EV Poker - your expert guide

Poker is tremendous popular and played by millions over Internet. Some are playing for their entertainment as other being tempted by the lucrative prospects. This site contains all useful information you need no matter of your reason for playing.

EV (expected value)

EV is an abbreviation for expected value. Regardless if you play poker, black jack or on horses you will always have an expected value for the outcome of your play.

ROI (return of investment)

It's good to know you ROI as you will when know how much you can expect to win in a certain number of games and you can also compare between different poker forms and find out there your best profit lays.

Starting hands

There are 1,326 different starting hands in Texas hold’em, but if you leave out the different colour constellations there are totally 169. See starting hands divided in four categories by how well they perform in poker.

Poker EV (expected value)

EV (expected value) is one of the most important aspects in all sorts of gambling. EV in poker can be measured in many ways - some ways less exact than others. One important area in poker that varies from positive to negative EV is the starting hands.

Poker EV graph

ev poker graph

This diagram shows the best starting hands in Texas hold'em and their EV based on the amount of big blinds they win in the long run (the numbers are based on over 100 million dealt pocket cards played at full tables in Poker Room). AK indicates suited and AK off suited.

+EV and -EV

ev diagram

The second diagram shows us an example of +EV (positive expected value) and -EV (negative expected value). Also this time the focus lays on starting hands and here we have a collection of marginal hands (the numbers is based on the same information as mention above).

How to think about EV and use the given information

EV tells us when to play and when to pass. It's simple but on the same time not. We have learned some about which starting hands that works well in a certain playing condition, but there is always more things to care about. Poker EV is complex just because poker is a complex game. We are dealing with lots of imperfect information and how to succeed depends on the ability to make good judgements at many factors. This will come with knowledge and with plenty of knowledge you will make better approximations about the EV in the situations that turn up on the table.

EV and ROI

Do you know your EV? Thats great, but what's your return of investment, ROI?

Let's say you playing heads-up matches and know you win 6.5 of 10. The next step is to know exactly how much money you win and the ROI of every single game. The reason is that you want to compare you profit in different game forms and on different buy-ins

Brief history of Poker

Already in the 1990s did online poker exist in small scale and without money involved. But at the end of the decennium could Planet Poker as the first poker room online offer poker with real money.

As more people started to play more and more poker rooms was showing up together with online casinos. Today it's hard to keep count with all the Internet poker sites out there.

About the content on this site

EV Poker is an expert guide there you will find rules, strategies in the game variants of Texas hold'em, Omaha and Seven Card Stud. You can also read the online guide that tells you all about rake, freerolls and a lot more that's good to know playing on Internet. You are of course also delivered reviews of the most popular poker rooms and actual bonus offers that will give you the perfect start in your online poker experience.