I want to talk about when it’s a good idea
to play a draw. It’s five card draw poker, we can play draw sometimes. OKay, here’s the
thing. If you are drawing to a card that, if you’re only drawing to one card and you’re
playing the high round. Say you’ve got a straight that can be completed by a middle card, that’s
called a gut shot straight draw. The math is rarely going to be right to draw to that.
You need to be getting, like, eleven to one return on your call. OKay? Now, let’s talk
about an open ended straight draw. Open ended means you can catch a card at either end.
So, look at this hand. Queen, Jack, ten, nine, and then there’s this seven. You’d be throwing
away that seven and hoping to draw an eight or a King. Now, the math on that is such that,
if you’re getting a five to one return on your call, then you’re good to draw. So, make
sure you do the math right. And then, with regard to low hands. If you’re playing in
a fixed limit game, you can always call to try to go for an eight low. You’d be throwing
away that Queen, and you’d be going for an eight low. If you’re playing in a pot limit
or no limit game, and there’s a large bet to you, don’t go calling when you don’t already
have a made eight low or better.