I need some serious Stud help. I try to play as many forms of poker as I can, and I feel as though I have gotten to a point where I'm proficient at all the games I play. All the games but 7 card Stud that is. It's the only form of poker where I'm a lifetime loser. There is something about this game that just causes me to hemorrhage money. Allow me to get more specific...When I'm dealt a hand like 2:spade: 6
(w/ the A as my door card) I'll raise, and catch something like J
on 4th street. Then I put the pedal to the metal, betting and raising b/c I know I should get there almost half the time. Undoubtedly I'll miss my draw and have to fold a pot I've built so large. Keep in mind I'm mindful of how many of my suit are out, etc. etc. I think in general I play my draws VERY aggessively and I don't seem to get there often enough to make up for losses. Should I slow down? I've read Chip Reese's chapter in Super System (though maybe I should revisit it). Are there any other must read stud books/chapters/articles? I need all the help I can get, I just can't seem to grasp this game.
it depends on how many players you are up against, in my opinion. Raising on third is correct if noone else has raised. If on fourth, you catch a fourth spade, here is what you should consider:A-how many of my suit are out?? if more than three are out, you should not be very aggressive, and MIGHT consider folding if the action gets heavy.B-what do the other players have. You certainly don't wanna be aggressive if someone paired a door card,C-and most important, how many players are you up against. If you are up against only one or two other players, you should only be aggressive if you think they are weak and you can steal the pot without hitting your draw. If you don't think you will make them fold with a raise, then just call, since you probably have good odds. However, if you are up against three or more opponents, I would probably lead out or raise one bet to try and build a pot with multiple callers. Don't drive other players out, if at all possible, b/c you want all those extra bets. However, if someone bets and gets three callers and then it is to you, then I would almost always raise, b/c you will likely get called by all of themBasically,you want as many players as possible so that you get paid off when you make a flush.