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Poker Strategy | Poker Variants

7 Card Stud High/Low Regular - Sample Hand #1

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Before you review this sample hand, make certain that you have read the other articles about 7 Card Stud High/Low Regular here at PokerWorks. This will help you to understand why certain plays are either approved of or criticized. The limits are $5-$10, and the antes are $1. Hole cards are in parentheses. The bring-in is by the high card showing (note: there are variations of the game where the low card starts the action, and other times where the high card starts, but is not forced to make a bring-in bet and can check instead).

Seat #1- ({4-Spades}-{5-Hearts}) {7-Clubs}
Seat #2- ({A-Hearts}-{K-Hearts}) {10-Hearts}
Seat #3- ({2-Spades}-{8-Diamonds}) {6-Clubs}
Seat #4- ({3-Clubs}-{3-Spades}) {3-Hearts}
Seat #5- ({9-Diamonds}-{10-Spades}) {8-Hearts}
Seat #6- ({4-Hearts}-{A-Spades}) {K-Diamonds}
Seat #7- ({Q-Diamonds}-{Q-Clubs}) {5-Spades}
Seat #8- ({J-Diamonds}-{7-Spades}) {9-Hearts}

Seat #6 is the forced bring-in for $2 with his king. Seat #7 calls the bring-in. This is the play of a losing 7 Card Stud High/Low Regular player, as he is almost dead for low to begin with, and is even losing for high. Playing high pairs is a sure-fire way to go broke in this game, as the name of the game is scooping the pot.

Seat #8 folds his three middle cards. Seat #1 completes the bring-in with his three low straight cards. Seat #2 is not fooled by his three cards to the Royal flush and folds, knowing that low is almost impossible with this hand, and he is an underdog to complete a flush with three other hearts already showing. This is a solid play on his part.

Seat #3 now makes a bad call with his 2-8-6. The worst part of the call is how unlikely he is to make any kind of high hand starting with three disconnected, unsuited low cards. Since he is a huge underdog for that half of the pot, he should consider that he might not be ahead for low either and fold the hand.

Seat #4 is delighted to see the action in front of him, and raises with his rolled-up threes, one of the strongest possible starting hands in 7 Card Stud High/Low Regular. Seat #5 and seat #6 get out of the way, but seat #7 - seeing that the other three players in the hand seem to have low cards - cold-calls the completion and the raise, throwing good money after bad. Seat #1 calls, and so does seat #3. There is now $48 in the pot ($50 minus $2 rake).

Fourth card:
Seat #1- ({4-Spades}-{5-Hearts}) {7-Clubs} {2-Clubs}
Seat #3- ({2-Spades}-{8-Diamonds}) {6-Clubs} {A-Clubs}
Seat #4- ({3-Clubs}-{3-Spades}) {3-Hearts} {J-Spades}
Seat #7- ({Q-Diamonds}-{Q-Clubs}) {5-Spades} {K-Clubs}

Seat #3 starts the action with his A-6 (the low hand showing, since ace is considered low or high) and bets $5. Seat #4 decides to slow play his trips and just calls. Seat #7, still clueless about what is going on, also calls, as does seat #1. There is now $68 in the pot.

Fifth card:

Seat #1- ({4-Spades}-{5-Hearts}) {7-Clubs} {2-Clubs} {A-Diamonds}
Seat #3- ({2-Spades}-{8-Diamonds}) {6-Clubs} {A-Clubs} {J-Hearts}
Seat #4- ({3-Clubs}-{3-Spades}) {3-Hearts} {J-Spades} {J-Clubs}
Seat #7- ({Q-Diamonds}-{Q-Clubs}) {5-Spades} {K-Clubs} {K-Spades}

Seat #1 now has the low hand, and sees the he currently has a board lock and a made low. He bets $10 (the limits double on the fifth card). Seat #3 sees that he is losing for both high AND low, and is likely drawing very slim at just half of the pot, so he wisely (and belatedly) folds. Seat #4 continues his slow play by calling, and seat #7 steps in it up to his knees by RAISING to $20, thinking his high is best. Seat #1 naturally re-raises, and now seat #4 caps the betting with his made full house. Seat #7 calls. There is now $187 in the pot ($190 minus $3 rake).

Sixth card:

Seat #1- ({4-Spades}-{5-Hearts}) {7-Clubs} {2-Clubs} {A-Diamonds} {Q-Spades}
Seat #4- ({3-Clubs}-{3-Spades}) {3-Hearts} {J-Spades} {J-Clubs} {3-Diamonds}
Seat #7- ({Q-Diamonds}-{Q-Clubs}) {5-Spades} {K-Clubs} {K-Spades} {Q-Hearts}

Bingo! Seat #7 gets the card he has been praying for, or so he thinks. Meanwhile, seat #4 has made QUADS. Seat #1, totally locked in at low, bets out, and seat #4 raises. Seat #7 now confidently three-bets, and seat #1 caps the pot with the third raise. Since a king was present in someone else’s hand at the beginning, seat #4 knows that seat #7 can’t have a better 4-of-a-kind, so he realizes that the only possible danger is if seat #7 started with rolled-up fives and hits the fourth on his final card (obviously, we can see that this is not the case). There is now $307 in the pot.

Seventh card:

Seat #1- ({4-Spades}-{5-Hearts}) {7-Clubs} {2-Clubs} {A-Diamonds} {Q-Spades} ({5-Diamonds})
Seat #4- ({3-Clubs}-{3-Spades}) {3-Hearts} {J-Spades} {J-Clubs} {3-Diamonds} ({9-Clubs})
Seat #7- ({Q-Diamonds}-{Q-Clubs}) {5-Spades} {K-Clubs} {K-Spades} {Q-Hearts} {5-Clubs}

Seat #1 leads out one more time, and the pot is quickly capped by each of the players, in turn, raising. Seat #7 sees the bad news, and the pot of $427 is split by seat #1 and seat #4. While seat #7 was certainly unlucky to run into quads, notice that at no time was he ahead in the hand. This is the danger of playing hands like either hidden or split high pairs in 7 Card Stud High/Low Regular. Although he certainly could not know that seat #4 started out rolled-up, this is irrelevant to the fact that he was only playing for half the pot to begin with! On the other hand, seat #4’s three-of-a-kind is often good enough to take the high end of the pot even if unimproved, and if his board shows all low cards, he can either make a back-door low or beat a high two pair at the end with a medium strength low if no one else winds up hitting their low hand.

Spend time studying this hand both for the mistakes that were made, as well as the good plays and lay downs. As we have mentioned, the keys to success in 7 Card Stud High/Low Regular are both betting when you are ahead AND folding when you are only playing for half the pot or are clearly behind.

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