Sixth And Seventh Streets Stud Poker
When played a straight high in seven-card stud, it is unusual to fold on sixth street. You rarely can see a pot where someone will throw his hand away with one card to come, unless either a risky card hits or there is a bet or raise before a third player can perform. If you call on fifth street, you generally can call on sixth street with expectation to improve on the river.
However, in stud eight-or-better, just opposite is true. That means, you should often fold on sixth street. Since one or more rivals can chase a card that might mean you are drawing dead and also there can be (at least) a bet and a raise. In seven-card stud eight-or-better, sixth street is often jammed in a multiway pot. (In high-only seven-card stud, there is very few times when there is more than one bet on sixth street.)
In seven-card stud eight-or-better, when there is a big deal of betting and raising on sixth street, the pot will certainly split. You will not be getting the odds you want to try to draw out on the high poker hand when you have only two pair. Generally, the only time you should try to chase is when you have more of outs. Particularly, it is better to call at this point where you have a good low draw, a flush draw, or trips and you are getting the correct odds.
The situation is quite risky on the seventh street. Because everyone gets a downcard and if you have the best hand on sixth street, your rivals will possibly beat you. (The last card has more effect in stud eight-or-better than any other game of pokers routinely widespread to public rooms.) You need to bet in any case and notice what happens.
The exception for this bet is that if you have made a low hand and are up against a high hand and one or more rivals who were drawing to a better low. If you bet, the high hand will raise and the other low hands will either fold or re-raise if they have improved to what they were expecting for.
But, if you have the best low hand and are against other players with made low hands, who are possibly to pay off whether they have improved or not, then you should definitely bet or raise (into them). It may give you some profit by taking this chance.
There are low hands against you if you have a high hand and a split pot is certain (till the low hands do not improves to a straight, a flush or something better, it is likely that one or more of these draws are out), you should check and call. You expect to split the pot in this situation and if there is a bet and a call, you can make money on the seventh street.
You should, however, continue on the end with your high hand if there are more than one player in the pot who appears to call with weaker high hands. Several players will check because they fear of playing a low hand that has changed into a straight or a flush. But often there is value in betting.
Let us take another situation which happens on seventh street. You fail to make a low draw but make a pair indeed a small pair. A player who is playing all the way bets again, and it seems that he has a low hand. If he is poker bluffing and if you pair beats a pair that he could have made on an earlier street, you may have the "hogger." If he really has the low, your (small) pair may allow you to split the pot.
Therefore, remember that if your low hand has busted out but have a small pair, it may be worth half the pot or may be even the entire pot. If there is lot of money in the middle, it is worth a call and sometimes worth a raise when the low hand bets and you have missed. Your raise may even knock out the high hand who has only one big pair. As the chance for this play come up twice but cannot make it all the time. It is worth considering against the perfect rival.
For example, you have a high hand such as a pair of kings in a two-person pot. On an earlier street, your rival made three low cards on board and you checked both. You now analyze that his possible hands is four low cards with a pair.
Additionally, for example you make kings up on the river. Will you bet? Several players will check and call because they fear that they might run into a straight which is incorrect. The thing that happens is that if your rival makes two pair, he will pay off your bet and you can hog the entire pot. If he makes a low - which possibly be a cinch low - he will raise, you will call and you will split the pot. You will lose if he does not make the straight or if he makes three of a kind. Therefore, the answer to the question will be to bet. Although there is a risk involved, this bet is worthwhile over the long run.
Suppose in other situation you have a big pair in the hole and it seems as if you are against someone who also has a big pair. He has been calling you down, but his pair is not big than yours, and you have some small cards up. If your rival checks to you later on the river, you want to bet your one pair against him because he will call expecting to split the pot against a low hand.
In seven-card stud eight-or-better, when it looks that someone has a low hand, it will be correct to call with any of the pair. But you should never value-bet with the high pair at this point. Likewise, if you are going for low and someone holding the big pair checks to you, you should bet your hand for value. While it seems as though you are betting a low, your rival will always call with his one pair.
As noticed, there are various chances in stud eight-or-better for value bets on the end. In other games, mainly the tight ones, the big share of your profit easily can come from these seventh-street bets.
This concept on poker betting for value exemplify the another significant concept. You cannot bluff a high hand with any hand that appears you to go a low. The only exception is that if you chase an ace along the way and come out betting or check-raising when you do not have the most likely low made. Suppose you bust out on fourth street, chase an ace on fifth street and then check-raise. Your rival would think you have made aces and this may allow you to bluff out a pair on the end when you do have made this play with four low cards.
And are against one rival who shows
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As you can see that you are beat for high and that you also might be beat for low. However, betting is correct. If your rival busts out on the end, or may make a small pair, there is a better chance that he will fold, especially if the pot is small. This pot enables you to win the entire pot instead of getting only half the pot.
The Later Streets Afterthought
As observed, seven-card stud eight-or-better is a game of implied odds. Normally, it does not cost only one or two more bets to go to the river. But, from fifth poker street onwards it cost at least more than seven to ten bets. This is the function of the cards that are out and the players that you are against. The implied odds are connected to whether you can win all or just half the pot.
Do not forget that few big mistakes are made on fourth street. If your hand develops worse, you should immediately leave the game. Waiting for another good card may prove it to be costly.
There are few other things which are important to mention. To start with, check-raising is essential in this game. The main aim is not always to gain an extra bet, but also to knock out the rival and sometimes to win the pot that you otherwise cannot win. This is the true value of check-raising.
Concealing your hand can be crucial. You may not have a lot of chances for doing this, but when you can it is a big money-maker. You would think about how to play your hand, thus taking more advantage when you are able to conceal it.
As for the high hands, remember if they appear to win half the pot, many of them should be discarded on fifth street. You should not fall into the trap by going all the way with a big pair.
Ultimately, do not fear to bet on seventh street in the situation wherein most rivals will check. It is true that the possible action can be dangerous but the bets that have been discussed are the profitable one.
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