Staying focused is important in any poker game but staying focused and paying attention is extremely important in seven-card stud. Knowing what is going on and what cards are out is an important weapon in your arsenal. 519.Stud is very much a game of memory.
You must try to remember what is on the board in relation to your own hand and in relation to others. Without a photographic memory, this is not easy but becomes easier with practice. 164 1000 BEST POKER STRATEGIES AND SECRETS 520.Example: You are dealt a 10, a jack, and a queen. You need a 9 or a king to make a four-straight.
You also could pair any of your cards, so you need to look around the board quickly and make a mental note of how many of your needed cards are out. The cards you are looking for are 8s, 9s, 10s, jacks, queens, kings, and aces.
If you catch a 9, you’ll need to remember if the 8s are alive. If you catch a king, what is the status of aces? And of course, you could pair at any time, giving you another direction to take the hand. 521.You also need to remember cards that could help or hurt your opponent. Did a 7♦ catch a 3♦ and raise into a bunch of overcards on fourth street? If so, he may be going for a diamond flush. Have you noticed how many diamonds are out?
To be a winning poker player you must have confidence and trust your own judgment. As situations arise in various hands, analyze what you believe is happening, make a judgment, and do not second-guess yourself.