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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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When I tell my non-poker playing friends that I play poker they thing 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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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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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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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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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 programm 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. ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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pokerstrategy.com is GOLD. They have many articles covering different topics and parts of online poker. Also they do classes, so they stream screen of lecturer and you can directly ask the lecturer about his play. It is really best way to jump into poker right from the start. (My referal link: http://cs.pokerstrategy.com/#referrer=asketak ) ...


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I strongly recommend reading all the Doyle Brunson articles from his website . In this wonderful collection of articles, Brunson talks about limit & no-limit hold 'em, when to call, raise and fold. "How To Play" section of WSOP is another great resource worth spending time on.


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The best books for novice is basically anything from David Sklansky, especially "No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice" As you get more advanced, you need to tailor the sources you read to game you play. If you play SNG, then you need to read about SNG. Collin Moshman wrote rally great books covering SNG and heads up situation. If you play tournaments, ...


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The problem is that you can't teach someone a subject matter if they're not really interested in it. Poker is a great game, but unless the student wants to learn, they're not going to. Imagine you showed up at one of these get-togethers, and one of your friends said, "Hey, let me teach you Chess. It's an awesome game, but it's complicated. You'll love it." ...


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The most important thing is that you should be aware of the fact that you cannot teach poker to someone who doesn't like the game. Yes, it's a great game and yes, I enjoy it very much. But, as much as it hurts, it doesn't mean that my friends should like it too. Judging by what I read, they don't seem to like it that much. So, before everything, make sure ...


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I'm in exactly the same situation, down to every cruel aspect of it. It's actually quite amazing, something that people without knowledge of probability distributions would call a huge coincidence :D . I think the problem in your approach is the fact that you throw a huge amount of information at them. Texas Hold'em (and poker in general) is a game with a ...


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Read the rules and then head off to your favorite (or soon to be favorite) site that lets you play for play money. Once you feel ready for real money, transition over. The sites available vary by geography, so you'll need to poke around to find the ones accessible to you. Personally I read the rules, watched WPT and WSOP, and played a lot on Poker Stars as ...



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