The texture of the table or board

The texture of the “board” (table, board), is about the clear information that the flop cards provide us and that often goes unnoticed. It will cause us monumental dislikes of not paying due attention. “Table texture” is considered to be the connection of the community cards among themselves, as well as these, they will connect with the hidden cards of our rivals.

Many times, abstracted in our game or play, potentially winners, we avoid clear and obvious information that would put us on alert, realizing that our winning hand can actually be or become a mediocre hand, spoiling much of our stack but by full.

Let us analyze, therefore, the different textures that we will find on the table and that should alert us to the consequent dangers.


Flop «Rainbow» (rainbow): It is given when the three cards of the flop are of different suits. It indicates that there is no color, not even color projects among the players. In any case, some back-door project, which you will need to connect on the turn and the river to complete. These are only completed 4% of the time.
Flop Rainbow with high cards (9 or greater): We discard color and color projects but we must be very attentive to the possible ladder projects above. The flops with a single high card, invite to play with top-pair or over-pair, probably having the best hand so far. A good option would be a check-raise, with the intention of eliminating players. Different case, if someone bets and another resube, we will have clear signs that we are not winning and we will have to evaluate the option to retire.
Flop Rainbow with low cards (8 or less): We discard color and color projects but as in the previous case, we will be attentive to possible ladder projects. Ideally, bet hard to eliminate players, but if someone resounds, it will most likely surpass you.


Flop with two cards of the same suit and with a partner: The color projects lose strength by having a couple already at the table, because there is a clear possibility that it can be completed or even a full one has already been completed. If we already have our color linked we must play with caution before this expectation.
Flop with three cards of the same suit: It is of those cases, which do not go unnoticed, 3 cards of the same suit on the flop, they should attract enough attention. It is clear that there will be more than one color project, so if we have that project, we must buy information through bet / s and thus protect ourselves from a higher color. In the case of having color in the flop to the ace or king, the two best tricks to win the hand, we will try to obtain the maximum revenue before they realize the potential of our hand.

Connected cards:

We will expand our vision of the texture of the table by carefully analyzing the flop when we detect two connected cards such as Q-K, or close to each other, such as 7-9 etc.

Flop with two connected cards: They promote ladder projects that go more easily unnoticed than color projects in my opinion, so they should be given special attention. On the other hand, double pairs are also favored, as it is usual to play with connectors and suitable connectors that match those of the board.
Flop with 3 connected cards: Propitiate ladder projects or ladders made. Although more obvious than in the previous point, but that require to be concentrated in the game. It is a very dangerous type of flop for our winning hand options.

Couple on the board:

The boards with a couple on the flop, facilitate the creation of trios by the players. It is clear that if we tie a trio of this type in the flop, we will have a strong hand, which, given the possibility that an opponent has also linked it, must be accompanied by a good kicker or play with caution. We can even find that having the trio linked with the best possible kicker, they show us a full in the showdown linked in the same flop or later.

Three high cards:

A flop with the 3 high cards, example A – 10 – Q, causes a lot of play to be created given the tendency of players to play with highs too, for this reason we will need a strong hand in the showdown to win the hand . Easily have created different combinations of couples with that flop, so we have to have at least the top pair with a good kicker to win the hand. This while observing the high probability of obtaining a good ladder project if not the proper one already completed by one of our rivals, already in the same flop or later.

We must assess the flop in all its amplitude based on all the points exposed. This is a complex exercise that is only perfected based on more instruction, here

ethics and experience, but here we leave you with a good base with which to start evaluating the texture of the boards that you find and that will not be few, hahaha, I hope.

Recapitulating, according to the texture of the table, the main aspects that we must question are: Does it have cards connected? Is there a couple on the table? Are there several cards of the same suit? Are the cards high or low? of the flop?

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