While Seven Card Stud poker isn’t nearly as popular as Texas Holdem, it has a very devoted fan base. Because the game does not involve any community cards, there tends to be less ‘bad beats’, and the attentive poker player can assertain a lot from not only the actions of other players, but the large number of cards dealt face-up.
That makes 7 Card Stud a great game for good players to profit at consistantly, with less surprises on the table and lots more information with which to make solid plays. 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo is equally if not more popular, offering a similar game with a split pot option (8’s or better).
How a Game Is Played Out:
- Every player antes up for the cards that will be dealt, with the sum of the ante being determined by the table you are at.
- Everyone is dealt two cards, face down, and one card, face up, giving you three cards in each hand. The ‘door card’ or ‘Third Street’ are other names for the first face-up card.
- Bets are placed. Sometimes, the person with the lowest ‘door card’ has to bet first. This is referred to as ‘bring in bet’.
- Each player is dealt another face-up card. This particular card is known as ‘Fourth Street’.
- A round of betting.
- ‘Fifth Street,’ the name of the next face-up card, is dealt.
- More betting, with the betting minimums/maximums usually doubled now.
- A card called ‘Sixth Street” is dealt, face up, to each player.
- More high-value betting, which was raised after ‘Fifth Street’.
- The last card is dealt, face down, called the ‘River Card’ or ‘Seventh Street’.
- Final bets are placed.
After betting, the hands are called and the person with the highest 5 card hand takes home the jackpot. Although you are dealt seven cards in any seven-card game, you only play your best five cards at the end of the hand.
Betting Note: 7-card stud is different than Texas Hold’Em and Omaha Poker in that the player with the highest ranking hand face up bets first for that round. The bet then goes clockwise around the table.
Second only to Texas Hold’em in terms of the number of active online players, the vast majority of online poker rooms offer Seven Card Stud games to their patrons.