Calculating Poker Outs and Odds

Knowing the odds of your hand becoming the winning one makes a huge difference when playing poker. One of the most important aspects when playing poker is knowing how to calculate your outs.

Knowing whether to continue to play your hand or folding and waiting for the next one is the major difference between being a poor player, an average player or a great player………and I bet I know which one you would prefer to be.

Outs are the odds of your hand becoming a strong, potentially winning, one. Learning how to count and calculate your outs and the potential value of your poker hand is easy to learn and quick to implement when playing.

Use this simple chart to refer to when learning the odds of your outs. Why not print it out for reference when playing?

Examples are also shown below to help you understand the value of the outs system.

Poker Odds and Outs Quick Reference

No. of Outs
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Odds After Flop
22/1
11/1
7/1
5/1
4/1
16/5
13/5
11/5
15/8
8/5
7/5
6/5
11/10
19/20
17/20
3/4
4/6
6/10
8/15
1/2
Odds After Turn
45/1
22/1
14/1
11/1
8/1
13/2
11/2
19/4
4/1
7/2
16/5
14/5
5/2
23/10
21/10
15/8
17/10
8/5
7/5
13/10

Example A :
The flop has just been dealt. You think your opponent has a high card, King. You have a pair of eights.

For them to work out the odds of getting a pair of Kings as your poker hand they would count the outs. Since there are 4 Kings in the pack and they think that only one has been dealt then the number of outs is 3. Looking at the outs chart above we can see that the odds of the King being dealt with on the turn or the river cards(forth or fifth cards), are 7 to 1. If it’s not dealt on the turn then the odds are 14 to 1 of it being dealt with the last card.

At this stage, three of a kind – eights, would be very beneficial to you. To work out the odds, count your outs.

There are 2 eights left in the pack so the outs are 2 of you getting three of a kind. From the outs chart we can see that there is a 11 to 1 chance of our card couming out next and 22 to 1 of it coming out on the second card if it doesn’t show on the turn.

Example B :
The flop has again just been dealt, you have 3, 4, 5, 3 and 7 showing. The outs for three of a kind are two giving odds of 11/1 on the turn and 22/1 on the river cards. In this example there is also the chance of a stright. The outs of a six being dealt are 4 as none has shown so far, this gives odds of 5 to 1 for the turn and 11 to 1 on the river card. If we are looking for a 2, 6 or 8 to help us the outs would be 12 since there are 4 of each in the pack giving odds of 6/5 of one appearing with the turn card.

If the turn card is Ace, then we need a 2 to complete the straight, by counting the outs we can see that the odds of this are 11 to 1.

To conclude, it is worth having this reference to hand (it’s easier than remembering!) When playing try to work out some of the outs when looking at your hand and after a while it will all become second nature and you will eventually be able to value your poker outs and odds easily.

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