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What's a covered bet?

When you go all-in and your opponent has more chips than you.


Fourth street is the: Fifth street is the:

turn and river


An out:

card that will give you a winning hand if it arrives.


Disadvantage of a short stack:

You can't raise pot odds high enough to make his bet unprofitable.


The most profitable style to play at any moment is usually the ____ of the style of the other players at the table.

opposite. If the table is tight, move out and try to steal a few pots. However, if everyone is aggressive, you want to be aggressive. If everyone is passive, then you want to be passive.


Start to push in your chips when your stack gets to ____ times the big blind.



Why pay attention to betting in front of you?

Lots of raises means they have stronger cards.


Why be cautious when there are aggressive players behind you?

They are more likely to raise you when you are limping in.


Why is position so important?

Late position has more information.


With AKo, behind a raise, and you want to play: you should typically call or raise?

Alternate in similar situations so opponents can't get a read on you. But when you have position, you don't need to play hand as strongly before the flop.


What is the "texture" of the flop?

The characteristics of the flop, and the likelihood that it helped each of the different players at the table.


After the flop, as three questions:

Did the flop help me? Will they think it helped me (do I usually just play high cards)? Did it help them (do they usually just play high cards)?


What is a gutshot straight draw?

a straight draw missing an inside card


If you've got the nut, and you're now trying to get as much money out of opponents as possible, what are the considerations?

If you do something out of the ordinary, given your reputation and position, you will arouse suspicion and people will back out.


What is a probe bet?

Small bet, between 1/4 and 1/3 of pot, usually an attempt to get some info cheaply, while holding out the possibility of winning the pot right there is no one wants to fight.


Why is it good to try to clarify a situation with a single bet?

It could prevent you from losing more money on later rounds.


Poker is a game of



What styles are appropriate for tournament play?

Start conservative, and progress to aggressive and super aggressive, even as you have chip stack advantage.


Conservative play and gap concept means:

If someone opens before you, you've got to play a stronger hand than you ordinarily would.


Until JZ gets experience, he should play:
conservative or aggressive or super-aggressive

conservative, you dumbass


Aggressive play defined:

All pairs, any two face cards, ace anything, suited connectors, all regardless of position.


What are the two primary defenses against aggressive players?

The hammer and the rope a dope


Best advice re showing cards

Only when you have a good reason


Can you play the same style throughout the tournament?

No, you must vary your style.


Should you vary the way that you play a certain hand in a certain position?

Yes, this is absolutely necessary. Use a random method with your watch.


Be aware of the chip stack sizes, particularly behind you. Why?

Small chip stacks are more likely to call or raise and perhaps get lucky, when you are trying to play a marginal hand. Raising will not deter them.


When you think you have a winning hand, and you don't want anyone else in, you should

Raise enough to give them unfavorable pot odds. Your concern isn't always just about making more money. It's also about protecting your win.


What are implications of gap concept?

A bet in front of you requires you to tighten up your calling/betting standards. But if player is loose, then no need to tighten.


Before deciding whether to call, you should

Check pot odds


If there are lots of folds ahead of you, and there is very little in the pot, only the blinds, what does that mean?

Play conservatively, because there isn't very much to win.


If you are going to bet so much that, if you lose, you will be effectively crippled, then you should:

Go all in.


What does it mean when the flop contains two cards of the same suit?

There is a flush draw on the board. You don't want to give anyone a free draw at a flush. Make them draw against the pot odds. Important!


If you have a flush draw in Hold'em, the probability to flush the hand in the end is ?? percent if there are two more cards to come, and ?? percent (9 live cards divided by 46 unseen cards) if there is only one more card to come.p

35% for two cards and 20% for one card.


If a player in front of you calls, then you raise, then a player behind you raises, he probably doesn't have a great hand. In middle position me probably has:

A low pair or a drawing hand. He's probably not slow-playing, to sit tight through two raises and still only call.


When you're in the pot with two aggressive players,

The tendency is to tighten up. But you should try to play fewer pots more aggressively against them. Play good percentage poker.


Aggressive play puts pressure on your opponents, in the form of

Worse pot odds for them if they're drawing to a good hand. So , if you sense they are drawing, and you have a decent hand, be aggressive!


Loose, aggressive players should only cause you to:

Cut down on the number of hands you play. But when you have a good hand, you must act decisively.


Having good position now, but bad position later (you're in big blind) can be a good reason to:

Try to finish off opponent early with big raise, because you'll have bad position later.


You want players to fear you. But if you can't get fear, at least get:

Respect. You want psychological dominance.


Against super-aggressive players, you want to

End hand quickly, win or lose.


After flop, you have no idea if it helped your opponent. To get info, you should:

Bet. Checking does nothing for you. If you bet and he raises, indicating strength, you can fold.


When an aggressive player checks on fourth or fifth Street, you need to be:



When the play narrows down to between you and a few players, you should:

Try to guess what they have, based on their style, their position, and their betting


Look for physical tells. The most dependable is:

Hand motions. Strong means weak and weak means strong, usually.


Betting pattern questions:

How many pots do they enter?
When they have a good hand, do they make strong bets or weak bets?
How about with a weak hand?
When you reraise them, do they back off or fight?


An example of a tell using cards:

A player starts to move cards to center of table as people play, but then pulls them back as he realizes that he can steal the pot.


Once the table is fully convinced that you are either conservative or aggressive, then it is time to:

Switch things up and play the exact opposite manner


If the pot odds are good enough, then:

Any hand would be worth a call.


A player with a small stack, who is about to be blinded out, raising a small amount and not going all-in, in early position:

Probably has a good hand and is trying to get some of the opponents' chips into the pot


How do you evaluate how you are perceived at the table?

Ask yourself:
How many hands have I played?
What have I shown?
What would a keen observer think about me at this point?


What is you are perceived as loose, even though your plan was to play tight then gradually loosen?

It's not your fault you've had great hands that you haven't had to show. Go with it and now play right even though you had planned to loosen, because they're going to call every round.


The essence of a good trap is to make a play that looks

Routine for you, to lull them in.


Stealing a pot means trying to win with a crappy hand. So,

You want tight players behind you.


An oversize raise usually indicates

Hey player who doesn't want to get called


Two things to calculate before you bet:

Your odds of winning (based on what you think he has), and the pot odds.


Why raise with a pair of K's?

If you let someone stay in cheaply, and they have an A, they may draw a pair of A's on the flop.


Make lots of mental notes about betting patterns. For example,

If player, who usually limps in, folds on a 4x raise, you might do a 4x raise when you think you can steal a pot.


When do you go all-in?

When you think you have pot odds and you don't think all in will scare him off ( i.e., he re-raised you).


To calculate implied odds:

Multiply probability of opponent calling by additional amount you will win.