Everyone has their favorite online poker starting hands. Apart from the obvious AA and KK, suited connectors like J,10 and 7,8 etc certainly have their benefits. How you rate your pocket cards depends on what type of US online poker player you are: whether you’re aggressive or loose and how many flops you like to see.
So you stick with your pocket cards and see the flop. You then need to decide what to do once the flop comes down.
Obviously if you flop the nuts – a Straight, Flush, Full House etc – the decision couldn’t be easier and the only dilemma is how much to bet or whether to just call (unless you’re the check-raising type!) but what happens if you hit a drawing hand [ A presently relatively worthless hand, yet with the potential to become a strong hand, eg. four card straights and four card flushes. ] with your connecting cards?
How do you proceed?
For this you need to know the likelihood of getting the card that you need to make your poker hand into the winning one. We’ll cover specific odds in a later tip but for now here is how you should make the calculation. It’s imperative that you know how much money is in the pot, after that it’s simple arithmetic. All you have to do is divide the pot by the amount of the bet you have to call.
Eg. If you’ve worked out that you have a 1 in 5 chance of getting the card that you need to win your hand on the turn, you’ll need to make sure that you’re not calling any bet that’s more than one fifth of the pot, so you simply divide the pot by the amount of the bet you have to call. If the answer is more than 5 you should call the bet, if the answer is less than 5 you should fold!
When broken down online Poker is a game of chance and likelihood, as well as skill, and just like everything else in life if the odds make sense you should go for it, if they are not just throw away your hand and wait for a better chance later in the game.