Calling on the Basis
 
When all the cards are out, you must decide whether your hand is worth a call, and that depends upon the odds you are getting from the pot and what you think of your chances of having the best hand. It is a judgment problem more than a math problem because there is no way to calculate your chances of winning precisely. If you can beat only a bluff, you have to evaluate the chances that your opponent is bluffing. When you have a decent hand, you must evaluate the chances that your opponent is betting a worse hand than yours. Making these evaluations is often not easy, especially when you have a marginal hand like two pair in seven-card stud. Your ability to do so depends upon your experience, especially your ability to read hands and players. Some things can be learned only through trials by fire at the online poker games table.
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Small Pairs
 
Medium-sized pairs are not strong hands, but they can become worthwhile in the right situation. Very small pairs, such as 2s, 3s, or 4s, are seldom worth bothering with under any circumstance. You might sometimes make an exception with them if your third card is an Ace, your hand is completely alive, and there isn't much risk of a raise.

In an article in Card Player magazine, Mike Caro makes the argument that a very small pair with an Ace is sometimes an exception to the general rule that it's better to have a hidden pair than a split pair. The reason is that catching a 2 with a holding of (2A)2 usually won't scare your opponents away while catching an Ace to (22)A will almost always scare them away. It's a weak argument though. Aces up is much more vulnerable than three 2s because the trips have a much greater chance of improvement. So having them tend to fold if you catch Aces up isn't really all that bad an outcome. But it is an interesting viewpoint to think about.
 
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