Pocket in poker


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Imagine being in a casino playing a game of poker. Each player on the table would be dealt with two hole cards (pocket cards as we later call it), before the first round of betting and these cards are known as the starting hands. Once the players get these cards from the dealer, they take some time to consider their options and weigh in on the situation at hand. Experienced players are usually very choosy with their starting hands as that can decide the fate of their game in a much bigger way. Hence, it can be articulated that the pocket cards can have a greater significance in the game than one had imagined. These poker pockets if used in the right manner can win them the pot. This particular article entails the meaning of the term pocket in poker, how pocket pairs can be categorized and how the same can be used efficiently to get the best outcome.

What exactly is poker “pockets”?

In poker, pockets are essentially all the cards owned by the player that are hidden to the other players on the table. It can also be referred to as hole cards. In poker, pockets are dealt face down by the dealer and those cards can only be viewed by the player and not his or her opponents. The exactly inverse cards to poker pockets are face-up cards that are dealt face up on the table and can be used by any player.

The one other usage of pockets in poker is to describe pocket pairs. In poker, pocket pairs are basically any two valuable cards used as starting hands, preferably two pocket cards of the same rank. There is a prominent difference between pocket sixes and a pair of regular sixes, with the distinguishing factor of the pocket pair being “in the pocket” or hidden. In the case of a five card draw game, the concept of pocket pairs wouldn’t exist since the game doesn’t deal with open cards at all.

How to play poker pockets?

It is an interesting fact to know that in poker, pocket pairs are only received less than 6 percent than rest of the cards on the table. You might think that the chances of getting it are quite good but the actual odds of a player getting a pocket pair is less than 0.5% in online poker rooms. This also makes it easier for you to remember all the times that you received a pocket pair because of its rarity.

In poker, pocket pairs can be categorized as follows –

·         Small pocket pairs – Small pocket pairs are most suitable to be used later in the game. One might think of it as good starting hands but they would rather dump it quite earlier than imagined. The trick of playing small poker pockets is to fold the cards early to raise and call the big blind at a later point in the game.

·         Medium pocket pairs – Typically, medium pocket pairs have around 11 percent chance to flop a particular set at every point of the game, so calling in early would be the safest bet with these poker pockets. It is also advisable to raise in a much later position.

·         Premium pocket pairs – Premium pocket pairs occur when one receives pairs such as A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J. These poker pockets can be used and played in any position of the game pre-flop and wouldn’t produce a massive change. So, the best thing to do with these pairs would be to raise and re-raise them at any position of the game.

Now that you know all the basics of pockets in poker, it is time to play an actual game and see what to do when you get such a hand. To play poker online, download the GetMega Poker app now.

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Kanchan Sharma Author
Kanchan Sharma Author
Kanchan Sharma

Kanchan Sharma started her career as a learning designer at an MNC while pursuing poker as a hobby. However, she soon pivoted to becoming a professional MTT (Multi Table Tournaments) player. She is currently a leading player, who has taken the male dominated poker world by storm. During her stint as a poker player, she has bagged many titles including India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) for Rs. 17,98,906, Winter Celebration Series for Rs. 6,62,500 and has final tabled multiple tournaments. She continually seeks to improve her poker game and work on her mindset to win the WSOP title soon. Her journey from being a recreational player to a poker pro is inspiring for many people out there.

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