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Can the optimal strategy for low stakes holdem be considered simpler as a general rule?

It appears that some of the subtleties of the game of poker are actually counterproductive against weak players. For example, raising is better than calling in many situations because it provides you ...
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Stalling as a strategy in real life tournaments?

I've seen and read about stalling in online poker, seems a bit rampant to me. What about stalling in real life tournaments? Is there a clock a player can repeatably timeout on in real life ...
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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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Strategy Against Aggressive, Maniacal Player

I have just lost 5 buyins against a very lucky aggro monkey (87/65/33). 3 All-In's starting very much a favourite and lost, and a plethora of coolers left me completely tilted. I don't want this to ...
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Defending a made hand, is it good to make a high bet?

Cash table with 7 opponents. In early position Q♥6♥ and I opened for 3BB pre-flop. Three opponents called. The flop was 7♠Q⋄8♣ giving me top pair. I opened for ...
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What do you study for poker? What do you focus on?

As the title says I would like to know what do you most focus when studying poker. Math? Human behavior? MTT strategy? Poker theory? Analyse session errors? Cash games strategy? Videos of live/online ...
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Why would a player ask how many chips another player has during a hand?

Have seen this multiple times, in both cash games and tournaments. Just wondering when is this an important factor? How does it affect strategy?
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General strategy shortstacked PLO cash games

I heard that playing shortstacked PLO in cash games can have a big advantage. Say ~50BB deep. I have a couple of question about this. How can this be a big advantage? What would be a good general ...
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Calculating Nash Equilibrium for HU NLHE push fold game

This question has been asked before here and here. But what i am looking for is the specific calculation methodology or pseudocode. Additionally my understanding itself of Nash equilibrium is this ...
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Over pair in position

Cash game players like 40 bb Hero in button with K♠K♣ bets 2.5 bb BB calls Flop J♠8♥2⋄ BB leads out a little over 1/2 pot - 3 bb What would you do as ...
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Turn play on a wet board with top-top, flush and straight draw

Cash game (2/2€), 9-players, lots of players limp / call any raise pre-flop. Lots of hands involve 4, 5 or even 6 players after the flop. Been pretty much card dead for the last hour. Due to the ...
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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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Calculating the Probability of Reaching a Certain Amount of BB vs Hero

I'm looking for help to build a statistic in excel or just mathematically. What I want to figure is the chance of another player (villain) increase his stack with X BBs when I estimate his BB/100 to ...
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Are there any good strategies for dealing with relentless bettors?

Lately I've been experiencing heavily aggressive play a lot. It seems like there is always one player who raises preflop to 3BBs or more very frequently. They then follow up with a half pot or more ...
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Can you play “destructive”?

I just watched Casion Royal again and though having no experience with playing poker still find the whole premise a huge gimme, but anyway... It just occured to me that Bond (and incidentally another ...
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Best zoom poker bot strategy

I'm currently developing a poker bot that plays online by itself in zoom poker and I'm looking at optimising the strategy. So far I've noticed that setting an investment limit based on equity is ...
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Looking for mathematical paradoxes in Poker

I have been working on mathematical paradoxes. I am looking for paradoxical situations in Poker for a deep study. I found things, like Morton's Theorem, Implicit Collusion or "all in" strategy, could ...
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Should you play low suited connectors?

This has been a tricky hand for me. It seems like folding 34, 45, 65, 32, suited is somewhat of a waste but then again it isn't often you hit the flush or straight you need. What's the best way to ...
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Why is AK vs 22 a coinflip?

Why is 22 vs AK a flip? What's the calculation behind this theory because AK has more outs than 22, as AK has 6 outs and 22 has 2 outs, is that right?
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Should I go see the flop more often if I'm chip leader

I make my way to chip leader by playing strategically my hands and folding so-so hands. Now that I'm the chip leader, should I revise my strategy and go see more flops? Will it be advantageous to see ...
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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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How to play multi screen

I read a lot of articles about pokers and how to be a professional poker player. Most of them say that you have to start playing STT 9 handed, 4 or 6 tables simultaneously. I try to follow this tip ...
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Pocket Jacks with two higher cards on flop

During the first hand of a cash game against an unknown opponent, I was dealt JJ and I raised maybe three to four BB and the villain who was big blind was the only caller. The flop was then a ...
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Preflop action when you hold good pocket pair or draw

Consider you have a made hand like a pocket pair, or a good preflop draw like two suited cards, would it be good to play aggressive, even go all-in, if you have i) a low stack, ii) a medium stack, or ...
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22-66 versus AK, AQ - how to avoid coinflips?

Would you shove with a small pair against AK, AQ (suited or not)? If yes at which stage of a tournament? Is it actually possible to avoid coin-flips?
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How to Play Poker on many tables at the same time?

I am searching some web applications which makes it possible to play simultaneously Poker Texas Holdem, for instance in 9 tables. Which online sites or applications are good for playing poker ...
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Facing a shove on an ugly river

$5 Spin & Go on Pokerstars. You are currently heads up at 15/30 blinds. Your opponent is someone you've encountered a few times before; you have him provisionally categorized as "competent reg" -...
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Why to post big blind in online poker?

All the times, before you sit on a table in online playing portal you are asked " click post to BB" to play fast. why should I click on that button showing post to big blind option?
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What kind of plays could I make to convince my opponents that I have a polarised hand range?

In other words: What actions could I use to make it harder for my opponents to figure out what I'm calling, raising or folding with? Aside from chucking a curve ball at them, i.e. an oddly timed/...
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Hand analysis no limit

1/2 no limit 6 handed All players are deep Pre flop Hero UTG Q♠J♠ opens for 5 CO calls BTN raises to 15 SB fold BB calls CO calls Flop Pot 46 T♠7&...
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poker etiquette, and is this weak play?

I am in big blind and get dealt AA. 8 players remain at my table in a MTT. Blinds are at 400, 800, with a 75 ante. Average chip stacks are ~20k. Aggressive player (villain) in mid position calls the ...
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What is the best approach to playing against an aggressive player?

I often play against colleagues and friends in home games, but some of them are very agressive and seem to be constantly trying to steal the pot and scare other players off. Are there any rules that ...
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What's the optimum time to enter a progressive knockout tournament?

Primarily focusing on getting the most bounty-money per hour, what would be the best time to register a progressive knockout tournament? The way I see it, there are a couple options. Registering from ...
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Is it good/practical to calculate EV, odds, etc. during games, or only when reviewing them afterwards?

Do good players actually do mental calculations of EV, odds, etc. of their hands during games, or is this kind of thing mostly just done when reviewing games after play has finished? The reason I'm ...
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Advice for exploiting Sucker Reputation

I play in a regular cash game with pretty much the same people every week. I tend to play pretty tight and rarely loosen up, as the game is pretty crazy. It is typically not a problem getting money ...
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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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What is your maximum stack size when shoving?

Is there a general rule when shoving in a sit-and-go? in short stacked situations, how many big blinds would you put in the middle and why?
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Should this holdem hand result in a split pot?

In Holdem poker, on the board are 2 Kings /6/4/2. There are 2 players in the hand, one calling the other. One man has a king and a queen. The other has a king an a 9. My question is whether this a ...
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What is a small card in a texas holdem preflop hand?

How do you define a small card in a texas holdem preflop hand? In the book "Holdem poker for advanced players" by Sklansky and Malmuth on page 14, they mention that "an x represents a small card". ...
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Four to a flush with suited hand and two community cards, opponent raises, what to do?

I had two suited hole cards in a nine-handed cash game, 50 chips entrance. The flop opened up with two more cards of the same suit, meaning I had four cards to a flush. My opponent raised six on the ...
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What to do when I have a bad hand and everybody is checking?

I am very much a beginner and usually play low stakes limit texas hold'em with my beginner friends. I try to play a tight and aggressive style, like is suggested for beginners, which works well ...
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Straight on the river, how to play it?

This was a Cash Game, no limit games ¢1/¢2 Hero ($1.19) Villain ($4.22) Hero Small Blind 8♣5♣ Big Blind raise to ¢4 Villain and hero calls. Flop T⋄2♠4♣ The three ...
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Preflop and Flop action with KK

1/1 cash home game with mostly recreational players. Villain (~$200) is loose (opens 80-90% of hands and generally will call opens prefrop with any 2 cards) but the table rarely sees 3-bets, and ...
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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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How long should I wait for a decent hand

Poker beginner here. I play a lot of online poker and I was looking for ways to improve my game. The thing that came the most often in guides like The most common beginner mistakes or Poker Tips is ...
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behavior at the poker table after a big bet

So I've seen this a couple times while I was not in the hand, but this recently happened to me in a 1/2 game and I got bet out of a hand where I had a good pocket pair. Hands starts like this: SB, BB,...
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What do you think about this play1?

Please share you thought about my play. It looks like most likely I play to aggressive?
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Call with straight when 3 suited cards are in table, that's a bad move?

It happened yesterday and I'm still wondering if was my mistake or just a lucky villain. My hand was A5o and flop was 24J, turn 8 and a 3 came on the river. (4,J and 3 suited) The turn was checked ...
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Approach to free poker sites

What strategy to apply to free poker sites? If they are free then winning does not mean much but how do you win more chips even if the chips have no cash value? Furthermore, how do you not lose ...
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Full House v. Quads

What are the odds of getting quadded when you have the highest full house on the table? I would reckon it's very rare, but I have done it once to an opponent.