Playing poker is a lot less fun when you suck at it. That's why we've put together an easy-to-follow crash course for beginner poker players to get in the game and skip the sucking. The third lesson is how to count your outs. One really important thing to get into the habit of when you’re playing poker is counting your outs. Outs refer to the cards you need to hit to improve to the winning hand, and counting them the first step in figuring out basic poker odds. Accurately counting outs can betricky since you have to be able to put your opponent on some sort of hand, but in a lot of cases it’s really easy. If you have 2-3 suited and flop a flush draw, for example, chances are you’re going to have to improve to win the hand. So how many cards are there left in the deck that will complete your flush? The good news is that if you put in some work counting your outs now it’ll became second-nature really quickly. Even more good news, once you know how many outs you have, there’s a really easy trick to figure out the odds of hitting one of them.