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BANGING AWAY

Though a big pair may not have sounded like much on the fourth street in stud poker, often you should have raised with it.

If Peter had not seen any pairs on the board, he would have normally raised, particularly if his pair was hidden and had live cards.

As Peter had said over and over: When playing stud poker you should have made the drawing hands pay A big pair was a great hand on the third street, and it would have still been a good hand on the fourth street.

Those drawing hands were dangerous. With a big pair you would have wanted the field as narrow as it could have been.

In stud poker, any pair on the board on the fourth street would have had the option of betting the maximum amount if no one had bet as yet.

If you had been the highest hand, had to bring it in, and had a big pair on the board with live cards, you should never have bet the minimum, when playing stud poker.

This was a mistake Peter used to make very often, as he would have wanted to wait to improve to trips or two pair before he had begun to play aggressively.

Waiting would have cost you money in the long run. Poker players with marginal hands would have been likely to call a minimum bet.

With a big bet from a big pair o the board, though, they would have thought twice about staying around. They would have feared that you had two pair or trips, and they would have tossed in their drawing hands.

A hidden big pair with a couple of weak cards on the board would have been a great stud poker situation as well – should you have made trips, your opponents wouldn’t have been able to see them until you had surprised them on the showdown.

You probably wouldn’t have brought it in with two weak cards on the board, but raised once the action had come to you if you had felt you had the best hand.

It could have been very tempting to bet small with a big pair at the fourth street, even when you thought you might have had the best hand at that time, when playing stud poker.

Of course, you would have wanted to stay in, but without a great hand, it would have been tempting just to limp in until you had improved.

It may have looked like you had been saving money if you hadn’t improved your hand, but betting small had been costing you in the long-run because other poker players didn’t have to spend much.

They had been staying in cheaply and probably outdrawing you more times than not.

WHAN TO LIMP IN

Betting big with a pair on the board would have been desirable, but there are also times when just calling would have been best.

One such poker situation would have been when it was a big bet back to you. If it had just been the minimum to you, and there had been no pair on the board, you would have wanted to raise.

But if it had been brought in for two dollars and raised to four, in stud poker, you should not have re-raised – the raise would probably have been an indication of a two pair or even bigger hand.

As long as most of your cards had been live, you should have just called and hoped to improve on the fifth street.

Another poker situation in which you should have called would have been if there had been a pair on the board. With two pair, if you had not seen any pair bigger than yours exposed, you should have banged away.

With just one pair, even if it had been bigger than anything on the board, you couldn’t have been certain that the poker player with a pair on the board hadn’t made two pair.

If you had felt that you had a good read on your opponent, perhaps you knew him to be the kind of online poker player who would only have bet the maximum if he had had two pair or better.

In that case, if he had limped in, you should have raised to the maximum with your bigger pair to force out weaker hands.

Most of the time, though, if there had been a pair on the board, you should have just called to see the fifth street cheaply.