Definition of Backdoor

What does the term "Backdoor" mean in the world of poker? What is the definition of the term "backdoor"?

In poker, a "backdoor" takes place when you hit the cards necessary for your hand to win on BOTH the turn and the river.

The King defines and provides an example for the term Backdoor when it comes to the game of poker.

For instance - let's say that you are dealt Ac-2h in a cash game on the button. You limp in along with a number of other people.

The flop brings Jc-3c-10h. In this case, you would have two backdoor draws:

1) Flush draw
2) Straight draw

In the case of the flush draw, you would win the hand if two more clubs came on the turn and river. So, if the board ran out 7c-8c, you would have an Ace-high flush and likely the winning hand (unless somebody had a straight flush).

In the case of the straight draw, you would likely win the hand if the turn and river brought a Queen and King, which would give you a Broadway straight.

In both cases, you need both the turn and the river in order to win the hand.

This is the definition of a "backdoor flush draw" or "backdoor straight draw".

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