7 Card Stud Poker

This poker game is played with three cards face down and four cards face up for each Player.

Rules and Game Course

Before the first cards are dealt, every player has to ante up. Once this has been done, every Player receives two cards face down and one face up. The first card is dealt to the Player to the left of the dealer, with dealing continuing clockwise around the table.

After the first three cards have been dealt, the first betting round starts when the Player with the lowest card showing brings the forced bet. As the name suggests, this amount must be paid into the pot. The betting then goes clockwise around the table, with three options for all Players: fold, call or raise. The first raise in 7-Card Stud is called 'complete' because the forced bet is increased to the minimum limit of the particular limit game. In limit games there are three more raises (raise, re-raise, capped).

After the first betting round, each Player is dealt a second card face up (the fourth card). This card is also called the 'Fourth Street'. From now until the final betting round, every action starts with the Player with the highest cards showing, and the options are to check or bet. Once a Player has bet, the three usual options, fold, call or raise, apply. Note that if any Player shows a pair, the higher limit applies.

After the second round of betting is over, the 'Fifth Street' is dealt. Every Player is now dealt a third card face up (the fifth card).

The third betting round follows the same rules as the second. The only difference is that from the third betting round onwards, the respectively higher limit of limit games is in effect. After this betting round, every Player is dealt a fourth card face up (the sixth card).

The fourth betting round follows. Finally, every Player is dealt a seventh card – however this one is placed face down (so that it is the third face down card). The final betting round starts, followed by the showdown. The cards of all Players still in the hand are shown, with the best hand winning the pot.



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