Playing Suited Connectors

Suited Connectors: Any two cards of sequence that hold the same suit.

A huge (and I mean HUGE in the biggest way) aspect of No Limit Texas hold’em is playing suited connectors. In limit hold’em, betting is secondary to hand selection because one’s stack is not in jeopardy at all times. Things change in the No Limit version, where implied odds (the amount of money you can expect to win if you make your hand) are a large factor in decision making at the tables. Played properly, suited connectors hold great value and the best chance of taking down big hands and, consequently, big pots.

Let’s look at my personal favorite in this category, the 7,8 suited. There’s several ways to play this hand, and one of my favorites is raising in late position with it.

Suited ConnectorsIf you’ve played a tight game thus far and an opponent credits you with big cards and it’ll be hard for him to put you on a hand when the flop hits you. Certainly you could get a dream flop of 6,9,10. Obviously this is a great flop for your hand, since you have the nut straight.

It’s hidden strength is that many players will feel that if you raised preflop, you’ve gotten unlucky and missed or they got lucky and hit. Consider the hands an opponent would call your raise with: any pair, AK to A9, KQ to K10 and maybe even Q10. This is a good flop for almost all of these hands for even if they missed, they at least have to overcards and might be willing to chase you a street or two.

On the other hand, if they hit top pair on the flop and you’ve been playing the game aggressively you’re likely to be check-raised on the flop, and bet to on the turn where you can then raise and take down a big pot. Perhaps what attracts me most to these kinds of hands is you almost always know where you stand. Continue reading