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When playing draws in a multi –pot, you should know that the most important thing is the strength of your hand. For instance, a nut flush draw will be much better than a straight draw with an useless end. Of course, this is not a big secret. In other words, if your opponent also has a draw hand, the strength of your draw should be of primary concern in decision making (in previously described situations you were supposed first to consider the type of your opponent, not your own hand). In case you have a relatively weak draw such as a flush draw without an Ace, you should try to get rid of those opponents who also have draw hands. On the other hand, with a better draw hand such as nut flush draw, you don’t care whether your opponents with flush draw will call. In this situation to call would be more profitable than to raise since in case the player who acts after you raises, you can easily call and if the rest of the players did the same, that significantly will increase your odds.

Summary: In a multi pot you should raise with weak draws and call with strong draw combinations.

Weak opponents

When you are playing draws, there are three main types of players you need to consider. Probably the best way to play against really weak opponents is the passive style of playing, meaning that you just need to call, because this way you control the pot. This type of players fold very rarely i.e. top pairs will be enough to call or even to go all in. With this type of players your Fold Equity (the probability your opponent to fold) would be equal to zero and this is one of the most important reasons to place a bet or raise.

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Well, now let’s see what the types of the draw hands are and what should be the right approach to each of them. Let’s say that there are three main types of draw hands which differ greatly from each other and therefore they must be used in different ways.

Let’s call the first type “bad” draws. These are gutshot draws like ten of spades and Jack of diamonds with a flop of 7 of hearts, 8 of spades and any useless card or open ended straight with useless end of the flop with high chances of forming a high straight such as 7 of clubs and 8 of clubs with a flop of 9 of hearts, 10 of hearts and any useless card. If you have this type of hand, the best decision is to fold since the probability to form a good or the best combination is too low. Of course, there are exceptions but anyway, the best choice will be to get rid of these cards.

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Many players find it difficult when it comes to playing draw hands. The purpose of this article is to introduce some tactics which you can use in case you hold a draw. What is a draw hand – this is a hand that can be improved later in the game. The worst mistake that can be done during the pre –flop is to choose a wrong hand. Pocket cards like King of diamonds and Jack of spades may seem to you very promising at first but as a rule, it is to be fold. Since many people try to play these type of combinations (not suited broadways), they often end up with mediocre draws such as gutshots (with a gap in the middle) or open ended straights and then they don’t know how to play in this situation. Beginners should avoid such combinations at all.

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