# This is How To Learn Basic Poker Odds

Where to Calculate Chances on Poker. There are chances, expectations and statistics attached to any move you do, hand you play or bet you face. Don’t think about the math-phobes out there though. You don’t have to become an expert in math to be a good poker player. There are in fact lots of serious players who have no idea what a common denominator is. The game at its heart, as complicated as Hold’em strategy is, is still quite basic. You will need to follow this basic poker odds. And that simplicity makes maths simple and fast. You don’t need to completely understand all of the following things-you just need to learn enough to get a good feel for the game. This basic poker odds are the chances that you’re “offered by the pot” to make your call. That is the amount of money in the pot as opposed to the amount you have to pay to stay in the side.

To give an example: Say we ‘re heads-up to the flop. The pool keeps \$10 and the opponent bets \$5. Since the bet from your opponent is now part of the pool, you are being offered \$15 for a \$5 fee. In the form of a ratio, that is 15:5. To simplify, you still make the ratio on the right side equal to 1 (you’ll see why this is simpler in a second). So divide 5 by itself to make the right side equal to 1, 5/5 = to 1. Simple math rules state whatever you do on one side of the ratio, you have to do on the other side. And because we’ve divided the right by 5, we ‘re dividing the left by 5. 15/5 = 3rd. Your new ratio is 3:1 (You can just divide the left side by the right side (15/5) to find the left side of the new ratio if you want to skip one step). And the chances of a pot in this case are 3:1.

How to Buy Poker Equity. After figuring out your basic poker odds the next move is to figure out your equity (your probability of winning the pot relative to your opponent’s). Take your total number of outs to measure your equity, and multiply that amount by 4 on the flop (or 2 on the turn). This will give you a percentage chance of winning the pot. So if you have a flush draw for example, you’ve got 9 outs on the flop. 9×4 = 36 percent chance of better hand making. Since we have the chances of the pot as a factor, we must then make the percentage a factor to compare the two. Your equity ratio is then 64-36, with 100 potential percentage points (64 times you don’t make your hand; 36 times you do). The equity ratio is (64/36):1 or 1.7:1 if we use the same ratio workaround from the pot odds segment to get the right side equal to 1, So there will be 1.7 times each each time you make your hand that you do not.

If you don’t want to be so accurate in your estimation of basic poker odds (and poker math doesn’t need to be accurate at the table), the easy solution is to guess so 36 would go a little less than twice into 64. It doesn’t really matter whether you think that means it’s 1.6, 1.7, 1.8 or 1.9:1; or if you just round it up to 2:1 it’s probably close enough to know whether to make the call or not.