Calculating Outs In Hold Em – Adding Outs For Runner Runner Flush Or Straight Draws

Calculating outs in Hold Em is easy with a little practice, but it can get confusing when you are adding outs for runner runner flush or straight draws. Discover how to do this properly in this article.

When you are calculating outs in Hold Em you are usually doing just basic addition and subtraction. It usually goes something like this; I have 4 cards of my hand. There are 9 cards that are left in the deck that will help me make my hand. I have 9 outs. Simple.

But when you are adding outs for runner runner flush or straight draws things can get a bit more difficult. The outs you need on the turn and the river are the same outs. You can’t just add them and stack them on top of each other because that retards the odds and nullifies the calculation – eep!

Essentially you can’t add outs for runner runner flush or straight draws without incorporating the fundamental reason you are calculating outs in the first place – odds.

How To Add Outs For Runner Runner Flush And Straight Draws

Calculating outs for runner runner draws – like runner runner flush or straight draws – can get confusing without incorporating the next step in the equation – odds.

P.S. This maths also works for things like full house or quad runner runner draws, but we’ll leave that for another time.

To go back to a previous example, if you have 4 cards of a flush that means you 9 nine outs. Get any of these outs and you’ll make your flush.

But when you have only 3 cards of the flush and you want to calculate your outs for the runner runner flush draw you have to take a two step approach.

First, you do the standard calculation. Now because you only have 3 cards of the flush you have 10 outs. Then you must assume you hit an out on the turn. So now you are at the turn, with 4 cards of the flush. This means you have now 9 outs.

But you can’t just say, ‘OK so 10 outs and and 9 outs is 19 outs…’ it doesn’t quite work like that.

At the essence of it, the information you have regarding how many outs you have has no use until you incorporate it with you odds information, which is the whole reason you are calculating outs in the first place.

How To Calculate Runner Runner Flush Or Straight Draws Odds In Hold Em

Like I said before, adding the outs for a runner runner flush or straight draw is pointless unless you incorporate it to calculate the odds of making the hand. This is the whole reason we are counting outs in the first place.

So to do this, you need to multiply the first chance of hitting the outs with the second chance of hitting the outs. The first chance is when you have 10 outs of the 47 cards left in the deck, and the second chance is when you have 9 outs of the 46 cards left from the deck at that point.

So you take this [(10/47) x (9/46)] and the result is 0.0416 which means you have a 4.16% chance of making BOTH the outs one after the other.

As you can obviously see, a 4.2% chance of making a runner runner flush is extremely low. You’d have to repeat this a good 23 or 24 times to have it happen even once.

Calculating outs in Hold Em doesn’t have to be difficult and adding outs for a runner runner flush or straight draw is about as complex as it gets. The main point to take in consideration is adding outs has no real value until you use it to calculate your odds of making the hand. That is what it is all about.

If you want more information on outs, check out the great chapter “What Outs Are And Why They’ll Make You Rich” in my free ‘My Top 7 Texas Hold Em Poker Tips Ebook.’ You can download it instantly for free, simply enter you name and email in the form to the right.

To Your Luck And Skill,

Alex Bannon.

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  • Chris

    Thanks Alex for the very nice article !!

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  • Alex

    You’re very welcome Chris. Glad to hear it was helpful.

    To Your Luck And Skill,

    Alex.

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