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Postby suitedpairs29 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 5:16 pm

"Outs" are unseen cards that will make any hand you expect will win the pot if they come off on the turn or river. There are 47 unseen cards on the flop. To determine your odds of making your hand, you divide your number of outs by the remaining unseen cards (that will not help your hand). An outside straight draw has 8 outs. 47-8 is 39 cards that will not help you. 39 ¸ 8 = 4.88. Your odds are 4.88 to 1 to complete your straight draw on the turn. On average, you will catch your straight on the turn 1 time for every 4.88 times you miss. This draw is profitable if you are receiving the proper pot odds to call. If you have to call one small bet, and there are five small bets in the center plus your opponents bet makes your pot odds 6 to 1. It is clearly profitable to call a bet with 6 to 1 payoff odds when you have 4.88 to 1 odds to make your hand. You should at least call on the flop any time the pot odds are offering you greater odds than the odds that you will make your draw.
Below is a chart that gives your odds of drawing out in % and X to 1 odds for the number of outs you believe will give you any hand that will win the pot. Your odds for drawing one card on the flop and one card on the turn are the only numbers that matter to you. The % and X to 1 odds for drawing on both the flop and turn are included only for completeness sake. You only consider your odds of taking one card off at a time. You do the math and decide if a call on the flop is profitable, then if you do not complete your draw, you completely reevaluate the situation when you make a decision on whether or not to call on the turn with your draw.

Complete odds of drawing out in % chance and X : 1 odds for drawing on the flop and/or turn.


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