If you want to make the transition from no-limit hold’em over to pot-limit Omaha, then one of the big differences you’ll have to learn about is how the straight draws work. A straight draw with a lot of outs is called a wrap, and there are several different types of wraps that can be difficult to identify whenever you’re first starting out.
Note: For making this easier to visualize, we’re going to show our used hole cards in parentheses when showing the actual straight hands that we’re making with these draws.
We want to give you some patterns to look for so that you can be on the lookout for these hands with as much ease and accuracy as you are with flush draws and open-ended straight draws.
A Basic Example
Suppose that you have T956 on a flop of 873. This is a great example of a wrap scenario. If a jack comes on the flop, then you can use your T9 combination to have J(T9)87. A ten gives us T(9)87(6), and a six gives us (T9)876. With a five on the turn, we get (9)87(6)5. If a four comes, we’ll make a straight with 87(65)4. Since there are 4 jacks, 3 tens, 3 nines, 3 sixes, 3 fives and 4 fours left in the deck, we have a total of 20 outs to a straight in this situation. That’s a massive draw!
For an example of another type of wrap, look at the hand T987 on a flop of KJT. The “gap” that we’re trying to fill is either a queen to give us a KQJ(T9) straight or a 9/8/7 for a J-high straight. In this scenario, we end up with 13 outs.
The ‘Wrap’ Patterns
Let’s look at another type of wrap before we discuss some basic patterns. Suppose we have QJT2 on a board of K94. Remember that we can only use two hole cards, and we’ll need to fill the QJT “gap” with at least one of those cards to be able to make a KQJT9 straight. At the moment, we effectively have K(Q)(J)(T)9 to work with, and we’ll need to get either a queen, jack or ten to complete that straight.
Because this is a three-card “gap” that we’re having to fill with our hole cards, you’ll notice that an ace or an eight isn’t good enough to give us a straight on the turn.
This is one of the weakest types of wraps, and it only has nine outs since there are three queens, jacks and tens left in the deck.
The Key to Seeing Wrap Draws
The key to seeing wrap opportunities is to look at the gaps created on the board and in your whole card hand. When the gap is in your hand and is filled in by the board like in the first example with T956 on a 873 flop, then you’ll tend to have more outs than if the gap is on the board and filled in with your hand. Gaps of two cards also tend to have the most possibilities, and gaps with three cards tend to cut down the number of outs that you can get.