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Online poker refers to poker that is played against remote opponents using software.

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How good are the best poker bots?

What stakes are the best computer programmed bots currently capable of winning at? And is it considered cheating and is there ways to detect them? Bots will only get better, is this a problem for ...
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Is online poker legal or not in the United States ?

I am just starting to learn Texas holdem, and I've heard that online poker is not legal, and also that it is. Which is it?
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How to detect tells online?

I know there ara some tips to detect tells while playing live, but how can you do it while playing poker online? What should I look for?
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What's the optimum time to enter a tournament with late registration?

Lately there's been a significant growth in the number of tournaments that stay open for late registration. It's a good thing in that it allows a far greater number of entrants, and you don't have ...
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How to best teach poker to a novice in 1 month?

Note: I am interested in playing NLHE. Short version: I live near a large casino. I would like to eventually get good enough to play there and consistently win money. However, the lowest stake table ...
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Maximizing profit post-bubble

Had a few pleasant games in a particular tourney format: 9max NL normal speed/structure; NTT S-M field (~150); M-L buy-in (~$300); this runs often enough for me to have accumulated a sample of just ...
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What to do if we suspect online poker server is cheating?

This question applies to both free to play or paid servers. It is very much possible that the online poker host can cheat by playing intelligent bots. I suspect Zynga Poker is all time big cheater. ...
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Poker Rooms Comparison

I am playing at Pokerstars only. Basically there are a lot of tournaments/cash games at PS according to any taste and bankroll. I am thinking of creating an account in some other poker rooms. So ...
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The more advice I read - the worse I play. What am I doing wrong?

I have been playing online Texas Holdem for years. At first I was getting better all the time. Not good enough to make a living or anything but steadily accumulating money on the low stakes "penny" ...
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Profitability of re-buys/add-ons when allowed

If you are not familiar with the format: such tournaments are (at least) available online, mostly in form of satellites to other tournaments etc. Basically the standard satellite structure with 1 ...
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How to stay alert during long tournaments

I was qualified for a $500.000 online tournament which starts in a few days. The tournament starts at 19:00 and blinds go up every 20 minutes so it's a slow tournament. This means that if I'm running ...
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Is online poker still a profitable way to make money in 2014?

I knew back in the year 2005 to 2008 time-frame, online poker with mid stakes are profitable to play. I was wondering if one can still make money profitably by playing online poker game? The reason I ...
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Is it possible to play for real money online in the US?

I know that after "Black Friday" many online poker sites didn't allow U.S. Players to play for real money anymore. I've heard/seen that it's possible to play via bitcoins and/or other proxy methods. ...
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NL600: River Decision OOP vs Thinking Regular At Very Wet Board

Opponent is a good, thinking semi-loose regular, capable of almost all the things you'd imagine. 28/21/2.5 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~1200 hands. This is early in this particular session although we've ...
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NL100: 2-Pair In 4-Way Pot Facing OOP Lead @ Wet Flop

Villain is 21/14/1.5 AF over ~ 105 hands. It seems as though he understands position. He has mostly been quite passive postflop not making overly aggressive moves or traps. I haven't got a lot of ...
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Is shoving all in with a weaker player the best strategy?

I'm heads up on the final of a tournament. I have around 1200 chips and my opponent around 4800, blinds 25/50. I'm on the small blind with A♥8♥, I go all-in since I've seen him make loose calls and I'...
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Online play analysis software

What software would you recommend for analyzing one's game? I'm talking detailed number-crunching after the session, not online databases like sharkscope or in-game odds calculators (meh). Is there ...
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Whats this "OFC" game that I keep seeing poker players talking about?

What is this "OFC" game that I keep seeing poker players talking about?
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Is it correct to go all-in when you have KK?

I was playing a cash game online and I got pocket Kings. If someone else keeps raising me pre-flop, should I go all-in or should I hold back in case he has pocket Aces?
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How to play the flop when two aces appear?

The game was Texas Holdem NLHE 1$/2$ 6 player game. I was in the big blind. Two players limped in, one of them was a new player.. I got Q♠Q♥ and made a standard 3BB raise. both players ...
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How do you determine a good online table to sit at?

How do you make a decision to play at any particular table online? The tables list stats like hands per hour, average pot, etc. Are those factors useful in determining which table to sit at?
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How to identify low sets against top pair top kicker? (Online Poker)

When I get busted it is because I did not identify that my opponent held a set and I thought my top pair with top kicker is best. I often run in situations where I held something like A♠K&...
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Moving from online to live games

What are the most important considerations in moving from online to live games? I usually play low stakes SNG with somewhere between 10-50 participants and want to try playing live tournaments with a ...
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NL200: Difficult River Situation; Whether To Bluff Or Not?

Villain is a TAGgy regular. 24/17/2.1 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~270 hands. $2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players SB: $161 BB: $218 UTG: $63 MP: $157 Hero (CO): $290 BTN: $245 Pre Flop: Hero on CO has 7&...
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What tournament size is best to play if completely new to on-line playing Texas hold-em?

Should I be playing large tournaments ie 600 players for a very small buy-in to get more practice or small tables of 6 - 9 player for a slightly larger buy-in?
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What is the best strategy once you are chip leader in a tournament?

I am talking about tournaments(MTT) with about 30-40 players.What should be the strategy: Go loose: Force other players to either go all in or fold, if you have slightly good cards Go tight: Let ...
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Basic Strategy for Pokerstars ZOOM?

Edit: With moderator's comment in mind, I'd like to rephrase the question. What would be some of the basic strategy adjustments and exploitable quirks you would focus on when playing ZOOM? Original:...
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Adjustments to the rake?

When playing low stakes with very little rake-back, I am hitting over 10bb/100hands for rake. Its really a pretty ridiculous number to beat for a decent clip, even at really low stakes. Do any of ...
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Possible cheating in Online Poker (by the dealer)

It sure seems at times that the hands are dealt specifically to enhance betting. I am wondering if any of these sites might try to set up hands. For tournament play it wouldn't seem to be an advantage ...
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What software to use when playing online?

I want to use some software for online play that would help with better information about my opponents. I think I saw over the years some screenshots with such software, but I don't know their name. ...
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Short stack play - best way to deal with it?

Short stack play - the extreme measures/adaptive game-plan a short-stacked player will undertake to stay in the game. The characteristics of this effect/game-plan tends to include higher levels of ...
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Is online poker safe?

I'm sure many of you remember the story of various poker websites being seized by the FBI back in 2011 (such as Full Tilt, Pokerstars etc.) and how the assets of many American players were frozen (...
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NL200: Many possible lines to showdown in this 3-bet pot

Villain is a semi-loose regular for 6 max. He's solid enough, but generally straight-forward OOP. 27/16/2.5 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~180 hands. $2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players SB: $180 BB: $211 UTG: $...
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Pre-flop charts 6-max cash games

I am planning on building a poker bot. The first and easiest part is the pre-flop strategy. Do you guys have any links for a good pre-flop strategy in NLH 6-max cash games, 100BB deep? This includes: ...
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What are the advantages gained by those who cheat?

I read that online poker sites disallow certain applications to be used during play. I'm not experienced with poker but I do play regular games and I assume these are the equivalent of "wall hacks", "...
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Is it bad etiqutte for the whole table to agree to let someone blind out?

There is probably no wrong or right answer to this just wondered what the general opinion is. To set the scene. I was just playing in a tourney where we got down to the final 6 and 5 paid. The chip ...
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Research on the effect of a screen name or avatar in online poker

In online poker there are very few things you can bring to the table that will bring you some kind of meta advantage over the other players, in my experience there are only two, and on some sites just ...
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What are the most important things to consider when choosing a poker coach?

To me there seems a lot of noise coming from the poker community about coaching best practices. Particularly about what makes a coach valuable to someone. How is this value judged? Is getting a coach +...
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What are the measures you should useto tell how well you're doing in a tournament?

I've noticed that on pokerstars mtt's there's a chip graph with the average stack, but I'm not convinced that your stack in comparison to the mean is the best average, because there may be a few ...
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What time of day are poker players at their best/worst?

My thinking is that being in the UK I can play while it's 4am or something in America, so is there a guide as to when players will be more or less alert, and hence play better or worse?
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Online vs Live problem

I am having somewhat of a problem, I read books, I study hands, and I do everything a growing player should do, and I can see my progress when playing poker online. I am confident and I would like to ...
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Daily profit - how much do you consider enough [NLHE NL2]

i hope this question is not too vague, i think it's rather a common problem in micros where tiny money can be made or lost in relatively little time due to loose play or absurd aggression. I am ...
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NL100: Facing River Raise After Flopping Straight

Villain is 37/15/9 (3b) over ~450 hands. RFI 32%(7/22) from SB. This is the first time he's limp-called from this spot, altough he does it slightly more than half the time from most other positions. ...
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NL400: Big Slick IP vs C-Bet In 3-Bet Pot

Opponent relatively unknown, only ~35 hands. They're playing VPIP:51 / PFR:31 / 3bet:6% (1/17 opportunities). Currently he has a postflop AF of 2.7, which is above the ~2.0 average. What would you do?...
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NL400: Vs a TAG Regular. Interesting River Decision

Opponent is a standard TAG regular, nothing unusual. No specific reads. 22/16/2.5 (VPIP/PFR/AF) over ~300 hands. $4 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players SB: $155 BB: $361 UTG: $190 MP: $444 Hero (CO): $...
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Start playing NL Hold'em or Limit Hold'em?

I am a novice who is beginning to take poker seriously and invest a fair amount of time into improving. Limit holdem seems to be a less complicated game than holdem and seems like it may be easier to ...
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Interesting Spot in Penny Poker: Overpair vs Nit on Wet Board

One of my students was practicing at the super-low stakes online games, and he came across a hand that ended up a lot more interesting than it seemed on face value. I have my own conclusions that I'll ...
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Is there any poker online software which run on Linux?

That's it. If so, which do you recommend?
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Lose money when poker server goes down?

For those of you that play online poker, what happens when the servers go down in the middle of a hand? What are the online poker companies policies for when servers go down in the middle of a hand? ...
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PLO100 - Top Two Facing Turn Aggression on Wet Board

Pot-Limit Omaha, $1.00 BB (6 handed) Limited time at the table, so not a lot of history with anyone. As far as I can tell, MP plays straight-forward and is a bit weak/passive. In one hand in the last ...
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