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Old Aug 18, 2004, 10:54pm   #1
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Default Favorite low suited connectors?

Greetings, all. Long-time lurker, brand new member. I'm just coming into my own in terms of hold'em play, making a little money reliably and having fun doing it. So I have a question for all y'all. This is one of those kind of silly poll-type questions, but I'd like to hear a few opinions.

What are your favorite suited connectors to hold pre-flop and why?

Mine are 4-5. They get me the nuts when the wheel comes up, but are still low enough that I don't go braindead and bet into somebody holding JT or better on the top end of a straight.

On the other hand, though, when a flush does come, most other flushes beat me. So I play the hand looking for the straight, and not the flush. Best of all, when I hit the wheel I can hope to catch somebody holding an ace and thinking it's solid.

Other opinions?

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EDIT: I need to revise this. The wheel isn't always the nuts. Just usually.
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Old Aug 18, 2004, 11:04pm   #2
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For some reason, I've always been a fan of 57s. It always forms on of those weird straights that no one expects.
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Ive won 2 straight sngs with 65s on the final hand. Guess thats mine.
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Old Aug 19, 2004, 3:04pm   #4
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The 4 is iffy. What do you do if the flop is A, 2, X??? I'd play 4-5, but it's no favorite.
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78s.

But my favorite hand to play is 83o. That's my raising hand (in cash games anyway)!!
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Old Aug 19, 2004, 4:58pm   #6
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Mine is the old 69s....it just puts a smile on my face when I see that one.

Come to think of it I havn't had that since before my wedding..

oops, I may have strayed from the topic at hand...
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Old Aug 19, 2004, 5:33pm   #7
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The only suited connectors worth playing for me are j10 QJ and KQ suited. However one of my best hands is 85, due to a couple unbvelievable (literally for the other players in the hands) flops when I was in the BB
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Old Aug 19, 2004, 5:33pm   #8
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The 4 is iffy. What do you do if the flop is A, 2, X??? I'd play 4-5, but it's no favorite.
(Assuming it's a rainbow flop...) I bet, or I call at least one (small-medium) raise, especially if the 'X' is a T or less (i.e. no A-high straight draw). With that board I'm drawing to a straight, so I bet expecting (hoping) the following:
  • That my bet will incline people to think I'm holding at least an Ace, and maybe something else for two pair.
  • That somebody with an OK hand, like a pocket pair, will call and let me see a turn.
  • That everybody who didn't get hit on the flop will fold
  • That somebody who really got hit (A-A, trips, etc.) will raise, and I can still get out fairly cheap

In that situation you're definitely right that it's no favorite (I assume you mean favorite to win the hand, not personal favorite ;) ), but it's both a good drawing hand and a good hand to draw some information out of your opponents.

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P.S. I should specify that all the above changes a bit depending on how many hands are in the game. Shorthanded (or with large blinds) I wouldn't push too much with a straight draw and two overcards out there unless I was really feeling confident that nobody was holding an Ace.
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The only suited connectors worth playing for me are j10 QJ and KQ suited.
In a cash game, you're missing out on a lot of flops by dumping those hands (67s+). Tournament, I agree dump 'em, but not in a cash game.
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Old Aug 19, 2004, 6:14pm   #10
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Ive been playing NL on PP lately and low suited connectors have little to no value because of their blind structure. Also it seems like every time I pick them up in late position the only people that have called already have next to nothing left in chips.

They do work well on other sites like pokerstars tho
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