fckthis, this may be overwhelming but there is one aspect of pot odds that most people don't get, and to be honest, took me a very long time to learn as well.Pot odds are used to make +EV decisions, not +profit decisions. There are cases in which making a +EV decision will lose you money in the long run, but, making said decision, will minimize your losses.I used this example on 2+2 and nearly got ROFLed out of the thread, but here goes:A restaurant has fixed costs of $100 per day (such as rent). If they were open 0 hours a day, they still owe $100. If I were to break the day into two parts (lunch and dinner), then the fixed cost per shift is $50 for lunch and $50 for dinner.The restaurant makes $80 during dinner ($80-$50 = $30 in profit).The restaurant is not open for lunch ($0 - $50 = -$50).Total daily profit is -$20.The owner decides to open the restaurant for lunch. They average $25 per lunch. An employee asks the owner "why are we open for lunch, with $50 fixed cost and only $25 in revenue, it's at a loss?"After the owner fires the employee for snooping through his financial information, he informs the employee that he is minimizing his losses.Now his daily profit is: $5 (you can do the math)The point is, opening the restaurant is NOT a profitable proposition, but it is a less NOT profitable scenario.To apply this to poker:There's $5 (let's say you contributed $2 pre-flop) in the pot with you and 1 dude going to the flop.You bet $4, villain raises you to $11, now there is $20 in the pot. (costs you $7 to call).If you fold every single time, you lose $6 every time.Calling yields pot odds of $7/$20 = 0.35So, if your hand has a greater than 35%+ chance of hitting ON THE NEXT CARD, you should call, otherwise fold. Let's say you have an OESFD with 2 over cards (all outs are clean). That's 21 outs, and a roughly 45% chance to hit on the next card. You should definitely call (at least).An example would be:You hold K
The flop is: J
This math suggests that the odds are very seldom correct to draw. This is generally true. A lot of people justify drawing due to implied odds etc, and there's truth to that. Your opponent can really screw your game by NOT paying off your draws. That's why the river is the most important card in hold'em, it decides whether or not your play was profitable.