Unlike most games you can play in a casino, poker is where you need both skills and luck combination, if not one being greater than the other. While poker is also heavily reliant on luck, several skills sets can help you play better and win more games. The good news is that you do not need any special degree in mathematics to master these helpful skills.

Mathematics is helpful not only on most kinds of poker but also on variations like teen patti against live dealers, and other games inspired or influenced by poker rules and elements. It can take some practice to master, but it will pay off once you get the hang of it. So, here are three times you can apply mathematics in useful poker skills

Determining the odds

Once you learn to master the cards in a deck, you can calculate the odds of getting a card on your starting hand. For example, one out of 13 hands you are dealt with would include any ace.

You can also determine the odds of completing your hand or at least improving the hand you have just by mastering the odds of getting a card from the deck. Practice this skill by getting a deck and pretend to deal cards and then predicting the odds for whatever hand you are to get.

The secret of the pot odds

Did you know that most poker players do not use pot odds? However, learning this skill and learning to apply mathematics to this skill can prove to be an extremely helpful ace up in your sleeve, especially since using pot odds is way more beneficial when there are many bad platters on the table.

Take this for example you are in a limit Texas hold ’me table and you have the king of spades and jack of spades at hand. This is what you have on the board: the queen of diamonds, three of spades, 10 of diamonds, and the four of clubs. The pot has $60 and you have a bet of $109 form one opponent. Out of the remaining 46 cards, there are only eight that can complete your straight. The ratio then is four to 19. Based on that, you decide if you will call the bet or if you’ll fold.

Now, you know that any ace or nine cards you draw will give you a straight. There is no way to tell what kind of hand your opponent has but completing a straight is a very likely win situation for you. Now, you must decide if calling the opponent bet is the right play or not.

In doing this, you need to determine your odds of having a complete straight on the next draw, or at least as soon as possible.

The starting hand

One poker fact is that the player that starts with the best hand is the one who would most likely win more games than others, although there are always ways for other players to turn the table in their favor.

Learn when to play fewer hands. Keep only the top hands and you should fold the rest, as it would do you less to no good at all.

Controlling the pot size

Most poker players believe that they do not have control over the pot size. While you can never have total control over it, you can have some control over it.

One thing you should always remember is that you should always check the correct pot odds. Once the pot odds are wrong, it is time to check and fold. Another thing is that whenever you bet and raise, always do it with maximizing your profits in mind.