Seven Card Stud

Seven Card Stud

This is a popular poker variation that comes from the stud poker group. Unlike other variation where “community cards” are used by all players, in 7 Card Stud each player receives the cards he is to use only (with one exception we will explain in detail). The popularity of this game has increased during the years thanks to HORSE inclusion in major live and online events.

Basic Rules of Seven Card Stud

Seven Card Stud is game where each player receives 7 cards. Each player receives 3 cards facing down and 4 cards facing up for every other player in a table to see, but only the player holding the cards can use them. They are given in this order: 2 facing down, 4 facing up and a final one facing down. Due to the amount of cards and the nature of the game this is a game played by at the most 8 players. In the event the 8 players get to the final round of betting, the 7th card (which is normally given to each player facing down) will become a community card and placed on the middle of the table for all players to use. Just like most poker games, the objective of the game is to have the best hand ranked poker hand and win the money invested by the players in the center of the table.

Table Positions

Unlike Texas Hold’em and Omaha, there are no blinds. The mandatory bet to force action is called “bring in”. A dealer position is defined as an identification only spot, but doesn’t define the bring-in. The bring-in will be defined by the lower card received by a player. In the event 2 players hold the same low card, the suit ranks defines the lower card. The suits are defined from strongest to weakest in the following way (Spades, Hearts, Diamonds and Clubs). This association is done in the first round of betting only. After this first betting round is done, the player that acts first will be the player with the best hand made out of its visible upward cards.

Betting Rounds

Third Street: This is the initial round of the game, to start each player must place an ante, it’s a mandatory bet defined by the table stakes which all players must place before the action starts; after the ante is placed each player receives 2 cards facing down and 1 card facing upwards. The player with the lowest upward card acts first and is to make the bring-in. He will have the option to pay the bring in or raise. Once this is done, each player has the option to act. Once the betting round is over with the players remaining players involved. The second round can begin.

Fourth Street: A second round of betting starts in this street, each player receives another facing up card and the player with the best hand rank in the visible card starts the action. Once all player have acted, the next betting round starts.

Fifth Street: This is the third betting round, the players receive a third facing up card each, the action is once more defined by the player with the best hand ranked visible cards and continues clockwise until all players have acted and the remaining players are defined.

Six Street: a forth upside card is given to each player, once again the first player to act is the one with the best hand made out of the visible cards and the betting action starts. Once all remaining players have acted a final betting round starts with the players still in the hand.

Seventh Street: this is the final betting round; this can be done 2 ways: If there is less or equal to 7 players, each player receives a card facing down that can only be seen by each player. However, in the event there are 8 players, a community card is dealt facing up in the middle of the table, as the cards are not enough for everyone to receive a card. Once any of these 2 situations has occurred, a final betting round and normally the strongest is performed. As soon as the betting round is over, the remaining players are to show their hands and a winner is declared by the player that holds the best 5 card according to the poker hand ranking system.

Table Limits (Stakes)

Seven Card Stud, just like many other games; has a low limit and a high limit to restrict the bets on each round of betting. The low limit will define the ante and bring in. The ante will be 10% of the low limit while the bring-in will be 2 times the ante. During the Third Street, the low limit is the minimum you can bet or raise. During the Fourth Street the player with the higher hand has the option to raise the low limit or the high limit. The limit he chooses will be the minimum bet that will be used during this betting round. Fifth to Seventh Streets minimums are based on the high limit.

Betting Limits

On Seven Card Stud, you will find 2 options of play: Fixed and Pot Limit tables. These limits define the maximums of every bet you do at a table. On fixed limit the maximum you can bet is set by the table limits, during the rounds were the minimum bet is set by the low limit the maximum will be the low limit as well. On the ones that have the minimum set as the high, they will use the same limit for the maximum bet.