# The Mathematics of Poker

How do you win, over the long term, in a game that has its foundations built on the parity of skill and luck?

The answer to the question, according to the online poker tips, is to make more correct decisions than incorrect ones, and to do this means it is very advantageous if you did not pay attention during your math classes.

Example: You are playing in a pot and decide that you are going to bluff. There is \$100 in the pot and you make a half pot sized bet for \$50. Do you understand what percentage of the time your bet must succeed in order for you to make a profit? The answer is 33% of the time. \$50/\$150=33.3%.

It's the size of your bet, divided by the total pot-size that you will win if successful. So, over the long term, you need to make sure that your bets are successful 33.3% of the time and you will be ok.

These basic questions and answers can be found in a wide range of poker books, and on poker forums. You don't need to understand Boolean algebra or Pythagorean theorem to be a winning poker player, but the basics help tremendously.

If maths just is not your thing, then do not despair. The art of mathematics is a learned art, just the same as poker. Buy yourself some brain training apps, or some Q&A exercise books that can be found in any good book store.

If you prefer your learning experience in the one-to-one coaching sense, then there is a wide range of mathematics courses you can attend. If you prefer to go at your own pace, then there are an equal number of online courses.

Mathematics may well have been boring when you were a child, but you were not winning or losing money online back then were you?