What Is An Out In Poker?

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Last Updated: December 19, 2023

What Is An Out In Poker

In poker, the term “out” refers to a card that can improve a player’s hand and potentially give him the winning card combination.

Outs are an important concept in poker because they allow players to assess their chances of making a certain hand. In other words, players can make better-informed decisions by knowing how many cards in the deck can improve their poker hands.

You should learn how many outs each card combination in poker has since you can combine this information with the rule of 2 and 4 to calculate your chances of winning a hand.

The rule of 2 and 4 states that to calculate the equity of their hand, a poker player needs to multiply his outs with 4 if there are 2 cards to come or with 2 if there is 1 card to come. Let’s go over an example to clarify this further.

Poker Outs Calculating Example:

Imagine that you are in a situation where you have 8s 7s, the flop comes 6d 9c Ah, the pot is $100, and your opponent goes all in for an additional $25.

For the sake of the example, let’s say that in this situation, you will only win the hand if you hit a straight. So how can you use the concept of outs to decide if you should call or fold in this hand?

Well, the first thing that you need to do is calculate your pot odds. You can do this with the following formula:

The amount you need to call / (the current size of the pot + the amount you need to call) x 100

(25 / (100 + 25)) x 100 =

(25 / 125) x 100 =

0.2 x 100 =


For your call to be profitable, the equity of your hand should be higher than the pot odds you are getting. Now, let’s calculate the equity of your hand.

In this situation, you have an open-ended straight draw, any T or 5 will make you a straight, meaning you have 8 outs (Ts, Td, Th, Tc, 5s, 5d, 5h, 5s).

And since there are 2 more cards to come (the turn and the river), we need to multiply your outs by 4:

8 x 4 = 32

So, you are getting 20% pot odds, and the chance of you hitting one of your outs is 32%. Because the chance of you hitting one of your outs is higher than the pot odds you are getting, a call in this situation will be profitable over the long run.

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