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For me it is not about body language when an opponent looks at his cards. I'm doing a few things when I'm waiting for my turn. Monitoring the players to act after me. There are players that will give away whether or not they want to play their hand or not before it gets to them. This has an effect of strengthening your position. If you are in mid position ...


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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 of your poker chips. If you don't, and are in the seats close the dealer, the dealer will rarely, accidentally muck your hand. This isn't their fault. It's ...


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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 optimal. Let's discuss how you should play AKo in this spot. You are 200BB deep. This is probably too deep to get AKo in pre-flop. However, he raises to 8.3x the ...


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This is an excellent question. Seriously. One of the top on this site. You can use this technique, especially in multi-table tournaments and heads'up situations. But you have to be very aware of its consequences. Some reasons why you could do this: 1). piss other players off. This works both online and live. If you constantly take 2 - 3 or more minutes to ...


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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 easier shove; you don't want to get hit by blinds and end up with around 7 blinds and way less fold equity, aren't you? If you double here with an excellent ...


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I think the biggest mistake here is not raising pre-flop. With three people in the hand and AQ out of position I think this has to be a raise, relating to some comments that I read I would be raising here 100% of the time, I don't think playing AQ out of position is great (obviously you play it, it's a monster) and so narrowing the field would be the first ...


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This is a little tricky. A non-verbal check is generally defined as "knocking or taping the table." So a single hit on the table with a fist does generally qualify as a check. Checking in the dark is a completely legal move. And since the bettor would have been next to act after the card is dealt, the non-verbal check motion might qualify as a check in ...


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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 opened under the gun. This is a fairly strong sign of strength. Let's look at your options: Jamming: KQs is doing badly against the average TAG players range in ...


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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 not possible, clarification may be called for. The precise words don't matter. I once ruled that the words "Back atcha" constituted a re-raise, because in the ...


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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 portion of your poker bank on the table, I'd call this every time. Of course you're not going to win 100% of the time (and it hurts when you do lose - ...


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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 getting pot odds of 42%. Your card odds are around 18% if he's only ever shoving AA in this spot, around 23% if he's shoving AA or KK, and 50% if he's shoving AA, KK ...


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I used to look immediately, but lately I've been waiting for my turn to look. The stanard reason cited by the pros to wait is that you don't give away any information to the other players watching your reaction. I say meh. Actually, Donkeyfish's response above summarizes more accurately why I now wait: it makes me think. Read this blog post for a little more ...


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Probably the chip glance as the flop, turn, or river come out. Indicates they hit the flp/t/r in some way and their initial intention is to bet. A chatty player is almost always a good hand, especially on the river when your contemplating a call against a player. Shaking hands when betting is usually a monster, not a bluff. I'm far from an expert but I ...


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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 an action in turn it is your burden to make that action in a clear unambiguous manner. There are is you describe some "cute players", but for the most part, ...


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I would definitely raise PF to see where I am. If you dont raise you allow trash to see the flop and secondly you have no idea if your AQ is the strongest A. If you are re-raised you can tighten your villains range PF without second guessing OTF. That alone puts you in a tough spot OTF. I would much prefer to be re-raised and knowing where I am. As someone ...


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Depends on many factors. Like if you have any history on these players and how they play. Personally I would have raised pre with that hand to at least get rid of any silly hands for the big blind. He could be sat there with 2 7 for all you know. But back to the actual question. I would say that you have the strongest Ace. I would expect anyone else to ...


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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 chip in if you don't have anything smaller to pay for the ante. As long as you have the required chip denominations, use them. As for exchanging chips: yes, it'...


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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 have just one player shoving in front of you to increase your chances of winning the hand (or more specifically reduce the chances that you are eliminated from the ...


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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 redistribute them to other players. A private game on the other hand has about any remedy they choose, and have chosen various remedies up to, and including ...


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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 many card rooms will have policies that forbid this, as effectively you're taking cash off the table, which they tend to not like. The wording of these type of ...


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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 one of the better players then for sure I would want max buyin. If you are not one of the better players then the advantage of short stack is easier decisions. ...


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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 or lights to remind you it is your turn. There are no handy digital displays telling you what the player has bet, what they have in their stack or if the have ...


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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 antes yourself. When putting a single chip in, it is a call/bet unless you anounce raise. You can also state a different amount, e.g 400 and putting a 500 chip ...


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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 how fast the hands are going and how fast the players are playing. If there are players stalling or otherwise taking a lot of time, this number could be even ...


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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 in small cash games like this. Players only tend to 3-bet and 4-bet with premiums so I would estimate that if you call you would be up against QQ+ most of the ...


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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 sizes. Also, there are 2 key pieces of information you left out: how deep is everyone relative to villain, and what position you are in (I will assume you are ...


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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 has changed action so Eve has all available options to her. It is important to note, if Eve keeps doing this in a casino she may get a warning and even a ...


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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 playing 22 at all. This is my argument, if you are playing this tight (which you probably shouldn't be), your preflop play isn't aligned with your postflop ...


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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 consequence; "order of show" rules only apply to situations where players are reluctant to show. Players are always encouraged to show their hands at showdown as ...


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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, without giving you the right odds to draw, with the expectation of committing you to an all-in on the river. This looks more like the opposite: A shove to ...


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