Third Street ->> Never Raise


When playing poker, if you had stayed in with three suited cards, you should never have raised.

It would have still been a drawing hand, and you would have wanted as many people in the pot as possible to increase the pot odds in your favor.

Since the statistical odds had been against your completing a flush, the more people there would have been in the pot to start out the better, because you would have been gotten more value on your bet if you were to complete your hand as the play would have progressed. Raising would have driven people out.

You would have wanted to do that with a big pair, because someone might have outdrawn you, but in this poker situation, merely called to keep in as many players as you could.

Quick Guide….
…. To Flush Draws on Third Street:

CALL if you see that two or fewer cards of your suit have been dealt. It’s okay to stay in with three if you have big cards, and you can stay in with up to four if you have three-to-a-

FOLD if more than two of your suited cards are gone and you have small cards. If you can’t resist gambling, certainly don’t play if it costs more than the bring-in to stay in. With bigger cards, you can stay in with up to three dead cards of your suit.


Having had three cards to a straight on the third street would have often just been as tempting as having had three-to-a-flush, and just as many players would have played any three cards in a sequence.

Peter had to admit; he too, had stayed in anytime he had started out with three-to-a-straight when he started playing poker.

As he had gained experience, though, he had come to dislike straight draws. There had even been some players who would rarely play those hands.

Nonetheless, three-to-a-straight hands had been quite playable, but they couldn’t have been played as liberally as flush draws.

Different situations in stud poker, would have arisen in which straight draws could or couldn’t have been played, and they would cover them now.


As with flush draws in stud poker, a key thing to remember with your straight draws had been that bigger had always been better.

If you had had a ten, jack, and a queen, you would have had a very good straight draw. As with the flush, when playing stud poker, the odds would still have been against your completing your straight, but with three big cards, more options may have presented themselves if you had been fortunate enough to have gotten a big pair or better down the line.

With three small cards, such as a four, a five, and a six, you couldn’t get too excited. Because all three of your cards had been small, completing your straight was about the only thing that would have helped you. Pairs and even two pairs were pretty much useless at those ranks, in stud poker.

When playing stud poker, as with any hand, as soon as you had looked at what you had held, you would have wanted to keep your eyes on the board.

When you’d been on a flush draw with small cards, it would have been fine to stay when two of your needed suit had been on the board, and if you would have had big cards, up to three of your needed suit could have been there.

In stud poker, with a straight draw, though, even with three big cards, if had found that more than two of the cards that would have improved your three-straight to a four-straight had been dead, you should have folded and been done with it.

In stud poker, when you had been checking the board to see how many of your cards had been dead, the first thing to look for would have been the dead cards that would have improved your three-straight to a four-straight open-ended draw.

For instance, when playing stud poker, if you had had a nine, a ten, and a jack, the first cards you would have been looking for would have been the eight and the queen.

What about the seven and the king? You would have needed those cards too, so you should have kept your eyes open for any of them.

When playing stud poker, of primary importance, though, were the cards that created your open-ended straight draws. Remember, if you had seen that two had gone, you should have been gone, too.

Obviously, you couldn’t have forgotten the cards that would have completed your straight. If, for example, you would have had the above hand, and you had seen a queen gone along with a king and a seven, you should have folded unless you had improved to a pair.

While only one of the eight cards that would have made your three-straight a four-straight draw had been dead, two of the other cards that would have completed your straight had been gone, too.

No need to have gone against the poker odds to try to get lucky – you should have waited for a better poker hand.