5. Hand Evaluation

Accurate assessment of your winning chances is necessary when
considering the cost of playing versus the payoff with pot odds.
Hand evaluation uses the opponent models and game state to calculate
estimates of the winning chances of your hand.
However, since there are more cards to come on the flop and turn,
the present strength of a hand is insufficient information.
For this reason, post-flop hand evaluation is
broken into two parts: strength and potential.
Strength is the probability of a hand * currently* being the strongest and
potential is the probability of the hand * becoming* the strongest (or of
losing that status to another hand) after future cards have been
dealt. Due to the computational complexity of potential for the pre-flop
(the first two cards), evaluation in this stage of the game is
given special treatment.