Fourth Street Poker

The big mistake you generally make in seven card stud eight-or-better is to call on fourth street poker when you chase a worse card particularly if you are going low and your rival chase a second good low card. The reason is that the second low card may help them in one way or another. ( If it does not improve lows, it pairs them.)

For example, suppose, you are high and your other rival chases another low card which is near to the third-street cards. In this case, you may be against more than one four straight and also a low draw. Now, you can fld your high hand. If you do not fold, you will often not know how to play your hand and will get jammed. But, if the pot is heads up, your rival who looks to be go low catches a fourth street card near in rank to his third-street card, and you hold a good high hand, you can take a card off.

Let's say in multi-way pot, you start with three low cards, there is a high hand against you, and your rival has raised with a wheel card up, showing some early strength. This rival chases another small card close in rank to his door card that means he could have a four-card straight. You also make a four-card low by chasing a seven or an eight which appears to be second-best low draw. Unless you also have a staight or a flush draw, you should always go out.

At this moment, some of the novice poker players do not fold. They take off another card to see whether the other low hand will miss. This is incorrect. The time that it is correct play is when you are last to perform, so you know you will not be raised.

If you are not last to perform, the other players will rapidly raise because they know you are drawing to only a rough low with fairly no chance of making a poker high hand. They will not be scared to punish you.
For example, you have a hand like

And your rival has hand like (Hidden cards)

Observe that you have no straight draw. The high bets and your rival holding the low hand now raises. You should muck your hand, as you are second-best where it can easily be a jammed pot.

If you prefer to play this hand, you should re-raise and make an attempt to remove the high hand. ( I do not suggest that to do this often.) Your re-raise should make the player afraid of the high hand and can make him to fold a hand like two queens. You will get to play heads up against the low hand and will have a good chance.

Furthermore, it is suitable to throw away these hands at this moment. They are money losers, even if it probable that you may have the best low hand. Keep in mind you have to call a raise, you are playing for only a small share of the pot, where you stand you do not know, and most cards left in the deck that the raiser can chase are much threatening for you. A call in this case is suggested only if there is no raise.

For example, you start with a small three straight and chase near to perfect. In this situation, you should go further and bet the hand for value. Generally, everyone will call because:
1. They do not know what you have.
2. They expect to chase up, or
3. The pot may look larger to them than it actually is.

Do not take any risk. Play your hand straightforward. That means you can bet. If you are playing a high hand and on the fourth street poker your card begins to fall dead, it is best for you to get out when you are looking at a rival with two low cards. It doesn't mean that your hand has gone to a percentage loser, but it is a playing loser. Someone who goes low will outplay you and you will not always know where you stand and your hand will be difficult to improve.

If you chase a worse card on the fourth street and are against two rivals who have chased both low straight cards together with their low third-street cards, you should get out even if your cards are live. If one rival chase a good hand and other rival chased worse, you may want to bet, raise or check-raise and try to force the low hand that chased worse to fold. (However, if the player is decent, he will definitely fold, so a call will be sufficient.) So long as the cards remain live, your hand should play fairly good enough against one person with two low straight cards. The situation is very threatening for you, but your hand still has value.

When the player starts with a low card on the fourth street chases another low card that can be a straight fuslh then it is better to go out. You will have to play the remaining hand in the dark because you will not know where your rival is going high or low. Unless you have improved a big deal or have a hand that can win on its own which may not be possible at this time you should fold unless the pot is reasonably large. However, if you are throwing your best hand away, it is also correct because it will be very easy for your rival to outplay you with two low cards to a straight showing.

The situation will also be identical if your rival chases a suited ace. That is, you should usually fold. This is especially true that the suited ace is often very dangerous, as in many other cases, you will be behind in both the directions.

Even if you are playing a high hand and a player who stood a raise going in chases a live ace on fourth street, it is good to give up your hand if your rival bets. Frequent calling will generally prove costly.
If you begin with a low hand and chase a bad, then normally just get out. The exceptions are:
1. The pot is too big.
2. You started with a premium poker hand. Or
3. Everyone chases bad.

To make the play continue going when you chase bad, one of these exception needs to improve.
Suppose, if you start with a hand like

and chase the

give up normally. Over a long period, calling will prove to be very costly.
On a fourth street, consider how to set up your play of the hand. When it is heads up, the cards fall so that the best hand will be betting. The high hand either will lead or, if the low hand appears to be strong, will check and make "crying calls."

When there are many players in the pot on the fourth street, you will have to consider how you want to play the hand and how you want to develop it. Suppose, you have a strong hand, you want to play quick but you may also want to look weak and play it slow.

If the player who usually show strength on third street chases good, he will be checked to and will bet. If he does not bet then that scare card will be of no use for him. Some rigid players will check if they have made four to a very strong hand but most players will only bet it and try to take the value.

If you have the best high hand, then you are in a position to narrow the field and play against only one or two players. But if you do not think to narrow the field, you do not want to take charge and put more money in the pot.

Sometimes, it is better not to play quick so you can consider where the strength lies. (It is not as similar as a slow-play.) By analyzing where the strength is, you will accordingly make better decisions later in the hand. Keep in mind that this is a game where many hands run close in value and you will always not get information of what your rival holds. By not playing quick, you can save money or may punish someone, as mistakes on the later rounds tend to be very expensive, particularly when drawing dead or close to it.

When you have a high hand, everyone will come to know that you are going high hence your play should be clearly straightforward. If your hand appears strong, you should bet or raise with it; otherwise if it is weak, you should either fold or call.

However, when you have a quality low poker hand on fourth street or a hidden high hand, like small trips or aces in the hole with two small cards. You may want to conceal your hand. That means, you want to play differently from the others as they think it to be correct. By playing this, you may not get the maximum number of bets on fourth street. However, when the big bets come, you will be much better off if few rivals are misreading your hand. Suppose, if you represent low but actually you have a high hand, you may get to knock a weak low out of the pot by jamming on a later street.

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