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When Is It A Good Tactic To Slowplay A Hand?

I was looking through some hand histories and recognised a few situations where I might improve my decisions regarding slowplaying hands. Generally, understanding that slowplaying is often worse than ...
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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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When should you defend your big blind in tournament play?

Should you defend your blinds differently at different stages of a tournament? Meaning in the early stages should you defend a lot tighter and then get a bit looser as the tournament goes on. The ...
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Why do people make the following call, check, call round the table?

I play in a work tournament usually 2 tables of 6 or 7 for a set time period with the top 3 chip counts on each table moving to a final table to win the prize. It is largely amateurish but with ...
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The Importance of Mathematics in Poker

Poker is an awesome and very difficult game. But as a probability/strategy game is a subject of mathematics. However, I found a lot a rounders, even pros, that are completely blind to the power of ...
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Can someone offer a comparison (pros and cons) of the sites that one can play for real money on in the US? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to play for real money online in the US? I would like to play online for real money. I am a US resident. I understand that there are several sites where I ...
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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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Player very low on chips, can't pay Ante+BB. What happens?

Let's say three players, NLHE. Ante/SB/BB = 100/1000/2000. Player 1 (BB): 50 chips left Player 2 (Button): 10,000 chips Player 3 (SB) : 10,000 chips 100 chips Ante to be paid by everyone - but ...
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Positions in Poker

I'm somewhat perplexed on the positions in poker. As I browse, some websites give different/contradicting versions on the description of the positions. For example, some sources say the early ...
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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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The right bluff frequency

In the book of Bill Chen, "The mathematics of poker", there is a formula to calculate the right frequency of a bluff action. The formula has been calculated in a simplified version of poker. Even ...
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Is it bad etiqutte for the whole table to agree to let someone blind out?

There is probably no wrong or right answer to this just wondered what the general opinion is. To set the scene. I was just playing in a tourney where we got down to the final 6 and 5 paid. The chip ...
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Do previous bets count towards All-In raises?

Let's say 3 players are playing poker. Player A has $11, B has $10, C has $9 Player A opens by betting $3, leaving A with $8 Player B re-raises A "All-In" and C calls, going "All-In" as well. Player A ...
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Potential all-in rules, does any game use this rule?

I was thinking about the rules covering side pots for all-in situations, from these guideline: An all-in player shall gain or lose nothing from actions after they are all in. The idea is that ...
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Nash's ICM calculation

I would like to understand the Nash' ICM model and how to use it. I have found this calculators here and here, and I have tried to play with them. But I don't understand the output. Who can help me ...
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What's a good strategy for playing overpairs post flop?

Here's the situation. Hero has pocket kings, raises before the flop and 1-2 people call. Flop comes up something like Q 10 7. How would you guys play this? And is it significantly different if your ...
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Heads-Up And The Logic Of The Blinds

In heads-up play, the standard rules of the button, small blind, and big blind, change. Why in heads-up, is the button the small blind too? What is the logic behind this rule?
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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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644 views

What is top N% of hands in PokerStove?

In PokerStove FAQ; The slider interface for setting the top N% of hands orders the hands according to their preflop all-in equity versus three random hands. This rather arbitrary selection was ...
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Interactive texas holdem learning

Could you advise a site to learn Texas Hold'em, interactively?
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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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Readless Preflop Strategy for Pokerstars HU Hyperturbo SNGs?

I ran into several materials about hyperturbo heads-up SNGs from different sources, and their preflop ranges readless are really different. Some reccomend open raising 90-100% hands, others limping ...
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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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NL100: 2-Pair In 4-Way Pot Facing OOP Lead @ Wet Flop

Villain is 21/14/1.5 AF over ~ 105 hands. It seems as though he understands position. He has mostly been quite passive postflop not making overly aggressive moves or traps. I haven't got a lot of ...
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Do you have favourite hole cards - and do these change over time

Bad as they are, I used to like playing Q8 off/on suit and more recently A & a low number card (say 9 or less) on suit. I know these cards are pretty raggy, but do any of you often find yourselves ...
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Simple final table tournament play including push/fold

I've had a look at this table here as a guide of what to do heads up, and made a rough approximation of how to play various hands based on stack sizes, such that I can remember them and don't have to ...
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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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Folding AA after the flop?

Hero in BB hits AA before the flop. BB is $600, there are 3 or 4 callers (I'm old and can never recall all the details), and hero doesn't like to see his AA busted by a runner-runner so he raises ...
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Adjustments to the rake?

When playing low stakes with very little rake-back, I am hitting over 10bb/100hands for rake. Its really a pretty ridiculous number to beat for a decent clip, even at really low stakes. Do any of ...
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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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combinations from 2 hole card and 7 communal cards

If we have 5 communal cards and 2 hole cards, and its our turn to deal, Can we just select all the 5 communal cards for hand? or do we need to keep our 2 hole cards and only choose 3 communal cards ...
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200nl - Flop top two on wet board and get squeezed OOP deep

This is a hand from 200nl Full Ring on FTP back in early 2010. It's a pretty interesting hand and should generate a good discussion. Note that stacks for all players involved are >100bbs. First hand ...
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Straight + Flush draw on flop, is all-in worth to play?

Effective stack 80% max buy-in. Villain (UTG) bets 3xBB, Hero (Big Blind) calls with 5d 4d. Flop 6d 7d Ac.Action: Hero checks, Villain bets 3/4 pot. Hero goes all-in. Is it all-in good move ...
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Why is comparing hands based on how often they win a showdown or on their poker “hand rank” worse than worthless?

From No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice p124 In deep stack no limit, preflop hands derive most of their value from how well they extract money after the flop from your opponents. ...
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NL200: TPGK In Squeezed Pot OOP

Villain is 22/11/0 3B(0/28) over ~80 hands. Folded to 3B 67% all positions (2/3). He seems Tight, and relatively passive Pre- and Post-flop. This is the first time he's faced a 3B from a steal ...
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Texas Hold'em: Heads up pre-flop probabilities

Has anyone calculated the probabilities of winning/losing heads up matchups of all combinations of two players preflop hands in Texas Hold'em, and if so, can they provide a reference? I could write ...
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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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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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What is the proper betting procedure with 7 players after the first three players go all in before preflop?

Blinds are 300/600 in this game. Texas Hold'em No Limit., Seven players Player "A" first to bet goes all-in with a 600 + 150 raise for a total of 750. Player "B" second to play goes ...
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Bet with Ax3x3x on river?

From the small blind on a 1-2nl cash game, hero calls ($1) with Ax3x. About half the table has called so there is about $10 in the pot. Everyone checks on the flop and turn. The river is a 3x so now ...
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Ax2x, UTG, final tabler, 4 players. Go to war?

At the final table with Ax2x, 60000 stack, UTG, 4 players. Tournament started with about 50 players. Hero calls 8000 BB, no raises. Flop is 2x7x10x. So now hero has 2x2xAx. BB bets 8000 with about ...
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Lose money when poker server goes down?

For those of you that play online poker, what happens when the servers go down in the middle of a hand? What are the online poker companies policies for when servers go down in the middle of a hand? ...
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Pot odds with low chip stack

The concept of pot odds assumes that if you make a bet with favorable pot odds many times, you will win more than you lose in the long run. Does this logic apply in tournaments when your chip stack ...
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Raising after an all in

In this situation, the blinds are 200/400 in a No Limit tournament. First to act raises to 1600, next player calls, small blind folds, and big blind goes all-in with only 1800. Can the first player ...
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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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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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How do you play AQ or AK (off or suited) on $1/$2 Live?

This week I had this peculiar situation. The villain is 60+ old black woman who came and sat next to me with about 100$ on $1/$2 and ofcourse with a stone-cold grim-poker-face with no smile. She ...
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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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Small Pairs on early and middle positions

I'm still uncertain about best way to play small pairs on early or middle positions. 22, 33, etc. even up to 99. Straight and Flush possibility are low, and even if you catch one of these - someone ...
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How to play QQ live tournament?

Not playing too long so I probably won't provided all the detail needed. Blinds are at $200/400. Hero has QQ. Villain raises to $800 pre-flop. Hero and a few others call. Hero recalls villain has made ...

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