While the main focus of Run it Up Reno is to play poker and have fun doing it, we all just wanna win! Mixed games have been around for a long time, with new games coming in to play all the time. Tonight's evening event in progress is Triple Stud, and while it's been a popular mix of games at RIU Reno, many people admit they don't know how to play all three games "well."
Triple stud consists of Razz, Stud and Stud 8, so Jason Somerville and Rep Porter decided to come together on the dinner break to discuss some strategy and answer questions. The room was full of RIU Warriors, armed with a delicious spread of deli sandwiches, salad and fruit, ready to become Certified Studs.
Rep barely needed an introduction, with over three million in recorded live earnings, along with three World Series of Poker bracelets. It's no secret that Rep is an expert in stud variants, as two of those bracelets are from Razz, with the third being a hold'em event.
Jason dove in with some leading questions for Rep, and eventually moved on to inquiries from the RIU Warriors in the room. Rep discussed starting out with strong stud hands such as pairs and three cards to a flush. Jason continued with points about being aware of pot odds including antes and to pay attention to the cards on the board as the hands progress.
A point that Rep stressed, was that in any game if you're the first to enter the pot you should "always be raising." He continued to explain that if you are a type of player that is unable to raise for value or to push players out of pots, you're well behind the curve of where good players are at.
Rep touched on Razz and Stud 8 towards the end and explained that players should be focusing on starting hands with three low cards, seven and lower, and that pairs are bad!
A big thank you goes out to both Jason and Rep for their insights into the world of Stud! We hope everyone picked up some great tips as they head back in to battle in the Triple Stud event.