Flop Texture in Poker


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When it comes to poker, interpreting the flop texture is one of the easiest ways to assign a possible range of hand to your opponent. Now, for those of you who are wondering what does flop texture in poker mean, here’s a quick guide where we have detailed the meaning of the term flop texture as well as two key types of board texture in poker.

Flop texture – Meaning

Flop texture is a common term that is often used in reference to the type of cards that come out on the flop. Now, what is a flop? Well, the flop is that round in a game of Texas Hold'em where 3 cards are dealt face-up. Vital to this, the term flop texture often denotes the relationship between visible cards i.e. community cards in any game of Omaha or Texas Hold'em. For instance – a flop that consists of 3 cards – king, 6 and 4 all of different suits is commonly described as having a dry texture (more on this later) because the cards have absolutely no connection.

The flop texture generally comes handy when assigning a possible hand range to an opponent. This is because by carefully studying the flop texture in conjunction with reading your opponent you can get a fair idea of what cards your opponent is likely holding.

Types of flop texture in poker

When it comes to flop textures, boards are generally segregated into two basic types – dry boards and wet boards. While both these types are further segregated into several different categories, the first thing you must determine is whether a board is dry or wet. Now in this section, let us take a brief look at what does a dry board or wet board mean in poker.

Dry boards

A board that contains few drawing possibilities is often referred to as a dry board. In other words, a dry board generally consists of 3 lower ranked cards or 2 small cards along with a big one. Such board textures hardly support any flushes or straights and are less likely to connect with an opponent’s hole cards.

For instance – Let’s assume you are playing a game of Texas Hold'em wherein you have been dealt Aces of spades and Queen of hearts. The flop round comes and 3 cards – 8 of hearts, Queen of clubs and 3 of spades are dealt face up. Here, if you look closely from the current board all you have got is a Queen. On the contrary, no matter how strong your opponent’s starting hand was with such a flop texture, there is a high chance he has not been able to get anything substantial as well. Since the hand range supported by such a board is quite low this is thus known as a dry board.

Wet boards

The wet boards simply offer a lot of drawing possibilities and are usually rife with heavy cards that are pretty well coordinated. For example, in a game of Texas Hold'em, let’s assume the flop reveals 3 cards – Queen of hearts, King of hearts and 10 of spades. Not only does this flop consist of two big cards but all the cards can collectively complete a lot of straight draws and flush draws. Such boards with well-coordinated and high cards are generally known as wet boards in poker. Now, if in a poker game you have been dealt such a flop texture then play cautiously because you never know your opponent might have completed a flush, straight or some other higher ranked hand.

The way you go about playing your starting hands depends in a big way on the flop texture. Since flop textures generally vary from game to game, it is close to impossible to devise a standard strategy to win at poker. The least you can do is practise with different flop textures by playing a variety of poker games and tournaments. To do the same, just register on the GetMega Poker app and start playing poker today.

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Kanchan Sharma Author
Kanchan Sharma Author
Kanchan Sharma

Kanchan Sharma started her career as a learning designer at an MNC while pursuing poker as a hobby. However, she soon pivoted to becoming a professional MTT (Multi Table Tournaments) player. She is currently a leading player, who has taken the male dominated poker world by storm. During her stint as a poker player, she has bagged many titles including India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) for Rs. 17,98,906, Winter Celebration Series for Rs. 6,62,500 and has final tabled multiple tournaments. She continually seeks to improve her poker game and work on her mindset to win the WSOP title soon. Her journey from being a recreational player to a poker pro is inspiring for many people out there.

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