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7 Card Stud Rules

In Seven Card Stud each player is dealt seven cards. Three of these cards will be face down and four cards will be face up. There are no community cards. Each plyer must make the best possible five card poker hand with the seven cards they are dealt.

There are no blinds as used in Hold'em and Omaha. Each player usually has to bet an 'ante' to be involved in the hand.

There are three bet sizes which open the betting in the various rounds and the amounts can vary. Check the table you are joining for exact figures but as a guide:

  • Ante - One third to one eighth the small bet.
  • Bring-in Bet - Half to one third the small bet.
  • Opening bet - One Small bet.

Game Play (Limit)

Each player bets the ante (some low stakes or short handed games may have no ante). The players are then dealt two cards face down, the Hole cards, and one card face up, the up-card. The cards are dealt clockwise, one at a time.

Round one of betting

The player with the lowest up-card must open the betting with a bring-in bet. If two players have the same value low card then suit decides it. Starting high the suits run Spades, Hearts, Diamonds then Clubs (So the lowest card possible is the Two of Clubs).

Working clockwise, in turn, each player must either call, raise or fold. A raise would increase the betting by one opening bet. If any player does raise then the betting continues round until everyone has matched the highest bet or folded.

Round two

The dealer deals each player one more card face up. The player with the highest value up-cards opens the betting in this round. They can choose to check or open with an opening bet, but should the player have up-cards which make a pair they may choose to open with one large bet instead.

Working clockwise, in turn, each player must either check, call, raise or fold. If any player raises then the betting continues round until everyone has matched the highest bet or folded.

Round three

The dealer deals each player a fifth card face up. The player with the highest value up-cards opens the betting in this round. The betting is opened with an large bet.

Working clockwise, in turn, each player must either check, call, raise or fold. If any player raises then the betting continues round until everyone has matched the highest bet or folded.

Round four

The dealer deals each player a sixth card face up. The player with the highest value up-cards opens the betting in this round. The betting is opened with an large bet.

Working clockwise, in turn, each player must either check, call, raise or fold. If any player raises then the betting continues round until everyone has matched the highest bet or folded.

Round five

The dealer deals each player a seventh card face down. The player with the highest value up-cards opens the betting in this round. The betting is opened with an large bet.

Working clockwise, in turn, each player must either check, call, raise or fold. If any player raises then the betting continues round until everyone has matched the highest bet or folded.

Deciding the winner (the Showdown)

  • The first player to show their hole cards is the player who made the first bet in the last round of betting.
  • Going clockwise around the table every other player shows their card if they have a better hand or may choose to 'muck' (not show and return the cards to the dealer) if they are beaten.
  • If everybody checked on the river then the player to with the best up-cards must show first..


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