Questions tagged [pre-flop]

Pre flop refers to the period of time in a flop game (such as Texas Hold'Em or Omaha) before the community cards are dealt. It consists of the posting of any blinds or antes, the dealing of the cards, and the initial round of betting.

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Why at Pokerstars clicking a pot button adds 1000 more?

I played a 250/500 no-limit Hold'em cash game at Pokerstars and noticed the following: If no one has raised yet, the preflop pot size is P = 750 (BB + SB). There is a pot button, clicking pot + raise ...
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How much to raise pre-flop in a late position with a reasonably good but not outstanding hand?

I am a beginner who's learning to play Hold'em Poker by playing fake money games at Pokerstars. Suppose there are 6 of us and I am at the button. I have QJo. Everyone before me limps. I want to play ...
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Hand Analysis for AKs (vs. Likely Monster) Early in Tourney

Game Info $350 Live Tournament 8-handed Hand Info Cards: AKs (Diamonds) Hero Position: Big Blind (BB) Villain Position: Under the Gun (UTG) Hero Stack: 29,000 Villain Stack: 27,500 Other Info ...
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How to play AK hand against poor players anticipating that many of them will call you?

I was playing live limit Texas Hold'em against 6 other people (friends gathering). One opponent was pretty good, other 5 were bad players. I was the dealer and had AK. The good opponent was at the UTG ...
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How was this hand played? Any leaks I should be concerned about?

Game Info 0.25/0.50 Online Cash Game 6-handed Hand Info Cards: A9s (Hearts) Hero Position: Small Blind (SB) Other Info Only 2nd hand played ... just joined about 8 hands ago No reads on any ...
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How to calculate pre-flop odds with hands revealed?

I’m trying to create a backend for a Poker odds calculator. I know how to go about calculating odds post-flop, but I’m having a hard time calculating the odds pre-flop. How do I go about calculating ...
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How bet size affects decision for same number of players

I am new to poker, as you can tell by my question. I was wondering whether(and how) the bet size should affect my decision on calling a hand(lets say pre-flop) if the number of players that will call ...
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In heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em poker, how often can you expect to win against an opponent who goes all-in on all hands?

Going all in on all-hands is clearly suboptimal, but facing such a player would be challenging - at some point, you still need to take a chance. So given optimal play, how often can you expect to beat ...
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Pre-flop decision making factors

I am looking for easy to spot key factors for a pre-flop decision making - right before one either folds, calls or raises. The settings is 9 players table, No-Limit Hold'em Cash Game. The factors I ...
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Is All In Pre Flop the new Poker?

I have been playing poker everyday these last weeks. And I have noticed that a lot of people are playing all in pre flop. Am I missing something here? Is this soms new way of playing now? Or is this ...
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How are Texas Holdem pre-flop hand rankings mathematically determined?

How are hand rankings like the one below determined? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_hold_%27em_starting_hands I'm specifically looking for the math behind the ranking. As a specific example, 22 ...
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Why these differences in HJ 3-bettor and UTG 3-bet caller's range?

my question is in reference to the hand and solver analysis from this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn2I_Bc575E A big portion of the analysis of the way the hand plays out (and most ...
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How is Coronavirus going to effect your game and the poker industry?

Today Trump announced a travel ban from Europe. A quick check on Bravo showed Aria and Bellagio at about half of the number of games I would expect. I saw news that Macau shut down all the casinos ...
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Convenient percentage of hands played on a Omaha table of 6 players

I play Omaha for fun, but well allbody wants to win. I realized, after reading "The big play strategy", I had a high percentage of hands played: ~40% playing in 6 players tables. I have been trying ...
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So I have a preflop raise-fold range, but what if someone raises before me?

So I have learnt the standard charts for 9-man raise-fold preflop with no earlier raisers. How do I adjust for a raiser in a certain position? Surely there should be call-3bet charts but I cannot find ...
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Why aren't ranges the top x amount of hands with the most pre-flop equity?

I found a standard range online for the cutoff which is QJs and above plus pocket pairs. Even though there are hands in between 2's and QJs such as QTs. Is it valid for your range in any position to ...
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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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Call all in decision

Interesting situation. Hold'em tourney, 4 tables of 10 people to start. WSOP rules. I make it to the final table, so 10 people left. While the dealer was dealing cards to everyone, one of the cards ...
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Shortstack SB calling range against UTG

Small home tournament, 6 handed. Full Big blind Ante. UTG: 16bb SB (Hero): 9bb BB: 13bb UTG shoves 16bb preflop. What should be our calling range? Hero had AQo, and called to flip against JJ. ...
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Playing the SB pre-flop in omaha cash games general strategy

When playing low stakes, no ante 6-max omaha cash games, I often find myself completely clueless on what to do pre-flop when I am in the small blind. Whether someone opened or it folded to me. The ...
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Fold AKo preflop?

When do fold AKo preflop? Let's say you just sat down at a $1-$3 $1,000 cap NLHE table with $500. Hence, you have no reads on the players. A mid position player opens with a $25 raise and has about $...
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Special entries like "C>4" or "R<2" in this chart

I came across this chart. I guess it is for limit Texas Hold'em, preflop betting strategy. R=Raise, C=Call etc. I don't understand the yellow entries like "C>4" and "R<2". What do they mean? ...
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Can the big blind be considered late position pre-flop?

I’m reading through the opening hands chart in this poker strategy article: https://www.888poker.com/how-to-play-poker/strategy/texas-holdem/ All the literature I see says that the blinds are in ...
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Did I make a stupid mistake with JJ preflop?

Live MTT - blinds 1400/2800 (ante: 400) - 11 Players remain - ITM 9 players, 6 players on table Hero: UTG with 49500 behind, JJ raise to 8400 (3x) ...everyone folded... Villain: SB with ~90000 behind,...
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How to deal with players who aggressively pre-flop all-in in low stakes hold-em?

I'm trying to improve my poker ability (only very recently started) so I am playing on online tables with no real money stakes. At least half of the players I come across just all-in pre-flop on every ...
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Theory of Preflop Opening Ranges

Question Summary: What are the theoretical drivers of pre-flop opening ranges? I see so many charts online and in books, and they all differ slightly. They are very rarely theoretically justified, ...
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Drawing Dead Preflop?

Suppose there is some situation where Player A moves all-in and ALL Players call such that all players are all-in (they have equal amounts of chips, so no side-pots). Is there a possible distribution ...
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Rules following a raise, then a shove for slightly more?

No Limit Texas Holdem Blinds are 200/400. Player A (under the gun) calls 400. Player B raises to 1,200 Player C shoves for 2,050 Player D calls 2,050 Can player A now raise? If so, why?
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How to deal with players who limp into every hand - and always see the river [duplicate]

I play poker quite regularly with friends. A smallish game usually between 5-7 players. Generally I can read the other players easily. They either play too tight so i fold early or as soon as they try ...
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How to modify strategy when playing large play money tournaments on PokerStars?

I have watched some real money tournament play and it seems to be very very different when playing in play money tournaments. You could bet 3 BB preflop and people would call with 27o. You may even ...
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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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Starting hands head up

Does anyone have charts for starting hands heads by position up or even order of hands? I know any Ace and any pair is valuable but I cannot find more specific guidelines. I found order of hands ...
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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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EV of 1 gapper versus connected

There are less ways to hit a 1 gapper but if you hit it is better disguised Assume only play suited connector under jack and above 4 Does a 1 gapper get paid off enough more to overcome the chance ...
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Best hand versus AA

Statistically what is the best hand versus AA (other than AA) I had read 56, 67, 78 Suited not the suit of any ace 56 being the best I cannot figure how 56 is better Ran on poker stove ...
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Preflop Pot Odds

Is there a minimum pot odd required where it would be profitable to call with ANY 2 cards preflop? I'm thinking of multiple limpers on SB, or a clickraise (with multiple callers) on BB.
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Playing AA against multiple opponents

Should I be pushing everyone but one villain out preflop with AA? E.g. scenario, NLHE Cash game: Player A (Button): 200BB Player B (SB): 40BB Hero (BB): 200BB (with AA) Player A: Call Player B: ...
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Calculating Pot Odds on multiple re-raises

NLHE: Suppose you are on a small suited connector (6s5s) on BB and want to see the flop for cheap. How do you deal with 2 villains who keep re-raising each other one BB at a time, giving you good odds ...
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Should I call a 4-bet preflop shove with AKs?

Recently played a Spin and Go game: Everyone had ~same stack size (500), blinds 10/20 (was like the 3rd hand) Hero SB: AKs V1 Button: QQ V2 BB: xx V1 raises to 60 Hero re-raises to 180 V2 shoves ...
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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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Always preflop all in with JJ+? cash game [closed]

Suppose you play 6 mx NLHE at around 50 cent BB, some guy raises and you reraise and he 4 bets, what do you do in general With hands AJ to AK and 1010 to AA? If you shove AK, arent you always ...
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Holding suited connectors odd of flopping 2 pair or better

Pre flop with suited connector what are the odds of flopping 2 pair of better? For example if I am facing a bet and a raise from big stacks and I have 78s what are my odds. I am up against an ...
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Why do people call/raise with poor hands on preflop?

I started playing online at free tournament games. I usually stick to a solid % range of hands where I go in on preflop, always folding the rest. But later into the tournament when blinds grow and ...
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Why Collin Moshman 3-bet that high?

Taken from Sit'N Go strategy by Collin Moshman: blinds: t20/t40; 10 handed Hero: Q♠Q♣ with t1940 in MP1. UTG: (t1820) opened with t100 2 player fold. What would you ...
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PFR (preflop raise) statistics calculation with raise + 4bet in one single hand

Say you have played only 3 hands. 1 of them was when you were SB 1 of them was when you were BB 1 of them was when you were at Button You folded when you were SB and BB. It was only when you were ...
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No Limit Texas Holdem 6 max vs full ring (9 player) PF Range

My questions is specific to cash games. I have a certain PF range that I play when I am playing 6max (10NL) online that has been working pretty well for me. At 6 max everyone plays a pretty straight ...
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Is there statistically any combination worse than 2 7 offsuit for preflop Texas Hold'em?

The question basically says it all. I've always heard/played 2 7 offsuit as it was the worst hand, but I never looked more into it, it just made sense. Does anyone know if there is any hand worse for ...
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How to calculate preflop equity in hand vs hand

What I really want to know is how is the procedure that pokerstove like software use to calculate the equity of one hand against another.
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All-in, pre-flop with AK... twice. Was that a bad decision?

I was playing against a player who was going all in almost every hand pre-flop. So after waiting until I had something that I thought could beat a random hand, I went all in with AKo. LOST to Qx. BUY ...