Online Poker Strategy: How To Play Straight DrawsBy Erik Torres
August 14, 2018
Most players know the fact that they have to be aware of the odds or the game when it comes to draws. You have surely had opponents that many times exaggerate the way they are plating their draw hands. If you consider yourself to be like that, then you should examine more draws. For example let’s consider a draw of the straight type. There a two kinds of straight. First there is the inside straight or otherwise called the gunshot draw. This is a straight that has cards in it starting a little over the beginning of the suite and ending a little earlier its ending. And then there is the open-ended straight draw. As the name says, this draw either starts at the beginning of a suite, or ends at the end of a suite. Both of them are dangerous and knowing the odds if just an element that will help you deal with them.
The gunshot draw is often played wrongly. So many players run after a gunshot draw right after the flop because they think the odds are in their favor, but they should know that the odds to get this draw are about 5-1 against them until the river. If these players miss a turn, they will fold knowing the chances just lowered themselves to about 11-1 against their purpose. If only they would take a moment to think it through from the beginning they would have realized then that the overall odds were since then about 11-1 against them, so there was no point in betting on the flop. But they do it all the time, thinking they are doing the absolute right thing. And they sometimes win and is proves them they are right.
These are the players you should want to play against, because you would stand a big winning chance. But, if somehow the odds are bigger than 11-1 in the beginning, then just ignore this advice and go for it because you might just make it and win a lot.
If however the odds tell you to stop, then stop. Set a limit to this draws that make you only lose money online. Unless you have good reasons, stop chasing them. Some good reasons would be: knowing the cards of the opponent – which is impossible – , having bigger cards that all the cards in the flop, having a pair that is bigger that all the cards in the flop.
These hands are very dangerous most of the times. The best thing to do is to throw them and have no regrets while doing this.