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Sixth Street Play

In razz, sixth poker street gives a good player some opportunities to make a skillful play than any of the other streets. It is generally automatic situation. However, there are certain rules that relate to the sixth street play. Basically, if you are in the hand this far you will normally remain in to see your last card. About the only time you would fold on sixth street would be if you had a marginal call on fifth street and the cards broke badly; in other words bad to you and good to your rival or rivals. It would be correct to throw your hand away on sixth street if you are in a situation where you may be drawing dead. For instance you may occasionally call on sixth street to draw to a seven-six beat going in. For example you have

And your rival has

You should fold when he comes out betting on sixth street .

The most important aspect of sixth street play, especially on close decisions, is your ability to read hands. Reading hands is not too important on third, fourth and fifth street but however it is extremely critical on sixth and seventh street . It is especially true that the ability to read hands is too important in razz as it is in other online poker games but razz does give some opportunities to take advantage of reading and this is true on sixth and seventh street . Reading hands is the ability or the process of making a judgment about whether your rival could very well have a pair or even two pair.

There are three factors to determine the possibilities that he has paired. The first one is mathematical factor. If the player has three low cards showing and you think he have started with three babies it is about 70 percent that he has a pair going into the last card and about 20 percent that he has two pair. However, these things are based on mathematical reasons. You may not be sure that he started with three babies. In simple words, he may have been a steal position and not had three babies to start with and his board encouraged him to keep on betting, in which case you may assume there is a better chance than normal that he doesn't have as good a hand as he is showing.

The important factor that will improve your correct estimate of the chances that he has paired is the cards that are out. If your rival catches a card of which two other ones are out, the chances that that card has paired him is little less than normal which has an overcall result on the chances that he has a pair.

Another significant consideration in determining whether a player may have a pair is by the way the hand has been played. Hence, if your rival has been in the leading position in that his board has been fairly automatic betting situation, you adhere to your mathematical percentages as far as deciding if he has a pair. However, if you have been the bettor and he has been caller you have to change things. In other words, if on fifth poker street you have

And he has

And he calls when you bet, you can be almost sure that he has a four-card six in this situation. Now if he catches a baby on sixth street it is no longer even money that his three-card hand includes a pair. He is a big favorite to have made a hand and if in this situation you are only drawing to a seven low you possibly should throw away your hand away because of the possibility you are drawing dead.

There is an exception to this: If the cards that are out indicate that he has paired his sixth card and also may make it almost easy for you to make a seven. The second exception would be if for some reason there was little bit more money in the pot in which case you might have to see the last card even though there is possibility that you are drawing dead. We shall compare the situation where you show a 7-5 on fifth street and he shows a three-card six and you both catch a bad on sixth street . Here in this situation, it is approximately even money that he has a pair going in because he would bet with anything he had. If the sequence of your cards was 5, jack, 7 and the sequence of his cards was 6, 4, 3, it is possible that he has two pair going in. This is because he would have kept on betting facing your board even if it is important. It is very important in the forced raise razz games that have started gaining popularity in Nevada where the high low card must raise on third street .

Reading hands can occasionally determine the person's hand. All the ability to read hands can do is to change your estimate of the probability that a player has a hand. To sum up, when you do not have the best hand or seems not to have the best hand on sixth street and your decision is whether or not to fold, the basic rule is to fold if you were drawing dead or where you are not getting good enough pot odds to catch the one card that can beat him. However, as mentioned earlier, you may have to call in situation where the possibility exists that you are drawing dead if the way the hand is played has made it reasonable that he has a pair going in, or if there is little money in the pot or you are drawing strongly to a seven or better and your cards are completely live.

We shall examine the play on sixth street where you are the one who appears to have a better hand. If yours is a stronger board and you know you have the best hand you should bet. For example if you have

And he has

You should bet if you have a seven-five made. But if you believe that he has a pair at this point and will fold if you bet, it may be correct to check. If there are many players it is correct to check your seven-five no matter what you think you have. The analysis that you bet and he has a pair he will throw his hand away and you would have preferred that he call as he is drawing dead. And if he has a seven-six made, he will bet it himself if you check. Therefore, the situation on later analysis, where you have the 7-5-3-J and he the 7-6-3-J could very well call for a check when you have the seven-five made, especially against a tougher player. Therefore, sixth street in razz has various opportunities to use the "Analysis at the Table" chapter in The Theory of Poker, especially in heads-up situations where you have the stronger board. However, those who haven't read that chapter, the basic principle is to determine the correct way to play a particular hand against various hands that a rival may have and then to make an analysis depending on how much you gain by playing one hand against another hand and on the chances he could have various poker hands. we mentioned against a tough player who will throw a seven-six draw away and bet a seven-six made that regardless of what he has you would do better checking your seven-five. But if this player raises you with a seven-six if you bet with your seven-five, it would once again be the correct play to bet.

The correct play on sixth street is to bet always when you know that your rival will fold and that is what you want him to do. For example, if you show

But you have two pair you should surely bet against

Because you are sure he will fold fearing that he is drawing dead. If you show

And actually have only an eight-seven low you should bet against something like

Because again you want an eight-six draw to fold. You want him to fold because he would be making the correct play by calling depending on his hand, your hand and the size of the pot.

There are also few expert plays that can be made in razz. It comes up on sixth street under such kind of conditions. Firstly, your rival has to be the one who best first even though his hand is not fairly good. This would arise if his fourth card is lower than your fourth card or if you have a pair. For example he may have

And you might have

Suppose if you think he has a ten made with a draw to a very good hand. You have a nine made with a draw either to an eight or to a seven. Moreover, because of the way the hand was played it is possible that you could have a pair. The proper play against many players is to check your hand just after him as he has checked his hand. In other words, he has check his ten made fearing that you have nine made but thinking that the chance you don't and to check your nine made right back to him. What you have gained by this is to make him think that you are only drawing to a nine and thus his ten is good so far. Now you have kept in mind, what will be his style of play on seventh street ? Most players will see at their last card and if they don't improve check their ten and if they improve come out betting. This means that the continuation of your sixth street play will bet to bet your nine if he checks even though you don't improve and to fold if he bets.

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