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QUICK QUIZ: FIFTH STREET

You should take the following quiz for review, and then we shall be moving on to learn how to play your hand at the sixth street.

1. Wile playing stud poker, you had held two pair – queens and sevens – and were in middle position. One seven had been dead, and on the board were a pair of fives and a pair of nines.The holder of the nines had bet four dollars. There had been two callers, and now the action had been to you. Would you have raised or called?

Ans : Raised.You had a good two pair here, so you should have protected it. There had been no higher pair on the board, so you should have driven out the drawing hands and narrowed the field as much as possible to reduce your competition.

2. You had a small two pair, fives and deuces. Just one deuce had been dead. You were in early position, second to bet after a pair of kings. The poker player with the kings had bet four dollars. Of the players yet to act, the most threatening hands had been a pair of 7s and a three to a flush. Would you have called or folded?

Ans : Folded. Here the decision was very simple, and you could have folded without a second thought. Sure, you may have had live cards, but with a small two pair, you were going up against two bigger pairs on the board. If they had had two pair or better and you hadn’t filled up, you would have lost. If you had filled up, but they did as well, you would have still lost. So you shouldn’t have chased this hand – you should have folded and been done with it.

3. You had four-to-a-flush, and you had seen four of your needed suit fall. You had been in late position, and when a pair of nines had bet, several poker players had called but none had raised. Would you have folded, called or raised?

Ans : Call.Calling is the best move here because you are hoping to stay in cheaply. Some people would even advise you to raise here (a semi-bluff), since you are even money to get the flush, and raising will force out other players and gain you a free card on sixth street . That’s stretch. Wait until you make your hand before raising. Certainly don’t fold. With only four of your cards dead, there are still five left in the deck that can help you.

4. You were in early position, and you had held four-to-a-straight. A pair of aces had bet, and you had called. A pair of tens had raised it, and the other poker players had promptly folded. The aces had then re-raised, and it was now two more bets to you. Would you have called or folded?

Ans : Folded.It may have been tempting to call here, since you had thought of it as your money in the pot. But you shouldn’t think that way. Such heavy action here had indicated that the player’s had made good hands. Perhaps they had even filled up, and at the least they had trips. You hadn’t made a straight yet, and it wasn’t worth the money to draw to what may very well have been the second best hand.

5. You had held trip sevens, two of which had been hidden as your hole cards. The remaining seven was live, and only two of the cards that would have paired your kickers and fill you up had been dead. You had been in late position. A pair of tens had bet four dollars, and four people before you had called. Would you have called or raised?

Ans : Raised.It was very easy to fall into the trap of wanting to be passive here – you had that good but not great hand. If you had had two pair of sevens up, you’d have wanted to fold, but with trips, even though there was a higher pair on the board, a raise was the best move. It would have sent a warning sign to other poker players. Some would have stayed in, but you would have still wanted to play aggressively and hoped at least one would have dropped. Those trips and big two pairs had to have been protected.

6.You had been in middle position. You had held a four-straight, but you had seen three of your needed cards fall. A poker player with a pair of kings had bet, and he had called by a three-flush. The next two poker players had folded, and the action had come to you. When you had looked to see who was yet to act, you had noticed a small pair. Would you have folded or called?

Ans : Folded.Those straight-draws could have been death traps, and this had been a prime example. You were looking at a big pair and a possible flush. And on top of that, three of your cards you had needed to improve had gone, so you should have been, too. The only time you could have considered calling was if you had a big pair to go with your straight draw (such as if your hand were T J Q A A).

7. You had a pair and pocket aces that hadn’t improved. To make matters worse, you hade been dealt mediocre cards on the board, and one of your aces had been dead. A pair of nines had bet, and the action was to you. A poker player with three diamonds showing and another smaller pair had yet to act. Would you have called, folded or raised?
Ans : Folded.Yes, it would have been painful – you had those beautiful pocket aces, and now you had to fold them. If you had been playing hold’em, you would have been playing them hard, but there were no community cards in stud, and your aces that once had been strong were now weak.One was dead, and a pair on the board had bet. On top of that, you could have been looking at a poker player on a good flush draw or another player who had made two pair or trips. So, you should have folded and waited until you had had a better hand down the line.

8. You had made a powerful full house – kings full. On the board, there was a pair of tens and a pair of deuces. Two of your kings had been showing, so you were the poker player to start the action. Would you have bet or check?
Ans : Checked.It would have been best to play this hand slowly. It was a monster, and the odds of its being beaten were very slim. If someone had bet into your open pair of cowboys, you should have just called unless he had an ace showing. If he had, you should have raised him. Sure, you could have check-raised, but why not set a trap? You had been full, and he obviously hadn’t known that. Playing this hand slowly would have kept other poker players in the game and won you a good pot.

9. You had made a full house, but this time it had been small – fours full. A pair of aces had bet, and you were second to act. You had noticed that there was a pair of tens and a pair of sixes yet to act. Would you have called or raised?

Ans : Raised. Before, when you had had a big full house, calling and checking until sixth street would have been the right move. A smaller full house was still a great hand, but it was beatable. It therefore had needed to be protected, especially when there had been bigger pairs on the board. You should have made the aces all your raise. The remaining poker players would have had to call two big bets to stay in.Many of them may have folded, and your pot may not have been as huge, but that was okay. Too many poker players had made the mistake here of just calling, and few things had been as frustrating as having a poker player turn over a larger full house than yours smile, and say, “The river had been good to me.” You shouldn’t have let him even get to the river.

10. You had completed a straight. On the board, a pair of sixes had been the high hand, and its owner had bet. Two other poker players had called, and now the action was to you. You had noticed a three-flush and a three-straight on the board; both had been bigger than yours and were yet to act. Would you have called or raised?

Ans : Raised.You couldn’t let fear run your betting. Calling would have let your opponents stay in cheaply when they were on probable draws. You would have wanted to play aggressively, making those yet to act pay two big bets to play, and making the sixes call your raise to stick around. Like trips, a straight here was quite good. Often times it had not been good enough, though, so, unless there were compelling reasons not to (such as a raising war between online poker players with two big pairs on the board), you should have protected your hand.