• June 18, 2021

Introduction to 7-Card Stud Poker

The 7-Card Stud poker is making a comeback in the world of poker, especially online. In this game, players receive their hands and do not share a community board, as in Hold ‘em. The object of the game is to make the best-possible 5-card poker hand out of the seven dealt cards.

There are two variations to this game:

  • Straight High
  • High-Low Split

Getting Started

The 7-Card Stud is much slower than Hold ’em and requires patience and discipline.

The Deal

  • To start the game, each player places an ante into the pot. There are no blinds, and no dealer button in 7-Card so the ante is used to generate action.
  • The deal starts to the left as in other games.
  • Each player receives two cards face down, and one card face up.
  • These three cards are used to begin the betting rounds.
  • To start the betting, the player with the smallest face up card has a forced open. This means they have to open for the minimum bet, no matter what.
  • Each players acts in turn and has the option to call the initial bet, raise, or muck.
  • After this round of betting is complete, the remaining players receive one more card dealt face up
  • From this point on, action always starts with the player who’s cards display the highest hand. This means the start of action can change after each new card is dealt.
  • Betting follows the same structure.
  • This procedure happens until there are four cards facing up in front of each player.
  • The seventh and final card is dealt face down.
  • The player who started the action on sixth Street, (sixth card dealt) also starts action on the final round.

Who Wins

Once all the betting action is complete, players will turn their cards face up.
The winner in a straight-high game is the player who makes the highest hand using the best five cards.
In a high-low split game, the pot is split between the best high-hand, and the best low-hand.

Other Information

7-Card Stud is a structured limit game. Betting is done in increments.
Betting in a 4/8 limit Stud game means players can bet anywhere between one and four chips on the first five cards, and can bet anything between one and eight chips on the last two cards.

Order of Hands: Biggest to Smallest:

  • Royal Flush
  • Straight Flush
  • 4-of-a-Kind
  • Full House
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • 3-of-a-Kind
  • Two Pair
  • One Pair
  • Highest Card

Card Ranking: Highest to Lowest:

  • Ace
  • King
  • Queen
  • Jack
  • Ten
  • Nine
  • Eight
  • Seven
  • Six
  • Five
  • Four
  • Three
  • Two

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