What is Backdoor in Poker?

The term Backdoor refers to a hand requiring consecutive cards on the turn and river to become a strong made hand. Also known as “runner-runner”.

Example: If you’re holding KJ♥ on a flop of A♣ 72♠, you have a backdoor flush draw because two consecutive hearts on the turn and river would give you a flush. You also have a backdoor straight draw, as you could hit two consecutive cards (a queen and a ten) to make a straight.

Want to learn the strategic value of backdoor draws in poker? Read this guide:

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