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When I tell my non-poker playing friends that I play poker they think I'm gambling - until I give them the following explaination. Poker, played correctly, is not gambling in my opinion. And I think this is a good way to explain EV to non-poker players or new players. The idea in poker is to do two things - make correct decisions based on available ...

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This is a tiny little chart I made for a few friends who are very new to the game and often can't get their head around how much of a difference one or two pips can make! Reading the chart: If your hand is unsuited, match your hole cards in the lower left half of the table. If your hand is suited, match your hole cards in the upper right half of the ...

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Probability: the chance of a particular outcome. More precisely, the probability of any given outcome is the ratio of all the favorable outcomes and every outcome that is possible. (so favorable / everything) The probability of throwing 6 with a dice is exactly 1/6 because all the sides are perfectly equal, there are 6 of them but only 1 is favorable in ...

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The first thing to learn is some basic hand requirements, sorted by position. Say, you've been dealt Q♥J♠ and since it's face cards it should be good to play no matter what. No! You need to memorize (and do it quickly) your relative position to the BTN (dealer) and play these cards according to your current position. Memorize the hand rankings ...

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You can use some ICM-training programs, like: ICM Trainer - it can help you understand how to play late phase of a tournament (when to push/fold). You can also use some Equity calculators - using those you can understand relative hand strenght in given circumstances. I recommend: Equilab There are also many programs, which can help you analyze your game. ...

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No. The player with KQ would win the whole pot. The winner of the pot is the player who can make the best 5-card hand from the 7 possible cards -- 5 board cards plus their two hole cards. Player 1 has KQ, so his 7 cards are KKKQ642. Ignoring suits, the best possible hand here is KKKQ6, or trip kings with a queen kicker. Player 2 has K9, so his 7 cards ...

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Say we have a \$1 million raffle that has only two tickets: a winner and a loser. I give you a random ticket and tell you that you MUST sell it. How much money should you sell it for? (I.e. how much is it worth?) A. \$1 million? No, because it could just as easily be worth \$0. B. \$0? No, because it could just as easily be worth \$1 million. C. \$0.5 million? ...

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Say that we decide to bet on coin flips. In the first case, I will give you \$1 every time that it is heads, and you will give me \$1 every time that it is tails. Simple logic will tell you that since 1/2 of the time I owe you \$1 (heads) and the other 1/2 of the time you owe me \$1 (tails) that if we flip the coin enough times, it will even out. In this ...

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The best interactivity is playing with other real opponents. Just open a poker client and keep playing. If you are to scared to play for real money play for play money. After you finish your session do a hand review. Pick a couple of hands which you remember as tough or pick the ones where you won most or lost most and see what you did to get to this ...

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I have something that I call the Q-T-8 standard. Among starting hands, no unsuited hands where the lower card is lower than a Q (that is A-Q and K-Q only), no suited hands where the lower card is less than a ten (that is down to J-T), and no pairs lower than 8s.

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Advantage is to be "on the button" -- the player furthest from the action. That is, with each cycle around the table, the blinds are first to act and the button is last. This is highly advantageous because the person last to act has seen a suggestion of each other player's interest in the pot (subject, of course, to bluffing and slow play). Blind raising is ...

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If you're doing this entirely by hand, tracking hand count and hands per hour is a bit overkill in my opinion (unless you're single tabling I suppose). If you figure that on average there are 85 hands an hour per table, you can use that time to instead watch the table. I would definitely factor in your mental state, I use 1-3, as well. This will help you ...

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Even if you read all books all strategies ,you will not play that way. you need some practice. play for some cent blinds and learn from it. best program to learn poker is : pokerstars.exe I played some years and when i stop for some time and start again i sometimes still do stupid mistakes. It's simple and easy, you need practice to stay good. "programs" ...

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I don't know exactly what you mean by interactive learning. The best way to learn is to read the basic theory and then practice and practice. If you're very very new to the game, playing micro-stakes online is a good starting step. After you do that for a while, call a few friends and play a few hours at your house (or at their house). Or go to a local ...

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Definitely yes, its worth it. For example: you play MTTs, in the middle of tournament, and you've got a decent stack of chips (not short stacked). Blinds are going high, and a lot of short stacked players will start going all in. And that's where poker math comes into play. Its the best time to increase your stack by doing some calls, if odds / pot odds are ...

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You've been given a very good answer above by @vlzvl in fact, I upvoted it. So, I'm going to go in a different direction and just give you some "meta" advice that I think you will find helpful. This is just in brain-dump format, choose as you see fit: 1 - You are not special: At core, there is still a lot of math & randomness in poker. You will NOT ...

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This is a general question about specific hands, so my answer depends on my general style. Also about stacks, there's no small or medium on cash games. In fact, you should enable the auto reload feature to always refill your stack to 100 BB so you can never be short stack. If you don't do this, then you're not play optimal from the very start, regardless the ...

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Be very, very careful with overly aggressive play and all-ins in the manner you describe. Two primary things jump out at me from your question: For most of the hands you mentioned, you must, must get multi-way action. All of the hands you mention need a lot of pre-flop odds and implied odds for you to make the profitable over the long term. It's ironic in ...

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Having such a memorization mechanism that allows you to have a decent starting hand chart in your head is only going to help you in very very early stages of learning the game. There are a lot of books and poker strategy websites where such charts can be found. I've noticed that those charts encourage you to play your hand if it's strong (medium to big ...

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TwoPlusTwo poker forums. Nothing else. I highly recommend the following collection of forum posts / articles. These are the finest writings about the basics and more advanced concepts of the game, these will put you lightyears ahead of micro / small stakes competition. I remember when i first came by this around 2008, I got so hooked :) Have fun! ...

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What is neccessary to know is the following: Did he start to play poker after he was a successful hedge fund manager? There are some people who get successful and this time by successful I mean having money and after they got the money, they started playing poker. And there are of course guys who are good in poker and love it an do their normal job as ...

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Before I start, let me say that if you are from outside the US I would definitely take advantage of sites that offer rake-based-membership. In the US, we have DragTheBar, which offers free membership based on the rake taken from your hands at Carbon Poker. I would even go a step further and say try every single site that offers a free trial. Stagger them ...

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this page does a very good job of explaining variance and expected value http://www.thepokerbank.com/strategy/other/variance/

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First of all it's important to explain that EV is a concept rooted in the law of large numbers, and which poker players use to calculate risk and reward. I'll get back to this concept. When calculating EV a poker player takes a few things into consideration: 1) The size of the pot 2) The probability of winning that pot 2) The size of the bet they're faced ...

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If you have a simple 6 side dice you can arrange a simple demonstration. Tell your friends you'll give them 1\$ in every throw if the result is 3-6, and they have to pay 1\$ if it is 1-2. Tell them you're going to play 5 rounds and what they expect in terms of money won / lost. Then play the game and compare the results to their estimation. Intuitively they ...

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IMHO, even if you manage to calculate your odds perfectly well, in every hand, if you are sit in a 9 players table, you'd win the pot 1/9 time (in a purely probabilistic way). Now, just try to imagine if your hands are weak before the flop (or turn/river) and someone, for any reason, breaks the odd every hand you play, because he saw you were playing that ...

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Knowing poker math has helped me bet (and win) the occasional hand by understanding pot odds. That made it "worth it" for me. More to the point, it's worth it for someone who plays "occasionally" or more.

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Of course it's worth it. Playing profitable poker comes down to two fundamental principles: Identify your opponent's strategy. Compute, and implement, the best response. You're falling prey to a common misconception about poker. Too many players try to justify only focusing on principle #1 because it's far easier and more intuitive than putting in hard ...

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In the big scheme of things at the poker table there are upsides and downsides to math, as well as with intuitive play. For the sack of clarity, generally speaking intuitive play is doing what you feel is right, and mathematical play is what you figure out is right based on a range of factors. Neither is a strategy, they are how you approach the game. The ...

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