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Card and Pot Odds

The odds tables below show the number of required bets needed to justify a call.
To derive the traditional odds (x to 1) simply replace x with the # of bets.

Card Odds
Current Hand Target Hand on Flop Req'd # of Bets Pre-Flop
2 Suited Cards 4 Flush 8
2 Suited Cards Flush 118
Pair Three of a kind or better 8
2 Connectors (ie 78) Open Straight 8
2 Connectors (ie 78) Straight 76

Current Hand Target Hand on River Req'd # of Bets on Flop Req'd # of Bets on Turn
Single Card (i.e Ace) Pair 7 14
4 Flush Flush 2 4
Open Straight Straight 2 5
Inside Straight Straight 5 11
Pair Two Pair 2 4
Pair Three of a kind 11 22
Two Pair Full House 5 11
Three of a kind Full House 3 7
Three of a kind Four of a kind 23 45
Open Straight Flush Straight Flush 11 22
Inside Straight Flush Straight Flush 23 45

Pot Odds
In many cases, in order to call a bet, you must be able to justify the call. The way to do this is to compare the odds of getting a hand vs. the odds that the pot is offering. If the cost of a bet is $5 and the Pot is currently $50, you are getting 10 to 1 odds from the pot. If you have a hand that has the odds of happening 10 to 1 or better, you can call the bet. If not, you should probably fold. (You can also use pot odds to figure out if the odds of your hand will beat the possible hands that your opponent has, but this is a more advanced topic well covered by The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky). Some people find it difficult to keep track of the size of the pot. To help simplify calculating pot odds, use the numbers below as a guide. The idea is to count 1 for every bet, starting with 1.5 to count for the blinds. Then add the appropriate number based on what each player puts into the pot. When you get to the Turn, divide your current count by 2 to accommodate for the higher limit (if it's appropriate), then continue as you were. As callers get raised, ensure to only count the raise for that caller, as the first call/bet has been counted.
(The numbers below assume a 3 raise limit, however you get the idea.)

1.5 = Start / Blinds
+1 = Call
+2 = Raise
+2 = Called Raise (initial rotation)
+3 = Re-raise (initial rotation)
+3 = Called re-raise (initial rotation)

Start with Pre-Flop Total
0 = Check
+1 = Raise
+1 = Call
+2 = Re-raise (initial rotation)
+2 = Called re-raise (initial rotation)
+3 = 3rd Raise (initial rotation)
+3 = Called 3rd raise (initial rotation)

Turn & River
Start with half the Flop Total (to accommodate higher limit)
0 = Check
+1 = Raise
+1 = Call
+2 = Re-raise (initial rotation)
+2 = Called re-raise (initial rotation)
+3 = 3rd Raise (initial rotation)
+3 = Called 3rd raise (initial rotation)

For More Information Visit our Pot Odds Articles or some of the links below

HowStuffWorks - Calculating Pot Odds

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