Seven Card Stud is a very popular, well-know
game. It's fun to play and has a lot of devoted fans.
Players receive seven cards, three "down"
cards and four "up" cards. Your "hand" is
determined by using the best five of seven cards.
Basics: There are five betting
rounds in Seven Card Stud. One bet and three raises are allowed
on each betting round. To continue to play, players must call
all action to them on each "street" or betting round
(unless they are all-in).
How to Play Seven Card Stud:
Everyone "antes" (puts a predetermined
amount in the pot before the cards are dealt). This amount is
based on the size of the game.
Each player is dealt three cards (two "down"
cards and one "up" card). The "up" card is
also known as the "door card" or "Third Street."
The lowest "up" card must initiate the action with a
"Bring-In" bet. (If two or more players have the same
lowest card, the person who brings it in is determined by suit
order progressing from clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.)
Upon completion of the first round of betting,
another card is dealt face-up to each player that still remains
in the pot (those who didn't fold on "third street").
This is "Fourth Street" (the second round of betting).
From "Fourth Street" on, the highest hand showing begins
the action by checking or betting.
If a pair is showing on "Fourth Street,"
players have the option to make a single or double bet. If your
opponent makes a single bet, you may call, raise a single bet,
raise a double bet, or fold. If your opponent makes a double bet
and you wish to raise, you may only raise an equal amount.)
Upon completion of the betting on "fourth street," another
card is dealt face-up to those who remain in the pot. This is
called "Fifth Street" (the third round of betting -
which doubles - and continues at this amount for the remaining
betting rounds). The highest hand showing again starts the action
by checking or betting.
Upon the completion of betting on "fifth
street," another card is dealt face-up. This is "Sixth
Street" (fourth betting round).
The final card is dealt down. The last card is
also known as the "River Card" or "Seventh Street"
(final round of betting).
Upon completion of the final round of betting, the best hand wins
the pot. (The pot may also be won by someone who bets without
being called at any time during the hand.)
Very seldom, a situation occurs where there are not enough cards
left in the deck to give each player their own river card. In
this event, the dealer will turn one board card face-up and it
will be used as a community card.