How to Play 7-Card Stud

Seven-Card Stud is a popular poker variant with many rounds of betting, which are known as streets in technical terms, full of action and stakes. In fact, before the big poker boom, the game, at least in the United States, was more common than Texas Hold’em. As the name suggests, players try to make the best hand out of a total of seven cards or win the pot by moving other players to pass.

Seven-Card Stud is played with the standard 52-card deck. 2 to 8 players take part. Most of the games are played in the limit version, although pot limit is also possible. Cash games are named based on the chosen small and big blind.

Depending on the game offer, players must pay an ante before cards are dealt. The ante is usually 1/10 of the small blind. In the course of a fully played hand, a total of seven cards are dealt to each player, three face down and four face up. Each player then puts together the best possible combination of these seven cards, with the same ranking for hands as in Texas Hold’em.

At the beginning each player receives three cards, two face down and one face up. This round of betting is called Third Street. There is no first or second street, i.e., there are up to five betting rounds per hand, namely the third to Seventh Street.

In limit stud, antes and a bring-in are used instead of blinds. The players at the table must ante before the first three cards are dealt. The player who has the lowest face-up card starts the betting round. He has the option to either bring-in or make a completion bet (small bet).

The amount of ante and bring-in is usually dependent on the regulations in the respective casino or poker room. However, 10 to 15 percent (ante) and 25 to 50 percent (completion) of the small bet are usually required. After the first bet, all subsequent raises must be made in minimum bet steps.

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