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Texas Holdem Odds

Why are odds so important in Texas Hold'em? Well, knowing your odds in a card game will help you recognize a good or bad situation. If your odds of drawing a card that will give you the advantage are good then you will definitely stay in the game, but if you know there is little chance that you will receive a helpful card you can save chips and bow out. The difference between great card players and good card players is those great card players never miss-calculate an out. The best card players, on average, only play 30 percent of their hands. That's discipline! Let's take a look at the odds in Hold'em.

Here is a breakdown chart used by several players off and online to calculate their odds given certain card combinations: Remember, an "out" is basically any card or cards left in the deck that will help you complete a desired hand.

Outs One Card % Two Card % One Card Odds Two Card Odds Draw Type
1 2% 4% 46 23 Backdoor Straight or Flush (Requires two cards)
2 4% 8% 22 12 Pocket Pair to Set
3 7% 13% 14 7 One Overcard
4 9% 17% 10 5 Inside Straight / Two Pair to Full House
5 11% 20% 8 4 One Pair to Two Pair or Set
6 13% 24% 6.7 3.2 No Pair to Pair / Two Overcards
7 15% 28% 5.6 2.6 Set to Full House or Quads
8 17% 32% 4.7 2.2 Open Straight
9 19% 35% 4.1 1.9 Flush
10 22% 38% 3.6 1.6 Inside Straight & Two Overcards
11 24% 42% 3.2 1.4 Open Straight & One Overcard
12 26% 45% 2.8 1.2 Flush & Inside Straight / Flush & One Overcard
13 28% 48% 2.5 1.1
14 30% 51% 2.3 0.95
15 33% 54% 2.1 0.85 Flush & Open Straight / Flush & Two Overcards
16 34% 57% 1.9 0.75
17 37% 60% 1.7 0.66


Examples of drawing hands after the flop
Draw Hand Flop Specific Outs # Outs
Pocket Pair to Set [4♠ 4♥] [6♣ 7♦ T♠ ] 4♦, 4♣ 2
One Overcard [A♠ 4♥] [6♥ 2♦ J♣] A♦, A♥, A♣ 3
Inside Straight [6♣ 7♦] [5♠ 9♥ A♦] 8♣, 8♦, 8♥, 8♠ 4
Two Pair to Full House [A♦ J♥] [5♠ A♠ J♦] A♥, A♣, J♠ , J♣ 4
One Pair to Two Pair or Set [J♣ Q♦] [J♦ 3♣ 4♠ ] J♥, J♠ , Q♠ , Q♥, Q♣ 5
No Pair to Pair [3♦ 6♣] [8♥ J♦ A♣] 3♣, 3♠ , 3♥, 6♥, 6♠ , 6♦ 6
Two Overcards to Over Pair [A♣ K♦] [3♦ 2♥ 8♥] A♥, A♠ , A♦, K♥, K♣, K♠ 6
Set to Full House or Quads [5♥ 5♦] [5♣ Q♥ 2♠ ] 5♠ Q♠ , Q♦, Q♣, 2♥, 2♦, 2♣ 7
Open Straight [9♥ T♣] [3♣ 8♦ J♥] Any 7, Any Q 8
Flush [A♥ K♥] [3♥ 5♠ 7♥] Any heart (2♥ to Q♥) 9
Inside Straight & Two Overcards [A♥ K♣] [Q♠ J♣ 6♦] Any Ten, A♠ , A♦ A♣, K♠ , K♥, K♦ 10
Flush & Inside Straight [K♣ J♣] [A♣ 2♣ T♥] Any Q, Any club 12
Flush and Open Straight [J♥ T♥] [9♣ Q♥ 3♥] Any heart;, 8♦, 8♠ , 8♣, K♦, K♠ , K♣ 15

As you can see there is quite a lot to consider when it comes to knowing your odds in Texas Hold'em. The key to success is practice, practice, practice! I know this all may seem confusing, but try and break it down one chunk at a time until you feel confident enough to use your knowledge in a tournament or simply a game with friends. For more help with the game, be sure to check out all the latest and greatest articles in our Texas Hold'em section! Luck to ya.

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