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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.

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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.
Nov
24
comment Shuffle in middle of hand
I've been a poker floorman for ten years and a player for 30. I am not aware of any casino that reshuffles a stub because of an exposed burn card. A prematurely-exposed board card, on the other hand, can do so.
Nov
24
comment Shuffle in middle of hand
Then you're kind of stuck. All the players should know the standard rules ahead of time so these things are rare. If a situation like that occurred in my home game, the players would make arguments for what the fairest course of action is, and hopefully reach consensus if possible.
Nov
24
awarded  Commentator
Nov
24
comment 5card Jacks or better
That's why it's a common rule in such games for the opener to always keep his discards, to prove that he opened legitimately. But I wouldn't doubt this particular case.
Nov
24
comment Shuffle in middle of hand
I'm not aware of any standard rule for this situation, but if I were flooring, I would have taken the deck myself, given it another shuffle, handed it back to the dealer, and told him to continue, just so the players are protected against any possible dealer mischief.
Nov
24
comment Shuffle in middle of hand
Every casino's house rules also begin with rule #1: The floorman will make all decisions in the best interest of the game, even if that conflicts with the letter of the rules. As a floorman for ten years, I maybe invoked that rule 2-3 times, but it does happen.
Nov
24
comment Shuffle in middle of hand
Remind me never to play in your home games. Those rules are practically set up for cheating. If there is one single, most important, overriding rule in poker it is this: the players in the hand must never have any choice in how the hand plays out. If you have no floorman to make rulings, you should have a player who is not in the hand decide.
Nov
24
comment Can an Ace be low in a straight?
For Pai Gow Poker as played in Nevada, the casino was correct: wheel beats a K-high straight, but loses to Broadway. California casinos play the wheel low, as in normal poker.
Nov
13
comment Can an Ace be low in a straight?
Also straight flushes: A2345 suited beats quads, but loses to 23456 suited. All poker games using traditional high hands recognize the wheel as a straight, except "Deuce to Seven" (aka "Kansas City") lowball. In 2-to-7, a wheel is just A-5-4-3-2 high, thus beating any other A-high, but losing to K-high.
Nov
7
answered What is a straddle bet?