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7 Card Stud Strategy
Rules for Seven Card Stud
Before a game of 7 card stud poker begins, all players ante a nominal
amount . Each player is dealt two hidden hole cards and one exposed card.
The player with the lowest exposed card is the "bring-in", and is forced
to make a wager of either a half a small bet or a full small bet (for
example, either $1 or $2 in a $2/$4 game). Action continues clockwise
around the table until betting is complete for the round.
Note: For the purposes of determining the
bring-in, ties in Seven Card Stud poker card rank are broken by suit, with
the order being spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs (in descending order).
Each player now receives an exposed card, called "Fourth Street". The
first player to act is the individual whose exposed stud cards have the
highest poker value. This player may either check or bet. If no player
shows a pair amongst his or her exposed cards, the bet will be a small bet
($2 in a $2/$4 game). If any player shows a pair, the betting can be
opened for a big bet ($4 in a $2/$4 game).
Each player now receives another exposed card, called "Fifth Street".
Again the first player to act is the individual whose exposed cards has
the highest stud poker value.
Note: Starting on Fifth Street and for the
rest of the hand, all bets are in big bet increments ($4 in a $2/$4 game).
Each poker player now receives another exposed card, called "Sixth
Street". Again, the first player to act is the individual whose exposed
cards have the highest poker value.
Each player now receives a seventh and final card (hence, 7 card stud),
which is dealt face-down and known only to the player to whom the card is
dealt. The first player to act is the individual whose exposed cards have
the highest poker value.
If there is more than one remaining stud player when the final betting
round is complete, the last bettor or raiser shows his or her cards. If
there was no bet on the final round, the player whose exposed cards have
the highest poker value shows his or her cards first.
The player with the best five-card stud poker hand wins the pot. In the
event of identical poker hands, the pot will be equally divided between
the players with the best hands.
After the pot is awarded, a new online game of seven card stud poker is
ready to be played.