What is a ‘Wet Board?
The concept of a board being wet or dry is often found in discussions of poker, particularly Texas Hold’Em and Omaha High. In short, a wet board is a set of community cards that is full of connected and/or suited cards, and as such offers players many ways of making straights, flushes or both.
For example, a board with a King, Queen and Jack would be wet, whereas a board with an Ace, Five and Nine would not.
‘Wet Board’ Explained
If you have sat down to play poker and received a wet board, it is likely to affect your playing style. In front of you, you have community cards that connect in multiple ways, giving you choices about playing flushes or straights. A wet board can also include a set of community cards that is likely to develop well on future draws.
Connectedness is not the only factor when it comes to determining the wetness of a board. The value of the cards and the suitedness are also important, so community cards with a preponderance of aces and court cards, or that are largely single-suit or monochromatic, are generally considered wet.
The opposite of a wet board is, of course, a dry board, where the cards do not connect into straights or flushes easily (or at all), are predominantly low value or from various suits.
Discussing community cards as a wet or dry board can also be referred to as board texture or flop texture, and is often regarded as a useful factor when trying to assess the hands your opponents are likely to hold.
Of course, whether a board is wet or dry is largely dependent on the cards a player is holding and how they fit together, so it is always essential to take a close look at the initial setup before deciding how to play your hand.