What is an Underdog in Poker?

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Last Updated: January 28, 2024


An underdog in poker is a player who is not favored to win. When using this term, players usually give the odds to signify how much of an underdog a player is in a particular scenario. If neither player is an underdog, it’s called a race or a coin flip.

Underdog Poker Example:

Let’s say the villain has pocket kings, and the hero has pocket queens or any other pair of lower rank than this in the preflop round. The villain has an over 80% chance of winning, making the hero a 4:1 underdog.

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