General concepts

Points of Play

Tournament Play

Seventh Street

Example 21

            Should you bet?

Answer – Yes. There are three reasons for this: First of all, most poker players won’t raise you even if they make a seven when you have two bicycle cards showing. Secondly, because of the order of your cards, it is possible that you have paired fives and have just kept betting. (Had you caught 2-J-5-9 in that order against 7-6-10-Q you couldn’t have two 5s and should not bet a nine low in this situation.) Finally, your opponent knows that you put him on a draw to a seven low and thinks that this will keep you from betting a nine. When you bet, he figures that you either have a big hand or are bluffing. Thus, he will probably call with a ten.

Example 22

            What do you do?

Answer – Check. Unlike the last example, there is now no longer any reason to think that you will get called by a worse hand. If he bets, you have tough decision. You have to call if you think he may be capable of bluffing. By the way, you should also check if you make a seven-six or bike in hopes of getting a check-raise in. The one time you might bet in this situation would be if you caught specifically an 8 since you probably do better here by betting than by checking and calling.

Example 23
            Should you bluff on the end?

Answer – of course. He probably won’t call if he doesn’t help his jack and you are getting good pot odds on your bluff.

Example 24

            Assuming that you bet and were called on sixth street, do you bet or check on the end?

Answer – You should bet even though he may have a six low.  He will probably call with a seven, eight, or maybe even a nine or ten low, but would probably not bet these hands if you check. Moreover, he is not likely to raise because of the cards you have showing. Had your 7 been showing, you might want to check, especially against an aggressive poker player.


Example 25

            Should you call if he bets?

Answer- Probably not. It is true that he is betting into the possible nuts which makes it suspicious. However, he almost has to have a nine or eight low because of the order of both your cards and his cards. He almost certainly would not have called on fourth street looking at your 6-3 without a four-card eight. Had the order of your cards been 3-10-6-K, a call would have been more in order. This is one of the many examples where the proper play in razz (especially on seventh street) depends not only on the cards that are showing, but also on the order of the cards.

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