Sixth Street ->> Trips And Two Pairs


In previous chapters, we had discussed how you would have wanted to play trips and two pairs aggressively to have forced out drawing hands and made them pay dearly to stick around.

When playing stud poker, this would have been especially the case at the sixth street, when you could have bet the maximum and made the drawing hands pay more to stay in the hand.

Having read that last sentence, you may have been thinking this section hadn’t been necessary. You should just follow what you have learned before and it would work here, right?

Unfortunately, that would not be the case. More than once in this chapter Peter had noted that the sixth street was just a stop on your way to your final destination of the seventh street.

At this stage in the game, the poker players had either been in or they’d been out. Raising wouldn’t have forced players out too often, so you should have raised only when you had felt you had the best poker hand.

When Peter had played hold’em poker, and he had made a set of aces or a big two pair on the turn (sixth) card, he would have been raising and banging away.

Anyone who had played hold’em poker knew that trips and big two pairs had to be played hard. Many poker players have enjoyed both hold’em and stud, but you couldn’t have got them confused.

Trips and two pairs in stud poker have not been nearly as valuable as trips and sets in hold’em poker.

In stud poker, you would have just wanted to call with these hands. The only reason you would have wanted to raise would have been if it had seemed that the other poker players had been very weak and they had been just trying to limp to the river as cheaply as possible.

For instance, suppose you had had three kings and two players had remained. Both had checked to you and had showed nothing on the board.

Here, you could have gone ahead and bet – you would win extra money, since they would have stayed in anyway if they had stayed this far into the hand.


When we had discussed flushes and straights, Peter had mentioned that you would need to look for a reason not to play the hand until the end.

This had been true with trips and two pairs as well – except if there had been some compelling reason not to, you should have played them until the end and hoped that they would either win you the pot alone or they would have improved.

Four considerations would have contributed to your decision to fold two pairs on trips at the sixth street:

1) The knowledge you would have had of your opponent.
2) How serious the board had looked.
3) How many of your cards and your opponents’ cards had been live.
4) Which your hand had been – trips or two pairs.

While most of the time you would not have been folding, there would have been times when the decision wouldn’t have been that hard.

For example, suppose you had had two pair – jacks and sevens. A jack and a seven had been dead already, which left two cards that could have helped you.

A poker player with a pair of queens on the board had bet, and he had been raised by a four-flush.

When playing stud poker, here, it had clearly not been the best move to stay in. Sure, there had been two cards in the deck that could have given you a full house, but you were already an underdog to make the hand, and you were a huge underdog to win the pot.

You could have been looking at a poker flush and either trip queens or queens full, which would have beaten your jacks full even if you had made the hand.