Originally Posted by Suited Frenzy
It's very important to calculate outs. I'm not sure how long you've been playing but you should be able to pick up on it very quickly. I learned on my own from playing experience & IMO I think that is more important than learning straight from a book, internet, or calculator. Trial & error fits the best for me. Obviously everyone else is different though.
As far as being "profitable" w/o learning outs goes, it is definitely possible. I know some people who have never learned that stuff (either they are too lazy or they aren't smart enough) & still end up winning based on their luck. If you plan to be a long term player, I would suggest attempting to learn them rather than use luck to win. I say this all the time...luck comes & goes, but skill will last a lifetime.
I started playing poker in 2007 but only this year decided to take the game seriously. I have only ever played live with friends but when I play online I use an online calculator which calculates outs for me, and from this I am learning to do them manually which will come in good for whenever I play live. I've also watched a lot of Youtube videos on the subject which gave me confidence.
Everyone learns in different ways, but this is helping me to manually calculate everything. I tend to find the best way of calculating outs is by visualizing the board, and this may help people who aren't too great at maths, as i'm not the best person at math myself.
If I have two suited pocket cards and I see two suited cards on the flop, I know straight away I have a flush draw. I know this is a basic example and things get more complicated on the turn and river, but it's a good place to start.