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Calculating Pot Odds

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A key concept to master in poker is pot odds. Online players who are able to calculate whether or not it’s a good bet to stay in a hand understand the core of this strategy.

After all, the whole purpose of poker is to make money so considering and mastering the art of calculating ‘pot odds’ is an important skill to add to your poker arsenal.

Essentially, the size of the pot matters when you decide whether or not to call a bet to stay in a hand. For example, if there is €100 in the pot and your bet is €1, then this would represent good pot odds as you are only betting €1 for a chance to win €100, or 100:1.

To figure out what pot odds you’re getting, you calculate the ratio of the size of the pot to the size of the bet. A €10 bet into a €50 pot is 50:10 or 5:1. A €5 bet into a €75 pot is 75:5 which reduces to 15:1. Hint: It will be very helpful to brush up and remember your fractions!

When you get the pot odds, the next step is to determine whether or not the pot is giving you the right odds to stay in. You do this by calculating your outs and the odds of hitting your hand and winning the pot.

Once you figure out the odds of hitting your hand, you can compare it to the pot odds you’re getting. For instance, if you’re getting 5:1 pot odds (€20 into a €100 pot for example) you want the odds of hitting your hand to be 5:1 or better. If you have eight outs, your odds are roughly 2:1 of hitting your hand so you would definitely make that bet. On the other hand, if you only had two outs, the odds of hitting your hand are roughly 11:1 so it’s a bad bet to make.

If you follow the rules of calculating pot odds over the long term, it will ultimately help make you a winning poker player!  Practice this strategy now and earn up to a €1000 bonus on your first deposit!

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