As we’ve stated, the most important decision you will make in seven card stud is whether or not to play your starting hand. In other words, most of the money is won or lost on the first round of play.

It is certainly true that your decisions on the other streets can make a big difference in how much you win or lose, but your third-street decision is still the most important. This is why play of you who make significant misplays on the later streets will be losers.

Perhaps the least known and most controversial advice given in this book has to do with playing weak hands when there has been no raise on third street. In fact, we expect that some readers will think we are playing too many hands in this situation and are only asking to get ourselves in trouble.

Rest assured that this is not the case! All the authors know, not only from a theoretical point of view, but also from much practical experience, that many more hands than what the typical tight player plays can be played if there is not a raise on third street against the type of oppoments found in most cardrooms.

We expect that his book will have a major impact not only on those of you who read and study it, but also on the games themselves. In general, there will begin to be more tough players around, meaning that some games will be tougher to beat. On the other hand, we also expect this text to be a significant contributor to the future growth of seven cared stud. Consequently, there will be many more games around, and the expert player will thus have more poker strategy games from which to choose. We therefore expect that in the long run, this book will benefit those of you who make a commitment to studying the ideas it contains.