Quick Quiz: Seventh Street


  • You hold Poker Two Pair – queens and 4s – and are in middle position.  A player with a pair of 9s is first to act, and he bets.  Several other players call; one holds a three-flush, and another holds a pair of 6s.  The bet is to you.  Do you fld or call?
  • You’ve made your flush, and it’s of good quality – queen-high.  You’re in late position.  A pair of kings bet first, and the bettor was raised by a four-flush with a jack-high.  There were two callers, and the rest of Poker players folded.  The only player who will act after you has nothing showing that poses a threat.  Do you call or raise?
  • You have four-to-a-flush on the board, but you didn’t make your hand.  The board looks weak, and players have received many fre careds.  The pot is relatively small, and a pair of 7s is the high hand on the board.  That player bets.  You’re in late position, and the next few players fold.  By the time it gets to you. You would be the third person in the pot.  You believe that if you raised, the last person to act would fold.  Do you raise here and try a bluff or fold the hand?
  • You hold a 10-high staight and are second to act behind a pair of queens.  The holder of the queens bets.  Among the hands yet to act, you notice a pair of 9s and a four-flush.  You call and are promptly raised by the holder of the four-flush, who is re-raised by Player with the 9s.  The remaining players fold, and poker player with the queens calls both raises.  Do you call and hope your hand will hold up?
  • You have a four-straight on the board –TJQK.  Since there are no pairs held by any player on the board, and you have the high card, you are the first to act.  You didn’t make you straight on the reiver.  Action has been relatively light thus far, and you consider betting and hoping that everyone else will fold.  Should you bet or just check?
  • You have been able to limp to seventh street with a small Poker Two Pair –5s and treys.  A player with a pair of 4s on the board bets, and he has three callers before the betting gets to you.  Of the hands yet to act, the most threatening is a three-flush; all of the other players appear weak.  Do you call or fold?
  • You have a powerful hand – aces full.  A pair of your aces is on the board, and you start the betting.  Do you bet or just check and hope to try a check-raise?
  • You have Poker Two Pair – kings and 9s – and are last to act.  There is a four-flush on the board, whose owner is second to act, and he bets after being checked to.  There is one caller showing a pair of 6s, and the betting is to you.  You have been keeping track of the first player’s cards, and while you don’t have an exact count, you believe you have seen many of his needed suit fall already.  Do you call or fold?
  • Carefully watching a player who you place on a flush draw (he has three of his suit showing on the board) you notice a slight sigh as he looks at his cards before he quickly looks up.  In your hand, you hold Poker Two Pair – jacks and 9s.  Poker Pelyer with the three-flush also has a pair on the board –4s – and his happens to be the high hand showing.  He bets, and there are two callers by the time the action gets to you.

You feel confident that you have these other players beat – they show nothing threatening – and you contemplate whether to call or fold.  What’s the best move?

  • You have a full house – 10s full of 4s – that’s completely hidden.  A player with a pair of aces on the board opens, and he’s raised by a four-flush.  You know at least one of the other aces is dead.  You are third to act, and it’s two big bets to you – do you re-raise


  • Call.  This hand is almost a crapshoot, but you should play it.  You’ve made it this far, and there hasn’t been a lost of heavy betting action, so staying in to the end is the best decision.  It’s only one more bet, and a solid Poker Two Pair can often hold up.  If, however, the three-flush or pair of 6s had raised, you’d want to fold unless you know that your obbonent is someone who will bluff from time to time.
  • Raise.  If you’ve been paying attention, you can do so with even more ease, since you will know if the bettor’s other two kings are live or dead.  If it is re-raised, just call.  Re-member, though, a flussh is very good hand, especially when it is a quality flush like the one you have.  Don’t worry about raising here unless you have a strong feeling another player has made a full hous.
  • It depends.  Bluffing rarely works at the luow limits, but there are exceptions to every rule.  Folding here is generally the best move.  At the same time, bluffing is also not a horrible move, especially if you’ve been keeping track of the cards of your suit and most are live.  Many player may not have even noticed, but if they have been paying attention to what you need to get your flush and they’ve noticed that most of the cards of your suit are live, a raise here just might work – especially if you’ve been playing for a while and have an image as a tight but aggressive player.

If you’re called for your bluff, players will still have a hard time figuring out what you hold down the line, and they may very well call more hands against you when you do have them beaten.  That said, don’t raise and try to bluff with this hand all the time – it’s the most common bluff attempt in low-limit stud, and more times than not, at least one player will call you, so if you fold every time you don’t complete a flush with four-to-the-flush on the board, you’re playing good, solid poker.

  • Fold.  You’ve been with your hand a long time, have some money invested in the pot, and would like to call, but you can’t in this situation.  You have a good hand, but unfortunately for you, it won’t hold up here.  A player with a four-flush wouldn’t raise with Poker Two Pairs on the board unless he really liked to bluff – which isn’t likely here at the low limits.  Facing two big bets like this, you’re best just to fold your hand.
  • Check.  Attempting a bluff here would not be a total blunder, but it’s still not the best move.  Remember, a player doesn’t have to have any pair showing on seventh street to have a full house.  Even if he had just two suited cards on the board, he could also have made a flush.  If you were the very last person to act and everyone had checked to you, a bluff attempt would be more justifiable – especially with four big cards such as you have on the board.  In this situation, just check or fold.
  • Fold.  Often a good Poker Two Pair can win a pot, but the key word there is “good.” Here, if you were last to act and there was just the original bettor, you could have stayed in – he was showing a pair smaller than your Poker Two Pair.  But with three callers, odds are that somebody has something better than 5s over treys.  A call isn’t worth it here, so just fold.
  • Bet.  It’s okay to try a check-raise sometimes, but only if you have a full house or other monster hand completely hidden.  Checking with a pair of aces will send warning signs to other players that you are trying to check-raise them, so go ahead and bet.  You should get a lot of callers anyway, since most people, having been in the hand this long, will want to see it to the end.
  • Call.  This is the classic bluff attempt (mentioned in Question # 3) by Poker Player who tries to use four-to-a-flush to scare other players off and win himself a nice pot.  With four of his suit on the board, odds are he very well may have the flush.  But if you feel that many of his needed cards are dead (five or more) calling is the best move.  If he has the flush, it’s not the end of the world – just four dollars.  It was worth playing with a good quality Poker Two Pair.
  • Call.  This one is pretty obvious.  Here, carefully watching your opponents will pay off.  If you feel you have the other players beat (that your opponent was on a flush draw and didn’t make a flush or trips), go ahead and call him.  Tells are difficult and take a long time to learn, but seventh street is a good spot to start learning them.
  • Re-raise.  You have to take advantage of powerful hands when you have them.  You could be going up against a full house bigger than yours, but the raise didn’t come from the holder of the aces; it came from the holder of the four-flush, who’s trying to force the aces to fold.

If it were the other way around, and Poker Player with the four-flush had bet and was raised by Poker Player with the pair of aces, a call would be more justifiable.  Of course, a bad beat here is not out of the question – full houses do occasionally lose – but with a relatively big boat like 10s full, you should play it hard.  If the holder of the aces re-raises, though, all you can do is call.