What are ‘Suited Connectors’?
The term suited connectors is used in poker to describe a hand in which two cards are of the same suit and also consecutive. Examples of this include the 6 and 7 of diamonds and the Jack and Queen of spades. A hand with suited connectors puts a player in a strong position since the potential is there for a flush or a straight depending on the community cards.
‘Suited Connectors’ Explained
Sometimes abbreviated to suited, suited connectors are a rare occurrence but there are several ways you can use these cards. If you have a suited connector such as the 2 and 3 of diamonds and the flop contains the 4 and 5 of diamonds, you are one card away from a flush. This is what is known as a flush draw, and any diamond-suited card would give you the flush. If that card was the 6 of diamonds, you would have a straight flush.
An even stronger position to be in would be to have a hand with suited connectors in the middle numbers, such as a 7 and an 8 from the same suit. The flop could contain a 5 and a 6 or a 9 and a 10, and there would still be room on either end for the card that would give you a straight, or even a straight flush.
This kind of open-ended straight draw is rare, and it’s more likely that you will only be able to work from one end. If your hand contains a 3 and a 4 from the same suit and the flop has an ace and a 2 (also from that same suit), you only have the option of a 5 to give you a straight.
Being dealt picture cards as suited connectors is your best chance of attaining a royal flush, or at least a high straight.