What is ‘Texture’?
Texture is a term used in poker to describe how well the community cards relate to each other in terms of the hands it might be possible to achieve with them. The texture of the community cards gives an indication of how likely it might be for one or more of the players to complete a particular hand.
When you look at the texture of the flop, you are able to assess the strength of your hand and also work out what the best possible hand might be.
Two further terms are generally used to describe the texture of the community cards: wet board and dry board. A wet board is one where there are a lot of possibilities for a strong hand, and a dry board is one where there are very few possibilities. It’s also possible to have a neutral board, where there are some options but not a lot.
Wet boards contain cards that are either connected or of the same suit, or both. They provide multiple options for flushes, straights, or a draw for either. An example of a wet board would be the Queen and Jack of hearts and the 9 of spades. A 10 of hearts, a 9 of clubs and an 8 of hearts is another example of a wet board.
Dry boards often have one large card and two small. If the cards are random and unconnected, it’s generally considered a dry board. A rainbow flop is a perfect example of a dry board, since there’s no chance of a flush draw. An example of this would be the King of spades, 9 of diamonds and 6 of clubs.
The texture of the cards is relative to the players’ hands, so there is still a chance (albeit small) of a player forming a winning hand with a dry board.