Holdem Strategy: The Flop Is All the Same Suit

You might see three cards of the same suit on the flop only about 5 percent of the time. Such flop which represents the cards of the same suit creates a different kind of problems. We will discuss how some different hands can be played.

Suppose you flop a flush. (This is not going to happen at least more than 1 percent of the time.) If your flush is small, it is significant to bet and/or raise only because you don't want others to get a free card which might beat you. Slow-playing such kind of hands (as stated earlier) would generally be a great mistake. If the fourth suited card appears on the turn or the river, depending on the number of rivals that you are against, you may have to throw away your hand.

If you flop high pair against a few rivals you should bet, as you cannot afford to give a free card to others, especially if your high pair is not very large. However, when you are first to act, it is better to check and call against many rivals. If no one yet has a flush then it can easily assume that someone is drawing to it. You should try to put as much little money as you can until you are confident that you are not against a flush. This includes seeing that the fourth suited card does not come. If the action behind you seems to be high, then you should in that case fold. However, you should bet if several players have already passed.

If you don't flop high pair but have a high suited card, you should certainly draw for a flush. "High suited card" means one of the top two of that given suit. Do not call with something like ten and wait for the fourth suited card to hit the board. Further, depending on your rival(s) and your position, you should raise and try for a free card on the turn.

Playing against few rivals, a suited flop sometimes will allow you to bluff. As long as your rivals are honest players, they won't call your bet on the flop unless they have at least high pair or one of the top two suited cards. And if you are called, you can successfully till the river.

However, if you are against several players, you cannot easily bluff and possibly (as stated) should not even a bet a hand like high pair. It is correct to wait giving yourself an opportunity to see the action and also see what card comes on the turn.

Some other problems arises when the flop comes with three cards in succession like

And also flops with medium two-card combinations like

Also creates the same problems. It would be a mistake to bluff into many rivals when you see one of these flops. There are too many ways that a JT or T9 can hit your rivals, and it becomes fairly impossible to steal in such situations. This means that the best way to play when such combinations flops is to call on the flop, wait to see what hits on fourth street and then accordingly fold, call, bet or raise.

Suppose you started with

And the flop comes

Against small number of players, you should bet or otherwise be prepared to check and call. (There is an exception if you get a chance to thin out the field and you want to do so. For example, if you flop high pair from an early position in a multi-way pot, you check, the last player bets, then you should go for a check-raise.)

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