Questions tagged [betting-strategy]

Betting strategies are the application of various betting options (check, bet, raise, call, fold) and amounts to achieve a desired result.

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First round all-in

Suppose you play NLH with deep stacks, first round of betting, no raises yet. Should you ever go all-in with your first bet? If someone else goes all-in with their first bet, how should you ...
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Calculating my bet size if I know my bluff % to make villain indifferent

I'm trying to work out the formula to figure out what percentage of the pot I need to bet if I want to make the villain indifferent to calling. A similar question has a response by paparazzo where he ...
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What constitutes a dead hand?

If a player announces to the table after the river with one player left that if the other player has a pair you win and then places the cards face down on table? Is the hand "dead" for the player who ...
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Facing donk lead and call on flop … what now?

Opening hand of $7 Spin & Go on PokerStars. Both opponents unfamiliar. For those unfamiliar with the format, you play a winner take all tournament, starting at 10/20 blinds with 500 chip ...
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Should I shove or 4-bet with AA

Playing an 8 player cash game where blinds are 1-1. People tend to bet aggressively on this table so a normal raise pre-flop would be from 6$ to 12$. I am UTG with a stack of 100$. My cards are AA ...
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Why shove the river when your range is more than 50% value heavy?

From an example in Mastering Small Stakes No Limit Holdem (pg. 383): Notice that Hero [on the river] has nut hands slightly more often than bluffs. When this is the case, as long as Hero does not ...
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Poker hand analysis

NLH tournament in the money blinds 15 30 sb 1,950 J♠8♠ bb 1,889 K♠Q♣ Prelop sb bet 75 bb call 75 pot 150 Flop 6♣2♠7♠ sb 45 bb 175 sb call pot ...
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Heads up with chip advantage but you are the weaker player

Related question on how many blinds does a better player need against a bigger stack. Say an amateur is heads up against a pro with a 4:1 chip advantage. Pro has 40 bb. Blinds are 1 and 2. Pro is ...
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HU you know your opponent will bet pre with any two cards - what should your range be

Based on this range answer of play top 70% against 100% it got me thinking. Pre your opponent will open or call 3x with any hand. Your choice is to open 3x, call 3x, or fold. Clearly you can ...
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Crazy Hand WSOP

tournament in the money sb 30 bb 60 ante 10 like 7 handed Pre hero sb deep has villain covered K⋄ K♠ bet 160 to go villain bb deep Q♣ T⋄ call 160 pot 370 ...
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Not announcing raise on purpose

Setting: You are playing 1$/2$ or 2$/4$ ish live cash game or 100$ to 500$ live tournament. Pre Flop every one folds to you / you are UTG and you put in a single chip which is 5x the BB. After you ...
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How to play the hand

This is from Conscious Poker hand of the day on you tube. To me it is a fascinating hand. NLHE $5, $10 nine handed Pre flop Hero is in the SB with a stack of $3800 with J⋄T♠ ...
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Take advantage of your equity vs. Force opponent to make a bad play

Say you have A♠ A♥. Regardless of the action pre-flop, let's say the flop comes A♦ T♦ 9♣ and the action is on you. On a wet board like this, you probably want to bet to protect your hand and perhaps ...
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Is there a benefit to pre-checking in online poker?

I was playing a bit online and I found myself wondering why no one that I have played with ever consistently pre-checks (press the check button before the action gets to them, instantly checking if it ...
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odds and pot odds and when to bet what

I am wondering in what cases it is more profitable to play with your odds (for example bet 15% of pot when you have 18% winning odds) and when its better to give your opponent bad odds to call? Take ...
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Great Poker Hand Daniel Negreanu vs Alec Torelli

One of my favorite hands 100/200 tournament 6 handed pre Daniel Negreanu UTG+1 A♣J♠ raise to $400 Alec Torelli UTG+2 5♠5⋄ call $400 not going to cover the rest ...
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2 pairs vs 2 pairs

I am in the online NLH $0.02/$0.05 game and receive [As Tc] on SB. The player in the early position limps, I call because it seems to be an inexpensive chance to see a flop, BB checks. Then the ...
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How would you play this hand?

No Limit Hold'em 7 players at the table, I am SB with around 10 BB in my stack Average stack is around 15-20 BB One person in middle position calls the BB, everyone else folds Back to me - I have ...
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Where can I find a resource for mathematically optimal plays?

So I've seen some streamer use an online tool that he used to analyse his plays. Specifically, the tool would tell him what actions are considered mathematically correct in the situation at hand. I ...
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Confusion of “Lead”

I'm a new player. I confuse about the "lead" concept. For example, at pre-flop, in the case 1, player A open raised $10, player B called. Player A is leader. But in the case 2, player A open raised ...
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Poker hand suited connector

6 handed 1/2 cash All around 100 bb but bb at 30 Pre Hero in CO with T♠ 8♠ UTG open for 4 bb with one caller, I call, btn fold, sb fold, bb calls. I am lovin it. Flop Pot is 17 ...
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How to avoid suck outs when squeezing cold callers

I've had a few hands where I have say, KQ and the flop contains K rag Q. Clearly I am favourite here so tend to ram and jam on the flop, turn and river. On a few occasions though, some short stacks ...
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How to bet from button heads up pre flop

Heads up pre flop the button is the sb and bets first Assume both players are deep like 100 BB I noticed some pros just min raise and play almost every hand and get called almost every hand. This ...
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Heads up hand between two pros

Bizzar hand I just watched Heads up blinds 5 10 Cove on the button with 8♠7⋄ calls Starts with 16 BB Firth with 5♥6♥ checks Has Cove covered Flop 3⋄J&...
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Is there a difference between a “loose” and an “ aggressive ”player?

I hear these terms used seemingly interchangeably, but is there a difference? Someone who plays loose is supposedly someone who bets often and likes to see many flops, so what does it mean to be an ...
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How to respond to a re-raise preflop?

I'm wondering what would be the best response to a re-raise preflop. Situation being that if I was holding a strong hand like AQ, KQ, AJ, AK etc and I raise 3BB preflop. If an opponent were to reraise ...
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Is it ever ok to limp preflop? Beginner question

Considering there is a negative connotation with limping in, which makes you look weak, is it ever OK to limp in preflop? In what situations does limping preflop work and should it be used as part of ...
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Tournament versus cash game

How should your strategy change in a tournament versus a cash game? Assume a tournament with no or one re-buy. And you have a sufficient bankroll.
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AK suited in the BB

This hand was one of the hand day reviews by a pro $50 / $100 first hand of tournament everyone starts with 300 BB Hero BB A♠ K♠ HJ $250 CO $250 BB $1050 ...
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Is this proper GTO

A popular hand between Alec Torelli and Doug Polk at the Bike Both solid pros and have popular YouTube channels They both have reviews of this hand Polk will play exploitative but he is more GTO Alec ...
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Raising all-in against calling stations on draws?

Recently I read from one of the poker books (NLHE: Theory and Practice, by Sklansky, D. and Miller, E.) that if you are ahead, you should value bet as high as the opponent will call, without giving ...
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Call or fold - tough spot on turn

One entertaining hand Reinkemeier vs. Seiver High stakes tournament deep stacks Reinkemeier has Seiver covered but not by much Seiver opens in early position for like a min raise - hard to tell ...
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high straight vs low straight/flush

The table was a bit loose. BB is 2000 and I had 45000 and the opponent 35000. I was under the gun with suited 78. I limped in and no one raised but got some calls. The flop came 456 rainbow. ...
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Playing mid suited connectors from BB

You are the BB and facing 2.5 BB open and one call. SB folded. You have 78s. Do you play the hand and how. Everyone has 30 BB. Assume competent pretty much down the middle players. They can be ...
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Facing a shove after turning an OESD with JJ deep in MTT

Blinds : 100K/200K Hero: 27.1M. Villain: 26.5M. 7 players Hero : J♣ J♥ Villain : A♥ A♠ Preflop Hero opens for 800K. Villain raises to 2.2M. Hero re-raises to 5.0M. ...
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To c-bet or not to c-bet against bigstack?

I'm considering a hand I played in play money. I had JQo vs 33 and I don't remember exactly what position I was in but it was relatively late position. It looked like this: I had 3k chips (play money)...
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Why are the Top Poker Hands rated as they are?

I'm new to poker and my question is why hands like Ace Ace, King King, Queen Queen, are the best starting hands? How was that established to be true? They are easily be beaten by a straight, for ...
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Most profitable initial bet

I was playing a $1-2 game at the casino this past week and the guy on my right kept his initial bets at $11. This is a lot higher than my usual starting bet (usually I will lead out with 7 [3.5X],) ...
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Should I chase a Straight or Flush?

If I am one card away from a straight or flush after the flop, should I keep chasing it even if others are betting? Then fold after the last turn if I end up having nothing? I am pretty new to poker ...
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Married to overpair?

I just played a cash game hand yesterday that made me wonder if I'm too married to my overpairs. It's a headsup game, and we both have about 40X, with me slightly ahead. I wake up to QQ and raise to ...
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When should I limp pre-flop?

In almost every single poker article I've read, they say never limp pre-flop. Is there any situation where is justifiable to limp pre-flop? If yes, when should I limp?
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What is meant by “protecting” your hand and when do you want to try to do it?

In this hand there are three players to the flop. The flop is 9♥ J♥ T♦ and the player in position hits a set and raises the middle player. The commentator has this to say about ...
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How to play a straight or flush when the board pairs

I am writing a poker game where you play against 5 bots and I just can't get my head around playing straights and flushes. They are solid hands but you can get stacked by a boat or higher. If ...
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Zoom NL5: checking second nut flush on turn?

Cut off in this hand has supernova VIP. (Don't know why he is playing these limits). No previous history with this player. Blinds are 0.02/0.05. 6 max zoom table. Folds to the Cut off who makes ...
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Calling to lure players into the pot

Lets say you are sitting on Aces and want to play. How good is it to call instead of to raise as to get more money into the pot? Could this be called a double bluff?
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How good is it to call when you have no money in the pot?

If you are staring at a pair but it is not your chance to open the pot should you call? If you are staring at a pair of nines for example. What is some common rules of thumbs for being risk averse ...
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When taking pot odds into account after the flop, use chance of hitting with next two cards, or just the next card

After the flop, for pot odd does the rule of 2 or the rule of 4 apply, or said differently, do you take into account that there are still two card to come, or do you just look at the next card? To ...
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Bet sizing to get all their chips

Hero flops a hidden monster like full house or top trips on a dry board. Villain may think they are good. Your objective is to get villain to commit as many chips as possible. A few options: ...
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Set with a draws on the flop

Hero 8♠8♥ Let's say raised to 3BB from mid and had two callers (solid players that will bluff and lay down but nothing crazy) Everyone has 50+ BB Flop 8♣7♣T♥ ...
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Squeeze Play - What and How [closed]

What is a squeeze play? When and how do you execute it?