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I’d Rather Be Drawing

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Jan 23, 2013

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If you understand the concept of implied odds, then you know that in big-bet poker games like no-limit hold‘em, future risks and opportunities often matter more than your current equity in a small pot. This is why it can be correct to call a flop bet with a flush draw even though the immediate pot odds you’re offered don’t seem to warrant it. Sometimes you will hit your draw and win another bet or two. Other times you will miss but steal the pot with a well-executed bluff. If you’ve read the situation correctly, then you should turn enough of a profit from these options to more than make up for the times that you miss and lose the pot. This versatility is the real strength of drawing hands. As long as your draw is live, you can never be in the kind of bad shape that, for example, a ...


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