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Can an Ace be low in a straight?

Aces may indeed be used as low in a straight in holdem. A2345 is the lowest possible straight, also sometimes called a "wheel." In any other context, aces will be ranked higher than other cards.
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Is there a rule variation where only a single high card (not 2nd,3rd etc.) is used to resolve 2 flush hands?

There isn't a special ranking rule for flushes. The winning hand is always the best five cards out of the seven available. The two hole cards plus the five community cards. My guess is that player 1 ...
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Poker program that tells you the best-known multistrategy in limit hold'em

I'm Mike Johanson, one of the authors on the recent "HULHE is solved" paper, and I wrote a fair chunk of the code for Cepheus. kuzzooroo's link was the right one. At the link he gave (not reproduced ...
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Can somebody tell me whom wins in this poker flush?

OK, so you have: Board: 3⋄ 9♠ A♠ 4♠ 8♠ Player 1: Q♠ 9⋄ Player 2: K♠ J⋄ Player 3: Q♣ 5♠ Well, combining the 5 best cards,...
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What are the actual odds of being dealt pocket Aces?

The odds of getting aces do not at all depend on the number of cards remaining in the deck. They depend solely on the number of cards in the deck (52), how many aces are in the deck (4), and how many ...
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Player allowed to play for main pot after folding during side pot action?

No, B folded. They are no longer in the hand. Cards are tabled, main pot of 75$ goes to A or C, depending on who has the best cards. If a side pot exists it goes to C.
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Hold'em: Why does K♠️7♠️ beat A♠️2♠️ more frequently than K♠️8♠️ does?

K7 steals one winner from A2 K7 wins 3456 and K8 does not K8 does not steal 4567 as A2 does not have a piece of it
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What is the maximum number of players in Texas Hold'em?

The ideal max number at a regular-size table is 9 players and a dealer. 10 is also not uncommon. Some larger tournaments will occasionally place 11 at a table in the early stages until the field is ...
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Who wins in this flush vs. flush hand?

Comparing flush vs flush is exactly the same principle as comparing a high-card hand vs another high-card hand. The flush that has the bigger highest card wins. If they are the same, compare the 2nd ...
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Is it correct to go all-in when you have KK?

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 ...
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Miracle Full House Beats Me

First, as people have stated on another recent question here, there may well be cheating by players in online poker. But what you're describing is not all that fishy. You don't describe the pre-flop ...
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looking to see what card would have come

This is called "rabbit hunting," or just "rabbiting." Many casinos and card rooms explicitly prohibit it in their "rules and regulations" document (example). If you want to try your luck with asking ...
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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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Can I showdown early

I am going to ignore the bet amounts and your stack size first and give you a general answer, you have no fold equity anyway. Well in live, yes you can, there is nothing stopping you from physically ...
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How do you play at a table where everybody always goes all in?

Short answer: Play only premium hands (QQ+, AK). Longer answer: The more hands the average player on a table plays, the less hands you should play (except you play way better than your opponents and ...
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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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How is the pot split in this texas holdem hand?

You imply that none of the players improve on the board, so we'll work with that assumption, and I will also assume that no additional money from other players is in the pot. Player 1 has J♠J&...
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What are the odds of making a royal flush after the flop in Texas Hold 'Em?

There are 2598960 unique 5-card poker hands (C(n,r) = C(52, 5) = 2598960). 4 of those are royal flushes. So, the odds of one specific player flopping a royal flush would be 4-in-2598960, or 1-in-...
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Questionable Tournament Rule With Two Players Left

This is false. The hand will play out as usual with the flop, turn, and river. I'm not sure where your friend heard this or why he believed it. There are plenty of televised heads-up tournament ...
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Rules when dealer flips river early

Depends on the rules in use. Two common sets are Roberts rules and Tournament Directors Association (TDA) rules. From Roberts Rules: IRREGULARITIES: If the dealer prematurely deals any cards ...
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Acting out of turn.

Most of the time in poker, the WSOP rules are held as canon, so keeping that in mind, this is what the 2016 WSOP rulebook has to say: Non-Standard Folds: Any time before the end of the last ...
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Texas Hold'Em Fullhouse Battle

In a full house, 888xx beats 777xx. That is, the higher set beats the lower without concern for what the pair is. The cards in the pair are only important if both players have the same set, such as ...
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How to play the flop when two aces appear?

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 ...
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If you put chips out but don't say anything while it's your turn, can you take them back, even if you didn't say anything?

Some casinos have a betting line on the table or other house rules that may differ from the norm. But generally, a player in turn is bound by his first action, whether verbal or by movement of chips. ...
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What is Teddy KGB's tell?

When he was bluffing or weak he only broke open the Oreo, but didn't eat them. When he had the best hand or was strong he'd eat the Oreo. Basically he was rewarding himself with a cookie when he made ...
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How to determine the winning hands in poker?

Each player in a basic game of poker is given five cards to make their hand. There are variants to the game where players receive more than five cards and players have community cards. However it is ...
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