Submitted by Dean Stone on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 13:17
One of the most important things that a poker player should know is what their odds are in a given situation. There are no betting lines to choose from in poker like you get in the sportsbook or on a racing form, so poker players have to figure out what their odds are for a given situation.
Submitted by Dean Stone on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 13:14
You just paired the biggest card on the board and you think you have a big lead in the hand, but if your other card is not big enough, you could be a big 6 to 1 underdog to win the hand.
The other card in your hand is your “kicker card” and may come into play if an opponent also has the same pair as you do. If you have A-7 and an opponent has A-J, a board like A-9-6-4-2 could be very costly for you.
Submitted by Dean Stone on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 13:12
Getting four of a kind in Texas holdem won’t happen to you very often. You have roughly a 1 in 4,100 chance to hit this monster hand on the flop, but this big hand isn’t always the best way to get chips from your opponents.
Hitting four of a kind means that the only hand in poker that can beat you is a straight flush. The odds of being up against a straight flush when you’ve hit four of a kind are over 1 in 88 million, and it’s unlikely that you’ll even see this happen – let alone be involved in a hand where it does occur.
Submitted by Dean Stone on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 13:09
Big pocket pairs can be great hands to have. They often give you great odds of 1:4 to win a hand, but depending on the situation those odds can quickly turn to 8:1 or worse.
For example, let’s say you’re playing in a poker tournament and you’re dealt a pair of queens. This is a good hand to start with and you decide you will raise the action pre-flop. You make it three times the blinds and every player folds except for two. The three of you see a flop of A-10-3.
Submitted by Dean Stone on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 13:06
The odds of flopping a flush when you have two suited cards is 1 in 118, but even when you do you flop a flush you have to be careful that your flush holds up for the rest of the hand. Any player with a higher card of the same suit as your flush has a little more than a 2:1 chance of hitting another card on the turn or river to beat you.
Submitted by Dean Stone on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 13:04
Getting even-odds on your money might be a great bet on the casino floor or in a sportsbook, but in the game of poker even-odds are not a situation to be getting your money in with very often. In a game where playing with patience can often produce a situation where you are favored by 80% or more to win the hand, putting your chips in the middle on a coin flip too often will not make for winning poker.
Submitted by Dean Stone on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 13:01
A-K, or “Big Slick” as it’s better known, is a strong hand that usually gives you favorable odds to win in a poker hand. The odds of getting dealt this hand are 82/1, or a little more than 1.2% on average of the total hands you’ll be dealt.
Submitted by Dean Stone on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 18:52
If you flop two pair in a poker hand it usually makes you a huge favorite, given that you have at least a 90% chance or better to win the hand.
This is a very sneaky hand to have because even the most skilled poker opponents are unable to figure out what you’re holding.
Only when an opponent has three of a kind, a straight or flush will you be behind with two pair, but even if you are up against one of these bigger hands you’ll still have almost a 4 to 1 chance to come from behind and win the hand by making a full house.
Submitted by Dave Harrison on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 10:49
There have been 34 bracelets already handed out at the 2010 WSOP, but there are still 22 more to go before the main event begins. All the big names in poker are in Las Vegas in search of the fame and fortune that comes along with a WSOP bracelet, but so far it's been mostly unknowns that have been putting on the jewelry.
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