Seven Card Stud

Poker Master | September 16th, 2016 | Poker variations

seven card stud

Seven Card Stud is a stud variety of poker which was a major card game before the rise of Hold’em and Omaha poker. The game has been around for over 200 years and is one of the card games that require your active presence of mind and observation skills. The Seven Card Stud is still one of the major events in several World Series of Poker events.

Seven Card Stud is not a community card game but in rare occasions if there are above 8 players playing a game, a single community card is used. In this game of skill, each player is dealt with seven cards and the winner is the one with best hand made with 5 best cards.

How to Play Seven Card Stud

At the start of the game, each player ante an amount on to the table. An ante is a fraction of the bet size which is compulsory for each player participating in the game. Each player is then dealt with 3 cards, two face down which are known as ‘Hole Cards’ and one card face up known as ‘Door Card’. All the players can see the door card and it is on the players whether they want to continue playing with those cards or not.

The player with the smallest door card begins the game by adding a low bet on to the bet known as ‘bring in’. The player sitting on the left side of the first player can continue the game by either folding, calling the bring in, complete the full bet or raising the bet. The game continues until all the players have taken their actions on the three cards dealt to them.

The fourth card is then dealt to the players facing up and it is known as 4th street. If a player gets a pair on 4th street, he will have an option to double the bet. Else, the game continues until the 6th street with basic actions like check, call, raise or fold. All the players playing Seven Card Stud can see cards from door card to 6th street which makes the game a bit tricky.

The 7th street or river is the final card dealt to the players.  The 7th street is dealt face down and the players can check, bet, raise, call or fold depending on their cards. Once all the bets are over, the showdown in done in which a player with a hand of best 5 cards wins the entire pot.

Hand Rankings in Seven Card Stud

The hand rankings in Seven Card Stud remain the same as that of Texas Hold’em. Below mentioned are the hand ranks on the basis of hand strength.

Royal Flush: Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit

Straight Flush: A straight of the same suit

Four of a Kind: 4 identical cards

Full House: One three of a kind and one pair

Flush: Five cards of the same suit

Straight: Five cards in sequence

Three of a Kind: Three identical cards

Two Pairs: Two sets of 2 identical cards

One Pair: One set of 2 identical cards

High Card: Highest valued card in the hand

In order to win in a Seven Card Stud game, you need to have good memory to recall the door cards and folded cards of your opponents, an active presence of mind and observation skills. You can play the Seven Card Stud games on some of the popular websites like,

  • Poker Stars
  • Full Tilt Poker
  • 888 Poker

Join any of these poker websites and try your best skills on Seven Card Stud today!


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