Factors in Determining Implied Odds
the larger the size of potential bets, the greater
your implied odds and the more reason you have to
call with a hand that might improve to the nuts. However,
the other two factors are important too.
In adding the possibility of future bets to the present
pot to get your implied odds, you should take into
account whether the strength of your hand is hidden.
When the cards that help are obvious, you cannot expect
to get as much value out of your hand if you make
it, since opponents simply might not call when you
When you have a close decision, you should call a
bet against weaker opponents more readily than against
tougher ones: You can usually assume you are getting
higher implied odds from a weak player, who is more
likely to call your bet or raise when you make your
hand, than from a tough player, who may fold his hand
and not pay you off.
Two words of caution. Implied odds obviously cannot
apply when either you or your opponent is already
all-in or nearly all-in. Secondly, implied odds have
little meaning when there is a decent chance that
you can make your hand but still wind up second best.
If you are going to take a short price from the pot
in hopes of winning future bets, you had better be
awfully sure that your hand will hold up when you
Should You Raise?
example, if you have a hidden big pair, you have a
strong hand, but if you have a very small door card,
a raise might scare away all your customers, leaving
you winning just the bring-in. The reason the raise
with a small door card tends to scare them is that
they assume you must have something, and since what
they see isn't much, they tend to imagine the worst.
You do want to thin the field, but with a no-ante
game you also want some players-you want to get some
money in the pot besides the bring-in. But a raise
with that small door card gives your hand away; the
other players won't suspect you're raising with a
pair of 4s, they'll suspect a hidden big pair.
In this sense, a big hidden pair with a midsized kicker
showing is a lot stronger than the same hand with
a very small kicker showing. Not because the kicker
is more powerful, but because the midsized kicker
is more deceptive.