How to Play Your Draws – Quiz Answers and Explanations

Here are the questions, answers, and explanations from our How to Play Your Draws Quiz!

Question #1. With 50 big blinds effective, UTG+2 raises to 2.5bbs. You call with 7s6s in the big blind. The board comes [9s-5d-5h]. You check and UTG+2 bets 1/3 pot, what should you do?

Fold

Call

Raise

Explanation:  You should raise with your draw! On this board, you have the nut advantage (you have more 5s). This allows you to raise at a really high frequency. You’ll balance all of your ‘nut’ hands by raising often with many of your draws on this board type.


Question #2. You’re playing a $1/$2 cash game ($500 effective). The LJ raises to $10, CO calls, BTN calls, and you call in the big blind with Ah7h. The board comes [Jh-9d-4h]. You check, LJ bets $20, CO calls, and BTN calls. What should you do?

Fold

Call

Raise

Explanation: You should call in this spot. This draw benefits from multi-way action because it allows you to cooler weaker flushes that would fold if you raise. Also, if you get 250bbs all-in on this flop, it’s very likely that you will be up against a range of hands that you are doing poorly against.  


Question #3. With 18 big blinds effective, The BTN min-raises and you call in the big blind with 7h6h. The flop comes [5h-4d-Jh]. You check and the BTN bets 3 big blinds. What should you do?

Fold

Call

Jam

Explanation:  You should go all-in here. With short stacks, you have plenty of value hands that don’t mind jamming to deny equity from the button. To balance these value hands, you want to jam with some draws that don’t mind getting folds from over-cards and have plenty of equity against the opponent’s calling range.


Question #4. You’re playing a $1/$2 cash game ($500 effective). You raise from the LJ with 8s9s and the big blind calls. The board comes [As-Ks-2d] and the big blind checks to you. What should you do?

Check

Bet

Explanation: You should bet with your draw. This board heavily favors your range. This is because the BB player will rarely have any AK/AA/KK, but you have these hands in your range. For this reason, you get to do a lot of betting on this board type, and should certainly include draws like 8s9s.


Question #5. With 100bbs effective, you get dealt 9h8h in the big blind. The LJ raises to 3bbs, the CO and BTN call, and you call in the big blind. The board comes [Tc-Jc-2s]. You check, the LJ bets 8.5bbs, the CO calls, and the BTN raises to 32bbs. What should you do?

Fold

Call

Raise

Explanation:  You should fold. This draw has what’s called reverse implied odds, meaning that sometimes when you hit your straight, it will give an opponent a better hand. For example, if any J comes on the turn KQ makes the nut straight. Also, if the 7c comes on the turn, flushes now get there. This only gives you 3 outs to the nuts. Your draw is too weak to continue and you should fold this hand every time given this action.


Question #6.  Part 1 of 3: With 100bb effective, you get dealt JdTd in the CO and raise to 3bb. The big blind player calls. The flop comes [9d-5c-2s] What should you do?

Check

Bet

Explanation:  You should bet with this hand. You have good backdoor straight and back-door flush potential, and your hand benefits greatly by folding out many better hands (King and Queen Highs from the big blind player).  


Question #7. Part 2 of 3: After you bet the flop with JdTd from the CO on a [9d-5c-2s] board, the big blind calls. The Kd comes on the turn and the big blind checks. What should you do?

Check

Bet

Explanation: You should bet. This turn card is the best turn in the deck for you. Your opponent folded out most of their Kx hands, you have plenty of value hands that want to bet, and you picked up loads of equity with your hand.


Question #8. Part 3 of 3: After you bet on the turn with JdTd from the CO on a [9d-5c-2s]-Kd board, the big blind calls. The Ac comes on the river. The pot is now 35bbs and you have 83bbs behind. What should you do?

Check

Bet

Explanation:  This is a great spot to bet with your missed draw. Many of your opponents’ hands have turned into weak one-pair hands with this run-out (9x hands). You have plenty of value hands that you want to bet here, so you want to find some missed draws as your bluffs, including this hand.


Question #9.  Part 1: With 40bbs effective in a tournament, LJ opens to 2bb and you 3-bet in the CO to 6bb with Qs9s, LJ calls. The board comes Ts-8c-2d. What should you do?

Check

Bet

Explanation:  You should bet. You have a range advantage with over-pairs and top set in your range, using Q9 as one of your bluffs here is best. You should use a small bet size here (25-33%).


Question #10.  Part 2: You bet with Qs9s on the [Ts-8c-2d] board, the LJ calls. The turn comes the Ks and the LJ checks. There is 14.5bbs in the pot at 34bbs behind. What should you do?

Check

Bet

Explanation:  You should check. This may be the toughest question from this quiz! Usually, when you pick up equity, continuing to barrel is good. At this Stack-to-pot ratio though, you want to make sure to realize your equity with this hand. If you choose to bet Qs9s here, and the LJ jams, you will have to fold a lot of equity. For this reason, using your draw as a check in-position and realizing your equity is the best play.


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