Web Casino Online Poker Odds
There are 10 different poker hands you can get with various combinations of five cards. Let's go over each hand, the number of ways the hand can be made, and the odds of getting that hand by randomly drawing five cards.
- First is the mother of all poker hands: the royal flush. It is possible to play regular poker for years without ever seeing a royal flush, so you can see how greatly the odds are stacked against drawing one from five random cards. The chance of drawing a royal flush is 0.000154%, and the odds of drawing a royal flush are 649,740 to 1.
- There are 36 ways to make a straight flush. The chance of drawing a straight flush is 0.00139%, which is a whole order of magnitude better than that of drawing a royal flush, but the odds are still long: 72,193.33 to 1.
- There are 624 ways you could draw four of a kind. The chance of doing this is 0.0240%. The odds of drawing four of a kind? 4,165 to 1.
- When it comes to the full house, there are 3,744 ways of making this poker hand. The chance of drawing a full house is 0.144%, and the odds of drawing a full house are 694.16 to 1.
- Flushes can be made 5,108 ways, and your chances of drawing a five-card flush are 0.197% (excluding straight flushes and royal flushes). The odds of drawing a flush are 508.8 to 1.
- There are 10,200 different straights, and the chance of drawing one is 0.392%. The odds of drawing a straight (excluding a straight flush and a royal flush) are 254.8 to 1.
- Three of a kind can be done 54,912 different ways. The chance of drawing three of a kind is 2.11%. The odds of drawing three of a kind are 47.32 to 1.
- You can get two pairs 123,552 different ways. You have a 4.75% chance of drawing two pairs (excluding four of a kind), and the odds of doing it are 21.03 to 1.
- With a standard 52 card deck, you can draw one pair in 1,098,240 ways. You have a 42.3% chance of drawing a pair, with the odds of 2.36 to 1.
- And finally, there are 1,302,540 ways of drawing a hand with the high card. The chance is 50.1%, and the odds are 1.99 to 1.
Notice the dramatic shift in odds from drawing four of a kind (4,165:1) to drawing the next best hand, a full house (694.16:1). The odds of getting a flush are a little better, at 508.8:1. Poker players holding a flush or a full house are likely to bet aggressively because the chances of someone else having a higher hand are low.
If you're holding a straight, your hand is still rare enough that you can bet aggressively, if you have some idea what the others are holding. It isn't always easy to know what style of player you're playing against, particularly when you're playing in a web casino.
The odds undergo another dramatic shift with three of a kind. Three of a kind will often win a poker game, but you need to be careful with your betting. The same is true with two pair: you can often win a game with two pairs, but the probability of someone holding something better is pretty high too. If you're holding one pair, you still might win a hand, but it's wise not to bet too aggressively on one pair.
The other kinds of odds that matter to you are the pot odds. This is simple. If you're placing a 10 Euro bet, and you have the chance to win a pot worth 50 Euro, then the pot odds are 50/10 to 1, or 5 to 1. You divide the amount in the pot by the amount you've put in.
You can calculate whether to call a bet if you know your poker odds too. You ultimately want to know, "Are the pot odds better than my odds of hitting a hand?"
Count how many cards could complete your hand, and count the number of cards that remain. If you're playing Texas hold'em, holding an ace and a king, and you think your opponent has a high pair, you know that any ace or any king could give you the pot. Since there are three remaining aces and three remaining kings, that makes six possible "outs" for you. If none of the four cards showing on the board are aces or kings, you know your two cards and the board cards, so there are 46 cards you don't know about (52 minus the 6 you know). Six of those outstanding cards can give you a win, and 40 will not. Therefore, the odds of making your hand are 40:6 or roughly 6.5:1. That means you shouldn't continue unless the pot odds are better than 6.5 to 1. Learn to make these calculations mentally, and you'll save a lot of beginners' mistakes playing in a web casino online.
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