POKER ODDS EXPLAINED – THE EASY WAY!

POKER ODDS EXPLAINED – THE EASY WAY!

By: Oddvar Pettersen

To be successful at poker you should, at any time during the play of a hand, be able to calculate the odds of catching your hand to the odds the pot is giving you.

Knowing the probability of making a specific hand in poker can be done by calculating hand odds. Figuring out how many outs you have will give you the possibility of calculating the number of times you will hit your hand by the river.

Lets say your’e dealt A-9 of hearts in Texas Hold’em and the flop comes up showing two hearts. Your hand odds for hitting another heart by the river will be approximately 36% or 3 to 1. (you will hit your hand 1 out of 3 times)

You can figure this out by first finding the number of outs that you have. Outs are the number of cards remainig in the deck ( not visibe to you) that can help you make your hand.

So if we are using the hand above as an example and you hold A-9 of hearts and catch two hearts on the flop, than you have 9 more hearts in the deck that can help you complete your flush. 2 hearts in your hand + 2 hearts on the table minus 13 hearts in total = 9 outs.

If you multiply your number of outs by 4, than you will get an approximate percentage of hitting your hand by the river (9×4=36%).

Poker pot odds
is the a ratio between the size of the pot compared to how much it will cost you to call a bet from another player. The higher the ratio between the size of the pot and the cost of calling a bet, the better your poker pot odds are.

If there are $40 in the pot after the flop and a player bets $10 and two other players calls his bet then you are getting 7 to 1 in pot odds. If you are chasing the A-9 flush draw from the flop , than you are getting 36% or 3 to 1 in hand odds to catch your card at the river, so calling or even raising this bet will be a correct decision to make.

PLAYING ONLINE POKER FOR A LIVING

PLAYING ONLINE POKER FOR A LIVING

By: Oddvar Pettersen

Playing online poker for a living is absolutely doable, but it takes a combination of talent, dedication, patience, discipline and disposition to succeed.

You must study and constantly work on the weak parts of your game. Reading a book like Hold’em For Advanced Players once, will not be good enough. You will have to read it over and over, and you must truly consume, study and learn it.

You must take the game seriously at all times, maintaining your focus and always continue to learn, even when you are away from the table.

Knowing where and at what times the the loosest middle and upper limit poker games are played are the number one secret for those that play professional poker online. Online poker professionals win most of their money from the weak players(fishes-suckers), so finding a table with two or three fishes on it, is extremely important if you want to succeed at this game. Tight and conservative poker tables are not profitable to play on, even for the professionals.

Finding the right table to play on will take some time and effort from your side, but will definitely be worth it if you are serious of making a living playing this great and complex game.

There are some great benefits playing online poker for a living compare to live casino poker.

*No intimidation from other players.
*No waiting around for a table.
*You can play wearing your socks only.
*No traveling expenses.
*You pay no tips to the dealer.
*The rake is much lower.

TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT ONLINE POKER YOU HAVE TO:

Constantly change your style of play. Don’t be predictable in your betting patterns.

Keep reading and practicing the game as often as possible.
Playing interactive poker on a Turbo software program combined with reading a great poker book like “Hold’em for advanced players” is the best way of improving your game.

Only play in online poker rooms that has a few fishes at the table.

Only play with money you can afford to loose. Have a poker bankroll and keep a record of your wins and losses.

Always give the game 100% of your attention when you are sitting at the table.

Take some time away from the poker table if you have suffered more than three consecutive losses.

Win more by playing fewer hands. A bet saved is the same as a bet won. Play quality hands, fold the junk and you will see your bank-roll increase.

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