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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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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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What metrics do you use to evaluate your own live play performance?

What metrics do you use to evaluate your own live play performance? For example, would you record big blinds won per hour at a cash game? Or do you rather try to understand if you are playing well ...
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1answer
506 views

is there an open source algorithm for a fixed limit holdem

I'm looking for an AI algorithm in any programming language for studying. The simple - the better. I've read that Polaris is the best implementation for a fixed limit holdem so far. I'm looking for ...
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2answers
255 views

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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258 views

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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How often, and how much, should I bluff on the river when I miss my flush but a possible straight comes?

Playing no-limit hold-em cash game, I am out of position drawing at a flush against one opponent. The river card comes down without completing the flush, but it does complete a potential open-ended ...
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About Holdem Manager graphs

When I go to Opponents tab -> Summaries in down right corner I have Group Profile and have option to choose to look different states bar graphs, for example for VP$IP I have these: ...
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What does 'freerolling' mean?

I was reading the most common freerolling situations in holdem, but I have no idea what is being asked. What is Freerolling? Google wasn't any help (hit too many free rolls vs. freerolling), and we ...
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145 views

Most common freerolling situations in holdem?

Player1 K♣T♣ Player2 K♥T♥ Board is A♣ Q♦ J♥ 4♣ This one is most common, what are the few others(most common)?
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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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1answer
49 views

HUD states - current or database based

Does poker tracking software like HEM generates HUD states about my current opponents at the table based of current game, or are the states generated from database(all the game I played with those ...
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Easy to memorize starting hand strategy

I am not too good at memorizing stuff. Is there any starting hand set of rules or chart that is easy to remember? A little bit of context: No Limit Hold'em the number of players is not really a ...
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228 views

Does Holdem Manager 2 have built in hand convertor?

Does Holdem Manger 2 have built in hand convertor for posting on forums or I can only copy hand to some online covertor? Also is there some hand convertor that I can download that works with ...
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1answer
50 views

Who wins this game of high low Hurricane with wilds?

In a game of high low Hurricane with deuces and 2 jokers wild, who wins between one player with Ace joker and the other deuce deuce? Here are the rules we were going by: Players must declare ...
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In heads-up Texas hold'em, what starting hands are “above average” pre-flop?

In heads-up Texas hold'em what are the pockets that are "above average" pre-flop? In other words, what would I need to hold to be infront of two random cards held by the other player?
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Is it against the rules to show a hole card during play?

In our home game, players will sometimes reveal a card with two players remaining in the hand to entice the other player to call or fold. For example, with 3 clubs on the board after the river a ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
339 views

Why does 555 beat QQQ in this Doyle vs Elezra hand?

I am confused about this video: Doyle Brunson vs Eli Elezra Why does 555 beat QQQ? Or I am missing something?
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3answers
132 views

Why is 7c2d a semi-bluff?

In No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice by David Sklansky and Ed Miller p106: But every once in a while you should semi-bluff raise to perhaps $40 or so, and you should do so with 7c2d and not ...
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2answers
186 views

In Omaha, Is it allowed to only show two holecards at showdown when claiming the pot?

I was watching Poker After Dark 2011, the cash game Pot Limit Omaha weeks. And it looks like once in a while the winner only shows the two cards making the best hand and not the two other cards. Is ...
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4answers
192 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
160 views

Redealing to the board in Pot Limit Omaha

I was watching a repeat of Poker After Dark last night. They were playing Pot Limit Omaha. Twice I noticed that after someone won, the dealer would drop down the turn and river cards, and then ...
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2answers
1k views

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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Can you win while “short a card” in poker?

Perhaps the best example comes from draw: You are dealt five cards, which include three of a kind. You discard the two odd cards and are given only ONE by the dealer. But it makes "four of a kind," a ...
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pair of K, low kicker, out of position

I had this situation (fake money, very low buy in): I folded because I was afraid of two A. Was it correct to play at blinds A5o? What should I have done at the flop?
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Dead Button in Rush Games

Main question: What is the position distribution logic in Texas Hold'em No Limit Rush Games? When I say "Rush" I mean an ability instantly to change table after dealing cards, as it was in FTP. ...
3
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1answer
80 views

SB raise in preflop in no limit TH

please correct me if I am wrong: No Limit Texas Holdem 5 players at the table. Each has bankroll of $1000. SB = $1. BB = $2. Player1 = BTN Player2 = SB Player3 = BB Player4 = UTG1 Player5 = MP1 ...
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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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1answer
141 views

Online vs live tournament pace

How would the two generally compare in terms of hands per blind level etc.? Context: I'm planning to buy into a live regional event later this year, which historically had ~125 players. I find myself ...
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2answers
546 views

How many SnG tournaments do I need to play to be relatively sure I'm a profitable player?

A couple weeks ago I started playing 1$ SnGs on a popular online poker room(poker site?). I've now played 90 of theses SnGs and I am up 12$. That's not bad considering it took me 15-20 tournaments to ...
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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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Is shoving all in with a weaker player the best strategy?

I'm heads up on the final of a tournament. I have around 1200 chips and my opponent around 4800, blinds 25/50. I'm on the small blind with A♥8♥, I go all-in since I've seen him make loose calls and ...
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SNG or cash games, what is the best type of games for regular income

I am not asking about the differences between sng and cash games. But suppose that you want to make a regular income from playing online poker. Should you play let's say 3 - 4 cash game tables or 2 - ...
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Online vs Live problem

I am having somewhat of a problem, I read books, I study hands, and I do everything a growing player should do, and I can see my progress when playing poker online. I am confident and I would like to ...
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431 views

Is there any poker online software which run on Linux?

That's it. If so, which do you recommend?
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How does an opponent's all-in range change after showing an all-in bluff in an online heads-up tournament?

Just to clarify something: I am talking about Online heads-up. (I believe in real life this trick is not used that frequently). In online heads-up tournaments, you barely know how your opponent ...
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2answers
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How should I play blind vs. blind late in tournaments against unknown players?

One type of situation has troubled me when I've faced various versions of it. In the later stages of tournaments where the blinds are significant, I find myself wondering what to do when it comes ...
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2answers
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Giving a short stacked opponent a perfect all-in vs forcing them to over-commit

I just finished Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen and in it he is talking about a short-stacked opponent and says: I should probably watch out so I don't give him too many perfect all-in moves ...
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221 views

What topical resources do you often use to learn more about poker?

To get information that's usually considered cutting edge, it's often good to discuss topics more candidly with experts forging new thoughts on well established theories. Books of course mostly deal ...
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How often will pocket aces lose to 4 flush or set after the flop?

Having pocket aces in good position I make a reasonable bet so as not to blow everyone out of the pot, and get a lot of callers which I wanted. There is some betting on the flop but not enough to ...
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1answer
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NL400: Live Hand vs Semi-Loose Passive Player At Dry Board. What Would You Do?

This is a live hand in a London Casino. The place was a little busier than the norm. The regs seemed to be drinking more than usual (Tough week perhaps?!). The atmosphere was more playful, less ...
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Classic Books for Texas Hold'Em

What are the classic books for learning Texas Hold'Em, off- or online? Books that every good player should, at least, know the gist of?
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2answers
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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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5answers
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How are side pots built?

While playing online, in a lot of situations side pots are built. This happens if one or more players goes all-in but I can't figure out the rules on which these side pots are built. The only thing I ...
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4answers
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Is online poker legal or not in the United States ?

I am just starting to learn Texas holdem, and I've heard that online poker is not legal, and also that it is. Which is it?
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Distribution of Badugi Hands

I'd like to know when you're dealt a badugi in Badugi, where does that hand stand in relation to another random badugi hand? i.e. both hands have four different suits and ranks. Example 1: I'm dealt ...
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3answers
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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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Spread Limit vs Pot Limit

Are there any advantages to a spread limit game over a pot limit game? The variable bet structure tend to throw several people's sense of betting seemingly to make it either a looser bet or everyone ...

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