Is it prohibited to use a chart that shows you the hands that you should call or fold at the poker tables?

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  • 3 weeks ago
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    If the casino doesn't prohibit it (considering it as a cheating tool), the players at the table will.  They will either outright refuse to play with you at the table OR will use such a tool AGAINST you, exploiting the chart at your expense (& their profit).

    First issue here is that the chart will either be unwieldy large OR have extremely small print to make it too difficult to read without assistance (like a magnifying glass) because you would likely have to review all variations (especially for Texas Hold 'em & Omaha versions).

    Second, your actions would potentially telegraph your likely cards to your other players... which will hamper your potential success at the table, as players will likely fold if you have great cards vs their mediocre cards.  You could potentially get fleeced if you have a good hand, but they have a better hand.

    Third, the charts are generally only good if you have perfect or near-perfect information on the state of the game...  which makes Blackjack a reasonable game to have such a chart.  However, Poker is game that is a completely information imperfect game, as each player has asymmetric data & they're measuring up their opponents to see how likely they're going to win based on their hand & actions of players.

    Poker, especially no limit tables, tend to be more of a game of reading people than the actual cards themselves.  While players will look at their cards to assess their position in the game & see how likely they could win against the other players in a risk-reward deal.  This is something that changes as new information (new cards) are dealt & re-evaluated.

    All it can take from a hand that you would likely fold to a hand you would bet on could be as little as a single card.  Therefore, you should memorize stuff as much as possible BEFORE going to the casino.

  • 3 weeks ago

    You would be spending so much time looking at the chart that the other players would probably be able to figure out what you have.   Plus a chart would not figure in bluffing,  which is a big part of the game. 

  • 3 weeks ago

    No such chart even exists.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Good players know the hands and would be happy to play against someone that needs a chart.

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  • Mark
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    4 weeks ago

    The general rule I've seen is you can't be on a phone or reading a chart when in a hand.  Otherwise, you can.

    And yes, I would love to play against you.

    You should know the top 10 and 20 hands instinctively.  In addition, bet sizing if UTG, early- mid- and late positions.

  • 4 weeks ago

    It might vary by cardroom, so the way to find out is to ask a floorperson. I've never seen anyone try it. My guess is that it's only allowed when you're not in the hand. In between hands you can consult an odds calculator and whatever you want, but not during a hand.

    If you go this route, you'll draw a lot of laughs and remarks. If you're talking about a preflop chart, the normal thing to do is memorize it.

  • 4 weeks ago

    The last reply was serious.  If you need a chart, people would love to play against you.

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