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Seventh Street

SEVENTH STREET

Ah, seventh street.

You have mucked so many hands on the third street, you have had so many that had been promising early on but had had to be folded at the fifth street, and, for what seemed like an eternity, been on the sidelines and watched the dealer push the chips to the other poker players. But now you were here.

Hopefully you had been here because you had been playing smart, so you now had a good poker hand that you had been confident would have been the winner.

At this point, you would not have had to worry about remembering cards any longer – there would be no more to come.

On the seventh street, you would have either had the hand or you hadn’t, and hopefully you had.

If you hadn’t made the hand, the decision would have been easy – you should have folded.

But if you had made the hand, determining whether to have raised or to have called would have been challenging. This section would have helped you understand that decision-making process.

In each of the previous chapters and sections, we had evaluated the different types of poker hands, having started with the best ones and having ended with the less desirable ones.

Peter had then summarized each section to help you keep in mind what to have taken with you when you had gone to the card club or when you had been reviewing this book.

This section has been laid out a little differently.

Rather than evaluating each hand, Peter had made this chapter a ‘big summary’ of sorts, so the focal point would have been on the situations in which you should have raised, the situations in which you should have called, and finally the situations in which laying down your hand would have been best.

Peter had constructed this chapter differently because the seventh street in stud poker was unique – here you will be seeing a lot of action from poker players, and there will be no more cards to come.

In earlier rounds, your goal would be to defend hands and drive out opponents.

You would certainly be happy when a player would fold after you have bet or raised on the seventh street, but your focus here would be on poker winning the biggest possible pot when you would have a great hand, and on winning a small or medium pot with a hand that would be more marginal.

No matter what you would be holding though, you would have to know when you could raise, call, and fold. First on tap would be the best situation – when you would want to raise.