The Game Stud

Poker Play

Positive Attitude

Poker Intimidated

Check Other Games

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

Sixth Street : A Summary

In this chapter, I’ve pointed out that sixth street should be just a stopping point for you as you proceed on to seventh street.  If you find yourself staying in a lot to see sixth street and laying down a lot of hands, take the time to review your play.  Odds are that you shouldn’t have been playing the hand past fifth street, and laying it down there would have saved you a lot of money.  Or you might be too passive, and you’re laying down decent hands, with which you should have stayed in to see the last card.

Even though most of the time you’ll be staying to see the last card, you certainly won’t be doing so all of the time.  There will be situations that come up when folding at sixth street will be the right thing to do, as I’ve showed you.  One is holding the drawing or decent (but not great) hand and looking at two bets.  Evaluate your hand carefully whenever you’re faced with two big bets, and stay in only if you feel confident that you hold the best hand or that if you get the card you need, you will hold the best hand. 

Finally, as is always the case in poker, when you feel that you have the best hand, play it hard.  Because you feel that you have the best hand, play it hard.  Because most of Poker players at this stage are staying until the end, go ahead and bang away when you believe that yours is the best.  Most of the time, you should be coming away with a good pot at the end.

At the same time, don’t worry about not raising if you aren’t sure about your hand’s strength.  While some of the more good but not great hands (such as trips) needed to be protected on previous rounds, raising at this stage in the hand won’t drive out your opponents that often.  So bang away only when you feel you have the best hand, and call when you aren’t certain.

Quick Quiz : Sixth Street

Take the quick quiz below, and then let’s move on to the last stage of the hand.  Here all that work you’ve done – studying your opponents, keeping in mind live cards, and remembering the odds – will pay off.


  • You hold four to a flush and are in late position. Five of the cards you’d need to improve are gone, leaving you with four left in the deck to help you.  On the board, a pair of 9s has bet, and a pair of 5s has called.  There have been several other callers, including what looks to be a possible straight and a possible flush that, if made, appears to be lower than yours.  Do you call or fold?
  • You hold Poker Two Pair – 7s and 4s.  Both of your 7s are gone.  A pair of aces on the board has bet, and the bettor has been raised by a four-flush which seems to have live cards.  You’re third to act; do you call or fold?
  • You have trip 9s, two of which are showing.  The other 9 is alive, and, looking at your three kickers, you notice that three cards that would fill you up are gone.  In middle position, a pair of 7s bet, and the better was followed by two callers, one with a pair of 5s and another with a four-straight.  Do you call or raise?
  • You have four to an inside straight draw.  One of the cards that would complete your hand is dead.  A pair of kings bet, and the bet was called by both a four-flush and a pair of 6s.  Do you call or fold?
  • You’ve made a flush.  A pair of 9s bet, and the bettor was raised by a possible straight showing on the board.  There were two callers: a player with a pair of 5s and a player with three suited cards on the board.  Do you call or raise?
  • You hold a pair of queens on the board in middle position.  You stayed in on fifth street because you had a three-flush, but you got no help here.  A pair of kings bet and received two callers who look to be on straight and flush draws respectively.  Nothing too threatening will follow behind you.  Your kickers include an ace and jack, of which just one is dead.  Your queens are also live.  Do you call or fold?
  • You hold four to an open-ended straight, and two of the cards you need to complete your straight are dead.  On the board, Poker Two Pair – queens and 7s – was high and bet.  You’re in middle position, and the other players folded, making it one bet to you.  Do you call or fold?
  • You have a solid Poker Two Pair – aces and 9s.  One ace is dead, but the rest of your cards are live.  You’re in early position, and a pair of jacks bet first.  Two players are yet to act: one whom you feel is on a flush draw (he has three-to-a-flush showing), and one with a pair of 5s.  As the second person to act, do you raise or call?
  • You have made a good full house, jacks full.  The board looks weak.  You are first to act and have a pair of jacks showing.  Do you check or bet?
  • You have trip 5s and are in late position.  Unfortunately for you, there are trip 7s on the board.  The holder of the 7s bets, and he is raised by a pair of aces.  The rest of Poker players fold, and it’s to you.  Your cards are mostly live.  Do you call the two big bets or fold?


  • Call.  Remember, sixth street is just a brief stop on the way to seventh.  You may have five dead cards, but you’ve been in it this far.  Stay to the end and hope to complete your hand.
  • Fold.  You won’t be doing much folding on sixth street, but here the reasons to fold are clear.  Your Poker Two Pair is mediocre, you have two dead cards, and you are looking at what could be trip aces or better and a possible flush.  The odds don’t justify staying in here, so fold the hand.
  • Raise. Trips will win many pots, and you want to protect the hand.  If the possible straight had raised, it would have been best to call, but a call from him means he’s probably on a draw.  Make him pay, and drive out others with your raise.  Many times you will call with trips, since most people will stay in on sixth street.  But a raise can be justified if you believe you have the best hand.
  • Fold.  You could make the case to call if you had a quality straight draw or a good pair with the four-straight, but here it’s best to fold.  The odds are a whopping 10.5 to 1 to get your straight – facing those kinds of odds, be done with the hand.  If you had an open-ended straight you certainly could stay in, but not on an inside-straight draw.
  • Raise.  You want to play this hand aggressively.  Don’t let a flush draw stay in cheaply, and drive out those other players.  This hand is very solid, but it’s not a monster, and it therefore needs to be played hard.
  • Fold.  If you said, “call,” your answer is understandable – you have a lot of possible outs here.  But if I’m holding just one pair here and I’m already beaten, I fold.  The kings very well may have Poker Two Pair, so even if you make Poker Two Pair on the river you have a good chance of losing.  Trips would also lose to the straight or flush draws if they complete their hands.  It stinks to fold on sixth street, but doing so is the right decision here.
  • Call.  If you can pick up a tell that would indicate that Poker Player has made a full house, fold.  A fold would also be okay if all of his cards were live.  Most of the time, though, once you’ve stayed in this far, you want to call if it is just one bet.  Bluffing doesn’t work too often at the low limits, but that won’t stop players from trying to bluff.  Watch your opponent carefully as he gets his river card, and try to get clues as to whether he has made his hand.
  • Call.  Poker Two Pair will frequently win, especially when it’s a good Poker Two Pair like aces up.  Raise to protect it on fifth street, but call with it here, since you won’t get players to drop out.
  • Bet.  At fifth street, you could have slow-played this hand.  Now, though, most players will stay in.  Many will be focused on trying to make their hands, which, if they do, will be second best to yours.  Go ahead and bet – they’ll stick around.
  • Fold.  Think about it this way:  Poker Player with the trip 7s was first to act, and he was raised.  Few people are stupid enough to raise trips on the board unless they have something big themselves.  Trips for you are usually a great hand and you usually have to play to protect them.  But if there are circumstances that present themselves that indicate you don’t have the best hand, just fold – even if it hurts


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