12 Tips To Play Flush Draws
There is something about suited cards that makes us lose our minds! Flush draws are one of the strongest draws on the flop, however, suited cards and flush draws are also the most commonly misplayed hands in poker. The tricky bit is that math tells you to play them conservatively while strategy dictates that you become ‘aggro’.
In this article, we will attempt to clarify a few doubts that hover around flush draws. There are many variables involved and we will attempt to address a few. So, here goes; our 12 tips to to play flush draws:
- The general idea is to play nut flush aggressively. Either of two scenarios is likely. First, there’s a chance your opponent folds, since you have outs. Second, you put your opponent on the spot and force them to make a decision. In case you don’t hit your flush, you give yourself ample room to bluff your way to a win.
- With a nut flush draw, it is advisable to check rather than making a move. In case you have AK or AQ suited, then betting is a better option. Since it’s more of a value bet than anything else.
- If you have a flush draw with a straight draw as well, it’s best to check-raise the flop. A nut straight is of course better than the lower straight. Thus, pay attention to your opponent’s action.
- When in position, consider calling strong flush draws and raising weaker flush draws on the flop. With position, you force your opponent to make a decision, at the same time, you can gain vital info about their cards. If the turn is a brick and your opponent checks; it’s best to check back your strong flush draw and raise with a weak draw.
- If you don’t have the best pot odds, you can still stay in the game. The turn and the river can dramatically change your hand strength.
- Ace flush blockers can be used to C-bet flops and barrel when the flush hits on later streets.
- In a 3-bet pot, with a strong nut flush draw; a flop C-bet makes good sense.
- If you have position and were a pre-flop raiser; checking a backdoor flush draw is the correct play.
- Middle pair with a flush draw warrants a check or a small bet call.
- Top pair with a flush draw is a good spot to raise.
- It’s best to check or call when you’re out of position with the nut flush draw.
- Lastly, if you have over cards, straight draws, and top pairs with your flush draw; you have excellent pot odds. Raising is the best course of action.
The above tips can be useful while deciding your action. Please bear in mind that there are a host of other factors which you need to consider. For example, you will need to modulate your action in case you are playing with a tight player as opposed to a calling station. Hope these tips helped. Good luck!