Nut straight draw

Definition of nut straight draw

A "nut straight draw" is a maximum straight draw. If you have 78 on 9-T-x, you have a regular "straight draw". But if you have QJ on the same board, you now have a "nut straight draw", the maximum straight draw. In this case, not only do you have a nut straight draw, but you also have two cards higher than the board. Even against a player who would have top pair, top kicker (sidekick) with AT, you would have a 50% chance of winning the hand starting with flop.

Should I play my nut straight draw aggressively?

To use our example above, since we have a 50% equity against a hand as strong as top pair top kicker, it will be imperative to play the hand aggressively. By making life difficult for our opponent, we increase the profitability of the hand. Even if he folds only 25% of the time, that's huge! The 25% of the time he folds is our profit. The rest of the time, we win and lose 50% of the time. An aggressive approach is preferable, especially if you are out of position.

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