Having a straight flush draw can bring on a lot of question on the topic of what to do. Some would say to take your free card and see if you can catch while others would say to bet it. Neither of them is right nor wrong, but there is one that is better then the other. In some cases taking a free card might be the right move while in other cases betting your draw will be the right move. It depends a lot on how good your draw is.
There are a few things to consider with a straight flush draw. The first thing is to consider how good your draw is and how many outs you have. If you just have a gut shot straight draw then that isn’t as good as an open ended straight draw. The chance of actually catching a straight flush is terrible; but the chances of catching either a flush or a straight are very good. So if either of those will win the hand for you then you are in good shape. If you are solely relying on a straight flush to win then you are in the wrong game; you are better off playing blackjack.
If you have an open ended straight flush draw and you know that a straight or a flush will win the hand for you (which is most likely) then you have a ton of outs. In this situation you should play this hand strong, because it is strong. You have a better chance of winning then any of your opponents do. The only thing that you could have to worry about is a higher flush. If your draw is with an ace then you really have nothing to worry about. The only hand that could beat you with the cards showing is a straight flush and you have that draw too. In this situation you have a 77% chance of winning on the flop and a 39% chance on the turn.
There is a pretty big difference between a draw on the flop and a draw on the turn. Your draw is much more likely to hit if you have it on the flop then it is if you have it on the turn. That is definitely something to think about. If you are in this position you may want to take the free card, because you are not as likely to catch.
No matter what your hand is, you never want to let your opponents get free cards. If you are getting a free card that means you are also letting your opponents get a free card. It is understandable if you just don’t want to risk any money and you know you will get paid off either way if it hits. Just think about the amount of money you will get when you hit if you check; then think about the amount of money you would get if you bet. If you don’t think it will make a difference then there is no reason you can’t take a free card and save money if you don’t hit.
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