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The Size of the Pot

Limit poker game is a long-run game. As compared to the no-limit, any individual hand does not have that much impact on your final result. This is true if you are concerned only with your results for short-period i.e. for the month or the year.

Only the bottom line should matter. To achieve the expected results, it is necessary that most of poker plays have what is called a positive expectation.

It actually means that a play will show a profit in the long run. However, in order for it to show a profit, it is not necessary that a particular play work more often than not. It is also possible that a play may work, let's say 25 percent of the time and still show a huge profit. This is because it may win little more when it works than it will when it doesn't works.

In limit poker, this comes up when a particular play may cost you one or two bets when it fails, but will win you big pot when it succeeds.

If the pot is large, the risk may be well worth it. The main factor that must be considered before deciding what to do in some situations is the size of the pot (of course in relation to the size of the bet).

This is what the pot odds mean.

Many average players know that occasions sometimes occur when it is important to know the odds you are getting from the pot. A clear example would be when you are considering drawing to a straight and need to know whether it is worth it or not.

The significant thing which most players don't know is that pot odds play a big role in deciding the best strategy than what they think. The size of the pot should not be considered only when you are deciding whether to call or fold with drawing hand. The size of the pot is an important factor in making the correct decision.

This does not mean poker is mainly poker mathematics. Psychology and logic as compared are least important. However, they can be combined in order to come up with the right play.

Let's talk about bluffing. The ability to size up your chances of getting away with a bluff is definitely not mathematical. However, once you estimate these chances your decision as to whether to bluff will depend on your pot odds.

If you think you can successfully steal a bluff (when all the cards are out) 25 percent of the time it is worth a $20 bet to try to steal a $90 pot.

The time when the size of the pot matters is when you are considering slow-playing (sucking other players in) when you have a big hand. If the pot is small as compared to the bets, it is likely to be worth it. If the pot is already big, then it is not worth it. Why risk a big pot only to win a few more bets?

The time when you should consider raising in a online poker game is when you have the best hand and want to win more money. However, there are also good different reasons to raise: As a bluff or a semi-bluff, to "limit the field" or to get a "free card" or to gain information, and so on.

It is important to realize that no matter what your reason for raising you should consider your pot odds along with everything else before making a decision.

Suppose a player bets $20 into a $60 pot and he is only playing against you and you have nothing (all the cards are out). You should raise $20 as a bluff if there is better than a one-third chance of getting away with it, in your opinion. You are getting $80-$40 or 2-to-1 pot odds.

Let's take another example. Suppose all the cards are out and you are in a three-way pot. The player to your right bets and you feel it is about even money that you have him beat. Still, there is small chance that the player to your left will overcall and beat you. You can stop this by raising but think all over whether it is worth it or not poker tournament

To conclude, the similar formula is complicated but won't go into much detail. However, the relevant factor is the size of the pot. The larger the pot, the more inclined for you is to raise.

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