In all flop games you will know what the nuts or second nuts can be. In seven-card stud, some hands can really surprise you because each player has three downcards; they literally could turn over quads (four-of-a-kind) at the showdown without showing a pair.
The first and most important point to study in stud is hand selection— which hands you will choose to play after the initial deal of three cards. 446.The best starting hand is rolled up trips. How sweet it is! But that doesn’t happen too often. As a matter of fact the odds against it are 424-to-1. 447.The next best hand to start with is a high pair, followed by a medium pair with a high kicker.
A baby pair is dangerous; enter the pot only if you have a big kicker. Small pairs with small kickers could lead to problems. 146 1000 BEST POKER STRATEGIES AND SECRETS 448.Three high cards to a suit is a fine hand if you don’t see your suit or high cards all over the board. Beware of entering the pot with one high card to a suit and two low cards. 449.Example: 2♠-Q♠-4♠.
This is a tempting but dangerous hand. If the pot isn’t raised, it is okay to call and see the fourth card, provided you haven’t seen a herd of spades on the board. If fourth street is not a club or a queen, let the hand go if it is bet. If you pair the deuce and continue, you could ultimately cost yourself money.
The reason this type of hand can cause problems is if you catch a two or a four. That sucks you into continuing the hand even if your clubs and queens are falling everywhere but in your hand. If this happens, fold unless it is checked to you and you can see a free card (which probably isn’t going to help).