Don’t Get Flushed Out

A flush in poker is ranked fifth in the strength standings; therefore, if you have a chance of landing the five-card hand, the temptation is always there to go for it.

The way you play a flush draw depends on a number of factors, including how much it will cost you to carry on, the number of players still active and the betting odds of landing your card(s).

The big concern with playing a flush draw all the way to the river card is that, if you do not hit what you need, you could be left with nothing by the time the turnover comes around. This may result in you losing a large chunk of your bankroll.

If you are lucky enough to be on a flush draw straight after the flop, you have at least two chances of getting your card.

On this occasion, you just need to think about the cost of playing. As ever in poker, you have to weigh up if the risk of entering your chips is worth taking for the reward. There is nothing wrong with folding your cards if you believe the risk is too high.

As experienced betting fans will know, the best type of flush is the one where two of the cards used are in your starting hand. This limits the chances of anybody else having a flush too.

It can be devastating to be beaten by the same suited flush where one of your opponents has a higher card. Unless you have an Ace, there is always the chance of this occurring. A warning sign for this is if somebody else is betting aggressively against you. The problem at this stage is that you are likely to be pot committed.

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