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RAISING ON SEVENTH STREET

In stud poker, when you had made a monster hand – such as quads, a straight flush, or a big full house – raising had been pretty much a no-brainer.

With these hands, there would be very little doubt you will win this pot, so you would want to be raising and re-raising as much as possible.

If it were a bet to you, you should raise and re-raise until the pot is capped. With your huge hand, if the other poker players do not lay down their hands, they will be paying you off.

Unless, there were to be compelling reasons not to raise (such as open trips on the board representing a potential boat higher than yours), you should raise with a full house.

With a boat, you would have a wonderful hand that would win the pot the vast majority of the time, so whenever it would be one bet to you, you should be looking for a reason to not raise when playing stud poker.

A call is okay if you were not too certain about the strength of your hand, but as long as you would feel comfortable, you should raise.

Not doing so would take away from what could be a bigger pot. In stud poker, if you were naturally conservative and tight, as Peter had tended to be, this could be tough – we all remember those good poker hands that had not held up, and we wouldn’t want to go down that road again if we wouldn’t have to.

A full house would be a powerful poker hand, though, which would be why you would want to raise unless something would look ominous.

The obvious ominous situation would have been if you had been holding a small or medium-sized full house and a poker player had had trips on the board that could have represented a bigger full house than yours.

In that case, it would have been an easy decision to call.

Another situation in which you would have called would have been when there had been two pair on the board that, if full, would have been higher than your boat – and the two cards that would have made the hand a full house higher than yours had been live.

If only one card had been live in that situation, you could have gone ahead and either bet or raised – two pair may have been all your opponent had had, and there would be just one card in the deck that would have helped him out. If he had re-raised, though, you should have just called.

As Peter had emphasized over and over again, whenever you had felt that you had had the best hand when playing stud poker, you should have gone ahead and raised.

Suppose you would have had a four-flush on the sixth street and called, and now you had made a good flush.

It would have been one bet to you, and you hadn’t seen anything that had looked too threatening from either the poker player who had bet or those who had yet to act. With a flush, you would have had a very solid hand, so you should have raised.

You would have only called if you had felt that the poker player who had bet had had a full house, or if you had been facing two big bets.

DON’T TURN INTO A CALLING STATION

Before we had looked at the right situations in which to call, something to have kept in mind was that you should not have found yourself turning into a calling station on the seventh street. Many poker players had made this mistake.

It hadn’t matter if they had an ace-high flush or full house – unless they had had a monster hand such as quads, they wouldn’t have raised.

You should not have been one of these people. Obviously, it had been easy to fall into this trap. You had been so happy to win the pot that you had missed the chance to maximize your winnings.

In stud poker, by having played a solid hand more aggressively, you could have won even more money.

That’s why it would have been important to be aggressive when you did have a great hand – you should have banged away.

There may have been a time or two when you had read an opponent wrong, or when your eights full had been beaten by nines full – every poker player had remembered those times when you would win a big pot, and those times would outweigh the times you would lose a big pot.

You should have made the most of those circumstances by playing your hand hard whenever you had thought it the best.

Most of the time this would have been when you had made a full house, but even with a strong flush, if you had thought it the best, you should have gone with your instinct.

You would be sitting out a lot of hands in stud poker, so you would want to maximize your opportunities whenever you had the chance.