7 Card Stud Poker Strategy

7 Card Stud Poker is one of Poker's more classic variants. Unlike other types of Poker, it can be safely said that 7 Card Stud Poker has quite a steep learning curve. Therefore, it is advisable to read about its basics and practice in "free mode" before carrying on to games in Online Casinos with dealers and other players. This article aims to lay out basic 7 Card Stud Poker strategies in order to help you master your game.

Know your hand

Before knowing your enemies, you should know yourself. Learn the hand you were dealt and examine its strengths and weaknesses. It's recommended to assess the quality of your hand when you are in the fourth street; provided you were dealt a very weak hand, fold, unless you are willing to make a risk. Keep your eyes on combinations or specific cards you are wishing to pair.

Attack from the Beginning

This is conditioned by the hand you are dealt, but generally, it is better to attack early on in the game. The advancement of the streets can make you too tranquil and then have you lose your bet out of nowhere; don't fall to that! Pairs are considered among the strongest weapons in 7 Card Stud Poker, so if you have these, don't take your time, play them from the outset. Showing off strong will force other players to display their hands, thus removing those sporting weak hands. Remember, your goal is to survive to the end.  

Fifth Street – a deciding street

As we've seen earlier, if you determine your hand is weak, you should fold in Fourth Street. Provided you've made it to Fifth Street, don't dwell upon your hand. You should call if you have a sufficient hand which can overpower the hands of your opponents. Of course you cannot know for sure, but even holding one high card and a pair, even a small one, could make a huge difference. This is all the more recommended if your high card is an Ace.

Study your opponents

This is a rule thumb in most if not all Poker games. Playing styles among players are usually fixated, unless players are actively altering them. Be aware of that, change your styles and see how your opponents carry their game. Players generally have built-in playing styles, like aggressive, tight, loose, etc. Adapt yourself and your game will improve wonders.