The game of Seven card stud poker is the most popular version of stud poker . No community cards are used in this game and each player is dealt a total of seven cards, three face down and four face up.
In seven card stud a hand has five rounds of betting compared to four in texashold’em and omaha. The game does not have a fixed betting order but is determined the cards shown.
To start all players place a forced bet called ante , after which each receives three cards: two face down cards and one face up, which is visible to all players. The player showing the lowest cards must take the initiative and make the first bet.
As in texashold’em also in seven card stud the tables can be fixed limit, in this case the raises can be contained within the fixed limit or with pot limit or no-limit.
The first bet is usually half the size of a standard small bet in the ” Small Bet “. The next player to act is the one to the left of the player who made the first bet, and betting continues clockwise until all players have acted.
A fourth card, called ” Fourth Street “, is dealt face up to the players still in the hand. This betting round shows the best cards. Both the fifth and sixth cards follow the same procedure. They are dealt face up, and the player with the best cards face up begins another round of betting.
The seventh and last card is dealt face down, and the player with the best face up cards begins the final round of betting. If players are still in the hand at the end of the betting round, there will be a showdown , and the player with the best five-card hand wins the pot.
As the name indicates, each player is then dealt a total of seven cards. For this reason, seven card stud cannot be played many players simultaneously like texashold’em and in the unlikely event that everyone stays in the hand until the end, there would not be enough cards left in the deck at a full eight player table. In that case, a final card is placed face up on the table as a community card.
A special situation arises in the second round of betting ( fourth street ): if a player shows a pair, that is, if both face up cards have the same value, the player in question has the possibility to bet the minimum bet as usual, or to double your bet directly.
The goal of the game of seven card stud is to build the highest possible five-card hand using any combination of the seven cards dealt.