What is a hidden draw?

If you have played poker for a while, then you have probably fallen victim to a hidden draw without even realising it.

In poker, hidden draws can be the one thing that can catch out a player who is not paying attention, and this is why it is crucial for you to pay attention at all times. Here, we will explore the hidden draw in more detail.

Let’s say you have J-10 of spades, and the flop comes 3s, Kd and As. In this situation, you have both an inside straight draw (queen) and a flush draw (any spade). Now, you check the flop and so does your opponent/s.

The turn brings a dead card and everybody checks again with the river bringing a spade, and you open up with a bet.

Your opponent has a choice, they either think you are representing the flush, or you have just hit it, regardless, because they have checked the flop and turn the chances are that you will not be getting paid on this hand.

A hidden draw is different because it is not as obvious. If you have A-K (where the suit is not relevant), and the board comes J-Q-3 you potentially have 10 outs to improve, the remaining aces, kings and tens to make your straight.

If you can pin somebody to a hand on this board, like pocket nines, then there is a possibility that betting your combo draw may be the best chance to capitalise on your hand.

On the other hand, a double-gutshot draw is hard to spot as well. For instance, if you have J-9 hearts and the board brings Qs-10s-7h as well as a king for a straight you can also hit an 8. Furthermore, you could hit runner hearts to flush. Therefore, what are eight potential outs on the flop could be much more by the turn.

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