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Should this holdem hand result in a split pot?

No. The player with KQ would win the whole pot. The winner of the pot is the player who can make the best 5-card hand from the 7 possible cards -- 5 board cards plus their two hole cards. Player 1 ...
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Studying poker math - is it worth it?

Definitely yes, its worth it. For example: you play MTTs, in the middle of tournament, and you've got a decent stack of chips (not short stacked). Blinds are going high, and a lot of short stacked ...
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Studying poker math - is it worth it?

In the big scheme of things at the poker table there are upsides and downsides to math, as well as with intuitive play. For the sack of clarity, generally speaking intuitive play is doing what you ...
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What is the Ace's namesake?

We got "Ace" from the French "as", which got it from the Latin "as", meaning something like "unit" or "whole". The term was applied first to the one-spot side of a die, and only later to cards.
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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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Preflop action when you hold good pocket pair or draw

Be very, very careful with overly aggressive play and all-ins in the manner you describe. Two primary things jump out at me from your question: For most of the hands you mentioned, you must, must get ...
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What should a new player memorize?

You've been given a very good answer above by @vlzvl in fact, I upvoted it. So, I'm going to go in a different direction and just give you some "meta" advice that I think you will find helpful. This ...
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Can some tell me which hand(s) beats the dealers hand in this game of poker?

Dealer's hand is flush, K-J-8-5-2. 4th hand (winner) is a full house, aces over nines. Dealer beats everything else given. 4th hand: Full House - Wins A⋄A♣A♥9⋄9♠ ...
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various small questions

Advantage is to be "on the button" -- the player furthest from the action. That is, with each cycle around the table, the blinds are first to act and the button is last. This is highly advantageous ...
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Studying poker math - is it worth it?

Of course it's worth it. Playing profitable poker comes down to two fundamental principles: Identify your opponent's strategy. Compute, and implement, the best response. You're falling prey to a ...
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What are good web sites to learn No Limit Texas Hold'em?

Alec Torelli has a great insight into the game. He has a great YouTube channel that does a lot of strategy analysis. The way he breaks down tricky hands explaining what has/should have happened is ...
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What are good web sites to learn No Limit Texas Hold'em?

I am actually a long time coach at the first site linked above, DragTheBar. While I have been on a hiatus (not making videos) for awhile I would definitely recommend it as it has one of the deepest ...
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What are recommended computer programs for learning No Limit Texas Hold'em?

I have bought and am utilizing Poker Genius (www.poker-genius.com) to learn Texas Hold’em. As a successful Blackjack card counter for 25 years I know the value of meaningful practice and Poker Genius ...
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Book or books to learn to play Poker

Take no offense please, but "Poker For dummies" by Lou Krieger, is a fair starting point although published in the late 1990's so parts of it are dated as far as the state of online poker is ...
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What are recommended computer programs for learning No Limit Texas Hold'em?

I don't recommend not using money, learn how to play the basics from books. then set yourself a spending limit IE £20, deposit that into a good site and play. trying to lose as little as you can ...
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What are good web sites to learn No Limit Texas Hold'em?

If you want to try a tool where you can actually practice poker and get immediate feedback on your results, you should try: http://www.poker-fighter.com . Other websites only offer you theoretical ...
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Studying poker math - is it worth it?

Knowing poker math has helped me bet (and win) the occasional hand by understanding pot odds. That made it "worth it" for me. More to the point, it's worth it for someone who plays "occasionally" or ...
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mathematical profit

IMHO, even if you manage to calculate your odds perfectly well, in every hand, if you are sit in a 9 players table, you'd win the pot 1/9 time (in a purely probabilistic way). Now, just try to imagine ...
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Flush on the board

More likely you need glasses. Looks to me that you actually had TJ of DIAMONDS. There is only one ten of hearts in each deck, so it wasn't both in your hand and on the board. You'd be surprised, I ...
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Trip Aces vs Possible Flush

Pre not sure what a 3 bet to 6 bb accomplishes. It has basically no fold equity. You would need to 3 bet to 10 bb. A6s is a good but not premium hand that wants to see a flop from middle to late ...
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Book or books to learn to play Poker

For the basic rules, most any of the Hoyle books would be a good starting point. However, you won't get much in terms of strategy.
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Fight, Flight, and Freezing At The Table?

What you are describing is not uncommon. Many players feel the similarly, especially when playing for real money. There are some things that can be done to reduce both the frequency and the impact of ...
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Pot Odds in "The Mathematics of Poker" Example 4.3

They're playing limit hold'em. That pot size means the SB folded, BB checked and the other player. 15$ from the SB, 30$ from the BB and 30$ from the other player. Limit hold'em or fixed-limit hold'em ...
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Preflop action when you hold good pocket pair or draw

It depends on the type of the game, your position and stack. If it's cash game, you may want to play any pocket pair to hit the set on the flop. I would still throw away the small pairs preflop, if ...
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Studying poker math - is it worth it?

The only math you really need to know, in holdem, is: O = number of outs, N = number of streets left. O x N + 1 = chance of hitting winning card. If chance of hitting the winning card is greater ...
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Studying poker math - is it worth it?

Beyond the basic math of pot odds and hand odds, you should also understand what kind of percentages you should be calling/raising/folding in different situations simply to prevent others from ...
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