Poker Outs for the Average Poker Player
When playing Texas Hold ‘Em it is important to understand what "outs" are. Outs are simply the cards left in the deck that can give you the hand you desire. The more outs you have, the better your chance of getting the winning hand.
To have a better understanding of Texas Hold ‘Em outs you must know that there are 52 cards in the deck, 13 cards of each suit, and four of each different card.
The chart at the bottom shows percentages after the flop and after the turn.
As you can see there are many possible scenarios. It would be a good idea to memorize some of these percentages for outs if you are serious about Texas Hold ‘Em.
A good rule of thumb for calculating the percentage of getting a card that will help you is to multiply the number of outs by a specific number. If there are two cards left to be turned then you will multiply the number of outs you have by four. So lets say you have 5 outs, multiply 5 X 4 and you get 20. This means you have a 20% chance of getting a card that improves your hand (which is an out).
If there is only one card left to be shown you can use the same rule except you must only multiply you outs by 2. Some people use 2.2 instead of 2 for more accurate percentages. It is easier to multiply your outs by 2 in your head than it is to multiply your outs by 2.2, so unless your a math whiz stick to 2. Just remember that multiplying your outs by 2 will give you a slightly smaller percentage than using 2.2.
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