Other Skills

There are two additional areas that play a major role in winning at seven card stud (as well as at all forms of poker). They are reading hands and psychology.

Reading hands is both an art and a science. The same is true for correct applications of poker psychology at the poker table. In both instances, you must know your opponents. More specifically, the better you understand how your occonents think and thus how they play, the better you will be able to choose the correct stratigies to use against them.

Even when you are not in a pot, it is still important to pay attention to what is going on. By doing so, you will begin to understand how your different opponents play their hands in different situations and what tactics they are most likely to try. Also, you can get a feel for how they think. You will see what they handle easily and what confuses them, and you will get an idea of what stratagys work best against them.

Keep in mind that the point discussed in this section cannot be mastered quickly. Like many other skills at the stud table, reading hands and applying psiclology take a while to learn and require a great deal of experience. But once mastered, they will become significant factors in your winning play.

And for those of you who make it to the very winning poker play. And for those of you who make it to the very big games (against the world champions), you must become expert in these two areas to have any chance of success.