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Poker Odds Calculator

Monday, September 27th, 2010 | Poker software | No Comments

The calculator below presents the odds for Omaha, Stud, Razz and Texas Hold’em poker. Simply choose your desired form of poker and then the number of players. You pick the cards for each hand in the field below the poker table. Then click "Calculate" and the odds appear. When you’re ready, start polishing your game at free online poker sites, this way you can practice for free before putting real money in the game. May the odds be with you!

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It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 | Miscellaneous | No Comments

It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings is a very important guideline in a poker game and means that you shouldn’t assume the outcome of a hand until the river is dealt and the hand is actually finished.

If you are ahead and big favorite to win the hand and you lose instead, this is often called a bad beat. There is no consensus among poker players, which situation is a bad beat and which is not. In my opinion, there are no bad beats, its all math. With Pocket Rockets e.g., you have only a 80% winning chance preflop. That means, that you lose one time out of five when you are dealt pocket aces.

In the following hand, I had 7 7 and my opponent held K K♠. I was a 19% underdog preflop to win this hand.

As you can see, I won the hand with a straight. The most players would call such a hand a bad beat, but as I stated above, its all math. Preflop I had a 19% winning chance and therefore in one hand out of five, I will win the hand.

The question is, how do you handle such an outcome. Do you go on tilt like Phil Hellmuth or do you accept bad beats as an unpleasant but necessary drawback to a tactic, that works the majority of the time and let you win more money? Good players will never lose their pokerface and endure such situations.

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My personal experiences with Holdem Genius

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 | Poker software | 6 Comments

In this post I will tell you about my experiences with the poker analysis software Holdem Genius.

First a few words about the software. What is the sense of Holdem Genius? How could it help to improve your game?

Generally speaking, Holdem Genius is an odds calculator which gives you real-time betting advice based on the strength of your hand, your outs, the community cards, and what your opponents likely have.

I bought Holdem Genius at the beginning of September 2008. As you can see in the graph below, I lost a little money in the first 250 hands I played with the software (click on the image to enlarge it). How could that be?

Graph Holdem Genius report

Before you can use this software profitably, most time you will have to adjust the settings of Holdem Genius to match your personal playing style: making it e.g. more aggressive in late position or tighter pre-flop. Between hand 1200 and 1600, I tried another adjustment which cost me a little more money. But after that, I found the perfect setting for me.

Screenshot Adjust Holdem Genius

After I found the right adjustment, the software really helped me playing winning poker. In the screenshot below you can see a normal situation in a poker game: You have a flush and an inside straight draw on the turn and want to know your odds and outs. Holdem Genius shows you all that facts in a second, so you can concentrate on your opponents and not on the math.

Screenshot Holdem Genius

On the right side you see that you have overall 12 outs: 3 for a straight and 9 for a flush. You can also see, that your percentage of winning this hand on the river is only 19%. Therefore Holdem Genius gives you the advise to check this hand or, if the turn is bet, to fold. Your holecards, the betting advice and the strength of your hand is also shown in the middle of the table. A feature, which helps a lot if you are multitabling.

But there is one thing, that you must always keep in your mind: Holdem Genius is only an advanced odds calculator, not a “magic software” or a “miracle pill” that wins all hands for you.

There are a few limitations:

  • Holdem Genius can’t tell you if your opponent is bluffing or not. The software will only show you your outs, odds and winning percentages, but its on you to decide if your opponent has a hand or not.
  • Holdem Genius doesn’t track your opponents playing behavior. If you want to track your opponents playing style, you have to use a software like Poker Tracker or Poker Office.
  • Holdem Genius won’t tell you exactly how much to bet or raise on a strong hand. It will usually just say something like “Raise or Re-Raise” or “Check or call one small raise”. It’s on you to decide how much you will bet or raise.

In my opinion, these are just minor limitations of the software, which are in fact obvious. The benefits are much greater. Playing winning poker is much easier since I use this software.

Holdem Genius is for free. All you have to do is opening a new account at one of their partner poker rooms. You can get a free license on the Holdem Genius website.

If you use another software or if you have a different opinion, please let me know. Criticism and comments are welcome.

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