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Knowing Your Opponents

In seven card stud eight-or-better, you will have an advantage that you don’t always have in other games.

By knowing how different players play and advanced players usually have a good idea as to how well their opponents play and what their styles are – you generally can qualify your opponent’s hand.

For instance, when a tight player comes in with a raise, it usually means he has either a high hand and is trying to get more money into the pot.

So this is a time when you should be cautious and avoid coming in with the second-best hand.

You should throw away poker hands that look fairly good under ordinary circumstances, because now they are not even marginal.

The exception to discarding your hand is if you know a player extremely well.

For example, if you are virtually certain that your opponent has a high hand, even if a low card is up that is, he raises only with big pairs in the hole you can call with a questionable low hand.

By the same token, if you know he raises only with low hands and you have a high hand, you can reraise, limit the field, play heads up against him, and have an edge.

Here’s another example. Suppose you are against a player who automatically plays high three flushes and high three straights.

Either his hand will turn into a bust, whereupon you get to jam him with a low hand, or you will get jammed.

When you oppose this type of player, you want to have a very good hand that can survive the jamming, because jamming often will develop.

Also, when your high hands improve to two pair, they can get jammed in if your opponent catches his straight or flush card.

You don’t always know where you stand, because he might be betting with a high pair.

In the end, a player who plays this loose is going to lose. But if you don’t play properly and adjust your play when one of these players is in, you also will lose.

In addition, you are going to play against a lot of different kinds of players in this game.

When you play hold’em, you usually are just playing against hold’em poker players, and when you play stud, you are usually against those people who play only seven card stud.

But when playing seven card stud eight-or-better, you often will find yourself competing against a lot of players whose strongest game is either seven card stud or razz, against some people who play many games, and against a few how specialize in this game.

This leads to some interesting strategy adjustments. Specifically, seven card stud players tend to play high hands strongly and to stay with them longer than do razz players or more experienced eight-or-better players.

Consequently, when you are against a seven card stud player, keep in mind that he usually will be aggressive with big pairs but cautious with weaker low hands.

A razz player will do just the opposite. He frequently will be extremely aggressive with low hands, especially if they have straight possibilities.

In fact, it is not unusual to see a razz player play these types of hands absolutely to the limit. But with high hands, he will be less aggressive when facing hands with low possibilities.

The top eight-or-better players have a good mix to their games. This makes it much tougher to know exactly where they stand.

They will play low hands both fast and slow. They will do the same with high hands, assuming they play them – which they may not do a lot in certain games, unless their holdings are premium high hands.

But there are many players who tend to play more one way than the other. For example, when the table is full, some players will play very tight, plus the few hands that they do play are almost all high-quality low hands that are often three straights.

When one of these players catches perfect on fourth street, you should not give him any action.

This is because he has either a pair or a straight draw, as well as the low draw. However, this type of player usually will tell you exactly what his hand is by how he now plays it.

If he checks, he is paired; if he bets out into several players or raises, he has caught good.

Many stud eight-or-better players are very consistent in their play. For example, some people are always aggressive on third street with good low hands; others will wait until fifth street to see what they have made.

It is also usually easier to know where someone stands by his show to weakness rather than of strength.

This is especially true of aggressively player, who are frequently difficult to read on an early street.

Introduction / Position / Playing the High Hands / Bluffing

Slow-Playing / Knowing Your Opponents / Raising Aggressively

The Toughest Decision of All / Staying to the End

Pairing the Door Card / Keeping Track of the Cards

Scare Cards / An Expert Play / Another Good Play / Quick Notes


Basic Strategy

Advanced Strategy

Additional Advanced Concepts

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