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Connectors in No-Limit Hold’em

Attractive hands when the money is deep and your position is good

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Oct 02, 2009


“Connectors,” as I use the term, are cards that are close enough in rank to have a reasonable amount of straight-making potential and small enough to have little or no high-card potential. This would include J-10 down to 5-4. The holdings 4-3 and 3-2 are weaker because they cannot make the top end of a straight. Hands with a gap of more than one rank, like 9-6, don’t have enough straight potential to be playable. I seldom play connectors that are not suited, as they are considerably weaker, but I confess a fondness for J-10, even when not suited. Four ways to make a straight are better than only three. In a column I wrote a little over a decade ago, discussing the play of connecting cards in limit hold’em, I wrote (tongue-in-cheek), “In conclusion, I recommend that you play connectors only on the second and fourth Tuesday of the ...

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