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Is "talking to influence action" illegal at WSOP?

Yes talking to influence action is against the rules and people push it. When he announced the pot size it went over the line. By announcing the pot size he was coaching. That is a rule violation. ...
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bluffing when somebody is all-in

OK, let's break it down mathematically. I'm going to use a standard poker equity calculator for this. You have T⋄ 9⋄ You say the all-in player had a medium pocket pair. For this "...
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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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How to stay alert during long tournaments

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 ...
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Is Harrington's zones strategy still valid at the end of a MTT tournament?

The problem with with making a standard raise with an M under 5 is that you will be left with a stack that is too low if you lose the pot. If a standard raise for this tournament is 2.5BB then you are ...
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In a tournament if you walk away from the table when "all in" did you "abandon" your hand?

"A hand may be considered and mucked if player is not at his seat" - WSOP rules. This is hand abandonment. "At his seat" is defined as touching or in reach of one's seat. However, this rule only ...
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What is overlay?

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 ...
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How much should I be tipping when I cash a live tournament?

From my experience as a dealer when closing out a tournament, the player whom ended up winning would give the 'loose change' from their win as a tip. I.E. say you take down a 100$ tournament in your ...
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How to stay alert during long tournaments

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! ...
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What determines who finishes in a paid position after Hand-for-Hand play?

Whomever had the most chips at the beginning of the hand places best in the tournament. The number of players or tables does not matter, it just the same as three people going all in on a single ...
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How precise is math in the heat of battle?

If such a player is approximating a game-theoretic-optimal (GTO) strategy, then they are essentially putting their opponent in a situation where it doesn't matter what they do. In other words, ...
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Tips for my first Live Tournament

Just play your game, don't let the fact it's a live game or your first tournament in a casino affect you negatively in how you play. There is no need to fight over every pot in the first few levels. ...
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How to Prevent Blinding Out

My comment on your previous post was about this very phenomenon! You will not get "good" hands at anywhere close to a desirable frequency and the blinds will increase quickly. You've asked a couple ...
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Studying poker math - is it worth it?

Definitely yes, its worth it. For example: you play MTTs, in the middle of tournament, and you've got a decent stack of chips (not short stacked). Blinds are going high, and a lot of short stacked ...
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Studying poker math - is it worth it?

In the big scheme of things at the poker table there are upsides and downsides to math, as well as with intuitive play. For the sack of clarity, generally speaking intuitive play is doing what you ...
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How to deal with people who randomly go all-in?

I've wondered this question before too, but in the context of playing poker for free on Zynga where people do this all the time which is a little different from a tournament but much of the same basic ...
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How to deal with people who randomly go all-in?

There are a lot of players who insta-shove a lot at the start of freerolls, I suspect on the grounds that they'll either double up and play from a strong position, or get knocked out and move on to ...
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How precise is math in the heat of battle?

Judging from what you wrote in the question, I think you are misunderstanding a few concepts here. First, math is math. Math doesn't care if you play poker, running, feeding your dog or doing ...
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What exactly happens when chip denominations are pulled in a tournament?

Typically, you "race" for the chips. Players get a card for any chips left over. Those chips are then colored up and are paid out based on high card. You cannot be eliminated this way. If you don'...
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Help with a tournament hand - KK in SB

I haven't looked at the revealed answer yet, and I'm not experienced in tournaments, so YMMV. You haven't said anything about the button's tendencies. Two calls of raises in this hand pre-flop could ...
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What is a "dead raise"?

When you straddle in the traditional sense in a poker room that allows them, it's considered a "live" straddle. Several popular variations of straddling exist, but one common element is that they're "...
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Play every hand or not

If you had more chance to win by playing every hand, everyone would play every hand all the time and there wouldn't be much of a game.
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SNG $0.25 45-man, huge combo draw

I think this was a bad fold. You have to stick with the story you are trying to tell. You personally knew no one had the nut flush. So the two other players had to fear the ace of spades. Now the ...
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Decision, is the hand dead

Tournaments are different from live play. Once the all-in bet is called, both hands must be turned face up immediately. Neither player is allowed to fold. Both hands are live, and remain face up while ...
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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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Why do players join a tournament late?

If you late register, all pots you play will be much more significant, compared to pots you play in the earlier stages of the game. Players can opt to late register, because playing the earlier stages ...
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Should i have shoved with QQ?

No, that was a massive overbet, given your stack size. A standard sized bet of about 3BB would have been better. Although, in hindsight, it's possible you may have gotten into a raising war, and ...
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Does tipping happen at the highest level?

Tipping in tournaments occurs after the prizes have been paid out. There is no tipping during a hand. Typically the winner, and perhaps some of the other top finishers will tip a portion of their ...
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What's the optimum time to enter a tournament with late registration?

No one has answered the actual answer to the question. ICM. ICM stands for Independent Chip Model, taking storm in the late 2000's. ICM determines the value of chips at a given point in the tournament ...

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