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# Pot Odds

## Texas Hold‚Äôem Pot Odds Made Easy

Pot odds is an important concept all poker players should be familiar with. While pot odds may sound complicated because it involves math, it‚Äôs really not hard to get. There‚Äôs different ways to explain what pot odds are, but this articles keeps is simple. In addition, you‚Äôll learn how to calculate pot odds on the fly without having to memorize charts and numbers. If you can do basic math, you can calculate pot odds in your head in seconds.

### Pot Odds Explained

Pot odds simply refers to a mathematical calculation the measures the risks vs the rewards based on probability. In other words, a pot odd calculation can quickly tell you if it makes sense to call a raise or not, purely from a mathematical sense. As such, it is not an absolute guide on your actions since other non mathematical factors may (and should) influence your poker decisions. Generally, pot odds are used when you face a raise during the second and third betting rounds in instance where you are ‚Äúchasing‚Äù cards to make a hand. There are other applications, but for the purposes of this article, we‚Äôll leave it at that. What this means in plain English is that if you have a 10% chance of catching your card, then you should never call a bet that is more than 10% of the total pot value. It‚Äôs that simple. Let me explain it with an example. If you have a 40% chance of catching a card that will likely make you win the pot, then you should call a \$350 bet in a \$1000 pot, but not a \$450 bet in that same pot. In this example, \$350 represents 35% of the pot value and is below the 40% odds of catching the card you need to win. Thus is makes mathematical sense to call. When the bet to call is \$450, that equates to 45% of the pot values, thus the odds are not in your favor with your 40% chance to win.