Poker is among the best card games one could ever play challenging one’s skills and abilities in card games. Have you ever wondered how professionals and advanced players can make the right decision live at the table in the shortest possible time, whether a call is profitable or a fold would be the better choice? Let’s look further at which table all successful players know by heart.
For beginners, poker could be a challenging game of chance But if you understand how the game works, you can easily get through any game of poker like Poker Holdém (포인트홀덤).
You may have heard already about outs, odds, and equity. The odds and equity can be determined relatively easily using the outs.
- The outs, in a given situation where you assume you don’t have the best hand, are all those cards that improve your hand to become the strongest hand.
- The odds are the ratio of the number of cards that do not improve your hand to the number of cards that improve your hand.
- Equity describes how much of the pot you would be entitled to if the hand, comparable to an all-in, went through to the showdown without further bets.
The table and its application
So that you don’t have to recalculate your odds and your equity in a given situation, it is advisable to learn the following table by heart or (at least in the online game) to print it out next to the calculator.
Outs, Odds und Equity
Based on a certain number of outs (e.g. 9 outs for a flush draw) the table helps you to determine your odds (here 4.2: 1) and your equity (on the flop 35%). The important situations with 4 outs (gutshot draw), 8 outs (straight draw), 9 outs (flush draw), and flush draw in combination with a straight draw (14 outs) are highlighted in color.
If you set the bet size to be served in relation to the pot in a given situation, you can quickly determine whether a call is profitable or not. Similarly, in all-in situations or if you are the last player to act on the flop, you can use the equity to quickly see whether, depending on the number of your outs, you can expect a larger proportion of the pot than that measured by the number of players in hand.
For example, you hold a flush draw with 9 outs and find equity of 35% on the flop. In this situation, if there are three or more active players in the hand, you know that they are entitled to 35% more than your fair share of 33%. Accordingly, you would be able to theoretically call unlimited high bets with a positive expected value.