Fourth Street ->> The Paired Door Card


During the course of playing, you would have frequently seen players pair their door cards. Again, any time you had seen pairs on the board lower than the trips you had, you should have banged away.

Because of the loose nature of most low-limit poker games, a pair would simply have been to toss before the fifth street, so your bet probably wouldn’t have forced out those people who should have folded their lower pairs.

When a pair on the board had been higher than the rank of your trips (meaning that if the poker player had trips he would have you beaten), you should have proceeded with caution.Agan , this was why it was essential that you had been paying attention to the play of the poker hand.

You should have asked yourself – had that poker player raised on the third street or just limped in? If he had raised, there would have been a good chance he may have made trips, so you should have just called. (You could have folded, but it would have been best to call to see one more card – if he had continued to bang away on the fifth street and you had not improved, you should have folded there.)

If the other poker player with the high pair had just limped in, he could have had two pair. In many cases, though, he would have just had the pair on the board. When a poker player had paired the door card (particularly if it was a pair like tens or higher), he may have bet the maximum.

This may have seemed scary, but in many instances he would have been trying to buy the pot. This would have been especially true of aces.

Low-limit poker players would have loved a pair of aces on the board. They had often believed they could buy a pot with a big bet, since those intimidating aces would have scared the poker players off.

You should have played cautiously against any big pair on the board, but you shouldn’t have fallen into the trap of automatically fearing what may very well have been simply a pair and nothing more.

Only by paying attention to the play of the poker game and by studying how that specific poker player had played at the third street and previous hands would you have been able to get a good ‘feel’ for whether he had been representing trips or merely trying to scare other poker players out so he could have won the pot.

To reiterate, this is why it would have been necessary to pay attention to previous hands – so you would know what other poker players had stayed in with until the end.

When playing stud poker, you should have always been more alert when you had seen a poker player pair the door card, especially if it could have meant he had trips higher than yours.

You could have mucked your hand with a clear conscience if there had been two pairs on the board higher than your trips, and one pair had been re-raised by the other.

You may very well have those poker players beaten there, but the odds would not have justified sticking around.

You should have remembered to play your hand aggressively unless it had looked as if you could have been beaten already.

You had trips, which would have been a great hand at the fourth street, in stud poker. In most cases of poker, it would either have won you a lot of money or lost you a lot of money. If it hadn’t, you had probably played then poker hand incorrectly.


Another reason it was often best to raise would be that you would want to force out the drawing hands.

If you had been in the early or mid position, in poker, you would have had a chance to make it more difficult for the drawing hands to stick around.

If, in those stud poker positions, you had seen several poker players who had two cards on the boards of the same suit or in sequence, you should have bet or raised.

By having bet or raised in early and mid-position in stud poker, it would have been easier for you to force them out than it would have from late position.

Granted, if you had been in late position they would have had to call your raise, but by having raised from early or mid-position, you would have made them have to call two bets.

That would have been pretty difficult to do unless they would have had a great chance at making their hands.

Those drawing hands may have stuck around anyway, but if had played aggressive poker, at the very least one or two would have folded.

Many poker players had been burned because they had let drawing hands stick around when they could have forced them out.

The result of this mistake would have been the poker player with the drawing hand had turned over a flush at the showdown, having said with a smile, ‘The river was good to me.’

Meanwhile, the poker player who hadn’t improved his trip jacks on the fourth street would have mucked his hand in disgust.

If you have played your good cards aggressively, the first player wouldn’t have stuck around to outdraw you. You would have been the one smiling when the poker dealer had pushed the stack of chips your way.