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Drawing Hands

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In poker a player is 'drawing' if their hand is incomplete and needs further cards to improve it to the winning hand. However, drawing hands can be powerful in No Limit Hold'em. The reasoning behind this is that if played aggressively they present the player with 2 ways of winning the hand: newline 1) Making our opponent fold.newline 2) Actually hitting one of the cards we need (this is very likely to make us the winning hand). Not all draws are equal though. The strength of just a straight draw is much weaker than a straight and a flush draw or a pair and a flush draw. For example the straight draw in example one is nowhere near a strong as the multiple-draws illustrated in examples two and three:

1) Straight draw:

Player cards: 56 on a board of: 4710

2) Straight-flush draw:

Player cards: 910 on a board of: 782

3) Pair and a flush draw:

Player cards: A5 on a board of: 59j

These multiple draws that we refer to as 'combo-draws'. These are very powerful and we should not be afraid of putting all our chips in with them (at least on the flop).

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