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How To Calculate Pot Odds - Probability And Percentages
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Being able to calculate pot odds is a vital part of any poker players game. Many people subconsciously take general pot odds into account when deciding whether to call a bet. However if youare serious abbout texas holdem you need to understand how to calculate pot odds and the theory behind it.

Whenever you put chips into the pot you are looking to make a positive equity investment. Basically if the hand was played a hundred times you would making profit after aking the same move every time. A simple way to calculate whether you are making a positive equity investment is by calculating you odds - A working percentage of your chances of success.

It's quite easy to calculate, If you have two cards in your hand there are 50 cards left in the deck. Erge, any individual card has a 1 in 50(2%) chance of turning up if you selected a random card from the deck. If you have 4 hearts on the turn and are looking for a fifth, the chances of you hitting that heart are (2%) multiplied by 9( the hearts remaining in the deck)= 20%( you add 2% because it is not 1 in 50 but in this case 1 in 47 as the flop is out- the added 2% means its nearly dead on). Note that you do not take the burnt cards or player hands into account because they are unknown variables - the could either boost or hinder your chances so for all intents and purposes they are in the deck.

Now you are almost certain that your flush, if it comes, will win the hand. So if you have to put in less than 20 % of the pot you have a positive equity move and the odds to call. If there is 200 chips in the pot and your opponent bets 50 ( making the pot 250) you are getting 5 to 1 pot odds( 17%). Its an easy call with 3% and implied odds to spare.

Obviously most situations arent as straightforward as this in many cases you will have implied odds, you wont be sure if your hand is good even if it hits its out( a card to make the hand better) and there may be multiple opponents in the pot. However playing the game of poker, even casually, requires a basic understanding of pot odds and percentage calculation. While their are odds calculators out there its easy to do them yourelves and it is important to know this to improve your game.


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