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STAY UNLESS SECOND-BEST

In the previous chapter, in the section on drawing hands, Peter had noted that you had to think long and hard about staying in when it would have been two big bets to you.

Here the decision would have been more straightforward – you would have made your hand, and you would want to stick around with a flush or better until the end, unless you were to get a strong feeling that it is the second best hand.

This is a sense that would have come only by having a good feeling and knowledge of your opponents at the table.

With a straight you could have been more cautious. You could have even considered folding the hand with two big bets back to you more frequently than you would have with the flush.

Early on, Peter had mentioned that he had not cared for straight draws.

He hadn’t even cared for completed straights that much, as they had cost him more money in stud poker than he cared to mention here.

So, if it had been two big bets to you and you had held a straight, you should have called if you had felt you had the best poker hand.

When playing stud poker, another indicator that would have helped you decide whether to have stayed in with a completed flush would have been its size – had it been a big flush or a small flush?

If you had held a nine-high flush, you certainly wouldn’t have wanted to raise a four-flush on the board that could have been higher than yours.

As would have been the case on the fifth street, a raise from a big bet would have been an indication that a poker player would have made a very good hand – usually a flush or better.

If you had got this kind of indication, you should have proceeded with caution.

In stud poker, it wasn’t likely that you would have faced two big bets until the showdown, but if you had faced them on the sixth street; you should have called only if you strongly felt that you had the best hand.

Of course, remembering dead cards would have helped you immensely.

If you had held a flush and faced a raise from a four -flush that was higher, but you had seen a lot of dead cards that would have helped the other poker player, you could have felt more comfortable to call.

Again, knowing your opponent would have been the best of all indicators when you’d been faced two big bets.

While bluffing wasn’t all that common in the low limit poker, when it would have occurred, it would often have been from a poker player who had a four-flush on the board.

He would have raised it, believing that everyone would have figured him for the flush and fold.

If you had known him for the type of poker player that would have done that, you shouldn’t have hesitated to call.

But you should have always evaluated your situation carefully when you would be faced by two big bets.

Ideally, you would have been the one who would have made other poker players yet to act face two big bets to stay in to the river, but when you would have had to deal with them, you should play your hand very carefully.