Seven-Card Stud Poker is another variant of Poker. It will surely challenge you until the final Showdown. Let's see what the rules are

Seven-card stud Poker

In Seven-Card Stud Poker, there are 5 betting rounds where a total of seven cards are dealt to each player, of which 3 cards are hidden, and four cards are revealed.

From those, the five best cards are used to determine the winner in a showdown. 7 Card Stud is typically played with a Fixed-Limit betting structure, so all bets are made in pre-determined fixed increments.

For instance, in 2/4 limit game, the first two betting rounds are in increments of 2, and the three subsequent betting rounds are in increments of 4.

Seven-Card Stud Poker rules

Below all you need to know to play Seven-Card Stud Poker for real money:

  • Ante: Each player antes to the pot, which is essentially the cost to be dealt a hand and get into the game. For example, for a 1/2 limit game, the ante might cost each player 0.15 to get into the game
  • Third Street: Players are dealt three cards; one exposed card and two hole cards. The player with the card that ranks the lowest is the 'bring-in'
    A second betting round continues clockwise around the table
  • Fourth Street: After the first betting round, players are dealt another exposed card, called 'Fourth Street.' The player with the highest ranking exposed hand is the first to act, by choosing whether to check, or to bet the lower pre-determined amount. For example, in a 2/4 game, the player can bet 2.
    The designated 'bring-in' player is the first to act by betting the lower pre-determined table limit amount. For example, in a 2/4 game, the player can bet 2. Betting continues clockwise around the table
  • Fifth Street: In 'Fifth Street' players are dealt another exposed card. This is played the same as 'Fourth Street.' The only difference is that the higher pre-determined amount is the required bet, which will last throughout the remainder of the game until a winner is determined. For example, the required bet in a 2/4 game is 4
  • Sixth Street: Just like in the previous streets, the 'Sixth Street' round begins
  • Seventh Street, or the River: In the 'Seventh Street' players are dealt a final card, only this card is dealt facing down. The player with the highest ranking cards showing is the first to act. This player will start the final betting round if the game. If more than one player remains, there is a showdown between them

The Showdown

In the "Showdown" the last bettor or raiser is the first to reveal their cards. If no bet took place during "Seventh Street", the player in the earliest seat (Seat 1) is the first to reveal their cards.

The Showdown continues clockwise around the table. The player holding the best 5 card poker hand is the winner.

If there is a tie, the pot is split 50/50 between the winning players.

Player betting options

In 7 Card Stud, a player may choose to:

  1. Fold
  2. Check
  3. Bet
  4. Call
  5. Raise

A player always has the option to fold their hand, and give up their chance to win the pot.

If no player in the round places a bet, you may choose to check or place a bet.

If a player places a bet, then succeeding players may choose to fold, to call, or to raise.

Calling is the action of matching the amount bet by the previous bettor, and raising is to match the player's bet, and then increase it. Bets and raises in Fixed-Limit games are in pre-determined amounts.

Additional Stud rules

To determine the "bring-in" in 7 Card Stud, ties in card ranks are broken by the suit of the cards.

The lowest rank of suits breaks the tie, and the suits rank in alphabetical order with Clubs being the lowest in rank, therefore Clubs rank over Diamonds, Diamonds rank over Hearts, and Hearts rank over Spades.

Note: The ranking of equal hands in the Showdown are not determined by this rule.

Last update: 30-09-2019