Seven Card Stud Poker Rules

Before the days of online poker, seven card stud was for a long time the most popular form of poker played around the world. This is a very different game to Holdem or Omaha as each player receives both face up and face down cards that only they can use. Seven Card Stud uses antes instead of blinds and is usually played with a fixed limit betting structure.

Basic Seven Card Stud Poker Rules

1)      All players place their antes. This is the cost of being dealt into the hand and is different to the betting limits used in the betting rounds. For example, in a $5/$10 game the ante will usually be $0.50.

2)      Once all antes have been placed, two face down cards and one face up card are dealt to each player. This is known as “Third Street”.

3)      The player who has the lowest face up card starts the betting round and is known as the “bring in”. The Bring in has the choice of either making a nominal bet or a full bet. The full bet is equal to the lower betting limit. So in a $5/10 game, the full bet on third street is $5 and the nominal bet $0.50.

4)      The first round of betting now takes place. The choices available to the other players are: folding, calling the bring in or raising.

5)      All players remaining in the hand now receive another face up card. This is known as “Fourth Street”. This time the player whose face up cards are showing the best poker hand will act first. This player is not forced to bet and can either check or bet the lower betting limit amount. In our example this is $5.

6)      The second betting round takes place .

7)      “Fifth Street” gives each player another face up card. Again the player with the best poker hand made up of his face up cards acts first and can check or bet. Now and for the rest of the pot, the betting limit increases to the higher increment. In our example this is $10.

8)      The third betting round takes place.

9)      “Sixth Street” gives each player another face up card. Again the player with the highest value poker hand made up of exposed cards acts first and can either check or bet $10.

10)   The fourth betting round takes place.

11)   On the River or “Seventh Street” each player receives a final face down card. Again the player with the highest value poker hand made up of the face up cards acts first and can check or bet $10.

12)   At showdown the player with the best five card poker hand using the same rankings as Holdem wins the pot.

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