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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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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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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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Las Vegas: Best casino for 1-2 no limit?

I would like to know where an intermediate player stands a chance of not losing their shirt playing 1-2 cash game in Vegas. :) What would be your choice for a casino?
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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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99 short stacks reraised under the gun tournament

Hero is under the gun with about 7000 in chips, just doubled up. 6 handed, blinds are 200/400 and 25 antes. Hero has 99. Hero raises to 1200. Chip leader, about 15000 in #2 raises to 3000. Hand ...
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Are WSOP hand logs available to the public?

Are there any textual logs available to be read? Obviously there are the video records, but that's not really what I seek here. My search turned out nothing, so I am skeptical there are any. I would ...
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What's the order for showdown?

I have a few questions about the showdown moment. I wanted to know how is supposed to be the showdown order after a poker hand, for instance in hold'em, do you follow the order, like first the small ...
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What's considered an acceptable rake in tournaments?

What percentage would be considered an acceptable rake compared to the buyin? For instance, there is a local casino that runs a $40 buy in $25 dollar bounty and $15 dollar rake. To me, this seems ...
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Texas Holdem poker software for LAN

Is there any free/paid multi-player (in LAN) poker software available? Please suggest a good one you know.
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What to do if we suspect online poker server is cheating

This question applies to both free to play or paid servers. It is very much possible that the online poker host can cheat by playing intelligent bots. I suspect Zynga Poker is all time big cheater. ...
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Are mucked and burnt cards significant in odds calculation?

Standard odds calculation assumes that all unseen cards are still in the deck. For instance for a flush draw with two suited cards showing on the board, we assume 9 outs.(13-2 hole cards-2 on the ...
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What is the“Top Five Cards” rule and how does it apply to splitting pots?

Before you answer the question I will give a scenario that confused me thus prompting this question. The other week I was playing a game and we had this scenario : 8 players - down to me and a pal ...
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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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What online poker sites charge/rake the least?

I am pretty new to online poker. As far as I understand, the sites differ only by special events (which don't matter to me at all) and rake structure. Thus the question, which sites are the most ...
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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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1answer
134 views

WSOP 2011: -1% badge - what it is for?

Can you please explain what does this -1% badge some WSOP players wear do? Thanks
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Set Mining: betting pre flop with 22+

When I set mine I usually raise pre flop with my pocket pair to build a large pot. I use the 10 to 1 rule for stack size to bet ratio when calling with a small pocket pair, but when you're raising ...
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Optimal Win Rate Standard Deviation

I've been tracking my live sessions for some time now. After 35 sessions (about four hours a session) my win rate is 34.42 an hour. My win rate standard deviation is 157.67. This seems high to me. ...
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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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Does a bounty chop?

In a poker tournament with a bounty on a player, the all in player was against two others at the table. The two remaining players chopped the hand and beat the all in. We split the side pot and the ...
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What is the definition of a “redraw”?

Very simple question... When people talk about outs and card odds they often will something to the like of, "i have about 4 outs not counting redraws" - what defines a redraw? If it matters, I am ...
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Standing of all-in losers in a tournament

When multiple players go all-in during a hand in a tournament, and lose, how is their relative standing (5th, 6th, etc.) determined?
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What does “run it twice” mean?

This question mentions "running it twice" - I can infer the basics, but can someone define exactly what this means, and how (and why) it happens?
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Handling “running it twice” situations

When players agree to "run it twice" (or more times), should any additional cards be burned before each replayed step? Also, shouldn't the cards turned in the first run be shuffled back into the deck ...
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Burning cards in home games

Do you burn cards in home/friendly games? As far as I am concerned, it's pretty much just a complication with no merits to us. There's no risk for the cards to be marked and the stacks we play with ...
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Is Small Ball Poker In Cash Games A Good Strategy?

I have read Daniel Negreanu's book on small ball poker strategy in tournament play. Essentially, small ball poker involves playing a wider range of starting hands more aggressively, but only ...
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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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Is it impolite to leave a cash game when I'm about to be the big blind?

In games with a small blind and big blind structure, I've always thought that the blinds are a kind of fee you pay to be allowed to see the next round of hands until your next blind. Therefore, I ...
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What are the most important elements of poker to model in a Monte Carlo simulation?

A few years back, I built a MC simulation with the following parameters: Betting wasn't simulated Fixed number of players Cards were dealt, and then flop/turn/river The best hand was recorded ...
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What is a straddle bet?

I've seen this term used in various questions, but have no idea what it means, so could someone please define or explain it for me please?
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What tournament size is best to play if completely new to on-line playing Texas hold-em?

Should I be playing large tournaments ie 600 players for a very small buy-in to get more practice or small tables of 6 - 9 player for a slightly larger buy-in?
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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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Is using a “straddle” a valid strategy or is it just for fun?

I am wondering if posting a straddle makes the game more fun, if it's a pure gamble or if it actually has any hidden strategic value (well, of course the straddeler gains a better position pre-flop by ...
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5/5 NLHE Flop decision against maniac and solid player

Not my hand... Villian 1, complete spewtard, he is down ~2K, been raising like an idiot preflop to 30-50 when the table is opening to 15-20. In total gamble mode. Villian 2, Prob the best ...
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What is a 'wet board'?

What is a 'Wet board'? First time I saw it was on this SE thread and it's not in the terminology thread either.
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NL600: River Decision OOP vs Thinking Regular At Very Wet Board

Opponent is a good, thinking semi-loose regular, capable of almost all the things you'd imagine. 28/21/2.5 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~1200 hands. This is early in this particular session although we've ...
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What is the purpose of a continuation bet, and when is it best applied in Hold'em?

Please clarify what a continuation bet is in poker, what its purpose is. And if possible, when is it most useful within Texas Holdem?
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Who can play on www.pokerstars.it? [closed]

Only italian players are allowed to register on www.pokerstars.it or anyone can legally register and play?
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At what point does poor etiquette turn into cheating?

Similar to How do you deal with severe violations of table etiquette, I ran into a situation at a recent game that threw me. A player I was not familiar with kept doing really odd things. For example: ...
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NL200: Many possible lines to showdown in this 3-bet pot

Villain is a semi-loose regular for 6 max. He's solid enough, but generally straight-forward OOP. 27/16/2.5 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~180 hands. $2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players SB: $180 BB: $211 UTG: ...
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Are There Good Points-Based Ways To Handicap Home Poker Tournaments?

Currently I am keeping points for my home tourney by assigning the following points: 1 point for play 1 point for each player knocked out before you 1 point for cashing 1 point for heads up 1 point ...
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What are some examples of good, free poker tournament software?

I'm looking for a good and free software that will help me setup a poker tournament structure. The idea is to keep simple stats about the game in a screen available for everyone to see during the ...
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NL200: Difficult River Situation; Whether To Bluff Or Not?

Villain is a TAGgy regular. 24/17/2.1 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~270 hands. $2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players SB: $161 BB: $218 UTG: $63 MP: $157 Hero (CO): $290 BTN: $245 Pre Flop: Hero on CO has ...
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Call river all-in after missing flush-draw but hitting AK?

The villain just sat down a few hands prior to this, so neither of us should have had any reads on the other. $1/2 NL (10 handed) SB Villain (~$190) BB Hero (~$300) Normalish stack sizes for ...
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NL400: Vs a TAG Regular. Interesting River Decision

Opponent is a standard TAG regular, nothing unusual. No specific reads. 22/16/2.5 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~300 hands. $4 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players SB: $155 BB: $361 UTG: $190 MP: $444 Hero (CO): ...
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Correct (preferred) blinding in NLTE tourneys when blinds or the button bust out

What is the correct process in moving the blinds when either the next dealer and/or the next blinds get busted out of the tourney? A good description of how dead blinds work would be greatly ...
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Looking for the BB/M math to build good NLHE Tourney Blind Structures

I'm running a home game and I want to better design NLHE Tourney Blind Structures. So far the auto generators I've found either bias slow build up or long tourney times.

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