Seven Card Stud Poker Rules
Seven Card Stud is the most easily understood type of poker, the main goal of which is to make the highest 5-card hand from the seven cards dealt.
General 7 Card Stud Poker rules
- Maximum number of the players at the table cannot exceed eight.
- In total, seven cards are dealt: three – face down (“hole cards”), the rest – face up (“door card”).
- Before the deal all the players place forced bets – ante. The size of the ante is usually one-fifth of the lowest possible bet. Ante is not regarded as the primary bet, its function is to initiate the game.
- It is a fixed limit game.
- First round – “Third Street”. It suggests that after the ante each player receives three cards: two (the first and the second) face down, and one (the third) face up. The player who gets the lowest exposed card, makes “bring in” that equals to half or full the lowest possible bet. If several players have the card of equal ranking, the lowest card is determined according to its suit, which is ranked as follows: clubs, then diamonds, hearts, and the highest is spades. Another version of the rules suggests that the bet is placed by the player who is the nearest to the dealer. Then other players clockwise place a bet.
- In the second round, called “Fourth street” cards are dealt face up, and as a result every player receives the fourth card. The player with the highest hand of the two face up cards starts the betting. The player who starts the betting has the right “to check”, i.e. to skip his / her turn, and not to place bets. From among the players with the equal hands, the one who is the nearest to the dealer (to his left) has to act first, or suit ranking is taken into account. If a player makes a face up pair, in that case “double bet” is possible. “Double bet” means that a player can choose which of the table bets to place: the highest or the lowest one. If no one has face up pair, only low bets are allowed.
- In the third round, called “Fifth street”, cards are dealt face up, and as a result every player receives the fifth The player with the highest hand of the three face up cards starts betting. In this round the highest bets are set.
- In the fourth round, called “Sixth street” cards are dealt face up, and as a result every player receives the sixth card. The player with the highest hand of the four face up cards starts betting. In this round the highest bets are set.
- In the fifth round, called River Card, or “Seventh Street” cards are dealt face down, as a result, every player gets the seventh card. The final betting round is of the same format as the two previous rounds.
The final stage is showdown. To make a hand, five of the seven cards dealt are used. If all the players reached the river, some of them may lack cards in the last deal. In this case, they have to make a hand of the cards they have and one “community” card. The last bettor shows his cards first. A player with the best hand wins the pot. In disputable situations the pot can be split between all the winners.