In Stud High you have to pay attention to having a decent starting hand, calculating pot odds thoroughly, reading your opponents and finding the right spot for stealing the bring in and the antes. The following example was played against one of the most known female dewalive players: Cyndy Violette.
The above mentioned game was $2/$4 Stud High with $0,40 ante and 8 players. The player with 3c brought in for $0,50, Cyndy Violette (my nicknamed Cyndy) called with a pair of fives. The other 4 players subscribed to the hand folded. I completed to $2 with a Fours and a Hi. The pot was $1,40 and the flop came: 8c8s4d. This means I have a pair of fives and Cyndy Violette has a Quads. I had to hit for at least another $2 to play and Cyndy Violette called.
Low poker timers such as $0,25-0,50 or $1,00-1,25 cannot offer such action. Such low times will appear less frequently due to players folding on the anticipation of lower hands. In addition, such times are less frequent in Stud games. I therefore modified the plan of raising for $2 to $4. I did not make a mistake and Cyndy Violette folded.
The next simulated hand was played in the $0,50 - $1,000 Stud High game with $0,50 - $1,000 ante. Only one player bought in. The second player had decided to have a selective game and only bet on the flop. His hand was a Bow Tie Jack. He had 9h-9c. Everyone folded. I raised to $4,50. Although not asosteriodic as the previous hand, I had a decent hand and could have probably have won had I stayed in. However, I will say that this player was addicted to one particular game and as such, should be avoided.
The third player was in the Big Blind with 8c-8h. He made a blind raise of $2,50. The Small Blind called. This puts the players in a juicy situation. The pot is $8,50. If the Player in the Big Blind folds, I win $0,50. If the Player in the Small Blind folds, I lose $2,50. However, if I bluff the pot, the same is true for the Small Blind.
I bet $4,50. The players check.
I then make another $4,50 bet. This puts the players total to $11,50. I win $9,50. In this case, each player has the same chances of winning. They both have a chance to hit a different hand. In this case, neither has to fold. They both can hold their hand and continue. It doesn't matter which one of the two has to fold in this scenario.
However, there is a twist. The Small Blind folded. She had no other choice than to fold. However, the other player possibly had a straight.
I ask myself, why would she fold? There was no obvious hand that could beat my hand. If I had a hand, I would have played it. her fold came down to a situation where she could only call my $4,50 bet if she had a hand. However, she chose not to.
$4,50 - $9,50 = $1,000
$1,000 to win = $10,000
The turn was completed.
The River was completed.
The total pot was $22,50
I showed my $1,000 cold to Cyndy. She reversed everything I just told her. I had no idea what to say. I was speechless. She explained that I could have bet $2,50 or $4,50. Instead of saying $1,000, I said $4,50. Then she asked the obvious question, "What was I thinking?"
Just to be clear on the point, I said $4,50 because I would have had to raise my wagers to $12,50 to make the same bet on the turn. On the other hand, if I would have bet $1,000, the only way I could lose the $10,000 was to raise my bets prematurely when I should have kept my hand.