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扑克 Pot Odds Importance(池子赔率的重要性)

A Texas Holdem player has a very simple question to ask himself when facing the prospect of playing or folding marginal hands at the online poker table:  “Is it worth it?”  It doesn’t get any more complicated than that question.



Sure, there are always the important poker rules of strategy to follow but the bottom line question of relative worth succinctly answers what poker hands are really all about.



Part of the answer to the question on whether hands are worth playing is based on the reads of what is taking place at the table.  An online poker player should be noticing if any of his opponents are on tilt, on hot or lucky streaks, the relative chip stack counts, and any other potential poker tells.  All of these factors go into the larger equation, which is the size of the pot that the online players are shooting for.  Pot size ultimately determines, along with the other factors mentioned, whether or not a Texas Holdem player should play or fold his hands.



Sometimes, in this era of online poker and the overall exploding popularity of Texas Holdem, there is a tendency for many poker players to prove that they are the smartest player at the table and they end up getting a little to creative and over-thinking ways to play their hands.  Texas Holdem is ultimately a very simple game and online poker players must simply judge the ultimate question of risk/reward, which is another way to say judging the potential of their hands against the size of the pot.  The larger the pot at the table, the more forgiving a Texas Holdem player can be in playing marginal poker hands.



When playing online poker hands in which the pot is building to a large amount, a multi-pot scenario in which the majority of Texas Holdem players are betting on their hands, this offers great “pot odds” and makes drawing hands such as connectors or flush draws worth sticking with because the potential payoff is so high.  Conversely, if there were just a few chips in the pot, or if the pot consisted of just the blinds, drawing poker hands are not worth the risk because the reward is so small.



An online poker player must ultimately judge the ratio of chips that he will win versus the risk that he must take and pay for to win those chips.  Many professional Texas Holdem players will even calculate pot odds mentally before deciding to bet on their hands.

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