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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Probability of x pocket pairs at a table of n people (NLHE)?

With n people at a table, what is the probability that x of them are dealt pocket pairs? There are several easy ways to approximate this but I was wondering there was an elegant solution. Any takers?
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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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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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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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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 just calling the big blind a poor strategy?

I came across this quote concerning the Chen Formula: Just calling the big blind is not a profitable way to play NL Hold'em for the most part. He is basically saying that you should always raise ...
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Micro Stakes, playing Big Aces pre-flop against multiple very loose opponents

I'm kinda new to poker online so i'm sorry if my question is kinda silly. I decided to start building my bank-roll by start playing from micro-stakes, where i'm more comfortable in having some losing ...
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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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Thoughts on Chen's formula

These days I came across this post describing the Chen's formula. The Chen formula is a system for scoring different starting hands in Texas Hold'em. It was created by Bill Chen for use in the book ...
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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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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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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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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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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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In live play, why do poker players wait their turn before looking at their cards?

This can be seen in virtually any televised poker game: only when it's their turn do the players look at their cards. Why don't they look at them immediately after the dealer gave them ? Yes, you ...
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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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Pocket Aces in 9-handed

This should be a happy thing when you get pocket aces, but lately I feel bad just looking at the hole cards A♢ A♥, for example. According to what I read and everyone's advice I should bet strong with ...
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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 ...
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Preflop game in 50/50 sit'n'go

I tried to explain a friend of mine, that there happened several mistakes or bad play in this preflop situation: 6 Players left Blinds 100/200 UTG (355) with 9♥9⋄ moves allin UTG +1 ...
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Smallest Stack Size for playing 3bet/fold

Assume hero is playing a ring game with short stack. What is the smallest Stack Size you can 3bet a 3bb open raise without being committed. And what is the 3bet size to choose? To be more concrete: ...
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How wide should my 3-bet range pre-flop be in low-stakes NL live play?

When playing $1-$2 NL live, many players do not 3-bet very frequently pre-flop. Although important in theory, I rarely do so with less than QQ. Is this likely to be exploited at this level, or is it ...
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calling all-in before the flop

Play Money tournament on Pokerstars, single table 9-max SNG NLHE. We're in the Heads Up, roughly equal stacks, with slight advantage towards Hero. Dealt to hero: AQd. Hero bets 3 (or 4? don't ...
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AKo all in v 57o?

BB is 6,000. 2 callers. I go all in (36,000) on the button with AKo. Also included in the bet are about 30,000 in bounty chips which can't be used till the final table. I'm fairly sure that was the ...
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Readless Preflop Strategy for Pokerstars HU Hyperturbo SNGs?

I ran into several materials about hyperturbo heads-up SNGs from different sources, and their preflop ranges readless are really different. Some reccomend open raising 90-100% hands, others limping ...
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Why is comparing hands based on how often they win a showdown or on their poker “hand rank” worse than worthless?

From No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice p124 In deep stack no limit, preflop hands derive most of their value from how well they extract money after the flop from your opponents. Comparing ...
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Texas Hold'em: Heads up pre-flop probabilities

Has anyone calculated the probabilities of winning/losing heads up matchups of all combinations of two players preflop hands in Texas Hold'em, and if so, can they provide a reference? I could write ...
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SB raise in preflop in no limit TH

please correct me if I am wrong: No Limit Texas Holdem 5 players at the table. Each has bankroll of $1000. SB = $1. BB = $2. Player1 = BTN Player2 = SB Player3 = BB Player4 = UTG1 Player5 = MP1 ...