What Is An Inside Straight Draw In Poker?
An inside straight draw, or a gutshot, is a hand combination in which a player misses the middle card to make a straight. In other words, only a card of a certain rank can help him make a straight.
Because of this, this gutshot draw is regarded as one of the weakest draws in poker. In fact, the odds of hitting a gutshot draw on the turn are around 8.5%, or 10.75-to-1, while the odds of hitting in on the river are 8.7%, or 10.5-to-1.
If we compare this with an open-ended straight draw, which has eight outs, a 17% or 4.88-to-1 chance of hitting on the turn, and a 17.4% or 4.75-to-1 chance of hitting on the river, we can see why poker players don’t value the gutshot draw as much as other draws.
Poker Inside Straight Draw Example:
In this situation, you are missing the middle card in your straight combination (7), and only four cards in the deck will give you a straight (7s, 7d, 7h, 7c). Based on this, your hand combination is characterized as an inside straight draw or a gutshot draw.