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I believe in poker the way I believe in the American Dream. Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and – when played well, nourishes the wallet. ~Lou Krieger

If you want to gain a wider experience in the poker game you should know all its variants. Rocket Stud provide valuable information about stud poker.

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.

The second type are the open ended straights with suitable community cards or nut/ flush draw. It is really very difficult to play such hands since there are a lot of factors that can affect your style of playing. It may sound strange but in this situation the combination of your opponent is more important than yours. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should always check or raise with open ended straights, or always bet with a flush draw. Everything depends on your opponent. Besides, with different types of draw there are different types of behaviour.

The third type of draw hands are the combined ones – the best draw is considered to be an open ended straight or gutshot with a flush draw.  In case you have such combination, you need to place as much money into the pot as possible and you need to do it right away and without hesitation. The only exception would be a situation in which you are playing against a very weak opponent (type 1 player). With such opponents you will have much greater Expected value in case you call or bet when you already managed to form a combination. In all other situations the best thing to do is to go all in at the earliest opportunity. The reason is the fact that such a draw is as strong as your opponents’ complete hands on the flop. In case that on the flop you have an open ended straight with a flush draw, you are in a better situation than a player with an over pair. To go all in when playing against the second type of players (smart players) is also a good idea.  It appears that with these combinations you should not be afraid of the hands of your opponent who would be always forced to fold, so in this situation your Expected Value will be definitely positive. After all, your chances to get the pot almost all the time are 50 / 50 per cent or even more. Besides, you get also the chips of the players who fold. One of the reasons to act like this is also the fact that by the turn your chances of winning will be considerably reduced. With such cards you need to see the turn as well as the river. Of course, you should go all in on the flop only when the pot is large enough. It makes absolutely no sense to place $ 30 in a pot of $1, since the amount of money you’ll get when your opponents fold is not that big.

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