Your Questions About Poker Odds

Carol asks…

Casino Gamblers: Do the electronic tabletop poker and blackjack games have worse odds than the live dealer…

Are the odds better with the live dealer?

admin answers:

The real problem with electronic gambling machines is, that computers are totally unable to generate true random number strings. They only generate pseudo random numbers and those strings depend on the ’seed number‘ used to start a string.
Start a given string with a number and the same numbers will always be generated. Even seeds are of course dependent on the random number generator….
So, there is human intervention, which makes the whole thing very iffy.

William asks…

How to pick a VIDEO POKER MACHINE in Vegas?

I am heading to Vegas this weekend and was wondering how to pick a good video poker machine. I enjoy playing $0.25 and $1.00 machines . . I know that some have better odds than others and would like to sit down at one that gives me the best return on my investment.

I will be staying @ the NY NY if that helps.

admin answers:

Im not much of a Gambler but what I have heard from friends that work in the biz is to play machines that already have a decent payout. On the sides of all the machines it tells you how many times they have recently paid out. Those are supposedly the machines you want to target and play.

Mary asks…

How do I calculate these pokers odds?

With 10 players at a table being dealt 2 cards each, what are the odds that no player will be dealt an ace or a king? Please show work and reasoning. (The answer I want to get to is „there is a _% chance this will happen.)
I appreciate the answer, but doesn’t the fact that the cards are not being replaced mean the chance of being dealt an Ace or King on any increases with until all 20 cards have been dealt?

admin answers:

Using Binomial Distribution:
N =Cards =20, X = A or K =1 P(x) = 8/52 = 2/13 q= 11/13

12.87%probability of exactly 1 (A or K)
3.54%probability less than 1

83.5%prob of greater than 1

PS, Chance is Probability
Odds are ratio’s ie,
Odds of exactly 1 Ace or King 13:81 ; 13 favor to 87 will not

Chris asks…

What is the difference between effective and implied odds?

David Sklansky talks about this in „the theory of poker.“ Can you give an example and when to use each one??
Brix when there is 50 in the pot and someone bets 50 you are getting 2-1 not 3-1 to hit your draw. Also, you have 2-1 to hit your flush draw by the river, not 3-1. Another problem with your explanation about effective odds is that they seem to be the same as basic pot oods. However, this is the main idea of what TOP says“ Effective odds is the ratio of what you could possibly expect to win at the end of the hand to what you could possibly expect to lose.“ Correct me if i am wrong
zct you say implied odds require guess work, but so does effective odds. Effective odds are used if you dont know how much they are going to bet on the next street. This two methods seem the same to me. Pretty sure TOP says that. Correct me if i am wrong and plz give me an example that shows which one i should use in a give situation.

admin answers:

Effective pot odds are the odds the pot is offering you to call. They are more used in limit structured games. The pot odds are usually good for anyone with a good draw to call, which is why sometimes they call Limit Holdem „no fold-em, hold em“. One example is you have KQh and the flop is 9h-3h-Ac. The pot is 50 dollars. The player bets 10 dollars. You are getting 6:1. Calling 10 dollars to win 60 at that point. Your odds of making the flush on the turn are approximately 4:1 (9 heart outs). You have the odds to call.

Pause: to know the pot odds, you need to put your opponent on hand. In this case you are putting him on an ace. Now if you put him on a 9, you also might have 6 more outs (3 kings and 3 queens) giving you 15 outs and even better odds. Now if has a set, it takes away some of your outs. The ace of hearts is no longer a good out and whatever hits the turn, that heart is no longer good on the river. But you still have a high heart draw so you should call. Now if he is betting nut heart draw, if you hit a heart, it’s called reverse odds and you’ll lose quite a bit of money. Just don’t go crazy because you only have the second nut heart draw. Whew…sorry that was so long. Hopefully with all these explanations, you’ll get a good idea of pot odds.

Now implied odds are used primarily in pot hold em and no limit hold em. In no limit hold em, you can bet your entire stack size. Therefore, you need to be aware of how big your opponents stack size is. Implied odds are simply how much you can make in a hand if you hit your draw. You have good implied odds if you hit your hand and will get paid. Your implied odds are bad if you hit your hand and don’t get paid. A great example is when you have pocket 7’s. The flop is A-10-9. The pot is 100 dollars. A player bets 100 dollars giving you 2:1 effective pot odds. Calling 100 to win 200. If this were limit, you would not call with your pocket 7’s because the odds aren’t good enough. The odds of hitting a 7 on the turn are 24:1 (2 outs). But this is no limit, so lets say you have a stack size of 20,000 and your opponents is 20,000. Your opponent bets 100 into a 100 dollar pot. If you think you can get all of his chips if you hit a 7, you should call. Your implied odds are huge if he has 2 pair, or A-K because he might not be able to get away from TPTK or 2 pair. Your implied odds might be 30:1 or even 50:1. Calling 100 to win 3000, or 5000, or more! That’s why implied odds are hard to calculate since you don’t know your opponent will pay you off. Plus you have to put him on a hand. He might have total air and not pay you if you hit a 7. Or He might have A-K and might be good enough to lay it down to a huge bet on the turn if you hit a 7. Just remember, implied odds are how much you will make if you hit your hand. Hope that helps.

Donald asks…

What math knowledge is required for good poker?

Obviously, probablity (advanced or not) and knowing how to calculate it quickly.
So pot odds and winning odds are based on probabilty.

Any other „math subjects“ needed to master the game?

admin answers:

The two main math subjects you need to know are probability, psychology, common sense, estimation, addition, subtraction, ect. You can learn all about the math skills you need to know here-

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