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Making Straights in Short-Deck

by Kevin Haney |  Published: Jan 30, 2019


Card Player Magazine, available in print and online, covers poker strategy, poker news, online and casino poker, and poker legislation. Sign up today for a digital subscription to access more than 800 magazine issues and get 26 new issues per year! Connected cards with the ability to make many straights have a tremendous amount of value in Triton Poker since they still beat trips and are much easier to make than in full-deck poker. J-10 is the premium connector since it makes the most straights and every single one of them is the nuts. Before we analyze the strength of various connected hands, however, we must first discuss some very important principles related to recognizing straights and straight draws in Short Deck. Recognizing Straights and Open Ended Straight Draws (OESD) Suppose you hold 9-8 and the flop is A-7-6. You have just flopped the nut straight; remember aces are fives! ...

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