Pot Limit & No limit poker : Play poker


  This concept is widely misunderstood in no-limit poker and pot-limit poker. In seven card stud poker, you hold (A♥ K♥) 2♥ 9♥. There are no other cards on the board. It is checked to you. You bet, and harry- an aggressive poker player has At least two pair and is locked in the bitter end raises the pot-size of $100.

  To win $200, it is now going to cost you $100. We understand that it is About even money to make a flush in the next three cards. But are your money odds truly 2-1? The pot is $300 if you call. You have not made the flush and he bets out $300. You call. The pot is now $900. You will have wagered $1300 to win $1400 if you decide to call on sixth street despite not improving.

  This is not quite the 2-1 you had in mind. You will be receiving only slightly better than even money if you raise on fourth street and two of you get all-in.  Your odds would have been reasonable if you would have taken him all-in on fourth street which is quite a paradox. Until the rival poker player breaks out into an open pair it is A mistake to call on fourth street and set your mind to call on fifth and sixth street.

  You are a 4-1 underdog. Yet, you have avoided the flul house disaster until seventh poker street. Why was going all-in okay and playing along all wrong? What are the true odds Against winning the pot from fourth street if you have an extremely live four-flush and he has two pair? Overall they are only about 3-1 against filling up even though two pair have only four improving cards And are thus nearly 10-1 on each card.

  Therefore, they hit 25% of the time. Your winning hands Are reduced to 40%, a 3-2 dog since you can only win 75% of the hands. You should switch off once you fear two pair, or the dreaded trips. Four cards to an up-and-down straight have eight outs rather than the nine of a fuslh and also it is A lower ranking hand. But, it has one advantage over flush draw. You are more likely to be called if you make it on fifth or sixth street. You have huge implied odds.

  You are nearly a 7-4 dog to make a flush with two cards to come in both hold-em poker and omaha. You might well also win with an ace or jack with a board such as 8♥-4♣-2♥ and you holding a♥-J♥. In omahas, you should fear that an ace will give you a loser if you hold a♥-A♣-Q♦-7♥. From my experience, I would suggest you to think in terms of nut outs in that pker game as you will be traumatized by the fear of a full house if the heart pairs the board.


  The amount of money lost due to completing a draw and yet failing to win the pot because the rival poker player either has or makes A better hand is termed as “reverse implied odds”. For e.g. there is a grand in the pot. At seven stud, you hold (K♠ 2♠) 9♠ 2♥ J♠ 4♣. Your rival poker player has (? ?) A 9 3 7. You have seen that he check raised you on fifth street and bets $1000 on sixth street.

  The bare odds Are insufficient as you have only 9 outs from 40 cards. You should always consider the implid odds. Irrespective of the rival poker player’s holding, we will assume that he will check on the rivere. The typical poker player will call your river bet provided he has At least aces up. Therefore, you decide not to bluff at all. If you call, 31 hands out of 40 you lose $1000 (-$31000).

  You make the flush and bet $3000 (+$45000) on the other nine hands. This seems A very lucrative price. However, he has four chances in forty of making a full house. In such a case which arises statistically on one of the hands where you make the flush, he check-raises you and you suspiciously pass. Therefore, you hit the flush eight hands, winning $5000 on each (+$40000). One hand you lose an extra $3000 (-4000).

  Therefore your implied win for this hand is $36000 and not $45000. The reason for this is because of the reversal that can occur. For an outlay of $40,000, your profit over 40 hands is $5000 which is A very good 12.5% and surely cannot be passed up. Obviously, in real life he does not invariably call. However, on the other hand, you do not invariably pass his check-raise.

  In limit poker, this type of reasoning is hardly relevant. For such a draw, you invariably have sufficient odds for your money. The implied odds really blossom in no-limit poker because there is Additional potential of being able to bet more than at pot liit poker. When you have called a couple of poker players to make a straight with two cards to come and there is a two-flush on the board then the “reverse implied odds” are a major consideration in omaha.

  You might be beaten either by a full of flush even though might have made your straght. You should consider the reversal very seriously in lowball poker draw. All your drawing hands cannot be passed and the antes will swallow you up if you await a draw to the stone-cold nuts.

  You should never call a pot bet in order to make a hand such an 8 low, where the rival poker player might be holding an apparent 9 or 10 low, but is drawing under you to make a 7 in London lowball. It assumes less importance in hold’em poker. The reason for this is because there are many pots which are won by less than the maximum possible hand.


  Some steamers go on tilt if they lose a big pot. In the following had, the tilt factor was taken into consideration. At omaha, Stewart had Q-Q-9-8. The flop was Q-3-3. Chris bjorin led out. 3tewart called, and Jimmy raised. Chris passed and Stewart called. On fourth street, Stewart checked, jimmy bet, and Stewart called. At the river Stewart checked and Jimmy bet.

  The pot size was $30,000. 3tewart had discounted Chris’s bet as a herring and he knew that Jimmy might have 3-3. However, he raised the remaining $5000 and Jimmy called after showing the quads. The only reason for Stewart raising was that if Jimmy would have lost the pot, he would have gone on tilt and might would have blowed another 50,000.

  It comes to 10K for Stewart if we divide this Amount among the other five poker playrs At the poker tble. Therefore, he not only had even money but also had 3-1 for his extra 5K.

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