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All-in, pre-flop with AK... twice. Was that a bad decision?

If your laying down AK to a loose cannon that is raising all in all the time you are making a huge mistake. These calls you made all in were just fine. You will get the guy sooner or later. The 99 he ...
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Drawing Dead Preflop?

This is an interesting question. The key consideration to me is "Player A cannot win the pot via a split pot", meaning that there should be no scenario whereby the board contains the nuts. This is ...
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All-in, pre-flop with AK... twice. Was that a bad decision?

It is definitely profitable to be calling with AKo and AKs against someone shoving 100% of their hands. Using the Poker stove calculator, AKo will win 65.20% of the time against an opponent's random ...
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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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Best hand versus AA

I exhaustively simulated (every possibility is run) AA vs any pocket pair and AA vs any suited connector. Firstly let's cover the pocket pairs: Obviously it is best for the under-pair to have ...
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Is it ever ok to limp preflop? Beginner question

Generally, I would strongly advice against limping. It is a bad strategy. There are some very specific spots were limping might be reasonable, but always raising pre-flop is never wrong. There is a ...
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What is a small card in a texas holdem preflop hand?

A small card, sometimes called a "rag", is usually any card that isn't a face or paint card, which includes the 10. So anything from the 2 to the 9 may be considered a small card, although some ...
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Drawing Dead Preflop?

As I mentioned in a comment above, this was not my answer, found it here. Although I did find you could also substitute the 7s with 8s, and then the Queens with Jacks, 10s or 9s. Suits matter in the ...
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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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How to respond to a re-raise preflop?

To be honest, these type of hands, while strong get people into trouble when they are out of position. I'm not talking about pocket pairs, or A,K, but often hands like K,Q or A,J or A,10 (these type ...
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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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Shortstack SB calling range against UTG

In a paid game the immediate question would be what are the payout structure, because it can condition marginal calls into folds if it is relevant to have more chances to finish 2nd. Second it's a ...
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Pre-flop decision making factors

Nice question and I think the factors you are considering are by far the most important ones to remember. However I'd also say remember, as you also mentioned, the position of players who raised ...
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Why at Pokerstars clicking a pot button adds 1000 more?

The size of a pot-sized raise is calculated as follows: Match the standing bet, and then Raise by the size of the pot after you have matched the current bet. The formula for calculating this is 3x ...
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PFR (preflop raise) statistics calculation with raise + 4bet in one single hand

Your VP would still be 33% as you could have raised/called when you were in SB and BB - the tracker will only exclude walks where action was folded round to your BB. As for the PFR, this generally ...
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Always preflop all in with JJ+? cash game

The logic of the question is on the wrong basis whatsoever. Mathematics are essential to poker, but if you try to apply them without taking into account all the other parameters you end up with ...
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Is there statistically any combination worse than 2 7 offsuit for preflop Texas Hold'em?

It depends on how many players are in the pot. Using the pre-flop calculator and assuming you only know your own hand, here is a table of the winning odds (calculated at https://www.888poker.com/poker/...
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Is there statistically any combination worse than 2 7 offsuit for preflop Texas Hold'em?

I once spent an afternoon analyzing 7-2 with Poker Probe (An old program by Mike Caro). I was curious if there was any situation that justified making a call with 2-7. PP was a pretty simple program, ...
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Did I make a stupid mistake with JJ preflop?

I don't know the stacks of the other players and I don't know the payout structure. But I'll assume they are just normal. You are 6 handed 18BB deep. I don't know what you are doing if you don't want ...
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Call all in decision

Your situation is quite vague, as we don't have information about blinds, chip stacks, etc. You may have the 7th stack with 100 BB or you may have the 7th stack with 5 BB. In each of the cases, the ...
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How is Coronavirus going to effect your game and the poker industry?

Well Grinch we know now. I live less then two miles from the Las Vegas strip, nearest game is in Arizona, 250 miles away according to bravo. If I didn't like that game I would have to go to Detroit ...
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In heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em poker, how often can you expect to win against an opponent who goes all-in on all hands?

To expand on @Andrew Chin's answer, I think a good way to think about this situation is to consider multiple hands played using statistics (and a 65% chance of winning any given hand because you are ...
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How was this hand played? Any leaks I should be concerned about?

This hand, your problems are definitely coming from the action preflop. I dont like how you 3-bet to $3.30 with A9s, but it isn't terrible because you do block an ace and the initial raiser was on the ...
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How was this hand played? Any leaks I should be concerned about?

In addition to Clarko's excellent answer, I also don't like the lead post-flop. The awkward sizing commits you even when you're sure you're behind. K-high dryish boards favour your villain's range. AA,...
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How to play AK hand against poor players anticipating that many of them will call you?

AK is a very strong hand preflop, but postflop if you haven't hit any A or K, or straight or flush draws, then you just have A high. You checked your hand against 5 other players and in this situation ...
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Why do so many top level play fold preflop in texas holdem?

That's a good question and an excellent observation for a novice player. There are few things in poker that you should always or never do. However, it's almost universally accepted among competent ...
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Why Collin Moshman 3-bet that high?

I don't think your logic makes sense. I think you're right that if another player in late position calls, it will be leaving attractive odds for the players still to act. However, that's still a big ...
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Holding suited connectors odd of flopping 2 pair or better

Based on figures from http://www.flopturnriver.com/poker-strategy/pyroxenes-common-flop-odds-19147, the odds of flopping 2 pair or better, not including draws, is just over 5.6%. Including flopping a ...
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Why do people call/raise with poor hands on preflop?

With free tournaments and games, playing a lot of hands is a good thing, it helps one learn how a lot of hands play. The object of free play is to play so one can learn. Then there are others who ...
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