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Heads Up With Bill Chen

by Kristy Arnett |  Published: Sep 18, 2009


Seven-Card Stud Bill Chen is known for his mathematical approach to poker, which is clearly demonstrated in his co-authored book The Mathematics of Poker. He has more than $1 million in lifetime tournament winnings and two World Series of Poker bracelets. He recently sat down with Card Player TV to discuss seven-card stud strategy. Kristy Arnett: Let’s talk about medium pairs. What goes into your considerations of whether or not to play those hands? Bill Chen: Seven-card stud is a game of live cards. If your medium pair is duplicated — for example, you have nines and a 9 is out — you’re going to loathe playing it. You would play it only from a steal position. If a higher card completes, you won’t play it. However, if you have split nines with an ace and your cards are live, you’ll typically reraise. It’s very important to have live cards. ...

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