Online Poker – It’s All About Playing the Odds.

What are the odds of you or your opponent getting a Full House? What about odds on trips or quads?

The image below gives you an quick summary of the top hands in Texas Hold’em and the chances of each occurring (from 5 randomly dealt  cards). From watching heavily edited TV poker, newcomers to poker are convinced that some of these hands come up all the time! Those of us with a little more experience at the table know better  🙂


Poker Hand Odds


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Some priceless card quotes.

Every now and then you hear a saying or a phrase that just makes you laugh before acknowledging that it’s true …

Here are some of our favourites …

“Your best chance to get a Royal Flush in a casino is in the bathroom.” … VP Pappy

A Smith & Wesson beats four aces.
American Proverb

“A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned.”
Paul Newman, in The Color of Money

“The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.”
Kin Hubbard

“You don’t learn from smart people, you learn from idiots. Watch what they do, and then don’t do it.”
Minnesota Fats


Lucky and Unlucky hands?

bet365_90x60UKIs it possible that some players have hands that are simply lucky and/or unlucky in their hands?

Consider today’s evening freeroll at iPoker – where I was signing on at bet365 poker battling it out against 7,000+ other eager participants over about 90 minutes.

During the course of the action I was dealt “pocket kings” four times – and despite doing the “right thing” and bidding them up and being able to isolate the play down to one other player … I was beaten three times by inferior hands.

This is not a “Bad-beat” sob story – rather an investigation into the phenomena where you just know what is going to come on the river.

Consider :

Hand 1 : KK vs A8o – early in the tournament half stack before the pot – all in after a low flop – as I’ve got a bigger stack. He gets a river ace and wins the pot.

Hand 2 : KK vs 74o – I called the big stacks all-in – and based on those cards he was obviously bluffing. Nothing comes up as a danger and this time pocket kings actually do win.

Hand 3 : KK vs A10 – Blind 200, I bet 1000, and Tiger Lilly goes over the top to 3000 – I push all-in for 7,000 as bigger stack and she calls. A ten on the flop gives here more outs – and an ace on the river wins it for her.

Hand 4 : KK v J4c – Mortally wounded and down to just 1500 chips (4xBB) I wait for a hand – get KK again and have to try it. All-in and I get called by the big stack who does have much. A Jack on the flop gets me nervous and a four on the river means I’m out of the tourney.

So I get good fortune to get dealt KK four times – and play them (as you surely must) yet by the fourth hand I just “knew” that Lady Luck was making sure they were not going to hold up.


Has that ever happened to you? Do you have a lucky/unlucky hand?
Send in some feedback in the comments section and let me know.


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