Seven-card stud is the most popular version of stud poker and can be played with a minimum of two and maximum of eight people. Each player is dealt a total of seven cards and the player who makes the best five-card combination using these seven cards is the winner.
Unlike in Texas Hold'em or Omaha, Seven-card stud is only played with bet limits and there are no Pot Limit and No Limit games.
General features of stud poker
Poker Nuts offers two variants of this game - Seven-card stud (also called Seven-card stud High) and Seven-card stud High-Low.
The game is played using a standard 52-card deck and can be played by a minimum of two and maximum of eight people. At the start of the game, each player is dealt three cards; two faces down and one face up.
During the game the players are dealt a further 3 cards face up and one face down. Players use five of their seven cards to make up a final hand.
The best combination wins the pot. Combinations and their ranks are the same as in Texas Hold'em.
Seven Card Stud High-Low Rules The only difference between this version of seven-card stud and regular seven-card stud is that the pot is split equally between the best high hand and the best low hand.
The winner is the player with the highest-ranking card combination and the player with the high hand splits the pot with player with the best low hand which consists of 5 cards of 8 and lower.
Players may use any five of their seven cards to make their best hands.
The pot is split evenly between the high hand and the low hand. However, if there is more than one low hand, a winner is determined by the 'high' card (which is the lowest card in this case). If two or more players have equally ranked low hands, the low pot portion will be evenly split between those players.
Players may use any five of their seven cards to make both high hands and low hands. The best low hand is 5, 4, 3, 2 and Ace of any suit. An Ace may be used simultaneously for both high and low hands.
In the first and second rounds of a Limit Seven-card stud game, all bets and raises must be equal to the minimum allowed bet. In the third, fourth and fifth rounds, all bets must be equal to the maximum allowed bet.
If, for example, the table limit is 1/2, all bets must be 1 in the first two rounds and 2 in the following rounds. A maximum of 3 raises are allowed per betting round.
The game consists of five betting rounds and the showdown. Before the hand begins, every player must place an ante into the pot.
Seven-card stud is played using an "ante". All participating players must post an ante before the cards are dealt. The ante amount is approximately equal to 1/5 of the minimum bet.
After the ante is posted, each player is dealt 3 cards, two face down and one face up. The card dealt face up is also called the 'Third Street'.
The player with the lowest open card must make a bring-in bet (which is usually half the minimum bet or the full minimum bet). If two or more players have the same low card, the player to bring-in will be determined by suit order: clubs, hearts, diamonds, and spades.
The bring-in is the first betting round and, if nobody raises, the player who has made the bring-in may not bet again until the next round.
Each active player is dealt another face up card, called the ‘Fourth Street’. The player with the highest hand begins the betting round and may choose to fold, check or bet.
If two or more players have equally ranking high hands, the player who is the first to act is determined by suit order.
If any of the players have a pair, a double bet is allowed and the player may bet either the minimum or maximum bet. Is no player holds a pair, all bets must be equal to the minimum allowed bet.
The player with the highest hand begins the next betting round.
The fifth card, dealt face up to each active player, is called the ‘Fifth Street’.
Play proceeds as in the previous rounds, with the highest ranking hand betting first; however, all bets in this round must equal the highest bet.
The sixth card, the ‘Sixth Street’, is dealt face up to each active player and play proceeds as in the previous round. All bets must be equal to the high limit bet.
The seventh and final card, the ‘Seventh Street’ or ‘River Card’ is dealt face-down to all active players and the final betting round starts.
When all bets are equal, all players must show their cards.
The final player to bet or raise during the final betting round shows their cards first.
If during the last betting round all the remaining players checked (i.e. nobody placed a bet), the first active player to the left of the dealer shows his cards first.
The other players reveal their cards moving clockwise around the table. If a player's hand is weaker than the current winning hand, they can decide to show or muck their cards.
In Seven-card Stud
The best five-card hand takes the pot.
In Seven-card Stud High/Low
The pot is split evenly between the best high hand and the best low hand. If no players have a low hand, the entire pot goes to the player with the High hand.
If two players share an identically ranking hand, the pot is split evenly between them.
Players may only claim a pot to which they have contributed. Please see All-In.
Joining the game late
As there is no blind in this game and the Pot is created from the equal fees of all players, a player who wants to join an existing game may do so at any time by taking an empty place at the table.
The new player can start playing in the round following placement of their ante.
In a Limit Game, both the bet and raise are pre-determined.
For example, in a 5/10 Limit game, in the first two betting rounds the bet and raise must be 5 and in the last rounds, the bet and raise must be 10.
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