Poker jargon – P
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paint The face cards, Jacks, Queens, and Kings, in a deck. In Texas hold’em, a flop can be said to be “all paint” if it consists of only these cards. passive A style of play characterized by checking and calling. … Read More

Flopping overcards when holding a pocket pair
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It is useful to look at the chances different starting hands have of either improving on the flop, or of weakening on the flop. One interesting circumstance concerns pocket pairs. When holding a pocket pair, overcards (cards of higher rank … Read More

Probability for starting hands in Texas Hold ’em
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The probability of being dealt various starting hands can be explicitly calculated. In Texas Hold ’em, a player is dealt two down (or hole) cards. The first card can be any one of 52 playing cards in the deck and … Read More

Texas hold ’em terminology and strategy
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Starting hand terminology and notation There are (52 × 51)/2 = 1,326 distinct possible combinations of two hole cards from a standard 52-card deck. However, since suits are only relevant for flushes, many of these hands are indistinguishable from the … Read More