Fourth Street ->> Never Play Scared


When playing stud poker, the one thing you should not have done with two pair is played scared. It would have cost you.

Yes, it may have seemed expensive to raise with two pair when it had not been as powerful as you would have liked it to be, but the fewer poker players that would have been in, the better it would have been for you.

With live cards and a big two pair like aces up, you should never have worried about raising even a big bet from a poker player who had looked weaker than you – you should have got those other poker players out of there.


A final note on playing two pair in stud poker: you should never have forgotten which cards were live and which ones were dead.

When more than two cards that would have improved your two pair to a full house had been gone, you should have always proceeded with extreme caution.

Either you should have mucked the card or played it hard and hoped that you would have forced out other poker players and won right there.

If you had believed that your raise would not have forced out many poker players and there had been only two cards left in the deck that could have helped you, you should have folded unless you had other outs, such as three to a flush.

You should never have fallen into the trap of hoping for the miracle card.

You would have wanted the odds to be on your side when playing two pair.

Quick Guide….
….To Two Pair on Fourth Street:

RAISE when you have a big two pair higher than anything that you can see on the board, unless it is too big bets back to you.

CALL when you believe that a raise will not force out other players or if your instinct tells you a player may have something big.

FOLD when you have a weak two pair that’s vulnerable to a higher pair on the board, unless you cards are all live. Folding is also best when more than two cards that would improve the hand to a boat are dead.


In many stud poker instances, you would have stayed in to see the fourth street with a big pair that had not improved on the fourth card.

Most of these times, unless more than one of your cards had been gone and there had been a lot of action (indicating that bigger hands had been made by the time it had gotten to you), you would have wanted to stick around to see the fifth street when playing stud poker.

In this section, we’ll look at how to play big pairs on the fourth street.

I’ll show you when to play them poker aggressively, when to limp in, and when to muck them.