Everything you need to know about poker math won’t fit on this page. You can buy several books about poker math, so it’s a deep subject. But that doesn’t mean I can’t give you a few tips to get started. Here’s a list of things you need to learn to get started.
Learn how to count outs for popular hands like flushes and straights
Learn how to count possible outs for every possible hand
Learn how outs work with pot odds, and then run pot odds for popular draws
Start using pot odds calculations for every possible scenario
Learn what expected value is and how to use it in popular situations
Learn how to use expected value to make every decision at the table.
Expected value is the closest thing to a big secret you can learn about poker. When you get good at determining expected value, it comes into play in every decision. You can use expected value to determine if you should enter the pot, if you should limp or raise, and even use it to decide which table to join. Some expected value computations are fairly simple, like the one in the example in the last section. I put it forth as a pot odds example, but when u determined the average loss per hand, it was really an expected value solution. Winning poker players put themselves in as many positive expectation situations as possible and try to minimize the negative expected value situations.
Some decisions you face are hard to solve using expected value because you don’t have all of the information you need. You don’t know exactly what cards your opponents hold, so you have to make some assumptions when you make decisions. This doesn’t change the fact the expected value is king; it just means that you have to learn how to determine it in some situations with experience. If you are willing to work harder than you have ever worked and to dedicate yourself to conquering the math that runs poker, you are going to quickly advance to the point where you are a winning poker player. These are two biggest poker tips you need to know. But there are a few other things that can help you improve your game more.