Evaluating the poker players

Poker's mathematical expectation

Expectation is been scrutinized in poker plays. You may comprehend that a specific play can be profitable but sometimes the play may not be the best play because the profits can also be earn by alternative play. Say in five-card draw, you have full house. A player bets who is ahead of you. You know that the player calls if you raise the bet. Raising will make the play best. However the two players after you will definitely collapse, if you raise. Conversely, you are confident that the two players after you will call, if you call the first bettor. If you raise, you gain one unit but by just making a call you can gain two units. The better play and the higher positive expectation depend on the call.

There is more complicated but with a similar situation. You make a flush on the card in a seven card stud hand. You have read the two pair of the player who is ahead of you, bets, and you know that in the hand you have beat the player who is behind you. The player which is behind you will fold, if you raise. Further, first bettor will fold if he has two pair but will re-raise if he has made full house. In this example, not only raising gives no positive expectation but the play poker will take you to the negative expectation. If the first bettor re-raises because he is having a full house you will cost the play with two units if he re-raises the call and one unit if you folds the call.

Let's take a step further for this example: let the flush on the last card is not made, so you might raise against other rivals if the player ahead of you bets. Pursuing the logic of the situation, if you make the flush the player after you will fold and the initial bettor will too fold if he has only two pair. The positive expectation of the play relies upon the odds that you get for your money that is the amount of pot and your estimate of the chances where the initial bettor is not having a full house and that the two pair will be thrown away. Requiring making final estimates, I have discussed in later chapter of the ability to read hands and to read the player. At this point of view, expectation becomes too complex than it was to flick the coin.

One poker play is more profitable than another and can be shown by mathematical expectation. For example if you think that on an average you will lose 75 cents, involving the ante, you should play the hand because it is better than folding if ante is a dollar.

To understand an important cause of expectation one should have a feeling of equability to win or lose a bet. You can earn or save a particular amount if you had made a good bet or a good fold as compared to your lesser player who would not have saved or earned. If you are upset, it is difficult to make that fold because your hand was outdrawn. On the other hand, saving the money by folding in the place of calling the odds to your wins for the month or for the night. Even though one loses their pot, it develops an enjoyment to make a good fold.

Do not forget that if the hands are reversed, your rivals would call you. But we shall discuss it in the next chapter, Fundamental Theorem Of Poker, the one of your edges. If it comes about, you should be pleased. You should satisfy yourself from a lose session if you know that your other players have lost much more with your cards games