Lee Daniel Crocker
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Who wins if a player mis-identifies their hand?
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Casinos in the US generally have the "cards speak" rule. That is, when a hand is properly tabled--exposed to everyone at showdown--it is the responsibility of all players, the dealer, floormen, and ...

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Ruling on a non-standard check
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The only relevant question here is what the other players thought and how they reacted. If they thought it was a check, and reacted in any way that you might have been able to see before you bet, then ...

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Is there a hand gesture for calling?
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No, there is no common gesture. There is, however, the "one chip rule": If you are facing a bet, and throw into the pot a single chip worth more than the amount to call, you have called. For example, ...

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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?
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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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Why would a player ask how many chips another player has during a hand?
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It affects strategy in no-limit, and especially pot-limit play. Some simple examples: There's $300 in the pot, and you plan to try a $200 bluff to take it. Well, if one of your opponent's only has $50 ...

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hand distribution in 6 max vs full ring
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Probability is a measure of information. It's not about where the cards are--it's about what you know about them. Let's say you have a flush draw on the turn--9 outs. What odds should you use for ...

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Who wins the Side pot if everyone interested in side pot folds
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When B folds, the side pot belongs to C, immediately, regardless of what C might later do. If you suspect that C is cheating by protecting A, you are entitled to ask the floorman to expose C's hand ...

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Poker Main Pot is 100 and split in 3
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Common casino rules are these: Pots are split as evenly as possible down to the smallest betting unit of the game. In a typical small game, that's usually a $1 chip, but in some games it might be a $5 ...

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Probability Of Getting A Straight Flush Or Royal Flush When Holding QJs
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There are five board cards in hold'em. Since you start with two known cards, there are 50 unknown. That means there are 50x49x48x47x46 ways the board can come. Since the order of the cards on the ...

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What is the Ace's namesake?
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We got "Ace" from the French "as", which got it from the Latin "as", meaning something like "unit" or "whole". The term was applied first to the one-spot side of a die, and only later to cards.

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Decision, is the hand dead
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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 ...

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What's the Probability of hitting the board on the Turn or the River
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When facing an "at least one of" problem, you can't just add probabilities. You have to calculate the probability of missing everything, then subtract from one. Assuming 47 unknown cards, 6 of which ...

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What's the penalty for coaching at the table?
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Such things are entirely at the discretion of the floorman/tournament director. In a situation as obvious as you describe, I would certainly penalize both players with time away from the table. I am ...

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Do I have to show all players if I show to one?
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The dealer made a mistake here. If asked to show a hand, the dealer should ask the player if he exposed it, of otherwise try to determine if it was in fact exposed, perhaps enlisting the assistance of ...

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exact same card back to back to back
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I get about once every 325 hands. Not that uncommon.

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Probability of flopping straight flush
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The worst case for a possible straight flush is holding something like A2s, AKs, A5s, etc., where there's only one possible way to flop the straight flush. In that case, the probability is one in 50C3,...

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Are non-standard verbal declarations such as "same bet" or "I put you all-in" binding?
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The floorman will rule in the spirit of the game. Most of the time, that should mean that if a verbal action was in turn, and understood, then it is binding. If it is ambiguous, or denotes an action ...

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Can someone explain in simple terms what equity means?
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Equity is simply how much of the pot is "yours" based on your odds to win it. If there's $100 in the pot, and you have a 50% chance of winning it, then you have $50 in equity. If you have a 30% chance ...

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Folding to a check
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Yes, this is acting out of turn, and unfair to other players. Floormen will usually just give warnings, but if the behavior continues, you could be ejected from the game. Look at it from your ...

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My opponent turned his cards over in error
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This is a case that calls for some floorman discretion. If the dealer clearly told the player to show his hand, and he complied, there's no way in hell I'm penalizing a player for that--I'll give the ...

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Bet out of turn
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As always, rules may vary by cardroom, but generally yes. The common rule is that an out-of-turn action is binding if the intervening action does not change (whether that action is a check or call). ...

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How to decide winner between equal double pairs in Texas holdem?
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Repeat this 100 times until it really sinks in: All poker hands have exactly 5 cards, no more, no fewer. EXACTLY 5 cards. In Hold'em, you play the best possible 5-card hand you can make out of the 7 ...

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Draw lowball call
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Big pots favor drawing hands, small pots favor pat hands. Typical lowball pots are only 2-3 players, so speculative two-card draws in lowball are usually a bad play. You not only have to make your ...

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Worst possible matchup pre flop
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K♠K♥ vs. K♦2♠ (and the other equivalent combinations--those with different suits, as long as the suit of the deuce matches one of the opposing kings). About a 19-1 dog.

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How did i lose here when we both had flush J High?
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Poker hands have FIVE cards. Exactly five, no more, no fewer. Even in flushes and no-pair hands, all five count toward value. J-8-7-5-4 beats J-8-6-5-4.

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Can people remember the cards that are played?
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In casino poker games, the cards are reshuffled for each hand, so "counting" would be useless. Shuffle tracking might be possible, but the edge from doing so would be dubious. A casino would be ...

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Rules for mucking cards
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The pot belongs to player 2, and he can claim it with his face-down cards. However, called hands may be shown on request, so if either player asks the dealer to show the other hand, he will (if it is ...

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Ask for the size of the pot
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The standard casino rule is that the dealer is not supposed to count the pot for you. He may, however, "spread" the pot on request so that its contents are more visible and easier for a player to ...

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Eliminating two players from a four-hand hold'em play
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General dead-button or forward-moving-button rules apply when three or more players remain. When you get down to two players, whoever most recently paid the big blind posts the small blind, the other ...

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Chipping Up while playing Texas Hold Em
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In real poker tournaments, when the lowest denomination chip is no longer needed, they chip-up all they can and then have a chip "race" for the odd ones. Cards are dealt in such a way that each odd ...

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