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Beginner's Guide to Seven Card Stud

Hi internet, Dominic here!

Seven Card Stud is a variation of Texas Holdem, which is more commonly found at casinos.
In Seven Card Stud, instead of receiving 5 community cards, each player receives their own individual board (consisting of up to 7 cards!) For this reason, only a maximum of eight players can play at a Studtable at any given time.

However, like Hold’em, the best five-card poker hand still wins the pot. So, even though 7 Card Stud features 7 cards dealt to each player by the river, only 5 cards on a player's individual board can be used to make the best 5-card hand.

7 Card Stud is normally played in a fixed-limit format where the smaller bet is wagered for the first two betting rounds, and the larger bet is wagered for the last three betting rounds (on the fifth, sixth, and seventh cards). If there is an open pair on the fourth card, any player has the option of upping the stakes to the larger bet.

SEVEN CARD STUD GAMEPLAY:
Firstly, an ante is collected from each player and then the first 2 cards (technically 1st and 2ndStreets) are dealt face-down; a third card – called 3rd Street – is dealt face-up. The bring-in (player with worst upcard) is first to act, and they must put in the minimum bet or “complete” to the lower limit stake. The action continues around the table with players being able to fold, complete or raise (if there is a prior completion).

During 4th Street, another card is dealt face up to each active player. The table stakes are still set at the lower limit. First to act is no longer the player with the worst upcard! The player with the best upcards gets that honor. The action continues clockwise around the table with players being able to check, bet, call, raise (capped at 4 x table stakes in a limit format) or fold – depending on the prior action.

On 5th Street, the minimum bet is raised to the upper table stakes limit. This card is also dealt face-up. Again, first to act is the player with the best upcards. The action continues around the table with players being able to check, bet, call, raise (capped at 4 x table stakes) or fold – depending on the previous action.

By the time 6th Street is dealt, each player remaining active in the hand should have 4 cards face-up, and two face-down (“in the hole”). First to act is still the player with the best cards/ hand showing. Players can check, bet, call, raise (capped at 4 x upper table stakes) or fold – depending on the prior action. But, if you don't have the makings of a hand by now, we suggest you might want to fold.
During the 5th betting round (also called the River), players are still able to check, bet, call, raise or fold. Now it's time for the Showdown, as long as 2 or more players remain. At this stage, the player with the best 5-card hand, according to the standard hand ranking system, will win the pot.

Even though 7 Card Stud features7 cards dealt to each player by the river, at showdown, only 5 cards on a player's individual board can be used to make the best 5-card hand. The hand rankings are exactly the same as in Texas Hold'em, with a Royal Flush being the best possible hand and High Card being the worst.


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