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Stack Management in Seven Card Stud Tournaments­ — Part 1

by Ben Yu |  Published: Oct 15, 2014


In previous articles, I examined stack management in limit hold’em, Omaha eight-or-better, and deuce-to-seven triple draw, games that all use the same small-blind, big-blind structure. This article enters a different realm of upcards and antes, examining the games of seven-card stud, razz, and seven-card stud eight-or-better. Antes: Why They Matter Similar to no-limit hold’em tournaments, the size of an ante frequently changes between stud levels, usually fluctuating between a sixth and a twelfth of the big bet. In limit games with blinds, there is nothing analogous – an uncontested preflop raise always wins one and a half small bets. However, in stud games, the dynamic ante size changes what a third-street completion wins. In no-limit hold’em, I spend a lot of time counting how many big blinds I have and what M is (how much is already in the pot for me to win, and what one orbit of folding ...

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