The Do I have Pot Odds Method or DIPO

Once you know the size of the pot, the amount you need to risk to stay in the hand, and the number of outs and non-outs that you have, you will now have enough information to figure out whether you have enough pot odds to stay in. Instead of using a complicated algebraic formula that most people can solve only with a pen and a piece of paper or a calculator, I will describe a way to make this calculation in your head with relative ease, which I will call the Do I have Pot Odds method or simply...

Flop TAA

If you are against an early position opponent who may think your raise on the Flop means a free card raise with a flush draw, then you should not slowplay this hand on the Flop even if there were flush draws on the Flop, you should probably play the hand strong since there are three possible overcards to your hand . You should raise on the Flop and hope that a non-flush card hits the Turn. Your opponent may then feel comfortable betting out on the Turn, since he does not want to give you a free...

Fluctuations will be a lot higher than in a brick and mortar poker room

Online poker players will see much higher profit and loss fluctuations than they would if they played in a brick and mortar poker room. Here are some reasons why 1. The average online poker player plays more aggressively than the average brick and mortar poker player, as discussed in the previous section. 2. There are also more shorthanded games online than in brick and mortar poker rooms. Naturally, shorthanded games have a higher fluctuation than full table games because all the players are...

When is QJ better than AK

AK is a better starting hand than QJ, that is obvious to everyone including the worst players. But there are some situations after the Flop with no pair when these cards are equal in value and QJ may even be a better hand. For example, you raise in mid to late position. Only the big blind calls, the big blind is an average player who will do his fair share of blind defending, but not with trash hands. You bet and you get check-raised. It is possible he could have a pair with a 7 or a 5 in his...

The AQo debate

Normally it is a high quality hand, and most players will open-raise pre-Flop with it. In some situations, it is a hand that is worthy of re-raising. However, in the same situation as we just discussed in the previous section, the correct decision is to fold This issue was brought up in John Feeney's book Inside the Poker Mind page 33-34 . After his book was published, this issue was hotly debated on some internet forums. Here are the assumptions. An early...

Board AAAKAK

Player 1 cannot improve his hand to a hand better than four-of-a-kind, which is what the Player 2 has. Player 1 is drawing dead as there are no cards that can come on the River to make him a winner. A more common occurrence happens when a player has overcards to the board on the Turn, while another player already has two pair. In that case the best the River card can do for the player with overcards is to improve his no-pair hand to one pair, which still will not beat two pair. For example...

When is Trips better than a Full House

There are certain situations where you may be happier to have three-of-a-kind than a full house. The reason is because sometimes your opponents actually have more outs when you have a full house than when you have trips. It does not matter how badly you beat him by, just as long as your cards really are better, be it by an inch or by a mile. Your opponent has AK. The board is T-T-9-K With hand a , you have a full house. 999TT is your hand. With hand b , you only have three-of-a-kind, TTTK9 is...

Assume we have perfect information

Assume we have perfect information and we know our opponent's cards. This will make it easier to figure out how many outs we have. It is also easiest to use the situation on the Turn as there will be only one more card to come on the River. This means we will not be worried about catching our hand only to get redrawn at a later round as might be the case on the Flop when there are still two cards to come. We also do not need to worry about what happens if we miss on the Turn and catch on the...

Expected Value Quiz and Answer

You have a fair coin, one that is expected to come up heads 50 of the time and tails the other 50 of the time. You are told that you will win 5 if you flip two tails in row, but if either of the flips comes up head, you will lose 2. What is the EV of this game To get two tails in a row 50 x 50 25 This means you will not get two tails in a row 75 of the time 100 - 25 So the EV equation is EV 25 x 5 75 x - 2 1.25 - 1.50 - 0.25 On average, you will lose playing this game, to the tune of - 0.25...