Seven Card Stud Poker Rules

Seven Card Stud is known to be one amongst the most famed non-Holde'm poker games. To determine that you're an expert poker player, you have to know the mechanics of this game. Its main characteristic is that it held the name as the king of poker prior to the introduction of the Texas Holde'm Poker.

Today, seven stud card is still a common game played in many casinos. The popularity of the game brought about its qualification as a game played in major tournament series such as the World Series of Poker.

If you want to widen your skills in the game of poker, Seven Card Stud is an excellent venue for you. Players of Holde'm poker with high stakes usually play efficiently with Seven Card Stud. Although, you're not exposed to the game consistently, the sills you were able to develop in the seven stud can make you play outstandingly in other forms of poker games.

One important skill that you need to hone in the Seven Stud Card game is memory. It would be an edge against your opponent to have a good memory of all the cards that have been revealed. Apart from this, you can also develop the ability to read your opponent's cards and know the odds of various draws. Another important aspect of the game is that strategies are not written nor discussed compared to the popular Texas Holde'm Poker. These have to be learned over time.

Forced Bet (Ante)

Seven Card Stud includes an ante during a game. It signifies the amount of bet that players contribute before the game begins. Typically, it is just a small amount which is ten percent of the minimum limit bet. In the case of a $10/$20 game, ante is $1.

Three cards Deal

As soon as everyone has paid the ante, every player is given three cards where one is faced up while two are faced down.

The player holding the lowest cards or weakest cards must do the so-called "bring-in". He should put a bet half the amount of the small bet. In the case of a $10/$20 game, $5 is the amount for the "bring-in". The amount of the "bring-in" bet depends on the player if he opts to raise the amount.

Betting continues right after the "bring-in" bet is done. In a clockwise movement, each player may choose to raise, call or fold. In the case where one of the players shouts for raises, the rest must call, fold or raise.

Fourth Card

In this phase, one card is given to a player. The card has to face up. The player with the strong hand begins the betting. There are two options in this part. Player will either bet or check.

Fifth Card

Similar to the fourth street, every player again receives one card faced up. Afterwards, betting starts. The only difference is that all bets are on a larger amount reaching the maximum bet limit.

Sixth Card

Same as the fourth and fifth streets, a single card is given to every player. The card is faced up. Betting round follows.

Seventh Card

This is the final round where the last card is given to the players. The card is faced down. The final betting round begins.

General Showdown

After the final betting round, players will now lay down their cards. The winner to this game is the player who holds the best five cards.