word type: poker slang

  1. A good draw in a game such as 2-7 triple draw or a strong low hand in stud hi/lo or razz. The opposite of "rough."


In a 2-7 game, you are drawing smooth if you have a hand like 7632, but not if you have 7643. The reason for this distinction is that in the first example, a 5 or a 4 will make your low hand, but in the second example, the 5 will make a straight and kill the value of your low hand.

In a game of stud hi/lo, you would describe the hand 8432A as a "smooth eight" or "perfect eight."