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Know When to Hold 'Em (and When to Fold 'Em) When Playing Cards



Poker is one of the few gambling games where skilled players can make a consistent profit in the long run, but to do so they'll definitely have to know how to handle both the cards they're dealt and how they behave at the table.
Making money from poker may seem like luck or magic but in reality it's an equal mixture of basic math, psychology, and being willing to put in the time and practice that's necessary to be a winning player.

Many people think that they'd never be a good poker player because they're bad at math or can't calculate odds; the truth is actually very different, as if you can count to 10, you've got what it takes to be a good poker player.
Unlike counting cards at blackjack (where you really do have to keep a running total and count for every card dealt so far), poker only requires very basic math.
You encounter similar situations over and over, so once you learn how likely you are to hit your straight or flush, you'll know whether or not you've got the correct odds to call your opponent's bet.

Good poker strategy also involves counting outs and being aware of some basic odds.
If you're facing a big bet for all your chips and the only possible hand that can be beat you is if your opponent has two exact cards (such as the jack and queen of hearts), the odds are your hand is good.
If you just have a pair and any number of hands might beat you, you probably should fold, as the odds are good that your opponent has one of those combinations that beats you.

Winning poker players also put superstition to the side, as the random shuffle means that luck really has nothing to do with winning or losing.
Just because you hit two royal flushes when playing  video poker online on Mondays doesn't mean you're more likely to hit your third on a Monday; the odds are the same no matter what day you play.
The same is true of poker and any other gambling game that includes random shuffles and spins, as the odds never take into account what day of the week it is or whether or not you're wearing your lucky shirt.




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