Pot Odds and Implied Odds for New Poker Player
Pot odds are the odds equal the ratio of the pot size to the size of the bet youmust call. To determine the pot odds, simply take the amount of money thatis already in the pot and divide that by how much you need to put in to call.Understand the pot odds helps you to determine whether or not you shouldcall when you are on a draw. Let’s say you are in a game that six people seethe flop for $5; there is $30 in the pot. On the turn, there is another $15. You need to contribute $15 again, and since you only have $5 in the pot, you should call. The pot odds are $45:$5 or about 3 to 1.
Implied odds represent how much money you might be able to make if yousuccessfully hit a drawing hand. On the other words, implied odds are simplyfuture pot odds. If you are pretty sure that your opponent will bet anotheramount of money into the pot in the future, you should use implied oddsbefore deciding whether to call a bet or not. Before you use implied odds,make sure you have a good understanding of your opponent’s action. Will hebet out and then call a raise if the card you need hits? If you fail to read youropponent, it may cost you a lot especially in the no limit game. I will coverthe four different of players in the later chapter.
Call or Fold
Let’s say you are holding J♣T♣, and the flop brings a Q♥8♣2♥. There is $30in the pot, your opponent bets $10, and there are three callers when it gets toyou. Currently your pot odd is $70:$10, and you have a gutshot straight draw,any nine will make your hand. You are 11:1 against completing your handon the turn while getting only 7:1 on a call. From what we have learned, youshould only call bets if you believe there is another $40 bet when theturn show. You must have good understanding of your opponent when youtry to use implied odds. Therefore, if you are new to poker, don’t over usethat until you are comfortable with it.
Here are some examples, make sure you understand it all if you are new to mega88.
There is $100 in the pot on the pot, and one of your opponent bet $500 to you. What is the pot odds?
The pot odds are $600:$500, or about 1.2 to 1
You are holding 5♣4♣, and the flop brings a A♠K♠2♣. You believe youropponent has AK.Both of you have $500 There was $80 in the pot on the flop, and your opponent bet $50.Do you call or fold your hand?
Your card odd is 11:1 to make your straight and your pot odd is only$130:$50, or about 3:1. You should fold your hand. However, your handcan be a valuable weapon on the turn, as you may find it difficult to fold your hand, especially if you are up against multiple players.
Another example, your hand is 6♥5♥, and the flop brings a A♠7♣3♠. Your opponent has A7and he is acting very aggressive that you believe he will call or raise whatevercard come out on the river. You have $840 left, and he has $950. The pot has$20 before the turn, and he bet $40. Do you call or fold?
Your card odd is only$440:$40, or about 15:1. Since you wish to hit your straight, you should call. However, your handmay not be good enough to win the pot. A Seven on the turn would be very beneficial to you.
Implied odds represent how much money you might be able to make if you successfully hit a drawing hand. On the other words, implied odds are simply future pot odds. For example, your hand is Q♠7♠, and the flop brings a A♠4♠2♠. You are very sure that the best hand here is a Queen, but you don’t really know for sure if your opponent wants you to hit your Queen or just call. However, if you are certain that your opponent will call an all-in move on the river, you are not handicapping the hand as such, since you are betting against an Ace, a Queen, or a King. Consequently, the all-in could be either a trapping move or the real peak hand.