How To Play 7 Card Stud Poker

7 Card stud is a form of poker played between 2 to 8 players, and can be played as a Fixed Limit or No Limit game.

In a Fixed Limit game, the amount you are allowed to bet during each round is limited to a fixed size. For the first four cards, bets are made in increments of the small bet, and for the 5th, 6th, and 7th cards, bets are made in increments of the big bet. The small and big bets are predetermined and usually found in the name of the game ($2/4 stud, $5/10 Omaha, etc), with the first number being the small bet, and the second number being the big bet. Commonly, there is a cap of 4 bets to each betting round, though house rules can allow for higher or unlimited caps.

In No Limit, players are allowed to wager as many chips as they like during each betting round.

Hands are ranked using standard poker rankings.

  1. All players ante. The ante is usually a quarter of the small bet. For example, a $1/2 game would have a $.25 ante, and a $50/100 game would have a $12.50 ante. In a No Limit game, the ante is any predetermined amount.

  • Each player is dealt two face-down cards and one face up card, in a clockwise direction starting with the player to the immediate left of the dealer.
  • The player with the lowest revealed card opens the betting with a minimum "bring-in," which is equal to half the small bet in Fixed Limit or twice the ante in No Limit. If there is a tie for lowest card, ties are broken by suit, which are ranked in order of Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs.
  • Action continues clockwise from the first player until all players have called the bring-in bet, raised the bet, or folded.
  • A fourth card is dealt face-up. The player with the highest hand showing is the first to act, and may bet, check, or fold. Bets and raises can only be made in increments of the small bet. Action continues around clockwise.
  • A fifth card is dealt face-up, with the highest revealed hand being first to act. A round of betting occurs.
  • A sixth card is dealt face-up, with the highest revealed hand being first to act. A round of betting occurs.
  • A seventh card is dealt face down, with the highest revealed hand being first to act. A round of betting occurs.
  • All players who have not folded after the final round of betting show their cards, starting with the last player who bet, proceeding in clockwise order. The player with the strongest 5-card hand wins the pot.
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