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Risky home game hand, right or wrong move?

Before you bluff an amateur be sure they are willing to make a big lay down. Sounds like you put 435 at risk to win 130. You put him on a 2 pair or a big pair. If you really had QQ, TT, or QT would ...
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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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Talking during a hand

I am angered enough at the other two answers here to move my comments to an actual attempt at an answer. I think they really miss the point. In short: This behavior from the big blind is illegal ...
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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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Who wins this hand

Assuming this is No Limit Hold'em, his K♥ will beat your 9♥. He has a K♥J♥T♥6♥4♥ flush you have a J♥T♥9♥6♥5♥ flush ...
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Best method to mark the numbers onto poker chips?

Rubber stamp. A few dollars each online. A variety of colors in the ink. Since you likely have a lot of chips to do, stamping is much faster and neater then compared to using a sharpey or stencil. ...
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Tough spot with Aces against regular, NLHE-6max

Preflop is standard and flop is fine. At that point, the only hand that beats you is a flopped flush and even then you have a strong re-draw to a full house. On the turn, I'd bet more. Your hand ...
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In Seven Card Stud, the dealer missed dealing the last cards and shuffles the deck

There is only really one thing that can happen. Reshuffle, burn and give everyone their 7th card. The only other option, and this is only because it's a home game, would be to have the players who ...
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Talking during a hand

IMHO there is a difference between etiquette, house rules and gamesmanship. I've yet see a house game, casino game or big tournament that has a rule against what the BB said. However, they might. ...
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Hold'em hybrid dealing

Personally, I think five betting rounds is too many for a good poker game (that's one reason I prefer Mississippi stud to traditional). But that's just my opinion. You should also always deal at least ...
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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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Burning cards in home games

Burning a card is good practice: It if there is a mark on the back of the card rather intentional or not it protects that mark from being known and exploited. The top card on the deck is more prone ...
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Tough spot with Aces against regular, NLHE-6max

You flop the second nuts on what is still a very scary board for you. I think you need to play it more aggressively than you did. Not likely either of you hit a flush on the flop as you would not ...
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Does a player get dealt a card if they fold out of turn?

Actual rulings with this are going to vary. Seven card stud is not a very common game anymore so a lot of places do not even have the situation come up but once in a blue moon. Technically the rule ...
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Best method to mark the numbers onto poker chips?

Why not just make a placard, similar to what you would find as a table setting card, and write the chip denominations there, in Sharpie on both sides of the card, and sit it on the table? Such a ...
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A list of funny / non competetive Poker Variants

Like: everybody holds on card up on his forehead so that all opponents can see the card. So the opponents can see that, but not the player himself. This is called Indian Poker and I am sure this ...
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playing with wrong two cards

If this were to happen in a casino it would be declared a misdeal and they would try to refund the money of everyone that had something invested. this is unlike the situation where someone who had ...
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What is an optimal ratio of buy-in stack amt. to blind amt. for a 2hr+ home game?

It sounds like a re-buy format would be best for you. For the first 2 hours, players can re-buy if they have chips less than or equal to the original stack. This way the stacks will not start too ...
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How to deal with a table that always calls?

Two and a half additional points: 1) You do not mention what the buy-in is for those $2,500 in chips, but the style of play you cite indicates the players assign low value to those chips. So, to help ...
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How to deal with a table that always calls?

Against these types of players you want to make a strong pair and bet big on all streets for value. If you get raised, just fold unless you have a stronger hand than medium two pair. You don't even ...
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Talking during a hand

The answer depends on the "house rules". However I would suggest in general: if you are not in the hand, then you should not talk about the hand or what you folded or think someone has you must not ...
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Is there an optimum formula for deciding chip denominations?

In general, you want a 4x-5x gap between chip denominations. There is really no reason to have a $2 chip if you already have a $1 chip. You could just play two $1 chips. For what its worth, this ...
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Is there an optimum formula for deciding chip denominations?

I don't speak for cash games. At home with my kids, it is pointless to play for money so I decided to choose the denominations {1,2,5,10,25} and for every game each player has 100 total. The total of ...
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Handling "running it twice" situations

Don't shuffle as the idea to reduce variance. I someone hits a 2 outer then make them hit a 1 outer on the next run. If you are running the turn and river if you miss the turn then you want to ...
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Handling "running it twice" situations

Tried to post this as a comment to chris's reply to User93, but i lack reputation. Chris is correct. The odds of both winning the whole pot and losing the whole pot are increased very slightly with ...
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