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Category No.12: Three flushes.

As many poker pots are split and hard to make a flush, for your three flush to be playable, you have to be in a multiway pot with various hands against you that seem as if they are going high, or you must have two low cards. Besides, your flush poker cards need to be completely live.

Similarly, discard most of your three flushes if there are two card of the same suit out. One of your suit on board is fine if you have hand like

and it is cheap to go to the pot. However, if various low cards are showing strength, throw away these hands. If you chase high cards on the later streets, then the other players will figure that you are going for a flush or a high hand, and you will be stuck by a high hand and a low hand. In short, you will make your flush immediately to survive such kind of situation.

To conclude, three flushes look to be bad in stud eight or better unless you have two low cards and then your hand should be live. Besides when you hold two low flush cards, it is preferable to have one of them up so you are concealed as a low hand and can drive out a low hand further in the deal. Will you make both a flush draw and a low draw, you may be able to drive out the low hand and play only against a high hand or to drive out the high hand, simply play against the low hand and, with nothing win the high half.

Category No.13: Higher three straights.

Such hands are very poor but there are some people who play them. When you are against these players, they will possibly not have a high pair when they show a high card. Furthermore, when higher three straights develop, they change into strong and jamming type hands.

Category No.14: Small pairs with a medium or large kicker.

Do not play small pairs with a medium or large kicker unless everyone has left, you are in a steal position and have a good chance to pick up the antes and bring-in.

Category No.15: Medium high straights.

Hands like


must also not be played unless you are heads up against a weaker high hand or in some cases, where your cards are extremely live, you are against many weak players, and no one has raised or is about to raise. However, generally these are trash hands and should be thrown away. If two of your cards are straight flush cards - as in the second example - these hands need to be discarded.

It is worse when medium high straight draws against multiple low hands. Your rival will be aware that you are going high and later may even punish you badly, plus most of the time you even do not make a pair to have a chance for the high end.

Final note: Even though the information given is accurate, it is not absolute, as many starting poker hands are close to each other in value. The situation you find yourself in is more vital than a particular hand you are holding. Because many hands are too close - such as the best high hand against a low hand - it is significant to assess completely the situation before deciding on the strength of your starting hand. Few rankings may change relatively depending on the particular three cards that you are holding and on the exact number of rivals that you are against.

Furthermore, it is vital to play the best hand and not the second-best hand. In high-only seven-card stud, you frequently play the second-best hand, like a small pair with an over card kicker, and chase. However, in eight or better this is generally not the situation. Second-best hand is very poor for this game, partly because you often do not know where you stand even when you improve. This is real in multiway pot, as most of the disguised hands - such as trips, flushes, and straight - will be revealed on the river.

Consequently, playing a hand may not always be clear - that is, should you raise or just call? You usually raise on third street only if you have a hand that plays better heads up or if you have a hand which is really strong and many people are already in. If you have a standard playable three-card low and many players are left to perform, you should possibly just "limp in"; if other players have already called, you should call too. If there has been a raise ahead of you, you should still call, but you should not call a double raise. The exception to calling is when you are first in from a late position. You should raise now because you have the added equity of stealing the antes.

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