What is a ‘Connector’?
A ‘Connector’ is a poker Hold’em starting hand containing two cards that are one card apart in terms of their value – a ten and Jack, or Queen and King for example.
An example of a connector hand would be a six and a seven. These two cards are only one apart in rank, and therefore are a sort of simple connection in the player’s hand. This is where the term connector originates.
If, for example, these two cards belong to the same suit, – say a Q♠ and K♠ – the pair would be called a suited connector.
In poker games you’ll also find other types of connector. One other form of connector is called a one gap connector, which would be a hand containing a pair of cards that are two cards apart in terms of value. An example of this would be a hand with a four and a two, or a ten and an eight.
A ‘Two Gap Connector’, on the other hand, is a pair of cards that are separated from each other by three ranks – such as an eight and a five.
In Hold’em poker it is deemed beneficial to be dealt connectors because they can become straight draws a lot easier than unconnected cards can. In fact, the closer they are to each other in terms of rank, the more likely the chance of having a straight draw.
An advantage of suited connectors is the fact that they have a better chance of becoming a flush draw more easily. Regular connectors (or off-suited connectors), however, do not have this strength.