the first bet intact if you are dealt the following
1. Three of a kind.
2. A pair of lOs or better.
3. Three to a straight flush, such as 8, 9, and 10
4. Three to a royal flush, with three high cards,
such as king, queen, and 10 of spades. In our strategically
high card is a 10 or better, since a pair of lOs qualifies
for a payout.
5. Three to a flush, with two high cards, and a chance
for a straight as well, such as king, jack, and 9.
Here, a player would
have to hit the 10 and queen for a straight, but there
is still the possibility of pairing the king or jack.
6. Three to a flush with one high card, if one card
can form an open-ended straight, such as a jack, 9,
and 8 of clubs. If the
fourth card is a 10, then the player now holds an
open ended straight, with the possibility of pairing
two high cards.
And if the fourth card is a club, there is a chance
for a flush, with a payoff of 8-1.
hold'em being what it is, the turn is where many players
turn tail and run. They'll take a flier on anything
on the flop because, what the heck, it's only one
small bet, and they've still got two cards coming.
These same players, though, will frequently deny themselves
that second draw by folding on the turn for the price
of a big bet. This is worth remembering: If you flop
an open-ended straight draw, you're only about a 2-ldog
to make your straight between here and the river-but
only if you stay till the river.
Your single draw on the turn is only a one-in-five
shot. That's why you have to compute your odds bet
by bet, or else commit yourself in advance to seeing
all bets. Many players miscalculate their odds on
the flop and cower out on the turn.