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Stud Poker Rules - 7 Cards
7 Card Stud, probably the most well known
of all poker games. Each player is dealt seven cards of their own: two
down, then four up, and a final card down. The game is played with up
to 8 players at one table.
There are five betting rounds in Seven
Card Stud. One bet and three
raises are allowed on each betting round.
The first person to show their hand is
the last person to show strength with a bet or raise. Any 5 of your 7
cards can be used to make up your best poker hand. The best poker hand
wins the pot.
Don't forget to check the House Rules at
the pokerroom you play.
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How to Play
7 Card Stud
1) Everyone "antes"
(puts a predetermined amount in the pot before the cards are dealt).
This amount is based on the size of the game.
2) 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 exposed card must initiate the action
with a first 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.)
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) 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 highest hand showing again starts the action by
checking or betting.
7) Upon the completion of betting on "fifth street", another card is
dealt face-up. This is "Sixth Street"
(fourth betting round).
8) The final card is dealt down. The last card is also known as the
"River Card" or "Seventh
Street" (final round of betting).
9) 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.)
10) 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.