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### Playing middle pair out position after the flop

Something I often struggle with is when I'm out of position and hit the flop, but not in an ideal way. For example, playing a 6-max NL2 game in the small blind, I called a 3BB raise of the cutoff with ...
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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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### WHICH PLAYER TAKES THE HAND? [duplicate]

If one player is holding a jack and a three and the other player is holding a jack and an ace and the cards on the table are showing a jack, a three, two 7's and a ten. The first player then has a ...
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### Chance of winning heads-up by always shoving pre-flop

I've been generally wondering about what sort of winrate good players can expect vs. worse players, and thought of an interesting limit to this winrate. In NLHE, if the worse player just blindly ...
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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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### Please advise if there was a better way to play pocket T

I have laid out the how I played the hand below, can you advise if there is a better way I could had played it? Thanks. \$0.10/\$0.20 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players Preflop: Hero is UTG with T♦T♠ Hero ...
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### Why isn't every value player rich?

I'm a beginner, sorry if this question is absurd. If a player simply bets with probabilities in mind, and always made the correct move for every action, would s/he become rich in the long run? If ...
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### How should I play against a limpers?

How should I play against limpers? When I play online I play little aggressive so people start limping so how should I deal with this?
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### Straight hand in poker [duplicate]

Is it a straight if let's say you have a 3 and a 4 and down on the table are a K an A and a 2?
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### Optimal probability ranges for specific key figures (e.g. VPIP)

In my bachelor thesis I am developing a computer player, trying to model the opponent's behaviour, while keeping track of the following features: Preflop: Voluntarily put money into the pot (VPIP) ...
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### Three of a Kind vs drawing hand

The other day I played NLH \$0.01/\$0.02 online and in the middle of the game got a pair of tens [Ts Tc] in the middle position. Then the following happens: Me​(MP)​: calls \$0.02 ​(D)​: calls \$0.02 ​(...
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### Adapting tight aggressive style when the BB goes up

In a tournament, when the BB goes up and they start to charge an ante, how should you adapt your style? Should you make your game looser or be more aggressive?
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### Where can I find a resource for mathematically optimal plays?

So I've seen some streamer use an online tool that he used to analyse his plays. Specifically, the tool would tell him what actions are considered mathematically correct in the situation at hand. I ...
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Does play free poker help you learn poker? If there is no money involved does it reflect realistic play?
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### Is there a difference between a “loose” and an “ aggressive ”player?

I hear these terms used seemingly interchangeably, but is there a difference? Someone who plays loose is supposedly someone who bets often and likes to see many flops, so what does it mean to be an ...
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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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### strategy for “roulette poker”

WSOP periodically runs this game on their mobile apps game. Roulette poker is a variant of Texas Hold 'Em in which you are restricted in how you can bet: Pre-flop you can only CALL or FOLD After the ...
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### Pre-flop charts 6-max cash games

I am planning on building a poker bot. The first and easiest part is the pre-flop strategy. Do you guys have any links for a good pre-flop strategy in NLH 6-max cash games, 100BB deep? This includes: ...
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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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### What are some good strategies for fooling players?

One can give a false image of themselves by various ways, such as pretending to be careless or unfocussed, or otherwise appearing overly meticulous to intimidate new players. This could be using the ...
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### Question About Card Value in Flushes/ Full Houses

It really irks me that a flush with: A, 2, 3, 4, 5 (etc.) would beat a flush with K, Q, J, 10, 9. Clearly the Q, J, and 10 are very strong cards, so why does the Ace high flush beat the better value ...
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### Who wins in this situation? [duplicate]

Who wins in this situation, and why? Please explain. Nothing on this site answers my question!!!
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### Is it better to have pocket AA and hit three of a kind, or better to have one Ace and hit three of a kind?

Based on probability, would you prefer to have AA and hit an Ace in the middle or would you prefer Ax (any card) and hit AA in the middle? Thanks
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### What is a bluff catcher?

You hear the term bluff catcher. What is a bluff catcher? When do you play it and how do you play it?
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### How to adjust Gameplay at a PokerLeague?

Every Weekend I take part at a little Poker league , that has 15MTTs and the result of the best 10 count towards the leaderboard , There is no prize for a single MTT so you only play fore Points ... ...
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### Explaining poker to a chess player

I am beginning to learn poker (so far, I already know the rules of the game) and wonder how can I improve my game proper. In chess (which I play to a reasonable level), strategy can be explained ...
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### Table image when playing with fish.

When at a poker table with players who are not particularly advanced (I usually play smaller home game tournaments), I am confronted with an issue. Namely, how to project my table image in this ...
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### Feature In A Poker Game

I am going to build a stand alone (not web) poker game / training tool where you play against 5 bots for a 6 player SNG format. Will put in one fish, one rock, and 3 GTO based bots that have slightly ...
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### Poker Calculator

How would one go about writing a poker calculator? Plug in 1-X starting hands then return the percentage of wins.
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### 7 card no peek rules

7 card no peek game. Down to the last 2 players. Trips are showing, next player must beat trips. He turns over a full house. He goes to bet, but player with trips is out of money, but still has cards ...
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### What's the optimum time to enter a tournament with late registration AND a later add-on?

My question is basically the same as this one, EXCEPT for one major change: there is a rather large add-on after late registration closes. The specifics are along the lines of an initial 4,000 in ...
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### Beginner tips and tricks [closed]

I've started playing poker (specifically texas hold em) and i've had a string of good luck but still dont profit that much and i want to know some tips, tricks or things to consider while playing that ...
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### Rockets in the BB position, 6 handed, table folds

Obviously, this is a dead rubber - but how statistically relevant is it? How much more likely is this to happen than say, 72o? If this regularly happens in a session with your monster hands, how ...
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### When do you feel its time to take your chips and go home?

When do you feel its time to take your chips and go home? We should identify when we are playing bad but what about chip size? I made \$615 in 45 minutes 2 nights ago on 2/3 live in Sydney Australia. ...
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### How should I approach a zoom game where it feels like opponents always seem to flop better hands (big raises)

I have been trying to grind up the 0,01/0,02 NL zoom tables for a while and when I am losing money, it always seems like opponents bet every single flop big. This also goes for pre-flop play where I ...
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### Can a decision be both + and - EV?

Is there ever a situation that in a short-term a certain decision might be + or - EV but in the long-term the EV actually change?
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### What tendencies should I be looking out for and how can I use that information to my benefit?

I see a lot of poker strategy sites, forums, etc. saying that you should be observing your opponents at the poker table - and understandably so. But what sort of tendencies should I be specifically ...
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### Are there statistics that show the percentage of times you should fold at each stage of Texas Hold'em?

More specifically, the percentage of times over many hands that the most successful players fold pre-flop,and after the flop, turn and river. Thanks!
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### Is playing safer poker, safer? [closed]

I'm amazed at the consistency that playing safer poker backfires. Is playing a low initial bet and waiting to see the 3 cards unfold before judging what to do, rather than playing a more aggressive ...
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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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### Would someone adept at Online Poker be just as good at Casino Poker?

I have gotten good enough at "fake poker" that I would like to try my hand at putting real money down on a game at a Casino (in Pittsburgh). I play Online Poker using chips that have no value. So ...
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### Best strategy you know of for winning at texas hold'em [closed]

I host a local texas hold'em games at my house every friday. However, I always lose money while my friends are usually win some/lose some. How can I increase my odds of winning? I don't know much ...
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### bluffing when somebody is all-in

I was in a small buy-in NLHE tournamet when a situation happened on the last two tables. I had T⋄9⋄. I called a standard raise. The small blind went all in for about three timed my ...
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### Is Harrington's zones strategy still valid at the end of a MTT tournament?

Yesterday in a MTT Online tournament I found myself in a situation in which the M-zones strategy "felt wrong" to me. But being at best an average player it's me that is probably wrong, I just would ...
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### Should I have folded near the end of this tournament?

I was playing an NLHE tournament (Merge game, table Double or Nothing - \$2.20, Seats 10) and want to know if I made the right decision here. Seat 1: \$1,555 in chips Seat 2: \$1,320 in chips Seat 3: \$5,...
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### \$2/\$5 Poker Hand: Nut Flush Draw, Big Pot

On the big blind for 5\$ with A♥2♥. Straddle for 10\$ is on. UTG+1 makes it 30\$ to play and gets 4 callers. I call. Straddle calls. Pot is now at 210\$. Flop J⋄8♥9♥. ...
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### Can a chip leader be also short stacked? Is it still push or fold?

It may be the case that at a late phase of a tournament the chip leader has less than 15 BB, if the blinds increase too fast. Is this still considered short stack? Does the rule push or fold apply? ...
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### What Is The Rationale Behind A Check-Raise?

A "check raise" consists of a check (in early position) followed by a raise after a later position player bets. In my opinion, check-raising seems to be viewed in rather a pejorative way. I ...