What Is Offsuit In Poker?
In poker, the term “offsuit” refers to a starting hand combination consisting of two cards of different suits.
Offsuit hands are considered less valuable than suited hands because suited ones have a higher chance of making a flush, one of the strongest hands in poker, which gives suited hands higher equity pre-flop.
In addition to having a lower chance of hitting a flush, offsuit hands also have a lower chance of flopping or turning a draw, which means that the player holding an offsuit hand will have less chance to make his opponent fold a better hand with a semi-bluff.
Offsuit Poker Hand Example:
As Kd – ace king offsuit
As Ks – ace king suited
If we take a hand like AK, for example, we can see the difference in equities between the suited and the offsuit version against a hand like pocket queens.
- As Ks has 46% equity against Qc Qh while
- As Kd has 42.55% equity against Qc Qh
As you can see, there is a 3.5% difference between the suited and the offsuit version of AK, which is very significant in the long run.