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The Poker Academy Session 7: Advanced Pot Odds Concepts

A Session By Session Look At The Poker Academy's No-Limit Hold'em Tournament Course


Join us as we take a closer look at the 12-session course from the brilliant strategic minds at The Poker Academy. Every two weeks, Card Player will break down the curriculum from poker pro Rick Fuller and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Rep Porter, to detail the positive impact that The Poker Academy can have on your game.

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Last time we looked at session 6, Short and Medium Stacked Postflop Play. Let’s move on through the course.

Session 7 — Advanced Pot Odds Concepts

Way back in session 2, site instructors Rep Porter and Rick Fuller gave a thorough introduction to pot odds. Those videos showed how pot odds differ from hand odds, how they affect your decisions and even offered some tips on how to calculate pot odds faster.

This time around, the course gets more granular with the topic and adds in more advanced concepts such as implied odds and how to create your own pot odds. After a quick recap from session 2, the duo talks about how perceived future profits affect the odds, the importance of the effective stack and four factors needed for good implied odds.

With pot odds, you are figuring out the price that the pot is currently laying you and what its offering you compared to the likelihood of making your hand," said Fuller. “That’s how you make calling decisions when playing in tournaments. When you are considering implied odds, you are looking at the amount of additional money you can win after you make your hand.”

Then the session gives you examples of actual poker hands from the tournament circuit, and how to evaluate a pot odds situation, as well as how to calculate your expected implied odds. The videos demonstrate hands with effective use of implied odds, and poor applications of implied odds.

Of course, you can create your own pot odds by changing up your bet sizing. Not only will altering your bet size affect your own pot odds, they will affect your opponent’s pot odds as well. If you can affect your opponent’s pot odds, then you can make a much more effective bluff or semi-bluff.

Before the session closes out with a question and answer video, the site goes through how pot odds are calculated for all-in decisions, whether they are preflop or postflop.

Next time, we’ll take a look at Session 8, Playing The Stages Of The Tournament.

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