Knowing the Odds and Probabilities in Texas Hold’em
One of the most popular games at online casinos is undoubtedly poker – the thrill of the showdown, the high stakes, and the added value of skill, combined with luck makes this an ideal game for those looking to test themselves and earn some money in the process. The game is much more than bluffing, luck and a well-managed bankroll. It’s important that most high-tier players have a decent head for probability as well. As tempting as it may be to sit and wait for one of the best opening hands, the odds of any given hand is about .45%. This means that you could easily whittle away all your pot betting in blinds while waiting for a pair of aces that never comes. There are a few hands where it’s better to fold immediately (off-suit 2 and a 7 is pretty much the worst in terms of odds and probability), but even if your hand isn’t amazing you don’t always have to cut your losses immediately. The odds of a pair is about 1.28:1, so even if you do get a 2 and a 7, the odds you’ll get a pair is at least present (the odds of three of a kind is a little less than 20:1), so there’s no guarantee you need to fold. Who knows, maybe your opponents got unlucky? For more odds and probabilities, the handy graphic is useful:

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