Poker: Mathematics is the Key

Sportsbook betting is very dependent on gambling odds and the probabilities of one given team or player succeeding over another.  Poker is also a very math oriented game.  The odds and percentages are important in poker, and the more you know about that, the better you will become at playing the game.

The theory of poker as a mathematical game reminds one of algebraic functions and formulas.  This is because at any given time there is bound to be information that is missing from the poker equation.  When you calculate the probabilities of a hand you must figure it several different ways, with each outcome dependent on what will show up in the missing spaces.  For example, in a Draw Poker game if you hold a King and a Jack and lay down three of your cards for replacement cards, the missing information is what the three cards you will get are going to be.

Your hand’s health will depend on which cards you will be dealt, and each hand will have a different mathematical probability of winning or losing.  Kenny Rogers was right when he sang, “You’ve got to know when to fold ‘em”, and cut your losses.  Knowing when the odds are on your side is crucial to playing winning poker, and is very much a matter of mathematics.

Betting patterns are interesting and very mathematical as well.  Learn all you can about betting and how your opponents react to your bets.  Pros spend time studying their fellow players.  Just as in Sportsbook wagering, you need to learn all you can about the opposing team.

November 20, 2010 by : Posted in Poker No Comments

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