It may be difficult to find a 7 Card Stud High/Low Regular tournament since the game has largely been replaced by Stud 8 or Better, but if you happen to find yourself in such a tourney, or if you decide to host one yourself, it is important to know how to most effectively play this game. This article is designed to teach you the most important tips you need to successfully make your way through a 7 Card High/Low Regular tournament.
1) Remember that once your chips are gone, you are out of the tournament- Unlike a cash game, you can’t go back into your pocket for more money to put on the table. Once your chips are gone, you are out. While you will ultimately be trying to grow a stack and wind up with all the chips in play, you need to save your chips for use when they will have the best chance to win pots. Don’t waste them.
2) Create a solid table image at the beginning of the tournament- If you only seem to be playing strong values early on, you are more likely to get respect when you try and steal a pot later on, when the limits and antes are much higher and represent a much bigger portion of your stack.
3) Avoid playing high-only hands- Unlike Stud 8 or Better, there is no qualification for low in 7 Card Stud High/Low Regular. Therefore, someone who clearly has you beaten for low will be freerolling against you for high, no matter how raggedy their low may be. High pairs, which can sometimes be raising hands in 8 or Better, should be thrown away in this game, especially if the third card is a high or medium card and there are low cards showing on the board.
4) Keep at least 100 antes in your stack whenever possible- Having this much at your disposal allows you never to play in a panic in a 7 Card Stud High/Low Regular tournament. Remember that, in almost any tournament, you will have hands that start off well, but wind up getting beaten. It is essential to have enough chips to weather these hands, so that one or two bad breaks don’t knock you out completely.
5) Fold on 4th street when you miss- This may be the most important thing you can do, other than playing solid starting hands. When you develop the discipline to automatically fold when you hit a bad card on 4th street (unless, of course, you were ahead going in and everyone else hit a bad card as well), you will be well on the way to becoming a winning tournament player.
6) Remember that the big money is in the first few places- A small cash, while nice for the ego, won’t really do much for your bankroll. In fact, considering how long a 7 Card Stud High/Low Regular tournament can go, it won’t even pay you minimum wage for your time. You want to do everything you can to get into the REAL money, which is usually the first three places. Don’t be afraid to take risks in order to get there, even if it means bubbling off before you cash. One or two big scores will more than make up for dozens of minimum cashes.
Master these tips and combine them with the strategies taught in the other articles here at PokerWorks and you will definitely become a winning 7 Card High/Low Regular tournament player.
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