Your Questions About Poker Odds Table

Linda asks…

(Statistics) A poker player has 6 chips in his left pocket (1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 5)..?

A poker player has 6 chips in his left pocket (1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 5) and 3 chips in his right pocket (2, 3, 5).

One chip from each pocket w/ replacement.

a. Create a table that shows all possible outcomes.
b. P(sum=8)
c. P(sum > or = 4)
d. P(sum=odd)
e. P(both chips are odd)

admin answers:

What does w/replacement mean? If I understand correctly, you must choose a 2 and 3 chip and the sum of 2+3 is odd – D.

Maybe?? I never was good at this.

Joseph asks…

888 Poker vs. Full Tilt Poker?

So I have been playing 888 poker for a while and have gotten used to the features and available tables. I recently started playing Full Tilt Poker and find that it does not have the same features that I’m used to. For instance, they do not seem to have 50c SnG tables or Double or nothing SnG’s.

This leads me to believe that 888 is a better site, but maybe I have not experienced enough of Full Tilt to appreciate the odds of winning.

Any seasoned players care to fill me in on your experiences with these sites?

admin answers:

In my opinion, Fulltilt has far better software offering extra time, huge player traffic, tournaments starting every minute for all different buyins, and if you want to improve quickly, they have better players generally, however i believe there is a large chance full tilt is rigged so i would swing with 888.

Betty asks…

why does online poker sites stop me playing when iam winning?

i`ve been playing a couple of years now, i would say iam pretty good my tactics are clean…i put my money down like the next punter and play the game, 9 times out of ten i win but lately when ive been winning i get ejected from the tables for no reason but on the odd ocassion i lose they gladley take my money,this has happened on three diffrent poker sites..

admin answers:

You don’t say which poker sites you’ve played at – to be honest, I’ve never heard of or experienced this situation and I’ve played at most online poker rooms.

See the list of recommended poker rooms at and you shouldn’t have any problems.

Ruth asks…

How are these odds not correct?? ((Chances of winning in a row.))?

All right, in poker there’s a game called heads up. Each player puts in their buy in, and the winner gets the total amount.

Let’s say you wanted to double up from 2, to 16. 1/2 chance to win each time.

Then move to 4
Then move to 8
(I say 1/6, but others say 1/8?)

Okay so, let’s say you sit down at a 6 person 2$ table. You have to beat three opponents, in order to win. Is that not the same as 1/6?

So the chances of doing 2+2=4+4=8+8=16 should be 1/6 as well, yes? Since you have to win three times in a row as well.
Because. What’s the chance of picking a blue marble out of a bag with 5 black ones? 1/6. 50/50 chance to pick a blue one out of a bag with 1 black one.

admin answers:

There is a 1/2 probability to win the 1st match to go from 2 to 4
There is a 1/2 probability to win the 2nd match to go from 4 to 8

The probability to go from 2 to 8 is 1/2 * 1/2 = 1/4

There is a 1/2 probability to win the 3rd match to go from 8 to 16

The probability to go from 2 to 16 is 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 = 1/8

Why would you think it is 1/6?

In the 6 person table you need to beat 3 opponents. In other words you have to finish in the top 50% (1 2 or 3 out of 6) so it is again probability 1/2 to win the 6 person table.

So the probability of finishing in the top 50% of the 6 person table 3 times in a row is also 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 = 1/8


If you only have to beat half of the table then the probability is 1/2 and the probability to do it 3 times in a row is again 1/8. The probability of winning a 6 person table is only 1/6 if you have to finish in 1st.

Let me show it in a more visual manner.

There are 8 possible outcomes in playing 3 games.


Since you have an equal chance of winning or losing each game, the 8 outcomes above have an equal chance of occurring. Since only 1 of these outcomes has you winning all 3 times, the probability of winning all 3 games is 1/8.

Mandy asks…

do casinos check ids?

I’m 20 and I’ve played at the indian casinos before and I want to start going to this casino down the street from me it’s not an idian casino so you have to be 21 what are the odds they will check my id if I go play there? I never get checked any where for anything. Most people think i’m in my mid to late 20’s I’ve gotten alcohol before with out getting my id checked granted I really don’t drink so I don’t do it often but still what do you think the odds are they will check me? it’s a small place it’s not really a big casino I think they only have like 4 poker tables

admin answers:

I got carded in a Vegas casino when I was 25 years old. If you look old enough you might get away with it but if you win any substantial amount of money they’ll ask for ID (for tax-reporting purposes) and when they discover you’re underaged they won’t pay out.

It’s also against the law to gamble until you’re 21, so you’re taking a pretty big chance for the privilege of (most likely) losing money.

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