Ever since the early 19th century when poker was invented in the United States, the game has been played over the whole world, grew as large as it was never before, and it keeps grabbing people’s attention from land-based casino tables to online poker tables with or without live dealers on the table.
At the start, and throughout the whole 20th century, many people were discussing the rules of poker, and constantly, from all over the world, new and new rules and suggestions were given to make the game better and finally, when the game seemed complete, the word of it spread across the whole globe and everyone started playing this masterpiece.
A huge spike was recorded at the beginning of the 21st century, mostly because the introduction of online casinos and hole-card cameras, which turned the game into a spectator sport. There were people paying to watch some of the best poker players and admire their skills, especially on the tournaments organised for this card game. So, you can play the game or watch someone else play from the comfort of your couch, and you can even enjoy the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour which was features on satellite. That’s how awesome poker is.
But let’s wrap it up with the poker history and focus a bit more on the questions that we are receiving on our address. Today, we will focus on Flush Draw, Backdoor Flush Draw, the odds and rules of it!
So, what is a flush draw in poker?
What is a Flush Draw in Poker?
What is a Flush Draw in Poker? We got this question several times now, and it’s time to explain. Flush Draw is a draw that has four cards of the same sui, needing just one more of the same suit to make a flush. For example, you can have K♣ 9♣ 8♣ 5♣ and you need an X to complete the flush. This draw has nine outs (13 cards minus the four you already have). If you are playing Texas Hold’em poker, the probability to end up with a flush in the hand is exactly 34.97% if there are two more incoming cards, while 19.56% if one more card needs to come.
When you have a flush draw in Poker, there are tons of ways that you can choose to play it. The most reasonable option is to check-call and hope that you hit your fifth spade, heart, diamond or clover in the next flip. Sometimes, it’s better to be a bit more aggressive and see those chips flying on the table, hoping to get them all on your part of the table or you are playing in a land-based casino or on your account if you are connected to the dealer and the other players through the screen.
Tons of other options and available, from the strength of the flush draw to tendencies of your opponent, and that’s where you need to decide what you need to do.
Let’s see few different scenarios on how you should play the flush draw in poker.
How to Play Flush Draw in Poker?
As we already said, there are several variabilities to play when you are in the situation of Flush Draw. Some people might want to take a step back and see what’s about to happen on the table and leave the main action to someone else while other people want to step inside and be the ones creating the action and conducting the tempo of the game.
In most of the occasions you should play the latter one, the aggressive approach. By playing this way, you give yourself two ways of winning the hand, and while one will most definitely give you the confidence, the other one has nothing to do with getting things right, at least in your hand. The goal is to scare off the opponent as he folds even before the first card is being flipped. Even if the player doesn’t fold immediately, there will be plenty of chips in the middle of the table and you have a strong hand to compete with. You really can’t go wrong with this type of play as they are both good. If the opponents back down, the chips are all yours, and if he raises, there are plenty of chips on the table and you have good cards in your hand.
The other option which you can play requires you to pay a close attention to the opponent from the start of the game and notice when he is raising. If he has a tendency to raise and bluff for everything, then consider playing the first, aggressive option, but if the opponent plays defensively and only goes higher when he has nice cards in his hand, you might want to consider slowing down. When this happens, it will be better just to check-call and see how the game will proceed. You will usually be against a strong hand, for example, a set or two pairs that will drastically reduce your chances of winning.
By calling, you leave yourself with more options on later streets. The best case scenario is obvious – you hit the flush and win the big pot that’s in the middle of the table. Even if you miss, your opponent will just check and that’s where you want to use your bluffing skills. When you are calling on the flop it doesn’t mean you are waiting for the strongest combination in the game – you could’ve just had a pair or something small, and that’s how most of the players’ minds function. The worst case scenario is when your opponent decides to fire against you and against the turn before you can see the rest of the cards on the table. You should’ve known whether that player fires on everything and bluff or plays safe.