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Poker: Wired Pair Explained

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You will rarely be lucky enough to dealt rolled-up trips, one of the two best starting hands in seven-card stud eight or better. If your trips are high and it appears that there are many poker players in the pot, you should play your hand quickly, stay right to the end, and wait what happens. You should always try to make as big a pot as you can.

It will not make any difference whether you are heads up or in a multiway pot. When against only one rival, you get to scoop very often. Against many rivals, a low will be made and sometimes you will get scooped; however, you will split and rarely will scoop a big pot.

When your high trips are queens or kings, it would seem as though you have only a big pair and are raising to limit the field. Hence, the low hands will play very tough against you.

When your trips are between eight and jacks, you may play somewhat easier so that you can trap one or more high hands and then try to punish everyone on the later street. If you play these hands quickly at first, it would look as though you are rolled up and your rivals will realize that you probably have either aces in the hole or three of a kind.

When your trips are small, you will have one of the best starting poker hands because it can be completely deceptive. The best situation with a small set is to be against two high hands and not against low hands. If your hand seems to develop to low, you can try it hard and jam the high hands.

Obviously, if you have three wired aces, you have a dream hand. If your rivals play with you, make a huge pot. However, you need to slow-play three aces if you think you may drive out the high hands and get jam playing against just the low hands.

Concealing Your Hand

When you play against players who have hands identical to yours and you rarely raise, you will give away much of the information. You should reveal something about your play by inaction as well as by action. When you raise, your rivals will put you on a big low hand or a high hand. Hence, you should either raise or re-raise when the hands are roughly equal; otherwise you will be giving up to much of your deception. When your rivals have little doubt as what exactly you hold, they may play incorrectly against you.

Many bets are automatic as to how the cards will fall. By concealing your hand and thus persuading some of the rivals to play wrongly, you will have them making automatic bets that are incorrect. So as you can make out, it is to your advantage for someone to think you have something other than what you actually have.
Concealing your hand not always mean that you make your rivals think you are going high when you are going low, or vice versa. Many times you might make them think you have a made low hand when you actually have only four low cards and a pair. Such plays may persuade another low draw or a made low (however the one which is not very good) to fold. Furthermore, it may enable you to value bet two pair on the end into a hand that appears only a high pair.

By concealing your hand, you will make it hard - if possible - for your rivals to properly analyze the accurate strength of your holding. If this thing works out, you will get them to make some major mistakes against you.

Ante Stealing

Ante stealing in seven-card stud eight or better is absolutely straightforward. It is that important as compared to other forms of poker because advantageous chances come up very rarely. However, in the right spots, ante stealing has a value. Speaking with a caution, do not attempt this play with low cards behind you, as many players like to call with low cards.

When you have an ace up, it is easy to steal because an ace - the highest scare card in every game - is much stronger in eight or better. Stealing a good hand can be with a high card when there are one or two cards ranking nine or higher than that left to perform. Several players, also the good ones, will fold medium pairs, because they fear to play against a possible big pair.

If you want to try to steal into low cards, you need an ace up or a medium low card, like a six, instead of a deuce or a trey. When you are revealing a medium low card, there would a little doubt as to whether you hold a higher pair than your rivals might have. In other words, your hand will be less identified which means that it will be less possible that one of your remaining rivals will want to challenge it.

Let's take an example of the standard ante steal. You hold a jack up, there are queen and a nine behind you and you raise. The player having the queen up will leave the game unless he has a pair of queens in which case you will re-raise. Furthermore, he will likely throw away some other hands that he would have been interested in playing had you just folded or called. Supposing the player with queen folds, the player with the nine up generally will also fold, even if he has two nines. As you have raised into a queen, it will not look as if you are stealing. Since the game under discussion is seven-card stud eight or better, though the rival had an eight showing instead of a nine and held a pair of eights, the outcome will almost be different.

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