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What Is The Rationale Behind A Check-Raise?

A "check raise" consists of a check (in early position) followed by a raise after a later position player bets. In my opinion, check-raising seems to be viewed in rather a pejorative way. I ...
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NL600: Should I Make This River Bluff vs Reg?

Opponent is a smart semi-tight player, a TAG with tricks. 27/22/2.8 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~980 hands. I've been playing a similar yet slightly tighter style than him. Villain's a good player so I know ...
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What software to use when playing online?

I want to use some software for online play that would help with better information about my opponents. I think I saw over the years some screenshots with such software, but I don't know their name. ...
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What does the Dealer button have to do with the dealer?

I've often wondered about this: why is the dealer button called the dealer button ? The player that is on the button is just that: a player; not a dealer. Maybe this name is because of historical ...
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Daily profit - how much do you consider enough [NLHE NL2]

i hope this question is not too vague, i think it's rather a common problem in micros where tiny money can be made or lost in relatively little time due to loose play or absurd aggression. I am ...
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$2/$5 Poker Hand: Nut Flush Draw, Big Pot

On the big blind for 5$ with A♥2♥. Straddle for 10$ is on. UTG+1 makes it 30$ to play and gets 4 callers. I call. Straddle calls. Pot is now at 210$. Flop J⋄8♥9♥. ...
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KK on small blind vs Calling Station

I play micro cash games, NL2, NL4, NL6. There are a lot of recreative players and calling stations, so, most of the time value bet is a must. I don't have the numbers now but the guy was playing ...
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How precise is math in the heat of battle?

In the heat of a hand I have never really thought in the kind of precision that is used in this post to answer a question about playing on the bubble. Indeed I have seen other players doing so in ...
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Should I go see the flop more often if I'm chip leader

I make my way to chip leader by playing strategically my hands and folding so-so hands. Now that I'm the chip leader, should I revise my strategy and go see more flops? Will it be advantageous to see ...
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Final Table of Tournament - Hand History Example

I was recently at the final table of a 40 person freeze out tourny and wonder if I played the following right. Background: When this hand came up I was 3rd in chips out of 8 players on a final table. ...
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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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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 is players raising each other indefinitely prevented?

If a player on a table raises, and when his turn comes next, someone has already raised more than him, then he has an option to raise again, right? So how is it prevented that two players keep ...
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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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How Gus Hansen came up with 30%?

Taken from Every Hand Revealed. Here's the scenario: Gus hand was A♣ 4♣ It was mentioned that the flop was 4-handed. The flop was: 2♥ 5♦ K♣ A bet was made, Gus and one villain stays. The road ...
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Are there any good strategies for dealing with relentless bettors?

Lately I've been experiencing heavily aggressive play a lot. It seems like there is always one player who raises preflop to 3BBs or more very frequently. They then follow up with a half pot or more ...
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KQo on wet board

i want some opinions on a hand i played on Pokerstars 6-max cash game $0.01 / $0.02. I am in cutoff and open-raise to 3bb with K♠Q♥ and get called by SB, a very loose player. I was only ...
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134 views

What app for tracking sessions on iPhone?

I'm looking for a good application for tracking my poker sessions on iPhone. More specifically, I want to track the result of my sessions and get various stats like total profit, hour rate etc. What ...
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1answer
133 views

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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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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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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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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How to maximize expectation with pocket aces and an Aces Cracked bonus running

I was playing $3-$6 Limit live Texas Hold'em and there was a $200 Aces Cracked bonus running - meaning if you have pocket Aces and lose, you get $200. The house rake is pretty steep - $3 per hand + ...
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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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Insurance in cash games. In which situations is it a good idea and for how much -EV?

You get it all-in with the better hand and get offered insurance. (Either by your opponent or by a third party) How would you determine if the value in insurance is worth the -EV? I pay for private ...
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Do odds depend the the number of hands folded preflop?

In a game with 8 players where 6 fold, two players went all in pre flop, one had JJ and the other had KJ. I know JJ means that you are ahead before the cards are played and the probability of winning ...
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I lost and i dont get why, can any one help?

Was just playing some free poker and i don't get why i lost On the board there was a 9♣K⋄3♣4♠K♠. My opponent had Q⋄9♠. I had 9♥3♠ i have ...
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95 views

Missing the flop with AK

What are the chances of missing the flop 22 straight hands with AK? I mean when you don't flop at least one pair, two pair, straight, or a flush. I've read the chances of flopping a pair or better is ...
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How much must Hero bet for Villain to fold?

Game is $1/$3 NL Hero (~315) - Been playing TAG; up $115. Played villain in one earlier hand; villain folded on river (I filled a straight, which he may have discerned). Villain (~140) - Seems like ...
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What are the overall odds of winning a heads up, texas hold em hand?

I was wondering if anyone has the odds of a heads up hold em hand. I've done some searching and haven't exactly found the answer. I did try adding up the odds of winning for all 169 possible ...
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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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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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Why is it forbidden to check-raise in some Casino?

I've heard that check-raising isn't allowed everywhere. What is the reason behind that?
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Tricky Tournament Bubble Situation

How (and why) do you play this hand as big stack on the bubble of a short-handed SNG? All players are reasonably skilled. BB has played pretty tight in the previous ~100 hands this tournament, and in ...
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Heads up NLHE, is it harder to beat rake then full ring?

I don't play HU but tried to play one game at 10NL. I can't remember exact numbers but we both started with 10$ stack and played many hands until I took his all stack. I left table with ~14-15$. Is it ...
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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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NL200: Deep Stacked IP; 4Bet pot

Flop opponent is a TAG with 22/20/2.7 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~300 hands. I've been playing a similar style to him. My hand has good IO IP here as we are deep and I can play this type of hand aggressively ...
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Ante + BB all-in, what can the BB win?

How are the pots computed when in a tournament deal when the big blind posts his full ante but then doesn't have enough to post his big blind? To take a concrete example, here's a hand history from a ...
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How do you know that you “got your money in good”?

I always hear players talking about "getting your money in good" and to no be worried about the results. My poker coaches tell me that it's OK to take a bad beat as long as you "got your money in ...
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277 views

What time of day are poker players at their best/worst?

My thinking is that being in the UK I can play while it's 4am or something in America, so is there a guide as to when players will be more or less alert, and hence play better or worse?
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What are some good movies about Poker?

What are some good movies that every poker player should watch? This is community wiki, so please one movie in per answer.
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Is there an app for managing invitations to a home poker game?

I would like to automate the following process: I send out invitations to our regular players for a poker tournament with a fixed time and place, along with an RSVP deadline. A player either: ...
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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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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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What are the odds of getting the same four-of-a-kind twice in a row?

Several years ago, I was playing Limit Hold'Em at the Palms. I had pocket sixes, and ended up turning those into quads. Then, the very next hand -- from a different, auto-shuffled deck -- I got pocket ...
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Expected Value for SB und BB in NL HU (GTO)

Lets consider a NL HU Match 100BB deep (no rake). Both players are playing GTO (game theoretical optimum). Lets assume in the GTO Strategy the SB open limps or open raises r times and open folds f ...
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Four of a kind and Three of a kind at the same time. What are the odds?

I recently got 3333KKK at Texas Holdem in one round. I know that only the Quads 3 count, but I still wonder what the probability of such a "Big Full House" is. Haven't found anything about it on the ...
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What are the measures you should useto tell how well you're doing in a tournament?

I've noticed that on pokerstars mtt's there's a chip graph with the average stack, but I'm not convinced that your stack in comparison to the mean is the best average, because there may be a few ...
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Player with 3 cards in Texas Hold'em. Now what?

We had a situation pre-flop where the UTG+3, when at his position to act, as he went to look to his cards, there were 3 cards total. At this point, the UTG had already raised, and the UTG+1 went all ...
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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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