How many outs you have is a key in determining whether you have the odds to call or not. Outs are merely how many cards are left in the deck that can help you. Being able to work these out quickly can be very handy.
The following chart is a Texas Holdem cheat sheet for quickly working out the odds of hitting your card after the flop assuming you know how many outs you have. If you are betting the flop, use the Drawing 2 Cards column as you have 2 cards left to come. If you are betting the river, use the Drawing 1 Card column because you only have the river left to hit.
Probabilities are given as a ratio of Losses : Wins. E.g. drawing to six outs on the flop is a ratio of 3:1, or in other words you will miss three times for every one time you win.
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|Number Of Outs||Equivelant To||Drawing 1 Card On Flop||Drawing 2 Cards|
|20||1.3 to 1||0.5 to 1|
|15||flush draw with two over-cards||2.1||0.8|
|12||flush draw with over-card||3||1.2|
|8||open ended straight draw||5||2.2|
|2||trying to hit a pocket pair||23||11|
|1||looking for a miracle||46||23|
These are needed in order to work out the odds.
No I haven’t missed the B out!
In a rather poker-esque nutshell a Dout stands for “Discounted Out” – an example will show you what I mean.
If I am drawing to a flush I have 9 outs from the remaining card in the deck. However, what about if 1 or 2 of those outs gives my opponent a full house for example? Now all of a sudden I am effectively drawing dead. So in order to make allowances for this I need to “Discount” my “Outs”
Let’s take a look at the cards below:
Let’s assume our opponent is holding JJ. If we hit another club on the turn or the river then we make our flush and take down a nice pot by beating his trips.
But wait! We need one more club, and we are claiming that there are 9 outs. What if the 8 of clubs falls? Oops! They have just made a full house and will clean up!
We can’t count the 8 of clubs in our calculation so therefore we no longer have 9 outs but have discounted them down to 8, therefore making us needing 5 to 1 odds rather than 4 to 1.
Now if the turn comes looking like this:
We now need to discount both the 8 and 2 of clubs, giving us only 7 outs and now needing 6 to 1!
So there you have it – not rocket science but it will help to make you a winner in the long run!
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