Re: NL10 General question about suited connectors
SC's = JTs - 54s ; S1G's = J9s - 53s ; S2G's = Q9s - 74s
These are my definitions. I exclude double broadway S1G's and S2G's, because they play like TPGK hands more often than straight and flush catchers. I exclude 43s, 42s, 32s, because they flop poorly and play like trash. I exclude 63s, 52s because they can not make as many double gut-shot straight draws on the flop.
SC's, S1G's, S2G's all become playable from the cutoff or the button when you are likely to play 4+ handed on the flop. You want high pot odds to take the flop, since you're only 22% to make 2 pair or better over all 5 board cards. I do not recommend limping with these hands, or playing them from any other position at these stakes.
If it's limped to you in the CO w/ SC's, or limped to you on the BTN with any of these hands, then you can profitably raise in position and fold to any 3-bet. On the flop, you can bet/fold on missed boards and bet/call on mega draws (12+ outs, no paired board).
Remember that you must have 2 pair or better to play these hands to showdown. You don't need to bloat the pot with a weak 1 pair hand or drawing hand, taking a free card on the turn is usually best. If you get pressure on the turn and didn't improve your hand, just fold. There will be better spots to play a big pot. It's OK to get bluffed sometimes, after all you should be getting away with your share of bluffs, too.
EDIT: odds of flopping a flush with any suited hand is 0.83%, not 5%; you will flop a flush draw 11.8% of the time. I don't know where that other poster got 5%, but it is not the correct number. No hate.
Last edited by MadMojoMonkey; 06-17-2012 at 12:59 PM.
Reason: Added odds for flopping a flush