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Razz Problem: Seventh Street

Example 21

Will you bet?

Yes. There are three reasons. First, several online poker players won't raise you even if they make a seven when you have two bicycle cards showing. Second, because of the order of your cards, it is possible that you have paired fives and have just kept betting. (Had you caught 2-J-5-9 in that order against 7-6-10-Q you couldn't have two 5s and should not bet a nine low in this situation.) And thirdly, your rival knows that you put him on a draw to a seven card stud low and thinks that this will keep you from betting a nine. When you bet, he figures that you either have a best hand or are bluffing. Therefore he will call with a ten.

Example 22

What would you do?

Check. Unlike the last example, there is now no longer any reason to think you will get called by a worse hand. If he bets, you have a difficult decision. You have to call if you think he may be capable of bluffing. You should also check if you make a seven-six or bike in expectation of getting a check-raise in. The one time you might bet in this situation would be if you caught particularly an as you possibly do better here by texas betting than by checking and calling.

Example 23

Will you bluff on the end?

Yes. He possibly won't call if he doesn't help his jack and you are getting good odds on your bluff.


Example 24

Assuming that you bet and were called on sixth street, do you bet or check on the end?

You should bet even though he may have a six low. He will call with a seven, eight, or perhaps even a nine or ten low, but you wouldn't bet on these hands if you check. In addition, he is not likely to raise because of the cards you have showing. Had your 7 been showing, you may want to check, especially against an aggressive poker player.

Example 25

Will you call if he bets?

No. It is true that he is betting into the possible nuts which make it suspicious. However, he has to have a nine or eight low because of the order of both your cards and his cards. He virtually would not have called on fourth street looking at your 6-3 without a four-card eight. Had the order of your cards been 3-10-6-K, a call would have been more in order. This is another example where the correct play in razz (especially on seventh street ) depends not only on the cards that are showing, but also on the order of the cards.

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