One Gap Straight|Short Handed Game
One-gap straights are straight draws that have a card missing from the order. The first recommended straights (the 9-T-Q) would be a one-gap straight, since the jack is missing. 9-J-Q would be another example, with the 10 missing. In the other recommended straight draw T-J-K or T-Q-K would also be the one-gap straights.
Ask the questions, Do you want to play any of these hands? Yes you can do but under the correct circumstances. And there aren't many of those correct circumstances.
Playing hands with live cards, seven-card stud being a game of live cards
You can play with live cards with one-gap straights. Your gap card must be absolutely live. If you do fill the gap in your one-gap straight try, you will want to have live primary and secondary cards available to draw.
You also want at least one overcard a card in you one-gap hand that is higher than any card showing by a player who is in the pot.
Raising with a one-gap straight is done as an ante-steal. Calling a raise requires that you have an overcard to the raiser's possible pair and two suited cards. Those two suited cards will make it easier to make a flush if your hand is made in that way. And if it does, you would like to have more players in the pot to develop pot odds. But if your hand is made in the pair area, you would like to have few players in the pot. You would have to play accordingly passively in the first case, and aggressive in the second case.
We think that by saying so much you won't give it up if you decide not to play one-gap straights.
One important point to consider when playing short-handed (four or few players) is that pairs go up in value while drawing hand goes down. This is because in a short-handed game, you almost always will have fewer rivals in each pot than in a full game, so you won't be getting the proper odds to draw to straights or flushes. Your experienced rivals will adjust their play strongly in favor of pair, just as you should. Never expect them to play any drawing hands. The less experience rivals won't take the short handedness of the game into consideration and will play the same way they do in a full game. Knowledge of your reading rivals' hands is helpful in determining how you play.
Poker authorities disagree whether you should steal the ante more often in short-handed game
Those who agree to steal more believe that the much quicker pace of the game will steal the antes at a faster rate. Those who agree to steal less believe that there is less money to steal because there are fewer antes. Therefore you are risking the same size of raise as when the game is full handed, but for a smaller return.
Whatever be the case, you just want your ante steal to have a high probability of success. So how often should you try to steal depends on your rivals especially their knowledge in poker and their aggressiveness in playing poker.
Knowledgeable or experienced players realize that many rivals will do more ante-stealing in a short-handed game and so give less credence to third-street raise as indicating strength. They are likely to call or even play back to you, i.e. they might re-raise.
Aggressive players become more aggressive and will surely play back at you. We observed that the dynamic and the psychology in poker games changes when the game is short-handed. We are not certain why, but the best guess says that it's because short-handed games almost always have few or no tight/ conservative players in them.
The conservative players will pick up their chips and leave when they see the game about to become short-handed. They realize that the game is about to become much quicker and much more aggressive. They don't like having the ante at a faster rate and they don't like calling all those third-street raises that are about to come. Thus they leave. If you stay, be prepared for a faster, quicker and more aggressive game.
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