Poker is a game of math, probabilities and statistics. Without the proper knowledge of poker math, it will be very difficult to have a successful poker campaign. A lot of good online poker pros make their living using poker math. Knowing the probabilities of winning a hand and justifying it with pot odds can be the difference between a winning poker player and a losing one.

When I first started playing poker everything came pretty natural to me. I started out winning home games and doing pretty well online. I sort of knew the basics of pot odds and how to figure out the math. I had no idea what any of the math was, but it just sort of came natural to me. It wasn’t until months after I started playing a lot that I learned about the mathematics of poker. That one little difference in my game made me 100% better then I was before.

I am telling you right now, the math of poker is by far the most important aspect of the game. It is true that poker takes a lot of skills along with the math, but you really could win just by playing poker games using solid math.

In poker, there is a percentage and a probability for everything that happens. If you play by the odds and probabilities then you cannot lose over a long period of time.

Example:

To figure out the percentage winning a specific hand on the flop you would count your outs, multiply by 4 and add 1. I will write a very in depth post on the formulas and odds later, but for now this is just to prove a point.

So if you have a flush draw and an open ended straight draw then you will have a total of 19 outs. With 19 outs you have roughly a 77% chance that you will make a flush or straight on the turn or river.

19 outs * 4 = 76 + 1 = 77

So with that draw, you will win 77% of the time over the long run.

Playing when the odds are on your side will make you more money in the long run. Just think about if you had a 77% chance to lose the hand. If that were the case, and you played that hand and draw every time it came up, then you would lose a lot of money over the long run.

Poker math is very important, and I just wanted to get that out before I started posting articles on how to figure out all of the math.