Beginners Mistakes in Seven Card Stud

Drawing can be a mess!

Seven card stud offers a literal slew of tempting situations for beginners that can be absolutely disastrous. Because of the long and drawn out situation of each hand and the fact that you will have seven cards if you stick it out to the end, the typical beginner basically thinks that anything is possible. Unfortunately this is just not the case and drawing is often a big mistake in seven card stud. Is there a time and a place to draw? Of course, but you have to know the situations and be able to do it right.

There are a couple degrees from which you can screw up in terms of drawing. Some players simply always draw to the end no matter what. This is a huge mistake and will bankrupt you quite quickly. Other players Draw to fifth or sixth street and then fold. While not as costly as always drawing to the end, this still represents a fundamental problem in your game and will cost you lots of money over time. What most beginners fail to realize is that if the card you need doesn’t come on fourth street, then usually the best idea is to let the hand go. That’s right, the next time you are on a draw just tell yourself that if the card doesn’t come on fourth street, I will fold. The reason behind this is quite simply that you face increasingly poor odds to complete the hand. Unless the pot is gigantic and the bet is cheap, there is just no good math or sense in continuing on.

There are a few things you can do to avoid drawing mistakes but the best thing to do is simply make strong starting hand decisions. You’ll notice that in most writings on starting hand strategy in stud, most of the emphasis is on pairs or three of a kind. This is exceptionally good advice for beginners because it helps minimize that strong urge to draw when you shouldn’t, start off with a great hand so you don’t have to worry about it!

Obviously knowing when to draw and when not too is critically important in seven card stud, so don’t think we are telling you to just avoid situations that involve it; the point is to maximize the skill you have when you are a beginner by keeping drawing situations to a minimum, only continuing if you get the cards you need and by playing superior starting hands. For more advice on how and when to draw, read our mini primer on drawing in seven card stud.

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