How to play a draw correctly

At the beginning you should first clarify what a draw is. Basically there are straight-draws and flush-draws. These are characterized by the fact that by combining the own hole cards (hand cards) with the cards on the flop and / or turn, it is possible with the help of the next card to form a strong hand.

Example: 1.)
Hole Cards: Qc century
Flop: 10 K 7 (rainbow)
This constellation is a draw, a so-called open-ended straight draw. Every 9 and every ace completes this hand to a street. You can make the road to both sides.

Example: 2.)
Hole Cards: Kh Qh
Flop: 10h 4c 7h
The player holds in this case a flush draw. Each heart makes the player flush.

Let us now deal with the question of how to play a draw as perfectly as possible. First of all, there is certainly no standard guide to playing a draw. There are factors that play a role in each new hand, such as stack stature, type of opponent, style of play, number of opponents, etc.). This article is roughly divided into 2 types.

The aggressive style of play:
One variation is to play his draw very aggressively. This is a common practice today, especially online. If you sit on a flop on a draw, there are several opportunities to bet, check-raise or raise. With a bet you signal strength first and have the chance to win the pot immediately. The bet size should be about 60-70% of the pot. A check-raise usually looks very strong and you have a good chance to take the pot immediately. However, this often obstructs the opportunity to gain as much profit as possible. Because an opponent who calls a check raise or maybe even plays a re-raise, is holding a strong hand with a high probability and we depend on a hit on the turn or river and then most of the time we have to play for our entire stack. Basically, the aggressive style of a draw is recommended. However, you should reevaluate each situation and be able to vary.

The passive way of playing:
Here the goal is as “cheap” as possible to get the turn and rival card. The consideration would therefore be to simply call your opponent’s possible bet or, if there is no action, to also check and hope for the card in question. Which bet you should still pay and when a fold technically is the better solution depends again on several factors (opposing style of play, stacksizes, betsize, implied odds, …). A disadvantage of this style of play is that you are quickly put on a draw by the opponents on a simple call, and thereafter, in the case of a hit on the turn or river, it is difficult to get a payout. An advantage of this style of play, for example, is that you can easily turn the turn into a bluff (for example, float). If the opponent signals weakness on the turn or you feel weakness, it is quite an option to steal the pot with a bet on the turn or river.

Tip: Just try out the different ways of playing and gain experience. Vary your game and reevaluate each game situation according to their starting position. After some time, you should be quite sure how to play the appropriate draw and feel comfortable.

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