Why be suited?
During hands of Limit Texas Hold'em it
is at times proper to play connectors
that are suited, like T9s, 98s, 87s, 76,
When to play these is when the
price to play is low, for instance when
you are in a late position and have four
people who are calling before you.
But it is very important that the
hand be suited and not simply a
connector, because there is a difference
in value between a JTs and a JT.
When deciding whether to play
suited connectors, consider the
connectors are only marginal hands in
Limit Texas Hold'em, and you shouldn't
always play them.
They should be played only under
the right conditions.
often, you will be dealt an off-suit
By playing only suited connectors
and dropping unsuited ones, you will cut
down on the number of marginal hands
that you play.
draw beats a straight draw.
one more out in flush draws than in
open-ended straight draws.
generally easier to play a flush draw
than it is to play a straight draw.
So, while playing a flush draw
you won't make as many errors.
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The fundamental problem with playing
non-suited connector hands is that you
will be playing far too many marginal
hands than if you played only suited.
Remember: connectors are marginal
at best, even suited ones.
By playing unsuited connectors,
you will draw to whoever else has a
straight and lose to anyone who pulls a
Even on rainbow flops you might
river your straight and lose to a flush
that gets lucky on the last two cards.
By staying with unsuited cards,
you will be in during more tricky
situations and be forced to make tough
calls with only a slight chance at
getting your straight on the river.
You will split more pots with
other players who drew the same
You will lose to higher
Don't play unsuited connectors.