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Playing a Flush Draw Slowly in a Multi-Way Pot

Playing a Flush Draw Slowly in a Multi-Way Pot
  • In a multi-way pot, @JonathanLittle tells why he chose to play a flush draw slowly rather than bet.

  • .@JonathanLittle on a shootout hand in which he had to decide whether to play a flush draw fast or slow.

Today I want to share another hand from the second table of a $1,500 no-limit hold'em shootout I played at the World Series of Poker. Again, with a shootout event, you have to win the table to advance, so it's like a "winner-take-all" situation.

There were still eight players at the table when this hand took place in the 400/800/100 level. Picking up {9-Spades}{8-Spades} in early position, I raised to 2,200 from my 80-big blind stack.

As I discuss in the video below, I like adding some lower suited connectors like this to my raising range. Doing so can make you a little more difficult to play against than is the case if you're only raising with big cards and premium starters.

A tight-aggressive player in the hijack called as did a splashy player in the big blind, with both having similar-sized stacks to mine. The flop came {k-Spades}{9-Clubs}{2-Spades}, and the big blind checked.

Here a lot of players will just blindly bet — after all, we have a pair and a flush draw. But here, and especially multi-way, I like checking sometimes since if the pot does get very big we're probably not going to be too happy.

What would you do in this spot — bet or check? Take a look at how I played it, and listen to my reasoning as the hand continues onward:

After it checked around on the flop, I made my flush on the turn. Here (as I explain) I have one of my best made hands and I bet it. Know when to play slow and when to play fast.

Alas, the runout was a rough one for me as a fourth spade came on the river, presenting another decision for me. How would you play this river?

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,800,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at JonathanLittlePoker.com. Sign up to learn poker from Jonathan for free at PokerCoaching.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.

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