In my opinion, Seven Card Stud is the commonly played poker game that is the most difficult to master. The combination of the large number of cards that are revealed, the large number of betting rounds, and the multitude of distinct starting hands makes this game especially difficult. Despite this, Stud is probably the most commonly spread game in the world, familiar to both high stakes casino rooms and kitchen tables around the world.
The book starts with introductory remarks and then gets into the first section, play on 3rd street. The authors state that 3rd street play is especially important in Stud and they devote one fifth of the book to this very topic. A large variety of circumstances are covered here, including many topics that weren’t covered in previous editions. There are a lot of ideas discussed here, including many that I haven’t seen discussed in other places. This section has been greatly expanded in the 21st Century Edition from previous editions of this book.
Next the authors consider play on later streets. Play becomes a lot more automatic here than it is on third street, but there are a lot of exceptions. The authors cover these in part two. Part three covers some miscellaneous topics, including defending against the ante steal, playing pairs against possible draws, free cards, and other similar topics. Both of these sections are well considered and clearly written.
Parts four and five deal with playing in non-standard games, part four covering loose games, part five covering other situations, including spread limit and short handed games. The information on loose games is greatly expanded from earlier editions of the book and contains a lot of new information, although not too surprisingly, much of the ligaz11 strategy considerations are similar to those discussed in the chapters on loose games in Hold’em Poker for Advanced Players. I found the section on spread limit games to be a little brief for my tastes, although expanding on it sufficiently would have increased the length of the book significantly. This isn’t a complaint with …