When the board is paired

You must proceed much more carefully when you flop draws with the board paired — you may be drawing dead, or almost dead. For instance, if you have J*-T* and the flop comes 84-8<k-9v, you have an open end straight draw. However, if an opponent has 8V-7V, your straight draw is actually an inside straight draw because only a queen is good. A seven falling is terrible because it makes your straight but gives your opponent a full house.

In that case, you have to be getting better pot odds to proceed. Don't raise with draws in that case — you're not drawing to the nuts. Don't draw at an inside straight at all; the implied odds are simply not there.

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