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Two-Gapper

What is ‘Two-Gapper’?

A Two-Gapper refers to a starting hand in games of ‘Omaha’ poker (also known as Texas Hold ‘Em’) where a player’s own cards show a gap of two that prevents them from being made into a connecting ‘hand’.

‘Two-Gapper’ Explained

An example of a Two-Gapper situation would be being dealt a One of Hearts, a Four of Diamonds, a Nine of Hearts, A Jack of Clubs and an Ace of Spades.

If the player were to have a Two or Three from any suit, then they could connect the One of Hearts and Four of Diamonds that they already possess to make a ‘flush‘. The gap between the potential hand is two cards, hence the name Two-Gapper.

While having a Two-Gapper hand may be infuriating to newer players, more experienced ones will just accept that it’s what they were dealt and that the only thing they can do is work with what they have. Such a mentality is what separates good players from great players. In games of Omaha or Texas Hold ‘Em, there will be ample opportunities to use the community cards to fill in the gap.

For players who lack the mental fortitude to be provided with less than ideal hands round after round, such a thing may put them ‘on tilt’ and bring them to anger. A ‘One-Gapper’ (a gap of one card to make a connecting hand) is far more likely to cause frustration or casual annoyance, as players will only be that little bit away from being able to make an instantly playable hand that may well win them a round.

Far from being the worst hand anyone could receive in a casino game with community cards, it is easy to see how a Two-Gapper could make some players irate.