The Game Stud

Poker Play

Positive Attitude

Poker Intimidated

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Betting Styles

Poker Bluff


Third Street

Poker Big Pairs

Middle Pairs

Low Pairs

Flush Draws

Straight Draws

Best of the Rest


Fourth Street

Force Out Hands

Poker Two Pair

Poker Big Pairs

Middle Small Pairs

Four Flushes

Ended Straight


Fifth Street

Playing Full House

Flushes Straights

Poker Trips

Poker Two Pair

Drawing Hands


Learning to play poker


Whether to play past third street is the most important decision you’ll make in any hand, but almost as important is knowing how to play each stage of the hand.  As play progresses, you will need to know how to play your hand properly based on how much it improves or how much potential it has to improve.  In this chapter, we’ll look at the different scenarios that unfold at fourth street, and I will explain how to play each hand and when you need to get out and wait for the better hand.


When you have a large set of trips at third street, slow-playing is your best option.  You have a great hand; you want to keep other players in on the action.  Ideally, you’ll take their money by the time you get to the last card.

You can continue slow-playing on fourth street, but you must do so cautiously.  If you decided to slow play your hand by checking or betting the minimum amount, and there is a pair on the board, no more than two cards that would improve your trips can be gone.  For example let’s say you start out with rolled up queens, and you’re dealt a 9.  Looking around, you see no other queens and only one 9.  Slow-playing the hand is the right move here.  Your trips are hidden, so you should bet the maximum if you can.  Since they can’t see a pair on the board players will not figure you for trips.

You could also slow-play that same hand on fourth street if you started out with 9-Q-Q and then picked up the third queen there.  Your pair on the board will intimidate people, and if you check it or just bet the minimum, many of your opponents will assume that the pair is all you have.  If you play it slowly, you can keep people in until fifth street, when the betting amounts will increase.

While the above two paragraphs may make slow-making sound like a good idea, different circumstances call for different ways of playing trips on fourth street.  What follows are some key points to keep in mind when you’re deciding whether to play your trips hard and fast or slowly.


First, consider your position.  Remember that the late it is, the better.  Consider this example.  You have pocket 4s and a 7 for a door card, and the dealer blesses you with a third a 4.  If you are one of the last players to act, you will get clues as to what the other players have been dealt based on how they bet.  For instance, if a player bets two dollars, it could be an indication that he has either made a set of a set of trips as well or has made a strong Poker Two Pair.  Suppose someone else then raised him.  Should you raise or call?

If you see a pair on the board larger than your set of trips, proceed with caution, especially if it belongs to the raiser.  He could very well have you beat.  If the bet and the raise came from players showing no pairs on the board higher than your trips, raise to force either them or other players out.  Being in late position, you have the advantage of having seen these bets.  With players yet to act, play your hand hard (bet aggressively) if you feel that they are on drawing hands, such as a four-flush or four-straight.  Be sure to play hard if your trips are higher than other pairs showing on the board.

The Paired Door Card

During the course of play, you will frequently see players pair heir door cards.  Again, any time you see pairs on the board lower than the trips you have, bang away.  Because of the loose nature of most low-limit games, a pair is simply too hard to toss before fifth street, so your bet likely won’t force out those people who should have folded their lower pairs.

When a pair on the board is higher than the rank of your trips (meaning that if Poker Player had trips he would have you beaten), you must proceed with caution.  Again, this is why it is essential that you have been paying attention to Poker Play of the hand.  Ask yourself- did that player raise on third street or just limp in?  If he raised, there’s a good chance he may have made trips, so you should just call.  (You could fold, but it’s best to call to see one more card – if he continues to bang away on fifth street and you do not improve, fold there.) 

If your opponent with the high pair just limped in, he could have Poker Two Pair.  In many cases, though, he’ll have just the pair on the board.  When a player pairs the door card (especially if it’s a pair like 10s or higher), he may bet the maximum.  This may seem scary, but in many instances he’s trying to buy the pot.  This is especially true with aces.  Low-limit players love a pair of aces on the board.  They frequently believe they can buy a pot with a big bet, since those intimidating aces will scare will scare people off.

You should play cautiously against any big pair on the board, but do not fall into the trap of automatically fearing what may very well be just a pair and nothing more.  Only by paying attention to Poker Play of the game and by studying how that particular player has played third street and previous hands will you be able to get a good “feel” for whether he is representing trips or just trying to scare people out so he can win the pot.  To reiterate, this is why it is necessary to pay attention to previous hands- so you know what other players stay in with until the end.

Always be more alert when you see a player pair the door card, especially if it could mean he has trips higher than yours.  You can muck your hand with a clear conscience if there are Poker Two Pairs on the board higher than your trips, and one pair has been re-raised by the other.  You may very well have those player beaten there, but the odds do not justify sticking around.  Remember to play your hand aggressively unless it looks as if you could be beaten already.  You have trips, which is a great hand at fourth street.  In most cases it will either win you a lot of money or lose you a lot of money.  If it doesn’t, you probably played the hand incorrectly.


Sixth Street

Completed Solid Hands

Trips & Poker Two Pairs



Seventh Street

Calling Seventh Street

Quick Quiz

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Keep Records

the Shaking Hand