are three variations: high, low and high-low. In seven-card
high, the highest ranking hand takes the pot, in seven-card
low, the lowest hand wins and in seven-card high-low
the plyers vie for both extremes with the highest
hand and the lowest hand each claiming half the pot.
In each variation, players receive seven cards (surpirse,
surprise). After the first three cards are dealt (two
face down, one up) there is a betting round. The next
three are dealt open with a betting round after each.
The last card comes "down and dirty". The
remaining players, who haven't folded, therefore have
four open and three closed cards from which they choose
their best hand.
A-K, you have raised to isolate, and gotten head sup
against one foe. The flop comes A-3-7 rainbow. Your
opponent bets. Should you fold, call, or raise?
COMMENT: Raise. Your opponent is highly unlikely to
have a better hand than you have here. Maybe he got
supremely lucky and flopped a set or A-little two
pair, in which case you'll hear about it soon enough
and can proceed with appropriate caution. It's much
more likely, though, that he's betting with a worse
ace than yours, trying to drive you off whatever miserable
cheese he feels you had the effrontery to raise with
in the first place. (Maybe he's a stealth ace victim
here.) Don't get cute and just call. Get maximum value,
for this is another case where your opponent's subjective
reality can be used against him. Players holding lesser
aces will find it very difficult to get away from
this hand. If they do wake up and put you on a better
ace, they'll start hoping to hit their kicker or they'll
contrive to convince themselves that you're bluffing.
Of course, you don't want to be bluffing in this situation;
nor should you do so if you know that your opponent
is capable of playing bad aces to begin with. Simply
restrict yourself to good aces, push them hard, and
make money on your foes' optimistic calls.