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I do not have experience in structured, measurable improvement of my poker game, but I do have some experience in self-improvement in other fields. I can therefore offer some general guidelines I follow. First of all, it is important to think very critically about yourself (self reflection) and indicate all the strengths and weaknesses of your play. You ...


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What was your position ? Q♥6♥ is a hand i would only played only for a steal (maybe) or on SB (also maybe). It's less than average hand. The fact also you got 3 callers sounds like you were in a very loose table. I except at least one out there to have a better Q than yours. CBet was reasoable, but the bet size was plain wrong in my opinion. A ...


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You did not play the pot correctly, you managed to lose the maximum amount possible. Your pre-flop raise was OK. With queens I would much rather have two aces hit the board then one, but that only means my hand is a little less likely to be beat at this point because there is one less ace in someone's hand. It does not mean anything other then that, you ...


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I'm Mike Johanson, one of the authors on the recent "HULHE is solved" paper, and I wrote a fair chunk of the code for Cepheus. kuzzooroo's link was the right one. At the link he gave (not reproduced here - new account, I have no reputation to post > 2 links), you can query any part of Cepheus' strategy, or play against it -- at least, you will be able to ...


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Personally i don't like tiny pairs eg. 22,33,44 when EP. These pairs, no matter what, are consistent Losers (highlight) no matter how good you play them from EP. I've read and checked database results (not mine) and they explained it's just bad to play them on EP. Regardless this, your call is good for set mining since your stack is > 40 BB (my fav ...


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For the purposes of this answer, Player 1 is the one with the Ax hand. Player 2 is the player with the non-Ace hand. I'm also assuming that Player 2 has a random hand - in other words, sometimes their starting hand will also include an Ace. This is an interesting question. My conclusion is that Player 2, knowing that Player 1 has an Ace, has the advantage, ...


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You have to realize that the majority of the taped TV shows DO NOT calculate those items in real-time. They are done days, even weeks, after the actual event in a voiceover studio, far removed from the actual games. So they have the time to calculate out those percentages and display them. But to answer your question, yes, those percentages do take the ...


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I haven't tried any full-length books, but the Thinking Poker podcast is a great source of poker strategy in audio format. They always have a good strategy segment in their weekly podcast, and they have two larger for-sale offerings of longer and more in-depth strategy that are high quality. They're at http://www.nitcast.com/collections/all. Their ...


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In many TV Tournaments, cameras are placed to see all hole cards and calculate those into winning percentage, but not all. WSOP Main Event final table does not, for example. Further, some players will not show the cameras their cards, and usually the displayed percentages will reflect that by not displaying a number, or displaying the percentage based upon ...


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In this case it would be the player that mucked last that wins the hand. Just because the other player didn't know you mucked or didn't show his hand doesn't disqualify him from winning - he wins if he mucked last.


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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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I consider myself a MTT trainee (note: i'm only playing online) and as @jim try to push my game. Here's what i do. As with everything practice helps. But i'm always try to find a balance between buy-in vs quality of play to withstand lots of tourneys where i min-cashed or not at all. I don't really care about the results at this moment. I just use a fixed ...


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Nothing jumps out at me as being obviously wrong with your play. I agree that the pre-flop shove is a good alternative but I wouldn't necessarily think that your move was wrong. Regardless, you had a great draw and (unfortunately!) those draws aren't always going to work out. You got your money in good and your thinking is along the right lines. This is ...


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Couple of things jump out at me here: 1 - make sure that you are only set-mining small pairs in multi-way pots. Set-mining 22 heads-up is a long-term loser. In your situation it just so happened that other people came along. But calling a raise like this when there's no guarantee that others will be in the pot with you will cost you money over the long ...


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So I am at my weekly game right now and showed the TD this post. He came clean with his 'cheat.' As folks are betting preflop around the table he has the deck in his hands and is surreptitiously flipping the corners of the top few cards, thus giving him the info on what the flop cards are!


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I have a simpler take on this situation. TT is a good enough hand to be all in before the flop since, chances are, it is already the best hand. On this flop, the only cards that had you beat were JJ, QQ, KK, AA, or 6x. The villain probably would have bet the same with 99 or less. Sometimes the cards play themselves and you lose. Your play was correct as far ...


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Heads-up limit hold'em is now solved!. The AI has a great website that will, among other things, tell you the optimal multistrategy at http://poker.srv.ualberta.ca/.


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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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This is one of the cases where you need to raise strongly the limpers before you. The error on your side was that you raised the typical amount of only 3BBs. In your situation you have to raise much more. How more? Take a look: You have QQ, a very strong hand, yet a vulnerable holding if A or K flops. Your first thought is to open raise typically at 3BBs. ...


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There is really not a standard. I have a standard that I used to use on my web site that I will share, the standard is not one I devised, it was around and used in most card rooms. It is a notation for describing game limits, and tournament levels. With the advent of online poker people started describing games in different ways and what standard there was ...


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I haven't looked at the revealed answer yet, and I'm not experienced in tournaments, so YMMV. You haven't said anything about the button's tendencies. Two calls of raises in this hand pre-flop could mean that he's hoping to sneak in with AA or maybe he's a little looser pre-flop because he feels like his stack size gives him some freedom. He would probably ...


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I agree with the other answers here that your post-flop choices were poor. Your pre-flop raise wasn't enough to get AX to fold, and when your flop continuation bet was called on this board even though you'd shown pre-flop aggression and are effectively representing an ace, you know you're in bad shape. The only hands that would call you here are AX and 77. ...


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I hit a wall in my cash games and there was a book recommended to me that pretty much turned around my game. I'll post the title later I can find it, but contained therein are two costly flaws you absolutely must eliminate from your game to be successful. From memory, these are: Passively playing hands in which you are potentially dominated Playing ...


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Decide to Play Great Poker by Annie Duke and John Vorhaus is excellent, IMHO.


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If your opponent did not release his hand then there would be no confusion, which is why it's smart not to release your hand until you've received the pot. However, the fact that there is confusion doesn't mean we can't sort it out. The pot is always awarded to the last live hand; at the moment you folded your opponent held the last live hand and so they are ...


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First a comment about the way you used nCk; 11C3 is ALL the possible ways you could draw 3 cards from the 11 remaining cards of your suit, but it isn't the case that any three cards of your suit will give you a straight flush (e.g. Suppose you hold the 2h4h, well, one of the combinations that gets counted by 11C3 is 9hAhTh, but that flop doesn't give you a ...


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I had developed a webpage in the past (for my own usage), aiming to improve my hand requirements skill at 6-max using Bill Chen formula. I was a beginner back then and Bill Chen formula seemed a nice, easy way to get into hand requirements, although after a while and some experience, i found that charts are the way to go for 6-max, to leave space for the ...


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In the 80s I played in clubs that routinely spread 13-14 hands on a big table (often a "violin" table more commonly used for Baccarat). That's very unusual nowadays, since casinos know that slows down the rake, so most spread only 9 or 10 now. Theoretically, without burns, you could have 23 players. Early Internet games on IRC would spread a tournament ...


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With that many players in the pot you should have raised rather than slow play. A raise of half to 3/4 the pot makes it mathematically a bad decision for anyone on a draw to call. But you could get a call from someone who hit the flop with less than a set. If someone on a draw makes the bad decision and calls, it makes no difference if you win or lose that ...


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This scenario will depend on the local house rules. What you are referring to is known as the "last aggressor" rule. Some places do enforce that and would say that since the person bet last, they should show first. However, it is my understanding that this is not universal - in parts of Europe, the last person to act (in this case the caller, not the ...



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