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How to Play When a Flopped Flush Turns Into a Marginal Made Hand

How to Play When a Flopped Flush Turns Into a Marginal Made Hand
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  • Hand analysis: A flopped flush becomes a marginal made hand on the turn for @JonathanLittle.

  • After flopping a flush, @JonathanLittle becomes cautious after the turn makes his hand less strong.

Today's hand comes from a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em World Series of Poker event. It presents a situation in which I played small suited connectors and flopped well (making a flush), but when the turn brought another suited card I had to decide how to play what had quickly become a marginal made hand.

With blinds were 250/500, it folded to me in middle position where I had been dealt {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. As I talk about in the video below, folding this hand would be fine here, but raising is fine, too, and that's what I did, making it 1,200 to go.

Only the tight-aggressive player in the cutoff called, and with 3,750 in the middle the flop came {j-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} to give me a flush.

With the nut flush I could consider slow playing, but with a small flush a bet is definitely in order. I bet 1,600, my opponent called, and with the pot close to 7,000 the turn was the {4-Diamonds}.

At this point my hand had become very vulnerable, and as such I had to be more cautious from this point forward. See what happens and listen as well to my discussion of the hand and some of the factors I was considering when deciding how to proceed.

When you flop a flush and it gets much worse on the turn, realize that you have a marginal made hand and play it accordingly. Don't be blinded by the fact that you have a hand that is normally quite strong.

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,900,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at JonathanLittlePoker.com. Sign up to learn poker from Jonathan for free at PokerCoaching.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.

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