Poker Odds - Implied Odds

Implied Odds

Implied pot odds, or implied odds, are calculated the same way as pot odds, but take into consideration estimated future betting (which is never entirely exact). Implied odds are calculated in situations where the player expects to fold in the following round if the draw is missed, thereby losing no additional bets, but expects to gain additional bets when the draw is made. Therefore they base their calculations on how big the expect the pot to get if they hit their hand. Most people don't really grasp the fundamentals of implied pot odds, they just tend to use them as an excuse for continuing in a hand when the pot odds are telling them to fold.

The important thing about Implied odds is that you have get paid off if you hit your hand. For this reason it's often a mistake to continue in a hand when drawing against the pot odds to complete a flush, as when the flush hits you are much less liekly to get paid off by opponents who can clearly see 3 suited cards on the board. And of course, when your flush doesn't hit you will have lost either 1 or 2 big bets in the process. It's usually much easier to get your suited connectors, or gappers paid off when your open ended straight on the flop gets filled up. It's usually harder for a player to you on a straight, especially if you holding one gappers, hence you could find yourself with a great implied odds to "bust" someone.

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