If you’ve been playing poker for a while, you might have already heard of reversed implied odds, but do you know how to utilize it to the best of your abilities? Read on to find out if you’ve been playing poker the right way.
How do I Play Reverse Implied Odds?
To put it simply, you should only call with a draw in a reverse implied odds situation if you have good pot odds. Otherwise, it is best to give up the draw because the RIO are usually more important than the pot odds. The safe variant is a fold in situations with bad reverse implied odds.
Good poker players avoid getting into dangerous situations with reverse implied odds. However, it is often difficult to correctly assess the situation. For example, a hand with promising implied odds in a 100-BB game can become a risky hand in a 500-BB game through reverse implied odds. For example, a set at 100-BB is usually a hand that should be played without hesitation. In a game with 500-BB, however, there is a high chance that you will not be successful with such a style of play.
If you are in a hand in which you would rather call than bet or check-fold, you have good indications that you are in a RIO situation. That’s why it’s important to consider in advance whether you could get into an RIO situation so that you can save money on later streets. Both IP and OOP are the most complicated situations in poker because you just don’t know where you are, because you have no control over the pot, nor have you taken the initiative at one point. You play guessing games, so to speak, and as a good poker player you never want to act without knowing exactly why you act one way or the other.
Examples of Reverse Implied Odds
Example 1:Player A plays poker against two opponents. A player places a bet that raises other opponents. Player A has a good hand, possibly the best at the table. However, there is an option for one of the opponents or both to hold a strong draw or a higher pair, a finished street, two pairs or a set. So there is a risk that player A will pay even more just to find out that he has actually already been beaten or that one of the opponents in the course of the hand, for example, still gets the missing card for his draw and thereby improves his hand , The opponents will only do less action if they have nothing in hand or their cards are significantly weaker. In this case, player A would win less if he was ahead, but at the same time lose more, if his hand is worse than that of an opponent. This is reflected in the pot odds and a call is hardly worthwhile in this case.
Example 2: Player A cold call AJ in the SB after an open raise from MP. The flop comes with A-5-2r and player A calls a bet. Now there is a 10 on the turn and player A gets another bet after a check. Now player A is more or less in trouble because the opponent has control over the betting in the pot and it is extremely difficult for player A to fold, but it is also extremely difficult to extract value at all. If player A tries to raise here, he isolates himself 100% from all weak hands and only gets action from hands he is far behind (AK and AQ for example). Either player A wins the minimum with his hand because the opponent after another call, for example, would simply check in and player A would not collect any more bets. Or player A loses a big pot