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Tip 34 Draw on turn

Draw here means a hand that need to improve to win.  That is, although a hand as such as two pair or a set can improve to make a full house, it is typically able to win the pot without further improvement.

  The best draw is a hand that need one card to make a flush and also is an open-ended straight, particularly if you might win the pot simply by making a pair.  For example, if the board shows 2-3-T-J, two of which are diamonds, and you hold K ¨ Q ¨, a significant number of cards will make you’re the best hand.  You have nine flush outs, plus six additional straight cards.  In addition, the six remaining kings and queens might make you a winner.  This means that 21 of 44 unseen cards potentially help your hand, or nearly 50 percent of the remaining cards.  Draws don’t get any better  than this, and it is correct to raise with this hand for value if there is a bet and a few callers.  Of course, the more players who are in the pot, the less likely that simply making a pair of kings or queens will be enough to win.  That loss of outs is offset by the increased payoff for making a straight or flush.
  Other good quality draws include flush draws (nine outs), particularly to the nut flush, and open-ended straight draws (eight outs).

  Note: Here is a word of caution about straight draws.  If a flush is already possible, you might be drawing dead, or at the very least have lost two of your wins (as these cards put a four-card flush on the board).  So, as a general rule, it is incorrect to draw to a straight when a flush is already possible.  Also, the mere presence of a flush draw reduces the value of straight draws, as you are faced with the possibility that 25 percent of the cards that fill your straight might make someone else a flush.  If two flush draws are on the board, only half your outs are totally “clean.”  This is often enough to make folding the correct play, unless the pot is very large.

Tip 35 Numerous

This tip identifies and discusses common situations that can burn up your chips if you’re not careful.  We hope it will allow you to navigate better through some rough waters.  These points pertain to multiway pots, those involving four or more players.

Playing Second Pair When Someone Bets

In a pot with several players, one of whom is betting, it usually takes more than second pair to get the money.  So, throw this hand away.  You have only five cards to improve (meaning only about one in nine times will the river card rescue you), and there are no guarantees that even making two pair or trips will be enough.  Your two-pair card may make someone else a straight or a flush.

Staying in With Top Pair When Others Are Betting and Raising

When you hold top pair on the flop, an overcard comes on Poker Turn, and someone else bets, most of the time this action is an indication that you just got outdown.  Assuming this is the case, you are now left with second pair, analogous to the first example in this tip.  It’s no fun, but you should usually give up your hand in a multiway pot when this happens.  You save money in the long run by doing so – and that’s more fun than losing the money.

Drawing at a Straight when a Flush Is Already Possible

Suppose the board shows 4-5-T-J with three hearts.  You hold K § Q §.  Not only do you have an open-ended straight draw, you have two overcards.  However, like isn’t exactly rosy.  For one thing, you might be drawing dead already.  If not, at least one of your several opponents surely has a heart in his hand.  This means you might make either a straight or a pair, but still lose the pot if the card also puts a four-flush on the board.  So, of your 14 potential outs (assuming you are even drawing live), only 10 of them are “clean,” and it may be a stretch to think simply making a pair will be enough.

Drawing at a Straight or Flush when the Board is Paired and There is a lot of Action

Once again, we emphasize that drawing at one hand when a stronger one is possible can be a recipe for disaster.  The more players in the hand, the more likely it is that someone might have a full house already.  You won’t be giving anything up if you choose not to draw at straights and flushes when the board is paired in a multiway pot.  An additional consideration here is which pair is present on the board.  If the paired card is one that people tend to play (aces, and to a slightly lesser extent, any face card), then it is more likely that someone has trips or better.  Also, straight draws can be especially perilous here, as a player holding trips is likely to have another card in the same neighborhood.  For example, if the board shows J-J-Q-3 and you have K-T, your straight card might make someone a full house.  It is logical that you could be against Q-J, J-9, or A-J.  Against the first, you are drawing dead; against the other two, you are drawing very slim, because in each case one of your straight cards makes a full house for your opponent.

Betting and Getting Raised by a Very Tight Player

If this happens, you are in a world of trouble if you don’t hold the nuts.  With some hands, you have enough to call.  These include small straights, flushes, or two pair when the board doesn’t show a straight or flush.  About the only non-nut hand worth a reraise is a small or medium set, when the board doesn’t contain pat hand”  possibilities.  The reason for this is that the tight player may have A-A OR K-K, hands you can beat with your set.