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Drawing Dead – Protecting Your Chip Stakes


It’s a situation that poker players really hate to find themselves in — drawing dead. If there’s nothing else in the world that poker players hate, it’s the feeling of jumping into a hand because you’ve got strong cards and finding that the flop really can’t bring you into the hand. We call that drawing dead, but the good news is that you don’t have to feel like it’s impossible to still come out victorious in the end.

You see, a lot of players get sad and then they want to throw in the towel. However, that’s emotion talking. We already know that emotion is really the enemy of good poker everywhere. You will want to make sure that you focus on the details of the hand that you’re currently in. What are the other players doing? Chances are good that if you’re surrounded by limpers, they don’t have anything good either. You can then get risky if you want by actually pushing forward and looking for a good turn and river card. However, keep in mind that if anything good does help you, it could potentially help someone else too. That means that you really have to make absolutely sure that any decision you make is going to be one that’s actually proper for you to make. Sometimes it’s not worth taking the risk, and that means folding your hand.

We’re not saying that you have to give up, but you do need to make sure that all of your actions fit your poker plan. When you’re drawing dead, you’re frustrated and you want things to get better. That doesn’t mean that you give into emotions. You can acknowledge emotions — in fact, you really have to. However, now is definitely the time to make sure that you focus more on the overall game at hand — good luck out there!