Attack your opponents with a hidden draw!

Some poker draws are very observable while others are hidden or not easily observed. A hidden draw can balance out a weak hand. Your opponents will most likely think that you won’t play that draw and may even bet regardless of whether you have completed your draw.

Utilize Hidden Draws

For example, say you have a JS/10S and the flop brings a KC/AS/6S. You check on the flop and the Turn gives a 3C. The Turn has not filled your draw so you check once again. The River brings a 5S and you get your flush. If you raise or bet now, your opponents will believe that you completed your hand and will stop adding to the pot.

However, not every draw is as easily observed as a straight or flush. Over-cards and gut-shots may be combined and this may give you a better chance of completing your hand. At times, a good strategy is to combine your draws to raise your chances of taking a big pot.

Model of a Hidden Draw

Say that you are holding a QS/AD and the flop brings a JD/2S/10H. Right now, you have ten outs that could raise the value of your draw; three aces, four kings and three queens. If you are up against an opponent with a high pair like a JC/AC, a QS/AD has a 30 percent chance of getting stronger by the River.

One draw that is especially difficult to observe is a double gut-shot straight. For example, say you have a 10H/QH and the flop brings a JH/8S/AD. In this situation, you have eight outs that could raise the value of your draw; four nines and four kings. If you complete your draw with a nine or a king, your opponents probably won’t pick up on it and they may continue to bet or raise with poor hands.