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While California and Nevada are gathering their efforts to get legislation in place to legalize and regulate online poker within their borders, Washington D.C. has already done so. One would expect citizens should be able to start playing online poker then, right? Maybe not. The temporary trial that was set in place to test out the online poker bill within D.C. has been halted until further notice. Originally planned to begin September 1st, about 30 locations were going to be able to offer the service to local adult citizens on a trial basis. Council members have expressed concern about how the bill was introduced and pushed through though, causing the delay. They cited a disturbing lack of public discussion and concerns that the bill's originator, Michael Brown, was motivated by personal financial gain. Council members are investigating the matter.
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Forum Fanatic | Flopped straight after steal, trouble on river ($5NL FR)
PKKFW presents a hand that he thinks he could have gotten a lot more value from in the Beginners Circle Forum.
Villain is 48/14 fish who min donk bets the flop constantly and then often slows down. 43 hand sample.
Hand sort of played itself........wondering about turn and river sizing?
PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $0.10 BB (7 handed) - PokerStars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com
Hero (Button) ($10.15)
Preflop: Hero is Button with Jd, Qc
4 folds, Hero bets $0.30, SB calls $0.25, 1 fold
Flop: ($0.70) 9h, 10c, 2d (2 players)
SB bets $0.10, Hero raises to $0.50, SB calls $0.40
Turn: ($1.70) Kh (2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $1, SB calls $1
River: ($3.70) Qs (2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $2.60, SB calls $2.60
Total pot: $8.90 | Rake: $0.43
daviddem: Raise flop bigger for fold equity (if you think you have any, otherwise don't raise): a pot sized raise is $1. Your raise is less than half pot. Bet pot on turn to set up stacks for a river shove (actually better overbet because if he is drawing and he misses he won't pay on the river) As played, shove the river because he is a fish.
rpm: $0.9 on flop
$2.1 on turn (into $2.5)
edit: that seems close to pot on river. if you dont' want an SPR of ~1 on the river you could probably overbet the turn because his calling range will be a lot of pair+draw or two pair hands which won't fold and it sets up an easier river shove. i'd just do the $0.9, $2.1, jam though
Carroters: Sizing is too small on all streets.
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Poker News | Daniel Negreanu Encourages American Players to Relocate
Poker players in America have been up the creek since the FBI’s crackdown on April 15, 2011, finding it difficult to find a reliable internet poker home. There has been talk of American players moving overseas to be able to play again, but until recently, much of that has been half hearted at best. With the World Series of Poker (WSOP) to play in the summer, many players had strong reasons to stay put. The WSOP has since finished, however, and some players are feeling the pressure to relocate.
Immediately after the 2011 WSOP finished, popular high stakes pro Phil ‘OMGClayAiken’ Galfond announced his move to Canada. The pro has been living there for more than a month now, while grinding the nosebleed tables on PokerStars. Galfond joins Cole South and Olivier ‘livb112′ Busquet as a few of the big name players who have moved north to take advantage of Canada’s more accessible online poker laws.
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Poker Article | Bluffing In Omaha Poker
After educating yourself on pre-flop strategy, positional awareness, and other basic poker fundamentals, it is time to move onto more complex strategies. One of which is the oldest form of winning a pot, bluffing. There are a few different types of bluffs including semi-bluffs where we bet while on a draw, blocker bluffing where we hold cards that remove nut hands from our opponent’s range, and finally, just regular old bluffing.
Typically a bluff is defined as a bet which can only be called by better hands. This is regularly the case in two-card games such as No-Limit Texas Hold’em but in Omaha our draws can be so strong they actually are ahead of made hands. This is where our first type of bluffing comes into play, semi-bluffing.
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Poker Dictionary | Sandbagging
Also known as check-raising. Sometimes this is frowned upon because it is being 'dishonest' as you are not betting the hand like you should. In modern times, it is rare to be berated for sand-bagging/check-raising as it has become a crucial component of poker strategy.
Example: He was accused of sandbagging after he checked to John and then raised his bet shortly after.
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