Introducing 7 Card Stud
Seven card Stud is a classic game, it was the most widely played poker variation before card games such as Texas Hold'em and Omaha became popular. It's widely regarded as one of the most pure poker variation, probably because of it's historic past and the diffuculty to master. It is however still a popular card game and is played in the World Series Of Poker as well as online and mixed games all over the world.
The game is almost exlusively played as fixed limit but on rare occassions as pot limit for the action seeking player, fixed limit means that a player can only raise a fixed amount depending on what stakes are played. Learn more about the different variations here.
The hand value is the traditional hand values and the goal is to make the best five card hand possible. The best hand a player can have is the royal flush, and the worst is a mere high card.
Seventh street which is the last betting round, in a game of seven card Stud $10-$20.
Betting Rounds And Gameplay
There is no blinds in Stud, but an ante, which means that all the players post a fee for every hand they're playing. The ante is dead money and will go directly into the pot and the fortcoming bets will only be an addition to the ante. When the antes are posted, all the players will recieve two faced down cards, known as hole cards and one card faced up card called the door card for everyone to see.
The first betting round is called third street amd starts with the player that have the lowest door card, this player have to post an obligatory bet called the "bring in". If two players share the lowest valued card, the suit will determine which one have to post the bring in. The suits values are in alphabetic order from worst to best and goes: clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. This is however the only time suits is a factor in this game. The player with the bring in has the option to either bet double the ante or to make a raise to the fixed amount of the table.
The player to the right of the bring in is next to act, with the option to fold, call, or raise the fixed amount. In a game of $5-$10 the bet would be 5$, the bring in around 20% of the small bet amount and the ante around 10% of the small bet amount. If the last bet on the first betting round is called, every player will be dealt another faced up card.
With now four cards on the hand two being hole cards and two open cards, the fourth street will start with the player that has the highest door card, the player with the lowest door card will start every particular betting round. The player have the option to check or raise the fixed amount.
If the pot is not decided after the fourth street. The fifth street will commence where the bet limit is doubled, in a game of $5-$10 the fixed bet limit would be $10 and will remain so for the rest of the hand. Aside from the bet sizing the hand is played out like previous streets.
The fifth street in a Stud $2-$4 game, the bet sizing has now been doubled.
The last faced up card will be dealt, if the pot haven't been decided on fifth street. The action is played out exactly as previous rounds with the player with the highest door card starting the hand.
When the last bet is called or the hands get checked, the last card will be dealt faced down only for the player to be seen. The seventh street is the last betting round and is played out like previous streets, and if the last bet is called, the players will turn up all their cards and the winner of the hand will be determined.
Showdown And Hand Values
When the players goes to showdown the best five card hand will determine the winner, the two remaining cards are dead and have no value to the hand. Check out the poker hand rankings if you're unsure what beats what. There is no exceptions to this rank, a full house always beats a flush and a two pair always beats a pair. There is no other made hand possibilities than the listed hands, a three pair is actually only a two pair since you can only use five cards.
The ace is counted as both high and low depending on where the highest value goes for the hand, you can for example make both the low 5432A straight and the high straight AKQJ10 with the ace. Suits doesn't have an impact on deciding the pot, all suits have the same value.
Player A: A♥3♥4♥7♠5♥6♣J♠
Player B: K♣10♠K♠7♦9♦K♥5♣
Player A wins the hand with a seven high straight 7♠6♣5♥4♥3♥ which beats the three kings K♠K♣K♥10♠9♦ in player B's hand
Player A: A♦J♣10♠8♦2♠5♣3♥
Player B: J♦10♥9♣A♣4♠7♥2♥
Player B wins the hand with a A♣J♦10♥9♣7♥ high hand which beat the ace high A♦J♣10♠8♦5♣ of player A. Since both players have the ace high, the next card will decide which has the best hand but this is also the same, the third highest card is the same in both hands as well, but the 9 in Player B's hand beats the 8 in Player A's hand and this is the reason player b will scoop this hand.
Fourth street open pair: If a player have a pair on the two faced up cards on the fourth street, the player can decide whether to check, betting the small limit or betting a big bet. If the paired up player chooses to check the next player to act inherits the same option. If the stakes were $5-$10 and the player decides to bet, he can either put out a bet of $5 or $10. If the player elects to raise $10 then the next players options is to fold, call or raise to $20.
Fixed Limit Cap Bet: On any given street there is a cap of the number of raises. There can only be one bet and three raises every round. When the cap is reached the remaining players only have the option to call or fold.
Running Out Of Cards: There is 52 playing cards in the deck. If all eight players are still in the hand after the sixth street, there's simply not enough cards. If a situation like this would develop the dealer will place one card in the middle of the table. This card will count as the seventh card for every player at the table, much like the community cards in Omaha and Texas Hold'em.
Good luck at the tables!