Fourth Street ->> Middle And Small Pairs


When you had made a small or middle pair, most of the time, unless you had improved it at ??? street, you would have been folding, when playing stud poker.

There had been a few times, though, when you would have played to see the fifth street. Peter will mention those now, so you wouldn’t automatically have to fold when your middle pair didn’t improve.

Low-limit stud poker tended to be very passive at times, so you would often have gotten to see the fifth street cheaply.

You could therefore have played a medium or small pair more often at the low limits. But even if you could have played the hand for one small bet, you should have proceeded with caution. Let’s look at an example.

Suppose you had pocket fives, with a jack and king on the board. It would have been one small bet to you, and you had not seen anything to be concerned about on the board.

Unless your two other fives had been gone, or a five and one of your kickers were gone, you could have called here.

In the same poker situation, if there had been some hands yet to act that appeared threatening – such as an open big pair – you should have folded, unless you had known that the poker player yet act was so passive that he wouldn’t be raising with his big pair.

In stud poker, another time you should have called with a medium or little pair would have been when you had held three to a flush or straight, when playing stud poker.

The odds would have been against your making either of these hands, but if no more than two of your cards to improve a pair were dead, you should have called a minimum bet.


Peter has said this over and over again, but he’ll say it here, too. You must remember that one of the most important things to bear in mind before calling with a small or medium pair would have been the status of your live kickers, when playing stud poker.

In that last example (five, five, jack and king), you had a decent hand because your kickers had been good.

If you had had a pair of fives, an eight and a two, that would have been a much more mediocre hand.

You would have had to think long and hard about poker calling, when playing stud poker. Peter would have called a minimum bet with the good kickers.

If three of the cards had been of the same suit and no more than two of the cards had needed to improve the hands were dead, he would have even called up to one big bet.

With the lousy kickers in stud poker, it would have been best to fold (unless, of course, you could have seen the fifth for free).

Quick Guide….
…. To Middle and Small Pair on Fourth Street:

CALL a minimum bet if you have three-to-a-flush, three-to-a-straight, or a pair with good kickers and no more than two cards needed to improve dead.

FOLD if it is a big bet or more back to you.