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## Calculating Pot Odds

One of the most important skills that many poker players avoid completely is calculating pot odds in every hand you play. Whether the decision you’re making is big or small you should always calculate the pot odds you have in the hand so you can determine whether the decision you’re making is a smart decision. The types of hands you need to calculate your pot odds with are the hands when you’re on a draw such as a flush draw or straight draw. We’re going to walk you through a couple examples right now which will help you learn how to calculate pot odds.

Example #1

Your Hand – Ace of Hearts & King of Hearts

The Board – Ten of Hearts, Four of Hearts & Two of Spades

In the above example you haven’t hit anything yet, but you have the nut flush draw. In order to calculate your pot odds in this hand you need to do several things. The first thing you need to do is find out how many outs you have. In the above example you can hit any heart to hit your flush which means you have 9 possible outs in the hand out of 47 cards. Since you need to do the math quickly you won’t be able to find out the exact percentage you have to hit the flush, but you can quickly determine you have about a 20% chance of hitting the flush.

The next thing you need to do is find out how much money is in the pot and how much the bet is to you. If the pot has \$100 and your opponent bet \$10 then the total amount of money in the pot is \$110. Since you only need to call \$10 you need about a 10% chance of hitting your draw to make it worth calling the bet. Since you have about a 20% chance of hitting the flush you should definitely call the bet.

Example #2