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CALLING AND FOLDING

When you had gotten trips on the fourth street, raising was clearly what you should have done most often. There have been times.

When playing stud poker, though, when calling or even trips very often, but there must have been times when that would have been the right poker play.

Let’s first talk about when you should have called with trips, in stud poker. Suppose you had been in late position with trip fours.

You had been waiting for a pair of aces on the board to bet, and before it had gotten to you, a pair of deuces would have had to act as well.

The poker player with the aces brought in for four dollars, the next several poker players had folded, and the holder of the pair of deuces had raised.

Now it would have been eight dollars to you. That would have been a lot of money for low-limit poker. Should you have re-raised, called or folded?

It would have been tough, but here you should have simply called. Raising may understandably have been tempting. The deuces would have to act as well.

The next poker player with the aces brought it in for four dollars, the next several poker players would have folded, and the holder of the pair of deuces would have raised. Now it would have been eight dollars to you.

That would have been a lot of money for low-limit poker. Should you have re-raised, called or folded?

It would have been tough, but here you should have merely called. Raising may have understandably been tempting.

The deuces would have raised, which would have been a good indication that poker player had made trips. Sure, your trips were higher than his potential trip deuces, but you would have had to wait for the aces to act again, and that poker player may very well have re-raised.

At this stage in stud poker, because things had gotten expensive, most of the drawing poker hands would have been gone, and you would have been left with just the two other poker players. It would have been one bet back to the pair of aces.

If that poker player had re-raised, it would have been a good indication that he had trip aces. If he had just called, he would have probably been representing two pair, because with his money in the pot, most poker players would have had a very tough time folding.

They would have wanted to see another card (which was the right thing to do with a solid two pair).

If it had been raised and it had come back to you, you could have called unless you had seen two of your needed cards to improve to quads or a full house fall.

If they had, as tough as it may have been, you should have folded. Yes, folding with trips would have been the least desirable of situations. Seventy percent of the time you would have been raising with trips.

Twenty-eight percent of the time you would have been calling. About two percent of the time you would actually have had to fold with trips.

T hose times would have been few and far between, and it may have taken you a lot of courage to throw in your trips, but at times it would have been worth it.

One of the factors that would have played into your decision as to when to fold with trips would have been the status of your cards, when playing stud poker – were they live or dead? If your last card to improve to quads had been dead, it would have not been that big a deal – quads happened rarely.

But if two or more of the cards you had needed to improve your hand to a boat (full house) had been gone, either you should have played aggressively on the fourth street (if you had been hoping to win the pot right there), or played very cautiously, in stud poker.