Poker Strategy 3: Count Your Outs
If you ever want to get a handle on Texas Hold’em poker odds, it’s imperative you learn how to count all your outs.
An out is any card that can come which will give you the best hand. Obviously, before you can begin to count outs, you have to know the poker hand rankings forward and backwards, so start there if you don’t know them.
After you know the poker hand rankings, you need to be able to read the board. Are there possible straights or flushes? Is the board paired?
All of these things may affect your outs. Here’s a simple outs cheat sheet covering the most common situations you’ll be in after the flop (definitions for the terms are below the list):
The more time you spend practicing counting your outs, the simpler it will become.
Any card that will bring you the best hand is considered an out. Be careful not to count outs that will potentially give your opponent a better hand.
For example, if you have an open-ended straight draw, but there’s two to a suit on the flop, you only have six outs, since two of your outs will bring a flush to anyone holding the flush draw.