Earlier, Peter had mentioned that he really hadn’t like straight draws, when playing stud poker. He hadn’t liked them on the third street, and if he hadn’t improved, he certainly wouldn’t have liked them on the fourth street.
Could this poker hand have been played at all? The answer was: only in rare circumstances. One was, of course, that you would have wanted your cards to be big.
Even with big cards, if you hadn’t caught a card on the fourth street that would have improved your straight draw, the poker odds would now have been 10-to-1 against your making a straight by the river. Not good.
When playing stud poker, could you ever play a straight draw on the fourth street that had not improved much from the third?
The only time that you could have even considered doing so would have been if your draw had improved to a ‘gutshot’ or inside straight draw, all of the cards to have completed the straight would have been live, the cards had been big, and you could have gotten in for one minimum bet.
All of that wasn’t going to happen very often in stud poker. And even when it did happen, you should have played an inside straight draw very selectively.
Suppose you had had a nine, ten, and jack and with the fourth street had come a king.
You now had an inside straight draw, and it would have been one small bet to you. If there had been nothing threatening yet to act, it would have been okay to call.
If you had seen a big pair yet to bet, even limping in wouldn’t have been worth it in stud poker. Odds would be that you would have to go up against a raise from the big pair.
When playing stud poker, with smaller straight draws that had not improved, you should have folded most of the time.
Unless you had been playing hi-lo split stud poker, they wouldn’t have been worth chasing. Again, anytime you would have considered seeing the fifth street with an inside straight draw, all of the cards you would have needed to complete the poker hand should have been live.
You should never have confused this hand with a flush draw – there you would have had more cards that could have helped you.
When only four cards in the deck that could have completed your hand, with even one gone, the pot odds, which had already been against you, would only have grown worse.
DON’t FORGET THOSE ODDS…
Speaking of the poker odds, when you would be trying to figure out whether to stay in with an inside straight draw, you should have kept in mind the poker odds the pot was giving you.
When you would have had four cards to a straight, and you would have been on an inside straight draw, the poker odds of getting that needed card would have been 3-to-1 – assuming that all your cards had been live.
Let’s say the pot had 15 dollars in it, and it had been one bet to you. To call, you would have been putting a two-dollar bet into a 15-dollar pot, which would have given you poker odds of greater than 3-to-1.
Thus, because the pot odds here had outweighed the general poker odds of hitting your hand, you could have gone ahead and called. This would have been a good bet to make, assuming your cards had been live.