If you haven't made your straight-flush at fifth-street, the information from the fourth-street: Three hands are still possible the straight flush, a flush, or a straight. Just how possible depends on how many of your needed cards you have seen around the board. We hope that you have paid attention to the board.
If your four-straight or four-flush is still a four-straight or four-flush, you can continue play if your needed cards still live. But if you have four clubs and you have already seen five other clubs on the board, then the odds are long. You should throw away your hand. If you have seen a maximum of three other clubs while drawing to a quality flush or two others if you are drawing to a non-quality flush, continue playing.
If you are drawing to an open-end straight you should take into account, the rule of two points.
More considerations are needed than just how many of your cards are still live and available. After fulfilling that requirement, you will want to determine whether straight or flush will win if you make it.
Stay far from any trap in drawing to the second-best (or third-best) drawing hand. It would lead to lose money for many players
Suppose if your four flush is jack-high and other players are drawing to queen or king-high flushes at fifth-street, you should throw away your flush draw but most of them don't. They continue playing however not realizing they are in danger of making the hand and losing later. Or if they realize that their flush draw is smaller, they stay and hope to catch something bigger than that. That's a lot of expectation and gambling. Save your money for more profitable spot.
The same rule applies for your straight draws. If you determine that others are drawing to flushes, or even bigger straights, you should throw away and wait for a profitable turn.
Remember we had mentioned about playing with the best hand or with the best draw. In the situations above, you have neither. What you have is the danger of making your hand and losing. Make this very clear that you should not be trying for the second-best drawing hand and always be careful to realize when you are doing it. And stop. In order to win you should make your hand while your rival misses his. The second way to win is if you both miss, but you have the highest cards or if you hesitate into a pair on the end.
Most of the time, instead of filling your flush at fifth-street, you will pair a big card and have an overpair such as kings.
At fifth-street you may have the best hand and the best draw. You can play your hand aggressively
If someone else checks to you, bet. If someone has already bet, raise. If you thin out the field to one rival, that's fine. Your winning hand is the pair of kings. It is also fine if you have two or three callers to give you proper pot odds for your flush draw.
This fifth-street raise will allow you to get through seventh-street at no extra cost. You will be checked on sixth-street. If you improve to two pair, trips, or make your drawing hand there, bet. If you don't improve, you can try for a semi-bluff bet and expect to win right there or you can check along and take a free seventh-street card.
Also, fifth-street raise will assure you of having only one rival at sixth-street, making for a greater possibility of your pair to win.
If you don't have that big pair to go with your flush draw on fifth-street, you won't want to be quite as aggressive with the hand, unless you are sure that a semi-bluff bet will win for you at fifth-street. Otherwise, call any bets that are made, or check and take a free card at fifth-street.
If you have made a straight or flush you should bet or raise as much as you can to protect the hand. You know that you are only going to win the pot. It can become a higher straight or flush but that's it. Two small pair can make a full house in the next two cards. One pair can trip up or make two pair at sixth-street and then fill up on seventh-street. Stop them for trying this out. Make it as expensive as you can for them to draw to those hands.
Remember that after getting the fifth card the betting will tend to become stronger and heavier in spread-limit games, or double in fixed-limit games. It is at this spot that players have either made their hands or have a holding to which they can draw and make a completed hand.
Always keep this mind: Don't stay past fifth-street unless you are determined to stay to the end. Your hand should be strong enough at fifth-street so that there is no chance of folding at sixth-street.
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