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Cash Game Strategy: Playing Middle Suited Connectors

No Limit Hold Em is a game that features highly aggressive betting, and sitting and waiting for only premium hands can often cost you a lot of money. There is a situation for every hand to be played in, and middle suited connectors can be very profitable if played correctly. One of the excellent things about playing middle suited connectors is that you have great odds with both straight and flush draws. With a little creativity, these hands are easy to hide, and understanding how others at the table see you is very important in how you play these hands.

 

Position is important to playing these hands, because you want other players involved in the hand behind you. With many callers, you are going to be getting the pot odds you need to make a call, as well as great implied odds because of the possibility of over pairs, etc being in play and you being able to earn money from those players.

 

The ideal situation to play these hands is when you are in middle-late position when there are already a lot of callers in the pot. You need to be selctive about the pot odds you get to play these hands, and with 5 people in already in front of you, you are getting them. Suited connectors also provide great implied odds, because when you make your hand and face an opponent with a big pair, etc, you are going to get paid well. Playing these hands for a big raise is not generally a good idea, unless its an occasional shot against a maniac where you need to hit the flop to take down the pot. Don't raise these hands except for the occasional switch in your style to throw off your opponents at the table.

 

An example of playing these hands that typically comes up is one similar to this. I am on the button with 6s-7s, and limp into the pot with 4 callers behind, and the small blind calls as well. The flop hits with 5s-8h-10s. I hit both my straight and flush draws, giving me nice odds against most hands. The small blind bets out 2/3 the pot and it folds to me, where I make a 2x the pot raise. The small blind almost instantaneously shoves all in. I worry about a set here, but usually I am going to be facing an over pair and be ahead. After debating, I call, he flips over Ad-A,h and I hit my spade on the turn giving me the win. These players often don't understand odds and percentages, and this will tilt many players.

 

This is what a player gets for limping with AA, and this is as much a lesson not to do that as it is a lesson in how to play suited connectors. If a player with a big hand wants to let you see a cheap flop, and hit your big draws, then so be it. If I don't hit both straight and flush draws, or two pair, then I'm out and all it cost me was one big blind.

 

You also must be able to fold these hands after the flop if you are going to be playing them. When you do not hit your hand, which will be most of the time, you need to cut your losses and fold. If you make bottom pair, and someone bets into you, it is not a tough fold to make. You should play these hands with a flop em or drop em type of philosophy. Do not pay to chase small single draws, it is not worth it. Play these hands when you can for cheap, and play them hard when you hit, and make sure to get your value.

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