# Questions tagged [poker-theory]

Poker theory is generally based on mathematical principals to define the theory.

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### What is the best way to spot a bluff in poker?

Bluffing in poker is the art of making opponents believe that your hand is stronger than it actually is. This strategic move is designed to induce opponents to fold their hands, thereby increasing ...
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### Does PokerSnowie have any weaknesses in its game? If so, what are they?

I'm using PokerSnowie to help improve my game but have seen a few comments on other sites suggesting that it compares poorly with genuine solvers that find the Nash equilibrium strategy. I currently ...
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### Re-raise bluffing post flop in heads-up cash game

I am struggling with Post Flop bluff raising, to a bet, playing heads-up cash game. I am unable to decide, other than big drawing hands, when to bluff raise after flop. How should I make a strategy ...
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### Why "M < 10 is basically push or fold"?

I'm learning MIT's Poker Theory and Analytics class. I don't understand the following argument in pre-flop analysis: M < 10 is basically push or fold – Why not raise? A bet of 3BB (i.e. 2 M) lets ...
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### How to Calculate Pre-flop Odds of Making a Hand By The River?

How do you calculate the pre-flop odds of making a hand after the river card? For example, what are the odds of making a set if you hold a pocket pair after the river card? What are the odds of making ...
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### Poker scénario preflop all in

Question: suppose 1 player all in preflop with 99 for 100\$, players 2(AK) and 3(KQ)call: -Flop is 9K6, p2 bet 200 p3 call.. -Turn 9k64, p2 bet again 500 and p3 call again. -River 9k64A, p2 all in for ...
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### In this cash game, why did they 're-deal' the river?

Re Garrett Adelstein and Robbi Jade Lew, why do they 're-deal' or whatchamacallit the river from ace of spades to 9 of diamonds? See 4:16 onwards here. I've seen things like this in, say, blackjack, ...
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### Poker with a Tarot Deck

I'm trying to figure out my own variant of Poker using a Tarot Deck. I want to have 5 and 7 card versions. I figure the most practical way to use the Major Arcana is to have consecutive Majors ...
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### What did Garrett mean when asking about Robbi's Jack's being a club?

Re Garrett Adelstein and Robbi Jade Lew, Robbi says in this part 7:07 here Robbi hero calls Garrett with jack high on hustler casino live | weirdest poker hand If my Jack wasn't a club, I would've ...
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### Does the complexity of poker increase unboundedly as effective stack sizes tend to infinity?

You can assume this question to be about no limit texas hold'em, but answers about/including other variants are also interesting. I'm also not sure how to define complexity mathematically in a way ...
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### Would 2 pairs of aces and king beat 3 of a kind of king [duplicate]

I had in my hands a pair of aces. The table card had 2 kings and 3 low numbers My opponent had a king and 10 in his hand Basically I had 2 pairs of aces and kings and he had three of a kind of kings ...
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### Why did i lose this hand even if it looks as i was winning?

It is still unclear why i lost this hand. Anyone more insights? I have the pair of 4
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### Why does the top guy win the hand?

Hello guys, I have a question regarding the following poker game i played recently. I lost again the guy on the top despite both of us having a flush of clubs and me even having the higher flush ...
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### Unpaired hand vs probability that the opponent has a pocket pair

My question is the following : What is the probability of facing a pocket pair (preflop phase) with an off-suit hand? I made some calculations considering a single adversary. I display them here. ...
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### Playing bottom two pair

I had played a \$1-\$2 nl game. I had a hand where I raised from late position. I was dealt 6♣ 7♣ and raised to \$12. Only the small blind and big blind called me. The flop came T♥ 6⋄ 7⋄ . The small ...
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### Please explain me the difference between stake & buy in and their correlation?

Say in a Texas Hold'em game lower stake is \$1, upper stake \$2, min buy in \$40, max buy in \$200. What these values mean & what is their correlation?
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### Pl. explain me blind structure for tournament

I understand that for a tournament you need a blind structure. I found example in PokerSoup.com. Here are the inputs they have used. No of players = 20. Tournament length 4 hours. Smallest chip ...
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### For a table what is average pot?

In a java based poker application, I have to find out average pot.As per front end screen looks like this metric is in percentage. When a player wins, I know the pot amount. Could it be derived from ...
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### Two pairs two pairs win 🏆 [duplicate]

On the board is ( 2,2,5,3,3) Player one has (Ace, 6) Player two has (7,5) Both players have a two pair who wins?
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### What is flops seen percentage?

In a poker application I have to display flops seen percentage for each table. I understand flop is when 3 community cards are on the table. But what is 'flops seen'? I tried googling but could not ...
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### Poker hand pot split rule [duplicate]

I have a simple question about a hand play in poker. Below is the situation: Player 1 cards - A3 Player 2 cards - AJ 5 cards on table - QQ995 Who wins? Do we split the pot or there is a winner here?
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### Zoom/Rush poker type of player batch seating distribution : not even

Assume that you are developing player batch management for Zoom/Rush poker type of game. Conditions: Once a player folds, he moves to free player batch. You have to place him in optimal place in pool ...
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### Blind period suggestions

I'm currently building a Hold'em Poker game that enables people in the same room to play poker together digitally. When setting up a game players can configure how often blinds should increase (based ...
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### How to calculate winning percentage in a poker game?

In some of the online poker apps they show winning percentage - which I interpret as chances of winning. How to calculate that - I understand that it is based on combinatorics. Suppose at Flop I have ...
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### Does the OTG strategy for heads-up limit Hold'em give a positive reward against a non-optimal opponent?

Consider the game of Rock-Paper-Scissors (1v1), +1 when we win, -1 when we loose. An OTG strategy is to select each sign uniformly at random. Unfortunately, this strategy will give you an expected ...
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### Who wins the poker hand if there are 5A's on table?

So I was watching this song by Adam Levin where Adam had 2K's and SZA had 2A's. And the table had 5A's, I thought in this case it should be a tie and they both will split equally. But it seems from ...
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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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### Online Software Tournament Test Case

I am working on online poker software and there is 1 issue we faced when testing with tournaments. Let me explain the case There were 6 players in the hand p1 (SB) 2820 chips p2 (BB) 100 chips p3 ...
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### Tournament Ante Deduction Player All In

I am writing an online poker game software in which I want to conduct tournaments. In tournaments sometimes players remain to "sit out" throughout the tournament. There is 1 case that's ...
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### Can a push/fold strategy be optimal (ie EV>=0 against any other strategy) in general

There are many push/fold charts that have been calculated which claim to be optimal in a simplified version of (no limit texas holdem) where only push/fold is possible. So wouldn't always either ...
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### Two players have two pairs. Who wins? [duplicate]

On the board is ( 10,10,Ace,8,6) Player one has (Ace, Jack) Player two has (Ace,3) Both players have a two pair who wins?
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### Probability that any player will receive any similar hand of the previous hand of any player?

I want ask, how to count this case? I understand that every deal of cards is a separate event, and does not depend on the previous one.
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### Rake Deduction Logic

I am writing an Online Poker Game and I was wondering about how the Rake will be deducted for each hand in a cash game. I know there is rake percentage and rakecap concept and the rake is calculated ...
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### Have you noticed any poker bots in your games?

I know that poker bots topic been around for as far as I can remember, but it seems that now it becomes more relevant to general players and can actually be a threat in the future, especially for cash ...
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### Clairvoyant Game : Modern Poker Theory Page 74 Mistake?

I have been following the Clairoyant Toy Game for Two players up against eachother and the play is on the River. The Solutions in the book are for eliminating dominant strategies, pure stragies , and ...
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### Variant on Poker with 3 card deck

Imagine a 3 card deck consisting of J, Q, K. The two players are each dealt one card at random. Small blind is \$1 and big blind is \$2. What is the optimal strategy for small blind position and big ...
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### How to calculate Poker hand percentages?

https://www.888poker.com/poker/poker-odds-calculator Like on the link above, all I get when I google this is how to calculate pot odds. I am not looking for that. If you go to the link above and add ...
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### Poker starting pairs ranked by probability?

Where can I find the 1326 Texas Hold'em combinations of starting hands ranked by a probability of winning against a random pair? Some reliable overview by the probability would also cut it!
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### Tying the pot and EV of a poker hand

Just recently heard of the concept of Expected Value of a hand. This guy explained it well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiPmaif9szQ But there is still one case he hasn't looked at. It is a split ...
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### Burning cards in poker

Why does the dealer burn cards while playing poker? I was told that it is done to prevent cheating but I still don't get it. I apologize if my question seems silly; I am a novice at poker.
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### How to calculate my sample size to establish my real-WR?

I've been tracking for a period my hour rate and I want to know how much data I've to collect in order to establish my winnings per hour. I've been searching online and when it comes to getting a ...
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### Estimate (online) tournament expected duration?

Given the entrants and the speed (e.g. 45 Players Turbo), is there any formula out there to estimate a tournament duration? Even better, any formula to estimate times for each finish position? As an ...
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### Does the "the theory of poker applied to no limit" cover all the contents in "The Theory of Poker" both by David Sklansky?

I haven't read the "The Theory of Poker" and am planning to start reading. Then I found the newest book "the theory of poker applied to no limit". So I am wondering which one should I start? I play ...
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### Hi lo poker. Low hand ties

What happens in hi lo when there is a tie for the best hand hi and lo? I was playing recently and went all in with another player and we both had the exact same hand, A2345. I was told that I ...
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### Average graph of high-ranking players' chips vs. hands played in major tournaments

(I haven't been able to find information elsewhere, so I'm asking here.) What is the typical graph of chips vs. proportion of tournament lifetime for players who did very well in a tournament (...
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### How can I calculate my total odds given different possible events?

Let's suppose I have 25% probability of drawing the winning hand, equal to odds of 3:1. Let's also assume that I’ve tracked my opponents and calculate that there is a 50% chance they will fold to a ...
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### Is there a formula to calculate starting hand ranking?

I'm about to do some research with Nash tables, now I want to create an equity heatmap for the starting hands. Is there any canonical way to calculate their relative rank? Perhaps a conventional ...
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### Should I use Effective M on 9-Max Tournaments?

In Tourneys I'm using Harrington M-ratio to determine actions and opponent ranges. My question is should I use Effective M with 9-Max full ring tables (using a 9/10 factor), or I should just use raw ...