Seven Card Stud is one of the oldest and at one point
in time the most popular variations of poker. Although it is not the
most commonly played game in live card rooms, most online poker sites
do provide Seven Card Stud and/or its counterpart Seven Card Stud Hi
Lo. This article provides rules and instructions to play the hi version,
as well as a brief overview of hi lo also referred to as Seven Card
Stud 8 or better.
There are two very distinct features in Seven Card
Stud that are not found in either Holdem or Omaha.
The first is players will receive seven cards with
no community cards and must make the best five-card
hand from those seven. The other is unlike Omaha or
Holdem where players can play multiple formats such
as No Limit and Pot Limit, Seven Card is played in
Rules for Seven Card Stud
Prior to any cards being dealt the players will
need to ante into the game. This is a fixed amount
based on the blinds of the game. Each player will
than receive two cards face down and one card face
up. The player with the lowest exposed hole card will
be the first person to act, also referred to as the
“bring in”. This player will then be forced to bet
half of the big blind or a full blind. There is no
exception to this rule whether you want to play the
hand or not, you will be forced to place the first
bet. In a traditional game of Seven Card, in the event
of a tie the tie breaker will be determined based
on ranks of suit (spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs).
Once the “bring in” has been played, each additional
player will take their turn with three options, call,
bet or fold.
Once the betting round is complete players will
now receive an additional card face up, also referred
to as “Fourth Street”. Unlike the first round where
the player with the lowest exposed card was first
to act, it will now be the player with the highest
exposed poker hand who will begin the betting round.
If a player has a pair, than opening bet will be the
big blind. If no pair is showing than the opening
bet will be the small blind.
Once the betting round is complete, the dealer will
deal another card to each player face up, referred
to as “Fifth Street”. Just like Fourth Street, the
player with the highest ranked poker hand using the
three exposed cards will open betting. Once this round
is complete another will follow also known as Sixth
Street and by an additional betting round.
After players have complete betting the dealer will
deal the final and seventh card face down. The player
with the highest ranked hand will open betting and
players will use 5 out of their 7 hole cards to complete
the best hand possible. The player with the highest
hand wins the pot. In the event of a tie, the players
will split the pot.
7 Card Stud Hi Lo
Seven Card Stud Hi Lo is played exactly like Seven
Card Stud Hi expect there can be two possible winners,
one playing for hi and the other playing for lo. In
order for a player to play for the lo pot, their hand
must consist of five cards 8 or lower to qualify.
The best possible hand to have in hi lo is A,2,3,4,5
followed by A,2,3,4,6