7 Card Poker - Strategies

7-Card Stud Poker is a high card game. More winning hands are decided by the highest pair of 2 pair or just the highest pair, than by straights, flushes and other big hands. So if you start with a straight or flush draw, it should have at least 2 high cards or at least 1 card that is higher than anything up on the board. These draw hands and low pair starting hands need to improve or turn a high pair quickly to justify continued play. Any time your high hand is beaten on the board, fold, unless you think you still have the best draw hand. Fast play early high hands (that could win without improvement) to thin out the competition. Slow play draw hands to keep other players in to increase the pot odds in case you hit.
Playable Starting Hands:

  1. High trips - (A-A-A down to 10-10-10). Fast play these. Your opponents will put you on a high pair.

  2. Low trips - (9-9-9 down to 2-2-2). Slow play until your 5th street bet. Keep them guessing.

  3. High pair - (A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J, 10-10). Fast play these, split or concealed, if they are not over carded on the board. Try to narrow the field and play fast until threatened by a higher hand.

  4. Low pair/ High kicker - Slow play split or concealed low pairs with a kicker that is higher than any up-card on the board. Fold this hand if 2 or more of your key cards are dead. Check-fold if you don't get trips or 2 pair on the next card.

  5. Concealed low pair/No high kicker - Slow play for trips on 4th street. Fold if one or both of your pair cards are dead. Check-fold if you don't make trips or 2 pair on the next card.

  6. High over cards - 2 or 3 high cards that are higher than anything on the board. Slow play and check-fold if they don't make a high pair on the next card.

  7. High 3 card flush - (2h 10h Kh). You must have at least 2 high cards. Fold if 3 or more cards of your suit are dead. Slow play and check-fold if you don't make a 4-card flush or a high pair on the next card.

  8. High 3-card straight - (9 10 J to Q K A). Slow play and check-fold if you don't make a 4-card straight or a high pair on the next card.

  9. Any 3-cards to a straight flush - (5d 7d 9d). Fold if 4 or more of your key straight and flush cards are dead. Slow play and check-fold if you don't make any 4 cards to a straight or a 4-card flush.

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