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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?

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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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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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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Why do so many top level play fold preflop in texas holdem?

That's a good question and an excellent observation for a novice player. There are few things in poker that you should always or never do. However, it's almost universally accepted among competent ...
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When taking pot odds into account after the flop, use chance of hitting with next two cards, or just the next card

That depends on what you're contemplating, and what you think future action will be. For example, if you're contemplating a bet that will put you or your opponent all in, then the odds of the next two ...
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How good is it to call when you have no money in the pot?

Your money already in the pot is water under the bridge. But when you put the money in the pot consider there will likely be future bets to call. You have to consider: Position(s) that put ...
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When taking pot odds into account after the flop, use chance of hitting with next two cards, or just the next card

This depends on number of things you have to consider, not only the direct odds. What I mean: The pure odds you calculate should be used if you expect your opponent to check the turn and you see free ...
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Most profitable initial bet

I just want to add my answer here for further opinions, but I think David Sleet's answer is excellent anyway. As a small aside, for tournaments I'd say it's a quick way to the door. It's too much of ...
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Why are the Top Poker Hands rated as they are?

These hands and others are all ranked on their expected value (EV). Hand rankings is a complex and complicated subject. Doing a search on "Poker Hand Rankings" on google will return a lot on the ...
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Facing a shove after turning an OESD with JJ deep in MTT

My read is villain was happy to let you build the pot. You slowed down and villain put you on exactly the hand you had and wants to shut it down. You have 10 outs. I don't get the re-raise to 5.0M ...
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Raising all-in against calling stations on draws?

If you've also read one of Sklansky's older books (Theory of Poker), you'll be familiar with the Fundamental Theorem of Poker: Every time you play a hand differently from the way you would have ...
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Poker hand suited connector

I think that calling here would be the worst play and I agree with your reasoning. Additionally, one of your outs (9 of diamonds) either helps another player out even more or else kills your ...
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Confusion of "Lead"

In my experience, references to a lead bet are consistent with the definition at pokerdictionary: The player who makes the first bet in any given betting round. This bet is always made on post-...
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How to play the hand

Preflop: action seems standard besides the limp by villain. Obviously AK is strong holdings preflop, but it can miss a lot of flops. Limp-calling is not necessarily a bad play, but it makes the hand ...
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Should I shove or 4-bet with AA

Shoving all in is the correct play. You cannot re-raise to $50 in any real balanced way, because if he goes all in you're getting 3-to-1 on a call (you have to put in $50 more to win about $150 ...
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Facing donk lead and call on flop ... what now?

It is an interesting spot for sure. It is hard to say exactly what range the SB and BB have here. Is SB just betting hands like Td8d? Could BB have 87 or would he raise? It is impossible to say. One ...
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How to play against a limp call?

When everybody plays really loose, you should play really tight. So you should fold a lot of hands. Poker isn't about seeing flops and hitting hands. It is about winning money. So wait for a very ...
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Verifying I Played Pocket 3s Fine

Some thoughts here Why are you sitting in 100NL with only 35? Never do that I like a bigger PF raise, 3x at a bare minimum and don't be shy about going higher than that As played, it's hard to avoid ...
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How should I play the river after check-raising flop and leading turn?

You only continue to the flop with 15% of hands. This means that any thinking player will only get to the flop with you vs. a very strong range of yours. They need to be cautious. They don't have to ...
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Check or bet turn with effective nuts

Preflop: fine defend. Might put in a 3bet squeeze once in a while if stacks were deeper. Should be concerned about SB's range given that he cold called and has to play OOP to two players. Flop: ...
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How to make the most of a very good hand when you've been playing conservatively?

The term is "balance your range". If you only open raise with AA and KK then you are not going to get action. You need a open raise range that will included some hands you don't really want to raise ...
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How to deal with a table that always calls?

Good players don't call :) so if you play against fishies, you have to be very selective. Play only premuim hands and always raise them (even if everyone calls, you still have very good chances to win ...
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Zoom NL5: checking second nut flush on turn?

I think you played fine. Villain had nothing and you got him to pay off 0.46 on the river. Certainly a hand to call with from the blinds. No reason to bet the flop out of position on a draw. I ...
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