Poker Strategy – Dynamic Hand Value
I have received a lot of questions regarding this topic, so I am going to dedicate an entire article to it. Most advanced players know that Sklansky hand rankings (or my hand rankings for that matter) are not set in stone but are rather general guidelines for ranking hands. This is because hand value fluctuates greatly depending on the number of people in the pot. Many people are not quite sure how to treat their starting hands when the game’s dynamic fluctuates between loose/tight and thus affecting the number of people in the pot. The answer to this dilemma lies with what type of hand you hold, and how many players this type of hand is suitable against.
In blackjack, everyone grimaces at being dealt a 16. It’s the worst possible hand and odds are you are going to lose your money. The holdem equivalent to a 16 is a 27, which is considered the worst possible hand. However, with a 27, odds are you will lose nothing (because you will fold preflop) or just your blind. In fact, I don’t even mind being dealt 27 because I know what it’s worth. I’m much more afraid of being dealt AA because that hand has the potential of costing me a lot of money. The paradox that a good hand is to be feared much more so than a bad one centers on the most important concept of poker: Relative Hand Value.
Probability is a huge factor in texas hold ’em. Players use odds to determine their actions. The chances of finishing a flush or a straight, the probablity of getting an overcard, the percentage of times you’re going to flop a set to match your pocket pair are all important factors in poker. Knowledge of these statistics is key to winning. In online games especially with very few (if any) tells, statistical knowledge becomes the main factor when choosing whether to bet, call, or fold.
“If the blind lead the blind,
both shall fall into a ditch.”
— Jesus of Nazareth
Limit poker not only begins as a struggle for the blinds, it normally ends there. In very loose games, starting hand selection, betting strategy and pot manipulation become more important, but in moderately tight-ish games, and tough aggressive ones too, the core of the entire battle comes down to a struggle for the equity of the blind bets.
“Nothing is more desirable than
to be released from an affliction,
but nothing is more frightening
than to be divested of a crutch.”
— James Baldwin
Suppose playing Texas Holdem you are under the gun with a marginal hand like KJo. What should you do? Some learning players would immediately consult their starting hand charts, either literally or in their memory, and then decide what action to take. Unfortunately, rigid adherence to artificial charts is the root of ruin of many people who might otherwise become quite good poker players. A lot of these players may in fact become winning players, especially in rake games where the house takes its cut from the pot rather than equally from each player, but I suggest most players relying on starting hand charts are either doomed to never be much good at poker, or will end up as merely mediocre.
“One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with
a spade and a package of garden seeds.”
— Dan Bennett
“Poker” is not like “chess” where a clear picture appears from just one word. Besides “video poker” and “poker runs”, which hijack the word into unrelated territory, there are many forms of poker. These different games feature some cards face-up, some face-down; sometimes you get more cards all at the same time, sometimes you get one at a time; sometimes you share pots; sometimes you try to make high hands, sometimes you try to make low. Different poker games have many different features.
“How could something so bad, darling,
come from something that was so good”
— Bruce Springsteen
The starting hand fetish that many weaker players fixate on as a central aspect of their games directly leads to a corresponding lack of ability to lose well. Players look at AK or QQ in Texas Holdem and think “wow, what a great hand” and start counting the money they will be raking in. The game is not that easy however.
I know this site is ugly. I’m trying to learn some PHP here and there to get something nice looking up & running. Since I cannot code too well, I think I will settle with the simple/mysterious look. I want to have a photo album going soon, as well. No worries.
If you have any ideas or have some friends who can do this stuff for free, hook it up, baby 🙂
I found a great website with all these sex positions (yes, at times I get bored at work) so I copied about 100 of them into my script that will show up randomly as quotes on the right side. Here are a few to sample for tonite when you get bored w/ your women…(that was a joke)
Kamasutra Position Alert! – The Bud: She draws her limbs together, clasping her knees tightly to her breasts, her yoni, like an opening bud, offered up for pleasure: this is known as “Mukula” -Brian Tran
Kamasutra Position Alert! – The Couch: When she draws up her knees and you clamp yours about her raised thighs, trapping them in a tight knot while riding saddle upon her buttocks and kissing her, it is “Shankha” -Brian Tran
The Bridge — The woman needs to lean into and arch,(start off the ground or bend the back)she needs to be supple! The man then grasps the hips and enters her, this is a slow motion position don’t go too fast! -Jackson Wang
Float Your Boat — This would take place in a whirl pool or the shallow end of a pool. The woman lies on her back and has to stay afloat while the man straddles her legs and penetrates. -Jackson Wang
Mysteriously, all the sex positions are said either by Brian or Jackson…
Here’s a quote from a recent newsletter by Bill Murphy (dated May 9, 2004):
China’s chief forex regulator, Guo Shuqing, said in a recent Financial Times interview the make-up of the country’s US$440-billion forex cash pile was being altered to include more European and Asian bonds, given concerns over a weaker US dollar.
Along w/ the Japanese, the Chinese and Indians own a tremendous amount of US debt. I think they are the ones who are keeping this gigantic ship of debt afloat. So what the hell will happen when the Chinese, Indians and Japanese try to dump some of this debt into the world financial markets? A massacre in the bond market is given, but just think of what will happen to those innocent people w/ variable rate mortgages. Dear lord.