Let’s face it, very few people enjoy math but if you want to make more money playing No Limit Texas Hold’em you need to use some. We have come up with a simple way for even math intolerant people to benefit below.
To calculate pot odds in the heat of the battle can be a little intimidating for the Texas Hold’em beginner. There are basically 3 simple equations that need to be learned, and you will be on your way to increasing your winning percentage in Texas Hold’em.
Percentages are easier than working with fractions. Using division on the fly is not easy for most of us.
First we need to find out how many outs we have.
What is an out? An out is the number of cards left in the deck that will help you complete your hand.
Example your first 2 cards contained 2 spades, on the flop 2 more spades were revealed, there are nine spades or nine outs left in the deck that will make your spade flush.
Let’s break this down into simple steps.
Step 1: Lets count how many outs we have to make our hand.
Okay now we will use our hand example above, to make our spade flush we have 9 outs as shown above.
Step 2: Multiply the number of outs by 4 (9 outs multiply by 4 = 36) to be more precise subtract 1 if there are more than 8 outs. In this case we had 9, so we subtract 1 from 36 equals 35 that is your percentage the card you need will hit 35% hey now that wasn’t too bad was it?
Step 3: Okay we move on to the River card because our spade did not hit on the turn.
To figure the odds no take the number of outs 9 and multiply by 2 = 18 or an 18% chance you will hit you card on the river.
What are Pots Odds? The ratio of the amount of money in the pot to the amount you must call to stay in the pot.
The bottom line for Pots odds is if the percentage of the pot that is coming at you is higher than the percentage of you getting the card you need, you have to call!
Pots Odds the simple way.
Divide the pot by the amount to call. For example: you’re being asked to call $20 into a $48 pot. 48/20 = 2.4. (to convert from pot odds to percentages, divide the odds by one plus the odds).
So if you are getting 2.4:1 you need to win only 1 in 3.4 times. Then divide 100 by 3.4 and you get the % or 29.4%. So if you are getting 2.4:1 you need only 29.4% equity in order to break even.