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How to deal with overcards in the flop

OK, so you've been dealt QQ and you're feeling pretty good about things and throw out a few BBs. Everyone folds but the villain. The flop comes and it contains a rocket. Whatever happens next, I ...
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What do you do when you are running bad

I have been running pretty bad recently, I now feel that I have started to play worse as a result. What do you think is the best way to reset yourself so you can start to play better?
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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 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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Is Manipulating Your Own Table Image Beneficial?

There really are only two perspectives here to think about: Online and Live. In both scenarios you can alter what someone perceives about your playing style at any moment, but by how much? and how ...
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importance of psychological factors in poker?

I have been studying math poker for one year. I am not a regular (hold'em) poker player of course but so far I am interested in the importance of psychological factors in poker such as: fear greed ...
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Is gambling disease common among poker PROs who don't play other games?

I've heard several stories of poker PROs and semi-PROs that developped issues related to gambling addiction. However, most of those often came related to other casino games like roulette. I'd like to ...
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Prospect theory and loss aversion refuted by poker players

Daniel Kahneman proved that people are loss averse and got a Noble prize for it. However, as poker players know, that doesn't seem right. If someone loses, that person is much more likely to take ...
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Bad move/bet or tilt situation?

On an amateur site. Holdem NL. SNG with 10 players. Stacks 50/100. Initial stack 10000. Blinds double every 22 hands. At the beginning of the game (hand 4), I was on early position (next UTG), with ...
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How To Recognize Addiction To Gambling?

How to recongnize addiction to gambling? How to recognize when your bad plays are not due to tilt but addiction to gambling? What can be done?
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Expanding my psychological game

Something happened in a tournament that made me think I can improve my game psychologically, so I'm looking for input. Setup: The hero in a live MTT, and had about 3x the initial stack size at a few ...
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Do you have favourite hole cards - and do these change over time

Bad as they are, I used to like playing Q8 off/on suit and more recently A & a low number card (say 9 or less) on suit. I know these cards are pretty raggy, but do any of you often find yourselves ...
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Fight, Flight, and Freezing At The Table?

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to ask this question since the issue seems so subjective and I have not found any poker-related material related to this issue. I'm talking about the fight, ...
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mental hand history?

I just read "Mental game of poker 2" and in there it talks about a mental hand history and describes the steps to capture each "mental hand history". I want to start building a database of my mental ...
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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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Decrease in utility playing in same stakes (I stop caring about the amount of winning after some time)

I am a new player, playing microstakes. I recently came across this problem. I started from the smallest blinds possible 0.01/0.02. I was a small winning player for a couple of days, then I started ...
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Dealing with the desire to play weak hands

When I am winning, I tend to play correct hands and fold weak ones. But when I am starting to lose a little or even stay even for some time, I tend to play very weak hands and accordingly lose even ...
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Best mental state for playing

This might be a bit broad, but I am looking for someone to sum up and describe how to achieve and maintain the mental state a player must be in to be able to win the game ( given that he has all the ...
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What are some good smartphone apps to help dealing with tilt?

Are there any apps for iPhone or Android that help dealing with tilt or when you feel you start getting negative emotionally? I was thinking maybe that the app Mindfulness or such meditative apps ...
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Quantified-self devices to measure tilt

Are there any good gadgets for measuring tilt and emotional stress at the moment on the market? I was thinking that the quantified-self makers Jawbone and their newest device Up3 would be a contender,...
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how to succesfully represent a good hand

in a recent cash game i tried to represent a higher hand in order to get my opponent to fold. the game played out like this: http://www.boomplayer.com/en/poker-hands/Boom/21219508_CE475D85C2 after a ...
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