Pot Odds and Winning Odds confusion? :S
Hey guys and thanks in advance for your time and answers.
I searched a bit on the forums for this subject but most of other threads explored the subject in a way much different from the one I'm trying to.
So I recently download a hold'em calculator which displays winning odds
and pot odds
. It also displays the odds of other players winning and the odds of them having a pair/two pairs/etc individually as well as your outs.
But I'm still kind of a fish so I don't have any idea how to use this information. I've found out that using any of these Odds pre-flop sucks so I've already got over that.
Post-flop they make me decide if I should bet or not (for example, I may have 58% chances of winning with 25% pot odds, in which case I bet).
But I've found out several times that trusting this strategy is getting me out of tournaments sooner than my grandma hits a tree with her car.
So I decided not to do this, but instead to look at my opponent's odds of having X hand and deciding if they had it or not based on my reads, and this seems to be the much profitable way to use them.
Some people have also told me to forget about Pot and Winning Odds unless I have a draw because Pot Odds are only useful in that way and Winning Odds are useless because they assume I'm playing against random hands when I'm not..
My questions are:
1. When exactly to use this Odds?
2. What's the best strategy to use them?