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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Poker players on real poker sites choose their name wisely, by that I mean they want to play there often and choose a real nick like "Destroyer666" or "Billy the Cid" whatever. But they won't go for PEtewr345353 or Hello324234 , it's not about the name only, it's more about the player who choose the name. I sometimes like a rude name like "r4p3tim3" but i ...


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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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Gaz makes a lot of good points. The goal with aces is to get all the money in preflop, but you should absolutely slow down and reevaluate postflop. Board texture, opponent types and tendencies, reads, stack sizes, etc. all come into play after the flop comes out and your opponent is betting and/or not folding to your bets. Don't get married to aces postflop; ...


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The short answer is that this is just the nature of things when playing for play money. When you get pocket aces, you often can (and should) get all of your chips in pre-flop because most play money players simply don't care. If someone before you raises, you can usually just shove all in and get multiple callers. Long term, you will still make (a lot) ...


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First of all if you can get someone to commit all of their chips pre flop when you hold Aces then you are doing well. You should be fist pumping at this stage as you are the favourite. If they suck out post flop then thats just varience you did the hard part getting all of your chips in pre which is +EV. You should always play the hand aggressively, but try ...


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I guess the best answer to this is that you should join whenever you will have a stack that you are comfortable playing with. If you are comfortable playing with a short stack then join right at the end of the late reg. (This what i do quite often). As long as you have over 10bb then you have a little bit of play before you have to be in Shove Fold mode. ...


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that is good question. I was thinking about this as well. I found it useful in some scenarios. Consider this: you got very strong hand and at first you don't know if your opponent(s) are interested in playing further, so you don't bet allowing them to see free card and extract some value on further streets. But as soon as one of the opponent bets - that ...


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I dont know how much of an affect it has to be honest, I dont really care what someone's username is or what picture they have, i just play them the same as anyone else. One thing I would say is that the name can sometimes help socially. Using PKR as an example as you have, my name on there is Daddy_Cool (cannot even remember why), this usually gets ...


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Yes a Chip Leader(CL) can still be short stacked. If you are CL you should look at the other stacks left to play and base your push/fold strategy on your opponents stacks. The smallest stack out of you or your opponent left to play is known as "effective stack" So in your scenario you have the CL, the second largest stack is 10bb. Assuming that all other ...


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The reasons to check-raise are exactly the same as the reasons to bet, and there are only two: For value. As a bluff There is also a continuation bet, or a bet to take down dead money, but that really should be viewed as a combination of both a bet for value and a bet as a bluff. If you consider a check-raise in this context, a few tactical patterns ...


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I agree with Mr. Booth, this question is far too broad, more over, it is not simply answered in one compact round. If you know anything about both games, you know intuitively that they dictate wildly divergent strategy. For the same intuitive thinking, you should know that just a cursorial perusal of 2+2 and Google will yield all the mathematical and ...


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There was a fair bit of discussion about this back in the poker boom days on DeucesCracked. The conclusions were mixed (and based on very anecdotal data). Three items of consensus appeared: Names in CamelCase and names that referred to "grinding", "graphs", "ev", "flips" or any other regular slang denoted a "regular" of some sort. Not necessarily good ...


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The main goal will be to maximise your gain, but like most obvious flopped nuts, the only way to win lot of chips with this hands is praying for someone to have a strong flush draw and wanting to go for it. I would bet ~1/3 of the pot and see if someone got hooked. Check/Call is not really an option because anyone with a hand under a flush will not put ...


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Thinking about what to do when you have the nuts or near-nuts is a nice way to think through basic poker concepts. You can safely assume that all you want is for the most money possible to go into the pot. Here there are two main questions to consider. How strong is my opponent's range? Here we need to know something about the preflop action. How much ...


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If You flop the straight flush, Your opponent can beat You with exactly one hand. Since we saw 5 card, there are 47 other cards int the deck, or at your opponents. The chance the villain(Lets say you are HU at this point) has the better straight flush is 1/(47*46/2) ~ 0.09% So your oppenent will be better once in every 1000 time you flop the minimal ...



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