Playing Too Many Hands in Stud

published on 06/09/07 at 9:37 am

PokerPlasm.comAs in any poker games, playing too many hands is the number one way seven card stud players get themselves into trouble. In seven card stud, the danger can be even greater, especially for players switching over from hold’em, since having only two cards that look good in seven card stud is usually not enough. If you start with the best hand in seven card stud, you’ll usually end up with the best hand, so you can give yourself the biggest advantage by only playing when all three of your cards are working.

Two cards to a straight or flush with an unconnected card is not a good hand in seven card stud. Even a pair with a weak kicker is not a great hand. If you have 9c 9s 7d, a player with an ace showing bets, and a player with a king showing raises, you should probably just throw your hand away. The worst thing that can happen is for an 8 or a 6 to come, enticing you to draw at a straight and put even more money in the pot when you are in all likelihood way behind.

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