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You should enter the tournament as early as possible. Presumably, you're participating in the tournament because you have some sort of edge against the field. In other words, you should be playing the tournament because it is profitable for you to do so. Playing the earlier stages of the tournament lets you play more hands against your opponents, which (...

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Check raising can be used to punish people who auto-bet in position too often. It's also good for semi-bluffing or building a pot when you've got a made hand vs normal betting frequencies. It's part of a balanced strategy. If every time you have a hand you donk and every time you check you either check-call or check-fold then your opponents can take ...

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Jam on the flop after the small blind bets \$80 into a \$210 pot. This is a perfect opportunity to semi-bluff. You have 9 outs to the nut flush and 3 outs to top pair. The only hands that are going to be comfortable calling your all-in are a completed straight or combo draw. You'll get a fair amount of folds from overpairs/top pair in this spot and many good ...

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My interpretation is that mathematically, the expectation in EV is taken across the probability distribution of poker cards that are yet to be dealt in a particular hand as well as the randomness in opponents' play, and it is assumed that every other piece of information (including situation, position, etc) you can have is already taken into account when you ...

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OK, let's break it down mathematically. I'm going to use a standard poker equity calculator for this. You have T⋄ 9⋄ You say the all-in player had a medium pocket pair. For this "exercise", let's pick 8♠8♣ Let's consider the third player a typical tight-agressive player, in this case with a standard 18% Range of hands preflop ...

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I think the odds that someone will have a higher straight flush is very very very low. If you got such a hand you should assume you will win it. How to play? well, it depends on your position and the other players play (loose, tight, aggressive, etc.) I think the following will be a good guidelines: If you play against aggressive/loose players, let ...

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You have an interesting point of view about the short stacks, but this point tells me that you lack a few key things about short stack play. As you might know, in cash games, the blinds never increase. As you might know as well, in cash games you can buy in for any amount which is between two fixed amounts, set by the casino. However, in cash games the pots ...

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In my experience: One approach in this spots, is enter the pot only if you have position If you don't have position enter the pot only if the rest of players are very passive If you have premium then stab the pot strongly, since pot is very small you may want only one player to stay at it. Always take in mind the size of your stack, it may help you to take ...

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Basically it depends on some factors: the available statistics and notes to the opponents. tournament stage your stack opponent's stack General Big Blind behaviour: we tend to defend blinds against the "stealer", who is more loose/agressive than average we tend to defend blinds in the late tournament stage we tend to defend the blind against the big ...

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The problem with with making a standard raise with an M under 5 is that you will be left with a stack that is too low if you lose the pot. If a standard raise for this tournament is 2.5BB then you are raising to 2K to open the pot. If only the big blind calls you now have a 5K pot and a stack of 6K behind. Should you decide to push all in at this point your ...

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This is an excellent question. Seriously. One of the top on this site. You can use this technique, especially in multi-table tournaments and heads'up situations. But you have to be very aware of its consequences. Some reasons why you could do this: 1). piss other players off. This works both online and live. If you constantly take 2 - 3 or more minutes to ...

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As you said, it is easy. You want to start with the maximum BB's. Play tight in beginning to increase your stack. If you join as shortstack with around 30 bb's you can be an easy victim by someone who pushes you all in without any problems. That will not happen in the beginning phase, because everyone has the same amount of bb's.. as you said, easy. :)) now ...

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The books I have read by professional poker players discuss the check raise as part of a balanced strategy and discuss its use. The authors specifically point out that is perfectly acceptable. I surmise that those who object simply don't like having to cope with this particular tactic. If its a game among family or friends and someone objects, you might ...

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No one has answered the actual answer to the question. ICM. ICM stands for Independent Chip Model, taking storm in the late 2000's. ICM determines the value of chips at a given point in the tournament based on pay structure, and players remaining. In essence, the more chips you accumulate, the less they are worth, since the tourney is not a winner take all. ...

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I think the writer is arguing that calling with A5 is a bad idea preflop, while your italicized thoughts from the callers position are talking about post flop. Post flop, I think A5 on an A65 rainbow board is a strong hand; however preflop A5 is fairly weak. The "Great" sentence from the excerpt is the writer putting the caller (who holds A5) on single ...

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Firstly, you should realize that when you're playing against novice players you're in a good situation because it'll be easier to capitalize on their mistakes (since they'll tend to make more of them than experienced players). Secondly, their playing styles are very important - not all novice players play the same (in fact, not all novice players online ...

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Strategy itself is a fluid thing, and although the flow of a game and the effective strategy to beat it will constantly change, the fundamentals of good strategy don't. Wherever you play poker, it's still the same game, play money or real money! Simply put, if you let the type of game interfere with what you believe/know to be an effective strategy, then ...

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As well as the link Toby has suggested above take a look a the following: the simple psychology of postflop play How to play after the flop Post flop strategy Post flop play after missing flop Top 15 Poker - Post Flop strategy Partypoker - Post flop play Pokerstars Pokerschool - Post Flop quiz The last one is a quiz. There are a lot of useful quizzes on ...

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This has to do with the fact that late-position players in a poker hand have an advantage, having seen what early position players did, or didn't do. A check raise represents an attempt by an early position player to reverse the order. That is, he will wait for the late position player to bet first, before showing his strength. If a player never check ...

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It's not just home games that view check-raising as "pejorative" as you say. Most of the lowball games spread in Southern California flat-out banned check-raising. The other answers are generally correct... the reasons you would check-raise are the same as why you would bet out. Sometimes, though, check-raising makes a lot more sense than just betting out ...

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Critical points to consider: You are on bubble and you are second biggest stack. Player with a lower stack just went all-in having 5 players in front of him In double or nothing all winners get same reward ammount What this should tell you: You should avoid any play which risks loosing a whole stack Opponent has something really strong There is no ...

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The best way to deal with them in my opinion is to only call them with hands that have a good chance of winning a showdown. So any pair, any connectors, any suited cards preferably with a high kicker. If you act before them and have a decent hand, put in big raises to try and stop them shoving, if they do call then you hopefully chip up nicely :)

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I would say that it is beneficial if you think about it the right way. If you have developed strategies that are effective at these tables then the first thing to do is figure out what type of play is going on at these tables. Then instead of thinking about strategies being effective on this site think of the strategies being effective in games that play ...

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If its a free roll I tend to stay clear of any big pots at the beginning unless I have a premium hand. If theres already been action before me then I will probably shove with premium hands as in freerolls you are likely to get a caller no matter what. With regards to small stakes tournaments I will play my big hands and play in position, sometimes even ...

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First off, the statement in your question is not the norm: They have an obvious advantage of knowing about more cards that are in the play than they should, and they can strategically bet against one another to increase the pot (encouraging other players to play in hopes of winning). Almost always when players collude, they are typically protecting ...

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I know several people who've been asking about this for years. Intuitively - you'd think the answer is surely yes. It's also pretty easy to construct scenarios in which you'd think you'd gain an advantage. However - the reason I suspect you don't gain a significant advantage is that, as long as I've been playing Foxwoods and Vegas - the casinos make ...

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They have an obvious advantage and so will earn more in the long run, that's pretty clear! Also playing together and playing both separately would lead to the same amount money, so they are not risking more money just together (same argument for the profits.) Now I don't really know to much about collusion and specifically what edge it can give you but I ...

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If you absolutely cannot bring up your Stud High game, then simply play tight when that game comes around. Play only the top 7 starting hands, and play them aggressively. If you hand improves after a few more cards, you're probably good.

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The obvious answer is to practice and study in the game that is your weakness. You've noted that you're already doing that, which is certainly a good step. That said, you will always have some games that are more of a strength than others. My solution is, quite simply, to play extremely tight in the game(s) that you are weak in. By only playing strong ...

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