What are the odds? You’ve heard people say that many times, at or away from the tables, but here we’re looking at what the odds really are. We’ll take you through the details of working out what your hand’s odds are, which will help your decision making and consistency. This will improve your Situs Poker Online for sure.
HOW TO CALCULATE POKER ODDS
When we say calculating poker odds, we’re talking about the tangible factors that comprise your chances of winning a hand, based on what cards you have, and your position in the hand. There are other factors of course, such as aggressive pre-flop play and bluffing, but these are techniques which will vary from player to player.
Odds are slightly different, because they’re based on numbers rather than attitude. Knowing odds, together with a strong tactical plan is a winning combination.
But first off, let’s just make it super simple. We probably all know the term ‘odds’, but what does it mean?
Odds are the chances or likelihood of something happening or being the case. We use it all the time; “Odds are no one will show up today”. You could easily swap “odds are” for “chances are” or “it’s likely”. So we get what it means in everyday life, and with poker it’s the same, but a little more specific and with some variety. (So… not the same?😜)
To work out our overall odds in a hand, we look at and compare two numbers – pot odds, and equity.
HOW TO CALCULATE POT ODDS
In poker, pot odds is the ratio between the amount of chips in the pot, compared with the amount of chips you have to put in to stay in the hand. Let’s use an example to help us here.
You go to the flop heads up. The pot is GC 10, and the other player raises GC 5.
This makes the pot GC 15. Therefore, it’s GC 15 and it costs you GC 5 to stay in the hand. From the ratio description above, it’s 15:5.
We always want to make the right-hand side of the ratio equal to 1, and to do that we apply a bit of simple math and divide 15 by 5, we can express the final ratio as 3:1. (Dividing 15 by 5 gives us the number on the left, and means the number on the right is 1.)