Limit Seven-Card Stud Beginners Guide Part 3

Building a Mountain

Part two of our beginners guide to Stud detailed some common mistakes, starting hands and the concept of stealing antes. In the final part we'll explore how to play the different types of starting hands.

Hand-Against-Hand

Here are a few computer simulations of interesting hand matchups:

Hand A Hand B Dead Cards Win Percentage
(A A) 7 (Q Q) 7 None Hand A wins 66.6%
(A A) 7 (Q Q) 7 None Hand A wins 63.9%
(A A) 6 (9 9) J None Hand A wins 61.4%
(K K) 8 (Q Q) A None Hand A wins 55.8%
(A A) 7 (J 6) 2 5, Q Hand A wins 72.7%

The Effects of Dead Cards

Below are a number of tables displaying how your chances of making a certain hand change, depending on the number of dead cards.

Hand: Three-Flush Chances of a Flush (%)
0 Dead Cards 23.6%
1 Dead Cards 19.6%
2 Dead Cards 15.8%
3 Dead Cards 12.3%
4 Dead Cards 9.1%
Hand: (5 5) A Chances of Aces Up or Trips (%)
Number of aces and fives out: 0 41.0%
Number of aces and fives out: 1 34.1%
Number of aces and fives out: 2 26.5%
Number of aces and fives out: 3 18.3%
Number of aces and fives out: 4 10.5%
Hand: (6 7) 8 9 Chances of a straight (%)
Number of fives and tens out: 0 49.8%
Number of fives and tens out: 1 44.8%
Number of fives and tens out: 2 39.4%
Number of fives and tens out: 3 33.8%
Number of fives and tens out: 4 27.8%

Stud is one of the oldest forms of poker, and still a favorite game to many. Next time you're spreading a home-game, add some stud into your rotation and you'll be glad you did.

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