Your Questions About Poker

Linda asks…

I want to learn playing online poker for real money. How do I go about it?

I have heard it is not easy to learn playing poker for real money online. How can I enhance my skills in it?

admin answers:

Learning real money poker is certainly not an easy process. The main reason for this is that there is not necessarily a „right“ or „wrong“ way to play. The problem with poker online for real money is that there are a lot of variables to take into account which will contribute towards a decision when it comes to a hand. For instance, how deep in a tournament a player is, the hand they have, the stack size of the opponent, current position on the table, current chip stack, how many players remain in the tournament and how far away from cashing the player is. All these variables make poker extremely confusing. For this reason, taking advantage of resources such as books, DVDs and online poker strategy blogs will help in order to aid a player in developing their strategy and style.

Mary asks…

How much can a professional poker player make per year playing cash games?

How much can a professional poker player make per year playing 1/3 and 2/5 cash games 8 hours a day 5 days a week? What about 5/10? I know this is a very flexible answer but obviously they won’t be making 1,000,000 in a year playing 1/3 I’m just curious. What is a good realistic hourly rate for 1/3 and 2/5?

admin answers:

I’m not sure which planet Mark is from, but I think that icon might actually be his actual photo from where his kind comes.

Of course people make a living by playing poker for 40 hours per week! : (By the way, you don’t need a „paycheck“ and sick days and all that other stuff to be a „professional“ anything. A professional simply means that you are making money doing what you’re doing.

You are correct in thinking you’re not going to get rich playing 1/3 and 2/5, but I’m sure there are people who can make a living at those levels.

There are other people who will come on and answer this much more specifically. Personally, it’s taken me years just to get to the point where I can make more money than I lose playing poker. I’m smart enough to know that I’ll never make a living playing poker. Still, I know that there ARE people who do so.

Paul asks…

What is the probability that a poker hand of 5 cards contain exactly 2 aces?

What is the probability that a poker hand of 5 cards contain exactly 2 aces

admin answers:

3.99% to two decimal places

I am going to calculate this in stages so please bear with me!

There are 4 aces and 52 cards in a pack and therefore 48 non aces.
Lets first assume that the first two cards drawn are aces and the last three cards non aces
Therefore this „one particular“ hand of 5 cards with exactly two aces probability would be
First card ace = 4/52
2nd card ace 3/51 (the first is an ace so there are only 3 aces left in a pack of 51)
3rd car non ace = 48/50 (there are still 48 non aces but now only 50 cards left)
4th card non ace = 47/49
5th card non ace = 46 /48
Therefore this one particular hand would have probability of
(4 x 3 x 48 x 47 x 46) / (52 x 51 x 50 x 49 x 48)
Now lets assume the 2nd and 4th cards are the two aces and the other three are non aces
The probability of this example =
48/52 x 4/51 x 47/50 x 3/49 x 46/48
As you can see the probability is exactly the same as the first example. Even though the cards were drawn in different orders the probability is still
(4 x 3 x 48 x 47 x 46) / (52 x 51 x 50 x 49 x 48)

Therefore for EACH and EVERY combination of 5 cards where there are exactly 2 aces the probability is the same
(4 x 3 x 48 x 47 x 46) / (52 x 51 x 50 x 49 x 48)
= 1245312/ 311875200

Now all we have to do is calculate the number of COMBINATIONS of getting 2 aces out of 5
This is given by the formula 5C2 and equals 5! / 2!3! = 5*4/2 = 10
Those 10 combinations are
Each and every one of these orders will have a probability of 1245312 / 311875200

Therefore the probability of a poker hand of 5 cards containing exactly 2 aces =
= 10 x 1245312 / 311875200
= 12453120 / 311875200
= 0.03993
= 3.99% to 2 decimal places

Joseph asks…

How do you determine percentages in Poker?

Specifically, Texas Hold ‚em. How do poker tournaments determine the percentage and chance a player has of winning? Is it done live or after the game, when it is about to be broadcasted? What factors go into finding the percentage?

admin answers:

Most TV poker tourneys (WPT, High Stakes Poker, WSOP, etc.) use computers to show the percentages to the viewers the strength of a player’s hand. The computer only computes the data that is entered. So if the computer is only shown 2 hands, heads up, it assumes the remaining 48 cards are all live. But if the hole-cams show a player’s cards and he mucks, those cards are usually entered into the computer field and calculated accordingly. This is why you usually see mucked hole-cams: the cards mucked probably affect one or more of the hands that see the flop. Ie: player X mucks A3, player Y plays KK and player Z plays AQ. Well, now we know that player Z only has 2 Aces left in the deck to help him wile he may be thinking he has 3 outs.

Most poker shows do live commentary during the game but often during editing will go back and re-do some scenes do to time, editing, etc. The commentators usually have monitors that show hands and percentages. Most poker pros already have percentages locked into the brains when they see any two hands go head-to-head and can spit out odds immediately.

The percentages are based on a couple things:

1. The number of outs (cards that can help the losing hand win) remaining in the deck factoring in any known cards mucked.

2. The number of cards that can produce a tie and split the pot.
(example: AsAc v AhAd. Flop & turn: 2c 5c 8c 10d. This gives the two black Aces a 16% chance to win with any club on the river. Any other card results in a tie and splits the pot)

The formula most used is this:
Take the # outs u have remaining after the flop and multiply by 4. That will give you a ROUGH percentage. After the turn, multiply your outs by 2.

Example: Harry has AA, Sue has KJ
flop: KQT
Sue’s outs: 1 of the 2 remaining K’s to give her trips, and 1 of 4 remaining 9’s to give her a King high straight.
KK9999 = 6 outs. 6 x 4 = 24%

the turn: KQT J

Well, Sue got two pair but harry made the Ace high straight. But Sue still has outs: 1 of 2 Kings or 2 Jacks to give her a full house.
KKJJ = 4 outs. 4 x 2 = 8%

The x4 and x2 formula is a ROUGH estimate but is usually accurate to within 2-3% when runner-runner possibilities and the number of dealt cards (# of starting hands) are factored in.

Hope that helps.

Robert asks…

Are these online poker websites that want money to give you cheating software legit?

I see these websites that say if you pay 50 dollars they will give you software so you can see your opponents cards playing online poker during a hand. I searched just being curious and i found so many different ones but all wanting at least 50 for the software. I play online poker this makes me so sick! Are these sites legit because looking at them they look pretty legit to me! Any input on this I would definitely appreciate.

admin answers:

Quite an obvious scam and should be avoided at all costs, ok so $50 isn’t a huge amount but that’s where alarm bells should be ringing. Why sell something that could make you Millions for $50?

There has been a case of this happening on 1 poker room and it was with the aid of some employees planting the software inside the poker client. All hell broke loose and i’m sure the same thing winn not happen again.

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