Seven Card Stud Poker– A Poker Classic!

Seven Card Stud is a poker classic. Its popularity has decreased over the years – but now it’s back. Although it may have lost some to Texas Hold'em, in recent years, it has clawed back some of that loss and is currying favour with the young guns of poker.  

When learning how to play Seven Card Stud, you should first know that there are no community cards. Each player has their own board made up of 7 cards. They must use 5 of those 7 cards to make their hand. They cannot use any other cards from the deck or from their opponents’ boards.

Also, there are no blinds or a button. According to Seven Card Stud rules, players must pay an ante, and one player must pay a forced bet before each hand. This bet is called a bring-in.  

But, before we get into Seven Card Stud rules, let’s take a quick look at how it all began.

A Quick History of 7 Card Stud Poker

3 Card Stud poker variations became common during the American Revolutionary War. But it wasn’t until the early 20th century that 7 Card Stud came into existence. Despite that fact, it has quickly become the most popular variation in the Stud poker family.

The game is designed for length – no crushing all-ins here. With that in mind, you will usually see this game played in a Limit format. However, in order to compete with the thrill that comes with getting it all-in, Mississippi Stud was created. This format makes 7 Card Stud a No Limit or Pot Limit game – the same as some other poker genres.

A Quick Guide to 7 Card Stud Rules

Now that you have your Stud history under your belt, it’s time to let loose on the tables. But before you do, let’s take a quick look at some basic Seven Card Stud rules.

  • With every player due a possible 7 cards, the maximum number of players at a Stud poker table is 8.
  • The antes are forced bets, which every player must pay before each hand.
  • The bring-in is also mandatory. The bring-in player is determined by the worst up card on 3rd street.
  • Players are dealt two face-down cards and one face up before the first round of betting begins. There are 5 betting rounds in 7 Card Stud – one after each deal.
  • After each round, players are allowed to check, fold, call, bet or raise – depending on the action.
  • You can use only the 7 cards dealt to you during the hand. There are no community cards.

Bear in mind:

  • Keep Your Hands to Yourself: In 7 Card Stud, you must use only the cards on your own board to make your best hand.
  • Keep Bringing It In: The player with the worst upcard on 3rd Street is assigned the bring-in. Therefore, it’s possible for the same player to be the bring-in several times in a row.
  • Deuce of Clubs: This card gets it bad rap from this game. It is considered the worst card in the deck, and so no one ever wants to be dealt the 2 of Clubs on 3rd Street! The suits play no part in assessing hands in Stud, except in this specific situation. When it comes to winning hands, suits play no part.
  • The Hi and the Lo of It: In Stud Hi-Lo games the pot is split 50/50 between the winning low and high hands. If there are two or more equally assessed low hands, the 50% is split between them. The same goes for the high hand. If there is no low, the high scoops the lot.
  • Double Up on the Open Pair: When learning how to play Seven Card Stud, you may come across another anomaly. On fourth street, and only in Stud-Hi, when a player has paired their 3rd street card, they can bet double the stake. If they choose not to bet double, the stake will remain at the lower amount. However, if they choose to double up, the bet will now be at that higher amount for all players that wish to play the hand.


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