When peter had started playing stud poker, it had been easy to get caught up in his own little world.
He used to get dealt three suited cards and automatically be reaching for his chips pile, ready to throw out a dollar because surely the odds had favored his getting his flush by the river, right?
Well, not exactly. When playing poker, so many players had fallen into the trap of believing that any three suited cards had meant great odds for becoming five suited cards.
Actually, with three suited cards, the odds had still been against your making your flush. So before you had gotten the vision in your head of the dealer pushing a large pile of chips your way as you laid down your flush, you should have taken a few things into consideration.
QUALITY IS CRUCIAL
First you should have asked yourself about the quality of your hand. Yes, you might have had three-to-a-flush, but had your cards been a deuce, a five and a seven? If that had been the case, your hand would not have been so exciting, when playing poker.
When we had looked at pairs, we had discussed the importance of a good kicker. You could not have had tunnel vision and focused in just on making the flush – you should have considered other possibilities for improvement as well.
Your best poker situation would have been to have a jack, queen and king of the same suit, since that hand would have given you a lot of ways to improve. You may have been thinking ‘straight flush’, here, but that wouldn’t have been very likely.
In fact, it would have been so unlikely that the card room Peter had gone to had given out a free hat if you had been fortunate enough to have gotten one.
What was more likely to have happened with a jack, queen and king of the same was that you would have improved to a straight, a regular flush, or a solid two pair, when playing stud poker, remember, with a three-flush, the bigger your cards were, the better.
Of course, you had been hoping to improve to a flush, but big cards could have given you other ways of improving your hand that might have made it playable down the line even if you would have seen other cards needed to improve your flush fall elsewhere.
LIVE CARD REQUIREMENTS
Secondly in poker, as soon as you would have gotten your cards and seen that you had three-to-a-flush, you should have started looking around the board. You should have counted how many of your needed cards had been dealt as door cards to other players.
When playing stud poker, if you would have had three non-face cards and you would have seen two of your needed suit had gone, then you should have folded.
If you had had two cards that had been ten or higher, and only three (or fewer) cards of your needed suit had been gone, you could have stayed in for a dollar to see a fourth card.
In Stud poker, with any more than three of your needed cards gone, you should have folded. With three-to-a-flush, those three cards you had held may have looked pretty, but you should have thought about it.
Even if you had had big cards, if four of your needed suit had been dealt, that would have left just six in the deck (assuming they hadn’t been dealt to other players).
Of those six cards, you would have needed two to make your flush. You may have had a few big cards, but it would not have been worth even another dollar to stay in and hope you would have completed your flush, when playing stud poker.
In stud poker, the only time you should have considered staying in for a dollar to see the fourth street is if you had had three suited cards in sequence. Poker glossary
In this poker situation, you would have had another out – drawing to a straight. But, even here, when you would have been thinking of staying in, you should have made sure that you’d looked at the board and counted both how many card games in your needed suit had been dealt, and how many cards that would have improved your three-straight had been out there.
If more than two had been dead, then you should have folded, when playing stud poker.