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Texas Hold’em Poker
Texas Hold’em Poker

Texas Hold’em Poker

Odds describes the number of times something won’t happen next to the number of times it will happen. If an event is determined to have 1 to 1 odds, that means the event has an equal chance of occurring or not occurring.

Poker is a game of skill and strategy. However, even the most skilled players can’t predict which card will be dealt next. Anything can happen in a game and a win is never guaranteed.

How Poker Odds Work

A stack of cards with the top card displaying “1 in 52”.

In Poker, the odds of drawing any card is 1 in 52 or 51 to 1 against. However, odds change as cards are dealt. That means that the odds will change from pre-flop to the river, as cards are removed from the deck. And remember, the odds of being dealt a certain hand won’t necessarily affect the outcome of the game. For instance, a successful bluff can win the pot despite not having the best hand.

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What happened in the previous hand doesn’t affect the outcome of the current hand; you aren’t any more likely to win because you lost the last round.

How Texas Hold’em Odds Work

While the odds of being dealt a certain hand changes depending on how many cards are dealt and how many players are sitting at the table, there are some basic statistics that can help you better understand the odds.

Your chances of getting a top starting hand such as a pair of aces or kings, is just 2.1%.

If you’re one card short of a flush (five cards of the same suit) after the flop, there is a 34.97% you’ll make your hand.

The chance of one of your hole cards making a pair on the flop is 32.43%.

The probability of flopping two sets of pairs (known as “two pair”) from non-pair hole cards, is about 2%. If you do get two pair on the flop, you have a 16.74% chance of making a full-house by the river.

If you need two exact cards on the turn and river, the chance of getting them both is only 0.3%. If you get one, there’s a 4.55% chance of getting the other.

Two cards showing a pair of 8s with 2.1% appearing below.

Can I improve my odds?

Poker is a game of chance, skill, and strategy. Other players’ decisions can affect the outcome. The best way to improve your odds is to become a better player.

That means understanding the hands and their ranking and being able to anticipate what hands other players might have.

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