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THE DRAWING HANDS

Whenever you would have had four-to-a-flush or four-to-a-straight, it would have been quite easy to fall into the trap of having tunnel vision.

Before, you would have been more focused on closely following the moves of other poker players and watching their cards.

Now, being oh-so-close to the flush or straight, you may have found yourself just staring at your hand as the dealer had dealt the fifth street card, waiting anxiously for the card that would have completed your hand.

You may have become oblivious to what other poker players were doing. A bet? You should have responded with a call. A raise? You should have made another call on your part.

When drawing to a flush or straight at the fifth street, there have been many instances in which you should have stayed to the end.

But you should never get tunnel vision. You would have needed to be focused on all that had been going on around you.

You should not have concerned yourself with just the cards that you had needed. Obviously, your cards would have been the primary factor that would have determined whether you had kept or folded your hand, but other factors would have come in to play, too.

In this section, we shall be looking at those other factors, and Peter tells you when you should stay and when you should run away.

WHEN TO STAY

First, we shall talk about sticking around when playing stud poker. Again, this should have been anything but an automatic move for you.

Most of the time you would have indeed been staying to see the last card, but not always. Again, live cards would have been your most important consideration.

There would have be some leeway, but the point at which you would have needed to fold a four-flush at the fifth street would have been when six or more of your needed suit had fallen.

In stud poker, if you had been staying in with six of your needed suit dead, you should have held high cards or have had other opportunities (such as a three-straight) to go along with your four-flush.

In any circumstance, though, when playing stud poker, having folded when more than six of the cards to complete your flush had been gone – unless you could have seen the sixth street for free.

Sure, there may have been three cards left that Peter could have helped you – but unlike when you have been staying in with a pair or two pair, the difference here would be that you currently have nothing.

A bunch of random cards would not have got you much in regular stud poker. A bunch of low cards might have got you a half-pot in hi-low split games, but that was not what we had been playing here, so you should have always folded your hand when more than six of your needed suit had been dead, you could have stuck around if you had big cards that had been live.

The only other instance in stud poker when sticking around would have been the right decision with more than six dead cards would have been when you had four to a straight flush. Here, with many outs, you would have wanted to stay to the river.

STRAIGHT DRAW REQUIREMENTS

When we had looked at straight draws before, Peter had noted that the requirements had been more stringent, since the flush was the bigger hand. The poker situation hadn’t changed here.

If more than three of the cards you would have needed to complete an inside straight, your best decision would have been to fold.

The same exception would have applied as did with a flush draw – you could have stayed in if you had big, live cards or big cards that had been three-to-a-flush, when playing stud poker.

Again, when playing stud poker, remember, that where your cards had been concerned, the bigger the better.

You should not have hesitated to fold an open-ended straight if more than three of your needed cards had been gone, and you should not have hesitated to fold an inside-straight if you had one dead card.