re: Poker & learning five card draw
Hi, I play 5 card draw and its one of my favorite games.
Looking at your first hand up there the odds
of hitting the heart are about 19.6%.
If you are in a big pot or its quite expensive to play, play the hand but keep the two Aces and discard the middle 3 because if you miss the flush which you more than likely will you would end up having virtually nothing decent or nothing at all which is never good.
Looking at the second hand its quite interesting. The highest you could possibly hit from the hand is really a 9 which is no good in a big pot. The odds of getting the Open ended Straight Draw by throwing the 2 is about 17.4%.
And as i said earlier the odds of getting the flush are 19.6%.
If playing this hand i would strongly advise to get rid of the 8 because you have got more chance of hitting the flush.
Remember to not get excited because you see a huge hand possibility. The odds become more against you when you go for bigger hands. Just take into account the odds of hitting. Generally if you have a pair given to you keep it and go for 2 pair or even 3 of a kind! Try not to let yourself get dealt nothing if you can help it.
Hope that helped.