The Game Of 7 Card Stud ->> Betting Styles


There are various kinds of bettors at a poker table, just as there are various different personalities in life.

From time to time one sees a poker player who likes to bang away and appears to be staying in every type of hand.

Sometimes, a poker player never bet and so it appears like he isn’t even in the game. So what is the difference? And who is in between those extremes?


A loose-passive type of poker player is very commonly spotted at low limit poker. Poker is a means to pass a few hours to this player’s opinion – and he hopes to come out ahead.

This kind of poker player keeps telling himself that the only way to come out ahead is to see all the cards. He would only fold if he has absolute trash – and there are times he won’t fold even then.

He isn’t likely to bang away very much, even when he should be doing so, because he is also passive.

He will just casually call everything in sight in the hope that he gets something good and wins the pot, except if he has an absolutely monster hand.

There are times when these poker players will go away from a session a winner, but they’ll just give their money away to other poker players more frequently, which could include you. Several poker players of low-limit stud fall into this category.

Dollar signs should flash before your eyes, when you wind up playing poker at a table that is loose passive, as this would pay off nicely when you get that monster hand.


Besides the loose-passive poker player, every now and then you will run into what is known as ‘the maniac’. This is the type of poker player that could be called the loose-aggressive.

Since such a poker player isn’t thinking clearly and is there just to get a rush from betting high amounts (and from winning a huge pot if he does win one), many people enjoy playing with them. This type of player may have an ace-high on the third card and be raising when playing poker.

He also likes to bluff very often, so he may think that he could raise all he wants and drive out all the other poker players. In the long run, this type of poker player will lose money constantly.

Personally Peter prefers not to play with a maniac although Paul could take advantage of him when he has something good and make money while playing with someone like this at the poker table.

When playing poker against a maniac, Paul risks losing a lot of money on one hand that would have cost him less to play had he been with the loss-passive poker players.

Once more, there is nothing wrong with playing poke with this kind of player. Only thing is, one must realize that during that session, one may see a lot of fluctuations in the number of chips in front of oneself.


Another type of poker player that one is likely to spot at the card room is the tight-passive type, also known as ‘the rock’.

This kind of poker player stays far away from anything risky as he knows exactly what kinds of hands he wants to bet. The type of poker player plays very shrewdly – he would never chase cards that he shouldn’t.

One is not likely to make much money from this type of player when playing poker. Concurrently, the tight-passive style of player won’t make much money for himself, either.

These poker players do not bet properly, though they may know exactly what they should and should not play with. For example, rather than raise when they have good hands, they will just match the bet.

In contrast to Texas hold’em, in stud poker, even when one has a great hand, there is always the chance – no matter how miniscule – that one would lose to a bigger hand.

The rock always carries this fear in the back of his mind. While he doesn’t want to put in a lot of his poker chips at stake, he wants to win the pot, even if it is small.

Although this may look to him like he’s saving money, the fact is he does not win nearly as much as he should over the long run.

He allows the weaker hand to stay in cheaply by just calling bets and not betting aggressively, very often that one weak hand will improve just enough – and many times on the last card – to beat what should have been the best hand – his hand.