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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pre-flop round Texas Holdem UTG bet

This is not a valid bet. The smallest permitted opening raise is by the size of the big blind, i.e. to 2 BB total, or 800 chips in your case. Edge case rules: The only exception is if a player has ...
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When should I limp pre-flop?

As a general rule, it is most ideal to limp with a hand that has good odds compared to the investment. This is where pot odds and implied odds come into play. This way you can know when it is getting ...
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Should I call a 4-bet preflop shove with AKs?

If you go with your assumptions here that only AA, KK and QQ will 4 bet shove, you'll be a major dog half the time, and the other half the time you'll be a coinflip. In percentage terms, you'll win a ...
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Preflop Pot Odds

It depends on how deep the stacks are and how many players are involved in the pot. To make this easier lets suppose you have 72o, since it is the bottom of your pre-flop range. If you have to call ...
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Is it ever ok to limp preflop? Beginner question

Yes, you can. However there are no hard and fast rules as to when it's appropriate. It's almost always dependent on the table and stakes you are playing. Ted Forrest is a well-known pro who uses ...
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How to respond to a re-raise preflop?

They could be on any of those hands plus big pairs. They could be on a semi bluff with 89s. A raise to 6 BB you are getting over 3.5:1. You can call and close out action. If you fold the whole table ...
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Is it ever ok to limp preflop? Beginner question

A small point, that I feel is worth it's own answer. People here have good points, but seen as you included in your question title "Beginner question" I just want to offer a piece of advice to keep ...
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Best hand versus AA

According to this odds calculator site, the reason 56s is better, is because it loses less against AA. Here are the top 10 hands they list vs. AA: Best Hands Against Pocket Aces in Holdem Rank ...
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