# Poker – How to calculate pot odds and equity

The key to being able to make the right decisions during a game of poker is being able to understand and calculate your pot odds as well as your equity. How these two compare will help guide your play. This is therefore a skill that every good poker player is required to master.

Let’s take a look at how to calculate pot odds and equity.

### Understanding pot odds

A pot odd basically refers to the correlation between the pot size and the bet size. In simpler terms, let’s say the pot has \$20 and as a player you have to make a call of a \$4 bet, this means you have a pot odd of 5-1. A poker player must make sure that they are fully aware about the pot size. In the event you are playing a variation of poker that employs limits, as opposed to counting the amount of money, you are instead required to tally the total sum of bets that are in the pot.

Having a proper understanding of your pot odds puts you in a better position to predict your opponent’s likely hand and be able to estimate the chances you have of making a hand that will be better than that of the opponent.