7 Card Stud – Best Starting off Hands

It is very important to look around and see whether or not your hand is live. Most weak pairs, straight draws, flush draws, etc., are playable when your cards are completely live.For example, you start with (10♠9♠) 8♦. This hand is much stronger if all sevens are live, as compared to two of them being out. If all sevens and a jack are out, your hand is almost dead.The only exception to this concept is when you hold a pair of aces or kings (when no ace is showing), which can be played in most situations even if the hand is almost completely dead.In order to make it easier when deciding what to look for in your starting hand, here’s a list of the best starting hands.Three of a kind (also called rolled-up trips). Starting with (A-A) A and on down.

The big pairs AA-JJ. The hand is stronger when the pair is hidden, thus making the hand more deceptive to play against. Also, your kicker is important; a (J-J) A is stronger than a (J-J) 2.
The big suited connectors, such as (A♠ K♠) Q♠, (K♠ Q♠) J♠ or (J♠ T♠) Q♠.
The medium pairs TT-88 and medium suited connectors, such as (J♠ T♠) 9♠, (T♠ 9♠) 8♠ and (9♠ 8♠) 7♠.The big suited semi-connectors, such as (A♠ Q♠) J♠, (K♠ J♠) T♠ or (A♠ K♠) T♠.
Mike McD, in the much-quoted Rounders line, talks  홀덤  about having “nines or better wired, jacks or better split.” This means having pocket nines or better for your two down cards, and pairs of jacks or better with one of them your show card. He also mentions “three high cards to a flush.”

All the aforementioned hands are valuable Stud holdings if played properly. This is a very tight system for starting hands. If you find yourself playing too many hands, it’s a great default to revert to.A good way to increase your profits in 7 Card Stud is by stealing the antes. In a regular game you generally get enough pot odds to show a profit if your steal success is around 40%.However, your chances do not actually have to be that good because there are times when you will win the pot even though someone called you down.

An example of this would be catching a scare card (usually an ace or a king, or a card that might not help your true hand but connects your show cards, making a straight or a flush possible in your hand) on fourth street. Doing so enables you to win the pot by betting and representing a big hand.Oftentimes your opponent will fold a small pair on fourth street if you have been the aggressor and if you have higher board cards than his pair.nother reason to steal the antes is because it adds deception to your overall game. If you only raise with legitimate raising hands, you will never get any action and thus will not win as much as you could.Anytime you are on a steal, it is important that you consider your opponents’ up cards. In general, consider stealing when you hold the highest or second-highest up card.

A good time to steal is when you have the second-highest up card and the highest up card has yet to act. This creates the illusion that you have a legitimate hand since you raised into a higher card.When trying this move you must always consider what type of player is holding the highest up card. If that player is a good, aggressive player, be more cautious about stealing.Occasionally, if you suspect another player might be stealing, you should attempt to resteal. A good time to do this is when you hold a bigger up-card than your opponent and your hand has some additional value, like a three-straight or a flush.

Since you were planning to call regardless, you may as well try for a reraise if it seems likely that your opponent is on a steal.If you are playing in a tight game, you can steal when you are sitting up front holding an ace or king as your up card. This is usually a mistake in a loose game because the chance for a successful steal is much smaller.In general, you should not try to steal when your up card is duplicated in any of your opponents’ hands. Your opponents will know you are less likely to hold the hand you are trying to represent and that you will most likely not improve to that hand if you get played with.