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Using PP's solely to flop sets isn't a winning strategy. (note: I'll stick to talking about open-betting pre-flop and not cold-calling which leads to similar post-flop situations, but infers different ranges for all players involved. Also, I consider small PP's 22-88; mid PP's 99-TT; and big PP's to be JJ-AA. JJ is a special case. Closer to being a mid ...


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I think one thing that's important is that you start the hand realizing that lots of your value lies in really hitting your hand, so you're aiming for the implied odds here. With these speculative hands, you're rarely going to be ahead pre-flop, and even if you are, you're never going to feel comfortable putting much more into the pot, so you usually need to ...


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To understand Implied Odds (IO) it's useful to clarify what It's counterpart is, Explicit Odds (EO).  EO describes how much you will win immediately in relation to what you have to risk. This is described in terms of a ratio, Total pot size : Amount we have to call. For example, current pot size is $50. Your opponent bets $50. Therefore, the current pot ...


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Generally, as stacks get shallower, cards matter more. As stacks get deeper, game dynamics and player tendencies matter more. Shallow When playing with short effective stacks (<50bb), you need to play hands that will make the best hand a lot of the time. If you are playing against people with larger stacks, you will have less fold equity, so you will ...


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"Power" of a hand is in practice an oversimplified notion. I will touch equity and your sub-question about what it says about a hand's goodness. If you're just trying to code equity, the Coding the Wheel article others have mentioned is mandatory reading for poker coders: http://www.codingthewheel.com/archives/poker-hand-evaluator-roundup As for the ...


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In limit poker, implied odds refer to what you can collect in future bets from an opponent, if you complete your draw (e.g. to a straight or flush) and make your hand. Let's say that you are playing $5-10, and your opponent has bet $10 on the turn with say, a pair, making a pot of $90. If you are drawing to a straight or flush (4- to -1 against), those are ...


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First look at your chip stack. You can only win what is in your chip stack. These are not the type of hands you play short stacked. These are the hands with low odds of making the hand but if you do make it you are going for the stack. When should you raise with these hands? This is the type of hand that wants multiple players. Don't raise. You ...


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I would say it would be flawed to raise every time with pocket pairs in order to hit a set but depending on the players at the table it MAY (and this is a big may as it hinges on your opponents sloppy post flop play) not be incorrect to at least call in every position to hit a set. This largely hinges on you winning typically about say 12:1 on your money ...


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What you want is a situation where you can get as much info as possible for as cheap as possible. If someone raises early, even if they are not a credible raiser, it is better to fold in mid-position because you don’t know how the players behind you are going to react. You cannot assume pot odds with a speculative hand that is, on its own, weak. If would ...


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You should usually play with these hands (small pairs and suited connectors down to 87) in an early stage of the tournament, because implied odds are very high, and more importantly your M is more than 20 (you are in Green Zone). M is a relative value (M = your stack / pot amount). With antes coming in, your stack is going to shrink, so you cannot just wait ...


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A lot depends on what position I'm in. If it's early position, I'll often fold, but sometimes raise with 2-2, hoping to "steal" some equity. In NO event would I just call from early position. If I get 1-2 callers (counting the two blinds), with just overcards, I'm okay because they won't always hit on the flop, and I'll win my "fair share (one out of two or ...


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Yes, there is a downside. Several, actually. You're building a bloated pot, often from out of position with a hand that has no equity aside from its potential to make a set, because you have already decided that you're not going to continue if you "miss." So basically, you're burning money by doing this, and there are three ways to fix it: Don't raise ...



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