The Game Of 7 Card Stud ->> Who you Want To Be


In the movie Ocean’s Eleven, there is a saying that goes something like this: the only way to beat the house is when you bet, to bet really big.

However, there’s no house to beat in poker, however, the saying could be put into use to the poker table to describe the kind of player that you want t be: tight-aggressive.

You would not be playing many hands as this type of poker player. Your first three cards will be in the muck nine times out of ten.

Though you do play properly when you do. You know when it’s right to raise either to force the opponents out of the hand or to make them pay if they are trying to draw to larger hands.

If one chooses to play poker in this style it will help to maximize the amount of chips that are in one’s pile by not wasting them on lousy hands but taking more from the other players when the big hand that one wants finally hits.

The basics of what one needs to know before sitting down at the card table have now been covered.

The various types of poker players that one might encounter out there have also been looked at. Let’s take a moment to discuss bluffing, before we go into the proper ways to play at each stage in stud poker.


Most people know the concept of bluffing – attempting to signify a big hand when you have nothing.

A variation of the ‘dogs playing poker’ art series called ‘A Bold Bluff’ also exists, in which one dog has a massive pile of chips he bet in front of him on a pair of deuces.

Grand poker scenes where a player tries to bluff his way into winning a big pot are depicted in movies.

Obviously, as Peter loves poker and loves to outplay his opponent, winning a huge pot when he had nothing would give him a lot satisfaction, he, however, rarely bluffs.


Peter loves poker very much, people may well ask, isn’t bluffing a part of the game? Of course, it is.

Perhaps one may have watched the World Series of Poker, and one must have watched a player pull off a successful bluff.

People have definitely watched it in the movies. So why shouldn’t a player bluff that much? The answer is that it isn’t a movie and it certainly isn’t the World Series of Poker.

Bluffing rarely works at the low limits. A person would often find the game to be full of many loose-passive players, also known as ‘calling stations’.

At least one player is expected to call you whether you have a good hand or you have nothing.

Would that mean that one could never bluff? No, but if one does, then he/she should put a lot of thought into it before one does so (which wouldn’t be too often).


In the first place, if a person intends to try and pull off a bluff when playing poker, one needs to spend at least one hour at the table.

This way the poker player has a better chance to know his opponents a little better. When an hour has passed, the player will have had enough opportunity to watch how the other poker players play and gotten a feel for the types of players they are.

Do they stay in with anything? Or are they low-action ‘rock’ that stays in merely when they have something? Most of the other poker players will be a mixture of the two types of players.

Secondly, it’s crucial to remember cards, if one is planning on bluffing. Let’s say the player is on the sixth street, and the card that falls gives him/her a four to a flush showing on the board.

It would be a scary hand, however, if one remembers one’s cards, one could bet casually. Let me repeat, it is crucial to memorize the cards.

You shouldn’t consider bluffing if you have counted a lot of your suit on the board. There are bound to be a few good players who have been attentive although many of the poker players at your table will have no clue how many of your suit are live or dead.

If an opponent has spotted many of the cards you need fall, he/she would not have any problem calling your bluff. By betting here on the sixth street, with few of your suit on the board, you could pull off a ‘semi-bluff – you could manage to represent a hand that you don’t have at present, but then you could get it on the seventh street (also known as the river).

When the player has four to a straight showing or two pair showing, the same circumstances apply – even if one doesn’t have one’s hand, one could complete it on the river.

If one doesn’t complete one’s hand when the last card has been dealt, one could continue to bluff – that is, if one knows of the style of any poker players that might be remaining.

For instance, when one has two pair on the board, and it’s checked to him/her after getting the seventh card. The player’s first instinct might be to not even look at the seventh card and just tossing four chips in front, because he/she wants to bluff.

That sounds like a brilliant idea – the player would like to send the message that he/she has completed his/her hand by the sixth street, therefore there’s no need even to look at the card on the river.

One should not attempt this. One must always look at the last card. If you do this then it keeps the other poker players confused – this just makes them wonder if you had your hand on the sixth street or on the river.

Hopefully you won’t have to bluff, if you do get your card. If a player has not got it, and he/she wishes to bluff in this situation, he/she should have a four flush, four-to-a-straight or two pair on the board.

Also, one should not have seen many other of one’s needed cards fall during the play of the hand. Before betting in poker, one should take a look at his/her hand.

One should try to remain as calm as possible when playing poker – one shouldn’t shake one’s hands, sigh or make lots of eye movements, and if one wishes to bluff, then he/she should bet his/her chips casually.

One must not stare at his/her hand for long. One should quickly look at what one is holding, then look at one’s chips, and finally bet if one feels that bluffing is the best move.

There would be yet Another reason why bluffing could be beneficial – it could confuse the other poker players, even if one couldn’t pull it off. Let’s say, a player has just a four-flush, and because he’s not seen many of his suit fall during the course of play, he bets on the river, and the opponent calls him/her with his two-pair, he would be overjoyed to see that you didn’t have the fifth heart.

Further along, if one does come across a big hand, he/she may find more people calling his/her river bet to ‘keep him/her honest’. Then the player could joyfully turn over his/her flush that he has in fact made.