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Practical Poker Math: Basic Odds & Probabilities for Hold'Em by Pat Dittmar

By Pat Dittmar

A study in chance, approach, and video game concept, this convenient spouse explores the entire mathematical tools of learning the sport of poker. utilizing an unique inspiration known as "Total Odds," the booklet offers an entire odds work-up for either Texas Hold'Em and the low and high arms of Omaha. those rules are obtainable to any poker participant at any ability point, and the calculations are color-coded, making them effortless to stick with. Serving as a handy primer for the newbie and a reference textual content for more matured gamers, this consultant is a secure wager for someone trying to win.

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Odds in Texas Hold’em ♦ The likelihood that his hand will improve ♦ Some idea of what his opponents are holding. Simple observations will give the astute player a reasonable idea of the likely actions of opponents in certain situations. The poker artiste will use this information plus his advanced gamesmanship to execute strategies that will give him a much higher expectation. The best poker decisions are those based on the best strategy and the best strategy is based on the best information. Game theory teaches that strategic thought is mostly about the anticipation of the actions and reactions of your opponents.

You will hit none of your outs on either card 30 Odds in Texas Hold’em 2. You will hit one of your outs on the Turn 3. You will hit one of your outs on the River 4. You will hit one of your outs on the Turn and another on the River. Open Ended Straight Draw >>> Straight with 2 Cards to Come The odds of completing an open-ended Straight draw with 2 draws to come are a lot better than with only one draw left. In the above example, the odds of making the Straight on the Turn are almost 5 : 1. As you can see below, the odds of making the Straight on EITHER or both the Turn or River are just over 2 : 1.

This section will give you a good idea of what to expect from starting hands and how often to expect them. Your Odds = Your Opponent’s Odds Your odds of getting any of the hands shown below are exactly the same as for any one of your opponents. While it is true that you will find rags in the hole four out of five times — it is also true that four out of five of your opponents will also find rags in the hole. The tables, calculations and methods below demonstrate the characteristics of a normal distribution of starting hands.

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