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Poker is a family of card-games involving one or more rounds of betting over who holds the best ranked hand of cards. Hand ranks are shared across most variations of Poker and generally determine whether a particular card game is identified as a Poker variant.

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How do you determine the winner of a Texas Hold'em poker hand?

In Texas Hold'em poker, there are some cases where a particular card, often called kicker, acts as a tiebreaker between players to determine who wins the pot, or if the pot has to be shared. For some ...
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Why is real-money-betting necessary for poker to be fun?

Obviously, all games may be played with an ante, but it is often not mandatory for the game itself to be fun. I've long wondered what makes poker so different from everything else: poker, when played ...
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Where can I download high quality images of poker cards?

I am looking for high quality images of poker cards to download. I can use Google Images to download the images, but it would be impossible to find 53 identical cards in terms of style (52 cards + 1 ...
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Why is Royal Flush ever listed separately from Straight Flush?

Many sources explicitly list Royal Flush as the highest poker hand (example). This seems unnecessary - it's the highest hand anyway as the highest Straight Flush. When presenting a ruleset, ...
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What's the difference between ante and blinds?

What is the difference between an "ante" and a "blind" in poker?
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In Poker, what happens if paying a blind puts a player all-in?

I have a question regarding increasing blinds in Texas Hold-em poker. I am developing a poker website. During tournaments players are not allowed to buy chips. Each player starts with 1000 chips to ...
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Can a player use only the communal cards when selecting their best hand?

In Texas Hold'em, there are 5 communal cards that are shared by all players, and 2 hole cards, that are private and may only be used by the player that the cards were dealt to. Can we just select all ...
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Texas Hold'Em Heads-Up Blind Structure

Why does the Dealer post the small blind and the other player post the big blind? Normally the person to the left of the dealer will post the small blind then the second player to the left of the ...
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In Poker is it true that "you must give action to get action"?

In your experience, do most players "fold" when someone who seldom plays enters the pot? Does this mean that it is a good idea to play in some borderline (presumably break even) situations, just to ...
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When to make a continuation bet and how much in Texas Hold'em?

I am aware of the idea of a continuation bet, where you bet again on the flop, after a pre-flop raise. However, I'm not that sure on when I should and shouldn't do it. I tend to do it if I get the ...
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How often should I bluff in poker?

Obviously bluffing is an important element of poker, and bluffing too often, or not often enough will negatively affect your winnings, but is there a rule of thumb for how often you should bluff? For ...
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Donk betting in No Limit Hold 'Em

I've been playing Hold 'Em for a while, and I've considered a variety of different strategies. However, one thing that's always left me a little baffled is "donk" betting. Rather, betting into the ...
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Why is chasing the low considered a trap in Omaha Hi/Lo?

In the Omaha Hi/Lo Poker variant you hear advice like do not chase the low. But what is the difference between chasing a low draw and a high draw? Many people are satisfied with their low draw only ...
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In a two-player Texas Hold'Em poker hand with blinds, which player posts the small blind?

In a small-blind/big-blind poker game (I'm thinking of Texas Hold 'em, but I guess this question applies to any similarly structured poker game), how does the structure change when the games gets to ...
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Does a flush beat a straight in three-card poker?

Does a flush beat a straight in three-card poker?
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What are "Implied Odds" in Texas Hold'em Poker?

What are "Implied Odds" in Texas Hold'em Poker?
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Poker Texas Hold'em Sit-and-Go - Independent Chip Model (ICM)

What is "ICM" in Poker Texas Hold'em? I want to know some mathematical equations in answers on this question, because this part is important for me.
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Splitting the pot without showing hands

Can the last 2 players in Texas Holdem agree to split the pot equally after the river without showing their hands. is this legal or ethical?
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Texas hold'em flush Tie or Not? [duplicate]

I was playing Texas Holdem last night with some friends at my house and this was the hand we were dealt: My cards 7♠ 6♦ His cards 10♠ 7♥ Cards on table 6♠ 8♠ Q♠ J♠ 2♠ Odd hand. Everyone else ...
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What is the worst possible hand that wins at showdown?

We all know that the worst (least likely to win) starting hand in Texas Hold'em is 7/2 offsuit. But suppose that all the players have made it through all rounds of betting and revealed their cards. ...
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Can the Big Blind Player Post More than the Current Big Blind?

In a Texas Hold-Em No-Limit Tournament, where the blinds are 200-400, can the big blind initially post more than 400 or does the Big Blind need to wait until it's his turn to raise? For example we ...
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What are “Outs” in Texas Hold'em Poker?

What are Outs in Texas Hold'em Poker?
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When should a player decide to fold in Texas Hold'em Poker?

In Texas Hold'em poker, when it is a player's turn, he tries to make a best hand out of his hole cards (private cards) and the communal cards. Now my question is: On what factors does he decide to ...
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How important is Bankroll Management in Texas Hold'em Poker, and why?

How important is Bankroll Management in Texas Hold'em Poker, and why?
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Is there a way to approximate Hold'em blind increases to time a game?

At a poker night I organise with friends, we're currently ratifying a set of rules. For the blind structure, at the moment, we start with blinds of 5/10 and increase the blinds every 15 minutes. If ...
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Is there a standard notation for poker games?

Is there a standard notation, like there is for chess, for describing Texas Hold 'Em, poker, or other poker-like card games? I think there was a standard for Bridge because I remember they would ...
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Initial setup for a house game

I just bought a 300 piece poker set and none of the pieces have a denomination on them. I have white (100 count), red (50 count), green(50 count), blue (50 count), and black (50 count) pieces. I ...
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What does it mean to check behind?

In poker terminology, there's something called "checking behind". What does this mean?
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How can a casino offer 99%+ RTP plus 1% cash back?

So I am checking out a legal, regulated casino and they have video poker with over 99% RTP (return to player) games. And then I also noticed they have a deal where by loading funds using a credit card ...
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What do I need to consider when creating a new card game variant?

I came up with a card game variant, combining Texas Hold 'Em and Cribbage, with a friend. You basically follow Hold 'Em play mechanics, and the best hand at showdown is the 5 card hand (2 hole cards +...
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What is “Pot Odds” in Poker Texas Hold'em?

What is "Pot Odds" in Poker Texas Hold'em?
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In Poker, what happens with the next players if paying the big blind puts a player all-in?

In Texas hold'em poker, if a player doesn't have enough chips to pay the big blind, what happens if the next players want to call? Must they pay the entire big blind or not? For example, a tournament ...
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How did this hand from the 2008 WSOP eliminate Scott Montgomery? [duplicate]

In the 2008 WSOP, played as No Limit Texas Hold 'Em, Scott Montgomery placed fifth. Looking at how hand scoring works, I do not understand the manner in which he was eliminated. Here is a screenshot ...
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Do you get to choose your hand, or is the highest hand chosen automatically?

Say you were a beginner in poker and the showdown comes and you lay down your hand as KK proposing to go with pair of kings. The cards on the table are TJQA4. The suits are such that you could have a ...
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Texas holdem with an overall time limit

Is there a reasonable way to play Texas holdem in such a way that the game has a time limit? A way you can say "the game ends at 10pm" and then determine the winner/distribute the winnings in a fair ...
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What is the reason why the commentator said that?

I was watching this video. When I was confused by what one of the commentators said. The commentator said basically that Daniel's pair of deuce would get beaten if Phill Laak would hit a 9? Why is ...
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In Poker, What is the Significance of "Betting on the Come"

An example appears to be betting when you have only four of straight or flush (with more cards coming), meaning that you can't (yet) beat say, a pair. Is this a "value" bet of some sort (perhaps ...
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What should happen if a player requests the floorman after an opponent deliberately exposes their hand?

There are 5 players in a poker game, 3 players fold before the flop, and the remaining two are heads up after the flop. The first player bets 25, the second player calls. The first player checks the ...
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Number of possible hands in last two rounds of Texas hold-em

In the paper for the Poker AI, Libratus, the following is said: The last two betting rounds, which are exponentially larger, are more coarsely abstracted. The 55 million different hand possibilities ...
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Blinds & Antes confusion

I'm new to Texas Hold Em. I know the difference between a blind and an ante but I'm confused as to how they are played. Please correct me if I'm wrong. An ante is put up by each player. Then two ...
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Is there WSOP (or other organisation) Texas Hold-em chip and blind schedule?

Is there a WSOP (or other organisation) agreed hold-'em tournament set-up for chips and blinds schedule: e.g. something that lays out: Chips arrangement: Players start with 2000 worth of chips: 200 ...
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Largest cumulative poker equity swing

I don't know the best way to phrase this question, so I'll apologize in advance if it seems a little confusing. I also don't know if it's more appropriate for poker.se or stats.se (or some other forum-...
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Can you reveal your hand when you fold in poker?

In some situations in poker it might be beneficial to reveal my hand when I fold. Is it allowable to do this, or must the contents of a folded hand remain secret?
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POKER - Is it best to sit out your blinds?

Blinds are paid when in the worst position (1st to act). If you sit out your blinds, & re-enter on the button, (or just after) you must now 'buy the button' (pay your missed blinds, or sit-out ...
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Two-Player Poker

I have played poker countless of times especially within a table of around 4-6 players. But then, there are some people I see that had played with only two players and no dealer. They get five-cards ...
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Poker auction - Precedence of hands

I have created a simple card game called Poker Auction. Rules All players are dealt 2 cards each facedown. They have a fixed amount of money (say 1000 pts.) A card is opened from the deck, and ...
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Deciding winner with flush on table (Texas Hold em no limit) [duplicate]

I am creating my own poker game prototype as a hobby project. The game calculates the combinations every player has and decides a 5 card hand to be used when calculating a winner if players have the ...
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In case of same card in both player [duplicate]

Suppose two players in a game of poker (assume Texas Hold'em) have cards with the same values. For example, Player A and Player B have the cards 4 & 9. The board shows a 2,3,4,7, and 8 face up. ...
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Use of Jokers in Poker

What versions of poker allow Jokers to be included in the deck? Are they treated as wildcards / how are they scored? To date I've only played with a 52 card deck (i.e. where jokers would only be used ...
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In Omaha Poker, can we use 0,1,3 or 4 hole cards when selecting the best 5 cards? [closed]

According to Wikipedia, in Omaha, a player must use exactly two hole cards and three communal cards when selecting the best hand. In Texas Hold'em Poker, it is possible to use only the communal cards ...
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