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Appendix : The Odds

APPENDIX: THE ODDS

It would be important to know the odds in poker. Being mathphobic himself, this had sounded difficult when he had first started reading about odds.

Thankfully, you need not have been a math genius to figure out the odds in stud poker. All you had to do is memorize the lists that will follow. As you were headed to the tables, you would have needed to keep a few things in mind.

First, these lists would have changed for the worse when more cards had been out – but they did give you a general idea of what the odds would have been for a given hand, and they would have helped you to determine whether to have chased or folded .Second , these lists had been helpful in looking at pot odds.

Admittedly, the pot could have been rather confusing with a ton of chips stacked in the center in no particular order, but if you had had a good estimate of what had been in the pot, you could have compared the pot odds against the statistical odds for your hand.

If the pot was big and had been giving you very good odds (more value for the bet) you could have gone ahead and bet, even if looking strictly at the lists would have made you fold the hand. You should have studied these lists and, as Peter had said, memorized them before playing stud poker.

They would have helped you a great deal as you would have pondered whether or not you should have stuck around in a hand or mucked it.

The lists have covered fourth street, fifth street and sixth streets, going by the different hands that you had held and what you odds were of improving the poker hands.

There was no need to cover the third street; it didn’t matter what the odds were of being dealt any three
cards. There had also been no need to cover the seventh street; there had been no more cards to come there.

Odds of Making a Full House When You Hold….

Trips on the third street: 2-to-1.
Trips on the fourth street with one odd card: 2.5-to-1.
Trips on the fifth street with two odd cards: 3.5-to-1.
Trips on the sixth street with three odd cards: 4-to-1.
Two Pair on the fourth street: 3.5-to-1.
Two Pair on the fifth street with one odd card: 5-to-1.
Two Pair on the sixth street with two odd cards: 10-to-1.



Odds of Making a Flush When You Hold…
Three suited cards on the third street: 4.5-to-1.
Three suited cards and an odd card on the fourth street: 8.5-to-1.
Three suited cards and two odd cards on the fifth street: 23-to-1.
Four suited cards on the fourth street: 1.25-to-1.
Four suited cards and one odd card on the fifth street: 2-to-1.
Four suited cards and two odd cards on the sixth street: 4-to-1.



Odds of Making an Open-Ended Straight When You Hold…
Three suited cards on the third street: 4.25-to-1.
Three suited cards and an odd card on the fourth street: 8-to-1.
Three suited cards and two odd cards on the fifth street: 22-to1.
Four suited cards on the fourth street: 1.5-to-1.
Four suited cards and one odd card on the fifth street: 2-to-1.
Four suited cards and two odd cards on the sixth street: 5-to-1.



Odds of Making an Inside Straight When You Hold…
Four suited cards on fourth street : 3-to-1.
Four suited cards and one card on fifth street : 5-to1.
Four suited cards and two odd cards on the sixth street: 10.5-to-1.


Odds of Making a Single-Ended Straight When You Hold…
Three to a straight on the third street: 13-to-1.
Three to a straight and one odd card: 25-to-1.

These odds would have helped clear up which bets would have been good and which had been just plain idiotic.

Perhaps one of the most common mistakes a poker player could have made was when he had decided to limp in with several big cards on the fifth street, thinking it would have been okay to do so because three cards had been suited.

He had been forgetting that it was an incredible 23-to-1 shot to have made a flush! So, again, he should have memorized these odds or kept them next to him if he had played online they would have helped him a great deal in determining when to have bet. And remember, these odds would have got worse as more of his cards had gone, so first and foremost – he should have remembered those cards!