Originally Posted by PokerChairFarts
How does one ever get to play a flush draw that isn't a made hand on the flop?
There are several ways to do this.
1) Semi Bluff: With one or two callers who aren't likely to have hit the flop you can open and hope they fold. This is a semi-bluff and disguises your drawing hand. It also builds the pot in case you win.
2) Pot Odds: Sometimes you have pot odds. That is, if there are a lot of people in the pot and it costs you 20 to win a 110 pot you have great odds to draw.
3) Implied Odds: You can play your flush draw with implied odds
as well. Let's say you have Kh Jh on a Ah 8h 2s flop again. But this time blinds are tiny (10/20) and everyone has close to a starting stack. There are also three people involved in the pot.
You = Kh Jh with 1,450
V1 = ?/?
V2 = ?/?
V3 = ?/?
V1 min raises, V2 & V3 call, the SB folds and you call in the big blind.
The flop is Ah 9h 2c
V1 bets 100 into the 170 pot
It'll cost you 100 into a 370 pot on the turn. The odds of hitting that card are only 19%.
If both Villains fold if the 3rd heart hits the board you have improper odds to call. But is very very likely that more money will go into the pot if a heart hits. So it is implied
that you hit your heart that you will get a lot more of their money.
You call here because even though you don't quite have the proper pot odds to call it is very likely that if the heart hits you get an additional 500 of their money into the pot when you are almost a sure thing to win. So there is an implied
pot of 870 (370+500) and it only costs you 100 to play. That's a bargain!
Disclaimer: Keep in minds that these are situation specific. Don't fool yourself into thinking that you always have odds to call with a flush draw. This isn't something you can force.
And chips = power, so if the implied odds are close maybe it's not worth it (in the overall picture) to risk a big chunk of your stack. In close situations, early in a game, I'll fold and wait for situations where I have a bigger advantage.