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QUICK QUIZ: SEVENTH STREET

1.) You had held two pair – queens and fours – and had been in middle position. A poker player with a pair of nines had been the first to act, and he had bet .Several other poker players had called; one had held a three-flush, and another had held a pair of sixes. The bet was to you. Would you have called or folded?

Ans : Called. This hand was almost a crapshoot, but you should have played it. You had made it this far, and there hadn’t been lots of heavy betting action, so having stayed in to the end would have been the best decision. It was only one more bet, and a solid two pair could have often held up. If, however, the three-flush or pair of sixes had raised, you would have wanted to fold unless you had known that your opponent was someone who would have bluffed from time to time.

2.)You had made your flush, and it had been of good quality – queen-high. You had been in late position. A pair of kings had bet first, and the bettor had been raised by a four-flush with a jack-high. There had been two callers, and the rest of the poker players had folded. The only poker player who would be acting after you had nothing showing that had posed a threat. Would you have called or raised?

Ans : Raised. If you had been paying attention, you could have done so with even more ease, since you would have known if the bettor’s other two kings had been live or dead. If it had been re-raised, you should have just called. Remember, though, a flush had been a very good hand, particularly when it had been a quality flush draws like the one you had had. You needn’t have worried about raising here unless you had had a strong feeling another poker player had made a full house.

3.) You had had a four-to-a-flush on the board, but you hadn’t made your hand. The board had looked weak, and the poker players had received many free cards. The pot had been relatively small, and a pair of sevens had been the high hand on the board. That poker player had bet. You had been in late position, and next few players had folded. By the time it had got to you. You would have been the third person in the pot. You had believed that if you had raised, the last person to act would have folded. Would you have raised here and tried a bluff or folded the hand?

Ans : It would have depended. Bluffing had rarely worked at low limit poker, but there had been exceptions to every rule. Folding here would have normally been the best move. Simultaneously, bluffing had also not been a horrible move, particularly if you had been keeping track of the cards of your suit and most had been live. Many poker players may not have even noticed, but if they had been paying attention to what you had needed to get your flush and they had noticed that most of the cards of your suit had been live, a raise here just might have worked – particularly if you had been playing for a while and had had an image as a tight but aggressive poker player. If you had been called for your bluff, poker players would still have had a hard time figuring out what you had held down the line, and they may very well have called more hands against you when did have them beaten. That said, you shouldn’t have raised and tried to bluff with this hand all the time – it was the most common bluff attempt in low-limit stud poker, and more times than not, at least one player would have called you, so if you had folded every time you had not completed a flush with four-to-a-flush on the board, you would have been playing good, solid poker.

4. )You had held a ten-high straight and were the second to act behind a pair of queens. The holder of the queens had bet. Among the hands that had yet to act, you had noticed a pair of nines and a four-flush. You had called and were promptly raised by the holder of the four-flush, who was re-raised by the player with the pair of nines. The remaining poker players had folded, and the player with the queens had called both raises. Would you have called and hoped your hand would have held up?

Ans : Folded. You had been with your hand a long time, had some money invested in the pot, and would have liked to call, but couldn’t have won in this situation. You had a good hand, but unfortunately for you, it would not have held up here. A poker player with a four-flush wouldn’t have raised with two pairs on the board unless he had really liked to bluff – which wouldn’t have been likely here at low limit poker. Having faced two big bets like this, you would be better off just folding your hand.

5.) You had had a four-straight on the board – ten, jack, queen and king. Since there had been no pairs held by any poker player on the board, and you had had the high card, you had been the first to act. You hadn’t made your straight on the river. Action had been relatively light thus far, and you had considered betting and hoped that everyone else would have folded. Should you have bet or just checked?

Ans : Checked. Attempting a bluff here would not have been a total blunder, but it still wouldn’t have been the best move. Remember, a poker player wouldn’t have to have any pair showing on the seventh street to have had a full house. Even if he had just two suited cards on the board, he could also have made a flush. If you had been the very last person to act and everyone had checked to you, a bluff attempt would have been more justifiable – particularly with four big cards such as you had had on the board. In this situation, you should have just checked or folded.