The Rule of Four Points
In Seven Card Stud
POKER TIP OF THE DAY:
How to play a straight in seven card stud poker
POKER TIP OF THE DAY
Always remember to use the classic “Rule of Four Points” if you are drawing to a straight in seven card stud. There’s no point in looking or hoping for cards that simply aren’t available to you. Let’s say you have 10-J-Q. A quick intel of the table will tell you if any of your primary cards are already exposed and therefore not up for grabs. Primary cards that are exposed count for two points each in the “Four Point” system and in this case they would be a Nine or a King. An Ace or an Eight in this case would be secondary cards and valued at one point each. By means of this point-value-system a King and an Ace exposed would therefore amount to three points in total, whereas two Kings and a Nine exposed would tot up to five points and your hand would not be worth continuing. Four points or less is playable (hence the “Rule of Four Points”). More than four points means the hand is not a goer. Time to fold.