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It affects strategy in no-limit, and especially pot-limit play. Some simple examples: There's $300 in the pot, and you plan to try a $200 bluff to take it. Well, if one of your opponent's only has $50 left, then you're really only betting $50 at him, and he can call with much less risk. Similarly, if you make a $50 bet on an early round, and your opponent ...


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Focus on playing hands that have polarized showdown value. High flush draws and pocket pairs (preflop) are good examples. Basically, against passive callers, the difficulty is that you don't gain information about what they have during the hand, so you have to play only hands where you can be sure you're either leading or losing with high certainty, and ...


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Your call preflop was good as you had the desired multi-way pot for set-mining. What i don't like is the donk bet against 3 opponents. These types of bets against multiple opponents are showing great strength, exactly what you don't wish to show right now! Give the aggressor a chance to C-bet this pot and some others to call. C-bets are more easily called ...


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As I am not allowed to comment below 50 reputation I have to post an answer. I mostly agree with the points of Yang. I would consider playing a Tight Agrgressive (TAG) style of Play as the best optpion here. The general guideline of poker is to maximize your wins and minimize your losses. Meaning to extract the most possible value if you're ahead with smth. ...


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Your "paradox" arises from the fact that aside from your bet, the pot contains enough expected value already for each player that neither could improve their expected ending stack by folding. With too small of a stack, you can't bet enough so that the opponent loses money. However, with your bet you can still reduce the expected overall gain from his point ...


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We need a bit more information. Starting stacks, bets pre-flop etc. From what it sounds like so far you should have pushed all in pre-flop or after the flop. One thing I disagree with however is when you said that in the long run you would lose money to a flush draw. If you are positive you have him beat and the only thing that will save him is if he ...


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if your bet leaves you with the stack less than the bet itself, you should have gone all in on the flop. In general, if your bet takes the third of your stack you have to go all-in.


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It's good that you're considering pot odds when drawing to a hand, but your way of thinking about this is flawed for a few reasons (the third reason being the biggest). For one, the pot odds you get/give on the flop should only be compared to your odds of improving on the turn; after all, the turn will bring another round of possible betting where ...


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A VP$IP (voluntarily put $ into pot) of 75%-85% is not just big, it's gravy. You're not just playing loose, you're playing in maniac status, just spewing money and i guess in very marginal situations due to frequency of plays. The VPIP is just the frequency of raising and calling preflop. I don't know if you're calling more than raising but calling too ...


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The heads up game is much more complex than this. you need to adapt to your opponent. Effective is probably not the right word. In heads up bluffing is necessary. You need to play more hands. the tighter your opponent is, the easier it should be. Better even is a loose opponent preflop and tight post flop :) Also bluffing requires a good understanding of ...


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So you've got the question, the answer, and the reasoning behind it. Yes, bluffing is more useful and effective in a two player game (heads-up), compared to bigger tables. The only thing left to mention here is that your opponent probably knows this fact. The thing that can make bluffing in heads-up a bit more "complicated" than bigger tables. And as a side ...


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There are plenty of resources on Internet nowadays. Pokerschoolonline courses Pokerstrategy courses (left column) Deucescracked videos Thepokerbank strategy Thepokerbank videos by 'SplitSuit' Cardschat strategy Two plus Two forums, although you'll have a hard time navigating Two plus Two forums twitch streaming, many pros playing live (right column) ...


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If everyone is folding to your raises more often than they should, raise more hands. This is particularly true if you have tighter players on your left and action is folded to you. You can either steal blinds pre-flop or win post-flop with a single continuation bet many times when your opponent misses. Sometimes when you have a great hand like AA, nobody ...


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As a general rule it is a bad idea to have such a telegraphed betting pattern. Even if they're amateur players don't assume they won't be able to pick up on what your bet sizing means. Just because they are amateur's never assume they can't play poker. Certainly thinking players who are tracking the game and paying attention will quickly notice and remember ...


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When you are short stacked you unfortunately don't have the chips to force a bad decision. Accept the opponent is not going to fold. 1/4 pot bet is not going to get them off a flush draw. If you are short stacked then you need to look at it as you are getting 4:1 and you are not going to get a better chance to get your money in. If you held back and ...


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Squeeze play is a specific move that works under the following circumstances: A very aggressive and loose player raises preflop (wide range) A loose player after him calls, since he knows the raiser will have a wide range You currently have a relatively tight table image What you do with a squeeze play is re-raising the pot big, such that the original ...


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If you are on the draw then you are playing this totally wrong. Betting enough to push your opponent off a flush draw when you are on the draw is purposefully giving yourself the wrong odds. A draws should put as little chips in as possible but still put yourself in a position to get more chips in the pot if you hit. Devalue suited connector in ...


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Why did you just call preflop? You should have poped to 6 bb to build pot equity, get them to fold (at least the bb), define the hands, and take control. Out of position you might as well take control. Button could have been on a steal. 33 is not that strong if you can just pick up the pot do it - you had 5 bb to pick up. So bb calls you have ...


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Although this can be a house-related regulation, it's always good to look at the official TDA, if you read Rule 43, you'll find that the raiser must at least raise the "largest bet or raise of the current round". Well what does that mean? it means that if you want to re-raise the minimum, you need to look at how much was added to the calling amount during ...


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Yes, the more players you are up against, the less inclined you should be to bluff. Not only is there a chance that one of them might have hand, but also even if you know they don't have a hand (and neither do you), they might just decide to float you (i.e. call with nothing to see if they can steal the pot or catch a card). Since there's some non-zero ...


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There is a huge amount of resources out there. I'd recommend joining a poker forum like 2+2, they have subforums for nearly everything you could want to learn or talk about. PokerNews also have a strategy section that is updated daily. As for videos, look up a guy called Jason Sommerville, you can find him on youtube and he also streams daily on twitch. He ...


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Thanks to over-sophisticated answers like the ones given here it took me forever to understand this stuff.. It's actually way easier to calculate: bet/pot+bet -> 2,200/5,200+2,200=0.297 which translates to 30% "pure" pot odds. So you'd need at least a 30% winning chance to profitably call here.


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Regardless of the situation you have provided, so you can use it in more situations, it depends on the players and how the hand played. There is not one answer, every situation will be different. Simple answer is whatever amount you think will make your opponent fold. Some opponents will see a small bet as scary and that you want to be paid off, some will ...


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I personally would be willing not only shove my 100$, but my 10000$, followed by my house here with QQ. It's just based on statistics on how often you'll have a QQ quads against a AA quads. (i believe i win with my 10000$, plus my house value) As for your question, there's no such thing. Flop is scary enough to be yourself against a full house, which you're ...


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Two and a half additional points: 1) You do not mention what the buy-in is for those $2,500 in chips, but the style of play you cite indicates the players assign low value to those chips. So, to help change the "calling station" behavior, you should increase the buy-in or reduce the number of chips received. 2) Winning against such players is not about ...


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Against these types of players you want to make a strong pair and bet big on all streets for value. If you get raised, just fold unless you have a stronger hand than medium two pair. You don't even need to continuation bet as a bluff against these players. Firing double or triple barrel bluffs is totally unnecessary and is just fancy play syndrome at this ...


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This question is incomplete. Your information is defined not just as your belief distribution over your opponent's hands (1st order knowledge), but also your belief about his belief distribution about your hand (2nd order knowledge), and so on. The extreme case where you have perfect infinite-order knowledge is called "common knowledge", and is impossible to ...


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When faced with what you believe to be a tough play such as this one it is helpful to review the hand and narrow your opponents range. You did not give specifics (it would be helpful to know action), but lets assume this is a 10 handed game and take some liberties to demonstrate. UTG +2 raises to $20 (4xBB) in this spot we can often assume he is playing a ...


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Absolutely. As you say, if you bet your bluffs big and your value bets small, you have exploitable bet sizing tells. You fix this by 'balancing your range' - essentially being capable of any one play with both a good hand and a bad hand. This way none of your bets 'polarise' your range so good players find it more difficult to put you on a hand, allowing ...



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