Think of it this way... Are the odds different when your playing a 9 table from when your heads-up? From a mathematical standpoint, and if we are to consider the odds calculator on this website, the answer is NO. The odds are the same. However, if you were to input probabilistic calculus, the odds of hitting a "Hail Mary" or simply a card that you need to win the hand, would significantly be higher when your heads-up than in a 9 player table, because the probability for the card you need, still existing in the remaining cards is about 7 times higher (still it doesn't mean you will hit it, the chance for that being significantly lower than in a 9 player table). But such a formula would rely on algorithms that probably haven't been invented yet, or simply would require to much time and processing power to calculate. Just a guess, but i think gamblers have been trying at that since the "invention" of such games. Poker, as much as it is about

gambling, is about science, and not a very complicated one. It's sad that nowadays (at least when it comes to

online poker), people rely mostly on their gut, playing against the odds, and mixing live playing styles with the online game. Odds by definition, are just that. In my opinion the hardest thing to learn in poker is... folding, whether you like it or not. Also, the rules are there for a reason, and were not written by someone who didn't have anything better to do. Combining the odds, with the rules, and knowing when to fold has proven to be the way to go in the long-term. Then again "karma is a b...tch" and you could find yourself playing against someone who is just... incredibly lucky, and will call you with anything, simply relying on luck, in which case... all the science stuff, doesn't mean squat... your odds would still be zero to none.