A straight draw in poker is a set of ascending cards of different suits, in which one is missing for a straight. A straight draw does not allow you to win, since it is not, in fact, a full-fledged combination. But on the next street it can become a straight and it is worth striving for.
Straight draw is divided into two types:
1. Open ended straight draw. This is a combination of cards with different suits, in which the values are collected in order, but one of the two cards is missing for a full straight. For example, a player has collected 5, 6, 7, 9, but he lacks 4 or 10, respectively. Suits can be any. 4 and 10 are called outs in this case. To make a straight, we have 8 outs (four 4s and four 10s).
2. Gutshot. Similar to an open-ended straight draw, but the combination is missing one card in the middle. For example, 4, 5, 6, 8 are collected. In this case, 7 is missing. It is much more difficult to collect such a straight, since there are only four outs. Therefore, the chances of winning are 2 times less than with an open-ended straight draw.
Also, don’t forget about a straight flush draw – an unfinished poker position that can be improved to a straight or a flush. A straight flush draw is considered a strong hand, because if you improve, you can get a pretty winning combination and break the pot.