Top things to know when playing stud poker or seven-card stud

Top things to know when playing stud poker or seven-card stud

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Seven card stud poker or a poker seven card stud is the most popular variant of stud poker. It is a game in which the players are dealt 7 cards with a combination of faceup and face down cards. The seven card stud poker was the most popular poker game before the increase in popularity of Texas holdem. This game is included in H.O.R.S.E, standing for the “S”, and is played in different marquee tournaments around the world. In this article we will be telling you everything you need to know to win the game of seven card stud so that you can have more fun while playing it online.

Setting of the game

The game of stud poker consists of a 52 standard card deck and can be usually played between 2 to 8 players. The players are given to chips to place their bets. Before the starting of the game of poker seven card stud, prior to dealing of the cards, each player has to give an ante. The amount of the ante is determined before the game.

Since you will be playing the seven card stud poker online, the cards will be dealt and the chips will be provided to you automatically after you pay the ante, so that you can enjoy the game smoothly and begin playing without any waste of time.

Throughout the game of stud poker, the players receive 7 cards with a combination of faceup and facedown cards, out of which 3 cards are dealt face down and 4 cards are dealt face up in a structured manner. The cards are dealt after every betting round. The player with the highest 5 card poker hand wins the pot.

Objective of the game

The objective of the seven card stud game is to win the pot which can be won by any one of the players in two ways –

·         By being the one last active player left , who did not fold.

·         By having the highest 5 card poker hand out of all the other active players.

Playing the game

Knowing to play the game and learning the rules is the same thing in seven stud poker. To know how to play and enjoy the game to its full potential, you will need to know the rules of 7 card stud to increase your chances of winning the pot online. To play the game efficiently, read the following –

1.   Ante Amount –

Before starting the actual game of poker seven card stud, a nominal amount needs to be paid up by all the players wanting to play the game. This amount is known as an ante. This is the payment need to be made to essentially get entry into the hand. The amount of the ante is decided before the game commences.

2.   Third Street –

After the payment of the nominal amount, the poker seven card stud begins and the cards are dealt. Before the first betting round, three cards known as “third street” are dealt one by one to each player. Out of which 2 cards are dealt face down (hole cards) and 1 card is dealt face up(door card).

The player having the lowest ranked faceup card is known as the “bring-in”, who makes the first bet.

The bring in player has the following options –

·         To make a bet of the size of the bring in, which is decided before the game starts.

·         To make bet following the size of the low bet structure

3.   Fourth Street –

After the first betting round of stud poker is completed, every active player receives another faceup card known as the “fourth street” and the player having the highest faceup cards begins the bet. This player has the following options –

·         To bet the size of the lower betting structure

·         To check, in which case , the player will stay in the hand without betting

Thus, starting the second round of betting.

4.   Fifth Street –

After the second round of the poker seven card stud when the betting is completed, the players left are dealt another faceup card called the “fifth street”. The player having the highest value of faceup cards begins and the third betting round ensues.

5.   Sixth Street –

After the third betting round, the active players left are dealt another faceup card known as the “sixth street”. The first player to bet has the highest value of faceup cards, starting the betting of the fourth round.

6.   The River –

After the fourth betting round we reach the last betting round, where a last card is dealt to the remaining active players known as the “seventh street” or “the river” facedown. Again, the player with the highest value of faceup cards begins first.

The last betting round ensues. By this round, the active players have a seven card hand.

After the last betting round of stud poker, the one player left who did not fold throughout the game, is the winner and takes the pot.

If in the game of seven card stud there is more than one player left, those players enter the showdown.

7.   The Showdown –

Here, in the seven card stud the players reveal all their seven cards, and the player who has the highest 5 card poker hand takes the pot.

In cases, when there is an equal ranking of the cards , the pot is equally divided between the players having the best hand.

Additional Pointers

1. In a game of seven card stud, there is a betting structure to follow – a low bet and a high bet. A low bet is usually half the size of the high bet.

In the first 2 rounds of the betting game, the bets are made using the low bet amount, whereas in the last 3 betting rounds the bets are made using the high bet amount.

2.   The highest 5 card poker hand which can be made in a seven card stud is the 10 jqka straight also known as the royal flush. It consists of cards having consecutive rankings following the same suit including a joker, a queen, a king and an ace.

3.   A 4 card straight is a poker hand in which 4 cards are arranged consecutively following the same suit. In this, only one card is needed to transform this hand into a valuable 5 card poker hand.

With this, the game of seven stud comes to an end. Now that you know the game of seven card stud, why wait? Download the GetMega app now and play this game with all of your friends and family and take the pot for the win!

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