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Poker Strategy | Poker Variants

Seven Card Stud High/Low Regular Odds

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As is true in any game of poker, it is essential to have a proper understanding of the odds of being dealt any particular hand in 7 Card Stud High/Low Regular. A player needs to know what the likelihood is of completing his hand at every point in the deal, and make the right decisions as to whether or not to put more money in the pot.

What makes the exercise a bit more complicated in Seven Card Stud High/Low Regular is that you need to take into account your chances of making hands in both directions.

For example, if you have 3-4-5-6 in the first four cards, you need to be aware that you have eight possible cards to complete your straight, which will frequently take both sides of the pot, however, there are many additional cards that will make a low that can take half the pot, even if you don’t complete your straight, especially if the other players are not apparently playing for low. The statistics that follow DO NOT take into account any cards that might be showing in other players’ hands. So, while in the previous example, you have eight cards to make your straight, that number will be reduced if any of the deuces or sevens are already on the board.

Percentage chances for improvement of various three-card HIGH hands, assuming no knowledge of cards in other hands:

If you hold a pair:

  • Two-Pair- 42.05%
  • Three-of-a-kind- 9.89%
  • Full House- 7.57%
  • Four-of-a-Kind- 0.54%

If you have three cards to an open-ended straight flush:

  • Two-Pair- 17.33%
  • Three-of-a-kind- 3.19%
  • Straight- 14.91%
  • Flush- 16.56%
  • Straight Flush- 1.49%

If you have three-of-a-kind:

  • Full House- 32.02%
  • Four-of-a-kind- 8.17%

If you have a four-flush with three cards to come, your percentage chance of completing the flush is:

  • 47.16%. (1.12 to 1 against)
  • With two cards to come- 34.97% (1.86 to 1 against)
  • With one card to come- 19.57% (4.11 to 1 against)

If you have an open-ended straight draw with three cards to come, your percentage chance of completing the straight is:

  • 42.88% (1.33 to 1 against)
  • With two cards to come- 31.45% (2.18 to 1 against)
  • With one card to come- 17.39% (4.75 to 1 against)

If you have an inside straight draw with three cards to come, your percentage chance of completing the straight is:

  • 23.43% (3.27 to 1 against)
  • With two cards to come- 16.47% (5.07 to 1 against)
  • With one card to come- 8.70% (10.5 to 1 against)

If you have two pair with three cards to come:

  • Full House- 23.15%
  • Four-of-a-Kind- 0.53%

If you have a pair and an open-ended straight draw with two cards to come:

  • Two Pair- 29.05%
  • Three-of-a-Kind- 5.18%
  • Straight- 30.99%
  • Full House- 2.5%

If you have three pair with one card to come:

  • Full House- 13.04%

Percentage chances for improvement of various LOW three-card hands, again, assuming no knowledge of cards in other player’s hands.

If you have A-2-3:

  • A-2-3-4-5- 7.15%
  • Six-High or Better- 18.95%
  • Seven-High or Better- 33.25%
  • Eight-High or Better- 48.27%

If you have A-2-face card:

  • A-2-3-4-5- 1.25%
  • Six-High or Better- 4.65%
  • Seven-High or Better- 10.73%
  • Eight-High or Better- 19.63%

If you have A and two face cards:

  • A-2-3-4-5- 0.12%
  • Six-High or Better- 0.60%
  • Seven-High or Better- 1.81%
  • Eight-High or Better- 4.23%

Percentage chances for improvement of various four-card hands:

If you have A-2-3-4:

  • A-2-3-4-5- 23.43%
  • Six-High or Better- 42.88%
  • Seven-High or Better- 58.72%
  • Eight-High or Better- 71.32%

If you have A-2-3-face card:

  • A-2-3-4-5- 3.98%
  • Six-High or Better- 11.19%
  • Seven-High or Better- 20.90%
  • Eight-High or Better- 32.38%

If you have A-2 and two face cards:

  • A-2-3-4-5- 0.37%
  • Six-High or Better- 1.48%
  • Seven-High or Better- 3.70%
  • Eight-High or Better- 7.40%

Percentage chances for improvement of various five-card hands:

If you have A-2-3-4-face card:

  • A-2-3-4-5- 16.47%
  • Six-High or Better- 31.45%
  • Seven-High or Better- 44.96%
  • Eight-High or Better- 56.98%

If you have A-2-3 and two face cards:

  • A-2-3-4-5- 1.48%
  • Six-High or Better- 4.44%
  • Seven-High or Better- 8.88%
  • Eight-High or Better- 14.80%

Percentage chances for improvement of six-card hands:

If you have A-2-3-4 and two face cards:

  • A-2-3-4-5- 8.70%
  • Six-High or Better- 17.39%
  • Seven-High or Better- 26.09%
  • Eight-High or Better- 34.78%

Become familiar with the basic odds shown above, and stay aware of the other cards that are no longer in the deck, and you will always know where you stand during a hand of 7 Card Stud High/Low Regular.

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