Looking at Some Poker Odds

Let's continue with the concepts of the last chapter, if someone bets into a multi-way pot on the flop and there was a pre-flop raise you would be getting about 12-to-1 to call. If there was no pre-flop raise you would be getting only about 7-to-1. That means, it is fairly a correct strategy to call with low pair if there was a raise but not if there was not a raise. Bad players will make this call regardless of what the size of the pot is.

So with a hand like K5 it makes a great difference if you can get in for no raise. This is because if you flop a king and you get paid by the lower pairs, they are wrongly paying you off. You make money on their calls. So when the game is good, you should play more hands especially suited hands but only if it appears that you can get in cheaply with them.

(You can find such case in no limit game. If you saw a good no limit player against weak players, you will find that he consistently limps in. He is playing 1/3 of the hands and limping with almost all of them. He's giving up a little bit before the flop because he can outplay them later.)

You should get into the trap of calling with hands which might not make enough profits for you. So better throw away your hand like

You should often fold hands like AT or KT in these very loose games.

However, if you are in a loose, passive game where they normally call and raise infrequently, you should play any Ax's under the gun. You should play a hand like

under the gun and other similar hands. You should play such hands because there are chances to win the pot when you hit them correctly. That is, you take advantage of bad play. You should play all pairs. However, you shouldn't raise with your AK or AQ in areas where you would raise in tougher, tighter games.


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