# Implied Odds and Reverse Implied Odds (Day 9 Course Discussion)

#### Debi

Implied odds and Reverse Implied Odds are the topic of discussion on Day 9 of our course.

If you have not yet read Day 9 and watched the video for Day 9 - take a few minutes now to do that and then come back here to discuss it:

Implied Odds and Reverse Implied Odds

Implied odds is the ratio of the possible or likely amount we will win relative to the cost of calling. This is a very important concept if you are playing with deep stacks.

Reverse implied odds is having a made hand that's not likely to win us more money when it's best, and can lose us a lot of money when we are beat.

What did you learn from this lesson and what questions do you have for Collin and Katie?

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#### Polytarp

##### Legend
Bronze Level
This is my favorite video so far because it goes right to the heart of justifying how much to bet. I'm currently playing an 888 "\$1k Hand of the Day" free roll where 90 are paid, I'm presently 48th in this field of 237/772 where top prize is \$125. This small field 8H turbo game contains winners from the cash games so it can get tricky. In these games this video addresses Step 1 in rationalizing proper choices, Step 2 involves playing the players and not the cards. I'm including a screen shot where I increased my chips from 19k to 40k. In the prior hand I lost 4k with 88 vs AJu so Gedy probably thought I was gun shy with that raise. I'm now at 14th.

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#### Polytarp

##### Legend
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Unfortunately I couldn't edit the prior post and add the two subsequent screen shots so I had to put them in this follow-up. I usually try to go for the win and this entails making some judgement calls. Here, I went all-in post flop .. not only because of the better numbers but because this player was being a money badger...so I felt his hand was not rock solid. Moreover, the aggression factor was ramped up with many large raises targeting the scared money. I lost (and I have had this last card thing take me down a lot recently) but I think I did the right thing at this point in the game regarding odds/equity.

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#### I Live Poker

##### Legend
Platinum Level
I would pay, from approximately 30 to 1 odds

#### onecardsteve

##### Enthusiast
Silver Level
With Implied odds we need to look at the other players entire stack? Isn't this assuming we will be in an all-in hand? I understand yes we have a player covered and yes it goes to an all-in then yes the bet to take his / hers whole stack would be
bet/stack,. Yes if they have us covered then the implied odds would be our stack ? Correct?

#### magistrant420

##### Rising Star
Bronze Level
with pocket "66" - why call?
why not raise t(bb)x10bb ?

#### PsychoVas

##### What The Duck???
Bronze Level
with pocket "66" - why call?
why not raise t(bb)x10bb ?
Wait for the lesson on "value owning yourself". 3-betting 6s in a relatively early position is definitely a mistake. Ask yourself: "What hands are going to call a 3-bet at this point?"
Keep in mind that pocket pairs do not play well post-flop. You either hit your set (very rarely) or you are left far behind any hand that connects to the board after calling a 3-bet.

Tricky stuff those implied odds. I still cannot convince myself that chasing that gut-shot was a +EV move.

Great work this course is! (In my Yoda voice)

#### Collin Moshman

##### Poker Expert
Silver Level
With Implied odds we need to look at the other players entire stack? Isn't this assuming we will be in an all-in hand? I understand yes we have a player covered and yes it goes to an all-in then yes the bet to take his / hers whole stack would be
bet/stack,. Yes if they have us covered then the implied odds would be our stack ? Correct?

Yes, you want to look at the effective stack -- whichever is shorter between your stack and his. The key idea is that doesn't actually assume you'll play an all-in. It just means that the potential reward of winning his stack (or yours, if you're shorter like you said) compensates you for the risk of losing your chip investment.

#### Collin Moshman

##### Poker Expert
Silver Level
with pocket "66" - why call?
why not raise t(bb)x10bb ?

Because you don't want to allow your opponent to raise back, and you don't want to play a large pot. The most profitable way to play this hand is just to get involved against one or multiple opponents with a hand that has the potential to win huge when you hit your set.

Being aggressive is great, but sometimes the passive play wins the most in the long-run!

#### Collin Moshman

##### Poker Expert
Silver Level
Wait for the lesson on "value owning yourself". 3-betting 6s in a relatively early position is definitely a mistake. Ask yourself: "What hands are going to call a 3-bet at this point?"
Keep in mind that pocket pairs do not play well post-flop. You either hit your set (very rarely) or you are left far behind any hand that connects to the board after calling a 3-bet.

Tricky stuff those implied odds. I still cannot convince myself that chasing that gut-shot was a +EV move.

Great work this course is! (In my Yoda voice)

Haha thanks Psycho we appreciate that!

#### jeanpierre1279

##### Rock Star
Silver Level
Day 9- Implied Odds

I found this chapter very interesting specifically for me that it was hand to be played at the beginning of the tour but I didn't, because I always followed the maxim "be very tight at the beginning" but if you have hands like pocket pairs or connectors at the beginning why not play it them?

When I played this hands always felt down because when I want to see the showdown and i have to fold as soon I was sad because i was made a beginner or wrong play, but in fact, with a lot of chips, players call a lot and a hand can really grow with a small amount of chips.

My difficulty will be calling on the turn and river because in low-value tournaments the villains raise with fear that a better hand will come and they either have nothing or a second pair maybe. How will we know? good as I always say experience and analysis of other cases can give us the answers.

Good Luck and lets movie foward:idea:

#### Collin Moshman

##### Poker Expert
Silver Level
Exactly Jean, you just have to use your experience and analysis in these spots. Nobody knows exactly what an opponent has, so if you do the process better than others, money will flow to you in the long run

#### Luvart

##### Legend
Bronze Level
Finished Day #9.

i)Implied Odds: 4860\$/140\$ = ~35/1
ii)I would call. I will not raise here, because if more players after me call behind, my implied odds increase even more and if I finally hit my set, I'm going to get paid off bigger.

Tomorrow with Day #10.

#### cferdi

##### Rock Star
Silver Level
Got the answers right, but was slightly wrong in getting there, lol. I had calculated the villain's stack after he posted the raise, but it still worked out over 20BB so still worked ; and the action would be a call because there are still several players to follow.

But a great lesson and one that I will be reviewing again.

I think this lesson also helps me understand why so many players seem to chase draws on some of the tournaments that I play - some will just be calling stations, of course, but some may be playing 'implied odds'. I may have to try to take that into account - definitely a lesson I want to review a few times until I have it down pat.

Thanks again CC!

J

#### jmg199

##### Rock Star
Silver Level
"Rule of Thumb: If you’re getting 20:1 or better implied odds, (at least) call with a pocket pair pre-flop."

Through Day 9 so far and I feel like this is the rule that has stuck out to me the most. I always felt lost on when I should or shouldn't call with a small pocket pair. I was folding 4's and under too often when facing a raise.

#### belizebum

##### Legend
Loyaler
Love trying to hit the set on pocket pairs. I will use the implied odds now as to whether I should call them. If it's not too big a raise I will anyway..hahaha. Sometimes I am too stubborn.

#### Collin Moshman

##### Poker Expert
Silver Level
Thanks guys, and jmg I'm very glad that rule stood out for you. Me too. It's super useful in a lot of different situations with low pocket pairs!

#### belizebum

##### Legend
Loyaler
Thanks for the definition of reverse implied odds. I have been folding correctly most times but didn't think of it in these terms. For the quiz question, why would you only use the raisers stack to calculate implied odds. Is this because technically the other players are not in the pot until they call the raise?

#### redboy23

##### Legend
Platinum Level
Fellow CCers,

Another eye-opening concept here. The good thing about this information is the fact that we have a benchmark to guide decisions. It is great to take the guesswork out and make mathematically supported plays to increase profitability over time.

Response to the video question:

The scary part about this is the number of players to act behind. Before reading this this chapter I would have folded this hand instantly. However, putting implied odds into play, I see that the odds are about 38:1, well over the 20:1 guideline and worth taking a stab at hitting a 6 on the flop. If hero flops a set he can double up and then some.

I would call and hope no one else does, although I gave some thought to raising. It would be nice to drive the other players away with a raise.

I am enjoying seeing the game through a different lens. Good stuff.

#### redboy23

##### Legend
Platinum Level
Hmm,

I did not use the effective stack size for my calculation. I would have been way off if villain's stack was not close to mine. Correction noted.

#### freddydr87

##### League Champion
Bronze Level
This is a very important concept but u have to know very well your oponent iff is a louse agresive player and he raises us with a draw is very likly that we are going to strat max value iff we hit the draw,but iff the guy is very passive and tigh hardly we will be brake even iff we call out off odds.
The same way with poket pair, iff the guy 3bets very louse calling to set mining isnt so good because he has a lot off hands that will not impact the board and will be tend to fold to any shonw off agretion.

#### Collin Moshman

##### Poker Expert
Silver Level
Nice work seeing that Redboy, you're crushing these quiz questions -- keep up the great work.

Belize, very good question. While you should be mainly concerned with how much you can win from the initial raiser, if you're deep with remaining players who might call and take a flop too, that's definitely a favorable factor. Thanks for pointing that out!

K

#### karmakoumas

##### Enthusiast
Silver Level
Very interesting concept today.
until day 9 this course really improve my play.
everyday with new concept.
i was playing poker like a simple betting game without any strategy.
and now i feel like poker is more about learning than being a simple betting card game .
this course make me love poker more and more.
thank you .

#### Phoenix Wright

##### Legend
Loyaler
Thanks guys, and jmg I'm very glad that rule stood out for you. Me too. It's super useful in a lot of different situations with low pocket pairs!

I noticed that in the pdf we calculated implied odds as ratio of our opponent's stack to our amount needed to call (which was \$5,000: \$80). I understand that this is merely the definition for how implied odds are calculated, but I ask: "why do we use opponent's entire stack for this calculation - wouldn't it make more sense to use the amount we think we can successfully extract from them?"

Just because I hit a set of deuces here, that doesn't mean I can get Villain to shove all-in against us. So are we really getting \$5,000: \$80, or about 63:1 here? Obviously, this is way better than the 20:1 rule of thumb given, but I feel that Reverse Implied odds would lower us to less than 63:1 since getting Villain to shove into our potential set is not 100% or am I misinterpreting something?

In this example, I'd probably at least see the flop with our pair of deuces, but in similar situations I'd be hesitant about even playing this hand at all preflop. Is this also acceptable from a theory perspective?

K

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