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.
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
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.