Flopping Draws

The flop might frequently fit your hand by giving you a draw rather than a holdem made hands. By a draw, we mean a hand that is not best right now but has a potential to develop into the best hand.

Do you have the best draw? If you have the best draw, you need to get odds from the other players and you don't want to do anything that can cause of them to fold, so that if you do complete your hand you will win a big pot.

Flopping a Flush Draws

Suited cards are poker hands which are based on hitting a flop. They are drawing hands and the best flop you can hit with them will normally be a draw.

If you flop a good draw and a flush draw is normally a good draw, then you would like it to play aggressively. Once you have made a flush and three flush cards are on the board, the other players will tend to back off and it is improbable that you will get the poker betting to go over two bets. If the players are really passive, they will frequently check and call once the third flush card hits. The time to get the bets in is on the flop when you have flopped a draw.

The odds you need to know are the odds for a flush draw. At the flop, you are 2-1 underdog to make the hand. At the turn, you are a 4-1 underdog to make a hand. Therefore if you are getting three or more callers on the flop, you should bet or raise with a flush draw. With only two callers a bet or raise is all right; with only one caller, betting a flush draw is not a bet for value, it is a bluff.

To call for a draw, you have to take the pot odds into account. When you are considering the pot odds, you need to consider how may bets you are going to call. With a flush draw on the flop, in a loose game you don't need pot odds to draw. You are getting good enough odds on the current betting round as long as you have got three callers. That is 3-1 odds on a 2-1 proposition.

With the better draws such as flush draws, you virtually always get the right odds to call on the flop. You will be getting the right odds both on the flop and turn but you need to make the pot odds determination one call at a time.

To take one card you need about 4-1. The time where you won't get for a calling bet on the flop is when the two blinds are heads up. Thus, calling on the flop with one of the strong draws is rather much automatic. You will be getting the right odds. Once there has been a bet and call on the flop, you will certainly get the right odds to call on the turn.

If you know you are going to call, you should further about raising. A flush draw (when the flop is unpaired) is a situation where you should certainly think of raising. The 2-1 odds with two more cards to come that stated earlier come into play when you are thinking about raising. If you do raise and get called by two or more online poker players, the pot size on the turn will be big enough to give you 4-1 on the turn. If you raise, you know you will be calling on the turn.

In that situation you raise if you are getting 2-1 or better on the flop from callers of your raise- not the pot odds.

You should think about the pot when you think of a call. For a call you compare the pot odds to the odds of making the hand in one card.

You should also think about odds on the bet itself (not pot odds) when you think about a raise. For a raise you compare the number of callers you expect (the odds you are getting) with the chances of making a hand in the next two cards. You can do because you know the raise will make the pot big enough so that on the turn you will be getting the pot odds to call.

One consideration to making a flush is when someone else makes the bigger flush. It is just a consideration and not of much importance as many other players think. The reason it is not as significant is that it is not likely anyone is drawing to the same flush you are. Of the thirteen Hearts, you have two of them, and two are on the board. Now, that leaves to nine unaccounted for. Compared this situation where there are two Hearts on the board and you don't have a Heart. Then eleven Hearts are accounted for, a substantial difference. Because of the combined factors of the poker mathematics involved, there is a big difference than the 20 percent of the time it might seem.

The second reason it is not as significant as it might seem is that if two of you do really have the same draw, it is now much less likely that you will make the draw. Among you, the board and the other players would account for six of the flush cards.

Flopping Straight Draws

Suppose you have 87. Look at some of the flops you may get: KT9.
You have flopped a straight draw. Any Jack or any 6 will give you a straight. You shouldn't like flop this and should fold if someone bets. Not all the straight are same. They range from strong hands to very weak hands.

Why the illustration with the straight draw wrong? Over half the cards that can make a straight for you might also make a better hand for someone else. Although any Jack or any 6 will make you straight, that means eight cards, and two of those cards are Clubs so one-fourth of the time that you make a straight, you might be likely beaten by a flush. Also a Jack would make anyone holding a Queen a higher straight than yours. Add to it that someone may already have a higher straight than the one you are drawing to and your hand start looking miserable. The potential for a second-best hand is big and the second-best hand could be very expensive.

With the 87 in your hand, compare the flop with 764. As the flop, it is possible that someone has already made a straight, but if they did, you should think much about because the straight you are drawing to is not a worse straight. Your top pair is still the best hand right now.

You would have often hear that you should not draw to inside straights but that straights open both on both ends are good to draw to. Here two examples are explained where the situation is reversed (the better of the two straight draws is the one that can only make a straight one way) with the inside draw for a 5.

In Hold'em, the importance to drawing to straights is the consideration of how the cards that will make your hand will affect the hands of other players and whether you have the possibility of making the best possible straight.

Another example, you have 87 compare with a flop of 542. With this flop, you have an inside straight draw, but also have two cards higher than any card on the flop, called "overcards." So, you have four cards that will make a straight for you, and six other cards that will make top pair for you. Top pair with an 8 or 7 is tentative because of the possibility that will make a straight for someone else. This kind of draw (gut-hot with overcards) can be a strong draw if you are not against two or three rivals.

Another example with the 87 just compare with the 764 flop. The two flops look much the same, but they can be different, particularly loose game. Not only do you no longer have that three-card flush, but it is possible that someone has a draw to a diamond flush. A 7 makes three 7s for you, but may make a flush for someone else. A 5 makes a straight for you but also has the flush risk.

In a standard game, where you have four or five active rivals on the flop, you still have the best hand, but it is vulnerable and if it is not the best hand, you may not have many ways to win.

There is no particular answer as to how to play this flop - but there is wrong answer. You can either play aggressively or do not play at all. Calling a bet just to see what develops is virtually always wrong in a standard game.

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