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FOLDING ON SEVENTH STREET

When playing poker, nobody would have liked to fold, and once you had invested this much into a hand, folding would be particularly undesirable.

Most of the time, when you have had a hand of some sort, you would have been staying in. Still, there must have been those dreaded times when you would have had to fold your hand.

First and most obvious would have been when you had not made your hand.

You have had a flush draw with lots of live cards in your suit, and that last diamond had not fallen. Here, you obviously would have wanted to fold the hand.

In stud poker, the only possible time when you could have played a busted flush or straight would have been when you would have had four to the flush or straight on the board. Still, playing that hand would have been a good idea.

At low limit poker, even with something as scary as a four-flush on the board, it would have been rare that all the poker players remaining in the pot would have been spooked by a possible flush or straight and had folded.

The vast majority of the time, at least someone would have stayed in the pot to ‘keep you honest,’ and you would have been throwing money away.

BE WARY OF RAISING WARS

In stud poker, folding would have also been the right course of action when you would have had that good but not great hand and been up against a raising war.

This was low limit poker, not $ 30/60 stud, but raising wars still did break out, and when they did, they would most likely have been on the seventh street. If you had been in one, and you had felt confident about your hand, you should have banged away.

But when one had broken out and you hadn’t been sure about the strength of your hand, you shouldn’t have been bad about folding.

Whenever a raising war would have broken out, it would have meant two poker players had made very good hands and they had felt confident enough to invest a lot of money.

Your trips or small straight simply wouldn’t have held up – so you should have just mucked the hand. And, yes, that would include when you had already put money into the pot. Let’s look at an example.

Say you had held trip jacks and had been the first to act. Having believed you had had the best hand, you had bet. Another poker player had raised your bet – he had had a pair of queens on the board – and a four-flush had promptly raised him.

Some poker players couldn’t resist calling two additional big bets because they had already put some of heir money in the pot – the poker player who had done that should not have been you.

Even with money in the pot on this round of stud poker, when a raising war had broken out or when you had faced two big bets, the best move would have been to fold any hand that had been less than a flush.

It wouldn’t have been likely to hold up, because a raise here would have indicated strength.

When you would have had a strong straight, it would have been okay to call two bets only if had looked like the bettor or raiser hadn’t had the flush or better.

If they had, then you should have just folded. Also you should have folded your flush when you had been faced with two big bets if had felt you were going up against a full house or bigger flush.

After all, the second-best hand in poker would have won you nothing.

Finally, you would have been calling or raising much more frequently than you would have been folding on the seventh street.

Nonetheless, you would have to fold from time to time on the river – particularly when you hadn’t made your hand.

You shouldn’t have tried to be the poker police and thought you would call someone’s bluff – remember, bluffing would have been a rarity at low limit poker.

Also, you shouldn’t go against your instincts when it had been telling you your hand wouldn’t have held up.

Calling one bet with a straight or flush would have been fine – with two bets to you or when in the midst of a raising war, except if you had had a good quality flush, you shouldn’t have felt bad about folding the hand.

One of the poker players would have what he would have been representing – a hand that would have been bigger than yours.