Good Online Poker Strategy

Online poker strategy is a hot topic across the Internet since the explosion of poker’s popularity in the past decade. Since the inception of televised poker (most notably by ESPN), online gambling websites have invested millions of dollars’ worth of advertising on television networks for the sole purpose of luring poker aficionados to their sites. While advertising for online gambling is not legal in many states, these poker websites easily sidestep sbobet indonesia the legality by advertising “for fun” sites where customers cannot use their own money, with a near-identical domain name registered for actual monetary commitment nearby. As a result, online poker draws countless new customers each day and fortunes are won and lost at Internet card tables.

Like any form of entertainment, online poker has experts willing to sell their secrets to the highest bidders. Professional poker players have published dozens of books filled with their advice and bookstores have been quick to follow suit, dedicating valuable shelf space to these online guides. Online poker strategy is not terribly different from that of table poker, and a novice player will benefit from the tactics of both online and table poker books.

Much of the strategy behind winning consistently at poker depends on the mathematics of the game. As a player has no real way to know what cards his opponent is holding, there is no 100% effective outcome for poker players (hence the term, gambling). However, understanding the math behind the poker will allow the player to understand situations where calling or folding, based on nothing but the odds of the game, is in his or her best interest.

All the math behind poker relies on the simple fact that there are 52 cards in a deck. In a game of Hold ‘Em poker, a player receives two cards, in a game of Omaha four, in a game of Stud, five. Thus, while a player does not know which cards are in the hands of the opponents, the remaining cards (a specific few of which are needed for a successful, winning hand) are in plain sight for anyone to count. Using this information, a player can determine the amount of money in the pot to calculate what is called “pot odds”. Pot odds will either favor the player based upon the rewards weighed against the statistical chance of success, or favor folding his or her hand given the lack of a successful hand being dealt.

For example, say a Hold ‘Em player needs a single diamond to make a flush, which would be the best hand available to any player in this scenario. While there are 13 diamonds in the deck, the Hold ‘Em player has two of them and there are two on the table (as five are needed for a flush). Thus, there are only 9 potential diamonds in the remaining cards. If the player has two cards, his opponent has two cards, and there are four cards on the table, there are 44 cards remaining, a 9/44 chance of hitting a diamond or approximately a one in five chance.

In this scenario, the pot is $50, with a $5 call for the player with the flush draw. The potential payout is ten to one while the odds are one to five — thus, the pot odds favor calling the $5 for the payout is double the chance of winning the hand. While this particular hand may only be won 20% of the time, if it would be played out 100 times, the player would statistically be likely to lose around $400 while winning around $1000.

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