Holdem Odds and Outs

Texas Holdem Odds and Outs

In the game of Texas Hold ’em it is very important to consider what your chances are of improving your hand after the flop. If you don’t have the best hand you should consider what cards can come on the turn or the river to give you the best hand. These cards are known as your outs. These odds, when compared to the ratio of the size of the pot to the size of the bet in front of you are known as the pot odds. The pot odds can be a valuable tool in deciding what action you should take. Below is a table of how many outs you have and what percentage chance there is that you will get them by the turn or the river.

Clearly you can’t be expected to remember all these exact numbers in the heat of a game. Surely there must be a better way to at least approximate the odds. Learn about the Rule of Four.

These are some common drawing hands that you might have after the flop, and your odds that you will hit them at the turn or at the river.

Odds at Turn
Odds at River
Total Odds
4 flush – flush
3 flush – flush
Open Ended Straight
Inside Straight
Nothing – 1 pair
One Pair – Trips
Two Pair – Fullhouse