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Play Selectively Aggressive

In seven-card stud, at medium or lower-limit poker games, most average or weak player who sometimes win or sometimes lose are called passive players.

Most of the better players who win consistently in the medium and higher-limit games are aggressive players.

You can pick up extra bets and extra pots by playing aggressively. You will win more often with your marginal hands. And as an aggressive player, you will win more money with your good hands than a passive player holding the same hands.

Before you get into every pot, putting the maximum number of raises on every betting round with marginal hands, let us added a word: selective. We are talking about being selectively aggressive.

A solid, skillful poker player might not play a lot of hands. But when he does play, he plays aggressively. He gets more value for the hand. He is selectively aggressive.

Aggressive play is your best chance to win, in the short-run or in the long run. Playing passively – consistently checking and calling, for example – just won't get the money. You are playing someone else's game. You have turned over the pace and control of the game of your rivals.

Anytime you bet, you give your rival a tension of calling or folding. He might fold, giving you to win the pot. But when you check and he bets, the tension is now on you.

You have given him the extra chance to win that would have been yours if you had bet instead of checked

A word of caution: Don't go off, betting every hand, mindless of its value or the situation in which you find yourself.

What makes the top players aggressive is the knowledge, skill, experience to realize that aggressiveness is the way to win at poker. They played enough poker to learn that playing aggressively is a best way to play seven-card stud in general and tournaments also..

When you sit down at the table, you want to have the other players' respect. You want to be in a charge of that table. So they can expect a raise from you at any time. You want them to be aware that you are in the game – to be looking to see what you are going to do before they act, to be checking to you. Then you are in a control. Here again the key is selectively aggressive.

Let's continue. In seven-card stud, you might raise on fourth-street of Holdem Poker Game at these limits with a four-flush. Or maybe you don't actually have the four flush. You might have six and seven of clubs showing, but two black deuces in the hole. If you put in a raise against loose rival and then buy a club or an eight on the next card, there is a good chance your two deuces will win. Or you could buy an open pair or a deuce and now you have a value hand.

Let's take another example of selectively aggressive. You open with 4-8-J of hearts. Your rival starts with 4-8-J of spades. The next two cards you catch are the four and five of diamonds. Your rival catches the four and five of clubs. You both started with the same hand and you both go broke. So who will win the pot? The aggressive player will win the pot.

In the normal situations, where both hands break off, the aggressive player will get in a bet that the passive player won't be inclined to call

That will continue to a fair amount of money for the aggressive player over the long period of time. Again we stress to being selectively aggressive.

Let's take the above four flush situation. Many times, you will see one of the better players checking a four flush. But most likely your better player is checking a “dead” four flush. Suppose he has four spades, with four other spades having shown on the board. He knows that he doesn't have a better chance to make the hand, so he doesn't push it.

But if no other spades is shown, he will start pushing the hand, with a high probability of catching. The same rule applies to straight draw. Is it live or is it dead?

Good players play aggressively with a hand that is already made or a hand with good possibility.

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