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7 Stud Card Poker


Seven Card Stud Poker – History and Basic Rules

7 Card Stud is an ancient form of Stud Poker. It was the most popular poker among homes all across US and in casinos in eastern part of the country. It was so until Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2003 and focus was diverted on Texas Hold’Em, the game usually played at the Main Event as the ’Cadillac of Poker’. This is the time when this business proliferated through internet.

This Poker can be played between two to eight or even with nine players. There are some special rules for the last cards dealt in case of eight players, though. It is common to use small ante and bring-in in casino while in home games only an ante is used. Seven-card stud is the ‘S’ game in H.O.R.S.E. (Hold’em, Omaha, Razz, Stud, and Eight of Seven Card Stud) and in other similar game formats.

Seven Card Stud is a poker of equal complexity but greater profitability. Here are some basic rules to play it efficiently:

How the cards are dealt:
Each player gets two cards face down (hole or pocket) and one card face up (the door). Then begins the betting round! Dealer burns the top card (i.e. puts it face down) and deals with another up card, called 4th street. Then new betting round proceeds with another up-card. Betting structure changes on fifth street where minimum bet doubles. The last up-card (6th street) is dealt by everyone with more betting. In the last round of betting everyone has to show cards to declare the winner. This is called showdown.

How Hand Ranking Works with Seven Card Stud:
It is assumed that there are at least two players who have made their way to the river then there must be a showdown to know who has the better hand. If you are a player, you should be able to know what your cards rank. You must be knowing hand ranking to use any Seven Card Stud Poker Strategy and be successful.

  • Straight flush : Five cards of same suit, in a row i.e. 5c-6c-7c-8c-9c.
  • Quads – four cards of one rank also called four-of-a-kind.
  • Full House – Three cards from one rank and two from another. i.e. kh-kd-ks and 3s-3c. It is also read as ‘kings full of threes’ or just ‘kings full.’ If the other person also has got a full house, the winner would be one who holds highest three cards of one kind.
  • Flush – Five odd cards of same suit, for example, Qh-Th-7h-3h-2h
  • Straight – Five cards in a sequence from different suit. For example Qc-Jd-Tc-9s-8c.
  • Trips – Three cards of same rank, also called Three-of-a-kind.
  • Two Pair – AS obvious, it has two pairs of same rank cards like As-Ah-5d-5s-Qc.
  • Pair – Two cards of the same rank.
  • High Card – If nothing from above is achieved, the showdown goes to the highest cards in descending order viz. Aces then Kings then …

How Betting Works:
Each player antes into the pot before the cards are dealt. Three cards are dealt to each player and the player with the lowest ranking door card begins the bet by making a bring-in or a full bet. There is no such option like Checking on this street, only bring-in forces action.