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  • Semi Bluffing Poker - Online Poker Semi Bluff Tips
    cumbersome but you may skip ahead to the conclusion if you are allergic to math Given the range we put him on preflop there are 36 ways he can have a pocket pair 9 9 T T J J Q Q K K or AA multiplied by 6 combinations for each one There are 12 ways for each of the non paired hands AK and AQ and there are four ways each to make KQs AJs AQs and AKs If all of them have equal outcomes i e he ll be as likely to bet KQs here as AA there are 36 hands he will not fold when we checkraise his pocket pairs while there are 40 hands he is likely to fold To be a bit more conservative let s say we give him a 25 chance to fold and a 75 chance to call or raise If he raises we must fold as the pot doesn t really grant us the odds we need But if he just calls after all another 2 just fell and even pocket rockets will be afraid of trips we still have a small chance of hitting our straight Let s say that the distribution of the 75 of hands he will not fold is that he ll call with 50 and raise with the remaining 25 Let s work out the expected value of our checkraise Remember there are 5 75 big bets in the pot when the action comes to us So the possible outcomes are as follows 25 of the time he will fold and we will take down the pot 0 25 5 75 1 4375 25 of the time he will re raise and we must fold 0 25 2 0 5 we invest two bets and we lose them immediately 50 of the time he will call and we will need to hit our straight on the river to win This is trickier There are 4 cards that will give us the straight so we have a 4 46 8 7 chance of making our draw We also have overcards and some small percentage of the time spiking a pair will be enough to win But for the sake of simplicity let s just say that when we hit our straight we will win an extra bet on the river and when we miss we will always fold I m now cancelling out the times where he will fold when we bet our straight and the times we hit our pairs and they hold up This assumption may not be entirely fair but we have to draw the line somewhere Our profit for when we win is 7 75 big bets the pot will be 10 75 but we have invested 3 of those ourselves The math is as follows 0 5 0 087 7 75 0 913 2 0 5 0 67425 1 087 0 206375 0 087 is the chance we hit our straight and

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  • Top 10 Poker Hands - Best Texas Hold’em Starting Hands
    flop then you just have ace high 5 Pocket Jacks It s a common saying in poker that there are three ways to play pocket jacks and all of them are wrong However this is a bit of a cliché and the hand is a favorite or coin flip 50 50 against any unpaired hand and a strong pre flop favorite over any lower pocket pair It is still a very strong hand particularly if the pot is unraised and you look down at jacks in late position though you can be a little more careful if an opponent has come in for an early position raise 6 Pocket Tens Pocket tens are a strong starting hand strong enough that you don t need to hit a third ten on the flop to continue They will still win against overcards every other time though there are far more combinations where it is not as strong a favorite as pocket jacks If there is a lot of action before you then it is sometimes easy to fold tens before the flop as you can see in this World Series of Poker clip 7 Ace Queen Suited While this hand is an underdog against an offsuit Ace King it ranks higher due to its relative strength against other starting hands Sometimes you will find yourself in a spot where you need to fold even after hitting a pair on the flop However if you completely miss the flop then it s easier to stay out of trouble with a hand like this 8 Ace King Offsuit Weaker than its suited counterpart due to its decreased likelihood of hitting a flush an offsuit ace king will still win at least 40 of the time against any hand other than aces or kings Sometimes it is worth calling in position with this hand before the flop to keep the pot small and still get paid if you pair one of your two hole cards 9 Ace Jack Suited Like a suited ace king or ace queen this hand can make a royal flush However it is one that is worth playing more carefully especially if a player has raised from early position Any ace king or ace queen combination still has you beat if you pair your ace so you don t want to fall in love with ace jack 10 King Queen Suited Just edging out ace ten suited and pocket nines king queen suited is a hand that is said to flop well It can make a large number of straights and flushes while just hitting one pair will sometimes give you the best hand However you should be able to fold this hand fairly easily if the action before you suggests other players are entering the pot with a strong hand Poker Guides on CardsChat Strategy Guides There s no point in playing if you don t win Use our strategy guides to bring your poker game to a whole new

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  • Learn Preflop Concepts In Texas Holdem Poker Games
    okay even if it only wins 30 of the pots AK is okay even if it only gets help once every three times It will simply win more than its share of pots even against many opponents Especially when suited The lesson here is that with hands that have strong equity you should raise preflop How strong a hand s equity is depends on what it s up against of course and you can never be quite certain of that In one specific case it doesn t matter If you have AA you can always raise safely KK on the other hand is in big trouble if it finds itself up against pocket aces but the risk of that happening is so small that as a general rule of thumb you should always raise with KK preflop as well However with hands such as 55 do they really have a big equity vs 4 other opponents preflop Hardly In fact they are probably pretty far behind But they can still be played profitably and for the same reason that suited connectors can Read on Implied Odds Yes 55 is a good hand to try to get a cheap look at the flop with The odds against you flopping a set with a hand like 55 are pretty bad about 7 5 1 against So looking at equity alone a case could be made to raise 55 if you have 9 other callers since you expect to win with a set which is 7 5 1 but you re getting 9 1 on your money Not a terribly strong case but still However good players will get in with these hands even if they have considerably less than 7 opponents despite having bad equity because while they have to pay to see the flop the reward they get when they hit it hard is more than enough to show profit These hands are called speculative hands This is implied odds at work The pot may only be offering you 4 1 on your call right now but then you only need to make up a few more bets on the flop and beyond to be a winner in the long run With loose opponents this is easy And in good position this is even easier A similar argument can be made for a hand like 98s where it s very unlikely that you have the best hand preflop or even positive equity but it s very likely that you can get paid off bigtime if you can sneak a peak at the flop cheaply and hit it hard This concept is not difficult to understand of course but it s still misapplied by beginners all the time For instance limping with small pairs in early position this can be a bad idea It s true that you may hit a set and it s possible that you have the implied odds to make up for the one bet that you put

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  • Preflop Raising Hands - Online Poker Preflop Hand Raising
    will also have alot of semi bluffing opportunities with the hand on the turn when you flop and backdoor flush draw and turn the nut flush draw Low suited aces such as A2 to A5 are in my opinion superior to Ace6 to ace 8 The reason for this is that your kicker will rarely play with all these small and medium aces since most people don t place ace rage but with the small suited aces you often flop or turn a wheel draw Ace 5 straight and the extra 4 outs give you more equity and more incentive to semi bluff with your hand Every suited broadway Suited broadways are in the same vain as suited aces except they also have some pair value You have to be careful about some domination issues when you raise the weaker suited broadway from early position but those should be negated by the flush and straight draws you make with your hand From under the gun in 6 max I am always opening hands like TJ suited and QJ suited however I am almost always folding TJ offsuit and QJ offsuit Premium broadway I raise KQo and AJo at most tables under the gun The only tables I will not raise it are at tough tables with lots of aggressive players on my left I will raise AQ AK from any position in almost all 6 max games I will almost always fold ATo QJo JTo KJo from under the gun always I will ususally always raise these hands from a later position Suited connectors If you look up your suited connectors in poker tracker or similar software you will notice that you are usually breakeven or a tiny loser with these hands The reason I play them almost always is because of the increased action you will get from other players because of them IE the extra few points on your VPIP will turn you from a nit that gets no action to a TAG that gets decent action from your opponents Basically what im saying is the increased action you will get from playing suited connectors like 45s 9Ts the more action you will get with your big hands such as Aces Kings and Queens So you will be breaking even or taking a small loss with these hands for the increased value you will get with your big hands Assuming you play your suited connectors well barreling in the correct spots and giving up in the correct spots These hands also have some deceptive value and stop you getting exploited by having a weak range on low and middling flops For example If you raise from under the gun and get a caller the flop comes down 6 7 8 If your playing hands like 45 67 78 9T you will be alot harder to play against compared to someone who always has a range weighted towards big cards only Raising hands from other positions As you know

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  • Pre Flop Flat Calling Hand Ranges - Poker Calling Ranges
    and QQ pre flop because they are not strong enough to get allin Sometimes I will also flat hands like AA and KK pre flop when there are aggressive players or shortstackers behind with the intention of inducing a squeeze Medium pairs are somewhat more valuable than small pairs often times you will have a middle pair with 88 TT and will be able to call a bet on the flop in position Small pairs I will frequently just fold when my opponents continuation bets and I do not flop a set Suited broadway offsuited broadway In the same vain as suited connectors I will frequently flat all suited broadway in position I will do a lot of floating with pairs and backdoor draws I will often raise continuation bets in position when I flop overcards with suited broadway So for example cuttof raises preflop and I flat QJs on the button Flop comes down 278 with 1 of my suit this is a great spot to raise a continuation bet I will fold my weaker off suited broadway such as QJ QT AT if the raise comes from early position I will defend a bit wider vs late position raises when I am the button so QJo will frequently become a call vs a cuttoff raise but a fold vs an EP raise I will frequently flat QK AQ in position I will almost always 3 bet AK suited and offsuit Suited aces Suited aces are powerful hands because they allow you to semi bluff with the nut flush draw and make you harder to play against You will be able to flat most suited aces in position and play then in a similar way to suited broadway and suited connectors by bluffraising in certain spots For example you have one overcard backdoor flush draw and a gutshot with a4 suited on the flop these are great spots to bluff raise or float the flop Dynamics The crux of your flatting range in position will be implied odds hands like suited connectors pairs and suited broadway Because this range is not super strong I recommend flatting stronger off suited broadways so you will not have to fold on high boards If your frequently getting squeezed or have aggressive players to your left I recommend doing 2 things 1 Eliminating some of your flatting range to avoid creating dead money preflop 2 Start slowplaying big hands preflop like Aces or Kings so that you can backraise or trap when you get squeezed You may also want to consider just jamming small pairs allin over a 3 bet against aggressive 3 bettors Out of position When playing out of position I am frequently talking about playing from the blinds I wrote a great article about it so I suggest you check that out Vs late position openers I recommend that you flat hands like suited broadway and medium pairs You will frequently want to fold smaller pairs out of position because

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  • Preflop Raise Sizing In Cash Games - Poker Raising Sizes
    min raising the button The reason for this is because 1 We are risking less to steal the blinds IE we are getting a better price on our steal and it will have to be effective less often to be profitable 2 We are reducing the blinds incentive to 3bet This is great because we will be opening a HUGE range of hands when its folded to us and we are on the BTN This means when we are 3bet and have to fold we lose less Also because we are raising less the blinds are likely to 3bet to a smaller amount then our 3 4x raise This allows us to call 3bets in position with a wideish range with a large pot to stack ratio behind 3 We increase our opponents incentive to flat Since we are raising less they will be getting beter odds to call our minraise 2 5x raise This is good because they will be calling out of position with a weak hand range They will also not be used to be playing these weak hands out of position and it will most likely lead to them making postflop mistakes Adjustments Exceptions to the rule Fish in the blinds If there is a fish in the blinds there calling range is likely to be the same whether you 2x or 4x because these players are bad by nature Against these opponents you want to punish them for there mistake IE they are calling too many hands out of position Against these players I recommend raising as much as you think you can get away with Raising to 4x on the button with a 60 5 fish in the blinds is standard for me Short stackers If there are several shorstackers at the table I recommend adjusting your raise size to 3x from UTG UTG 1 and to 2x from the co button If you are playing against the type of shortstackers who have similar PFR VPIP I would recommend rasing 2x from the co btn sb when the shorty is in the blinds Hopefully by now you will have realised that you should adjust your raise sizing based on players tendencies to either 3bet or call your open I will often make off the cuff ingame adjustments whilst playing When villans have high 3bet percentages you may want to be opening to a smaller size to reduce their incentive for doing it and consequently allowing you to call with a wider range of hands You may also want to reduce your preflop raise When you have players who will be out of position who have tendencies to call out of position take advantage of this and raise larger Remember to consider balancing in general your raise sizing should be based on your opponents tendencies and your position not your preflop hand strength There are exceptions when you want to be unbalanced if you feel it will get you more less action but thats a

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  • Playing From The Blinds - Online Poker Blind Play
    range in the right circumstances All of your actions whether they be fold call or raise should be based on a sliding scale depending on your opponents ranges Flatting ranges vs a steal 66 TT all pocket pairs vs less aggressive opponents KJ KTs QJs QTs TJs KTo QJo QTo TJo sometimes ATo A7s ATs A6s A2s sometimes 9Ts 78s 89s sometimes add more hands like weaker suited aces offsuited broadway like QTo KTo and premium suited connectors vs button steals from looser players 3betting ranges vs a steal KQ Ak AQ AJ ATo KJo sometimes JJ QQ KK AA 99 TT sometimes add hands like suited connectors suited aces suited kings and queens vs players with a high fold to 3bet percentage Some notes on game dynamics Ranges are slightly different vs a button steal and vs a cuttoff open For example I may flat a hand as weak as A4s from the big blinds vs a loose opener on the button I may fold hands as strong as ATo against a tight opener from the button The key is to adjust your calling and 3betting frequencies depending on the player Here are some notes on different dynamics Flat less hands from the small blind when you have a aggressive BB who is likely to squeeze A hand like a7s is almost always a fold from the small blind but more often a call from the big blind because of this The looser the player opening the looser you can defend The tighter the opener the less hands you can defend profitably You should be defending more to button openers compared to cuttoff openers because ranges are often a lot wider on the button compared to the cuttoff Defending too tight is much less of a leak than defending

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  • 7 Tips For Playing Against Short Stacks - Poker Short Stackers
    this 3 Trap short stackers with a big hand Ok so here is a scenario Assume the cutoff raises to 3x you flat on the button with KK and an aggressive shortstacker in the blinds shoves all in You immediately become giddy because this spot is awesome Not only have you persuaded the shortstacker to shove in light your hand is super under represented so the original raiser may flat or even raise to isolate the shortstacker Either way you have the opportunity to win a big pot Genius 4 Shove over steals very wide Here is where you need to know your shortstacker If you have a big sample on them look at their Attempt to steal stat if you are using a HUD heads up display which you should be Also look at their fold steal to 3b stat It is pretty common to see shortstackers who steal with over 40 frequency and fold to a 3bet 80 of the time When you encounter short stackers like this you need to be re raising their steals with a wide range of hands Try to do it with hands that play decent against their calling range such as suited and connected cards But to be perfectly honest a lot of the time you can 3bet them extremely light and your hand is almost irrelevant since you will be making money so often on the steal itself 5 Do not call them super light If they shove over your early position raise they almost always have a very big hand They are not shoving light in this spot It s somewhat impossible to say exactly what you should call their shoves with but a lot of regulars are making a mistake by calling far too light The best advice I can give is try to get a large sample on the shortstacker and figuring out his re shoving range against your open range in different positions Then figure out your calling range based on hands that have good equity against what he s shoving whilst compensating for the dead money in the pot So in short if they shove over what they should assume is a fairly strong hand they probably have a very good hand and you should choose a better spot to call their all in 6 3 bet hands you might usually flat pre flop What I mean by this is if a regular raises from the cutoff and you have 67s this hand is generally a flat call if the blinds are both full stackers However when the blinds are short stackers they are more likely to be shoving a wide range of hands over your flat due to all the dead money already in the pot Therefore we can represent a stronger hand while eliminating the risk of having to fold or call a short all in with mediocre hands In essence we re forcing the short stacker s hand If they have a strong

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