Seventh Street ->> Calling


When playing stud poker, the aspects that have established when to call on the seventh street have been very similar to the aspects you have considered at the sixth street.

Many times, you would have had hands such as trips or straights – they weren’t bad, but neither were they stellar.

You would not have wanted to fold such hands, since the poker odds would be they very well might have won you the pot.

Simultaneously, having reached for chips to bet would have made you anxious; because you would have worried that you just might have been betting into a bigger hand than what you had held.


Once you had played your hand this far, if you had held a good two pair and there was no higher pair or bettor on the board, you should have stayed in for at least one bet.

In this situation in stud poker, you should have looked for a cause that would have told you to fold.

If you couldn’t have found one, you should have stuck around. On the showdown, a poker player might have turned over flush straights or trips and beaten you, but it would have been worth it to see that hand, since you had held a good hand as well.

There would have been some situations when you should have laid down this hand, but when you had a good hand, calling at least one bet would have been the best move.

Having called on the seventh street could have been summed up with five words: go with your gut feeling.

In stud poker, when you would have liked but not loved your hand, you should have called if it had looked like there could have been threatening hands yet to act, or if you had known the poker player to bluff rarely and played only the solid hands.

On the showdown, you may have found that your hand had been the best one and breathed a big sigh of relief.

You shouldn’t have felt bad about having called, not raised – you would have made the right decision, since you had not felt too confident about your hand.

While you shouldn’t have turned into a calling station on the river, calling would always have been the best move when you had felt uncertain about the strength of your mucking poker hand.


Before we move on, one more piece of advice: you shouldn’t turn into the poker sheriff. Distinguishing a poker player who would want to be one would be easy – he would use the phrase, ‘Well, I’ll call to keep you honest.’

You shouldn’t have been calling except if you had had a decent hand. Your job would have been to win the pot, not to have been the sheriff of the table. Remember, you wouldn’t encounter much bluffing at low limit poker.

The only time that you could have called a poker player who had bet when you thought you had been beat would have been if you had known him very, very well – so when you would have felt you had been beat, you should have folded the poker hand and not thrown money away.