Finding Out Poker Odds – The easiest way to calculate the odds on a particular hand is to calculate the number of outs you should make your hand. Outs are the number of cards left in the deck that will make or improve the cards you already have. To work out the odds simply subtract the number of outs from cards that are invisible to come and the answer will tell you what the odds are for that particular situation.
A good example of this would be, in a best game of Hold’em, where you hold two cards for a flush and the flop brings two more, so you have four cards to flush. There are nine more cards that can complete your hand and there are forty-seven unseen cards left. If you subtract nine from 40-7 this gives thirty-eight. So your odds are 38-9, or roughly 4-1, against making your hand.
You will be most concerned with the odds when you are drawing for a straight or a flush. The easiest way to remember this is that a straight is a 5 to1 underdog when only 1card is needed to make it, otherwise it is an open ended straight. A flush is a 4-1 underdog when only 1 card is required to complete it.
You should also compare the odds of making your hand to the pot odds for the bet to be made. If the odds of making your hand are xx/1, is the pot offering them or better odds? If then it’s a good bet, if not then it’s a bad bet.
Another consideration to think about is the possibility that you will be beaten even if you make the hand you draw for. If this is a possibility then the pot odds should be greater than the odds of just making your hand to make up for the times you were beaten.
An important consideration, that you need to look at, is the implied odds that the table is giving you. Implied odds are additional bets that will accumulate in later betting rounds if you make your hand. This is mostly a judgment call based on what you know about your competitors and how they have played hands so far.…Read More