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Poker Odds

When playing traditional poker, no body is able to say what the winning odds are because everything is based on your level of skill, particularly your bluffing abilities. If you can fool other players into believing that you have a great hand, while you're holding pretty much nothing, it can lead to success if you're the last one standing. In the same way, if everyone believes that your hand isn't good, you can raise the amount that the pot is at by raising. The other players will be willing to raise as well since they believe their hand to be better than yours. Poker is simply a fun game of deception.

When playing at the casino, however, the poker odds are based on the hands that you are dealt, not so much your bluffing abilities. There is one particular trait that all good poker players have that no statistician can evaluate based on poker odds, and that is discipline. Waiting for the right cards is not always easy; you get restless and you want to play a game. After a while of passing on hands, each one handed to you is just begging to be played. The mistake that many poker players do is give in to the temptation of playing a bad hand - they usually lose their money.

Here are the poker odds that you can expect when playing regular 7-stud poker. It should give you an idea as to which hands you are more likely to make and how often you can expect to make them.

Poker Hand# of Ways to make HandOdds of getting Hand
Royal Flush41 in 649,740.00
Straight Flush361 in 72,193.33
Four of a Kind6241 in 4,165.00
Full House3,7441 in 694.16
Flush5,1081 in 508.80
Straight10,2001 in 254.80
Three of a Kind5,49121 in 47.32
Two Pairs123,5521 in 21.03
One Pair1,098,2401 in 2.36
Nothing1,302,5401 in 1.99

Many people are paying their mortgages by playing poker, but as I said before, you have to have the right discipline. It's easy to get carried away, and keeping a perspective on things is one way to avoid being a sore loser.