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Texas Holdem - Knowing the odds is a must...

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HOLD 'EM or FOLD 'Em                        February 17, 2006
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Comment The Post Below...

Hello Poker Players, 

I'm going to a poker game at a friend of a friends house in 
Indiana tomorrow night. 

The buy in is $50 and it's winner take all. 

Today's article is a really, really good one. I would suggest
printing out a copy and becoming familiar with it.

Knowing these odds can help a great deal.

Ante Up,   
Austin	   

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              ? ? ? WHAT ARE THE ODDS ? ? ?

You're last to act, "on the button," holding an A, T not
suited. What's your play?

                       Answer Below 



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POKER KNOWLEDGE THAT CAN GIVE YOU AN EDGE...
Courtesy of PokerLetter.org

Poker math doesn't always require computation on the spot. There
are a number of scenarios and draws where your probabilities are
the same regardless of the cards you're holding. This is because of
the number of outs that you have. If you become aware of these
patterns and memorize your percentages, it can allow you to spend
your time focusing on other matters such as your opponents' betting
habits and demeanor and greatly increase your ability to maximize
your poker winnings.

Knowing your probabilities is an important tool because it can not
only help you to make a smart call based on the percentages, but it
can also help you get away from hands you would otherwise have
difficulty giving up.  

Here are some probabilities that you will find extremely useful
when playing:

Pre-Flop Probabilities - Chances of Being Dealt...

2-Aces						220 - 1
2-Kings through 2-Jacks			        72.7 - 1
2-Tens through 2-Sixes			        43.2 - 1
2-Fives through 2-Deuces			54.3 - 1
Ace-King suited				        331 - 1
Ace-King offsuit				110 - 1
Ace-Queen or Ace-Jack suited		        165 - 1
Ace-Queen to Ace-Jack offsuit		        54.3 - 1
King-Queen suited				331 to 1
King-Queen offsuit				110 to 1
Ace with less than Jack, suited		        35.8 to 1
Ace with less than Jack, offsuit		11.3 to 1
ANY Pair					16 to 1
ANY two cards suited				3.25 to 1
ANY two suited connectors			46.4 to 1
ANY two connectors				14.8 to 1
ANY hand with a Pair or an Ace		        3.91 to 1

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Your Chances of Flopping... 
(Assume you have Ad - Kd in the hole)

A - A - K / K - K - A				1,088 - 1
2 diamonds & A or K				58.4 - 1
2 diamonds					8.1 - 1
10 - J - Q					310 - 1
10d - Jd - Qd					19,599 - 1
3 of another suit				21.8 - 1
Anything with an A or K			        2.08 - 1

(Assume you have Ks - Kc in the hole)

K - K & any other card			        407 - 1
K - A - A					1,632 - 1
A - A - A					4,899 - 1
K & smaller pair				147 - 1
3 clubs or 3 spades				43.5 - 1
3 diamonds or 3 hearts			        33.3 - 1
Anything with 1 K				7.51 - 1

Slim To None - Long Shot Chances...

Flopping:
A Flush					        118 - 1
Quads off Pocket Pairs			        407 - 1
A Straight off 6-5 Offsuit			75.6 - 1
A Straight off 7-5 Offsuit 			101 - 1
A Straight off 8-5 Offsuit			152 - 1	
A Straight off 9-5 Offsuit			305 - 1
A Straight-Flush off 9-8 Suited		        4,899 - 1
A Straight-Flush off 9-7 Suited		        6,532 - 1
A Straight-Flush off 9-6 Suited		        9,799 - 1
A Straight-Flush off 9-5 Suited		        19,599 - 1

Miscellaneous Probabilities:

Dealt a Pocket Pair				16 - 1
Dealt Suited Cards				3.25 - 1
Dealt Pocket Aces				110 - 1
Dealt Pocket Kings				110 - 1
Dealt Ace - King				81.9 - 1
Dealt 1 Ace					5.7 - 1

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              ...ANSWER to What Are The Odds...

QUESTION: You're last to act, "on the button," holding an A, 
T not suited. What's your play?

ANSWER: Raise... you might steal the blinds and you figure you
have the best hand.

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