Poker Hi Lo Strategy
This page is mainly about the high only version of seven card stud because it is by far the most common form of play found in poker rooms, but we wanted to touch on a few things.
All high low split pot games have their long term profitability based on the ability to win pots and win in at least three quarters of the pots where the low or high is split again.
In order to win pots, you must win both the high and low half of the pot or win the high half when there is no qualifying low hand.
Low starting hands that offer straight and/or flush possibilities are valuable. Starting hands with a pair and two low cards also offer some possibilities, but every low starting hand will have to improve to win part of the pot.
One of the quickest ways to lose money playing seven card stud high lo is to play only low draws. A starting hand of 2, 3, 4 looks great, but you still need two more cards of 8 or less that don’t match your current cards to qualify for a low. Yes it happens, but chasing a low hand when the pot has a large amount to bet and raise will lose you money in the long run.
Intermediate and Advanced Play
We combine the seven-card Stud intermediate and advanced sections because once you’ve mastered the basic strategy items covered above, you’ll be well on your way to being a winning overall player. Everything else works to improve your overall game and profitability, so the line between intermediate and advanced is blurred at best.
The next two areas, reading your opponents and mentality, will both help you improve your advanced gambling tactics.
Most poker players instantly think of warnings when they see or hear something about reading their opponents, but you can actually learn a lot about the strength of an opponent’s hand by the way they bet and act throughout a hand.
Compare their actions to the cards shown in their hand and around the table and when they start betting and raising and/or when they check and call.
Here is an example
In the situation we discussed above about paying a $10 bet on the river with $200, $150 or $100 in the pot, if you knew from the fact that the leading bettor on the river tends to bluff too often you would pay the bet with only $100 in the pot, because the chances are he will lose his draw and you will win more than once in 10 times.
Most players will never get to the point where they even realize that a raise might be the best move, so when you start thinking about the game at this level you are probably beyond the scope of this page.
That leads to the subject of your mindset.
The best poker players in any form of poker are not the ones || | | 1009 with the best natural abilities. The best poker players are the ones who work to become the best players they can be and work relentlessly to put themselves in positions where they win more than they lose in the long run.
It all starts with your mindset.
If you are not willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to be a profitable long term seven card stud player there isn’t much we or anyone else can do to help you. It’s acceptable if you just want to play for fun and aren’t interested in working on getting better, but don’t say you want to be a winning player if you don’t do anything you need to improve.
Learning and using everything on this page is a great start. The next step is to start playing as much as you can and pay attention while you are playing. With time, dedication and experience, you can be a winning player.