Sixth Street


Play on the sixth street in stud poker, has been like stopping to fill up your car with gas on a road trips – you would be making a brief stop along the way to your destination.

In this case, your destination would be the seventh street – the showdown – and you could not have got there without stopping at the sixth street, you would either be playing hard or trying to limp to the river to complete your poker hand.

There would, however, be a few times when you would have had to lay down a poker hand at the sixth street.

Most of the time, though, you would have used the sixth street to build up the pot before it would be turned over to you, or to sweat it out and pray to the poker gods that the river would have yielded you that beautiful card to complete your hand.

In this section, we will be looking at the different ways you would need to play at this stage of the hand.


When playing stud poker, you have been staring at those three jacks for what would seem like the longest time, and you have been playing your hand beautifully.

But there will be that knot in your stomach – you will be hoping and praying to complete your full house so you could be more at ease and certain that you would win this pot.

And then it would happen. The perfect card would come to give you that monster full house, or, wonder of wonders, quad jacks. Ah, the monster poker hand. Few things would be as beautiful.


So, now that you had the monster hand, what would you do with it? In the section on the fifth street, Peter had pointed out that it would have been a good idea to slow-play this poker hand.

Slow-playing would have let the other hands stick around while you would have waited for them to build up a pot that you would be going to win.

But slow-playing would no longer be the right thing to do here. Here, you should have just kept raising.

You would have a powerful poker hand, and if were to bang away by raising and re-raising, you would not have found that too many people would fold.

Remember, for most people, sixth street would just be a stop on the journey to the river, and folding here would be unthinkable.

Quick Guide….
….To Monster Hands on the Sixth Street:

RAISE-most of the time – don’t worry about slow-playing, since players are in for the long haul.

CALL if you play at a card club that has a ‘bad beat’ jackpot and your hand qualifies.

As a result, no matter how much you were to bang away, most of the poker players would have stayed in. They would be feeling married to their hands for having stayed in it this long.

Even if a player were to know he’s drawing to the second-best poker hand, he will be paying you off anyway. Another reason so many poker players would have been staying in here no matter what you did would be that the curiosity kills them.

If they would fold on sixth street , they would have never known if they would have completed their hands or not – so it would not be worth it to them to call no matter what you would do.

The one instance where calling a monster hand would be the best decision would be if you play at a card club (as Peter does) where there would be a ‘bad beat’ jackpot.

At his favorite card room, if you had lost with aces full of tens or better, you would have to split a jackpot with the poker player you had lost to, and other poker players at the table would also get a share.

If you would be playing under these conditions, you should just check or call until the river so you would not force out poker players and you would be giving yourself a chance at the jackpot.

If, however, you have been playing in a home game or at a club that has no jackpot or a different kind of jackpot, you should play this hand hard – you should have no fear of the players folding – since that would not happen. They would not care how much it costs them – they would be determined to see the last card.