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 poker 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 (from now on Cyndy) called with a 7c, the next 4 players folded. I completed to $2 with a Ad (hidden cards: Th7s). This was not a premium hand but ace up shows strength and there was only one player behind me. Until this point no one had shown strength so it was a perfect chance to steal the antes and the two bring ins. The player who brought in folded but Cyndy made the call.
The two of us played on and Cyndy got the 2c on 4th street and I got the 3s. I decided to go on with my bluff and fired $2 again, Cyndy made the call.
On 5th street she received Td and I was dealt 5c. I had absolutely nothing without draws. However her hand was also not paired either and her cards did not seem to be scary. She received the 5s and I was dealt 5h. Since I was playing for the high I had a good hand. I had at least a 32% chance to win a hand. Since I was hesitant to raise too high I called.
On 7th street I received the Jh and of course I bet $4.50. She took the lead and bet $5. Her bet was unexpected: she could have seen very well that I had nothing and she bet with also nothing or at most with a pair. Her hand looked absolutely harmless and with great pot odds I made the call.
As it turned out my hand was not very strong (only decent hands could have won), however it was good enough to take down a portion of the pot.
As I have said many times the important thing to see. The first to analyze is your opponents. How they are playing? A passive player will not win a huge pot, a maniac will. Hand selection is very important. You should play against weak players and play against strong players. In the beginning of the game cyndy’s play was very strong as she played a lot of hands. When you have a hand like ATs you always want to play against other aces (hod gits) she was playing very strong. When she had a monster hand like JTs she would always call and up to the time you got a better hand like JTs+Js she would fold. But not re cyndy was playing very weak. Especially when she had a very good hand like JQs+Js. But weak she could be and not so very strong. I played against a lot of cyndy the first hour and I never ran into a hand where I could raise enough to make her fold. But then again someone would call all in with only top pair or an ace high and I knew I had to make a move.
I waited for the next card to come. It was the 3c. I had about an 80% chance of flopping a straight so I made the call. Except it was not a straight. About a minute later the 4h came. Now it was really dangerous. If the guy had an ace he would have up probably a 2 or a3. Not a good hand. It was time to attack at the pot. There was about $80 in the pot.
I raised $30, the small blind called.
The flop was all Clubs, 8c8s4d.
Now I am not happy with such a turn card. It is possible he was drawing for a full house. It would have been tight to play with an Ace in the hand. However I do not have an ace so why draw. I check and the next card hit the board. The 9h! I had a set! Now it was really tough to play but I decided to take a shot.
I tripled the pot to $60.
The turn was the 8h. It did not hit my ace but it did help me a lot. It did arrive in my hand so that was a plus. Now it was very hard to play against an opponent that had such a high pair. He could have a set of threes. Or he had two pairs.
If he had trips it would be easier to play against him. But he did not have those.