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Moving from online to live games

Live poker tends to be significantly different than online. Rules Always protect your cards. That doesn't mean don't let someone grab them and run, it means cover your cards with something. Use one ...
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Fold AKo preflop?

The top 6-max cash game guys playing zoom500 will happily get 100BB in pre-flop with AKo. However the playerpool is really tough and aggresive, so maybe against some tighter live players it is not ...
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Short stack UTG action

Your M is 4 which is in the red zone (as Harrington explains in his zone system), and you have a perfect hand for shoving, even against 7 other guys. Since you're in UTG this makes it an even easier ...
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Should I have called an all-in with KK against a TAG?

Yes, you might be 80% against a random hand, but unless he really is just gambling on his last hand (how can you know?) his likely range will significantly lower your odds. For example: You're ...
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Should I have called an all-in with KK against a TAG?

Unless you think your opponent only ever does this move with AA, you're likely to be at least a 70-80% favourite to win the hand. Maybe not the bet to be making with your entire net worth, but with a ...
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How much must Hero bet for Villain to fold?

Should Hero have called villain's pre-flop raise, re-raised, or folded? The only thing you can do is call. You've labelled Villian as tight-aggressive and he's made a small reraise after you've ...
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Are non-standard verbal declarations such as "same bet" or "I put you all-in" binding?

The floorman will rule in the spirit of the game. Most of the time, that should mean that if a verbal action was in turn, and understood, then it is binding. If it is ambiguous, or denotes an action ...
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Are non-standard verbal declarations such as "same bet" or "I put you all-in" binding?

The short answer is no, there are no standard phrases that must be used in order for the verbalization of your action to be binding. (this may not be inclusive of all poker venues). Whenever you make ...
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Live NLHE Tournament Chip Denominations

Regarding the issue with the ante: yes, the dealer will give you back a chip of 500. (S)he will take it either from the current pot or ask another player to make the exchange. But only put the 1000 ...
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Is all-in calling 2 all-ins with KK a bad move pre-flop?

Short answer, no, I wouldn't have done anything differently. You have 14BBs and find KK with two players already committed to pay off your entire stack if you win the hand. Sure, you might rather ...
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How should money won by a cheater be distributed?

Generally speaking there is limited scope to what happens. Generally, the house is not responsible for damage done by cheaters, and they really don't have a right to say confiscate chips or cash to ...
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Is it rude to cash out when ahead, then buy back in?

Yes it's rude, or rather many players will consider it rude. However you're playing I assuming to make money and not friends, so if you want to cash out and buy-in again that's your business. However ...
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How much should I buy in for when playing live?

More chips is more tools at your disposal. Can play a range of hands and can play all streets More fold equity People are less likely to put pressure on you if you have them covered If you are ...
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Moving to offline poker tournaments after playing exclusively online

Pay attention to the action, or maybe better put, figure out how to pay attention to the action. You are dealing with a whole different set of prompts and interface to the game. There are no beeps ...
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Moving to offline poker tournaments after playing exclusively online

First of all, obeserve the action. If someone puts a chip worth 5 BB in, it might be a call/bet or a raise if anounced, so paying attention is important. You have to place your blinds and possible ...
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All in or fold strategy

This all-in or fold play is most likely due to the fact that blind levels were moving fairly quickly for a live tournament. 20 minutes is only enough time to play around 10-15 hands, depending on ...
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Fold AKo preflop?

AKo is definitely a hand you should be 3-betting with some of the time, getting 4-bet without a read is a tough situation (at least for me). With no read i would fold AKo pretty much all of the time ...
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Fold AKo preflop?

Assumptions Your question is a bit confusing because you say you sit down with $500, but later you say "everyone folds to you with $300 behind," so I will address the question under both both stack ...
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What happens when a player announces a check while there is an active bet?

The situation you have described Eve has all options available to her, as you mentioned in item 3 on what she can do, even in a casino. In general unless action changes it is binding, I.E. Bob's bet ...
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1/2 NL Decision

With the Villain playing fairly tight and limping frequently, I would suspect that he has been looking to set mine. He might be willing to call 5BB with any pocket pair (and a few other hands) since ...
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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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Should I call all-in here with bottom set?

Qd-9c-2d is pretty much the most favorable runout you could hope for when you're holding a pair of deuces (other than quads). If you're not willing to get all-in on that board, you shouldn't even be ...
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What is the usual ruling on an aggressor folding on the river?

None of the answers here get it quite right. Here's the complete scoop: Yes, Alice paid full price to see Bob's hand, and she's entitled to see it. The fact that she has shown her own hand is of no ...
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Do I call a turn all-in with KK with against a possible flush?

If the villain really has made a flush, especially the nut flush, I think he would be making a mistake to put you all-in on the turn. He ought to bet only as large as he thinks he can to keep you in, ...
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How would you play AK here?

That's a pretty easy fold. You're likely up against some combination of two pair, a set, a straight and a nut flush draw. The first player could have anything, but likely has top pair with medium ...
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What ruling should be made when a verbal declaration is not heard by the dealer?

I think "protect your hand" is the most salient issue here, both for the villian and for you. Dealers are there to assist the players, but it's ultimately their responsibility to protect their ...
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Why does Dealer call over floor if there is 3 of a kind on the flop in live poker?

This of course depends on the location. There are of course standard poker rules that are applied pretty much everywhere, but most poker rooms have various rules that apply only to them. Without ...
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Can I fold in response to a call?

In a cash game typically yes. You would just muck your hand. It is not really a fold at that point. In a typical cash game if the better shows the caller can muck without showing. In a ...
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Moving to offline poker tournaments after playing exclusively online

Slow down and get used to physical chips and betting rules. There is too much to go through. One to highlight is string bet. If you are going to raise you have to move all the chips in one motion. ...
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Small Stakes NLH 1-2 $300 Cap - What did villain have?

I suspect he had KH-QX or KH-JX or KH-TX. I don't think it makes much sense for him to raise preflop with 3H 4H or 5H 6H. And, he would play KH-8X or less raising preflop. And, since he didn't win ...
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