Application of the shares of the pot in poker

If you have a hand with a strong chance of winning, as a set, in general, the best strategy is to try to take advantage of this by hand as long as it is strong. On the contrary, if you have the best hand, you have the option of the draw. In poker, the draw (drawing hand) are hands that can improve your game. To be more specific, let’s say you have a hand that is not necessarily the best at that time but that could be a winner if it appeared on the table in the paper can improve it.

Let’s take a simple case: have four consecutive cards. You have for example 5-6-7-8, while your opponent has a pair of Jacks. At the time of speaking, he takes it all. If the next card was a 4 or a 9, then you would have suffered a ladder, which is in fact a hand much higher than the pair of jacks. Undoubtedly, so that there is a draw must remain still cards to be dealt. If all the cards have been dealt, the draw is not feasible because it will not be permitted other new cards. If your hand is a draw will be necessary to evaluate the possibility to complete your hand as a function of the amount involved, if your hand is completing as you wish. To begin with, must calculate the amount that must be completed in relation to the actual amount of the pot.

Now we continue with the example mentioned above: your opponent’s bet is $ 10 and there are $ 55 in the pot. So you have a share of the pot of 6,5:1. We must therefore consider the possibility of being able to complete your hand like you said. Suppose the flop bring out a 5-6-7 and you have a hand in A-4. In the pile there are four cards of three four eight of value, able to complete your next draw. This gives you eight of 47 cards (52 cards in the deck except the two in your hand and the flop), able to turn your hand into a winning combination. The probability of being able to improve your hand then ascend to 8/47, or about 6:1 or, more precisely, 47:8.

When the share of the pot (to 6,5:1 in our example) is in excess of what you need to complete your hand (6:1) your game has all the chances of having a successful, if you complete the bet, irrespective draw. Here you have more chance of winning the hand, which represents an interesting opportunity.

To help you remember this process with confidence, here is an easy way … The basic procedure is to double your favorite cards and add two to the result. This calculation gives an approximate percentage of the possibilities that you have to complete your hand on the turn or river. Suppose you have a color draw on the turn. There are nine cards in your favor (13 colors in the game except the 4 cards that make your color).

9 x 2 = 18 and 18 + 2 = 20. Your chances are around actually around 19.6%.

The strategic implications are very simple: if you have a 10% chance of winning the bet have to do to stay in the game must not exceed 10% of the pot. With 32% chance, you can get 1/3 of the pot.

The latter method is that you need to remember to simplify the calculations.