How to Calculate Odds in Poker

Poker India | August 22nd, 2016 | Poker Strategy, Tips and Tricks

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Do you blame your luck when you lose? If you do, it’s time to think again! You can use so many poker strategies to win in online poker irrespective of the cards in your hand. Some are simple while others are complicated. Here’s one of the most useful tip to use in Texas Holdem Poker, which might be a bit mathematical.

Calculating Poker Outs

Your opponents in Texas Holdem Poker could be unpredictable; you may need to see cards on the flop, turn or river. In such cases, it is always safe to calculate the odds of finding the card that you need on the table to get things right. You need to find out the Outs.

You can consider Outs as the number of cards that can help you to make your desired hand. For example, if you want to make a flush with diamonds on the river, you can use this calculation to find out how many diamonds are there that you can use.

13 diamonds in the deck – 4 diamonds in your hand/table = 9 diamonds

With this calculation, you can find out that 9 diamonds can help you to make a flush.

Unseen Cards: In Texas Holdem Poker, you need to track the number of unseen cards. You can find this by using simple arithmetic. If you want to find out the number of unseen cards on the river, you can calculate as:

52 cards in the deck – 2 cards in your hand – 4 cards on the table = 46 unseen cards

This will help you to find out the exact total number of unseen cards in the poker game.

Calculating the Odds: The odds of finding the desired cards in Texas Holdem Poker can be calculated as:

9 diamonds that can help / 46 unseen cards = 0.1956

Thus, the odds of finding the right card on the river is 19.56%

Similarly, you can use this calculation to find out the odds percentage of finding the right card on the turn as well:

13 diamonds in the deck – 4 diamonds in your hand/table = 9 diamonds

52 cards in the deck – 2 cards in your hand – 3 cards on the table = 47 unseen cards

9 diamonds that can help / 47 unseen cards = 0.1914

Therefore, the odds of finding the desired card on the turn is 19.1%

With this calculation, you can easily find out odds percentage on turn and river while forming any desired hand.

Straight: When you have 8 outs, you are at 17.0% odds of catching the desired card on the turn and 17.4% on the river.

Three-of a Kind: When you have only 2 outs, you are at 4.3% odds of catching the desired card on the turn and 4.3% on the river.

Number of Outs Turn (%) River (%)
1 2.1 2.2
2 4.3 4.3
3 6.4 6.5
4 8.5 8.7
5 10.6 10.9
6 12.8 13
7 14.9 15.2
8 17 17.4
9 19.1 19.6
10 21.3 21.7
11 23.4 23.9
12 25.5 26.1
13 29.8 30.4
14 31.9 32.6
15 31.9 32.6
16 34 34.8
17 36.2 37
18 38.3 39.1
19 40.4 41.3
20 42.6 43.5

Be smart! Use this calculation to find out the odds percentage and stay a step ahead of your opponents. Practise more games with mathematics at PokerIndia.com and see it yourself how you have transformed yourself as an ace player.

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