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This games, unlike Caribbean stud online poker games or online blackjack games, doesn't require the player to beat the dealer in order to win. All a player has to do is form a minimum holding or better to get a payout. And his holding is based on his three original cards plus the two community cards. Now let's look at the payout schedule:

Royal Flush 1,000-1
Straight Flush 200-1
Four of a Kind 50-1
Full House 11-1
Flush 8-1
Straight 5-1
Three of a Kind 3-1
Two Pair 2-1
Pair of lOs or Better 1-1
Royal Flush 649,739-1
Straight Flush 72,192-1
Four of a Kind 4,164-1

Full House 693-1
Flush 508-1
Straight 254-1
Three of a Kind 46-1
Two Pair 20-1
Pair of lOs or Better 5.15-1

Seventy-five percent of the time, the hands will be too weak to receive any type of payout. What this means is that a player may find himself going for a long period without any return on his bets, his bankroll melting away. On the other hand, when he does get paid for good hands, he will be able to receive payments on all of his bets. For example, if a player finds himself with a pair of jacks in the first three cards then gets another jack from the community cards for three of a kind, his payout will be 3-1 on all three bets that he has let ride. If his bets were $10, he would receive $90.

 
The First Betting Round
 
high-hand start is a good start. In seven-card stud hi/lo, this intuition just doesn't match up with reality. A high-only start is almost always a losing proposition.

Big pairs too often end up getting beat by a low hand that backs into two pair or a flush. A pair of Kings is not a good start in seven-card hi/lo split.

The only big pair usually worth playing is Aces, and then only when the third card is a baby card. This is because the two Aces in your hand help block other players' low potential, and a low card to go with them gives you some low potential.

Three-card flush draws are generally only worth pursuing when you have an Ace with at least one baby card to go with it. Because a lot of players drawing for low can back into a flush, you don't want to be drawing for a second-best flush. And a low without an Ace is often a second-best low. Draw for the best, not for the second best. In late position in an unraised pot, you can often call on third street with only three low cards to a flush, without an Ace. But its a weak start.
Your upcard should also be a consideration in deciding whether or not to play. There are occasions when you might want to limp in with a draw to an 8 low, but if the 8 is your door card, you should pass. It's one thing to have weakness, but it's another thing entirely to have weakness that is on display for everyone to see. Also, an 8 low is a weak hand.
 
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