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Fifth Street Poker

For instance, you have a good four card low, which is also four straight or four flush and you bust out on fifth poker street. If your hand is live and looks like that you still have a good chance to scoop, you should bet. Why? The reason is you might pair your bad card on sixth street poker and it will look danger enough for you to bet again and probably to win right then. Thus, there can be an advantage to proceed on to betting even when it is not precise that you have the best hand.

Often enough, particularly at the higher stakes, you will be contesting many pots heads up on fifth street. When this happens, you will consider yourself going in the reverse direction of your rival. If you hold a high hand, you will be generally trying to knock out your rival with the most likely low hand. But the apparent low hand can be actually a best high hand, or a made low hand with a draw at a high hand, or four very good low cards with a pair. This will make your rival favorite on you, unless your high hand also improved.

Consequently, you will be betting into the low hand, unless he has three low cards up. In that situation, you want to check and call, or check and fold depending on the three low cards - that is, what you think you might be up against - and clearly how strong your high hand is.

If you are against a good four card low (with one bad card) and you think you are also against a straight draw, you should be inclined to check unless your hand is exceptionally strong. But, if you think your rival may have three low cards, a pair, and a bust card, then you should bet and call a raise if it comes.

You are in a three-handed pot on fifth street. Suppose, it appears that one of your rival is going the same way as you are but the other rival is going in the reverse direction. If you have the best hand, it is essential to try to reduce the player going the other way, and you must play your hand so as to make this possible. Will you be successful; you should get to play heads up with someone going your way when you have the best poker hand.

Reducing the player going in the reverse direction can be difficult. It may take something tricky, like giving a free card until sixth street and then raising. However, the hands can be sometimes deceptive and you might trick this rival into thinking you have him beat.

For example, suppose you and another player are going low, and you want to knock out other rival, who has a weak high. On fifth street, you have


Your rival who looks like to be going low is in the middle with

(Hidden cards)

And the player going high has

(Hidden cards)

If you check, the player in the middle will also check behind you. When the player going high bets, you should check-raise. As it appears that you have made aces, the player in the middle can call double bet, while the player at the end - who is going high - may fold. In the unlikely situation that both of your rival folds, it will even much better.

Several players who hold four low cards and a bad card considers that they might get jammed later and not make their low hand. If a player at this point checks and calls, it is fairly sure that he has a low draw but does not have a straight or a flush draw to go along with it. If he has additional draw, he will frequently bet - specifically a hostile player - unless he is playing some risky boards.

You should combine your play a reasonable amount on fifth street. Suppose with a busted low hand and a high card you may wish to check-raise or even jam to conceal your hand. Although you are taking a worse of it, infrequent play like this may make your rival confuse. Subsequently, when you play the concealed trips the same way, the good poker players will not know whether you have a high hand or a low hand.

If the good player puts you on a high hand when you hold a hand that appears low, they will come with weaker low hands. This is the only thing that you do not want. You want them to come out when you have a concealed hand, since you prefer to play against only high hands. This is where (and why) you have to combine up your play so that good players cannot read you. However, when such situation come and you have a concealed your high hand, you will not be able to get out some of the weaker low draws. Incidentally, such situation does not happen often but when they do, they are extremely profitable.

Several players who make a low hand are in the pot till the end unless the rival's board looks too risky. As few players are competent of laying down a made eight or a rough seven, the good stud players can throw away these hands when they are looking at something like

(Hidden cards)

or

(Hidden cards)

However, not throwing away rough hands against strong boards is the big mistake in this game. These calls are not correct in razz poker, where you are playing for the entire pot. But as most of your rivals are not experience razz players, they will usually make this mistake.

As referred earlier, high hands are good starting hands but they become weak on fifth street when it is clear that someone has made a low. The great advantage which you can have with a high hand especially to win the entire pot - is now gone. Hence, you must consider folding.

You will have to play if it is heads up and the pot is reasonably large. You should continue playing if it appears that you are not possibly to get scooped. Suppose, if the low hand has a board like

it will be a very difficult for him to make a straight. However, you should fold if you are looking at a hand like

But when you have a big pair and your rival's board is something in between these two examples, you should consider how live the possible straight or flush cards are for your rival. Suppose your rival hand is


and many treys and fours are already dead, you should continue playing. On the contrary, if these cards are still live, you should throw your big pair into the muck.

It is always risky if a rival's third low upcard is an ace. If he has started with an ace, he may have you beat for high. If he does not, he possibly has made his low. In this case, you should generally go out.
If the low hand busts out on the fifth street, the high hand can do very well. This is where you can push high hands, as your rival will have only two cards left to beat you.

However, if you have any doubt as to whether you should continue playing or fold on fifth street, you should fold unless you have a good chance for half the pot or a fair chance for all of it. If you only have a fair chance to win half the pot and you regularly keep playing, you can assume it to go broke.


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