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Poker Strategy - Playing Middle Suited Connectors

Suited connectors are the epitome of a double edged sword in poker. When played correctly, they can be highly profitable however if played poorly, they can be a disaster and lead to a meltdown at the table. A hand like 6s-7s is not going to win at showdown on its own, however you have a ton of inherent draws which makes it a hand that improves often and becomes very strong. These hands play equally well in both limit and no limit hold em, but need to be played with a big flashing caution sign going off in your head.

Playing Suited Connectors

When you sit down at a table and are dealt smaller suited connectors right away, you can fold them knowing you made the right decision. These hands require a lot of information from the table in order to play them well. You want to know the flow of the game, and the aggression level of the players you are seated with. If there are a lot of raised pots going on, it makes it a little tougher to play your suited connectors because you want to be seeing a lot of flops as cheap as possible with these hands. You want to be getting great odds to call pre-flop, so the more limpers the better.

Position is Paramount - Learn to Play Position

You really want to pay attention to your table position with these hands. You don’t want to be making raises UTG with these hands, but you do want to be able to limp from late position, or call a small raise. Getting into the pot for a low price allows you to be able to easily throw your hand away if you don’t hit anything on the flop, and also gives you the ability to mask your hand if you do connect. You will usually see a player who hits there top pair and bet into your big draw on the flop, which with you flat calling will give them fits putting you on a hand.

Flops You Want To See and Flops You Don't

When the flop hits and you are holding suited connectors, you want it to either hit your cards individually (Ie; 2 pair) or give yourself a great draw that you can disguise. Looking at the same hand from earlier, if you have 6s-7s, and the flop comes 5s-As-8h, you now have both straight and flush possibilities, which leaves thirteen cards in the deck which will make your hand. When you have this many outs in a hand you will usually want to be flat-calling even decent sized flop bets, as your odds to make your  hand are quite high, and flat calling lets you keep it disguised.

Things to Be Wary Of

When you make your flush draw on the flop, you need to be aware that there is a possibility of being up against bigger flush draws. This is when it is really important to be able to recognize how your opponents are playing, and being able to get a read on there hand and betting patterns to know where you stand. When someone is showing strength against your small flush, you want to be able to toss the hand away.

The other thing to be very careful of is drawing the low end of a straight. Again, knowing your opponents and how they play will be a big factor in knowing when your bottom straight is good, and when you are beat. Also be aware of the turn card giving your opponent a possible bigger one-card straight as well.

These middles suited connectors can really add to your overall profitability when played well. Proceed with caution, as it is an easy type of hand to be out-played with by a more experienced opponent. Make sure you are bringing you’re A-game when approached with these situations.

 
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