Poker Training Tips
How much do Implied Odds apply in NL Holdem poker?
Often you will hear players talk about making a call when the odds don’t seem to add up, claiming that they do it for “implied odds”. In this weekly tip, I’ll discuss the math behind implied odds calculations, but most importantly I’ll discuss a few considerations you need to make in determining whether they do apply in your situation in NL Holdem. I’ll conclude with an expert strategy tip.
When you have the best possible hand you can have in a given situation, your goal is to extract as much money as possible from your opponents. This is an area where you will often hear tips about how to do this, with greatly contradictory advice. Some will tell you to play it slow to keep your “paying customers”, others will tell you to play it strong because your opponents will expect you to play it slow.
We remember asking ourselves that in October of 2006. At the time, it didn’t seem like such a tough task — a month or two of work to design the test, create the analyzer, and finish the web site. Well, 18 months and about 20,000 hours later, here we are.