Once you had stayed in the hand this long, you would have wanted to look for a compelling reason not to continue and see this poker hand until the end.
In stud poker, the only time you would have wanted to consider laying down your drawing hand (four-to-a-straight) would have been when you got the strong feeling that you had been drawing dead – if, for instance, you had held four-to-a-flush or four-to-a-straight, and you had begun to see a lot of heavy action on the board from hands that had looked more powerful.
For example, suppose you had held a nine, ten, jack and queen, and your straight draw had been live. When playing stud poker, before the betting had got to you, a four-flushes had bet, and the bettor had been re-raised by a pair of queens.
You would have been facing two big bets, so you would have needed to fold this hand, since you would have been drawing dead to possibly two hands.
You could also have based your decision whether to proceed on the status of your opponent’s live cards and your knowledge of your opponent.
If your opponent had held trip sixes, you had had four-to-a-flush or good straight, and the action had come back to you and no one had raised, you could have gone ahead and stayed in if you would have seen two of his cards fall.
Studying your opponent’s poker playing style would have also paid off.
You could have gone ahead and stuck around if you had known him to be the type of poker player who had liked to try to scare people off.
You could have folded if you had known him to be the type of player who had played hard only when he had made a solid hand.