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Third Street

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Middle Pairs

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Flush Draws

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Best of the Rest


Fourth Street

Force Out Hands

Poker Two Pair

Poker Big Pairs

Middle Small Pairs

Four Flushes

Ended Straight


Fifth Street

Playing Full House

Flushes Straights

Poker Trips

Poker Two Pair

Drawing Hands


Learning to play poker

Four Flushes

Your decision is much easier when you have four to a flush on fourth street.  Whenever you are fortunate enough to have four to a flush, you’ll probably be sticking around to see the very last card.  But there are some exceptions.

It’s natural to be excited when you hold four to a flush on fourth street.  Surely the fifth card will fall, right?  Yes, your odds are good, but before you automatically call every bet from here on, realize that there are times when you should lay down your four-flush.  Mucking this hand is very, very difficult, especially when it’s been a long time since you’ve seen a hand.  But you have to know when to fold it.  Granted, the vast majority of the time you’ll play this hand, but you’ll still have to lay it down every so often.

With all drawing hands, it’s ideal to be in late position.  It’s a great asset to know how much action has taken place by the time the betting gets to you.  If it’s two big bets back to you, as tough as it is to do so, fold.  This would usually occur only when there is more than one good pair on the board.  For example, a pair of queens brings it in for four dollars, and a pair of jacks on the board raises.  Now it’s eight dollars to you.  Sure, you are fairly likely to complete your hand by the river, but with two big bets to you, it’s also likely that at least one of Poker players who has bet has trips.  A flush beats trips, but with trips at fourth street, your opponent has a great shot to fill up.  In a situation like this, fold unless you are on a straight-flush draw, in which case you can call.

From time to time, you can mix up your play and consider a raise or a bet if there has been no action and you are in late position.  Suppose you are last to act and it has been checked to you.  If you bet two dollars here, even though you don’t have your hand right now, you may buy yourself a free card on fifth street, as players may check to you.  This will help you if you don’t make your flush at fifth street.  Raising also allows you to mix up your play, so players won’t assume you are always on a draw when you have two suited cards on the board.  It’s especially good to do this if you often play with the same people.

Live Card Requirements

Live cards are always a must, but just how many need to be live on a flush or straight draw?  There is no set rule, but if I have a flush draw with several face cards and I’m facing a big bet, I want no more than four cards to be dead.  If my four-flush has smaller cards, I’ll want to no more than three of my suit dead.  In late position or with no chance of a raise and facing just one small bet, you can be slightly more liberal in your requirements.  With big cards, you can stay with up to five dead cards; with smaller ones, you can stay with up to four.

With four of the same suit your hand may look pretty, but it’s worthless without that fifth card to complete it.  When more than five cards are gone, there are only four cards left in the deck that can help you.  The dead cards of your suit aren’t going to re-appear until the next hand, when they won’t do you much good.  So with more than five cards to complete your flush gone, fold.


Earlier, I mentioned that really do not like straight draws.  I didn’t like them on third street, and if I haven’t improved, I certainly don’t like them on fourth street.  It’s just fine not to play these hands – I’ll rarely play three to a straight that hasn’t improved on fourth street, unless can see fifth street for free.

Can this hand be played at all?  The answer is: only in rare circumstances.  One is, of course, that you want your cards to be big.  Even with big cards, if you don’t catch a card on fourth street that improves your straight draw; the odds are now 10 to 1 against your making a straight by the river.  Not good.

Can you ever play a straight draw on fourth street that has not improved much from third?  The only time you can even consider doing so is if your draw did improve to a “gutshot” or inside straight draw, all of the cards to complete the straight are live, the cards are big, and you could get in for one minimum bet.  All of that is not going to happen very often.  And even when it does happen, you must play an inside straight draw very selectively.

Let’s say you have 9 10 J, and with fourth street comes a king.  You now have an inside straight draw, and it’s one small bet to you.  If there is nothing threatening yet to act, it’s okay to call.  If you do see a big pair yet to bet, even limping in isn’t worth it.  Odds are that you’ll have to go up against a raise from the big pair.

With smaller straight draws that have not improved, fold most of the time.  Unless you are playing hi-lo split stud poker, they aren’t worth chasing.  Against, anytime you consider seeing fifth street with an inside straight draw, all of the cards you need to complete the hand must be live.  Never confuse this hand with a flush draw – there you have more cards that can help you.  When only four cards in the deck can complete your hand, with even one gone, the odds, which are already against you, only grow worse.

Don’t Forget Those Odds…

Speaking of the odds, when you’re trying to figure out whether to stay in with an inside straight draw; keep in mind the odds the pot is giving you.  When you have four cards to a straight, and you’re on an inside straight draw, the odds of getting that needed card are 3 to 1 – assuming that all your cards are live.  Suppose the pot has $ 15 dollars in it, and it’s one small bet to you.  To call, you’d be putting a $2 bet into a $ 15 dollar pot, which would give you odds of greater than 3 to 1.  Thus, because the pot odds here outweigh the general odds of hitting your hand, you can go ahead and call.  This is a good bet to make, assuming your cards are live.


Sixth Street

Completed Solid Hands

Trips & Poker Two Pairs



Seventh Street

Calling Seventh Street

Quick Quiz

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

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