7 Card Stud
7 card stud is a version of poker that pre-dates the now popular Texas Hold’em and is still one of the most popular of all the seven card games that are played. This is due to the ability of the players to bet as well as see the other cards that are being held by the competitors and make smarter moves.
The origins of the 7 card stud variation are largely unknown. It is believed that this game started somewhere around the turn of the century when people were starting to grow tired of the 5 card draw version of the game. No matter what you believe is the origin there are still many people who refuse to play anything but 7 card stud.
It is also important to note that there are many variations of the 7 card stud game that are being played. One of the most common would be hi/lo. This is a version that is very popular in the card clubs around the world and it makes for many interesting hands. You should become familiar with these versions if you wish to start playing on a serious level.
For the purpose of this article we will be looking at the standard 7 card stud game.
Because 7 card stud pre-dates the Texas Hold’em version the rounds of betting are much different as well as the way that the betting is laid out. You have to be certain you are wagering according to the rules and not making a simple mistake that could cost you the hand.
You will also note that there are no community cards in this game. This is a game where each player has their own set of cards and there is nothing to draw from. The word stud in the name of the game refers to the fact that you are dealt a certain number of cards that you must use to play with.
To start with you will have to place an ante in the pot. This is a bet that everyone at the table must place before any of the cards are dealt. This is a common practice in some of the earlier forms of poker and it is still used to this day in many of the tournaments around the world.
Once the ante has been placed the dealer will deal each player three cards, two face down and one face up. Again, the face up card is not a community card and it cannot be used by any other player in the game.
To start the bets the player that has the lowest card on the table face up must start the betting. If there is a tie then the player with the highest suit is responsible for the first bet. The betting will continue in a clockwise direction around the table.
Fourth Street Bet
Once the first round of betting has concluded the dealer will give each player another card face up. This is known as the fourth street card.
The player that begins this round of betting is the one with the highest poker hand showing. Again, the suits matter if there is a tie. Once the player with the highest hand has bet then the betting continues in a clockwise motion around the table.
Fifth and Sixth Street Bet
The fifth and sixth street rounds are the same as the previous. Each player will receive a card face up for the fifth street and a round of betting will occur. This is started by the player with the best hand showing.
Then the sixth street begins the same way. Each player receives a card face up and the player with the highest hand will start the betting.
The River Bet
The river is the final card in the game. This card will be dealt to each player face down. Once the dealing has finished the final round of betting will begin. The player that has the highest poker hand must start the betting. It then continues clockwise around the table until all the bets are placed.
Once the bets have been placed the player that started the betting must show his hand. The rest of the players at the table must then either show their hand to challenge or they can muck the hand signifying that they do not a winning hand.
In the event of a tie a high card deal off can be played. This is where the dealer gives each player five cards and the player with the highest hand wins.