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You should enter the tournament as early as possible. Presumably, you're participating in the tournament because you have some sort of edge against the field. In other words, you should be playing the tournament because it is profitable for you to do so. Playing the earlier stages of the tournament lets you play more hands against your opponents, which (...


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I have a friend who often relates a similar story to me. (The friend is not me, but has been in the past!) As always, as detailed as this is, it's never the whole story. My friend will be playing and winning at a reasonable rate, then the reverse... at a reasonable rate. When they're winning they often attribute it to the quality of their ability, and when ...


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Well, I have two answers: 1) If you play as many hands of live poker as online poker, you will see the same thing. While it is amazingly hard to believe hands sometimes, sooner or later every hand combination imaginable (and some that aren't) will happen on their own. This is just part of a random system like poker. Keep in mind that the most ...


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Your question is slightly all over the place but I'll try to answer it the best I can. First, it seems like you've fallen prey to a common mindset issue many, mostly recreational, poker players have. You shouldn't be measuring your results by what you're currently up or down during one session. You'd be surprised to learn that winning players are really ...


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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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If there was an agreement to do so I would say that it is a form of collusion and therefore wrong. If it just happens then it should be considered softplay and may draw a warning acording to most tournament rules. By not being there the absent player cannot participate in the hand nor can he see the action taking place. That is to his detriment and if he ...


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how would you play this hand knowing that the villain is an incredible calling station who will put his entire stack even on the 2nd pair? You did put all your stack when you were way ahead and he called: that is perfect! I'm not saying that's how you should always play KK like that: but versus an opponent which you know cannot fold, the goal is to go ...


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Absolutely. Obviously the games are dryer and tougher than 2005-2008 but that was the golden era of poker due to the Moneymaker boom. United States v. Scheinberg, more commonly known as Black Friday, was a huge blow to online poker but it's still thriving due to the rest of the world still being able to play online poker. :) PokerStars is doing great, tons ...


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Well, I'd have to say "it depends". If you are going against AA then you are a 4 to 1 dog. Not a good situation. If you are playing against a super-rock (TAG) then it might be a fair bet that their super-aggressive play is advertising AA. However, those players are fairly rare and the average TAG is capable of going over the top with AKs, in which case ...


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Check raising can be used to punish people who auto-bet in position too often. It's also good for semi-bluffing or building a pot when you've got a made hand vs normal betting frequencies. It's part of a balanced strategy. If every time you have a hand you donk and every time you check you either check-call or check-fold then your opponents can take ...


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Don't blame the "bad players" for you losing all your money with a one-pair hand. If limp-calling a low pair preflop vs you is making them money when they hit their set, it's not them that is playing poorly, but you. They are playing profitably because you are paying off time after time. I'm not trying to be harsh, but to shine the light of reality on ...


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When he donkbets the flop his range likely consists of strong draws, pair+FD, pair+gutter, and some strong made hands like AT+. Reads on CO and BTN are important - if either of them is a fish he could have a wider value range. If CO and BTN are regs I expect his range to be pretty damn strong. Either way, I think flatting flop is best since we don't really ...


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I would suggest you play some online freerolls to get the feel for online poker. If you can deposit (not sure based on the US rules) then I would deposit as much as you are comfortable losing. Dont deposit $200 if you can only really afford $75 for example. Then you need to stick to some strict Bankroll Management. With regards to books, there are hundreds ...


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As you said, it is easy. You want to start with the maximum BB's. Play tight in beginning to increase your stack. If you join as shortstack with around 30 bb's you can be an easy victim by someone who pushes you all in without any problems. That will not happen in the beginning phase, because everyone has the same amount of bb's.. as you said, easy. :)) now ...


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They take a percentage of each pot, called the "rake."


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You did not play the pot correctly, you managed to lose the maximum amount possible. Your pre-flop raise was OK. With queens I would much rather have two aces hit the board then one, but that only means my hand is a little less likely to be beat at this point because there is one less ace in someone's hand. It does not mean anything other then that, you ...


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I found some opening charts here which you might find useful: Semi-Loose Tight There is also a chart here with calling, 3-betting and 4-betting ranges:


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Google Wiki In poker, an overlay is the gap between a poker tournament's guaranteed prize pool and the actual prize pool generated by entrants. For example, if a tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000, a buy in of $100 and 90 players enter, the players will contribute only $9,000 to the prizepool. The rest of the prizepool (in ...


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Great Question, some things that I find useful are the following: snacks like sunflower seeds, nuts, or gum keep your mouth busy and help to keep you awake and alert regular breaks where you get up and walk around (every level or so), also consider doing some light stretching or aerobic exercise like jumping jacks play music with high bpm. I find that it ...


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First, it really depends on who/where you're playing. If you're playing with at least pseudo-serious people, I think limit is the best way to start. An often unappreciated skill in Hold'Em (and poker in general) is the ability to bet. If you read any reputable book on necessary poker skills it will always contain a section on proper betting. Knowing how ...


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If you think about the Full Tilt case, then the non-US players already play real money games on Full Tilt Poker and are able to deposit or cash out at their own will. In the US it's more problematic, though. But I am not from the US and I cannot give you more info. As far as I can see, you're concerned about the safety of your bankroll on online poker rooms....


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You have an interesting point of view about the short stacks, but this point tells me that you lack a few key things about short stack play. As you might know, in cash games, the blinds never increase. As you might know as well, in cash games you can buy in for any amount which is between two fixed amounts, set by the casino. However, in cash games the pots ...


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It's not just home games that view check-raising as "pejorative" as you say. Most of the lowball games spread in Southern California flat-out banned check-raising. The other answers are generally correct... the reasons you would check-raise are the same as why you would bet out. Sometimes, though, check-raising makes a lot more sense than just betting out ...


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From what I've heard and read, one of the most advanced poker bots is PokerSnowie, an artificial intelligence built using a neural network. That's only being used in training software though. As for online poker bots actually playing, and avoiding detection, on PokerStars for instance... I'm not sure. Any poker bot not based on a neural network is liking ...


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I have over 1M hands in my poker database and everything holds true for the RnG of any site. Stats I can look up are frequency I get hands like AA and odds of calling and shoving all in's. Everything is fine and well within the norm. The RnG is the same for all, there are no juiced hands. As vlzvl says if you lose regularly then the only person to blame is ...


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The chance that any one person has AA when you have no aces (and given no other information) is 6 / (50 * 49 / 2) or ~ .5% (note: you know your two cards, so it's not 52 * 51). This means that there's a 99.5% chance that they don't. When doing probabilities the probability that any one of n things with probability p_n is going to happen is 1 minus the the ...


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I think the biggest potential risk is not from non-random hands, but from insiders who have available to them knowledge of the (perhaps totally random) hands in real-time while they're playing out. The Absolute Poker scandal about 10 years ago was a good example of this kind of thing. Are current sites doing this kind of thing? It's hard to say, but if there ...


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From what I know they track certain metrics to determine bots. Most bots are pretty damn weak but as individuals are often hard to detect. What they track tend to be the following: Repeated use of identical bet-sizings (some humans have this trait also) Repeated use of certain lines (especially uncommon lines) Relentless aggression in certain spots (bots ...


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Clarko's given some good pieces of advice. Most tournaments give you a 5-minute break every hour, so make good use of those! One thing I'd add is "pay attention to what your opponents are doing! Takes notes about things you see important to remember" This will make the experience much more interesting. If you just fold and forget about the tournament, you ...


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So typically if there is something like a server update this sort of situation won't happen (they'll just deal a "final hand" until the update completes). If a player gets disconnected during a hand sites typically do one of the following: Treat him as if he were all-in Force him to check all streets and fold to any bet So in the case of a server crash (...


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