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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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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. The dealer said cannot influence action. Yes talking to influence action is done but it needs to be more subtle than that. From there his excessive chatter was ...


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On the contrary of the answer above, the answer is yes, is the right move. Calling 36000 to win 87000 means that you have must have at least 29% if equity. The hands that has this equity against AK are 22+, A2s+, KTs+, Q2s+, J2s+, T2s+, 92s+, 82s+, 72s+, 62s+, 52s+, 42s+, 32s AKo, Q2o+, J2o+, T2o+, 92o+, 82o+, 72o+, 62o+, 52o+, 42o+ even taking in to ...


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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 "exercise", let's pick 8♠8♣ Let's consider the third player a typical tight-agressive player, in this case with a standard 18% Range of hands preflop ...


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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 matches available with a quick youtube search where you can see how heads-up hands get played.


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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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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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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 raising to 2K to open the pot. If only the big blind calls you now have a 5K pot and a stack of 6K behind. Should you decide to push all in at this point your ...


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"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 applies in a situation where your hand can be mucked. It is not possible to fold when you are all-in for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is it would ...


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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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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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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 table and two bust out. Whomever had the most chips at the beginning of the hand places highest. On the bubble the same thing, if there are 101 players left and ...


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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, whatever information you believe you could glean from their play will not help you alter their expectation (i.e., reduce their expectation while increasing yours). ...


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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. Take it slow at the start, watch the players and see how they play, adjust your game accordingly. Be aware for casino regulars for many reasons, be aware but ...


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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 questions here, each of which is worthy of its own question, so I'll just make some brief points: Called 3-bet pre-flop and faced big flop bet Players will ...


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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 local card room, and the top prize is something like $1,675, I've often seen players give the 75$. Normally second place would follow suit too. In bigger prize ...


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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 reasoning applies. People who appear to just randomly go all in before the flop either don't know what they're doing or they know what they're doing and are ...


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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 the next one - either way avoiding having to spend a lot of time grinding away with an average or small stack, which presumably isn't their bag. That's what you ...


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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 players will start going all in. And that's where poker math comes into play. Its the best time to increase your stack by doing some calls, if odds / pot odds are ...


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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 feel is right, and mathematical play is what you figure out is right based on a range of factors. Neither is a strategy, they are how you approach the game. The ...


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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 something else. Math's laws are universal. This means that the math will have the same precision both in the heat of the battle and after the session is over and you ...


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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't have any chips left after the race, you'll get one chip. From Robert's Rules of Poker (Section 15 Rule 8) The lowest denomination of chip in play will be ...


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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 mean that he's hoping to sneak in with AA or maybe he's a little looser pre-flop because he feels like his stack size gives him some freedom. He would probably ...


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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 "live." This means that the straddler is paying for the privilege of acting last in the pre-flop round of betting. If the dealer in your example is saying that ...


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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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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 board also has a straight draw. I would have gone all in here. You had the most information possible, the nuts was not in either players hand. You would ...


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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 the rest of the cards are dealt.


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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, profitable play, but maybe just calling is better for the following reason: given his range, (which btw, I think is too tight--you shouldn't ever totally discount ...


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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 is simply not worth their time. Their hourly rate is higher when they late register. Another reason is, some players like to gamble. They prefer short-stacked ...


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