For the majority of people, there are only a couple real reasons to play poker: profit and fun, which are sometimes not related (more profit is always more fun).
But to make money by playing poker on the internet, you should always be gathering information about all of your opponents and, even about yourself. Another vital thing is the often unused ability to determine, use and understand the pot odds, which is one of the most underrated concepts for most beginning online poker players. Pot odds are calculations used during the game of poker that put the concept of risk and reward into understandable numbers. In this article, we provide you with a good explanation of pot odds in order to help you start using them in your game.
Whenever you are in a hand and need to decide whether or not to call a bet, count how many cards that are still unseen that can come on the turn and/or river that can help you. Then check the number on the chart below to get the pot odds. For example, you have A5s with two more of your suit on the flop. Therefore you have 9 outs to make the nut flush. Your odds of hitting it on the turn are 4.2 to 1 and also to hit it on the turn or river 1.9 to 1.
If you are simply concerned about hitting it on the turn, the pot must have at least 4.2 times the amount you must place in the pot to make this a profitable call. If you are playing the no-limit holdem and a player has moved all-in, if there is at least 1.9 times the amount you have to call in the pot it is a correct call and will be profitable in the long run. Pot odds are just a fast way of seeing if a bet will be profitable if you are in the same situation thousands of times.
A thing that’s most often confusing to beginning online poker players is that they think that the money in the pot somehow goes into the computation of the pot odds. Actually, any money in the pot is not yours. It was yours before you put it in the pot, but the only way to get it back is to win the pot. This is the reason that money you have already placed in the pot is not even used in pot odds computation.
Remember to always get your money in with the best of it and over the absolute long run you will be winning online poker player and even a profitable one.