The Texture of the Flop



Studying the texture of the flop will help you decide how to best play your cards.


The texture of some flops is as smooth as velvet, while others are as rough as burlap. When the flop hits the felt, take your time to study the boardcards in relation to your hand and your opponents’ possible hands. Is it a safe flop for your hand, or is it dangerous?


Flops that contain connecting cards such as J-10-8 of different suits offer many drawing possibilities. In addition to draws, coordinated flops might contain cards that make one- or two-pair hands. For example, one player may have an A-J for top pair with top kicker, but someone else holding J-10 has flopped top two pair. And if someone has a Q-9 or 9-7, he has flopped a straight. Another player may have K-Q, giving him two overcards and an open-end straight draw. As you can see, with that many possibilities out on the flop, any hand that is in the lead is very vulnerable to drawing hands. Plus, flush draws could also be out if two of the flop cards are suited. For example, if you are holding pocket tens, this is not the type of flop with which you want to slow-play your set, or any other strong hand, such as two pair or a straight.


Now, suppose the flop comes Q-J-8. Flops that contain two or more facecards can help many players’ hands. Players play facecards …