Definition of Baby Flush

What is a "baby flush" in the game of poker? What is the definition of the term "baby flush"?

A "Baby flush" is a flush that could easily be beaten by another player's flush. In other words, the "baby flush" is basically the exact opposite of the "nut flush", which occurs when you have the best possible flush.

Definition of Baby Flush - Poker Dictionary - Heart IllustrationLet's take a look at an example to fully illustrate the term "baby flush":

Action folds around to you on the button. You look down at 2h-3h and decide to try and steal the blinds. You put in a standard pre-flop raise. The SB folds, but the BB calls.

The flop comes 7h-8h-Kd. You now have a flush draw. The BB checks, you bet and he calls.

The turn brings the Jh. You now have a "baby flush", meaning that you have a flush, but one that would be beaten if your opponent had any two hearts in his hand. Seeing that he called your continuation bet, there is at least a chance that he now has a flush as well.

The problem with baby flushes is that they can cause you to easily go broke. In the hand above, what would you do if your opponent was holding something like Kh-10h? You are very likely going to lose, at best, a substantial chunk of your chips, and there is a very good chance that you would go broke.

The river brings the 5h. Your opponent leads out with a bet, and you make a crying call. Your opponent flips over Kh-10h for the flush. That river card saved you a substantial amount of money.


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