When you start playing poker, you expect to have fun and show a great play. As everybody knows, having fun is not difficult at all for people who enjoy the game of poker. But showing a really good play depends on many factors. First of all, you should know very well the rules and basic strategy of the game and use very smart all tips and tactics.
The key for a really successful play is to learn estimating your chances for winning objectively. It means that you will have to learn calculating your odds.
In the game of poker, the pot odds are the amount of the pot size versus the money your next call will cost you. Through these pot odds you can estimate what are your chances for winning the pot. They are as easy to be calculated as computing your outs. If in the pot there are $10 bet by your opponent and the total amount of the pot is $60 then you are faced with 6:1 pot odds on that call. If the opportunity of improving your hand is smaller than 1/6 just fold, otherwise you should call. It is very simple to determine your pot odds. First of all, you should assess your cards and the potential ones that will improve your hand. These cards from the deck, which will improve your hand are known as outs.
The poker is played with a 52-card deck, so the total number of the starting-hand combinations that can be dealt is 1,326. 78 of them can be pairs, 312 will be suited and the remaining 936 will be unsuited. If you have a high pair, by calculating the odds you can realize what your chances for having the best hand are. The best hole cards you could be dealt are A-A, K-K or Q-Q – with such hands you have the best odds to win the pot. Of course you will have better odds when your opponent is dealt bad cards. If you are sure you have good chances to win the hand, don’t think too much, but play your cards in the best way.
Imagine that you play Texas Holdem and you need one more card to form a flush on the flop. The first thing you should do in this moment is to estimate your chances of getting a flush on the turn. In this case your chances are about 19,1%. A good decision will be to call $5 if there are $50 in the pot. 1/5 is higher than 1/10, so your odds are good enough, but remember that if your opponent holds a good hand, he will bet on both the turn and the river. The next step you should do is to estimate very carefully your chances for winning the flush on the turn and on the river. And when your chances to win become higher, you could afford to put more money in the pot.
When you play poker, calculating your hand and pot odds, as well as your outs is very important part of your play. To a great extent your victory depends on your odds, so learning to calculate them correctly will certainly make you a winner. Remember that even if you know the rules of the game you are playing, the chances for winning are lower if don’t know how to estimate your hand and pot odds. So learning how to do it will make you a potential winner.
I’m Jason Rockwell. When I’m not winning playing online poker, I enjoy writing about my love of the game. Thanks for visiting!