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The ranking of Poker hands is based on mathematics. The less likely a player is to get a certain hand, the higher it ranks and the more likely it is to win the pot. For example, a player should not expect to be dealt a straight flush more than once in 65,000 hands, but he can expect to be dealt two pair about once in every 21 hands.
Unless a player is planning to bluff, he should not make a bet without holding a hand that he thinks may be the best. No Poker player can bet intelligently unless he knows what constitutes a good hand, a fair hand, and a bad hand. A table of the various Poker hands and the number of combinations of each in a pack of cards is provided.
The 3 reasons for betting are:
- Betting For value – You figure you have the best hand and you want a worse hand to call. Value betting is the easiest way to make money, especially at low stakes.
- Betting as a bluff – You have not hit the board at all and your opponent almost always has a stronger hand, you bet to represent a different subset of hands and make him fold a better hand.
- Betting to take down the dead money – There is money in the pot, our opponent figures not to have a strong hand a decent percentage of the time, we bet to take down the dead money.
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