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Failure to act on available information or when opportunity arises in poker often leads to reduced profits. Stud 8 or Better, like many limit poker games, presents many scenarios where overlooking a small detail can result in missed bets.

Today we will look at three common situations in Stud 8 where inaction can result in lost or missed bets.

Ignoring Paired Door Cards

In a normal Seven Card Stud game, a paired door card often means that a player is holding trips. At worst, they just caught two pair. However, you’ll see many Stud 8 players overlook a paired door card, especially if the door card is low.

For example, your opponent brought in with the 3c. He then caught the 3d on Fourth Street. Had the opponent started with a door 10 and caught another, we’d assume trip tens.

Stud 8 players will see the pair of threes and assume the person has only a pair of threes with a couple of low cards. While this is highly possible, you cannot overlook the possibility that they started with split threes and a baby card.

Failing to Bet When Freerolling

Back in 2007, I had a conversation with Greg Raymer following Day 1 of the $1,500 Stud 8 Event. He told me about a hand where he was freerolling from fifth and bet every street despite knowing that he couldn’t take high.

As he told me, “If I can’t be scooped, I’m going to bet.” There are too many players that find themselves in a freeroll situation and get scared to be because they are afraid they are going to reduce the size of the pot. However, they are overlooking a powerful play that can possibly scoop them the pot.

A great example is a hand I played at the Binions Poker Classic a few years back. By Fifth Street, I had made a six-low and I started betting every street. He had a pair of sevens showing on fifth street along with a 10 and a queen. I couldn’t be scooped and bet accordingly.

On the river, I bet and he said, “Well, hell. If you can bet into my sevens, I can’t win.” He then folded. Aggressively betting while freerolling resulted in a scoop despite only having a low.

Don’t forget, betting gives you the extra option of winning by forcing them to fold.

Failing to Consider Outs

Beginners and certain unobservant players sometimes fall into a trap of playing low starters without considering their outs. Failing to track the number of potential outs in a hand can lead to disaster.

For example, if you look down to Ac-5d-2s on Third Street, you’ll instantly want to play that hand because it is one of the best starting hands you can get.

However, let’s consider the same hand after looking around at the upcards of your opponents. You see the 4s, 3c, 3d, 4d, As and 6c in other opponentss hands. Suddenly your strong hand looks lucky to catch a weak low.

Since your goal is to scoop, this hand has become suspect as many of your needed wheel outs are gone.

There are too many players that fail to evaluate the number of outs in a hand on Third Street and play speculative hands. We all will do it at one point or another. However, there’s no reason to make a habit of it.

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James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.

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