How To Calculate Odds For Poker

Posted by Kurt Angel

Learning how to calculate poker odds is an elementary requirement of Texas Hold’em. Why are poker odds so important anyway? If you know the odds it gives you an idea when you are in a good or bad situation. This means that you will be able to make more money from your game, and that is the main reason for most poker players – to win money. Maybe you have tried to make some minor calculation, like counting the outs or something like that. Calculate the correct odds in real time are difficult and only few people are able to calculate the exact odds in the middle of a Poker game. If you play more than one table at the same time it will not be easier.

One way around this problem is to memorize the odds for the most common situations and draws. Learning the odds of different starting hands is useful. If you are a newbie in calculation this could be an appropriate start in your calculation career. Do you want to win more than coffee money you have to aim higher? You must be able to handle all kinds of situations that appear around the poker table. Instant decisions when to push, fold or call are important. It doesn’t just decrease your mistakes; it will also increase your incomes.

Counting the outs is another good method you can use. I think you know how to do it, but the question is, are you able to do it in real time and when you multi table. I you are not capable to do it, it will make your poker play expensive; you will call when you should fold and vice versa. The understanding of odds makes the game easier, you will know when to play loose and if you should call with “the gutshot draw”.

Let’s calculate the odds for a special hand you know well. This is a hand most people play – the flushdraw hand. Tell me, how often do you got beaten by a flush, and you scream that he was lucky. Maybe he wasn’t lucky; maybe he just calculated the odds and made a great play.

Let’s calculate:

If you have suited hole cards and the flop makes you a drawhand with 4 of the same suit. There are 13 cards of each suit in the deck; you can see 4, your holecards and 2 on the flop. That makes 9 outs for you (13-4=9). There are 47 unseen cards of 52 which means that you have 9/47 chance of getting your flush on the turn. That is 19%. Ok, easy so far. But you can also hit your draw on the river. Now there are 46 unseen cards which mean 9/46. Another way of looking on odds is look at those cards that NOT will make your hand. 38 cards on the turn don’t give us our hand and 37 cards on the river don’t give us our hand 37/46. If we convert this into decimals it is like: 0.80×0.80=0.64 and in percentage it is 64%. 64% of the time we won’t catch our flush. 36% of the time we do.


Does it sound complicated? Keep in mind that this is only one scenario. Other types of hands desires more complicated calculations.

My last word to you is – if you want to become successful around the poker tables you have learn to calculate.

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