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Sixth Street : Razz Poker

Sixth street in razz poker affords a good player fewer opportunities to make a skillful play than any of the other streets. If is usually a fairly automatic situation. However, there are certain precepts that relate to sixth street play.

In general, if you are in the hand this far you will normally remain in to see your last card. About the only time you would fold on sixth street would be if you had a marginal call on fifth street of poker game and the cards broke badly; in other words bad to you and good to your opponent or opponents.

To put this another way, it would normally be correct to throw your hand away on sixth street if you are in a situation where you may be drawing dead.

As an example, you would rarely call on sixth street to draw to a seven-six if it appears that your opponent may very well have that seven-six beat going in. In other words, suppose you started with

and your opponent has

You should probably fold when he comes out betting on sixth street.

One important aspect of sixth play, especially on close decisions, is your ability to read hands. Reading poker hands is not too important on third, and fifth poker streets, but on sixth and seventh, it becomes more critical.

It is true that the ability to read hands is not nearly as important in razz as it is in other poker games, but razz does afford some opportunities to take advantage of reading, and this is especially true on sixth and seventh street.

In general, reading hands is the ability or the process of making a judgment about whether your opponent could very well have a pair or even two pair.

There are three factors in determining the probabilities that he has paired. One is the purely mathematical factor poker. If the man has three low cards showing and you believe he started with three babies it is about even money that he has a pair going into the last card.

If he has four low cards showing, and you know he started with three babies it is about 70 percent that he has a pair going into the last card and about 20 percent that he has two pair. However, these are based on purely mathematical reasons.

For one thing, you may not be sure in poker games is that he started with three babies. In other words, he may have been a steal position and not had three babies to start with and his board forced him to keep on betting, in which case you can assume there is a better chance than normal that he doesn’t have as good a hand as he is representing.

Another very important factor that will enhance your correct estimate of the chances that he has paired is the playing exposed cards. Obviously if your opponent catches a card of which two other ones are out, the chances that that card has paired him is quite a bit less than normal, which has an overall effect on the chances that he has a pair *.

(*Or possibly a bad one in the hole.)

The most important consideration, however, in determining whether a player may have a pair, is by the way the hand has been played. 

Thus, if your opponent has been in the dominant position in that his board has been an almost automatic betting situation, you can stick with your mathematical percentages as far as deciding if he has a pair.

If, however, you have been the bettor and he has been the caller you have to change things.  In other words, as an example, if on fifth street you have and he still

and he has

calls when you bet, you can be fairly sure that he has a four-card six at this point. Now if he catches a baby on sixth poker street it is no longer even money that his three-card contains a pair.

 In fact, he is a big favorite to have made a hand, and if in this situation you are only drawing to a seven low you probably should throw your hand away because of the possibility you are drawing dead.


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