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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Can I reduce a bet after moving the chips past the betting line?

I had an odd situation at a live poker game in a casino recently. It was heads up and we got to the river. I checked and he bet $200. I told him that I can't call $200 but I could do $100. He said OK ...
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Do bluffs contradict Sklansky's Fundamental Theorem of Poker?

Suppose I am at the button position with a hand 3h 5h. I decide to play this hand and the flop comes Ac 10s 8d. Suppose everyone before me checks. Sklansky's Fundamental Theorem of Poker implies that ...
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Check or bet turn with effective nuts

I was playing a hand at the casino the other day and I made a decision that I am not too sure about, let me know your thoughts. CO has about 60bb behind, I have about 120bb, sb covers me Preflop ...
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How to select hand ranges for calling frequencies?

I've been reading through Ed Miller's Poker's 1% where he advocates analyzing calling frequencies after a session. He says calling/betting should happen 70% of the time at roughly each street. He ...
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What hands are worth raising with in late position to capture the antes in five card draw poker?

The game is eight-handed, the antes are 1/8th of a bet, meaning there is one bet in the pot to start. You probably wouldn't want to bet two small pair in early position, because of the possibility of ...
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What does "volatility on hand" mean and how do players use it?

Towards the end of part 1 of "Harrington on Hold'em" in the section titled "A Sample Hand," Harrington writes the following: I thought I was one of the better players remaining at ...
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When do you or don't bet the river headsup and you last to act?

When do you bet the river heads-up when you're last to act, the villain checks to you, and you feel that you have the winning hand? Rephrase, under what situations do you bet the river after your one ...
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How should I play the river after check-raising flop and leading turn?

I've started playing a strategy of defending my Big Blind with a reasonably tight range (15% approx). This strategy targets excessive c-cbets by check-raising the flop with a balanced range (value, ...
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Verifying I Played Pocket 3s Fine

Starting Info Hero: 33 Position: Cut-Off Stakes: 0.50/1.00 Stack: 35.00 Cash Game NLHE Pre-Flop action Hero raises to 2.00 (2BB) Button calls (100 behind) Small blind folds Big blind calls (80 ...
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How to bet with straight draw on the flop, and then straight on the turn?

I have 2 questions about bet sizing in no-limit holdem. Your Hero is in an online microstakes tournament. First level is 10/20 with 3 antes. This is only the 2nd round so Hero doesn't know anything ...
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What's the probability of each poker combination winning the showdown?

I play a poker-like game on a casino site, which offers dynamically changing coefficients for each hand on the table. Each round (blind, preflop, flop, turn) gamblers can bet that one of each hands ...
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Knowing whether to continue after calculating outs percentage

I am very new to poker and have been reading articles about how to calculate outs. For example if I have a flush draw on the flop then I have a 35% chance of hitting one of my 9 outs on the turn or ...
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How to play against a limp call?

I play low stakes online poker (0.01/0.02) and I really don't know what to do in the following situation. I am in late position, say the cut-off, and 3 players before me all limp in. I have a good KQs ...
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How to play with pocket 10 in low stack situation?

How to play with pocket 10's in low stack situation?
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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 react? I'...
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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)...