Maintaining eligibility to participate in the hand while an underdog and retaining only a small number of outs; staying in the hand when only a few cards would provide a winning hand.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Example: Player A has Qd-Jh in the pocket and Player B has 10s-9s in the pocket. The flop is Js-Qs-Jd. Player A has completed a Full House, Queens full of Kings. Player B has an open-ended straight flush draw, needing either the 8s or Ks to win the hand. Player B is not drawing dead, but it drawing thin.
EXAMPLE: "I made an open-ended straight flush draw and made a huge raise. I figured my opponent made trips and if I missed the straight flush I would still win with the any flush or any straight. It turns out my opponent flopped a full house, and I was drawing thin."
APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues
RELATED TERMS: Drawing Dead, Drawing Hand, Drawing Live, Outs