Special summary has been designed for the third-street. We shall take a review of what we learned so far about seven-card stud strategy on third-street. We shall discuss it through chart which represents a poker table. The numbers inside the line of the chart, circled, are the seat numbers which always start to the left of the dealer and proceed clockwise around the table, just as in actual play. So the player in the number two seat is at the end of the table to the dealer's left. The player in the number seven seat is at the opposite end of the table from the number two seat. And so forth around the table. This is how table seats are referred to in every public poker game.
You will notice that next to the circled seat numbers at the table, we have placed a card. This is a third street upcard (the doorcard) for each player. We shall put into several of the seats, one at a time and tell you the cards you have face down to go with the upcard at that seat.
|| 2 (J )
|5 (4 )
||4 (K )
||3 (A )
You are in Seat 2 : In the hole you have a jack and a seven. The suits are not important at the time just that you have a pair of split jacks. The 2 in Seat 8 starts the action. The 4 in Seat 1 folded. You are next to act. What would you do?
A pair of jacks at third-street is a raising hand. But look to your left. You will see an ace, king and a queen in the other players' upcards. Too many overcards are still left to act after you. There is a possibility of a re-raise that you couldn't call. Just limp in. Everyone has folded without your risking an additional bet.
Think we have talked earlier that if there is only one overcard to act after you, put in the raise. Two or more, limp in.
If one of those overcards does raise after you are in the pot, you don't have a call when the action gets back to you. You would if your jacks were hidden, but not when they are split.
If you had raised with your jacks and had been raised by an overcard you would have no call there either. Some poker players will continue to play because they have already invested in the pot. Once your chips are in the pot, you have no right on them unless you win that pot. And there's chance of that happening if you are going to run chasing an overpair.
Your hand is obvious. Your re-raising rival will have little trouble putting you on a pair of jacks, knowing that he has you beat and will make you pay a lot to try to beat him by betting strongly at every opportunity.
You are in Seat 8 : In the hole you have another deuce. You have a split pair of deuces. After you toss in your forced-bet money, the A in Seat 3 raises. You know about him that his raise certainly means he has a pair of aces. Would you call his raise? No. Your hand not only is not hidden, it also is as far from its rival as it can be in terms of strength.
You are Seat 4 : In the hole, you have another king. You have a split pair of kings. The A ? raises and you know that he raises when he has a pair of aces. Would you call?
We have made a survey few years ago, many players though that they would call. First we asked medium and lower-limit poker players if they would play that same pair of deuces against a known pair of aces. Everyone said, No. Then when we asked if they would play that pair of kings against a known pair of aces, sixth percent of them said they would. When we asked why they play the kings against the aces when they wouldn't play the deuces against the aces, they said that the kings were much stronger than the deuces. They soon realized their foolishness that although the kings were stronger than the deuces, it didn't matter because kings will always loses to aces.
Are you getting the idea that you don't want to take any pair against a larger pair? But remember this rule: When your pair is hidden, or when your side-card is higher than your rival's pair. Having both factors working for you would be even better.
For example, you are still in Seat 4 but now your kings are hidden. The known pair of aces in Seat 3 raises. Now you have a call because of the surprise value when you make three kings at fourth-street. Your rival with the aces won't know you have three kings and you will have more of action. If you don't make trip kings on fourth-street, you haven't invested much.
When you do make three kings at fourth-street (and the player with the aces has not caught another ace), just call when he bets unless you consider that players behind you are drawing to flushes or straights. You want them out. You should raise make them pay a double bet if they want to draw.
When Seat 3 with the unimproved aces bets on fifth-street, raise. Get more money in the pot or knock him out. Both will be correct. But if you have seen another or both of his aces fall on the board, reducing or eliminating his chances of making three aces, just call. Give him the chance of making two pair and bet at sixth-street. Just call. Then raise him on seventh-street, or bet if he checks.
Now you are in the Seat 1: You have 8 9 in the hole. Would you play the hand?
If you have been paying attention, you won't play this hand. First, it is a small (non-quality) flush draw in extremely early position. There is too much possibility of a raise from one of those big cards yet to act a raise you cannot call because you have no overcards. Second, count the clubs showing in the other players' upcards: three clubs - one too many to try to flush draw with a non-quality start.
You are again in Seat 1: You have 4 4 in the hole. The low card starts the action. You are next to act. What would you do?
We expect you said raise because that's what you do to protect this hand of very small trips. Don't let those players with small but higher pairs than you come in to make a larger set of trips.
If you get a re-raise from one of those big cards yet to act after you do, what would you do? You can raise again. You will get it heads-up with the raiser's while you are holding the best hand, plus you have knock you out the straight and flush draws.
If the re-raise comes from the Q in the Seat 6, you necessarily won't have tipped the true strength of your hand. There are two pairs higher than his queen with which you could be re-raising as well as with trip fours.
You are in Seat 8 : In the hole, you have another set of trips. You have 2 2 . How would you play? You should play in the same way as played with the three fours from the above example that is raise. You can raise in this situation. If you are forced low, you can open for low-card bet or for the amount of a raised bet. You cannot give up the opportunity to protect a hand just because you are the low card.
Suppose instead of trips you have a pair of aces in the hole. How would you play?
When you have any big pair face down while you are also forced low, bring in the hand with the protection raise assuming that there is no more than one overcard yet to act after you. If there are two or more overcards yet to act, just limp in.
If you are raised by an overcard you can call the raise and take off a card, attempting to trip up on fourth-street. Even though 2 is a weak kicker you have the advantage of hidden strength. If you don't make trips on fourth-street then just quit the game.
You are in Seat 3 : You have a pair of aces in the hole. Great, trip aces! It is your turn to act. The low card in Seat 8 opens. Seat 1 folds and Seat 2 calls with his J . How would you play? You just call. Trip aces down through trips 10s, you will recall, should be slow-played at these limits. Trip nines down through trip deuces, should be protected with a raise.
You are in Seat 6 : Now you are in Seat 6 with Q Q in the pocket. The A in Seat 3 raised. What would you do? You re-raise. Your re-raise announces the strength of your hand but that's fine because it will knock all of the drawing hands out of the pot. However, ace will call your re-raise call from the aces? Yes. Kings too may also call. Jack would certainly not call. Recreational players at these limits would just stick to a pair of aces.
You are in the Seat 3 : You have Q 7 in the hole. The J in Seat 2 raised. You can call his raise because you have two overcards (your ace and queen) to his likely raising pair, plus three to a quality flush with only one of your suit showing on the board plus you have one overcard to the king and queen behind you, in case they enter the pot. You won't become rich playing this hand, but it will give you a long-term profit if you play it conservatively.
Now let's stop our summary part about the third-street and move towards the fourth-street which you all are eager to read.
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