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FOUR FLUSHES

When playing stud poker, your decision would have been much easier when you would have had four to a flush on the fourth street.

Whenever you would have been fortunate enough to have a four to a flush, you would probably have been sticking around to see the very last card. But there were some exceptions.

It would have been natural to be excited when you had held four to a flush on the fourth street.

Surely the fifth card would fall, right? Yes, your poker odds had been good, but before you were to automatically call every bet from here on, you should have realized that there were times when you should have laid down your four-flush.

Mucking this hand would have been very, very tough, particularly when it had been a long time since you had seen a hand.

But you would have to know when to have folded it. Granted, the vast majority of the time you would have played this poker hand, but you would still have had to lay it down every so often.

With all drawing hands, it would have been ideal to be in late position, when playing stud poker. It would have been a great asset to know how much action had taken place by the time the betting had gotten to you.

If it had been two big bets back to you, as tough as it would have been to do so, you should have folded. This would normally have occurred only when there had been more than one good pair on the board.

For instance, a pair of queens brought it in for four dollars, and a pair of jacks on the board had raised.

Now it would have been eight dollars to you. Sure, you would have been fairly likely to complete your hand by the river, but with two big bets to you, it would also have been likely that at least one of the poker players who had bet had trips.

A flush would have beaten trips, but with trips at the fourth street, your opponent would have had a great shot to fill up.

In a poker situation like this, you should have folded unless you had been on a straight-flush draw, in which case you could have called.

When playing stud poker, from time to time you could have mixed up your play and considered a raise or a bet if there had been no action and you had been in late position. Let’s say you had been the last to act and it had been checked to you.

If you had bet two dollars here, even though you hadn’t had your hand right then, you may have bought yourself a free card on the fifth street, as poker players may have checked to you.

This would have helped you if you hadn’t made your flush at the fifth street.

Raising would have also allowed you to mix up your play, so poker players wouldn’t have assumed you were always on a draw when you had two suited cards on the board.

It would have been especially good to do this if you had often played poker with the same people.

Live Card Requirements

Live cards had always been a must in stud poker, but just how many needed to be live on a flush or straight draw?

There had been no set rule, but if Peter had had a flush draw with several face cards and he had been facing a big bet, he would want no more than four cards to have been dead.

When playing stud poker, in late position or with no chance of a raise and facing just one small bet, you could have been slightly more liberal in your requirements.

With big cards, you could have stayed with up to five dead cards; with smaller ones, you could have stayed with up to four.

With four of the same suit your poker hand may have looked pretty, but it would have been worthless without that fifth card to complete it.

When more than five cards had been gone, there had been only four cards left in the deck that could have helped you.

The dead cards of your suit wouldn’t have re-appear until the next hand, when they wouldn’t do much good, in stud poker. So with more than five cards to complete your flush gone, you should have folded.