Texas Holdem Statistics

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Check it out, I hit it. I hit the royal flush. Do you have any idea what the odds against are?
Check it out, I hit it. I hit the royal flush. Do you have any idea what the odds against are?

Texas Holdem Statistics

Keeping track and knowing the statistics of Texas Holdem is essential to your success as a poker player. There are a variety of statistics to know, ranging from pot odds, the number of outs you have to win, and investment odds. Pot odds and the number of outs you have go hand in hand. If you have four cards to help you win you know roughly how much money you should invest into the hand because you know approximately how often you are going to win.

Holdem is all about the numbers and making the correct bets. There are both good and bad investments. If the odds are 4 to 1 you're hitting you shouldn't be investing a lot of money into the pot. It's similar to the stock market. You're betting on the future of what will hit. If you're risking too much money on long shots, you won't be an overall winning player.

Of course, there are a variety of other things that come into play as well. One of these is known as investment odds. Investment odds consist of how much you can make from the hand if you make your hand. Basically think of it like this, the pot odds tell you that you probably shouldn’t make the call but you know if you make your hand you’ll take your opponents entire chip stack. If you aren’t risking a ton of chips to take all your opponents chips if you make the hand then its probably a good play. If you’re risking a lot to win a little then its not a good investment.

Bluffing also affects poker math. If you know how and when to bluff you can pick up extra chips. Let's say you've been playing tight and the table knows it. If you raise the table is more likely to fold because they believe you have a monster of a hand. On the other hand if you're seen as loose when you pick up aces and bet you're more likely to get callers. By playing tight aggressive you can pick different spots to bluff and get away with it. Betting on flush draws and straight draws would be known as semi-bluffing, and may pick up some pots without having to actually win.

The final component has to do with your wins and losses percentages as well as the potential to win or lose on each starting hand. If you're playing with a lot of cards that have a lower win percentage, you're more likely to lose chips. If you're playing with hands that have a better chance to win, you'll win more pots. Tied into this is your current win loss record. If you're on a losing streak you may not play as well as you typically would due to tilt.

Bluffing, odds, outs, wins, losses, and table image all come together to make the game known as poker. Math and psychology control the game. By knowing the math you can minimize your losses and increase your chances to win. By using psychology you can get inside the heads of your opponents. Know your texas holdem statistics, win more pots.

Texas Holdem Poker Tips

Now we are going to be addressing some Texas Holdem poker tips. All the tips featured are going to be addressing cash games, although they can also be applied to sit and go’s or tournaments as well. The main difference between cash games and tournaments is that players will come and go in cash games whereas in a tournament you have the same opponents until everyone is gone, but I’m sure you already knew that. OK, so here we go.

1. Avoid trying to throw out a late round bluff against an opponent on the short stack. If your short stacked opponent has made it to the turn, he’s holding something. You can throw out raises pre-flop or on the flop but if they’ve made it that far chances are they aren’t going away and you’re just giving them more ammunition for future hands. If you’re getting into the habit of bullying the short stack pre-flop, be prepared for them to make an all in raise on you at some point. They will get frustrated and push on you. Unless they’re holding a high pocket pair, they’re at best 60 40 to beat you. Calling an all in raise pre-flop is a much wiser decision than trying to bluff a short stack out when they have a made hand.

1A. Yes, there’s a 1A. The same hints above apply to a tight player. A tight player is someone who rarely plays a hand. If they raise, stay out of the hand, unless you’re holding aces. If you’re holding kings, they probably have aces. Very tight players are close to impossible to take chips from once they have them. You have to let the blinds slice them down. If you don’t give them action the blinds will eat them alive.

2. Pay attention to who is slowplaying at the table. You will see this a ton in the low limit games where players learned about slowplaying and now incorporate that as their main strategy. A player who slowplays will be check calling every one of your bets. You won’t be seeing check raising, or betting, it’ll be check calling. This looks very similar to a player on a draw. Read the board properly. If you see a straight or flush possibility on the board, they probably have it and don’t want to give away their hand.

3. Your opponent may be on a draw if their betting pattern looks something along these lines on the flop – check raise, or bet (then another opponent re-raises) call then they check the turn. They’re hoping to get a free card to keep the odds in their favor. If they have to call another bet the pot odds go out of their favor. If they get to see a free card and they make their hand, they’ve won. If they don’t make their hand they got away cheap. You want to make opponents on draws pay to see the next card. Don’t let them get away with any free cards. Part of poker is pot odds, and if you make an opponent make a bad call pot odds wise to catch a straight or flush you’re playing winning poker and they’re playing losing poker. Over time the odds will be in your favor and your chip stack will naturally grow.

3A. The same betting pattern from above can also mean that someone has middle pair and is looking for 2 pair or they have a high card and are just hoping to make a pair. Again the correct play to make on the turn is to bet, thus messing up their pot odds and giving you the right play mathematically and statistically to be a winning player over time.

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