Fourth Street ->> Flush And Straight Draws


When playing stud poker, knowing when you should have stayed in with flush and straight draws would come down to being aware of live cards and the quality of your hand.

In this section, well look at how to play for a flush or straight. We’ll also discuss when it’s justifiable to stay in with three to a flush or straight.


With three to a flush, you would have been looking to stay in as cheaply as possible. In a perfect world, when playing stud poker, you would have gotten a free card.

In reality, most of the time you would have had to call at least one bet.

In stud poker, if it had been a big bet, you should have folded the hand unless you had had a good pair to go with your drawing hand.

You could have called a small bet, but only when you would have had a lot of live cards and good overcards.

When playing stud poker, let’s say that you had held the jack of hearts, king of hearts, ace of diamonds and the eight of hearts.

Three of your cards here were of the same suit, and it had been one small bet back to you. Now, the poker odds hadn’t been too good that you would hit a flush by the river - they had been about 8.5-to-1.

You could have stuck around, though, because you would have had some very good big cards that could have improved on the fifth street.

When you had been deciding whether to call the bet, you would have wanted to look at who was yet to act.

In stud poker, if you had seen an open pair of nines or better, you should have folded. Yes, it had only been one small bet, but you had to be thinking that the holder of that pair might very well have raised.

If you hadn’t seen any other pairs on the board and nothing else had looked threatening (such as Ace-King suited) it would have been okay to call.

Note that if you had called, you would have wanted to have a lot of live cards – kickers and cards of your suit.

Because the odds had been stacked against your making a flush, no more than two of the cards of your suit should have been gone, and no more than two of the cards that would have made your high kickers into pairs should have been gone.

Let’s illustrate this using the above poker example. You had a three to a heart flush and two high kickers. If two hearts had been gone and all the aces and jacks were live, you should have called.

If a jack and only one heart had been gone, you should have called. If four clubs and an ace had all been gone, you should have been gone, too.

It simply wouldn’t have been worth the risk – you should have saved your chips for when you would have something that could have made people pay, when playing stud poker.