Seven Card Stud Poker playing guide and rules – compliments of Wild Jack Poker Room
Seven Card Stud is the ideal game for the skilled poker player or the ambitious beginner. The game is played in five rounds with anywhere from two to eight players taking part. Players are each dealt seven cards – three up, four down – in various rounds. The maximum bet is doubled after the third round of play, which results in a large pot for the lucky winner. The winner is the player with the best five card combination.
How to play Seven Card Stud Poker
Please note that Seven Card Stud requires an ante and a bet.
- Place your ante on the table.
- The poker room sets the ante
- In a $0.50/$1.00 game, there is no ante
- You will be dealt two pocket cards and one card face-up.
- The player who holds the lowest card starts the betting.
- In this betting round, players can do the following:
- When all players have made an equal contribution to the pot, the Fourth Street starts.
- Players must bet the higher limit in the Fifth and Sixth Streets
- In the Seventh Street, the game’s outcome is decided.
Seven Card Stud Tips
- If you have a big pair, bet on it unless you see another player betting aggressively on what appears to be a very strong hand
- The Fifth Street is a critical point in the game. The bet doubles each round so make sure your hand is capable of winning. This way, you will minimize the amount of money you lose.
- If another player’s visible cards beat your entire hand, you should fold.
- If you are trying for a straight, check for the cards you need in another players’ displayed hands.
- Fold when you don’t have a good hand. Seven Card Stud is a game of patience and you should not waste your betting money on losing hands.