Fifth Street ->> When To Fold


Have there been times when you would have folded a flush or straightat the fifth street ? As with a full house, these times would have been few and far between.

Most often you might have had to fold a straight. The only time you should have folded a completed flush or straight would have been when there appeared to be overwhelming evidence that another poker player had you beat. Let’s return to the example of a ten high straight.

A poker player with three of diamonds on the boards had bet, so it would now have been two big bets back to you. Here you would have had to think long and hard about sticking around.

You could have stayed in with a flush (so long as your highest card had been larger than the highest card on the board).

A straight was not a bad poker hand at all and would frequently have won the pot, but it wouldn’t have won this one when you had been up against two poker players who could have had better hands.

You should have folded and waited for a bigger hand, so that when it did come your way, you would have had plenty of chips with which to bet.

Of course, with no trips on the board, and if you had been against just the three of diamonds, you would have wanted to raise, unless you had known the poker player to be a very tight pokerwhen he had made his hand.

Quick Guide….
….To Flushes and Straights on Fifth Street .

RAISE unless you find a strong reason not to – you want to play this hand hard and try to win the pot right here.

CALL if you feel that a player might have you beaten but you aren’t certain.

FOLD rarely – only if it looks like you are clearly beaten.


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When they hadn’t improved their trips to quads or a full house at the fifth street, some poker players who were passive would have had more of a tendency just to call.

This was a problem for Peter when he had first started playing poker.

He had certainly been happy to have trips, but there had been that nervous voice inside of him that had told him just to call, bet cautiously, and wait until he got his full house before playing aggressively.

The fact was that playing that way would have cost you money. You had two cards to come, and the odds were not bad that you would have ended up with full house – about 2.5-to-1.

But, just like with flushes and straights, you would have wanted to play this hand as hard as possible to force out poker hands that could have threatened you if you hadn’t improved your hand.

You should not have been thinking, ‘I will improve’. Instead you should have been thinking, ‘I want to win with this even if I don’t improve’.

One thing that could have been intimidating for players with trips would have been a bigger pair or two on the board.

Suppose you had been holding trip nines, and a pair of jacks on the board had bet. Another poker player had called, and he had had a three-flush on the board.

That cautious voice inside of you should have said ‘Uh-oh, a flush and a bigger set of trips…. better just call’.

You should not have listened to that voice. Odds would have been that you had both these poker players beat – so you should have raised.

At the very least, raising would have forced out the other poker players. It may have also made the original bettors think twice about deciding to proceed with the hand.

Raising may even have won you the pot over there, and you would have been able to relax a little (though most of the time the raise would not have driven off the original bettor).

But it would have at least narrowed the field, which would have benefited you much more than having a number of poker player’s stick around who could have outdrawn you.

You should have always tried to minimize your competition, especially when other poker players had had bigger pairs than you did.

You shouldn’t have let their bets intimidate you into calling – you should have made them pay to play!