Poker Drawing Hand Types

Learn About Texas Hold'em Draws

When playing Texas Hold'em you typically won't have a made hand on the flop. Instead, you'll have a drawing hand. For example, with hole cards A-Q and a flop showing 9-5-J, your strong starting hand becomes a weak draw on the flop, with potential to improve on the turn and river. This episode explains how to identify very strong draws, strong draws and weak draws.

In addition to considering the strength of your draw, you need to think about the pre-flop action and the number of opponents. For instance, the more opponents are in the hand, the more cautious you need to be. We also get advice from World Series winner Joe Hachem about a particularly tricky situation – playing the bottom end of a straight.

We'll visit the PokerStars Big Game and the European Poker Tour (EPT) as we take a look at how players like Joe Cada and Daniel Negreanu make decisions in hands with big draws. Later, there's a discussion about the risks and rewards of playing hidden draws such as 'gutshots'.

This episode also focuses on a very special EPT winner – Victoria Coren. In 2006, she was the first ever female player to win the tournament. Coren recounts the excitement and camaraderie that night, and her early days at the Victoria Casino, where the event was held.
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