7 Card Stud Strategy

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Preparing To Play
How To Play
Betting Rules
Hand Rankings
Strategy Guide
Key Points
7 Card Stud - Hi
7 Card Stud Hi - Low

Tips & Tricks

Strategy Elements
Win Percentage
Hand Value
Counting Cards
Using Position
Strategy Notes



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-Thoughts about luck when it seems to not be going in your direction.


Let's get one thing straight right off the bat: Stud poker is not about luck.  It is about playing live cards with multiple outs. The person using the best strategy against another hand is going to win. Period.

Only the player with the cards in their hand knows what cards are live for them, so if they are out-turning you, catching the exact cards they needed, and beating you to death on the river, luck has nothing to do with it.  There is nothing lucky about calling to the river and winning when opponents bet and call with live cards out. Hands and catches aren't any luckier for them than it is for you when it happens for you.

When you find yourself constantly shaking your head over other players' "luck", your strategy doesn't fit the table. Re-evaluate your starting hand combinations and your fold percentages and adjust. I'm sure you'll find something there.

If and when you become frustrated because it's happening over and over again and a particular seat seems to be on a rush and the word "luck" and "lucky [add expletive here]" are recurring words that pop into your head, sit out,  get off of the table, change your seat,  or take a break.

It can seem pretty nit-picky to want to change seats, however there are good reasons, and it is your money.  Changing seats can be one of the best things to do when another player seems to be on a rush and you have excellent playable combos that aren't catching.

I'll reiterate that if you're calling other players lucky, your strategy doesn't fit the table. Tighten up on your combos to include more outs. If you are not tilted because of your losses, change your bet strategy to one that is more aggressive, however not just out of the blue. Work your way up to it. If other players get a feeling from you that you are tilted then they will continue to call any bets and raises and perhaps continue to catch the cards that they needed yet again.

In this game it can become difficult to read another player's hand based on position. If you are in a multi-way hand with a habitual check-caller, this is a potential hazard. A good example of why you should change a seat would be exactly because of a habitual check-caller. In a 3 way pot, if the player in first position keeps checking to player 2 who is betting and you are calling in last position, it can become extremely difficult to determine if player 2 has a hand that they can actually raise with unless you are going to foot the bill and raise to see if there are any re-raises so that you know if you should fold.

Even still, they may still call so that a player isn't raised out and the pot gets bigger to their benefit.  There's nothing lucky about changing your seat to move out of the way of a habitual check-caller and the tide begins to turn and things start going your direction. It's just playing smart. Remember to be okay with folding a great hand, continue to pay attention and trust your instincts and get over the "luck" facade.

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