The most crucial decision you would have had to make in any hand, when playing stud poker would be whether to play past the third street, yet, almost as critical would have been knowing how to play each stage of the hand.
As poker play progressed, you would have needed to know how to play your hand properly based on how much it improved or how much potential it had to improve.
In this chapter, we will look at the different scenarios that unfold at the fourth street, and peter will explain how to play each hand and when you need to get out and wait for the better hand.
When playing stud poker, you had a large set of trips at the third street; slow playing would have been your best option. You had a greet hand; you would want to keep other poker players in on the action.
Ideally, you would have taken their money by the time you had gotten to that last card.
You could have continued slow playing on the fourth street in stud poker, but you should have done so cautiously.
If you had chosen to slow play your hand by checking or betting the minimum amount, and there had been a pair on the board, no more than two cards that would have improved your trips could be gone.
For instance, let’s say you had started out with rolled up queens and you had been dealt a nine, when playing stud poker. You looked around; you had seen no other queens and only one nine.
Slow-playing the hand would have been the right move over here. Your trips had been hidden, so you should have bet the maximum if you could. Since they couldn’t see a pair on the board, the poker players would not have guessed you had trips.
You could also have slow-played that same hand on the fourth street if you had started out with a nine and a pair of queens and then picked up the third queen there, in stud poker.
Your pair on the board would have intimidated the poker players, and if you had checked it or merely bet the minimum, many of the other poker players would have assumed that the pair was all you had.
If you had played it slowly, you could have kept the poker players in until the fifth street, when the betting amounts would have increased.
What would follow would be some key points to be kept in mind in poker, when you would be deciding whether to play your trips hand and fast or slowly.
Firstly, when playing stud poker, you should have considered your position. Remember that the later it would have been, the better.
Consider this example. You had a pair of fours in the hole and a seven for a door card, and the dealer had blessed you with a third four.
If you had been one of the last poker players to act, you would have gotten clues as to what the other poker players had been dealt based on how they had bet.
For example, if a poker player had bet two dollars, it could have been an indication that he had either made a set of a set of trips as well or had made a strong two pair, suppose another poker player had raised him then. Should you have raised or called?
If you had seen a pair on the board larger than your set of trips, you should have proceeded with caution, particularly if it had belonged to the raiser.
He could very well have had you beat. If the bet and the raise had come from poker players showing no pairs on the board higher than your trips, you should have raised to force either them or other poker players out. Being in the late position, you would have had the advantage of having seen these bets.
With players yet to act, you could have played hard (bet aggressively) if you had felt that they were on drawing hands, such as a four-flush or four-straight.
You should have been sure to play hard if your trips had been higher than other pairs showing on the board.