Preflop odds of any hand vs any hand
Whenever you get all-in preflop in texas holdem poker, it is nice to know how your odds are against a caller so that you know whether you are likely to survive. Listed below are most of the possible situations you will find yourself in in the game of texas hold em and your odds in each one. It is useful to know how each hand fares in each situation to allow you to make the timing of your all-in as good as possible so take some time to learn each one:
Pocket pair vs two overcards
Eg 99 vs AK
Odds : range from 55/45 to 50/50 depending on whether the overcards are suited and whether they have any straight potential. A classic example of pocket pair vs two overcards is 22 vs AKs which actually slightly favours AKs provided neither of the 2s are the same suit as the ace or king held by the other player.
Pocket pair vs one overcard
Eg JJ vs A6
Odds : roughly 70/30 in favour of the paired hand but again there is some variance depending on the flush and straight potential of the unpaired hand.
Pocket pair vs two undercards
Eg KK vs 98
Odds : range from 86/14 to 77/23 in favour of the pair dependent on whether the undercards start suited and/or connected.
Pocket pair vs pocket pair
Eg TT vs 88
Odds : roughly 80/20 in favour of the higher pair with very little variance given the low flush and straight potential. The further apart the pairs, the better for the lower pair and sharing no suits may also add 1 or 2%.
Pocket pair vs one matching card and one overcard
Eg 88 vs 98
Odds : range from 70/30 to 60/40 in favour of the pair dependent on the unpaired hand - suited middle connectors stand the best chance.
Pocket pair vs one matching card and one undercard
Eg QQ vs QT
Odds : range from 85/15 to 80/20 in favour of the pair dependent on the unpaired hand - there is no worse position to be in than this!
Dominated on the high card
Eg AK vs A7
Odds : range from 65/35 to nearly 50/50 in favour of the dominating hand. An almost even money contest is reached when the live cards are very low as the odds of a split pot become very high (eg A3 vs A2).
Dominated on the low card
Eg Q8 vs J8
Odds : range from 65/35 to 60/40 in favour of the dominating hand. Split pots are much rarer than the situation so the edge is reduced only by flush and straight potential for the dominated hand.
Two overcards vs two undercards
Eg QJ vs 65
Odds : range from 65/35 to 60/40 in favour of the overcards but if there is good straight and flush potential for the unders, 60/40 can be reached.
One overcard & one undercard vs two middle cards
Eg K3 vs 98
Odds : range from 60/40 to 52/48 in favour of the overcard. If the middle cards are suited and are far enough apart from the over and undercards to not interfere with straight potential, it is almost a coin flip.
First and third cards vs second and fourth cards
Eg A8 vs Q3
Odds : range from 70/30 to 60/40 in favour of the high card hand with flush potential the main adjusting factor due to the nature of the hands.
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Eg QJ vs QJ
Odds : 50/50 unless one hand is suited which adds about a 2% edge.
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