7 Card Stud
How to play 7 card poker.
7 Card Stud may be an old school game, but it will always be one of the best.
7 card stud is usually played as a limit game, with 3 different types of bets allowed: antes, small bets, and big bets. You are only allowed to wager a ‘small bet’ on 3rd and 4th street. You are only allowed to wager a ‘big bet’ on 5th, 6th, and 7th street. Antes are usually 10% of the ‘small bet’.
You begin the hand with an ante from everyone that wants to be dealt in.
Every player then is dealt 2 cards face down, and 1 card face up.
THE BRING IN BET: The bring in bet is then put into the pot by the player with the LOWEST showing card. This is a mandatory bet, and it is in the amount of of 1 ante. This player may also choose to COMPLETE, meaning they put in a ‘small bet’, making a raise.
This bring in bet begins the first betting round, and in moving from the bring in bet CLOCKWISE, players can choose to call the bring in bet, raise, or fold. The only amount you may bet during this round is the size of the small bet.
4th STREET: You then deal the remaining players in the hand another card, face up. A betting round then follows, this time began by the player with the highest 2 cards showing. Players can choose to check, bet, call, raise or fold. The only amount you are allowed to bet or raise on this street is the size of the small bet.
5th Street: The action on 5th street is identical to 4th street with one exception. The exception is that the ‘big bet’ is used instead of the small bet.
6th Street: The action on 6th street is the same as 5th street.
7th Street: A final card is dealt FACE DOWN to all remaining players. A final betting round, using only the ‘big bet’ then ends the hand.
The player with the highest 5 card hand at showdown wins the pot. You may only use 5 of your cards; 2 cards have to be dead. Any 5 cards you choose may be used.
You may also win the pot if all of your opponents fold before the showdown.
Don’t understand poker terms? No problem.
7 Card Stud Hi/Lo:
7 Card Stud Hi/Lo is usually played as a limit game, with 3 different types of bets allowed: Antes, small bets, and big bets. You are only allowed to wager a ‘small bet’ on 3rd and 4th street. You are only allowed to wager a ‘big bet’ on 5th, 6th, and 7th street. Antes are usually 10% of the ‘small bet’.
- To win the high hand, the best 5 card hand wins, like most poker games.
- To win the low hand, you must have 5 cards that are 8 or lower. This does not always happen, and when it doesn’t, the high hand wins the entire pot.
- For this reason, there is always a high hand winner, but not always a low hand.
- Also keep in mind that aces can be played as a high card and/or a low card, and straights and flushes do not count against you when making a low hand.