7 Card Stud Rules

7 Card Stud is another popular variant of poker. This type of poker is usually played between four or eight players. In contrast with Texas Hold’em and Omaha poker games, 7 Card Stud has only a fixed limit structure. Also 7 Card Stud hasn’t community cards. Each player receive 7 cards in a session of the game: three down cards (face down) and four open cards (face up). Like in Texas Hold’em and Omaha players must use this seven cards to make the best possible five card combination. See Hand Rankings. 7 Card Stud has five betting rounds which are also known as streets, from 3rd street to 7th street.

Starting the game

Each player from the table must put an ante in the pot before the game can start. The value of the ante depends on the limits from that table. Usually the ante value represent 1/3 of the small bet. The dealer deals out 3 cards to each player starting from his left  in this way: two face down cards and one face up card.

First betting round – 3rd street

The player with the smallest up card must begin the betting round with a “bring in”. In our case the player with 2 of hearts will put the “bring in” The "bring in" is a bet equal to around 1/3 to 1/2 of the smallest bet. If there are many players with the same smallest up card then suits are used to determine who will place the “bring in”. Clubs is the strongest, then diamonds, hearts and then last are spades. So the 2 of spades is the lowest card.

Next, the player from the left of “bring in” has the option to fold (lay down his cards and take no further  action), call (put in the pot the amount equal to the “bring on”) or complete (take the “bring in” value up to the value of the small bet).  The next player has the option to raise (put in the pot an extra small bet in addition to the previous bet) instead of complete.

The betting round is finished when all players have matched the current bet or folded. There is a rule that say that only 3 raises can be done on any betting round.

7 Card Stud 3rd street

Second betting round – 4th street

When the previous betting round is finished, another card is dealt face up to each player. The betting round is started by the player with the highest hand. The maximum bet that he can make is the lower limit. One exception is when a player has already a pair after first two betting rounds. If a player make a pair after the 4rd street then he can bet or raise either a small bet or a big bet. So…like we say the betting round is started by the player with the highest hand. This player has the option to check or bet. Play continues in a clockwise until all players have matched the required bet or folded.

7 Card Stud 4th street

Third betting round – 5th street

Each player receive another face up card an there is another betting round. The minimum bet at this stage is the value of the higher limit. Also the betting round is started by the player with highest hand. Play continues in a clockwise until all players have matched the required bet or folded.

7 Card Stud 5th street

Fourth betting round – 6th street

Each player receive another face up card an there is another betting round. The minimum bet at this stage is the value of the higher limit. Also the betting round is started by the player with highest hand. Play continues in a clockwise until all players have matched the required bet or folded.

7 Card Stud 6th street

Five betting round – 7th street

In the last round of betting the dealer gives to all remaining players one final card face down. Each player should have now 7 cards: first two down cards, the next four up cards and the last card face down. The betting round is started by the player with the strongest hand. Play continues in a clockwise until all players have matched the required bet or folded.

7 Card Stud 7th street

Showdown

When the last betting round is finished there is a showdown. The last player who bet or raise must reveal his cards first. Each player can use any combination of their seven cards in his hand to make the best possible five card combination. The best hand win the entire pot. If two or more players has the same valued hand then the pot is split up in equal parts.  In our example the winner is Player 3 with a Full House Tens over Jack's.

7 Card Stud showdown