Lee Daniel Crocker
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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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Mucking a winning hand
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If both hands were face up on the table, the moment the last board card fell, the pot belonged to the player whose properly tabled hand was the best. The fact that he then turned it over and pushed ...

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What is the protocol for dealing the "draws" in "draw poker"?
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Traditional California player-dealt rules are these: After the initial deal, dealer places a chip on the stub and leaves it on the table before picking up his own cards (of course with a house dealer ...

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Poker Hi Low 8 or Better - calling your hand
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There are at least two different ways to play high-low split poker: "declare" and "cards speak". With the "declare" option there's also "in-turn" and "...

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Why is full house called full house?
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Before straights and flushes were added to the game in the 1860s, it was called a "full hand", because it was the only hand that used all five cards. The term "full house" came later in the 1880s, ...

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I was light on a hand, namely six dollars short.
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In low-stakes home games it is sometimes allowed, as you point out, for a player to "go light", meaning to borrow money from the pot itself to make a call. This is never allowed in Casinos or more ...

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What ruling should be made when a verbal declaration is not heard by the dealer?
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I think "protect your hand" is the most salient issue here, both for the villian and for you. Dealers are there to assist the players, but it's ultimately their responsibility to protect their ...

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When is a hand considered over
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Under the rules, a player who properly shows his hand is entitled to the pot if the hand wins, regardless of his actions or those of others. This is the "cards speak" rule. Also, the dealer and other ...

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Can some tell me which hand(s) beats the dealers hand in this game of poker?
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Dealer's hand is flush, K-J-8-5-2. 4th hand (winner) is a full house, aces over nines. Dealer beats everything else given. 4th hand: Full House - Wins A⋄A♣A♥9⋄9♠ ...

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What is the usual ruling on an aggressor folding on the river?
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None of the answers here get it quite right. Here's the complete scoop: Yes, Alice paid full price to see Bob's hand, and she's entitled to see it. The fact that she has shown her own hand is of no ...

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When taking pot odds into account after the flop, use chance of hitting with next two cards, or just the next card
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That depends on what you're contemplating, and what you think future action will be. For example, if you're contemplating a bet that will put you or your opponent all in, then the odds of the next two ...

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Can I showdown early
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Absolutely not. If you are head-up (that is, there is just you and one opponent), then there's nothing wrong with showing cards like this. But once you have two or more opponents it's not just about ...

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What is the origin of the all-in bet?
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"Table stakes" rules are essentially as old as poker itself. My copy of Foster's Practical Poker (1905) says that some games would allow borrowing or going to pocket, but even then going all in was ...

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Why this pot is split?
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Repeat after me: poker hands have five cards. EXACTLY five cards. No more, no fewer. In Hold'em, each player plays the best 5-card hand he can out of the seven available. Vlad's best 5-card hand is A-...

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Odds of three people at a 9 ring game having the same hole cards
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Unfortunately, this is the kind of probability question that would take a couple of hours and reams of paper notes to get the exact answer. But simulating it is easy (I have loads of C code for that). ...

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Are there any forms of poker where some of your personal cards are displayed from the start of the hand?
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There are three common methods poker games use to "develop" hands over multiple betting rounds. In order of age of introduction: The draw. Each player exchanges one or more of his cards for the same ...

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All in player mucks hand before runout
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This is not so much a matter of rule as of dealer training and casino policy. If a player leaves his hand face down and unprotected, the dealer may muck it, but most are trained to do this only when ...

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If you push chips in does it constitute commitment even if it’s not enough chip
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If a player is in last position, facing an all-in bet of more than his stack, moving chips across the line (or with significant forward motion if there's no betting line) is equivalent to saying "...

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Uncountable all in
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Bets are never pushed into the pot in a poker game. Bets are made in front of the player, between his stack and the pot, and must be countable. If you "splashed the pot" in a casino, you'd ...

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Does a royal flush with 2 wild cards beat a royal flush with one wild card?
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Wild cards are typically a "house rule" sort of thing. I have played a few games in a real casino setting that used one or two "bugs". A "bug" is a card (typically a ...

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What is your read about this hand?
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I think it was a mistake for you to check the flop. His pre-flop raise might well be something like AK/AQ, but it might also be QQ, KK, etc. If you check an A-high flop, he has to bet his QQ, and you ...

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In poker can players agree to a draw and split the pot?
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In a home game you can do whatever you like--but in a casino or other formal/structured environment, allowing the last two players to split the pot without showing would be an open invitation to ...

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Who wins in this two pair situation?
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Poker hands have exactly five cards, no more, no less. Both players are playing the hand 9-9-5-5-A. Split pot.

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Can a player win an ante higher than his all-in bet?
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My opinion as a long-time floorman and tournament director: It depends on how the ante is paid. If each player has to ante 600, and he has only 100 at that point, then the main pot that he can win is ...

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What constitutes a dead hand?
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Yes, the hand is live. But if it was not properly tabled face up, anyone who saw the hand should keep their mouths shut, and the dealer should muck the hand if it is unprotected. If the hand is ...

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How does the pot split in Texas Hold 'Em?
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Player one's best five-card hand is A-A-10-10-Q. That's the best hand here, and wins the pot uncontested. Both players 2 and 3 have Q-Q-3-3-A. They should get nothing, unless maybe player 1 was all in ...

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mucked or not in texas hold em
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In tournament play, the hands should have been face up before the board was dealt, and players cannot fold, so this shouldn't happen. In a live game, if a player's hand is clearly tabled face up, it ...

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What happens to the small blind ante?
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Your description is unclear, but I assume you mean that both blinds are posted complete, the third player (acting first) goes all in for $1000, and the small blind folds. In this case, the main pot is ...

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Misdeal.....or not?
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How the floorman handles such situations a matter of the casino's rules and policies, and to some extent his own preferences and experience. I don't like declaring misdeals after there has been action,...

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Declared hands - winner declared and then changed
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The standard rule in most casinos is that "cards speak", meaning that when players' hands are properly tabled face-up for all to see, it is the obligation of the dealer, other players, and floormen to ...

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