The secret to successfully playing the game of poker is knowing all about the pot odds. Now, for those unfamiliar with the concept, we will be discussing it in detail here. In a nutshell, the pot odds let the player gauge whether you are making the right decision by continuing to play your hand or not.
Having an understanding of the pot odds work makes your poker strategy more than being a simple gut feeling. However, it is worth noting here that the numbers presented below are by no means exact though they are accurate and they can offer beginners an easy-to-follow guide on how to approach their hand. Be sure to remember the following:
- Straight flush draw – 15 outs
- Flush draw & gut-shot – 12 outs
- Open-ended straight draw – 8 outs
- Flush draw – 9 outs
- Two over cards – 6 outs
- Gut-shot – 4 outs
If you wish to know how you can improve your hand then simply multiplying your outs by 2. On the other hand, if you wish to approximate the chances of hitting your hand on the next street then simply multiply it by 4.