7 Card Stud Poker

7 Card Stud Poker is the most popular, due to high stakes involved as well as the technique. Unlike Texas Holdem and Omaha Poker there are many cards to consider on the table. In 7 Card Stud how a player reacts to their own and their opponents cards, ultimately has an impact on their odds.

Number of Players: 2-8

7 Card Stud Poker consists of 5 betting rounds, with the max bet doubling on either the 2nd or 3rd betting round. Each player has a total of 7 cards, 3 hole cards and 4 door cards to use to create a final 5-card hand for the pot.

The Facts on 7 Card Stud Poker:

Dealer Button ("Puck", "Button", "Buck")

A device that is used to mark the dealer for each hand. The button is a small disk marked with the letter "D". The button is essential for the players so they know who is dealing, and because the two players to the left of the dealer must post the two blinds in the game.Upon completion of each hand, the button moves to the left.

Ante: The Ante is the amount that each player must put in the pot before the game begins. The Ante varies depending on the table stakes. All antes are not recognized as part of any bets during the hand.

Street: A term for the various betting stages throughout the hand, due to the fact that betting commences on 3rd street and ends at 7th street.

Hole Cards: Hole cards are dealt to each player face down, so only the player see these cards.

Door Card: Cards belonging to a player placed face up on the table are called door cards. Door card also is a term for 3rd street.

River Card: The last card dealt and also a term for 7th Street.

Bring-in: A small starting bet that the player with lowest exposed card puts into the pot.

(Note: in 7 Card Stud Poker the suit of card matters. From highest to lowest the order of suits are Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs. Therefore, if two players have the same lowest face value card, the suit determines the lowest card).

Betting Structure of 7 Card Stud Poker..... The betting is the same for every table. The only aspect that will change is the amount of money involved, which will correspond to the stakes for the table you choose to play at. For the purpose of this chart we will use the $10/$20 table.....


Ante: $1 Bring-In: $5
3rd Street: $10
4th Street: $10/$20
5th Street: $20
6th Street: $20
7th Street: $20
(Note: The higher bet option occurs
if a pair is showing)

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7 Card Stud Poker In Action.....

Ante and the Bring-In for 7 Card Stud Poker.....

To begin an ante, money is placed on the table by every player. Remember, usually the amount is a fraction of a bet. The dealer then deals 3 cards - 2 hole cards and 1 door card - starting with the player on their left and going clockwise round the table. The player with the lowest card on the table places the bring-in bet, equal to half of the lower level bet.

3rd Street - 1st Round of Betting: In this round each player, with the possible exception of the bring-in player contributor may choose to fold (quit the game), call (meet the bet) or raise, increasing the bring-in to a full bet. If players still left in the round choose to only call the bring-in amount, then the player who originally contributed the bring-in is the only player who has the option to check (stay in the game without calling or raising). The ante in a $10/$20 game as mentioned above would usually be $1, and the bring-in bet $5. The full bet at 3rd street is $10. (Note: During 3rd Street, players can not bet or raise more than the lower level limit).

4th Street - 2nd Round of Betting: Each player is dealt one more door card. Now with 2 cards showing, players have a better idea of not only the potential of their own hand, and the winning advantages of their opponents.The player with the highest card value begins the round of betting. The highest card value includes all cards exposed, and could consist of the highest card, pair and so on. If in the event two hands prove to be of equal value, the betting is then commenced by the player who is the closet to the dealers left.The player with the highest showing hand begins the betting round, and may check, fold or raise. If this player chooses to check or fold, the remaining players, following clockwise from that players left may check until a raise has been made. In Four Street, the lower level bet applies automatically. However, should the highest exposed hand showing consist of a pair, any player in the game has the option of either betting the standard lower limit (in the case of the $10/$20 game that would be $10) or the higher betting limit ($20). If the higher betting limit falls into play, each player still in the hand must call to meet the max bet.

5th Street - 3rd Round of Betting: The dealer deals a 3rd door card to each player, as Players now face another round of betting in the same pattern as 4th street, with the exception that now the max betting limit becomes the rule.

7th Street - 5th and Final Round of Betting:The final card dealt by the dealer is a hole card. The player who led the betting round in 6th street commences the betting, it continues as in the previous 5th and 6th streets. If many players remain in the hand until 7th Street, their will not be enough cards to provide each player a final hole card. The dealer will turn up one card on the board, to be used as a community card among all the remaining players.

7 Card Stud Poker Showdown: Once betting is complete, it is time for the players still left in the hand to make the best possible 5-card hand from their 3 hole cards and 4 door cards. Each player left in the hand show their cards, beginning with the last player to bet and continuing on in that pattern. During the showdown players may also choose to "muck" (fold out of the game, without showing their cards) their hand. The winner wins the pot. If a player wins by default, every other player in the hand folded, no showdown will occur, and the winner is given the option to show their cards or not. Most players choose not to show their winning hand, because there is no advantage in doing so.

7 Card Stud Poker Helpful Hints:

1. Any starting pair that is over 10 is typically worth wagering on. Beware of an opponent who is betting aggressively. This could mean that they have a higher pair.

2. If after 6th street one or more of your opponents have an exposed hand that beats your entire hand, it is best to fold.

3. Be wary of 5th Street. It is during this round that you should decide if you want to call it quits.

4. If you are working on trying to make a straight or a flush with your hand, make sure you check the exposed cards of your fellow opponents, to ensure they don’t have the cards you need. So now that you have learned the Game of 7 Card Stud Poker, why don't you go out and make us both proud.....

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