Poker Mathematics

If you can answer the following questions with ease you most likely have an adequate knowledge of poker mathematics, if not we recommend that you start reading our articles on poker mathematics.

• What are pot odds?
• What are outs?
• How do you calculate the probability that your hand will win the pot?
• What should the relationship be between the pot odds and the probability that your hand will win the pot for you to win in the long run?
• What is the probability of hitting a set on the flop if you have a pocket pair preflop?
• What is the probability of hitting a flush on the turn and river if you only need one more card to your flush?
• What is the probability of hitting a straight on the turn and river if you have an open ended straight draw on the flop?
• What is the probability of hitting two pairs on the flop if you have two unpaired cards preflop?
You might ask why is it important to understand the mathematics behind poker? A movie quote from the film Rounders says it all. As stated by the character Mike (Matt Damon) when talking to his girlfriend Jo:

MIKE: “Why does this still seem like gambling to you? I mean, why do you think the same five guys make it to the final table of the World Series of Poker EVERY SINGLE YEAR? What, are they the luckiest guys in Las Vegas? It’s a skill game, Jo.”

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