re: Poker & Chasing the flush
Originally Posted by jamesdadeliverer
In hold'em any 2-card flush usually wins; just beware with less than a jack high. Full houses are rare but you can tell a lot of the time when somebody makes one.
What do you mean by this? You're not saying that a flush draw succeeds over 50% of the time, because I know you know better than that. I think you're saying that if you hold two hearts and make a flush, you usually have the winning hand, whereas if you only have one low heart and there are four on the board, another player often has the higher heart and better flush? Do I understand you correctly?
Not to disparage anyone, but since we have this 50-post target, there's a lot more bad advice being posted, like "never draw to a flush" or "go with your gut." You can learn a lot on CardsChat, but only if you make the effort to discern quality advice from that sot of thing. If you put in the effort, you'll learn what constitutes quality analysis, and you'll start to recognize certain names and that some of the members here are worth listening to. James is high on the list. With the posting frenzy, the quality is a little diluted, but it's still there. It's not a bad thing, really. There are a lot more threads now that are back to the basics - things like how to calculate odds, size bets, figure equity and expected Value.
If you're a newbie, don't be afraid of being wrong. You actually learn a hell of a lot when your dearly held notions are challenged and someone successfully helps you to open your eyes and see things the right way. And there IS a right way. There are many situations in poker where a given move is provably correct or incorrect. You might make the wrong move and still win, or vice versa, but over the long run, such play will cost you.
Lest I sound like a know-it-all, I've probably posted more incorrect theories than anyone. But I sure have gotten an education on here. If you're new to CardsChat, you've stumbled on to a jewel - probably the friendliest and most helpful poker tool on the internet.
Gary the Worden