Third Street ->> The Essentials


Straight drawscould be very confusing in stud poker. So before we proceed, let’s take another moment to consider what you should have done depending on the poker situation you would have faced.

First, you should have considered the quality of your hand. If it had been a small straight draw, such as a three, a four, and a five, you should have considered folding immediately, even if most of your cards had been live. This would have been a mediocre poker hand.

Even if it had turned into a straight, it may have very well lost to a better poker hand. Second, if had decided to play a straight draw, remember, the bigger the better.

Third, you should have always been looking at the board. If you had seen that more than two of the cards to improve to a four-straight had been gone, then you should have folded.

If one card and two secondary cards to have made your straight had been gone, even then you should have folded.

You should have never hesitated to fold the small straight-draws, even if you had found that all of your needed cards had been live.

As Peter had suggested, over and over again, with flush and straight draws the bigger the better. When you had been drawing to a straight, big cards were especially important.

Stay Away From Gaps

Finally, when playing stud poker, you may have been tempted from time to time to play hands that had a gap between two cards, such as an eight, a ten, and a jack. This would have been a mistake that would cost you money.

Three cards to a straight that had a gap in them would have had a minute chance of improving. The only possible poker situation in which playing this hand would have been justifiable would be if all of your gap cards were live, you had been the bring-in, last, or second-to last to act, and you had very good cards, such as a jack, a king, and an ace.

The odds were already against your making a straight with three cards in a sequence, in stud poker. Playing them, especially if they’ had been three small cards in a sequence, could have gotten you in trouble.

In poker, playing one-gap straights could have gotten you in even more trouble. If you had felt the urge to play a one-gap straight, you would have needed to make sure all of your gap cards were live, and didn’t play it unless you were one of the last players to act and had three big cards.

Quick Guide….
…. To Straight Draws on Third Street:

CALL an open-ended straight if two or fewer of your cards are dead and no other player has risen. Calling a full small bet is okay if all of your cards are live, but don’t all more than that.

FOLD if there is a lot of action or if more than two of your cards to an open-ended straight are dead.