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answered How to play a pair against a maniac?
Nov
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comment How to play a pair against a maniac?
Why didn't you just go all-in on the flop? Why hold back 4.5BBs? Any the maniac - was he always going over the top or just a calling station? From this hand he's just a calling station.
Sep
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comment Simplest Way to Explain EV to Beginners
According to Ole Berg in "Poker: a Parody of Capitalism," "When the grinder takes up the viewpoint of the long run by applying the laws of probability, often he will have to accept the fact that the world does not in the short run behave according to these laws. He will have to endure the basic condition of play: 'In the long run there's no luck in poker, but the short run is longer than most people know' [from Rick Bennett's King of a Small World] "
Sep
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comment Simplest Way to Explain EV to Beginners
As Chip Reese put it "Life is just one long session." When I was younger I wanted to always leave a session "up". That didn't always happen - and I felt bad. Then, I realized that the poker game never ends - there is always a game to find - and I have to sleep and eat occasionally. This mentally smoothed things out for me.
Sep
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comment Simplest Way to Explain EV to Beginners
@ChrisFarmer Yes, you are certainly right. However, the basic idea is the same. What you bring up is one of the biggest reasons players like multi-table online poker. You get he reps up. We also like to spread out risk across other well-played poker sessions by buying a piece of a player. Some folks think of winning and loosing on a session by session basis (where a session is like a night of playing at the Borgata). In that sense, poker results can wildly fluctuate (and you can lose your entire bankroll).
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answered Did I play this AK hand well?
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answered Can I raise the blinds without seeing my cards?
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comment Straight + Flush draw on flop, is all-in worth to play?
If there is a poker text book that comes from Poker SE, this answer should be in that book. This topic should naturally continue to calculating the Hero's fold equity into the Monte Carlo simulation which would skew the win/loss percentage in the Hero's favor - but by how much exactly? Interesting question, IMHO. Still, a classic example of augmenting straight odds by making a bold move that maximize equity. That's real poker IMHO. Then ask the question of what should the Villian should be thinking - then we're in the mental war part of poker.
Jan
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comment Probability of flopping the unbreakable nuts
This is a really specialized odds calculation. The question is: What are the odds of flopping a straight flush where someone cannot outdraw you? Is this just an obscure odds calculation or do you have some other purpose? It has to be a straight flush as all other hands can be outdrawn (Chris Farmer down a bit explains why). I don't see where these odds are useful other than to impress people with obscure odds at the bar near the poker room (which people just don't fully appreciate IMHO - I've tried and tried to impress people with such poker knowledge - maybe I'm going about it wrong).
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answered Proper way to dispute a dealer's actions
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comment Is it correct to go all-in when you have KK?
BTW, for what it's worth, one of the last times I went up against AA with KK, the aces flopped an A, I turned a K and rivered a K. Yup Quad Ks beats Aces Full. So you can always hope for that ;-) The odds of that happening is way, way less than 1% (you can calculate it if you like). But it was way, way fun to river that king. We all took pictures because it was so unbelievable. I'll never forget that hand.
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Jan
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comment Probability of flopping straight flush
This question has been asked and answered on the internet about a thousand times. It is, as vlzvl points out, really not an interested odds calculation, generally. Any odds less than 1% is generally not worth thinking about IMHO. But, it's good that you're thinking about odds. Just think more about your odds of hitting a double-belly buster when you put your opponent on a range that includes your out cards.
Jan
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comment How to play QQ live tournament?
QQ is the best hand I ever folded in a tournament. I was at a final table (9 players left) of a $500 tournament (300+ players). Ahead of me there was an all-in and then an over-the-top all-in raise. My QQ looked weak - went into the tank for a couple of minutes then folded. I would have been crippled if I lost. You gotta remember that QQ is just a pair of Queens. That being said, your scenario is a total cooler. You were destined to lose that one. Don't think about it too much.