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Seven-Card Stud Eight-or-Better

Seven-card stud eight-or-better is another split-pot game. As notes earlier, the best high hand wins the best high hand wins half the pot, and the best low hand wins the other half, as long as the low hand qualifies by containing five cards of different ranks, with no card being higher than an eight. Again, straights and flushes are ignored for low, and the ace can be used as the lowest card. It also is possible in this game to win both the high and the low.

              The rules for seven-card stud eight-or-better are identical to those for standard seven-card stud, with one exception: If someone makes an open pair on fourth street, there usually is no option to make a double-sized bet. Only the small bet can be made.

Tip No.1: Play hands that have the potential to scoop the pot. The best starting hands rolled-up trips, two aces with a low card, three small cards to a straight or flush, and three small cards that include an ace. All of these hands have a good chance to win the pot both ways, which means that they usually should be played aggressively.

Tip No.2: The best high hand on third street is also a good starting hand. A hand like a pair of kings also has a good chance to scoop, since the low must make at least an eight to be eligible for half the pot. However, if several players with low cards showing have already entered the pot, many high hands lose much of their value. play poker for half the pot against an opponent with a made low, who also may have a draw at a high hand that will beat you, can be a costly error.

Tip No.3: The second best high hand on third street should be discarded. Even though the best high hand is usually a good starting hand, the second be thrown away. You don’t want to play a pair of queens when you are against a likely pair of kings.

Tip No.4: When an ace raises, you should play very few hands. Suppose you have a big pair. If an ace raises, you can’t take the chance that you might be against a pair of aces. And even if your opponent has only three low cards, he still can catch an ace to beat you. To play in this situation, you need three very good low cards.

Tip No. 5: One-way low hands, especially heads up, have little value. Suppose you are against a high hand, and you are going for low with no chance to make a high will win either half the pot or nothing. If your opponent is likely to make you put a lot of bets into the pot on the remaining streets, you should throw away most one-way low hands, unless the pot is already quite large.

Tip No. 6: If it is early in the hand and someone is favored over you, no matter what the direction, usually fold. When you are not a favorite to win at least one way, and the pot is still small, throw your hand away. There is one important exception: If your hand has even a small chance to win both ways, you should continue to play. For example, if you have four cards to a medium and it appears that you are against a high pair and a better low draw, you should keep playing.