So, recently, I've started taking a closer look at the game of 7-Stud. Not a lot of people play this game anymore, but I absolutely love it.
Lately, I've been doing my research, including Ken Warren's 7-Stud book. I've been playing it every day for the past week (I know, not a lot of hands to really judge) and have been following this basic strategy:
1. Starting with premium pairs (10+), drawing hands (9+ straights, open-ended and at least K high flush draws) and small pairs with a higher kicker than anyone else's door card.
2. If I don't improve a drawing hand by 4th, I fold.
3. If too many of the cards I need to improve any hand are dead, I fold.
Basically, tight-agressive. I have not come out profitable once this week. Not once. People always seem to "get there" by the river or 6th. I know they are not paying attention to my style, because they still call all my bets/raises with worse starting hands all the way. Yes, I've won a few, but not enough to show a profit.
At the same time, I'm watching people get 30 or 40 dollars up ($0.50/$1.00 Limit) within the hour by starting with a high door card....that's about it. They *seem* to make their trips, flushes, or boats. Is it because they are just calculating their odds
based on their live cards very well? Seems hard to believe...especially when you are habitually starting with things like (2 7) Q.
I'm starting to get a bit frusterated...