How to Play a Straight, Flush, or Full House Off the Draw

How to Play a Straight, Flush, or Full House Off the Draw

If you’ve been playing Multiplayer Draw Poker at The Gold Casino even for just a little while, you’ve certainly had this happen to you. You’re first card is a diamond, and you think nothing of it. Then your next two cards are diamonds, and you start to get your hopes up. Here comes the fourth card, and it’s almost a diamond. Now your heart is beating in anticipation of that last card, and lo and behold it’s another diamond – you’ve been dealt a flush off the draw! And you’ve probably been dealt a straight in the same way, or even a full house.

Unfortunately, this situation is not nearly as good as you might think. Why not? Because the other players are going to see you discard zero and know you’ve been dealt a straight, flush, or full house, and are probably going to fold once you bet after the draw. So how should you play such a hand? My advice is simple: open for no more than the average opening bet of the other players in the game. The worst thing you can do is open for a lot more grams than has been typical for the game, since the other players will fold and you’ll just collect the antes. Of course, if you’re playing in a wild game where lots of players are opening high anyway, you’re in a beautiful position and can sit back and wait for your pot of gold.

Okay, so the average opening bet has been 40 cg, so you go ahead and bet that. Now it-s your turn to discard. You’re not going to discard any cards, but should you click “OK” immediately? Or should you wait 15 seconds? Or should you wait the entire 30? There’s no black and white answer to this question; different players do different things. One suggestion is that you pretend you were “timed out,” only because this might fool some other players and help you collect a bigger pot. (Sorry, but it probably won’t.) Some players even disconnect themselves when dealt a hand like this to make it look like they discarded zero due to a technical difficulty!

Now, after the discarding, again you should open modestly, say with 40 cg. Even with a bet this low the other players are most likely going to fold on you, but even if just one of them wants to see your hand you’ll collect on that 40 grams.

Your only real hope to collect a big pot on this type of hand is for another player to have drawn to a straight, flush, or full house. But this is a double-edged sword, my friend. If you go ahead and open with 40 cg and get raised 400 cg, do you have a winner? If you were dealt a straight, the other player might have a higher straight or a flush; if you were dealt a flush, the other player might have a higher flush; and even if you were dealt and ace high flush, the other player might have a higher ace high flush. If this happens to you, you can’t fold your hand – it’s just too good. So you need to call, but should you raise? In my opinion, only if you were dealt a full house. And if the player re-raises you, you can rest assured that the player has a higher full house, four of a kind, or possibly even better. But again you’ve got to call: are you going to fold your hand with all that gold invested? Of course not.

How about when another player discards zero? The answer is simple: don’t mess around – fold your hand and wait for the next one. If you play with somebody who discards zero, you’re playing with fire, that fire being either a great hand or an insane player!

Author: Fairy Potter