# Basic Poker Odds

This is a general guide to odds in poker. Different types of odds will help you determine whether or not it’s worth it to call until the turn, or what your realistic chance is to win the hand. Mathematical odds become increasingly important in online play. Since you’ll be playing many hands per hour, you can be pickier about what cards you want to play. Let’s get started with some basic poker odds.

# Basic Poker Odds

This is a general guide to odds in poker. Different types of odds will help you determine whether or not it’s worth it to call that bet, or what your realistic chance to win the hand is. Mathematical odds become increasingly important in online play. Since you’ll be playing many hands per hour, you can afford to be picky about what cards you want to play. Now, let’s get started with some basic poker odds.

## Outs

An “out” is simply how many cards in the deck will help you make your hand. I’ll give you a few examples of what I mean. Let’s say you’re holding a pair of 8’s. There are two cards in the deck that could help make your hand better. Those two cards are, naturally, the 8’s. There may be other cards that could make your hand better, but they’d also help out your opponents. This can also be applied after more cards are in the mix. For example, let’s say that you’re playing Texas Holdem and you’re holding Q-5 of diamonds.

The flop is 7-A-2. The A-2 are diamonds. That means there are potentially 14 cards in the deck that will work for you and give you a better hand. 3 Queen’s, 3 fives, and the 9 remaining diamonds. Note that it is not possible, except for sometimes in 7 Card Stud, to take into account whether or not your opponents may be holding the cards you need. You can do some guesswork, but you also need to remember that any folded hands also may have had some of the cards you needed.