What is a ‘Wrap’?
In poker, a ‘wrap’ is a hand with plenty of potential ‘outs’ to build the straight. It often refers to three or four cards in the hand which need help from the flop, and is most associated with community card and hold’em games. The term is commonly heard in Omaha poker, where the rules on qualifying hands differ slightly from standard hold’em games.
If a poker player refers to a ‘wrap’ or a ‘wrap hand’, they are talking about a hand which had the makings of a straight and which required one, two or three elements to complete it. Unlike a simple outside straight with ‘outs’ at either end, a wrap hand is an inside straight which also lacks an outer component – increasing its risk, but also raising the number of cards which can complete it.
The term appears often in hold’em games, where the player receives cards to their hand and cards to the community board. The player must build the best five card hand they can from the options on the board. ‘Wrap hands’ are perhaps best known in Omaha poker – a common twist on the standard Texas Hold’Em game.
In Omaha poker, players get four cards to their hand instead of two, along with the five community cards. The assembled five card hand must contain at exactly two cards from the hand, and the remainder must come from the board. This makes tactics for building hands a little different, as players may not be able to play the strongest hand due to holding all of the cards privately. A strong hand is therefore a ‘wrap hand’ – a broken straight which is completed with three cards from the flop, turn or river. A straight held by the player will help in completing a straight from the board, as players have a number of outs to replace cards in the hand.