Third Street Hand
Three high cards to a consecutive straight flush. These are some of the good starting hands as long as your cards are live. You can play these hands with many low hands and you can take cards off. When you chase blanks, you generally can go to fifth or sixth street unless there is lot of jamming as long as your rivals' board does not look to be dangerous.
Though you may get jammed, especially if some of the hands that you are up against look dangerous, three high cards to a straight flush do show a profit. However, when you deal with one of these hands, your instincts will tell you not to get involved. But, be sure that they are worth playing as long as most of your cards are live.
Categories No.8 and No.9:
Small pairs with an ace kicker and small pair with a low kicker. Though both of these hands are quite threatening, having an ace kicker is preferable to having a small kicker. You can often see another card with a small pair and an ace kicker, as long as it does not cost more than a bet.
have more possibilities, especially if a low flush card comes. In this case, you might make a lock for low and punish one or more high poker hands if you get lucky and also make a flush.
Majority of the player will play small pair, small kicker starting hands. It is difficult to throw away because they look good. However, you should not play these hands unless the situation seems to be profitable.
It is reasonably better for your pair to be at least sixes because it is less possible that a rival going for low will "by chance" make a pair and beat you. On the contrary, if one of your rivals has a high pair, whether your pair is sixes or something smaller won't matter. If you think you are up against a big pair, throw your hand for a raise, especially if many players are already in the pot. However, if you can get in for just a limp, you might want to take a card off. Remember that you want to play heads up against a player whose upcard is lower than the rank of your pair.
If you do play these hands, you would wish that your rival's cards are not entirely live and that your cards are very live. (See Seven-Card Stud for advanced poker players for detail explanation of this concept.) This is because your biggest value on fourth street is to make trips, a pair and a three straight, or a pair and three to a low flush. Your hand gains more value when it is harder for other players to improve.
When you play one of those hands, keep in mind that it is the kind of hand that makes you to see fourth street cheaply. Normally, you will not play these hands in raised pots and in pots where there are scare cards behind you. Suppose, when the low card comes in and there are other low cards or aces behind you, throw small pairs away.
Category No.10: The razz hands.
A hand such as
is the kind of hand that an average players lose more money with. Remember that this hand not only is rough but also has neither straight nor flush possibility. Hands like 267 often should be discarded, especially for a raise in very high ante games and mainly when there is a high and another low out. This hand has little equity and it theoretically will lose money on all round of betting.
Although, if you find yourself low on fourth street and the other low players have busted out, you will often be in trouble making the correct play and betting decisions on the later poker streets. Three unrelated low cards, whether played heads up or multiway, are great trouble and the fair to intermediate players always get jammed with these hands.
If your razz hand is slight better than the example given, then it is playable as long as it does not cost too much (no more than one full bet) and your cards are live. Suppose, if your hand is
you will play for one bet and not for two. But, if the cards you want to chase are dead, then do not play for even one bet.
Three low cards to an eight. This holding is not playable unless it has straight possibilities or involves an ace. It plays better only if it is the sole low hand working or if you are heads up against a likely weak hand.
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