In most cases, you would have banged away whenever you had a boat.

Peter had mentioned the most common exception to this rule in the previous section – slow-playing in poker a big full house could be a great idea. The keyword to that rule was big.

What did Peter mean by a ‘big’ full house? He meant that you would have wanted your full house to be bigger than any potential full house you had seen on the board.

You should have never, ever, slow-played your boat if you had seen a pair that could have become a bigger boat than yours.

For instance, suppose you had jacks full of nines – a huge poker hand. However, on the board, you had seen an open pair of queens.

That poker player had bet, and now the betting was to you. Your first instinct should not have been to call in
this situation – doing so could have cost you money.

Unless both of the other queens had been dead, then you should have raised. You would have wanted to try to force this opponent out so he wouldn’t fill up and beat you with a bigger full house.

The poker odds had still been with you to win the hand, but if there had ever been a higher pair than your full house, you should have banged away to make him pay.

Raising would also have been the right thing to do if an opponent had had a few big cards in front of him.

If another poker player had had an Ace, King and Jack on the board against your jacks full, granted, he didn’t have an open pair, but with three big cards like that, two could have represented a pair that, with improvement, could have filled up to a bigger boat than yours. In such a poker instance, you should have raised.


Calling on the fifth street with a full house would have been fine if your boat was big and the only pairs you had seen on the board were smaller than what you had in your hand.

In fact, calling would have been the best move. You should have gotten the other poker players to stay – your hope would have been that they would fill up to smaller full houses than yours, which would result in a lot of action in later betting rounds.

That would have paid you off nicely. Also you should have called when you had seen a lot of probable flush and straight draws on the board.

Even if they had made their hands, you had already had them beat. You shouldn’t have worried about forcing them out now. Rather, you should have let them pay you off once you get to the showdown.

Finally, when playing stud poker, should you have ever folded a full house on the fifth street? Very rarely. The only instance when folding might have crossed your mind should have been if you had seen trips on the board that would have represented a full house bigger than yours.

For example, let’s say you again had held those jacks full of nines, and there had been three aces on the board. Ouch! By the time it had gotten to you, odds would be it would have been just one bet – the bet from the open aces. No one would have raised him.

With a full house, you normally would have wanted to call – the poker player would have had to have the last ace or a pair in the hole to have been full.

If, however, the poker player had played aggressively on the third street, the three-of-a-kind on the board might have been an indicator that he had had more than the trips on the board – quad aces or aces full.

If that had been the case – and such a poker situation had been quite rare – having known your opponent well would have helped you determine whether to have folded your full house.

Having to do so was very, very tough, and with a full house, even there had been greater trips on the board, calling would have been the best thing to do, particularly if the last card that would have improved you to quads had still been alive.

The only time Peter would have recommended folding a boat on the fifth street was if you’d seen a lot of heavy action (two bets or more) by the time the betting had got to you from poker hands that could have been better than your full house.

Here’s an instance: suppose Peter had fours full of nines. A poker player with trip sevens had bet, and he had been re-raised by a pair of kings on the board.

It had been two bets back to Peter. The little voice inside of him may have said to call, but with two bets before him from two hands that could have had him beaten, the right move would have been to fold. Doing this would have taken you a lot of discipline.

Fortunately, though, the poker situation wouldn’t have come up all that often. When it did, having had the courage to lay down a great poker hand would have saved you money, and you would have been breathing a big sigh of relief when the showdown came.

Quick Guide….
…. To Full House on Fifth Street :

RAISE with a full house that’s nines full or worse. Raise if you see any pairs that could improve to a full house bigger than yours. Finally, always re-raise if it is two bets to you and you do not see anything threatening from the player who raised.

CALL if you have a big full house and there are clearly no other threats.

FOLD rarely with a full house, but do so if you feel that you are beaten by a player who has already made a bigger hand than yours.