Playing Three-Straights

1. When deciding whether to play a playing three-straight, what eight factors do you consider?
A. How high your cards are.
B. How live your straiht cards are.

C. How live your pair cards are.
D. Whether you have a two-fulsh.
E. The other cards on board.
F. Who is already playing.
G. How much it is to you, that is, whether you can play for the bring-in, one bet, or two bets.
H. The ability of your opponents.

2. Is it ever worth calling one full bet, but not two full bets, cold?

3. Example?
You have 8910. One seven and one queen are out, but no jacks or sixes are gone. Now the queen raises and an ace calls. Go ahead and call for a full bet.

4. What if the ace had reraised?
You should throw the hand away.

5. Is this hand as good as it appears?

6. Why?
It looks as though two queens are out. So it you catch a jack, you now have just five straight cards left.

7. Can a three-straight be played for two cold bets?

8. When does this occur?
When the conditions outlined are favorable and particularly if you have high poker cards (overcrds to your opponents’ probable pairs) and/or two-flush.

9. When you have close decisions with hands like straight draws, what should you keep in mind?
How well your opponents play.

10. Example?
If your oddonent is the type of player who gets “married” to pair, you know that if you make your hand will get paid off all the way, even if it is obvious that you have a made straight.

11. When is it correct to play a small three-card “gut-shot” straight, such as 976?
The main thing to consider is how live your cards are (especially the eight in this case). Also, be more inclined to play it everyone else has small cards and you have an overcard.

12. What about three-straights with two gaps?
They generally should not be played at all.

13. What is the problem with gaps?
Unless your cards are high, you must catch that specific “gut” card.

14. Example?
You have T97. You must catch an eight. But if you are holding 987 there is no specific card that you must catch.

15. What if your gut shot is bigger, such as QT9?
You should be somewhat more inclined to play, since your straight, and more importantly your pairs, will probably be bigger.

16. If you have a consecutive three-straight, but three of your cards are dead, should you play?
You definitely should not play unless you have a good chance to steal the antaes.

17. What if two of your straight cards are dead?
You probably should not play, especially if other considerations (such as how high your cards are) appear unfavorable.

18. What else should you consider?
If a card you need is shown by someone who has stayed in on third poker street, it is likely that he has additional cards you need.

19. If an opponent just calls the bring-in, is it okay to raise with your three-straight?
If you have at least two cards higher than his upcard, and there is no more than one higher card behind you, then it is okay to raise with your three-straight.

20. Is it ever correct to reraige with a three-straight?
It is rarely correct to do so.

21. Are there exceptions?
Yes. One exception is covered in the section on “Playing Big Cards Against a Medium Pair”.Another time to reraise occurs when you think the original raiser may be semi-bluffing.

22. When should you play three-straights made up of small cards?
They generally should only be played when you can get in cheaply and when your hand is live, or when you have a chance to steal the antes.