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How to Calculate Poker Odds


Pot Odds Table
For the beginning player, calculating pot odds can be quite difficult while trying to keep track of all the other nuances in a poker game. You have to observe your other players, analyze the cards in your hand, and attempt to maintain an unreadable "poker face." The betting can come at you fairly quickly, and there is not always time to divide numbers in your head. Until figuring out the odds becomes second nature, you can refer to this chart.

Outs Turn River Turn & River Example
1 46-1
45-1
22.3-1

2
22.5-1
22-1 10.9-1

3
14.7-1
14.3-1
7-1

4
10.8-1
10.5-1
5.1-1
Gutshot straight
5 8.4-1
8.2-1
3.9-1

6
6.8-1
6.7-1
3.2-1

7
5.7-1
5.6-1
2.6-1

8
4.9-1
4.8-1
2.2-1
Open End Straight
9
4.2-1
4.1-1
1.9-1
Flush
10 3.7-1
3.6-1
1.6-1

11
3.3-1
3.2-1
1.4-1

12
2.9-1
2.8-1
1.2-1

13
2.6-1
2.5-1
1.1-1

14
2.4-1
2.3-1
.95-1

15
2.1-1
2.1-1
.85-1
Flush and Straight
16
1.9-1
1.9-1
.75-1

17
1.8-1
1.7-1
.67-1

18
1.6-1
1.6-1
.60-1

19
1.5-1
1.4-1
.54-1

20
1.3-1
1.3-1
.48-1


The skill of calculating pot odds can greatly improve your percentages as a winning player. You can never control what cards come out of the deck, and you never know when your solid hand will get beat by a miracle card. If you learn how to play the odds, however, you can be confident that your winnings will come to you eventually.

For more information on poker odds and winning at poker, try the following links:
  • To see all of our articles on poker rules and advice, go to our main article on How To Play Poker.
  • For an introduction to the game, skim over these Poker Basics.
  • So you think you've got the best hand. Maximize your winnings with these Poker Betting Tips.
  • Have you calculated that your hand is a loser, but you think you can fake out the opposition? Be sure you know How to Bluff in Poker.
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