Long term online poker success with winning strategies – register for free!

The best strategies With the correct strategy, poker becomes an easy game. Our authors show you how to succeed, one step at a time.

The smartest thinkers Learn from and with internationally successful poker pros, in our live coaching sessions and in the forum.

Free poker money PokerStrategy.com is free of charge. Additionally there is free poker money waiting for you.

You are already a PokerStrategy.com member? Log in here!

StrategyNo Limit

How to Play Strong Draws

Video: Click here


In this article
  • The basics when playing a drawing hand
  • Shifts in equity and semi-bluffs
  • Differences between being in and out of position

This article will teach you the best way to play strong draws. A strong draw is defined as a hand with more than 8 outs (for a strong hand) and no showdown value.

We will look at playing with strong draws from a mathematical standpoint. This isn't always easy; you will almost never be getting the right pot odds to call with a draw. The implied odds, however, are usually much higher than the pot odds you would need to call.

The fact that you can vary the size of your wager also allows semi-bluffing to be very effective. You can often generate enough fold equity to make semi-bluffs a very profitable part of your game.

The next section will give you a systematic walk-through in playing with strong draws and provide examples of how to play in concrete situations.


That's not the entire article...

With a free membership at PokerStrategy.com, you'll get free poker money to play poker with and therefore the chance to gain access to hundreds of strategy articles such as these - and of course poker videos, live coaching sessions and strategy forums. Register now for free and start playing to enable all our offers.

Register now

Comments (12)

#1 Avatars91, 21 Mar 12 09:12

An excellent article

#2 catblank, 14 Oct 14 09:04


#3 toske1, 13 Mar 15 18:42


#4 AudKa399, 24 May 15 09:53


#5 Alankeehn, 18 Aug 15 22:25


#6 moou1126, 01 Nov 15 07:20

555 ok

#7 bubamarasr, 25 Jan 16 03:33

Read it. Thank you!

#8 hassux, 25 Jan 16 21:04

ok 2belet

#9 msnek, 27 Feb 16 20:40

When to fold: "you have a strong draw but are still often dominated. This can be the case when you are not drawing for the nut flush or when your hole cards are on the bottom end of an OESD."

Even when implied odds are good ? If we are not drawing to the nut flush there is obv always some chance villain is drawing to better one ... So how is this part of thw article meant exactly ?

#10 martti321, 14 Jul 16 09:32


#11 omashiplay, 22 Sep 17 22:43


#12 Marcipaans, 22 Oct 17 13:51