raise you should hold at least the same or a tighter range than the open/raiser opponent. Sklansky called ...
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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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NL100: River Shove with Ace-High?

I'm not sure how to frame this so I'll just post the hand and you can say what you want about it. Villain was 18/16/5 AF; 3B 11(7/63); Squeeze 18(2/11) over ~160 hands. I believe he understands ...
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Position advantage on the table and odds

Is it possible define position advantage on table on terms of correction to odds? Namely, is it possible to quantify the effect of position on a players equity?
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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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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
309 views

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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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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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 There Any Standard Rule of Buy-in Chips?

I just want to know if there is any standard rule of min and max buying chips? What I have noticed in Zynga poker is that the max buy-in chip is 200x of the big-blind. Meaning, for 5-10 blinds it is ...

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