A poker complement very appreciated by players from all over the world are the poker tables, fundamental for those who aspire to refine their game and become a professional player. The tables, so that we understand, are the enumerations arranged in tables of relevant information that are designed to be consulted at all times.
What role do poker tables play in the development of a game?
Just as other games have their own table (such as Blackjack, where it is possible to see every important strategic decision that can be made), in poker there are information tables that refer to some of the most important mathematical principles of poker.
These statistical elements can be difficult to memorize, even for seasoned poker players. Although practice may lead the most trained players to dispense with these tables, it is always good to have this joker at hand in order to become an expert player in all types of plays.
A value table in poker has a purely informative role, but its presence is decisive to have at hand all the information about the most important strategic moves.
In fact, in professional poker competitions that are broadcasted on television it is common to find graphics that are projected on the interface simultaneously and that allow viewers to know what are the best moves at any given time. For this reason, some of the self-taught professional players comment that their origins were based on observation and training, since thanks to the use of these poker tables for televised tournaments it was possible for them to know in depth all the available moves and the reasons why each one was better than another at each moment of the game.
Taking the ranking of poker hands as a reference, there is a certain consensus in creating two groups of plays to make the poker value table in an effective way. All the top moves are part of the best group (these are: royal flush, straight flush, poker and full house) while the rest would be part of the least good group to make a move: straights, threes, double pairs and so on.
A poker hand chart is very useful to get an idea of which are the best hands. Not all of them are winners, you already know that by now, but you should not forget it. For example, in this table the pair of aces would be placed in first place, just ahead of the pair of kings and the pair of ladies. But be careful, because this is taking as a reference the Texas Hold’em variety.
In the fourth position would be the ace with the king of the same suit, followed by the pair of jacks, the pair of tens, the ace with the king of a different suit, the ace and the queen of the same suit, the ace and the jack of the same suit, and the king and the queen of the same suit. Let’s say that a poker table of these characteristics collects the hierarchy of the hands and the possible combinations to be made, and allows to classify them according to their strength and probable score during the game.
These initial hands are usually known in poker by their nicknames; nicknames that, on the other hand, are given by the abbreviations of the cards that make up the hand. Thus, a pair of aces (AA; ace, ace) is known as American Airlines or Rockets; a pair of kings (KK; King, King) is known as Cowboys, and so on to find funny nicknames such as “canine”, “crabs” or “fishhooks”.
Layout of the tables and degree of adaptation
A poker table is composed of the possible combinations that exist on the table with the current deck of cards and the current game mode, and the number of players present at the table. For this reason, poker tables for tournaments are adapted and may differ on each occasion, although the one made for six players is the most used because it adapts to the most standardized number of players at the game tables.
There are also poker tables for tournaments that use another system, which is that of percentages. Normally, the figure that is part of the percentage refers to the margin of improvement of that hand with respect to the current play, which allows readjusting the perception of victory of the hand before the player makes it effective.
This system is widely used on television because of the simplicity with which it is able to be displayed, since it shows the hand and the score that in poker refers to the turn or river, only on the turn and only on the river. These figures are complicated to memorize, as well as useless if they are not understood, so they can be found in a table of poker values during the game.
Bankroll management tables
Another type of poker tables that are very useful for beginner tournaments are the bankroll management tables. Basically, this table refers to the average number of players per tournament and the number of recommended buy-ins based on your bankroll. These figures are fixed, and many players insist on studying them from the beginning, although they do not refer so much to the score that in poker can be associated with each hand, as to the probability of not falling into a spiral of losses that eventually lead to bankruptcy of the player.
The rule establishes a number of recommended buy-ins as follows: 24 for a table of 9 players; 69 buy-ins for 45 players; 103 buy-ins for 90 players; 154 buy-ins for 245 players; 219 buy-ins for 550 players; 289 buy-ins for 1200 players and 375 buy-ins for 2600 players.
Other options: ‘Nash Poker’ graphics
Nash poker is a balanced style of play where two players play at their optimal range. Based on it, a push/fold chart is set up for hand-for-hand play that allows the player to know whether to go all-in or fold at specific times in the game. These charts are especially useful in one-on-one versus or heads up, where you play hand for hand with another player.
These automatic folding charts are part of professional poker strategy, and use the most advanced principles of statistics applied to poker to establish a relationship between the probability of winning by going all-in or whether it is more beneficial to fold and give up the bet. The emphasis is not so much on the poker score of each hand as on the probability of moving into a specific winning range depending on the hand with which the hand is played.