Fifth Street ->> Pairs


Folding two pairs could have been quite difficult, but folding a pair – particularly a big pair – wouldn’t be a piece of cake either, when playing stud poker. For example, suppose you had started out with pocket aces, but then you had got three lousy cards.

So you had told yourself, ‘Hey, I’ve still got a good pair here – so I’ll get that two pair or trips, and maybe I’ll even fill up! I’m at a casino, so I might as well gamble, right?’ Most of the time, the answer to that question ought to have been ‘No!’

Many poker hands that may have started out great simply did not improve, and you should have folded them.

The majority of the time, in fact, this would have been a hand that you would have folded. Still, there have been some instances when you could have proceeded past the fifth street with a pair, so folding should not have been automatic.

In this section, we will be looking at the times that would arise when you could play this poker hand.

Of course, in stud poker if it had not been no bet to you, you would have been checking and hoping to get a free card.

Beyond that, however, the biggest factor that would have gone into deciding whether to stay with this poker hand would have been position.

You would have wanted all the cards you needed to improve to trips to have been live, very few poker players left, and good kickers.

Over and over again, Peter has emphasized how much of an advantage it could have been to be in late position. With a pair on the fifth street, late position would have been especially useful when playing stud poker.

As with two pair, the poker odds would have been better for you when there would have been fewer poker players in the pot.

Ideally, if you would be staying, only one or two poker players should have been left. If there had been a lot of drawing hands sticking around, you should have just mucked the hand.

Unfortunately, since we have been talking about the low limit poker game in this game, in most instances three or more poker players would be sticking around to see the sixth street, so more often than not you would have been folding this hand. It would have been playable at times, those times, however, just wouldn’t come along too often.

Suppose that three or more poker players had been sticking around, but, nonetheless, you had decided that you had desperately wanted to see the sixth street.

The only other instances when you could have played a pair past the fifth street would have been when you would meet all of the following criteria:

1) You had held a big pair.
2) You had had live cards.
3) You had had overcards.

A hidden pair was also better than a split one. For example, suppose you had had pocket jacks and a king and an ace on the board.

One poker player had bet; three others had called. If you had to, you should have called, but again, you would have wanted all of your cards to improve to trips to be live in this poker situation.

Note that folding would have been a perfectly acceptable play in this poker situation.

Peter would have folded here unless he had known his opponents very well and had known them to be the types of poker players who would have stayed in with nothing.

Quick Guide….
…. To Pairs on the Fifth Street :

CALL if you have live cards and a very narrow field (no more than two other players).

FOLD usually – unless you have a small field, a big pair, live cards and good overcards.