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Free software developer and advocate, poker player. Over 30 years experience, winner of the Usenix STUG award for contributions to MediaWiki, author of the OneJoker library.

My blog is etceterology.


Jan
4
answered Poker Practice - Preflop All In
Dec
30
comment Am I obligated to show my cards if I get called and we go to showdown?
We both agree that the non-callers or the routine every-hand request is generally a dick move, and especially the winner asking to see a mucked loser--that's a real dick move (and even has a special rule). But we'll just have to disagree about the "spirit of the game" on a tough call. I have no problem at all with someone making a hard call wanting to see the cards he paid to see, even with no suspicion of collusion. That's just part of the game. I can give you citations from the 1800s of players coming to gunplay because a bluffer tried to muck his hand unseen.
Dec
30
comment Am I obligated to show my cards if I get called and we go to showdown?
It's inappropriate for, say, a third or fourth player in the hand to ask to see mucked ones, even though they are entitled. That rule is about stopping collusion, and can get abused. But the CALLER of a large bet is calling precisely for the purpose of seeing the hand he called. It's even called "seeing" the bet. That's what it's for. If anyone, including the bettor, interferes with the CALLER's right to see the hand he called, it is that person who is cheating, and violating the spirit of poker.
Dec
30
comment Am I obligated to show my cards if I get called and we go to showdown?
It is sometimes perceived as rude to ask to see a called hand. But it is still an absolute right: if you pay to see a hand, you can see it. You can bet that if someone bets $300 into me and I call $300, I am seeing that hand, come hell or high water. Against a player known for mucking called bluffs, I once called a floorman over before calling, and told him to prevent the player from mucking his hand after I called.
Dec
30
answered Am I obligated to show my cards if I get called and we go to showdown?
Dec
29
comment Final table shuffle in MTT
Yes, it's common. I played a tourney at the Orleans once where I had just made it past the blind when we got down to 10 players, paying 9. They redrew for the final, I got the big blind (for my whole stack) and immediately busted on the bubble.
Dec
29
answered What is the maximum number of players in Texas Hold'em?
Dec
29
comment What happens if the last two live players fold at the same time?
Personally, as a floorman, I would press the dealer and/or other players to really think hard about who mucked first. If no luck there, I'd hold the pot and go look at the camera. One of the players surely made the mucking action before the other, and if that's clear on camera, I award the pot to his opponent--the last player with a valid hand (even though he subsequently mucked it). As a last resort if even the camera can't decide, I have little choice but to split it.
Dec
29
comment Pocket Tens vs Pocket Jacks
I think you'd have to be seriously deep-stacked to get away from this one. Like, say, you each had 500+. You might have gotten a bit more info from a pre-flop raise, but with only 150 it probably would have gone in on the flop anyway.
Dec
29
comment Who has advantage if one player is known to have an Ace?
I haven't done the math, but I suspect the advantage would be to the player on the button, regardless of which is which.
Dec
22
comment Calculating Poker Outs
Outs are only relevant against some other particular hand, presumably one that currently beats you. In your scenario a 9 or Q does nothing to improve your hand relative to any other--that pair belongs to your opponent as well. But a 2 helps only you, so it's an out.
Dec
20
comment Must you show your cards if you are playing the board?
As far as I know. I only claim expertise in the American game and have heard about others.
Dec
20
comment Must you show your cards if you are playing the board?
Only in British casinos have I ever seen a player allowed to play the board after discarding his hand. No American casino would allow such a thing--discarding your hand surrenders your share of the pot, even if your opponent is only playing the board (and he'll have to show two valid cards to do so).
Dec
9
comment do you HAVE to show your cards in an all in heads up?
In my casino, we enforced "last aggressor" shows, even if it was an earlier round.
Dec
9
comment Do odds depend the the number of hands folded preflop?
Probability is a measure of information. All that matters is which cards are known and which are unknown. Their physical locations, whether they are dealt or undealt, etc., doesn't matter.
Dec
9
comment What tie breakers exist?
suffecool.net/poker/7462.html
Nov
25
awarded  Revival
Nov
24
answered Are non-standard verbal declarations such as “same bet” or “I put you all-in” binding?
Nov
24
comment Shuffle in middle of hand
Certainly. We just know how to handle them fairly.
Nov
24
comment Shuffle in middle of hand
I generally play with experienced players who know the rules, so such situations just don't ever come up.