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The Difficult Decision amongst All


For instance you have the best position low hand and are forcing the action. On sixth and seventh street, a rival chases a card which would make you second-best low hand or may cause you to be drawing dead. But, you cannot so certain about this case. After putting more bets, you'll face with likely difficult decision in this game - that is whether to fold or not.

Usually, it is better to bet the hand and assume that your rival is going in the opposite direction from you or that the card has paired him. If he raises (no matter what the poker high hand does) or re-raises, and he is a player who lack imagination, it is better to throw your hand away, unless you have a quality draw to beat him. Or otherwise if he is player who possess imagination or flair; who might be making a move on you, then you may want to continue the play. You may raise back and see whether you get raised again. If you do, you should fold generally, since very few players have the nerve to make a play such as this.

In such case, you should be reading the cards extremely well and, even know your rival. If you do not achieve in this areas, you should know that the miracle card with a high hand has been chased by your rival and that you have thrown away a lock for low. Exactly assessing such situation is one of those areas in which advanced players progresses.

Staying to the End

Several players will automatically get into the trouble by staying to the end when they have four good low cards that mean, a good draw at a low, despite of what is out against them. You should generally stay to the end when you are trying to make the best low or a hand that has a fair chance of being the best low but is also an inside straight draw or better. However, there are cases where you should throw these hands away such as when your hand is not really live, the pot odds you are getting are not very good, or the chance are high that you will make your hand but it will not be the best hand.

In these games, more chips go inside the pot and one benefit you can get is that the dealers stack the chips frequently as the hand continues. This enables you to keep track of how much money is in the pot and will give you a rough calculation of what each half of the pot will pay. In other words, you should have a good idea of what the present pot odds are, as well as what your implied pot odds will be.

Keeping Track of the Cards

It is very important to keep track of the cards while playing poker or any card games in casino, especially the low cards. There are many situations where you will need one or two cards to make your hand and outdraw a better low hand, or you will need to know how live some cards are to consider whether it is possible that a rival will have those hands that you are afraid of.

Suppose, you have a six- high straight and are thinking about whether a rival may have a split with you or a possible wheel. Knowing where the cards lie and remembering them will have a big impact on whether you jam or not. You will sometime observe this with players who cannot remember all the cards. Assuming that they cannot remember that a fourth deuce was folded earlier, which may mean that the hand they are calling with is a lock one and they should be raising instead.

You can also figure out a great deal about the cards you do not see. Suppose, if someone starts with a low card up then it means that he is likely going low. If he folds after chasing another low card such as deuce - which may have given him four good cards - you can assume that two deuces are gone. This information may help you later, mainly in determining whether you have a lock. Therefore, recalling to what is folded can be significant. Knowing that one or two cards are dead sometime can make the difference between a raising hand and the one which you will play together with.

Scary Cards

If you play more of seven-card stud straight high, you will realize that scare cards are perhaps quite scary. However, they do not always help the hand. What the scare card does all the time is giving you maximum opportunities for improvement. Hence, the scare cards adds value to your hand, even if there is a good chance that it does not certainly help your hand.

But, in seven-card stud eight-or-better, scare cards generally do improve your hand. The reason to this is that the hands in eight-or-better are less concealed and are almost built around the upcard. In simple words, scare card is a card that you are playing for.

(In high-only stud, your hand is less possibly built around your upcard. In other words, your upcard in eight-or-better is more of a needed card than it is in straight seven-card stud.)

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