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Add up your Equity

by Roy Cooke |  Published: May 14, 2014


Poker calculations generally aren’t simple logical equations. Multiple concepts and alternatives often apply to a given situation. As a player, you need to understand the concepts of equity and accurately blend the equity of all the possible scenarios and quantify a best answer; mostly it’s just an estimated guess. This “best answer” includes your “best guess estimate” of how the hand will play on future streets. Often, the inclusion or exclusion of a given concept or possible scenario can change a play from negative equity to positive or vice versa. Two off the button in the $20-$40 limit hold’em game at Bellagio I peered down at the A 7 and open-raised, folding the field to Joey in the BB, who called. Joey’s a highly-aggressive Canadian tourist with ample poker experience who had been there all night. The dealer flopped the 9 6 5 and Joey checked to me. Having an ...

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