Since the mid-nineteenth century, 7 Card Stud was the most played form of poker and continued to be until the 80s when Texas Hold’em became the preferred game. It is thought to have originated in the American Midwest, but it is very different from Texas Hold’em . Before going on to learn how to play Stud of 7 cards, review our section on how to play poker so that you have a general notion.
What is 7 Card Stud?
For the uninitiated, instead of five community cards, each player receives seven individual cards. This is the reason why there is a maximum of eight players at the 7 Card Stud tables. However, as in Hold’em, the best five-card hand takes the pot. So, although in 7 Card Stud each player receives seven cards in total, only five of those cards can be used to form the play. In addition, the 7 Card Stud is usually played in limited format, where the first two rounds of betting are with the low and high level in the last three rounds. In the case that in the fourth street, the two discovered cards of any player were a pair, anyone can raise the bets at the high level. Now that you know the basics, this is our simple 7 Card Stud guide.
How to play Seven Card Stud
Bring-ins and Before
Seven Card Stud does not have blinds; instead, the players have to put an ante at the start of each hand. Each player receives two cards face down and one face up. There is a mandatory bet called “bring-in” that the player with the worst card uncovered has to put. This bet is mandatory.
First round of bets. Third Street.
First, the players are collected and the first two cards are dealt face down, we can consider them the first and second street. Then a card is dealt face up to each player, the third street. The player with the worst card discovered has to put the “bring-in” or complete up to the low level bet. The rest of the players have the option to fold, pay, complete or raise. Realize that completing is not considered a raise. For example, in a 10/20 game, the bring-in is 5. If the next player completes up to 10, the three allowed increases can still be made.
Second round of betting. Fourth Street.
During the fourth street, another card is dealt face up to each player that continues in the hand. The bets are still those of the low level. Now, the first player to act is the one with the best cards. The action continues with the players having the option to spend, bet, pay, raise or fold, depending on the previous action.
Third round of betting Fifth street
In the fifth street, the minimum bet has risen to the high level. It’s time to make the boat interesting. Another card is dealt face up. Again, the first player to act is the one who at that moment has the best play seen. The action continues with the players having the option to spend, bet, pay, raise or fold, depending on the previous action.
Fourth round of betting Sixth street
When the sixth street has been dealt, each player has four cards face up and two cards capped. The first to act is the one that shows the best hand. The action continues with the players having the option to spend, bet, pay, raise or fold, depending on the previous action. But, if you do not have a hand already, better throw yourself.
Fifth round of betting. Seventh street
During the fifth round of betting, also called the River, players can pass, bet, pay, raise or fold. It’s time for the Showdown, as long as there are two or more players left. At this time, the player with the best five-card hand takes the pot. Note that a hand with more or less than seven cards is dead. There is an exception in which a player may not receive the seventh card and keep the hand alive. Also, if there are more players on the river than cards in the deck, the dealer does not burn a card and hands out one to each player. In the event that he does not have enough to give one to each player, he would put one uncovered in the center of the common table for all the players. In this case, the one with the best move counting the community card is the first to speak.
Although in 7 Card Stud each player has seven cards on the river, in the showdown only five cards of each player are used to form the best play. The ranking of hands is identical to that of Texas Hold’em, with the Royal Flush being the best play and High Card the worst. The clubs are not taken into account in Stud except to decide the bring-in, where the order is Spades, Hearts, Diamonds and Clubs.