hey chubby

oh ok sure. At any rate it would be a good idea to check out

this article and familiarise yourself with

this chart. The ones you definitely want to memorise are your chances of hitting flush draws and open ended straight draws and maybe overcards just as a starting point.

Essentially we want to work out the cards that will give us a made hand (i.e our outs) and compare those to the cards that will not help us and we express those in a ratio of helpful cards: unhelpful cards. For example if we have the nut flush draw with A

K

and the flop is 2

9

6

There are 9 cards that will give us a flush (13 possible hearts minus 2 in our hand and 2 on the flop) and 38 that won't (52 cards minus 2 in our hand and 3 on the flop leaves 47, 9 of which are our outs leaving 38). The numbers we are most interested in here are 9 and 38. This is how we get our odds of winning the hand. and is expressed in ratio form 9:38 which essentially 1:4. (9 divided by 9 is 1, 38 divided by 9 is 4.2)

Now this value is really important it lets us know the ratio that we will hit our hand compared to not hitting and this is the value we compare to what we need to call to see the next card. These are the values that are in the chart I linked above and in memorising that chart you won't need to be able to do this step during the hand but it is definitely advisable to know why we reach the values expressed in the odds chart.

If the opponent is betting $1 into a $5 pot we have to call $1 to win a possible $6 (the $5 pot plus the extra $1 he put in) so in a ratio this works out as 1:6. We now have our pot odds. Now this value we compare to our odds of hitting our flush and giving us the best hand which is 1:4 because we will win the hand 1 in 5 times (for every 1 time we hit the card we need there are 4 times where we don't hit the card we need) but are making 6 times more than we have to invest this is a profitable call

the way i like to look at it sometimes just to really hit it home is that if I play the above situation out. Say statistically speaking the first four times i miss my flush i've lost $4 for the times i had to call but then the fifth time i win $6 dollars i'm now up $2 then the next four times i miss but then i hit on the fifth so now i'm up $4. I'm winning money more than i'm losing money in the long run so this play is +EV

I apologise for the wall but it takes a bit to explain. If there is anything I didn't explain well please let me know but definitely check out the articles they will be able to explain a lot more clearly I just tried to give a brief (or not so brief haha) explanation.

Regards,

Luke