Card Stud is arguably the most well known poker
game in the world. In this game, each player is
dealt 7 cards during the course of a hand and
must use only the best 5 card hand at showdown
to declare the winner. You can review hand
rankings for clarification if necessary.
‘ante’ (a nominal amount) must be
posted before a game of Seven Card Stud starts.
The ante seeds the pot and ‘buys’
each player a hand. Each player receives two ‘hole
cards’ face down and one card face up. The
player with the lowest exposed card must ‘bring-in’
(a forced bet) either half a small bet or a full
small bet ($5 or $10 in a $10/$20 game) to initiate
the betting. In the event of a tie of card rank
for the bring-in, the cards suit is used (in descending
order) spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs. Action
continues clockwise around the table.
After betting is complete, the ‘Fourth Street’
is dealt face up to each player. The player with
the highest ranked hand showing initiates the
action and can either ‘check’ or ‘bet’.
If this hand is not a pair, the bet will be a
small bet ($10 in a $10/$20 game). If it is a
pair, the option of betting the big bet amount
exists for all players. In this case, once the
big bet amount is wagered, all subsequent bets
are of the big bet amount.
‘Fifth Street’ is the next exposed
card each player is dealt. Again, the first player
to act is the one whose exposed cards have the
highest rank. The bet amount for this round and
all subsequent rounds is of the big bet amount
($20 in a $10/$20 game).
you are able to read this, I am sure you can guess
that the ‘Sixth Street’ is the next
card that is dealt face up and is followed by
a round of betting.
seventh and final card is dealt to each player
face down. The player with the highest hand exposed
(4 cards are showing for each active player) initiates
the betting for this 5th and final round.
that more than one player remains active in the
hand after the completion of the last betting
round, the ‘showdown’ now takes place
to declare the winner. The last bet or raise of
the last betting round must show their hand first.
If there was not bet, the player who has the highest
ranked exposed hand shows first.
the event of identically ranked hands, the pot
will be divided equally.
that the pot has been awarded, the hand is complete
and a new hand is ready to begin.
is important to note that a total of 8 players
may be seated and active through the first 4 rounds
of betting in a Seven Card Stud hand. In this
unlikely event, the total number of cards needed
for all the players to receive their own final
card exceeds the 52 cards in a standard deck.
In this case the last card is dealt face up on
the table and it will be used as a community card.