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How to deal with a table that always calls?

Focus on playing hands that have polarized showdown value. High flush draws and pocket pairs (preflop) are good examples. Basically, against passive callers, the difficulty is that you don't gain ...
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How to make the most of a very good hand when you've been playing conservatively?

It depends! What are your definitions of "conservatively" and "good hand" and "couple of chips"? And how long had you been playing at this game, allowing your opponents to develop an impression of ...
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bluffing when somebody is all-in

OK, let's break it down mathematically. I'm going to use a standard poker equity calculator for this. You have T⋄ 9⋄ You say the all-in player had a medium pocket pair. For this "...
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Why would a player ask how many chips another player has during a hand?

It affects strategy in no-limit, and especially pot-limit play. Some simple examples: There's $300 in the pot, and you plan to try a $200 bluff to take it. Well, if one of your opponent's only has $50 ...
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What Is The Rationale Behind A Check-Raise?

It's not just home games that view check-raising as "pejorative" as you say. Most of the lowball games spread in Southern California flat-out banned check-raising. The other answers are generally ...
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Are there any good strategies for dealing with relentless bettors?

The best way to beat this kind of player is tight-aggressive. you're not going to outplay this one, you're not going to bluff them, and you're certainly not going to be able to control them. All you ...
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How to deal with a table that always calls?

As I am not allowed to comment below 50 reputation I have to post an answer. I mostly agree with the points of Yang. I would consider playing a Tight Agrgressive (TAG) style of Play as the best ...
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Most profitable initial bet

While many beginners are guilty of not betting enough pre-flop, another typical beginner mistake is betting too much. An example would be raising 5x-6x the size of the blinds when you are first to ...
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Is it ever ok to limp preflop? Beginner question

Generally, I would strongly advice against limping. It is a bad strategy. There are some very specific spots were limping might be reasonable, but always raising pre-flop is never wrong. There is a ...
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Knowing whether to continue after calculating outs percentage

So just to offer you a small bit of clarity on outs, you absolutely do not have a 35% chance of winning the hand! You have a 35% chance of improving your hand. This is an important distinction to ...
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How to deal with people who randomly go all-in?

There are a lot of players who insta-shove a lot at the start of freerolls, I suspect on the grounds that they'll either double up and play from a strong position, or get knocked out and move on to ...
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How to deal with people who randomly go all-in?

I've wondered this question before too, but in the context of playing poker for free on Zynga where people do this all the time which is a little different from a tournament but much of the same basic ...
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Pot Odds Paradox in Short Stack

Your "paradox" arises from the fact that aside from your bet, the pot contains enough expected value already for each player that neither could improve their expected ending stack by folding. With ...
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Set with a draws on the flop

Having a set, i would only check the flop if: ..it was dry like 3⋄8♥J♣ My reasoning is there are not enough high cards and draws for someone to have hit something and following ...
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Calling to lure players into the pot

TLDR: You can do this...once in a while...but it shouldn't be your standard play. Rather than "double bluff", I would usually refer to this as "disguising your hand". Obviously the goal in any hand ...
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How do you bet pre-flop when there's no action, you're on the button, and you have pocket rockets?

These are all great answers. I use one of two strategies in this situation. I will always raise, it's just a matter of how much. The only time I don't raise pre-flop with AA is when I'm early in ...
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Why some people all-in in the VERY first hand?

This sounds like a play money game, am I correct? If so, then I can assure you these same people would not be doing this in a real money game in almost all typical circumstances, except maybe a ...
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Is there a situation where just calling is justified with AK on a QKA suited flop?

When you bet and you get raised, is there a situation where it is justified to just call instead of raising or folding? In general I would say no. Lets think about this for each scenario. Passive ...
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Number of game tree nodes in HU

It sounds like we're looking for game states. Assumptions: The game is Texas Hold 'Em We round bets to multiples of the big blind for calculating state We don't distinguish between raising and re-...
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How Gus Hansen came up with 30%?

I would suggest you have a read up on Pot Odds Here are a few sites: Pot Odds Wikipedia The Poker bank pot odds Hopefully these will help you understand.
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How Gus Hansen came up with 30%?

Your question is a great example of some of the math that you need to carry out at the table. The first part is to know the value you're getting from the situation. Since Gus is calling a smaller ...
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Should I have bet this river? - KK vs potential flush

One of my favorite poker sayings is, "I guess the rabbit had the gun that time . . ." I think your play was just fine. You made the V take bad odds to get to the flush. So I wouldn't have changed a ...
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Should I chase a Straight or Flush?

As far as calling with a straight draw or flush draw, I suggest familiarizing yourself with the concept of Pot Odds. It's an important factor behind making the decision to call or fold with a draw, ...
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How to respond to a re-raise preflop?

To be honest, these type of hands, while strong get people into trouble when they are out of position. I'm not talking about pocket pairs, or A,K, but often hands like K,Q or A,J or A,10 (these type ...
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How to bet from button heads up pre flop

How to open from button heads up pre flop? That's up to your strategy, really. In heads-up matches, keeping in mind that you play deep-stack, it is common practice to play a wide range of hands in ...
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Should I shove or 4-bet with AA

Im not sure if shoving here is the best play. Its definitely +EV, but with AA its hard to be -EV unless you really screw up the hand. With AA in UTG, im looking to get stacks in with as wide a range ...
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How to make the most of a very good hand when you've been playing conservatively?

The answer to this question addresses the 100 hands before you got your AA, not the AA itself. If you get AA, then usually cram and press pre-flop. Unless, of course, you feel unusually lucky and ...
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