Oct
9
2008

Poker Theorems

Trying to up the poker content on the old blog so I thought I’d write a summary of some of the little generalisations and theorems that are floating around the poker world…

Baluga Theorem
When you are the pre-flop raiser, you c-bet the flop and have your turn bet raised your one pair hands probably aren’t good.

Yeti Theorem
A flop 3-bet on a dry board (usually a paired one) it is often a bluff.

Zeebo Theorem
Nobody ever folds a full house. Mostly a reference to boards with three of a kind on them and people’s inability to fold any pair because it is not a full house.

Clarkmeister Theorem
In a heads-up situation on the river when you are out of position and a 4 flush hits, it is a great situation to bluff.

Yvesaint Theorem
If you hold 22 a 3 will flop, if you fold 33 a 2 will flop… kinda stupid.

If you’ve got any more then post a comment and I will build on the list.

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  • I heavily disagree with the clarkmeister theorem and see it as a great great great spot to find a ton of value even with two pair hands vs. some guys.

    I have a personal one, cbets work plenty often enough even in multiway pots because everyone is scared of each other and the fact that you’re betting into so many people. additionally, people will play more straight up, so life gets way easier on later streets

  • In the spirit of Yvesaint Theorem, kinda stupid but:

    “Flopped straights never win.”

    I don’t know if it has a name but how about “The Crooked Theorem”

    In the last two days I’ve had two flopped straights cracked on the river, one by a Royal Flush and the other by Quads.

  • I just stumbled across this old when doing research for an article about poker theorems for my own site.

    I think it would be “The Fundamental Theorem of Poker” should be on the list, even though it does stand out a bit when compared to the other theorems. However, I think The Fundamental Theorem of Poker is actually much closer to being a “real” theorem than any of the other poker theorems.

    @tiltbad
    On the odd chance that you read this, I think it is very bad advice to value bet 2 pair when the river puts a 4-flush on the board. Sure, there are situations where it is a great play, but most players will never ever call with anything worse than 2 pair, so you are just turning your hand into a bluff.

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