The Game Of 7 Card Stud ->> Check Out Other Games


Before a player sits down to play, it would be a good idea to check out the games that are underway.

If possible, make a request to be at a particular game. Study the progress of the games – whether a lot of people appear to be calling anything, or if one player is constantly raising.

While playing the game of poker, if a player feels frustrated by the manner in which it is progressing, one could call a floor person and make a request to be moved to an available seat elsewhere in another poker game.

Some players at the poker games are more conservative (tighter), whereas some players at the poker games throw a lot of money at many pots (looser).

Peter had noticed that poker at the card club on weekday mornings and afternoons are tighter, since most of the players are retirees, who play more conservatively.

A more diverse crowd participates in the evenings and weekends. Several participants are there merely for a good time, and so they play poker more loosely.


Gamblers know the significance of statistical odds, which play a major role in poker. A poker player would be at a disadvantage if he/she doesn’t take the time to learn them.

In the Appendix, which is at the back of this book, Peter has listed the odds for different types of hands.

As in any poker game, there are two types of odds – pot odds and the odds for making one’s hand, statistical odds.

Pots odds are not too hard. When playing stud poker, if one knows how much is in the pot, one could guess the pot odds by dividing the sum by one’s bet. For instance, if there are forty dollars in the pot, and a player has to bet four dollars, the poker player’s odds are ten-to-one.

It would be a good hand to bet, if these odds are greater than the statistical odds of making that hand. If a poker player starts out with three to a flush, which does not improve on the fourth street, here the player’s odds of making his/her flush are 8.5-to-1.

However, if there is tons of money in the pot and the player is getting large enough pot implied odds, it would be okay to toss in another bet.

A poker player needs to memorize the odds that are listed in the back of the book, as knowledge of statistical odds is essential.

It always helps the poker player to know pot odds and compare the two, but having a general idea of the drawing odds at the very least, so that one knows how likely one is to make the hand one wants to make.

If a poker player can do both, that would be fantastic. In poker, one might find it tough to count the chips that are in a big pile in the middle of the table while at the same time trying to focus on what has been folded, what with so much betting going on. A poker player should focus on the cards first in such a situation.

The poker player will find it helpful to know the odds at the table, but remembering those cards is far more important.

Although the odds give the poker player a general idea of his/her chances of success, if he/she don’t know which of the cards that he/she needs are live and which ones are dead, then the odds are worthless.

In the preceding example, while Peter may have been an 8.5 to 1 shot to get his flush on the fourth street, he would have been more likely to call if he knew that very few cards of his needed suit had been dealt to other players.

Knowing one’s opponents is yet another crucial aspect of stud poker (or any poker game). One should always be focused on the players at the table and watch their style of playing the game of poker.

Do they happen to be the kind of poker players who seem to be calling every single time someone bets? If so, one could take advantage of them when one has the monster hand, because one knows that they will go ahead and call.

Would they happen to be the kind of poker players who seem to fold constantly and bet hard when they do stay in? (Ideally, you are this type of player – it’s known as ‘tight-aggressive,’ and we shall arrive at it soon.)

Perhaps the opponents are the sorts of poker players who appear to bet with anything. It is vital to know one’s opponents’ style. Getting an insight into how the opponents play would help a poker player – whether they are playing smart or just chasing cards.

A poker player must watch his/her opponents like a hawk and gather information on them at all times even if one is playing only a few hands.

At Peter’s club, lots of televisions are installed everywhere, and people are naturally interested in the horse races or highlights on Sportscenter. A poker player can watch TV at home.

One should focus on the game and not on the TV, since he/she has made the effort to come the card room to play poker.

A poker player should watch the action even when he/she has chosen to fold – the poker player should work on remembering cards or on watching what his/her opponents stay in with.

Look at their eyes; one must focus on how they breathe when the cards are dealt to them. Did one poker player sit and stare at a hand at length before betting? If that were the case, the odds are that he doesn’t have that great of a hand – if he had, he’d be betting it.

Does a certain poker player appear to be staring at the ball game constantly? If so, one would want to take advantage of him, as the poker game is of secondary importance to him.

Noticing the hole cards when the poker players have laid down their hands is another way to get a good idea of how one’s opponents play poker.

After the last card had been dealt, if that card had gone on top, the two starting poker hands cards were on the bottom; if it had gone on the bottom, the two starting hole cards were on the top.

Sometimes, a poker player will shuffle the three hidden cards, however, it would not be too tough to figure out what he started with. If had risen on third street and then turned over two kings and a 5, he likely had two kings to start with.