This is a discussion on Anyone notice within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Seems to me, more than half the time (maybe 2/3rds) I'm dealt a pair in Holdem, someone else at the table also has a pair.
Seems to me, more than half the time (maybe 2/3rds) I'm dealt a pair in Holdem, someone else at the table also has a pair. Its to the point where anytime I see a pair, my first thought is, I hope its higher than the other pair someone is holding. I'm wondering if its some mathematical thing that causes this.
25th June 2013, 7:12 PM
Poker at: ACR
Full ring (8 players)? In that case, someone else will have a pair roughly 37% of the time given that you are dealt a pair. If you're truly seeing it 67% of the time, it's probably just variance. I am willing to bet it's more likely that you're forgetting many of the times you had a pair and they didn't. So you're paying more attention to when it is pair-vs-pair than when it's not.
25th June 2013, 7:47 PM
Thanks, and I'd trust the actual math (37%) more than my own "sense" of when this is happening. And yes, 9 table, so I guess it is already a high percentage that two people would be dealt a pair.