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Texas Hold'em Draws: Secret Tactics You Should Know About

People usually get told to play Hold’em draws only if the odds are in their favor and to otherwise fold flush or straight draws. However, if you play this way all the time, your opponents will be onto you soon and this might cause you several headaches.

Find the benefits

If you check raise with draws, you might actually avail of several benefits. First of all, your opponent may fold and give you the pot. Secondly, there is a chance that you get a free card at the river. This could result in you getting a monster hand, which will completely pay off if other players keep your earlier bluff in mind.

Here is an example. If you hold 9d-10d and get a flop of 8d-7s-2h with two players still present, you will have an open-ended straight draw and two more cards. If two of you check and a third player bets, you can choose to check raise to bump the actual bet up three times. This could make both players fold. Now, one player could have been holding 8-9 while the other player could have been holding Q-K. By raising, you got rid of the greatest hand of pair eights and taken the entire pot. Good job!

Be reasonable

The player who has a decent position after the entire flop will usually throw in a bet with hopes of taking things down with absolutely nothing since everybody else has already shown their weaknesses by checking. Middle players will usually check, if their hands are moderate, such as 8-9 in the example, to see whether the action will develop or not. By check raising, you could probably get rid of any moderate hands, as well as late position bluffs.

But what will happen if somebody wakes up and has a hand after you? If they simply call at the flop, you could hit at the turn or at the river if they choose to check. If they pressure you at the flop, give up your hand. Even though you took a shot, it would be time to give up. Don’t let bluffs turn into costly propositions. This move should only be added into the game as occasional alternatives to throw off opponents from your trail.