**The importance of odds in Texas Holdem**

Odds are an important part of Texas Holdem. If you don't know how to calculate hand odds,

poker odds and pot odds you will have a hard time playing your Texas

Holdem hands correctly in difficult situations. Although many

successful poker players claim to play by "feel," a solid grounding in

math is vital for successful poker play. Texas Hold'em, like all other

forms of gambling, is based on odds.

The likelihood of something happening vs. how much you get paid if

it does happen is the basis for all gambling propositions. This

likelihood is referred to as odds, and it will be very difficult for

you to bet or call bets correctly if you do not understand Texas

Hold'em odds. Download a good poker odds calculator and you've got this covered.

What are the chances of hitting a flush draw? What are the chances

of your pocket pair improving to a set on the flop. You will find the

answers to these questions, and many more, on this page. It's difficult

to memorize all this information, but you should at least have a basic

understanding of the texas holdem probabilities if you want to become a winning Texas Holdem player.

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**How to calculate Texas Holdem odds**

As mentioned above, all gambling is based on odds. If the odds of a

horse winning a race are 10-to-1 against, you win ten times your bet if

the horse you're betting on wins the race. If the horse wins just once

for every ten times it loses, you break even. If it wins more often you

should win and if it wins less often you come out behind. In most bets,

like a horse race, you do not get the opportunity for repeated trials,

so you either have to be lucky enough to have placed your bet the one

time out of eleven that the horse wins, or you need to continually make

bets where the odds of hitting are shorter than the odds you are

getting paid off at.

**Pot Odds in Texas Hold'em**

Pot odds in Texas Hold'em work exactly the same way. If the bet is

$1 to you and there is $5 in the pot, you are getting 5-to-1 pot odds.

Just as in the horse race, you need to win that pot once for every five

times you lose it to break even. If you'll win the pot more often, you

have positive expected value or +EV. If you'll win it less often, you

have a negative expected value play (-EV).

**Calculating Pot Odds in Poker**

Usually, the bet will be more than $1 to you. Simply reduce the

ratio by dividing the size of the pot by the size of the bet to you.

For example if there is a $10 bet to you and you have a chance to win a

$50 pot, divide 50 by 10 to reach 5-to-1 pot odds. If the pot is $97

and the bet is $25 to you, you are getting about 4-to-1; these

calculations do not need to be exact (it's 3.88-to-1 exactly, but this

precision is not worth the distraction during an in-game situation).

**Using Pot Odds in Poker Games**

Once you know how to calculate pot odds, you'll know whether you should

call a bet by knowing your odds of winning the hand, also known as

poker odds. This can be established by calculating the ratio of cards

remaining to cards that will give you the win.

Poker odds most often come into play when you are on a drawing hand.

You'll want to know if the odds the pot is offering you are better than

your actual odds of hitting your hand. To calculate your odds of making

your hand, simply count the number of cards that you can consider to be

"outs," cards that will complete your hand, and compare them to the

number of cards that remain. For example, let's say you hold AK on a

board of 3 9 5 8 and you are convinced your opponent has top pair. This

means that any ace or king should give you the pot. This gives you six

outs, for the three remaining aces and three remaining kings. Since you

know your two cards and the four on the board, there are 46 cards you

have not seen, 52 minus six. Out of those 46, six give you the win and

40 do not. This is an odds ratio of 40-to-6, which reduces to about

6.5-to-1. This means you need better than 6.5-to-1 pot odds to continue.

Although these are rough calculations, they still may be difficult

to make in a game. For this reason, you should have certain poker odds

committed to memory. The most important ones are as follows:

Your odds of flopping a set from a pocket pair are about 8-to-1.

Your odds of making a flush on the next card if you flop a four

flush are about 4-to-1, if you get to see both cards it is closer to

2-to-1.

Your odds of making a straight on the next card if you are open-ended are around 5-to-1.

If you have four outs with one card to come you are roughly 11-to-1,

two outs and you are around 22-to-1, one out and you are 45-to-1. (That

one is easy. There are 46 cards in the deck and only one of them helps

you, the other 45 do not.)

In a no limit game, you'll also know how much to bet so that

opponents aren't getting the right odds to call to try to hit a draw (a

pot-sized bet or greater will usually do the trick if you're not sure).