Coefficient or percentage ratio at poker

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More traditional players prefer to evaluate the chances of the bank in the form of a ratio. In this form, we estimate our chances, as if we bet on sports in the bookmaker office. Our chances in the example above can also be described as 3: 1 (three to one).
We invest $ 5 to win $ 15, which is already on the table. Our chances are 15: 5, which can be simplified to 3: 1 (dividing both numbers by 5). Most old school players calculate the chances of the bank in this way, but it’s much easier to consider the pot odds as a percentage. * A good poker player must understand both formats at least in order to understand players who use different counting systems.
Successful bluffing
Question – the river bet on the table is $ 100. We want to bluff, putting $ 50. What should be the chances of our bluffing so that we can break the bank?
Intuition can again tell us that we should have a 50% chance. If this is not so, then it turns out that our bluff in most cases will be losing, which means that we will not be able to win. Again, our intuition is failing us again.
Imagine a similar example. There is one million dollars on the table, and if we sabotage, putting $ 50, then we will win only in 40% of cases. Is it worth it to bluff? Undoubtedly! Perhaps our bluff will not always work, but we risk only $ 50, and when the bluff turns out to be successful, we’ll earn a whole million. Guess which formula should be used to calculate the necessary odds of bluffing!
The percentage of the total bank that we invest = The necessary chances of bluffing
Looks familiar? But this is exactly the same formula as before, only with a slight correction.
But back to the original situation. We invest $ 50 to break the bank, which after our bet is $ 150.
But this is only the beginning!
Let’s not lie to you – there are more complicated situations. There are many other aspects of poker in which you can use math, such as betting for value, calculating optimal ranges and stack sizes for late streets. The mathematics of poker can become infinitely more complicated, and even the best players do not understand all its aspects.
Nevertheless, at this stage, such subtleties to us to anything. Even understanding some of the fundamentals of poker mathematics will help make our decisions much better.
Therefore, despite the fact that few of us can boast of a love for mathematics, if we take poker seriously, we can love how mathematics can help us crush our rivals at the table.