Poker And The Numbers Behind The Game


Poker is a game full of numbers and that does not just mean the numbers on the cards, the numbers of players you are up against or the number of chips in your stack, but every decision you make and every possible outcome will be heavily based on maths and numbers.

Numbers might be just records, like who has won the most money, or how much prize pool has a tournament produced, but it can be math as well.

The better players use maths heavily in their game to work out their chances of winning particular hands, whether they have good odds to call and what their expected value would be in the long run from playing certain hands.

Do you know how many outs do you have? What are the pot odds if you were to call that 3-way bet on the flop? Is there enough fold equity there for you? All of these questions should be shooting through your mind whenever you take in a session of poker, yet for many players it can be difficult to do the maths in their heads or even understand the basics.

The better players in the world today will obviously have a strong grasp of psychology, with regards to being able to read their opponents, a high level of skill and some luck thrown in too but they will certainly also have at least a basic understanding of the mathematics involved when playing the game.

They will know how to work out their pot odds on the spot, be able to determine quickly whether they can get the required value from a hand or if they are running above EV (expected value).

For this reason it is important that anyone who wishes to become a better poker player is able to get a firm grasp of the numbers and mathematics of the game, especially if they ever want to play the game at the highest levels.

Some Of The Maths That Are Used In Poker

  • Outs
  • Odds
  • Pot Odds
  • Implied Odds
  • Reverse Implied Odds
  • Expected Value
  • Fold Equity

The slide show within this article will go about explaining most of how mathematics is used within each of the ways above. It will also teach you how to go about working understanding the mathematics to such a level that you can easily implement them into your own game.

Take a look at the slide show for yourself; you will certainly come out understanding a whole lot more about the numbers involved in the game of poker that we all love dearly.