Poker Bankroll Texas Holdem Drawing Hands: Suited Connectors

Texas Holdem Drawing Hands: Suited Connectors

Suited connectors run from the obvious, K-Q of hearts, 9-10 of clubs to the not so obvious, 4-7 of diamonds, 10-K of spades. There are one-gap connectors and two-gap connectors. The most likely to succeed are the no-gap connectors.

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High suited connectors are obvious plays. A-K suited or K-Q or J-Q suited are pretty big hands and can make some big hands. All of them can make high flushes and the highest of straights. If you are lucky enough to catch two pair or a set with those hands, you'll have a good chance to win.

All of these hands are strong enough to raise with. If you raise with them from early position, you may be facing one or two re-raises by the time action gets back to you. They are best to raise with from late position, especially if no one has raised until your turn to act.

If you've missed on the flop and another player aggressively bets out, you've got to fold. Suited connectors are great drawing hands, but if there isn't any connection left after the flop, you've got to throw in the towel.

If there are two suited cards, the same as your suit, on the flop, you'll have to pay attention to the betting and the pot odds to determine if you want to stay in the hand. These hands will often win for you, but they do need help from the board in Texas Holdem.

Lower suited connectors like 10-J, 9-10 and 8-9 can bring some massive pots for you. But you've got to get lucky with your draws. 10-J is thought of as the best of connecting cards to start with. You can make big straights either way and a J high flush is pretty good. This doesn't even consider the two pair, or set possibilities that might come through.

These are not great hands to start with from early position. Too many hands behind could charge you quite a bit to stay with these hands. Once in a while though, a raise with middle suited connectors from middle position can work to your favor. Here's why.

If you are playing a tight aggressive game, your opponents are unlikely to put you on a 9-10 of spades with a raise in middle position. So, if you hit the flop, there isn't any way they'll think it hit you. Consider a flop of 7-8-10. You've got top pair with an open-ended straight draw. And if the suits are correct for you, you may be looking at a monster. Your opponents may give you credit for the 10, but they may not consider the other possibilities.

Small suited connectors are tricky, but just as any other two cards can, can work into some big winners in Texas Holdem Drawing Hands. Playing small suited connectors from early position is risky, since good to great hands may follow. Unless you are skilled at bluffing or think your opponent may be pulling a fast one on you, don't play small suited connectors from early position.

The point of playing suited connectors is the possibility of catching something that you wouldn't be expected to have. If you've played the 3-4 of hearts and the flop is A-2-5 of hearts, no one will expect you to have a straight flush. And if someone else has a K-Q of hearts, you're likely to get all of their chips.

If you do have gaps in your connectors, proceed with caution. Here's the difference between a no-gap connector and a one-gap connector.

You hold the 9-10 of clubs. The flop brings the 7-8-K with two clubs. You've got your flush draw, but you also have an open ended straight draw. So, you can make a flush with one of the nine remaining clubs and you'll make a straight with one of the other three 6's or J's. You have 15 outs for those two possibilities.

Say you have the 9-J in the same situation. Your only straight possibilities come if you pull a 10. That cuts your straight possibilities in half. Not a huge difference, but a difference nonetheless.

None of these hands carry a high probability of coming through for you, but when they do, you'll have a memorable story and lots of someone else's chips.

Be careful about where you play the hands from, especially if your connectors are small and be prepared to dump out when the signs say you are beaten. If you do catch something with these hands, you may want to make sure you show your hand. Especially if no one would ever think you'd play such hands.

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