Thursday, January 5, 2012

Calculating Outs part 1

In this blogpost i will show you how to calculate the number of outs you have for a given hand. You probably saw it on TV: a player puts all his chips in the middle and then asks the dealer: "just one time!"
He is begging the dealer to give him one of his outs: a card to make his loosing hand the winning hand.
What are outs?
They are the card, or cards, that can hit the board to give a player who is holding a losing hand a winning one.

One basic example:
You have pocket Jacks and go all-in pre-flop. A player behind you calls and shows pocket aces. How many cards in the deck can give you the winning hand?

Pre-flop there are only 2 outs: the 2 remaining Jacks
Lets say the flop is 8,  9 and 10 offsuit. Now how many outs do you have?
The answer is 10.
7 and Q would both give you a straight. There are 4 7s and 4 Qs left in the deck so 8 outs for a straight. Plus the 2 outs from pre-flop which would give you trips or possibly quads.

=> The number of outs can increase or decrease depending on the cards which fall on the flop or turn.

I will post more examples in one of the next posts and show you ways to easily determine the number of out at any given time with any given hand.

Calculating Outs part 2

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