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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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How to make the most of a very good hand when you've been playing conservatively?

It depends! What are your definitions of "conservatively" and "good hand" and "couple of chips"? And how long had you been playing at this game, allowing your opponents to develop an impression of ...
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Problem with a hand in Texas hold'em

The point of hold-em is that your hand is the best possible five-card combination from all seven cards. So, in this case, yes, it is a split pot. All players (as you describe them) have a 6-high ...
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What is the min-raise and min-reraise in Holdem No Limit?

@Dutch.Boyd's answer contradicts the very TDA he posted with it. B: In no-limit and pot limit, an all-in wager of less than a full raise does not reopen the betting to a player who has already ...
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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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In Hold'em games, how do the blinds move if the dealer is stationary (house)?

Although physically the dealer is in place, the symbolic dealer is one of the players. They don't deal the cards but they have a "button" in front of them, indicating they are the dealer (and the ...
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Distinct head-to-head match ups in holdem

Note 1 in the article on Hold'em Odds elaborates on this a bit further: [Note 1] By removing reflection and applying aggressive search tree pruning, it is possible to reduce the number of unique ...
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How to play when you hit a straight

A preliminary remark. This situation (full over straight) is very common in PLO. Thus playing PLO might be a good way to get used to it. At low limits, players tend to play according to their cards, ...
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How to play when you hit a straight

I would agree with some of the previous answers on this one, although it is easy to be influenced by seeing the outcome. Preflop: no problem with your check here, but let's start to think ranges ...
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How to play a pair against a maniac?

Ok. Let's take this one step at a time. You describe your opponent as a "maniac". However, that player displays no "maniac" behavior in this hand, so I'm not sure where to go with that. I'd like ...
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Push or just call on the turn with trips against an over-pair and you know it?

My initial reaction when reading this hand was that a push was the easy play. After thinking about it a little, I'm not sure that it's so clear. Make no mistake, a push is absolutely a good, ...
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No-Limit Holdem first bet after the flop

When opening a round of betting after the flop, this is called a bet. In Robert's Rules of Poker, "bet" is defined as "The act of making a wager before anyone else on a betting round". Additionally, ...
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Confused about pot odds

Here is another way to look at it: Gained if you call and win: 30+50 = 80 Lost if you call and lose: 50 Your Equity = 0.36 EV = Equity(Gained when win) + (1-Equity)(Lost when lose) EV = 0.36(80) + (1-...
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What is the minimum raise after an all-in?

• The minimum legal raise is equal to the previous raise amount. • If the previous all-in raise amount was less than the minimum raise, then the minimum raise is equal to the previous minimum raise. ...
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Preflop game in 50/50 sit'n'go

Well, IMHO, your analysis is pretty good. However, you see this kind of play all the time even in big tournaments. And in general, this play from the A8 is usually not a bad one. Whenever you have ...
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What happens if the last two live players fold at the same time?

I Made a ruling on this exact situation. The pot was small (1/2 NL, $5), there was an ace high straight on board, the ruling was that the pot was split. The ruling was technically incorrect. I made ...
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Should I have bet this river? - KK vs potential flush

One of my favorite poker sayings is, "I guess the rabbit had the gun that time . . ." I think your play was just fine. You made the V take bad odds to get to the flush. So I wouldn't have changed a ...
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Raising and multiple All-Ins

Common rules: The initial bet was the $20 big blind. John's $35 all-in does not constitute a raise, and so does not affect the action. Pete's $45 all-in is the first raise. The next raise would have ...
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No-Limit Holdem first bet after the flop

The minimum bet size is one big blind. This bet is therefore legal. The minimum raise size is the amount you have to call, on top of the call. These rules apply always.
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What is minimum raise when starting a new round of betting in NLHE?

Betting starts over each round with a min bet and min raise of 1 bb.
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Middle-straight starting with an ace?

Turns out the game was shortdeck, which is played with a 36-card deck, meaning: all of the 2s through 5s removed. So if you ever see weird straights in a tournament stream, it's shortdeck (commonly ...
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What is the difference between limit and no limit starting hand rankings?

When the book was written limit hold'em was the dominate form of hold'em, with significant differences then the way the game is played today. No limit was a rare game. I worked at the mirage from 90 ...
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How to play bottom pair in middle position?

If on the button and nobody has called, try to steal the blinds, if in early and middle position and nobody has raised limp. If in early middle position and somebody raised fold. If in the blinds ...
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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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To steal the pot, how much should I bet if first to act post-flop?

A lot of this answer is going to depend on the other players and their skill level and how they see your bet. For example, I play a lot of live games in Las Vegas. I would never do this move because ...
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Get all-in on a steal by a deep stack with avg hand

There's a couple of things that come into play here: 1 - I think you need to clarify the action. Did you raise or did you go all-in? There is a huge difference between those two actions, the latter ...
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What is the min-raise and min-reraise in Holdem No Limit?

Limit games are very tricky with this. If in a 3/6 Hold'em game, player A bets $3, and player B goes all-in with $4, then player C has the option to call the all-in, complete the raise to $6, or fold. ...
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