Card Stud Tips
Fifth and sixth street
is where you will look to grow the pot with big hands. If no one is
raising you, your trips and even your two pair are probably good.
Drawing hands will hope to limp forward if possible, calling as few
bets as possible. Look to call just one bet if you're on the draw. High
pair may be still good but any raise at you will mean you're probably
beaten by trips or two pair.
Seventh street is
where you take all the information the table has to offer and decide if
anyone has drawn out on you. If an opponent has 10,9,7,6 showing and
has been only calling your bets, but suddenly bets out the river,
you're probably beat. Same goes for the flush draw. A re-raise on the
river is something you want to avoid, and I will check the river often
in 7-stud unless I have the nuts. Rarely do I fold on the river; the
pot is usually too large not to call the bet when you're playing in a
limit bet game.
The same rules apply
as far as learning your opponents and what they are capable of. There
are overly aggressive 7-stud players that you can take advantage of,
and the calling machines in this game seem to be far more abundant than
Hold'em or Omaha . If you recognize that a player is always showing
good hands at showdown, you can count on that player rarely bluffing;
the game cannot be controlled as easily as the some other forms of
These basic rules of
play for 7-stud will get you started. The rest is experience and
recognizing betting patterns based on the information your opponents'
cards are showing you. There are some dues to pay in this game, but
nowhere near the learning curve of Hold'em or Omaha .