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Playing Short-Handed


Many players enter in stud eight-or-better than in other games of online poker for some reason and your table often will not be full unless the game is excellent. However, you must be skilled at playing short-handed, more so than in other games of poker.

When you play short-handed, high hands go up in value and the game becomes like seven-card stud, with the high hands contesting each other. Low hands with high possibilities also go up in value and the high hands with low possibilities, even though they may not be greatest lows, go up in value much more.

The hands that you want to stay away are low hands that have no straight or flush possibilities unless you are playing as a bluff. However, if the game is reasonably tight and short-handed, which is standard in many games, many of them will throw away their hands on fourth street if you chase good and they don't. This might give you some bluffing opportunities.

Big Games Versus Small Games

Remember that in seven-card stud eight-or-better, as the limits get higher, the players generally get better. As this is true in all other forms of poker, it is also true in this game.

When players begin jamming on the later poker streets in big games, they are always correct to do so. However, this is not same in a smaller limits game. In smaller limit game, someone will be jamming rarely with the worst hand, may be because a disguised better hand is out.

However in big games, players read the cards very well and when they do jam, they often get it correct. Hence, at the higher limits, the person who jams usually wins the pot, unless someone is fortunate with a draw.

In fact, a creative player may do some jamming to drive a rival out of the pot, but this is a different case. Even when you realize that you are in the pot, it may be correct to fold as it will be too costly to see the hand.
In the smaller games, most of the players are typically in each hand that means the pot may be proportionately greater for the betting limit than in the big games. However, in the big games, it generally cost more per individual (in term of units bet) to see a low hand all through the way, as the players are better able to capitalize in this situation where it is correct to raise and re-raise or to jam.

In smaller games most of the time, a player who has the high and the player who has the low hand usually do not jam because they do not identify exactly where they stand. Therefore, there may be only a bet and a call on each round, where it is jammed all through the way. In the high-stakes games, (around $50-$100 and above) do not expect the better poker players to make this type of mistake. They will grab the opportunities and force you to pay more when you are in the pot without the poker best hand.

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