Seven-Card Stud Playing Fifth Street

At fifth street – when players are dealt their third face-up card in Seven-Card Stud poker – the stakes double. As a result, now is a good time to get out of the game if your hand isn’t going to stand up all the way to seventh street and a possible showdown.

By fifth street, it’s possible that you could already be holding a royal flush, four-of-a-kind, a full house, a flush or a straight. If so, the best strategy is to play slow. You have a good chance of winning the pot, so you want to keep other players in the game and adding to the pot.

Other card combinations you should consider playing at fifth street are

Three-of-a-Kind (Trips)

Check your opponents’ face-up cards. If it looks as though someone has a chance at completing a flush or a straight, bet in the hopes of forcing them to fold. If not, play slow.

Two Pair (10s or higher)

The best strategy with two pair at fifth street is to bet and raise. Your main objective is to encourage other players to fold because your hand is far from unbeatable.

Four to a Flush or Straight

If you need to draw one more card to complete a flush or straight, you should call rather than betting or raising. Given that only two more cards per player will be dealt, your chances of completing your hand aren’t high.

You should generally fold at fifth street if you have anything less than a high pair or four to a flush or straight – unless you’re hoping to continue a bluff you started at fourth street and you have only one opponent left at the table.

See sixth street for advice on what to consider in the next betting round.