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It is determined by their stack size prior to the hand starting.


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Sounds like you had an 18K stack preflop, or about 30bbs. The 3K raise is fairly standard, though you shouldn't only raise that size with hands like AA because perceptive opponents can figure that sort of thing out if they play enough hands with you (then again, if no one at your table is perceptive, go ahead and play in an exploitable way). On the flop ...


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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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The decision is based on the extra equity you gain in the tournament if you win. In the first instance, you have an 80% chance at a 600bb stack, and a 20% chance at not cashing. Your ROI with a 600bb stack would need to go up based on that stack to make the call worthwhile. The breakeven point is .8 * 300% * advantage + .2 * 300% * 0 = 300% The left side ...


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Disclaimer: I am a cash game player, so you might consider my opinion to be biased. Cash games tend to run deeper than tournaments. This in turn leads to more post flop play in cash games than in tournaments, as a general rule. Post flop play in a deep cash game, even one that is only 100 BBs deep, can be very difficult. Given that we play against ...


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On the contrary of the answer above, the answer is yes, is the right move. Calling 36000 to win 87000 means that you have must have at least 29% if equity. The hands that has this equity against AK are 22+, A2s+, KTs+, Q2s+, J2s+, T2s+, 92s+, 82s+, 72s+, 62s+, 52s+, 42s+, 32s AKo, Q2o+, J2o+, T2o+, 92o+, 82o+, 72o+, 62o+, 52o+, 42o+ even taking in to ...


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Against an unknown opponent, stack sizes dominate the decision for me. If we have a big stack and he has an average-to-medium-but-not-short stack, then I'll raise a lot until he shuts me down. Similarly, if we both have medium stacks, I'll probably still raise a fair amount - if we cover him by a fair margin, this frequency goes up. If either one of us has ...


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According to my experience It depends.... If going all in three way handed and the loosing player has the low stack, the other two players split the bounty. If the loosing player has more chips than one of the other players, the bounty is not split and "goes" to the player with the high stack. I know you didn't ask but to complete the answer.. in split ...


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The rule of thumb I've always heard is that tournaments tend to end when there are around 10 big blinds left on the table. You will need to know the number of players you will have, your starting blind level and stack size, and your desired tournament length. Generally, you will not want to start with deep stacks for a short tournament. The final blind ...


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You don't mention how big are the blinds, but you say "Hero calls 8000", so I'm assuming the blinds are 4K / 8K, which means you have about 7 BB behind. This means you're SEVERELY short stacked. In this case, the play for you is pretty much on automatic pilot: find a decent hand to go all-in with. I disagree with what you did preflop: you should've moved ...


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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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Your best source of information will be the casinos themselves. Most casinos have web sites, and many of those include tournament schedules for their poker rooms. Otherwise, you can call them, and they can tell you of any upcoming events. Ante Up Magazine's web site has an index of poker rooms by state that could be of use in your search for nearby ...


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I can't see calling here for an additional 1800 to get to 3000 with then only about 4000 left. So to me it leaves shoving all-in or folding. If you shove, I think you have near zero fold equity after the PF3B to 3000 done by the solid/conservative player you describe at UTG+1. He already did put 3000 in and he'd have only 4000 to add to call in a pot that ...


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My first impression is there's not much wrong with the hand, if anything at all. A reasonable case for 3-betting Preflop can be made, but that depends on the type of players behind you left to act. I'm more inclined to 3-Bet if they are mostly Loose-Passive. Clearly, you have what most people consider a "Value" hand in this situation. From the looks of it, ...


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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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Your preflop actions look fine. You have the second best starting hand in poker, so 4betting strongly is correct. The 3-5-6 rainbow flop is coordinated, but you worrying about hands like 2-4 and 4-7 is just silly. Think about it: would you call a 4-bet preflop with this kind of hand? Probably not unless you were super deepstacked (which you didn't mention, ...


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If such a player is approximating a game-theoretic-optimal (GTO) strategy, then they are essentially putting their opponent in a situation where it doesn't matter what they do. In other words, whatever information you believe you could glean from their play will not help you alter their expectation (i.e., reduce their expectation while increasing yours). ...


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Just play your game, don't let the fact it's a live game or your first tournament in a casino affect you negatively in how you play. There is no need to fight over every pot in the first few levels. Take it slow at the start, watch the players and see how they play, adjust your game accordingly. Be aware for casino regulars for many reasons, be aware but ...


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This is false. The hand will play out as usual with the flop, turn, and river. I'm not sure where your friend heard this or why he believed it. There are plenty of televised heads-up tournament matches available with a quick youtube search where you can see how heads-up hands get played.


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I would argue that both games take a similar amount of skill in order to achieve expert-level play. However, to achieve average-level play, tournaments require less skill. The reasoning behind this is, as John Dibling stated, cash games require more postflop play. That complication is forced into the game much more than any of the complications of ...


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Obviously, the nuance you're considering is valid. Our ability to outplay this opponent and whether that is more valuable in the long run than just taking a more volatile approach and trying to get stacks in now is worth considering. That said... A8s is approximately within the top 13% of hands depending on how you use hand rankings but it's very close ...


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Ignoring the fact that he called with 75o (as that does prove your point), what makes you conclude that this opponent is a weaker player? Often in Heads-up tournament play, the best strategy is to play A LOT of hands and play them very aggressively. It sounds like this is what he was doing. If he's aggressive enough to make it hard to whittle him down, you ...


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My suggestion based off my own personal experience with house games is start with small buy-in tournaments. As the experience and comfort level grows, you can then either. Up the buy-in of the tournaments and/or transition into cash games. You can set the Buy-in caps of the cash games to limit the loss and keep the games friendly. To keep players from ...


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It would help in analyzing this hand if we knew the stack sizes of the players at the table. That could change a lot of factors. Regardless... You made a few mistakes here, but getting your money in was not one of them. First, preflop: Against a min-raise (e.g. a raise that only increased the bet by 1x the big blind), it is almost always a big mistake to ...


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What were the limits or the level of skill at play here? What's the difference in prize money between the finishing positions yet to be paid out? Without those details it's hard to say definitively, but no, the Hero did not play well here. Open-limping is generally a bad idea anyway, doubly so because you were technically short stacked, and even more so ...


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See here: How are side pots built? . I don't think the rules about side pots will change if a player is so severely short stacked. In your particular case, I think it will be: Main Pot: 40 (10 from each player, since player 2 has the fewest chips) Side Pot 1: 60 (player 1 has 20 left, so players 3 and 4 also put 20 chips in. 3 x 20 = 60). Side Pot 2: 40 ...


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At first, rank, as you define it, has nothing to do with the stages of a tournament. It has to do with a thing, called the M factor. M represents the number of orbits that you will survive if you never play a hand, if you fold immediately, when your chance is given. Its formula is: M=(Stack size)/(big blind+small blind+total antes) (you should add one ante ...


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I think the biggest mistake here is not raising pre-flop. With three people in the hand and AQ out of position I think this has to be a raise, relating to some comments that I read I would be raising here 100% of the time, I don't think playing AQ out of position is great (obviously you play it, it's a monster) and so narrowing the field would be the first ...


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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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