One is said to be drawing in a poker game if one has a hand that is incomplete and needs further cards to become valuable. The hand itself is called a draw. For example, in seven-card stud, if four of your first five cards are all spades, but your hand is otherwise worthless (no pairs, no straight), you are said to be drawing for a flush. Contrast this with a made hand, which has value already. If another player has a made hand that will beat your potential flush, then you are drawing dead, that is, even if you make your flush, you will lose, therefore the draw is not worth pursuing.
Whether or not it is good strip poker strategy to play a drawing hand depends upon the nature of the game being played, the size of the pot, the betting structure, and many other factors. However, the most basic principle is the ratio of pot odds to the odds of making your hand: if the pot odds are greater, then the draw is likely worth pursuing if you are not drawing dead. Practice playing for free online with Naughtynightlie.com
Strip Poker Hands - Flush Draw
A flush draw, or four flush, is a hand with four cards of the same suit that may improve to a flush. For example, K♠-9♠-8♠-5♠-x. A flush draw has nine outs (thirteen cards of the suit less the four already in the hand).
It sounds strange, but flush draws are easier to hit than straight draws, even though a straight is more probable than a flush. For example, in Texas hold 'em, a flush draw with four cards has nine outs, but an open-ended straight draw has only eight outs, so a flush draw will usually be a favorite over a straight draw.
In Texas hold 'em and Omaha hold 'em, if a player has only three of a suit on the flop, the player will need the turn and the river to be the right suit to hit the flush. This is called a runner-runner flush draw (runner-runner for short), or a backdoor flush. The probability of completing the flush is roughly 4%, therefore drawing to a runner-runner is similar to drawing to an inside straight on the river, and the same advice applies: it's not likely to be justified, but it can be if the pot is big enough. It is also easy to draw dead with a runner-runner, because if there are four of a suit on the board, then a player needs to be holding only one card of that suit. A player who holds the ace of that suit will have the nut (best possible) flush. Therefore, in chasing a runner-runner where such a board will be necessary, it is often not a good idea if the flush would not be the nut flush.
Strip Poker Hands - Straight Draw
A straight draw usually has four of the five needed cards in sequence, for example, 2-3-4-5. This is called an open straight draw because it can be completed on either end, with either an ace or a six. Open straight draws are generally four cards; a three-card straight draw is rarely worth pursuing. More hazardous is an inside straight draw, also called a gutshot or belly buster, such as A-3-4-5 only a 2 will complete the hand, so the chances of making the hand are halved. The same principle applies to the draws A-2-3-4 and J-Q-K-A, because only a five can complete the first and only a ten can complete the second, though these are not called inside straight draws (nor are they open straight draws). No matter what the game is, drawing to an inside straight is rarely a good idea it is when the pot odds justify it, but this is rare. For example, in Texas hold'em, the chance of hitting an inside straight draw after the flop is 8.5% for the next card, or about 1 in 12. That means if the bet size is $5, the pot must be at least 5*12 = $60 to call. If it is, which may happen if, for instance, you are in late position and the table is full of maniacs, then it is usually incorrect not to draw to the straight, unless there is a good chance that somebody else can beat you (usually with a flush or full house), in which case you are drawing dead.
An uncommon variation of the inside straight draw, only possible in games with more than five cards in play such as seven card stud or Texas hold 'em, is the double belly buster. This is a sequence of cards with two inside straight draws, for example, A-3-4-5-7. In this case, either a two or a six will complete a straight. This makes the odds of hitting the hand the same as hitting a normal straight draw.
Strip Poker Hands - Outside Straight Draw
An outside straight draw, or open-ended straight draw, is a hand with four of the five needed cards in sequence (and could be completed on either end) that may improve to a straight. For example, x-9-8-7-6-x. An outside straight draw has eight outs (four cards to complete the top of the straight and four cards to complete the bottom of the straight). Straight draws including an ace are not outside straight draws, because the straight can only be completed on one end (has four outs).
Strip Poker Hands - Inside Straight Draw
An inside straight draw, or gutshot draw or belly buster draw, is a hand with four of the five cards need for a straight, but missing one in the middle. For example, 9-x-7-6-5. An inside straight draw has four outs (four cards to fill the missing internal rank). Because straight draws including an ace only have four outs, they are also considered inside straight draws. For example, A-K-Q-J-x or A-2-3-4-x. The probability of catching an out for an inside straight draw is roughly half that of catching an out for an outside straight draw. Practice being on a draw with our free online strip poker!
Strip Poker Hands - Double Inside Straight Draw
A double inside straight draw, or double gutshot draw or double belly buster draw, is a hand with three of the five cards need for a straight in sequence, plus two additional cards one gap from each end. For example, 9-x-7-6-5-x-4. An double inside straight draw has eight outs (four cards to fill either missing internal rank). Double inside straights only occur in games with seven or more cards. The probability of catching an out for double inside straight draw is the same as for an outside straight draw.
Strip Poker - Other Draws
Sometimes a made hand needs to draw to a better hand. For example, if a player has two pair or three of a kind, but an opponent has a straight or flush, to win the player must draw an out to improve to a full house. There are a multitude of potential situations where one hand needs to improve to beat another, but the expected value of most drawing plays can be calculated by counting outs, computing the probability of winning, and comparing the probability of winning to the pot odds.
Strip Poker - Backdoor Draw
A backdoor draw, or runner-runner draw, is a drawing hand that needs to catch two outs to win. For example, a hand with three cards of the same suit has a backdoor flush draw because it needs two more cards of the suit. The probability of catching two outs with two cards to come is:
Probability = NumberOfOuts / NumberOfUnseenCards * [(NumberOfOuts − 1) / (NumberOfUnseenCards − 1)]
For example, if after the flop in Texas hold 'em, a player has a backdoor flush draw (e.g., three spades), the probability of catching two outs on the turn and river is (9 / 47) * (8 / 46) = 3%.
Strip Poker - Hands - Draws - Outs
An unseen card that would improve a drawing hand to a likely winner is an out. Playing a drawing hand has a positive expectation if the probability of catching an out is greater than the pot odds offered by the pot.
The probability of catching an out with one card to come is:
Probability = NumberOfOuts / NumberOfUnseenCards
The probability of catching at least one out with two cards to come is:
Probability = 1 - (NumberOfNonOuts / NumberOfUnseenCards) * ((NumberOfNonOuts - 1) / (NumberOfUnseenCards - 1))
A dead out is a card that would normally be considered an out for a particular drawing hand, but should be excluded when calculating the probability of catching an out. Outs can be dead for two reasons:
A dead out may work to improve an opponent's hand to a superior hand. For example, if Ted has a spade flush draw and Alice has an outside straight draw, any spades that complete Alice's straight are dead outs because they would also give Ted a flush.
A dead out may have already been seen. In some game variations such as stud poker, some of the cards held by each player are seen by all players.
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