Stud 8 or better is considered by many to be the most difficult version of stud for players to pick up. Many beginning players will loosen up their starting hand requirements significantly and end up loosing a lot of money while learning the game.
Let's take a look at three mistakes regularly made by beginning stud 8 players.
Go for the scoop
The first major mistake that many players make is consistently playing non-scooping low hands. The object of stud 8 or better is to scoop pots, and consistently playing a hand that only can win half of the pot is a losing strategy.
One of the only times that you want to play a non-scooping low hand is when it is the only potential low in a multi-way pot. In other cases, you are at best putting in money to break even.
Don't chase past fourth street
Another major mistake that stud 8 players make is playing past Fourth Street when they do not have a hand. An example would be if you started with 2-4-5 and caught a king on fourth. You have to catch good on two out of three remaining cards in order to make a hand.
If you miss on fifth too, you likely have wasted a bet on fourth chasing. A key rule in stud 8 is to either catch on Fourth Street, or get out of the hand.
Take caution with a single pair
The most common mistake that you will see in stud 8 games involves players that chase with a single big pair. Many times, these are stud high players that have converted over to stud 8.
Playing big pair can be tricky in multi-way pots. You should try and force heads-up action if you can with your big pairs. Big pairs are primarily a one way hand, and as stated earlier, one way hands are typically long term losers in stud 8.
The main concept to keep in mind in stud 8 is that you want to scoop pots. If you cannot scoop the pot, you need to have a really strong one way hand. Chasing hands with long odds or one way hands are certain roads to a losing session.
By keeping some of the above mistakes in mind, you will be on your way to improving your stud 8 game. Good skill!