The Game Of 7 Card Stud ->> Don't Be Intimidated


Besides maintaining a positive attitude, it would also be essential not to be nervous when playing in a public card room.

Although it’s natural to feel that one is in the presence of ‘pros’ when one is new to the game, however, one is not too likely to come across to many professionals (though at times one would find plenty of people who think they are) at the low limits. Relax and have a good time.

If one has common knowledge of the game, and yet he/she is still vague about certain concepts, one should not hesitate to ask questions. Most dealers would be glad to help, and they are competent as well as friendly.

One should not be concerned with looking foolish or committing a mistake; there will be instances when one bets the wrong amount or misreads a hand.

The player won’t be expelled from the card room. As the adage goes, ‘One can’t learn to swim if one doesn’t
jump in the water’.

Although one would very well be nervous at the first few sessions one has in a public card room, one should consider each session a chance to improve on one’s game and implement one’s tactics.

As time passes, the play will improve. Here are some easy methods by which a person could soon transform into a better player.


Some people prefer to play Texas Hold’em due to the fact that there are no cards to remember – a player has his/her hole cards in front of him/her, and the rest of the cards are always on the board. There is more work to do when playing stud, which brings us to the concept of live cards.

There has been a saying that Texas hold’em is a game of big cards, while stud is a game of live cards. It is absolutely true.

After the first three cards have been dealt to the player, if he/she is thinking of staying in or is the forced bring-in bet, the very first thing he/she should do is to look at the board to look at what’s out there. One should keep in mind what cards have been folded when players muck their hands.

If a player finds it too difficult to memorize all that has been folded, one should at least be on the lookout at all times for cards that would have been useful to one’s hand that are gone.

For instance, when a player has a pair of kings in the hole and an eight upcard. A big pair in the pocket – that is very good. However, if the other two kings have been dealt then they are essentially worthless.

Memorizing cards is one of the toughest features of the stud poker, and Peter continues to work on it. He seems to have no problem recollecting his cards, however, it becomes trickier when he tries to recollect all the cards that have passed.

A key thing one could do is pay keen attention at all times to the cards as they are mucked, and at the end of each betting round, put them in some sort of order mentally (such as from smallest to largest or vice-versa). Clearly, there’s no need to recollect the cards on the board – they’re in front of the player.

Here is in case in point, in case one is still not convinced of the value of recollecting the cards in stud poker.

There was one session when Peter had in a stud poker game where he had filled up on the fifth street: Fours full of kings.

Peter played this aggressively, but many players stayed in to the river, including one player who had two pair on the board, threes and nines.

Since Peter had been focused, he recalled that one of his nines was gone – there had been only one card left in the deck that could help his opponent beat him.

It so happened, the opponent had a trio of threes and a pair of nines, and Peter had managed to win a nice pot. Recollecting cards might not have been the simplest thing in the world to do, but if one wishes to play stud poker well, there is no way around it.