In seven-card stud, most of the players do lot of raising on third-street to try to force weaker pairs and marginal drawing hands out. There is an obvious reason for this: When you start with the big pair you have a better chance of winning without improvement if you are not against most rivals. What you expect to do is to eliminate players so that you can play heads-up with your big pair. Although it is not always possible to achieve this but still you can punish people for trying to draw out on you by making them to put in extra money.
There are times where your rivals might draw out on you because they don't put you on the correct hand or because they think you are bluffing or semi-bluffing. Or they themselves might have a good pair or a live overcard to your doorcard.
If you think you have the weak pair, only one overcard will allow you to continue with your hand that is an ace. If you have the ace overcard, it is better to have it hidden because of its deceptive value if you catch another ace.
Playing Pair Against Pair : In seven-card stud, say you started with what you think is the best starting pair and your rival catches up with you when he makes an open pair.
Suppose you raised with a 8 and have been called by a player with a 7. On fourth-street stud poker he catches a 5 while you catch a random a jack that doesn't help you. On fifth-street, your rival draws another 5 and you catch a 3. You think he is now holding 7s and 5s. What would you do against your rival's possible two pair? So long as you are sure your rival has made no better than 7s and 5s you can continue playing. You are expecting to make either a second pair or trips, which will you the winning hand provided your rival don't improve with his hand.
In such kind of situation, playing aggressively would be dangerous. You should just make a bit of calling. If your rival bets into you on the river, you would have a hard call with only one pair because the only hand you could beat would be a busted draw and the one open pair he's betting. It is correct to fold on the river unless you have a very good read on your rival as having only the one pair with a busted flush or straight draw. But it would be a dangerous call which you wouldn't want to make frequently.
For example you have two pair and your rival bets into you on the river. You should not raise but just call his bet because you are not sure whether he is having trips or is holding a big pocket pair, such as aces or kings, which he considers value betting in poker games. Against an aggressive player whom you think is capable of betting 7s and 5s, you should consider a raise, which is a close judgment call.
Playing Rolled-Up Trips : Rolled-up trips can make you win a lot of money when you are fortunate enough to get it, but at the same time it will cost you lot of money when you lose. There are ways where you can maximize your chances of winning with rolled-up trips.
Keep in mind that, you are not generally trying to get full value from each good starting hand in poker tournaments, as you would be trying to do in a normal game. Being live is very important than pinching an extra bet from your premium hands. It is better to win a smaller pot than it is to risk getting drawn out on in a large pot.
This is a very important concept not in the early stages of the tournament but also in the later stages, when you still have enough time and chips to recover when you suffer a bad beat. Therefore in the early stage of the tournament you can gamble more with rolled-up trips than you can in the later stages.
With small trips such as fives, fours, treys and deuces, if the pot is heading towards the multi-way pot, you will be in greater risk of being drawn out on than you would in a two or three-way pot. Hence if you have limped in with your small trip, which is generally the correct thing to do, you may want to raise or check-raise on fourth or fifth-street of stud poker in order to try to eliminate the players out from the pot.
Adjust your strategy on your betting goals. If your goal is to eliminate players from a multi-way pot, you will most likely have to raise so as to accomplish that objective. Depending on your evaluation of your rivals, play your rolled-up trips with the strategy you think will get the most money into the pot. If you think to slow-play on fourth-street and then raising on fifth-street will do it, play that strategy. If you think waiting on sixth-street would also get most money into the pot then go for it.
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